Brockway, PA – At the Brockway Area School Board meeting, the Pennsylvania School Board Association is honoring longtime school directors.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza honored three board members who have been on the board for over 12 years. He gave certificates from the association to Dr. James Brown, Patricia Battitori, and Robert Cherubini. Cherubini was not at the meeting to receive his certificate.

Brockway is also hiring a new teacher. With longtime math teacher Robin Baxter retiring at the end of October, the Brockway Area School District needed a new person to step into her classroom.

The school board hired Justin Beimel at the October meeting to fill Baxter’s position.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza said that Ms. Baxter will be missed, but he is glad that Beimel chose to work in the district. Beimel will help develop business education classes for the Brockway students, leading to classes in accounting, entrepreneurship, and more.

A smaller group of concerned residents came to the Brockway Area School District board meeting Tuesday to continue to ask the district to ignore state mandates about wearing masks.

The board approved having Jefferson Paving pave the road leading back to the ballfields.

Superintendent Vizza said that the first quarter is almost over and thanked the community, teachers, parents, and staff for keeping the doors open. He also shared COVID numbers since the start of school: 21 confirmed cases, with six active in the high school and three in the elementary.

Hear the audio “thank you” message from Superintendent Vizza.

The next regular board meeting is Tuesday, November 9, at 7 p.m.

Photo: James Brown and Patricia Battitori.