Brockway School Board Hires Two Educators, Approves Vermont Ski Trip

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – The Brockway Area School District board hired two employees to replace some of the staff members who have announced their intention to retire in the next couple of years.

April Weaver and Jessie Zameroski were approved by a unanimous vote. Weaver will be the new Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at the junior-senior high school, replacing Patty Sedlock. Sedlock will retire at the end of the current school year. Zameroski will work alongside outgoing school psychologist Yvonne Ransbottom during the next year in anticipation of Ransbottom’s retirement after the 2019-2020 school year.

“I’m very excited anytime we bring new members into our extended family here in Brockway,” Superintendent Jeff Vizza said. “I know these two individuals will fit in extremely well, they have that team approach, and they truly care about the kids. I’m really excited to get them started.”

The district also hired Samuel Maze as the volleyball head coach. It continued its relationship with Nutrition Inc. to provide cafeteria services in the next school year.

Four classrooms and the entryway to the multi-purpose building will be getting new floors. The district approved The Floorshow to replace the flooring at the cost of $13,274.

Brockway German Language Teacher Eric Stawecki introduced the two German chaperones visiting Brockway for the next two weeks. He thanked the board for its continued support.

The school board got a blast from the past as retired superintendent Dan Hawkins came to speak on behalf of the ski club’s Vermont Trip.

“I thought that the Vermont trip was taken care of before my departure,” Hawkins said. “The trip was approved without question and without hesitation before, even if you factor in the cost of the substitutes.”

The ski club pays for the ski trips, leaving the district only on the hook to pay for substitute teachers.

Hawkins listed other trips where the school board pays for the subs. He discussed sports, pointing out that regional competition trips for sports cost the district more than the Vermont trip.

Hawkins also argued that trips like this are an aspect of school safety. The relationships that the teachers on the trip build with students will mean that if students hear of anything dangerous that they will talk to the chaperones.

The board then voted on the Vermont trip. The motion was made by Edward Yahner and seconded by Jeffery Ginther. The board voted to pass the motion, with only Raymond Reckner voting no.

The board also approved 15 other trips.

Superintendent Vizza ended the meeting with praise for Justin Salada and his students for The Sound of Music production. He had specific praise for Cecilia Manno, who is the school board’s senior student member.

The next school board meeting will be May 14 at 7 p.m.

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