Board of Directors

The Port Allegany School District Board of Directors consists of 11 individuals committed to quality in education. Our board members volunteer their time to represent and ensure the best interests of our students as they review community input, create or review policies, develop budgets, and establish new programs.

What is a school board?

    • Nine unpaid voting members
    • Four-year terms
    • Empowered by the state of Pennsylvania
    • Duties set by Pennsylvania school laws
    • Establishes policies
    • Adopts annual budget
    • Levies taxes
    • Approves expenditures
    • Sets school calendar
    • Approves curriculum changes

    The superintendent serves as a non-voting member. The solicitor, elected and hired for a stipulated fee by the board, advises the board in legal matters and completes various legal activities involving the school district.

    What are the qualifications for membership?

    • Citizen of Pennsylvania
    • 18 years of age or older
    • School district resident for at least one year prior to election
    • Be a person of good moral character
    • Term of office is four years

    What is the role of the superintendent?

    • Elected by board for three-, four-, or five-year term
    • Executive officer in administrating policies and operation of schools
    • Advisor of board on school programs
    • Makes recommendations to the board relating to professional staff, curriculum, textbooks, school plant, and financial affairs
    • Superintendent has no vote

      When does your board meet?

      • Regular monthly meetings of the committee of the whole (planning meeting) is generally the first Monday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m.
      • Regular monthly board meeting, when votes are taken, is the second Monday of the month. Board meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

      School vacations, holidays, budget deadlines, and board reorganization may change these dates and are advertised in advance. Meetings are held in the high school library.

      How do you address the board?

      We encourage and welcome public comment at both planning meetings and at our regular monthly board meetings. The following guidelines will permit meetings to move smoothly and allow sufficient time for all comments to be heard:

      • At the monthly planning meetings, public comment will be initiated at the beginning of the agenda.
      • All comments and questions will be addressed to the chair.
      • Board and staff members will not normally respond to comments or questions from the public during the meeting unless recognized by the chair or the superintendent for this purpose.
      • When a large number of citizens wish to make statements, the board may limit individual comments so that all parties may be heard.

      How does one address individual problems?

      If you have a specific question regarding your child, begin by speaking with the teacher involved or with the building principal or administrator. If further discussion is necessary the question may be referred to the superintendent. This procedure enables you to get a direct and immediate response from the individuals directly responsible.

      Concerns that remain unanswered may be referred directly to the superintendent. Board members are responsible for matters that affect the entire district, and they should only be contacted about individual problems if the family's concerns have not been addressed by the various staff members involved.

      Board of Directors

      Dr. Mark Carlson
      President

      Mrs. Erica Petruzzi
      Vice President

      Mr. Justin Fillhart
      Member

      Mr. Kerry Hawver
      Member

      Mrs. Bonna Johns
      Member

      Mr. Sean Lathrop
      Member

      Mr. Jason Stake
      Member

      Mr. Jonathan Stehle
      Member

      Mr. Donald Tanner
      Treasurer