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Superintendent's Corner

Mrs. Katharine Pude has been honored to serve as the Superintendent of the Bradford Area School District. A native of Kane, PA, Mrs. Pude moved to Bradford when she was offered her first teaching position and has called Bradford home ever since.

Prior to her appointment as Superintendent in 2011, she had held numerous positions within the district including Assistant Superintendent (in charge of Curriculum and Special Education) for eight years, Elementary Principal for Curriculum, Assistant Principal, Instructional Support Teacher, and Second grade teacher.   She also served as a Special Education teacher for twelve years at Beacon Light’s Alternative Education Program.

Mrs. Pude received her B.S. degree from Edinboro University in Elementary/Special Education. After teaching for a number of years, she received her M.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Curriculum and Assessment. She then received her K-12 Principal certification through St. Bonaventure University as well as her Letter of Eligibility to serve as Superintendent.

A strong advocate of children and community, Mrs. Pude sits on a number of Boards within Bradford: Salvation Army, CASA of McKean County, University of Pittsburgh Advisory Board, Bradford Area School District Foundation Board, Futures Rehabilitation Board, Bradford Area Creative and Performing Arts, and the McKean County Collaborative Board and was a past member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

She and her husband, Bill, have raised three sons who all graduated from the Bradford Area School District- Jacob, Michael, and Dominic.

Dear Parents and Families of the BASD,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Whether you are a returning family or are new to the area, we are pleased that you will be attending the Bradford Area School District. Our students will be filling the hallways of our four buildings on Tuesday, August 29 and we are all very excited to see them!

Throughout the summer, our staff has been working very hard to prepare for the return of our students. Buildings have been cleaned and updated, materials have been ordered, new staff has been hired and teachers have been attending professional development workshops.

I want to assure you that all staff in the BASD are committed to setting high expectations and providing the support necessary for all students to reach their full learning potential. We know what we do in our classrooms matter and we take seriously our responsibility to nurture curious minds and to develop students who are engaged in learning. We want all of you - parents, community members, business leaders, and volunteers to know that you are all very important to this success, and we look forward to partnering with you throughout the school year.

We are anxious and ready to make this year the best ever for each child in our district! Please use our website to remain current on all events —our district calendar is updated daily with activities at each building to ensure that you are always informed. Our schools will also all have Facebook pages this year to share events with you as they happen.


Mrs. Katy Pude

Superintendent's Goals - 2017 - 2018 School Year