Brockway School Board Adjusts Calendars

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – The Brockway Area School District will make up two snow days by replacing two in-service days with school days.

The in-service days were scheduled for March 18 and April 22. Any additional snow days will be added to the end of the school year.

The school board also approved the tentative schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. School will begin for teachers on August. Students will come in August 23. The tentative last day of school is May 22.

While the school calendar was a major topic of discussion, some longtime teachers also announced the end of an era.

Annette Carnahan, Lynda Manhart, and Patricia Sedlock announced their retirements, to be effective at the end of the current school year. Combined, they had 86 years of teaching experience.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza praised their work at the school district, individually calling out their experiences.

“Annette had 23 years of service here,” Vizza said. “She taught fourth grade, kindergarten, and ended up at Title I. Lynda had 27 years – all in kindergarten! That is a lot of work! Patty spent 13 years with our district, all with family and consumer science in the junior-senior high school level. We wish them the best of luck with their retirement.”

The district also approved the hiring of Leah Donahue as a health aide and is bringing Cynthia Copenhaver back as boys’ tennis coach.

Superintendent Vizza took a moment at the end of the meeting to thank the school board for its work.

“The district is extremely fortunate to have a group of talented, dedicated individuals,” Vizza told the board. “You provide a vision for the district, you create policies, develop academic programs, oversee the daunting task of the budgeting process, ensure that all facilities are safe and updated, and you are required to make difficult decisions on a monthly basis.”

Vizza was responding to the board approving the 2019-2020 proposed preliminary budget of $16,087,511.

“You do all of this and more as volunteers,” he concluded. “What is truly unique is that all of you believe that every decision must have our students’ best interests in mind.”

The school board will meet again March 12 at 7 p.m.


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