BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Bethlehem Area School Board on Monday recognized and honored the district’s outgoing Director of Student Services and Minority Affairs, Vivian Robledo.
After 23 years serving Bethlehem Public Schools, Robledo will retire from the district and head to a new position as Executive Director of The Next Step, a public charter school in Washington, D.C.
Born in Bethlehem and raised by Puerto Rican immigrants, Robledo received most of her education at the University of East Stroudsburg.
Her first job was as a college counselor at ESU before returning to South Bethlehem at Broughal Middle School with her guidance counselor certification from New York University. She eventually earned her principal’s certificate to serve as vice principals at two Bethlehem high schools.
The cultural inclusion and diversity expert has been in her current position since 2015 and is highly regarded by district officials, particularly for her talent in facilitating constructive dialogue between people from different cultural backgrounds, noted Superintendent Joseph Roy.
Roy also noted Robledo’s ability to uncover inequitable situations and turn them into opportunities to encourage reflection on race relations challenges and diversity issues.
Bethlehem Mayor J. William Reynolds addressed the board and applauded Robledo, who also leads the district’s Career Academy, which emphasizes the importance of completing high school. and pursue higher education.
“The Career Academy has served the most marginalized students in the city of Bethlehem,” Robledo said.
School board president Michael Faccinetto said Robledo was a strong student advocate who was tireless in her efforts to help students achieve their goals.
Several dozen friends, family members, students and colleagues welcomed Robledo following his recognition.
Principal of New Freemansburg Elementary School
Ashlee Woodson has been announced as the new principal of Freemansburg Elementary School replacing Michael Alogna, who is now director of human resources for the Northampton School District.
Woodson will join the Freemansburg Eagles from her position as assistant principal at Nitschmann Middle School.
Facilities Naming Policy
School board principals also voted late Monday to scrap a district policy on facility naming.
Faccinetto has previously said facilities built with public funds should not be named after individuals.
The issue was raised last year when the board voted to rename the auditorium at Broughal Middle School in honor of former principal Joseph Santoro.