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Coordinated Health Team

The Coordinated Health Team is a multi-disciplined organization within the Bethlehem Central School District which is dedicated to the long-term development and success of children. The district is looking to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to support a unified approach to improve the health and learning of all students.

The development of the WSCC model was a collaborative effort between the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other key leaders from the fields of education, public health, and school health.  The WSCC model places a greater emphasis on the psychosocial and physical environment; and, it highlights the ever increasing roles that the community, family and student must play in students learning and health.

Utilizing the WSCC model will enable the Coordinated Health Team to implement a whole child approach to education, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged; sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement; and provides for long-term student success.


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Coordinated Health Subcommittee Leaders:

The Coordinated Health Team is divided into several different subcommittees to emphasize the promotion of student well-being occurring in multiple settings throughout the school day.

The subcommittees and members are as follows:

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

  • Kathy Johnston
    Director of Special Education & Student Services
  • Kristen Connor
    K-12 School Counselor Supervisor

Employee Wellness

  • Jody Monroe
    Superintendent
  • Amy Baluch
    Human Resource Director
  • JoAnn Menrath
    School Nurse Coordinator

Health Education

  • Fred Powers
    FACS, Health & Physical Education Supervisor

Nutrition Environment and Services

  • Allissa Eiser
    Food Service Director

Physical Education and Physical Activity

  • Fred Powers
    FACS, Health & Physical Education Supervisor

Physical Environment

  • Gregg Nolte
    Operations & Maintenance Director

School Health Services

  • JoAnn Menrath
    School Nurse Coordinator

Social and Emotional School Climate

  • Jody Monroe
    Superintendent
  • David Hurst
    Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs
  • Kathy Johnston
    Director of Special Education & Student Services
  • Kristen Connor
    K-12 School Counselor Supervisor
  • JoAnn Menrath
    School Nurse Coordinator
  • Michael Klugman
    Interim High School Principal
  • Dianna Reagan
    Eagle Elementary Principal
  • Heidi Bonacquist
    Slingerlands Elementary Principal

Links to more subcommittee information can be found in the sidebar under “Subcommittee Pages.”


The Coordinated Health Team is encouraging interested community members/parents to contribute to  BCSD’s Coordinated Health Team efforts to foster a positive and safe school culture and environment by partnering with subcommittee efforts as noted above; as well as through programs and initiatives noted below.

Community Involvement

Community groups, organizations, and local businesses create partnerships with schools, share resources, and volunteer to support student learning, development, and health-related activities. The school, its students, and their families benefit when leaders and staff at the district or school solicits and coordinates information, resources, and services available from community-based organizations, businesses, cultural and civic organizations, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, health clinics, colleges and universities, and other community groups. Schools, students, and their families can contribute to the community through service-learning opportunities and by sharing school facilities with community members (e.g., school-based community health centers and fitness facilities)

The District continues to partner with several community groups, organizations and local businesses to create partnerships with the district.  Examples are as follows:

  • Holiday Caring and Sharing Program (December)

  • Caring and Sharing Program (Support extended year round)

  • The district has a goal to manage and improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency of the District’s current and future operations:

    • Plan to work with Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, and community members so that students are provided with increased opportunities for internships and field experiences in areas they may be interested in pursuing for their future
  • Encouraging interested community members and parents to contribute to BCSD Coordinated Health Team efforts to foster a positive and safe school culture and environment by partnering with subcommittee efforts

Family Engagement

Families and school staff work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of students. Family engagement with schools is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families. School staff are committed to making families feel welcomed, engaging families in a variety of meaningful ways, and sustaining family engagement. Families are committed to actively supporting their child’s learning and development. This relationship between school staff and families cuts across and reinforces student health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community. Family engagement should be continuous across a child’s life and requires an ongoing commitment as children mature into young adulthood.

Families and school staff work together to support and improve learning, development, and health of students.   Examples are as follows:

  • PTA/PTO’s
  • Healthy Kids