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Brockway continues masking, says goodbye to three board members

Brockway, PA – The Brockway Area School District responded quickly to the Commonwealth Court Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon’s ruling that the state’s mask mandate is unenforceable. The school board had parents come to its meeting to continue to protest the mask mandate, and the next day, the Commonwealth Court’s decision forced the district to reexamine its policy.

As of now, Brockway is asking parents to continue to send students with face coverings. In a statement sent to parents, the district is waiting to see what happens with Gov. Tom Wolf’s appeal and immediate stay request. If the stay is denied, the district will revert to its Health and Safety Plan, which makes masks optional.

The district said good-bye to three longtime school board members in Tuesday’s meeting.

Patricia Battitori, Robert Cherubini, and Raymond Reckner did not seek reelection. Battitori and Cherubini were honored at the last school board meeting for serving 12 years on the board.

While those three are leaving, Superintendent Jeff Vizza will remain at the district, having his contract renewed through June 30, 2023.

Brockway increased its substitute teacher daily rate to $120. It also increased the down-time hourly rate for bus drivers to $13 this school year, $14 the next one, and $15 in 2023-2024.

Brockway is donating the gate proceeds for four sporting events to two different organizations. Hahne Cancer Center will receive the proceeds from the October 4 volleyball game while Make-a-Wish will get money from basketball games on December 15 and January 11 and a wrestling match on January 13.

The next meeting is the reorganizational meeting, which will be Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m.