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Brockway plans graduation, hopeful about COVID-19 numbers


Brockway, PA – Brockway Area School District will hold its commencement on May 25 at the Varischetti Field Complex, continuing a tradition of outdoor graduations started when COVID-19 disrupted the graduation of the Class of 2020 and they had to go to Moon-Lite Drive-In.

2021 graduated at Varischetti Field, and 2022 follows in those footsteps. If the district can secure fireworks for the event like the two previous years, they will start commencement at 8 p.m.

The district approved the hiring of Ryan Carter as a music teacher at the high school. Carter has been working in the position for a year as the district figured out what it wanted to do with the music program.

To help its nonpublic students, the district is connecting with Catapult Learning to provide Title I services, paying the $2,139 out of Title I money.

Clinger Sealcoating will come in to do Phase III of the parking lot paving project, sealcoating and repainting lines around the high school at a cost of $9,850.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza thanked Elementary Art Teacher Kim Verne and her classes for the artwork around the boardroom. Fifth and sixth graders created papier-mâché donuts, jelly fish images, pine tree silhouettes, and word art based on onomatopoeia like on the old 1960s Batman TV show. Vizza warned the board not to eat the donuts, no matter how delicious they looked.

Vizza is optimistic that the district is coming out of the worst of COVID-19. The district updated its Health and Safety Plan so that students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic no longer have to quarantine. He updated the board on the district’s COVID numbers, which are trending in the right direction.

The next meeting is April 12 at 7 p.m.

Brockway Area School District Superintendent Jeff Vizza is hopeful that the COVID-19 rates will continue to trend downward.

Story, audio, and photo provided by reporter Andrew Bundy.

PHOTO: Superintendent Jeff Vizza and Board President Katie Bish with donuts and student art.