BROOKVILLE — Winter weather has forced the first revision of this year’s calendar for Brookville school students.

A snow day on Jan. 5 will be made up at the end of the school year, with Friday, May 25, now set as the last day of school for students. The last day for teachers will be Tuesday, May 29.

The snow day will not affect the Easter vacation days, which will begin with an one-hour early dismissal on Thursday, March 29. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 3.

The graduation date for the Class of 2018 will be announced later in the school year.

The change to the calendar was approved by the Brookville Area School Board at its regular monthly meeting last week.

At the beginning of the meeting, band teacher Kyle Grabigel told the board of some the current activities in the high school music department. “I just want to share with you some of the accomplishments of our students,” he said.

Six students participated in the PMEA District 3 Band hosted by the Armstrong School District. Participating were Brian Burkett, Luke Heckman, Donovan Hoffman, Adrian Kessler, Regan Reitz and Marcy Schindler. Successfully auditioning for Region Band, which will be held next month at West Shamokin High School, were Adrian Kessler, Marcy Schindler and Brian Burkett.

Luke Heckman and Amanda Oakes successfully auditioned for District Jazz Band, to be held March 9 and 10 at United School District.

Soon to be held are auditions for District Choir and District Orchestra.

Several personnel matters were also approved by the board:

  • Brigette Matson, the administrative assistant to the superintendent, was designated as the district’s right-to-know officer.
  • Approved as volunteers for sports activities were Mark Kaczmarczyk, wrestling, and Jen Slagle, first and second grade basketball. Both positions are contingent upon receipt of all required paperwork.
  • Jennifer Ross was employed as a child(ren) specific aide at a rate of $11.75/hour. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Brooke Hanes.
  • Shawna Lindermuth was employed as a five-hour custodian, at a rate of $10.50 per hour, with her initial assignment at Pinecreek Elementary School. She fills the vacancy created by the transfer of Michael Machusko.
  • Approved as day-to-day substitutes were Laken Hergert of Brookville, aide and custodian; Brenda Esposito of Brookville, aide, cafeteria and secretary; and Jaren Ananea of Brookville, teacher.
  • Supplemental contracts for child(ren) specific aides for the second semester were approved according to their contracts. Full supplementals of $537.50 were approved for Sheila DeMotte, Patti Miller, Michele Gotwald and Pam Prinkey. Half supplementals of $268.75 were approved for Tina Swineford, Jodie Deal and Ashley Snyder.

In other action:

  • the board approved an overnight trip for German students. The class will travel to Frankenmuth, MI April 5 and 6.
  • the board approved Toni Tosh, William Kramer, Valarie Thompson and Laura Grabigel as chaperones for the band/choir trip to Disney on April 26-29.
  • approved were two new courses for secondary students. Approved were Lifetime Leisure Activities, a half-credit course, and Earth and Space Science, a one-credit course. Both courses meet Pennsylvania state standards.

The lifetime leisure activities class is a nine-week physical education course designed to introduce students to games and skills associated with a variety of target activities, such as golf, bowling, cornhole and shuffleboard. Emphasis will be placed on applying developmentally appropriate leisure activities for diverse learners.

The earth and space science class will be a year-long course for juniors and seniors. It will be an elective course designed to help students better understand the world around us.

The next regular meeting of the Brookville Area School Board will be a work session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the LGI room at Hickory Grove. Included on that agenda will be a discussion of the school’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

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