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Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals Set for Saturday, January 20, 2018

1 day ago


The 2018 Johnson Motors Ultimate Duals wrestling tournament will take place Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Brookville Area High School.  The tournament will feature South Fayette, Freedom, Burrell, Chestnut Ridge, Reynolds, and hosts, Brookville.  The schedule for the event is listed below.  Additional information may be found at http://ultimateduals.webs.com.

2018 JOHNSON MOTORS ULTIMATE DUALS SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 20, 2018

8:00 a.m.

Mat 1: South Fayette vs Freedom

Mat 2: Burrell vs Chestnut Ridge

9:30 a.m.

Mat 1: Brookville vs Freedom

Mat 2: Reynolds vs Chestnut Ridge

11:00 a.m.

Mat 1: Brookville vs Burrell

Mat 2: Reynolds vs South Fayette

12:30 p.m.

Mat 1: Burrell vs Freedom

Mat 2: Chestnut Ridge vs South Fayette

2:00 p.m.

Mat 1: Reynolds vs Freedom

Mat 2: Brookville vs Chestnut Ridge

3:30 p.m.

Mat 1: Reynolds vs Burrell

Mat 2: Brookville vs South Fayette

5:00 p.m.

Mat 1: Burrell vs South Fayette

Mat 2: Chestnut Ridge vs Freedom

6:30 p.m.

Mat 1: Brookville vs Reynolds

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

2 days ago

Attention Parents/Guardians:

If you have a child who turns 5 years old on or before July 1, 2018, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year.  Kindergarten registration will be held February 27, 28 and March 1, 2018 at our Northside Elementary School.  Please call (814) 849-1118 to schedule an appointment.

Teacher clipart.

Please Bring:

* Your Child

* Proof of Child’s Age-  Any one (1) of the following constitutes acceptable documentation:  birth certificate, notarized copy of birth certificate, baptismal certificate, copy of the record of baptism – notarized or duly certified and showing the date of birth, notarized statement from the parents or another relative indicating the date of birth, a valid passport, a prior school record indicating the date of birth.

* Child’s Immunization Records

* Proof of Residency –A parent’s/legal guardian’s “residence” is based on where they are domiciled, where they sleep or, according to the Pa. Supreme Court, where they “have a factual place of abode evidence by their physical presence at that particular place.”  Owning or leasing a piece of property is not your “residence” unless you are physically residing at that place. Acceptable documentation includes three (3) of the following:

* Valid Pa. Dept. of Transportation driver's license, with current physical district address;

* Valid Pa. Dept. of Transportation identification which designates a current physical district address (photo ID);

* Valid Pa automobile registration with current physical district address;

* Current (within 30 days) utility bill with current physical district address, such as gas or electric bills;

* Current tax statements with current physical district address (ex.: Personal, Real Estate, Income, Homestead, etc.);

* Current (within 30 days) credit card bill with current physical district address;

* Current check stubs from employer/wages with current physical district address;

* Copy of state or federal program enrollment forms with current physical district address (ex.: ACCESS, WIC, etc.);

* a deed with current physical district address;

* a valid lease with a current physical district address


Important Parent Meeting

Please try to attend one

Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 pm at Northside  

or

Friday, February 23 at 9:30 am at Northside 

Life After High School 2018 - Segment 2

3 days ago

Life After High School 2018 - Segment 1

7 days ago

School Board Recognition Month

15 days ago


January is School Board Recognition Month and the Brookville Area School District is proud to acknowledge the dedicated service and contributions made by the members of the Brookville Area Board of Education:

Mr. Frank Bartley

Mrs. Roberta Ganoe

Mr. Donald Gill

Mrs. Melinda Hall

Dr. Fred Park

Mr. John Pozza

Mrs. Carol Schindler

Mr. Chase Shick

Ms. Kerith Strano Taylor

Ms. Dalynn Park, Student Board Representative

We, at Brookville Area School District, are especially fortunate to have dedicated men and woman who spend countless hours studying issues and providing leadership for academic programs, district funding, school facilities and other critical matters. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. 

During this month of recognition we ask you to show your appreciation for their time, effort and dedication to our students’ success.

Brookville Area School District school board members: Dr. Fred Park, Mr. Frank Bartley, Ms. Carol Schindler, Ms. Melinda Hall, Mr. Chase Shick, Ms. Kerith Strano-Taylor, Ms. Roberta Ganoe, and Mr. John Pozza.  Missing from photo are Mr. Don Gill and student representative Dalynn Park.

Fifth Graders Learn about Willow Run Sanctuary

21 days ago


The fifth graders at Hickory Grove rece​ntly heard a presentation from representatives of Willow Run Sanctuary and Adoptions, Inc.  The fifth graders will be collecting paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and monetary donations (to purchase Tractor Supply gift cards for special kitty litter) to donate to Willow Run.  The students are very enthusiastic about this project, which will run until January 19th.

Representatives from Willow Run Sanctuary pose with Hickory Grove sixth graders.

Sixth Grade Holds Nature-Themed Holiday Party

21 days ago


Sixth grade held their holiday party on Friday, December 22nd with a nature theme.  In both science and reading, students are learning about the wilderness.  The day included nature activities (peanut butter pinecones, TP tube feeders, cranberry garland, Cheerio feeders, and gelatin "cookie" feeders) in the morning  

and decorating the wilderness later in the day.  The feeders will be maintained throughout the winter. 

Pictured are students creating cranberry garland and stirring the gelatin mixture for "cookie" feeders.

Sixth graders work on nature crafts.
Sixth grader creating gelatin mixture.


Sixth graders making cranberry garland.


Sixth graders making cranberry garland.


Hickory Grove Third Graders Visit Laurelbrook Landing

21 days ago


On Friday, December  15, the third graders at Hickory Grove Elementary School visited the residents at Laurelbrooke Landing. The students sang Christmas Carols, passed out presents, read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to residents, and shared cookies and cocoa. 

Sixth graders visited Laurelbrook Landing.
Sixth graders visited Laurelbrook Landing.


Sixth graders visited Laurelbrook Landing.


Sixth graders visited Laurelbrook Landing.


Sixth graders visited Laurelbrook Landing.


Pinecreek Students and Staff Raise Funds for Wheelchair Lift

27 days ago


The students and staff at Pinecreek Elementary School helped a 5 year old little girl from Hastings PA who need a wheelchair lift.   Each year we learn about good citizenship and vote in November for a charity to help in December when we focus on being a caring person.  Our students voted to help Arianna and we collected money all month for her.  We raised $273. 53! We are a kind and caring school!

Santa, his helper, and Pinecreek students pose with a check for the Arianna Fund.

Fifth Graders Host Family and Friends for Gingerbread Decorating

27 days ago


On Wednesday, December 20, the fifth graders at Hickory Grove Elementary School invited their family and friends to decorate gingerbread houses. Santa visited, and the classes enjoyed watching their "Jib-Jab" videos. A festive time was had by all.

Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Hickory Grove gingerbread decorating.


Wheelers and Dealers Event Held at BHS

27 days ago


Economics students in Mrs. Nancee Miles' classes organized the annual Wheelers and Dealers Christmas Market for third and fourth grade students from Hickory Grove Elementary School.  The economics students designed products, organized a marketing campaign, videoed a commercial for their products, and sat through a "Shark Tank" panel before selling their products to the elementary students. The elementary students purchased an interesting variety of gifts for family and friends, and themselves. The Stars Wars light sabers where especially popular this year. 

Hickory Grove students shop during the annual Wheelers and Dealers event at Brookville High School.
A Hickory Grove student shows some of the items she purchased at Wheelers and Dealers.


Hickory Grove students pose while shopping at Wheelers and Dealers.


A Hickory Grove student poses with Darth Vader at Wheelers and Dealers.


Hickory Grove teachers pose with Darth Vader at Wheelers and Dealers.


A Hickory Grove student shows off an item he purchased during Wheelers and Dealers.


Hickory Grove students show some of the items they purchased during Wheelers and Dealers.


A Hickory Grove student poses during Wheelers and Dealers.


A BHS economics student directs Hickory Grove students during Wheelers and Dealers.


Economics students interact with Hickory Grove student shoppers during Wheelers and Dealers.


Hickory Grove student show off items from Wheelers and Dealers.


Economics students dressed up in costumes hoping to lure shoppers to their table during Wheelers and Dealers.


Economics students show off items they have for sale during Wheelers and Dealers.


Economics students pose at their table during Wheelers and Dealers.


Hickory Grove students receive instructions from their teacher prior to shopping at Wheelers and Dealers.


PATHS Box Tops Update - December 2017

27 days ago

The December Box Tops have been collected and counted.

The Classroom winners for the month are:

K – Ankeny

1st – Coleman

2nd -Nosker

3rd – Morres

4th – None

5th – Fritz

6th – Watson

The numbers were down for December, so keep clipping and sending in those Box Tops! 

Raiders Earn Post-Season Football Awards

28 days ago


Members of the 2017 Brookville Raiders football team recently earned a number of post-season awards.  Junior wide receiver Bryan Dworek lead the way being named to the Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Football Team, the District 9 Offensive Player of the year, and the All District 9 Team.  Freshman quarterback Jack Krug was named the District 9 Rookie of the Year and also earned Individual Performance of the Year.  Senior defensive lineman John Frank was named to the All District 9 Team.  Head Coach Scott Park was named Co-Coach of the Year.

To read more about the District 9 football awards click HERE.

Post-season football award winners: Junior Wide Receiver Bryan Dworek, Senior Defensive Lineman John Frank, Head Coach Scott Park, and Freshman Quarterback Jack Krug.

2017 Homecoming Retrospective

about 1 month ago

By BHS Video Production Students

Brookville Elementary Schools Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

about 1 month ago

By BHS Journalism Students Rylee Stancliffe, Luke Miller, Rilee Kelly, and Regan Ganoe

Students Pledge to Live a Drug-Free Lifestyle

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually in the United States during the week of October 23-31. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during the annual celebration. The event was originally organized to commemorate DEA Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena Salazar, who was a Mexican-born American agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. 

A Hickory Grove students shows off his Superman shirt on Super Hero Day during Red Ribbon Week.

In 1985, while he was undercover in Mexico, Salazar was murdered. After his death, angry parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week celebration. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to present a visible commitment to living a safe, healthy, and drug-free life. The campaign is designed to create awareness of the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs and to support the decision to live a drug-free lifestyle. 

The Brookville Area School District annually plans daily events to commemorate Red Ribbon Week in the elementary schools. This year’s theme was “Your Future is Key,.. So Stay Drug Free!” The daily events were planned by elementary guidance counselors Kristen Drake and Michele Confer, and the school’s administration team. 

This year’s daily themes were Monday, “Be Ready for the Challenge” wear red; Tuesday, “Start Your Own Chain Reaction of Kindness” wear neon colors; Wednesday, “Follow Your Dreams” wear your pajamas; Thursday, “Choose Positive Influences and Be a Positive Influence” Dress up Like a Superhero; and Friday, “Look for the Best in Others and Yourself” wear your blue and white. After a weather cancelation, the week ended with a free movie night at the Moonlite Drive-In, where families enjoyed a free screening of “Despicable Me 3.”

Red Ribbon Week was an amazing success. The staff was astonished and proud that so many students participated in the theme days. 

Students on Pajama Day during Red Ribbon Week.


Students showing their Raider Pride during Red Ribbon Week.


Hickory Grove super heroes on Super Hero Day during Red Ribbon Week.


Kindergarteners Visit Jefferson County Courthouse

about 1 month ago

Brookville Area School District's kindergarten classes enjoyed a walking trip to the Jefferson County Courthouse today. The students toured Christmas Tree Lane to see the two trees that they decorated for the community to enjoy. The students designed hand-made ornaments for the trees. During the visit, Jefferson County employees shared treats with the students. At the conclusion of the trip, the students made the climb back up the hill to Northside.

Kindergarteners at the Santa house outside of the courthouse
Students walking to the courthouse.


Students walking through Christmas Tree Lane.


Students getting a treat at the courthouse.


Students at the Santa house outside of the courthouse.


Raider Review - December 2017

about 1 month ago

Raiders Basketball, Wrestling to Begin Winter Sports Seasons

about 1 month ago

The Winter Sports Season begins tonight at Brookville Area High School as both the Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams compete in the annual Tip-Off Tournament in their home gym.  The girls’ first game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game follows at 7:15 p.m.  The Lady Raiders play host to Clarion Limestone, Clearfield, and North Clarion in the girls’ bracket and Brockway, Moniteau, and Union in the boys’ bracket. The tournament continues tomorrow with games beginning at 2:00 p.m.

2017-2018 Lady Raiders Varsity Basketball Team

The girls’ team is coached by Head Coach Mark Powell and Assistant Coaches Jim Hill, Kait Hill, and Madi Hill. The Raider boys’ basketball team is coached by first-year Head Coach Dalton Park and returns Aaron Park and Bryan Dworek who both earned post-season honors last year. The team is also led by seniors Zion Alexander, Nick Keth, and Alec Lachnicht.

2017-2018 Raiders Boys Basketball Team

The returning state 4th place winning Brookville Raider wrestling team takes to the mats to begin the season tomorrow at the Greenville Duals. The team starts at 9:00 a.m. against McDowell. At 10:15, the Raiders face Waynesburg. At 12:15, the team will wrestle their hosts Greenville. The Raiders go up against Erie Public at 1:30, and they end the day against Harbor Creek in a 5:15 match.

This year’s team boasts six state-ranked wrestlers and is led by returning state medalists Xavier Molnar (6th), Caleb Hetrick (7th), and Tyler Cook (7th) and seniors Dontae Constable, Brodie Joiner, and Kai Sorbin.

2017-2018 Varsity Wrestling Team

An Interview with Mexican Exchange Student, Oso Casares

about 1 month ago

BASD Junior, Brynn Afton, sits down with Mexican exchange student, Oso Casares, to discuss differences between life in his Mexican hometown and Brookville.

School Closing/Delay Notification Information

about 1 month ago


The Brookville Area School District utilizes a number of methods to provide notifications of school closings and delays to guardians, faculty, staff and the public.  These include the districts mass notification system, SchoolMessenger, the district website, the district's Twitter account, the PATHS Facebook page, the electronic sign located along Jenks St. at the High School entrance, as well as various local radio and television stations.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Due to the possibility of technical difficulties, please do not rely on a single notification source for notification of school closings and delays.

Snowy car clip art.

SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger is the district's mass notification system.  Guardian contact information for active students in our student information system is automatically loaded and kept up-to-date in the SchoolMessenger system.  Additional contacts for students cannot be added at this time.  Additionally, contact information for district faculty and staff, as well as contact information for businesses/organizations impacted by school closings and delays is also loaded in the system.  The system is capable of making automated telephone calls, sending emails, and sending text messages.  Additional information about the SchoolMessenger system can be found by clicking HERE.

Local Radio Stations

The following radio stations receive notifications of BASD closings and delays:

WOWQ - 102.1 FM
WPXZ - 104.1 FM
WDSN Sunny 106 - 106.5 FM
WCED - 1420 AM
WKYE - 96.5 FM
WWCH - 1300 AM
C93 - 92.7 FM
WMKX Mega Rock - 105.5 FM & 100.5 FM
WPSU - 91.5 FM


Local Television Stations

The following television stations receive notifications of BASD closings and delays:

WTAE-TV - ABC Pittsburgh
WJAC-TV - NBC Johnstown/Altoona/State College
WWCP-TV - FOX Johnstown/Altoona/State College
WATM-TV - ABC Johnstown/Altoona/State College
WTAJ-TV - CBS Johnstown/Altoona/State College
KDKA-TV - CBS Pittsburgh
WPSX-TV - PBS Clearfield/State College


Additional Notification Resources

BASD Website - www.basd.us
BASD Twitter Account - @BrookvilleSD or www.twitter.com/BrookvilleSD
PATHS Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/BrookvillePATHS
Explore Clarion Website - www.exploreclarion.com
Brookville Area School District Electronic Sign - Jenks St. at the entrance to the high school

Brookville Grads Reminisce about 50 Years of Musicals

about 1 month ago

This year's musical, Shrek, marked 50 years of musicals at Brookville High School. Some Brookville grads took time to reminisce about their musical experiences and shared their memories with the school through video messages.  See them below!

BASD Pays Tribute to Veterans

2 months ago

In honor of Veteran's Day, the Brookville Area School District pays tribute to all veterans, especially those that are associated with the BASD family.

Out of sincere gratitude for their service and sacrifice, we say "Thank You!!" to all that have served and are currently serving.

Please view the Tribute Slideshow and Shout Out videos below.

PATHS Again Participating in Box Tops for Education Program

3 months ago

Brookville P.A.T.H.S. (Parents and Teachers Helping Students) is once again participating in the Box Tops for Education Program.  The program is an easy way for community members to donate to schools without having to spend extra money. 

Box Tops for Education is a program started by General Mills. The program helps communities provide kids the tools needed for success by generating funds back to the school.  Schools can use the funds for what they need most.  There are hundreds of participating products in food and non-food categories that carry Box Tops on their packages.  Each Box Tops clip is worth 10 cents.  Each month, P.A.T.H.S. collects and counts the Box Tops that have been sent into the school.  Those Box Tops are then submitted to General Mills.

When families and schools work together to collect Box Tops and send them in, the money adds up fast!  P.A.T.H.S. receives a check twice a year from General Mills.  These funds are used for Brookville School District programs and events. 

It’s simple. Buy the products; clip the Box Tops; send the Box Tops to school and earn cash.  In addition to sending the Box Tops into the school, P.A.T.H.S. has placed collection containers at some of our local businesses.  Collection containers can be found at The Brookville YMCA, The Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library, and Mike’s Comet. 

Please direct any questions regarding the Box Tops Program to P.A.T.H.S. or by visiting

www.btfe.com

Brookville Area High School Yearbook Ordering Information

3 months ago

To Purchase a Brookville Area High School Yearbook

 

Go to:  www.jostens.com

Click on the "yearbook" tab at the top of the page.

Under Students and Parents click "Buy Your Yearbook".

Type in "Brookville Area H.S".

Make sure that you choose Brookville, PENNSYLVANIA, not Brookville, OHIO!

The cost of this year's 172-page, full-colored yearbook with a custom cover and a year-end-supplement of 8-16 additional pages is $55 plus tax. Please order early, as Jostens may add additional handling charges later in the school year. The last day to order a yearbook is April 1, 2018. Yearbooks will be delivered to students at the end of the school year.

5th Grade Students Learn About Composting Through Worm Bins

3 months ago

5th grade students in Mrs. Fritz's science classes have been collecting compostable cafeteria food waste and feeding it to one of the 5 worm bins in the Hickory Grove courtyard. 

The worm bin’s contents are run through the harvester and the nutrient rich plant enhancer, castings, are separated out. 

The students restarted the bins by returning the worms, adding bedding, and feeding the worms. 

Nutrient rich castings will be available for a donation beginning Friday, October 20th, at the Farmers' and Artisans' Market on Main Street Brookville.

Students with bags of material harvested from composting.
People collecting food scraps for composting.


Students adding material to worm bins.


Students adding material to worm bins.


Students collecting material from composting.


Third Grade Students Skype with Students Affected by Recent Hurricanes

3 months ago

Occupational Assessment Tax Information

4 months ago

You may have recently received a bill for an occupational tax from Berkheimer for the Brookville Area School District.

If, as of July 1, 2017, you are retired, unemployed, a homemaker, active US military, clergy, full-time student or have moved out of Brookville Area School District, you are EXEMPT from the tax. If you fall into one of those categories, you need to fill out an exemption form and send it to the school by October 31, 2017.  The exemption form is available at the District’s Administrative Office, on the district website by clicking HERE, or by calling 814-849-1103.  The office is located at 104 Jenks Street, Brookville, PA, and office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

All tax bills were prepared with the professional/managerial assessment.  But, the tax is levied at three levels ($50 for laborers, $85 for skilled labor, and 

$105 for professional/managerial), with examples of occupations for each category listed on the reverse side of the form. 

DO NOT just pay the $105 you were billed. Only pay the $105 if you are in a professional/managerial occupation.  If you need to adjust your assessment to either laborer or skilled labor, fill out the form listing your adjusted occupation and mail the following three items to HAB-MISC, PO Box 25144, Lehigh Valley, PA  18002:

1) the signed form certifying your assessment adjustment,

2) the stub from your original bill noting your revised amount, and

3) your payment of the adjusted amount due to Berkheimer. 

With state and federal budgets shrinking, public schools are expected to do more with less. We at Brookville Area School District have reduced the number of administrators, combined job descriptions, and are now considering consolidating buildings, all in an effort to keep our costs as low as possible, yet maintain all of the programs that our community values. 

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to call the Brookville Area School District at 814-849-1103. 

Occupational Tax Exemption

4 months ago

If you receive an Occupational Assessment Tax Notice for 2017-2018 and on July 1, 2017, you were retired, unemployed, a homemaker, active U.S. Military, Clergy, Full-time Student, or had moved out of the Brookville Area School District, you can apply for an exemption by submitting a completed Exemption Form to the District Business Office.  Deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. 

Click HERE to download a copy of the Occupational Assessment Tax Exemption form.

Elementary School Yearbooks

4 months ago

To Purchase Your Elementary School Yearbook

Go to:  www.jostens.com

Click on the yearbook tab at the top of the page.

Under Students and Parents click Buy Your Yearbook.

Type in Pinecreek Elementary School (Brookville, PA)

This elementary yearbook includes Northside, Pinecreek and Hickory Grove buildings and all elementary students Kindergarten through 6th grade.  The cost of the yearbook is $20 plus tax.  Yearbooks will be delivered to students at the end of the school year.

My Alerts Available for HG & HS Guardians

4 months ago

Use the My Alerts option to access and change settings for the types of email alerts you would like to receive for your student.

To display this page, move your pointer over your user name in the Home Access Center banner, then select My Alerts.

Subscribe to HAC Alerts

The My Alerts page includes checkboxes for the following types of alerts. If you are a guardian who can access multiple students in HAC, a separate set of boxes displays for each student. Checking a box enables the type of alert indicated.

       ·     Course Average - Allows email alerts to be sent on your student's course averages. To limit the alerts to averages outside a range, enter the bottom of the range in the below field - for example, 75 for averages less than 75 - and the top of the range in the above field - for example, 89 for averages of 90 or greater. Enter whole numbers; decimals are not allowed. To enable alerts for all averages regardless of their level, leave the two fields blank.

       ·     Classwork - Allows email alerts to be sent on averages for class assignments. To limit the alerts to averages outside a range, enter the bottom of the range in the below field - for example, 75 for averages less than 75 - and the top of the range in the above field - for example, 89 for averages of 90 or greater. Enter whole numbers; decimals are not allowed. To display averages for all assignments regardless of their level, leave the two fields blank.

Note: When you leave the My Alerts page, all of your entries are saved automatically.

BASD Food Service Offers Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals

6 months ago

The Brookville Area School District has made it faster and easier for parents to apply for free and reduced meals.

This free service enables families to receive program benefits faster than using the paper application.  Your application is electronically submitted directly to the child nutrition office for processing.
* Submit an application in minutes
* Easy-to-follow steps
* Faster processing
* Safe and secure

To get started visit www.schoolcafe.com .

Please visit the Brookville Area School District Food Service web page for more information.

Paper applications are available at the school offices, cafeterias or by calling the Food Service Department.

Rebecca Kammerdeiner
Food Service Director
(814) 849-1138

BASD Adjusts Security Policies Following PSP Recommendations

7 months ago

The Brookville Area School District received a good report from the State Police who recently reviewed the District’s security policies.  The State Police congratulated the District on its emergency policies, which have a chain-of-command that is three levels deep.  Also, the State Police were impressed that so many teachers had received training in passive restraint and with the District’s lockdown and active shooter plans.  

The State Police recommended two changes to improve the security of the District’s property. The two highest priorities were eliminating parking spaces next to buildings and securing the property from any outsiders while school is in session.  Because of concerns for emergency vehicles accessing the building and the potential of a parked car with dangerous devices next to the building, the State Police recommend all parking space be reallocated away from the building walls.  Over the summer, the budgeted repaving project for the high school will result in new parking lines and the elimination of spaces abutting the building.  There will still be sufficient parking for all teachers and staff. 

The District will also be enacting new policies that permit only those persons with reasons related to school business or their student to be on District campus grounds while school is in session.  “We were hesitant about implementing this policy because a number of community members walk the track and parking lot at our Hickory Grove and High School campus,” Said Principal Ruthanne Barbazzeni.  “But we have to take seriously the safety of our students and the recommendations of the State Police.”  The BASD School Board approved this policy and directed new signs to be placed around the campus perimeters that remind community members to return to walk or enjoy the playground when school is not in session. 

“We have to consider first the safety of our students, but we want the community to have access to the track and playground whenever possible,” stated board member Don Gill.  To accommodate state safety guidelines and to continue welcoming the community, the amended school policy states the grounds are inaccessible only when school is in session, from 7am-4pm during the academic year.  On weekends, in the summer, on snow days, and when flex days permit earlier use of the grounds, the public is welcome on school grounds to use the playground, basketball courts, and track.