Snow days extend BASD school year


BELLEFONTE — Students in the Bellefonte Area School District will be going to school a little longer than they originally thought.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, the district confirmed that the last day of school has been moved from Monday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 5. The change was necessitated due to a pair of snow days that took place in January.

“I wanted to publically let everyone know that the last day of school will be shifted two days,” said BASD superintendent Michelle Saylor.

According to Saylor, the snow days won’t change the rest of the calendar. Graduation is scheduled for Monday, June 3.

Those dates are tentative, however.

“Right now, we aren’t looking at any more changes there,” Saylor said. “Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us and get us through the rest of February and March without any problems.”

Saylor said that a draft of the 2019-2020 calendar will be presented at the next school board meeting.

It was also announced that there is an opening on the board. The board intends to appoint an individual to fill this vacancy through the first Monday of December, 2019. To remain on the board beyond December 2019, it will be necessary to seek election as a school board director. Interested applicants may seek election to continue this position for a four-year term by contacting the Office of Elections at the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte to obtain a packet to place his or her name on the ballot.

According to Pennsylvania law, the appointee must be a citizen of Pennsylvania, of good moral character, at least 18 years of age, have been a resident of the Bellefonte Area School District for at least one year, and reside within the boundaries of the Bellefonte Area School District prior to his/her appointment. Board members are required to file annual financial interest statements with the State Ethics Commission.

To apply for the open position, interested residents of the Bellefonte Area School District should submit a letter of interest that includes background and reasons for wishing to serve on the board, a resume, and an application, which are available at Candidates will be interviewed and an appointment made at the next meeting.

In other business:

r Saylor said that the school policy regarding tobacco use has changed.

“I know there was some conversation about vaping not being part of the policy as far as that not being included in the discipline piece,” Saylor said.

The policy change now includes “niccotine-based derivatives” – which includes all forms of vaping, including Juuling.

r It was announced that the Bellefonte Wrestling Association has made a $1,000 donation to the capital campaign. A presentation was held prior to the wrestling match last night against Clearfield on what was deemed “Hall of Fame Night.”

The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Bellefonte Area Middle School.