At the recent election of the Board of Directors of BHSAUSA, Ms. Ida Lloyd was unanimously elected as the newest Board Member, replacing Mr. Calvin R. Johnson who resigned from the Board shortly before the election. All other serving members expressed their desires to continue serving and their wishes were granted. Ms. Lloyd is a multi-talented member that will be an asset to the Board.
Board Member Ida Lloyd
President Dr. Joel A. King has vowed to continue implementing the projects of the previous administrations, i.e. the science and computer labs. He recognizes the importance of having modern labs at the Bassa High School. They both go a long way in enhancing the learning performance of the students.
A man of tech background himself, Dr. King is strongly committed to giving the students the opportunity to compete with their counterparts from anywhere in the world.
Bassa High School Association USA Gets a WhatsApp Chatroom
To enhance communications between and among members of the association, the BHSAUSA has set up a chatroom. Thanks to the innovative initiation of Mrs. Lucinda Nagbe (the mastermind of the setup). Every member is encouraged to take advantage of this added way of communication. With people spending more time on their smart phones, the move is right for the time we live in. If you don't have the WhatsApp app on your phone, download it from the App Store (for Apple users) and the Play Store (for Android users).
Cosmetic Work Needed
With the completion of the painting of the main building on the campus of BHS, we have learned that some of the other buildings on the campus could use a paint job also. The picture above shows the deplorable condition of the buildings.
BHSAUSA DUKPAH Chatroom
In addition to the BHSAUSA Chatroom on WhatsApp, the association now has another chatrom on WhatsApp. It is called the BHSAUSA DUKPAH. This where membes can post informative and entertainment articles to cheer up everyone and also share findings in the areas of finance, technology, sports, medical, and several others. It is strongly advised that members refrain from posting anything explicit as we are a responsible organization. The other chatroom is strictly for things pertaining to BHSAUSA and BHS.
Generosity Beyond The Walls of BHS
The generosity of Alumnus Wallace Dixon has far reaching effects extending well beyond the Bassa High School Campus. To be more specific, there was a damaging fire in Zohn Town, Number Four District, Grand Bassa County that destroyed several housing units. Learning of this, Mr. Dixon ran to the rescue and is providing the resources to rebuild seven of the units. He is providing the resources and directing the rebuilding of seven units, transforming the outlook of the town. Congrats to Mr. Dixon, BHS Class of 1964 for the concern and assistance!! You are a hero!
Dr. A. Joel King
Victor D. King
Chairman of the Board
This is the Tower of light, the proud symbol of BHS
Bassa High School Students Perform Well on WASSCE
Mr. George B. Gaybueh, the new Principal of the Bassa High School System, informed us of the impressive performance of the BHS students in the 2019 academic year WASSCE. Out of 328 students registered to take the exams, 320 passed in 1 to 6 subjects. They came first in Grand Bassa County and second among all Public Schools throughout Liberia.
It gave us the encouragement that the cooperative efforts between our association and the school are paying off. It is our hope that their performance will be even better during the next academic year.
Solar Panel Project Gains Momentum
Since the much talked about need to have a constant supply of electricity at the Bassa High School, nothing tangeable had been seen until recently. Former Principal Sherriff anticipated the day when the project would have commenced during his administration, but it did not happen.
The pressure has been mounting for the project to get underway for some time now. President King has been very cautious in his approach to the project. He first instituted a fundraising initiative and incorporated it into the annual benefit dinner and ball at the convention. Spearheaded by Ways and means Chairman, Immanuel W. Karpeh, the intiative has become a routine aspect of the dinner and ball.
A giant step taken in the direction of implementing the project was the recent assessment carried out by a credible consultant for a meager cost of $100. The report should be submitted shortly, and based on the findings and recommendation, the next step will be taken.
Work in Progress at BHS
These are the progression of work on the painting of the back of the main building at BHS and the outside lavatory on campus. We salute Dr. Butscher for his donation towards the bathroom project.
Completed work on the Painting of the Rear of The Main Building At BHS
Help on the Way
The BHSAUSA has answered the plea for help from the PTA. The body unanimously approved the funding for the completion of the painting of the main school building. According to the Project Committee Chairman, Mr. Johnny Barnard, the funds have already been disbursed to Liberia for the work to begin. Upon completion, the building will have a beautiful look from all angles of the property.
One of the uniqueness of BHSAUSA is the fact that we have many self-motivated members. Whenever there is a need for help someone always steps in and fill that void. Whether it is financial help, time, effort or other resources needed to get things done, a volunteer will take the lead. Many members have donated such things as prizes for the raffle, mugs for our souvenir, time to visit the school when in Liberia on other personal business, financial help with projects, and the list goes on.
This year experienced a void in our finances with the cancelling of our annual convention (our single largest money-making event), but we still have expenditure. Our only source of revenue has been from membership dues. However, generosity kicked in again. This time it is from former Board Member Calvin R. Johnson. He stepped in and volunteered to finance the entire scholarship program for the selected students of BHS for academic year 2020/2021, saving our treasury thousands of dollars.
Mother Joanna Caulcrick recently celebrated her birthday. As one of the oldest members of the association, we send birthday greetings to this noble woman, still serving on the Board of Directors. May God grant her many more years to come.
The newest member of the Board of Directors is Ms. Ida Lloyd. She is well known throughout the association since becoming actively involved since her day living in Iowa. Ida is known for her sales and marketing abilities. Her tactics over the years have helped enabling the association to sell most of the souvenirs, ball and raffle tickets, as well as drinks during our annual convention. She will be a true asset to the Board.
Besides the sales success, Ida has served on several key committees, and also help such an important position as Treasurer under the Patrick Williams' administration. One thing we can be assured of is her ability to keep the Board actively involved. Congratulations Ms. Lloyd.
On another note, President A. Joel King was fortunate to visit Liberia recently and was able to visit the campus of the Bassa High School System. He did a visual inspection of some of the projects we have been involved with and is anticipating on the association re-prioritizing our approach to project implementation on the ground. The brief but successful visit gave Dr. King a different perspective on how we should proceed with assistance to the institution.
A look at the completed paint job at the rear of the school main building, courtesy of the BHSAUSA for funding this segment of the project initially undertaken by the school's PTA.