Have you ever wondered how the BCSD website is updated, who makes the newsletters that appear at your door, or who you’re talking to on the district’s social media accounts? It’s not robots; it’s the BCSD Communications Office! We are JoEllen Gardner and Hanna Teal. We are members of the BOCES Communications Service, and our office is located in the Educational Services Center in Bethlehem Central High School. We work down the hall from the district’s Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent and are dedicated to making sure the lines of communication between them, the members of our district, and the community are strong. You may also see us occasionally lurking around school events, many times with a camera in hand or a TV news crew in tow. Please say hi to us — we encourage ideas and feedback. You’re a large part of our job, so your feedback can only help us grow and be better at serving you.
Reasons to contact us:
- Questions about the district (if we don’t know the answer, we’ll direct you to who does!)
- Coverage on the district’s website or social media accounts
- Questions or feedback about district publications
- Media inquiries
- School news story suggestions
News media requests and visits to BC campus
If you are a news media outlet wishing to speak with a member of our staff or are looking to come to any schools or buildings on the Bethlehem Central campus, please coordinate your visit with the district’s Communications Office. As per Board of Education policy, all media inquiries must be cleared by the Superintendent of Schools, or designated district spokesperson. For example, even if a teacher contacts the news media, the visit still must be coordinated with the district’s Communications Office, who works directly in coordination with the Superintendent of Schools on all media requests.
Stay Connected to Bethlehem Schools
For a large portion of the day, you leave your kids in our care. The education of the students in our community is a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and something we know doesn’t stop when students leave school. Working together has always been a huge part of our process, so please utilize the following resources for staying connected to our schools!
School News Notifier (SNN)
Want to stay informed on the latest news and information from your child’s school? Interested in getting important district news sent directly to your email inbox? Then sign up for our School News Notifier (which we lovingly refer to as SNN).
Our goal for BCSD’s Facebook page is to create a dialogue with our fellow community members, and we cannot do that without hearing from you. We encourage you to join us there and post your comments, questions, and even media to our page. Why? Because what makes our great district run are the people behind it, and also the people we serve. We couldn’t do it without you.
Because of this, we allow anyone to post things to our Facebook page in order to maintain a dialogue and trust. Your voice matters to us. However, we ask that your posts on the BCSD Facebook page follow our rules and guidelines, and that anything we talk about there is district related. Because our focus has always been students, the Facebook page will be closely watched and moderated.
- Ask questions, but please maintain student privacy.
- Share media, but be mindful and use good judgment about what you post.
- If you run a local business, we wish you success, but we will not allow promotion of your business on our Facebook page. We are education focused.
700 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY 12054
in the Educational Services Center
JoEllen Gardner email@example.com
Hanna Teal firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Communications Policies
- BCSD’s Media Relations Policy [PDF]
- BCSD’s Social Media Policy [PDF]
- BCSD’s Social Media Handbook [PDF]