Brockway, PA – The Brockway Area School District’s new school year is off to a good start, according to the superintendent, president of the teacher’s union, and student board representatives.

Student Representative Cecilia Manno, who is a senior at Brockway, says the first two and a half weeks have gone well, despite several security changes. Brockway narrowed down its entry points into the building to just the front door by the main office and the bus circle. However, Manno said students are adjusting to that, the new security screens on the windows, and the new school resource officers quickly.

During the meeting, the school board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the school resource officers until 2021.

The Brockway Area Education Association’s Don Allenbaugh reported that his colleagues are excited about how the school board and the community are supporting the school.  An example is how Martino’s Bilo provided 100 book bags to the school’s weekend food program.  Another example is how the community turns out for sports events.

The board also thanked several sports’ booster clubs and the Parent-Teacher Group for supporting the students financially throughout the year.  The board also renewed its Memorandum of Understanding for Athletic Facilities between the borough and the district.

According to Superintendent Jeff Vizza, who is in his first year in the position, his visits to both buildings in the district have been positive.  He also lauded the board’s approval of an after-school tutoring program for elementary students.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with the start of the year,” Vizza said.  “I’ve had the opportunity to go to both buildings over the past couple of weeks and see the teachers engage students and smiles on students’ faces, it’s been excellent.  You can tell there’s a positive climate in the buildings.  That’s a tribute to everyone working together as one.”