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Secretary of Education: Bellefonte Area School District Adapting to Prepare Students for the Present and Future


Bellefonte, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega today visited Bellefonte Elementary School and the Bellefonte eLearning Academy (BeLA) in Bellefonte Area School District (BASD) to learn how the district is connecting students through technology and virtual learning, meeting the unique needs of all students during the pandemic and beyond. 

“There is no doubt that over the past two years, our schools, students, and educators have been thrust into a new reality—one that necessitates flexibility, access to digital resources, and a certain level of resilience,” said Secretary Ortega. “Through its innovative use of technology and its efforts to provide an inclusive and equitable education for all students, Bellefonte Area School District is embracing the opportunities presented to us and preparing learners to adapt and achieve in the years to come.” 

During the visit, Sec. Ortega toured the elementary school to see how it serves kindergarten to grade 5 students and how the district reacted to the pandemic and prepared young students to be ready to learn remotely.  

He also visited BeLA, a program to offer cyber education to students who may feel this form of alternative learning is a good fit for them. The program is unique, as it combines parent involvement with a flexible learning environment for K-12 students, who are encouraged to participate in extracurricular and other school-sponsored activities. 

Improving access to quality and innovative programs through enhanced funding is a hallmark of the Wolf Administration, and over the past seven years, BASD has received a $900,000 increase in basic education funding. 

BASD is a mid-size rural public school district that serves more than 2,600 K-12 students from the Nittany Valley Region of Centre County. Its mission is to inspire and prepare today's learners to embrace tomorrow's challenges. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education oversees 500 public school districts, more than 170 public charter schools, public cyber charter schools, Career and Technology Centers/Vocational Technical schools, public Intermediate Units, the education of youth in State Juvenile Correctional Institutions, Head Starts and publicly funded preschools, and community colleges. PDE also oversees policies related to public, academic, and school libraries, and the State Library of Pennsylvania.

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