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Brockway School: remembering Sam Maze, new Chromebooks, no tax increase


Brockway, PA – The Brockway Area School District approved the 2020-2021 budget and were able to clarify the exemption for the Homestead Act.

The $16,363,500 budget is a $573,000 increase over last year, but will not include a tax increase. The Homestead Act real estate assessed value reduction was tabled last meeting as the state had yet worked out the funding. Now that it is funded, the board said that the tax credit will be approximately $163.90 provided the school district taxes exceed that amount.

The school board hired Michelle Ignasiak as a speech pathologist. She will start with the new school year.

The district is also buying new Hewlett Packard workstations and monitors for the library and computer lab in the high school.

In addition, the district is using CARES Act money to buy 500 Chromebooks. On a sports-related note, the district is replacing their aging Dr. Dish basketball shooting gun for basketball drills with a newer model.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza thanked the district’s families, students, and staff for the successful graduation at Moonlite Drive-In. He also thanked Moonlite’s Jim Lipuma for his help and Pyro Extreme Fireworks for their display at the end. He reminded parents that there is a health and safety questionnaire that was sent out to the district. He thanked the ones who completed it.

The next meeting is July 14.

Superintendent Jeff Vizza ended the Brockway Area School Board meeting on a somber note, expressing the district’s sadness at the passing of Volleyball Head Coach Samuel Maze, who passed away at the age of 41.