Brockway, PA – Brockway Area School District is getting a new superintendent.

The school board approved Jeff Vizza, the current co-principal at the junior-senior high school, to take over for the recently retired Dan Hawkins. Vizza had previously work at the DuBois Area School District before that.

Vizza’s hiring was approved unanimously, although the board commented on how difficult it was to choose between two very qualified candidates.

Brockway school board president Cathleen Bish says she looks forward to the district’s next adventure.

Dan Hawkins announced in March that he would retire at the end of the school year. He had been in education for the past 37 years.

Click below to listen to audio from Bish and Hawkins.

With Vizza moving up, the district will now advertise for a districtwide principal to have duties at both the elementary and junior-senior high schools.

The board also discussed its $15 million budget, which is a three percent decrease from the last year. The district is now debt free. However, one area listed as a rising cost for the district is online cyber schools.

Students can choose to go to online schools, which are advertised as free to parents. However, the sending school districts cover those costs, and Brockway currently pays $175,000 per year.

The board will meet about the budget May 22 at 7 p.m.

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