Deer Lakes

School District

Board of School Directors

OVERVIEW
The Deer Lakes board of school directors consists of nine individuals who are elected at large by the citizens of East Deer, Frazer and West Deer townships. School Board members are both state and local officials. Though elected locally, they serve on behalf of the Pennsylvania state legislature. Each director serves without compensation for a term of four years.

The school board's primary responsibilities include:
  • Provide for the education of all children
  • Set district policies and regulations regarding school activities
  • Adopt textbooks
  • Hire a superintendent, principals, teachers, and other staff
  • Adopt an annual school district budget
  • Levy taxes

Other Information
• If you are a homeowner in our school district who has not completed a Homestead/Farmstead exclusion application, we encourage you to do so. If you have previously completed an application, you do not need to so again. Homeowners who completed their application will see a sizable reduction on their school property tax bill. 

• School board meetings are typically the held in the Deer Lakes High School library at 7 p.m. on the second (agenda meetings) and third (voting meetings) Tuesday of each month.  However, meetings are subject to change with proper public notification.  Please check this page for the most up-to-date information on our school board meetings. 
 
• The Deer Lakes school board encourages all community members to attend its meetings and to make public comments at those meetings. 
 
Comments at the beginning of committee and regular meetings will be accepted on agenda items only, and there will be an opportunity to address the board at the end of the meeting on non-agenda items.

At each public school board meeting, in accordance with the law and Deer Lakes' procedures and policy, prior to official action by the board, community members will have the opportunity to provide public comment for three minutes per speaker.  The policy also stuipulates that public participation may not exceed 30 minutes unless otherwise decided by a majority of the board present.

Community members are encouraged to present written statements to the school board containing remarks or comments. Instead of formally speaking on agenda items, or in the event time allotted for public participation has already been filled, written comments regarding agenda items may be submitted to the board’s secretary, who is tasked with delivering the same to the board members before its next meeting if received in a timely manner.
Non-residents who wish to address the board can do so by submitting a request form prior to the meeting, which can be obtained at the district's administrative offices. Please click here to see the board policy associated with public prticipation in school board meetings.

• You may contact the Deer Lakes board of school directors via email. The board requests that all correspondence, whether by email or traditional mail, include the sender’s name, address and phone number.

MEETINGS OVERVIEW

School Board Meeting Dates 2020

High School Library (Unless Otherwise Indicated)

Agenda Meetings - 7:00 PM

Voting Meetings - 7:00 PM

January 14, 2020

January 21, 2020

February 11, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 10, 2020

March 17, 2020

April 14, 2020

April 21, 2020

May 12, 2020

May 19, 2020

June 9, 2020

June 16, 2020

July - No Meetings Scheduled

August 11, 2020

August 18, 2020

September 8, 2020

September 15, 2020

October 13, 2020

October 20, 2020

November 10, 2020

November 17, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - Reorganization Meeting – 7:00 PM

 
 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Education Committee Meetings:
The education committee: 5:30 p.m. in room 106 of the high school prior to each agenda plan meeting.

Policy Committee Meetings:
The policy committee meets at 1 p.m. in the central office conference room .  The 2020 meeting dates are as follows:
  • Jan. 9
  • April 9
  • June 11
  • Sept. 3 
The Athletics,  Buildings/Grounds/Transportation, Technology, Finance and Policy Committees meet as necessary and are advertised in the Valley News Dispatch, on the front doors of our schools, and on the front page of Board Docs.  All other committee meetings are listed in the district and school board calendars.  

Please note that all public meetings are subject to change.

Upcoming Meetings

Finance Committee Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/97134107140

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Or Telephone:
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Tue Jun 02 2020

Individual Graduation Recognition

In addition to the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 4, we will also provide our newest graduates an opportunity to participate in a voluntary in-person Individual Graduation Recognition event.  Each student who wishes to participate will be provided with a five-minute window between noon and 5 p.m.  Honorees will hear their name called over Lancer Stadium’s loudspeakers and they will have an opportunity to have their graduation photos taken by a professional photographer before exiting the facility to make room for the next honoree.  Students, family and staff will be required to comply with the state’s social distancing guidelines during all District-sponsored events. Thu Jun 04 2020

Last Day of School

Thu Jun 04 2020

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Deer Lakes High School’s first ever Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, June 4. The event will include a pre-recorded video of student graduation speeches and the conferment of diplomas for the Class of 2020, which will be shared on the District’s website and a link will be sent out to high school families.

Also, as previously scheduled, the District plans to hold an in-person Commencement Ceremony at Lancer Stadium on Thursday, July 16.  
Thu Jun 04 2020
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Public Participation During the Pandemic

Deer Lakes remains committed to transparency in its school board meetings.  Unfortunately, due to governmental restrictions, in-person participation is impossible right now. However, you can still join any meeting remotely by following the simple instructions on the district calendar below.

Contact:

MR. WILLIAM A. LUPONE, JR.
President 
Committee: Finance 
Years of Service:  2011 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
 
MR. LOUIS W. BUCK
Vice President 
Committees: Co-Chair, Buildings/Grounds;
Co-Chair, AW Beattie Career Center
Years of Service:  2015 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
 
MR. VIC LAURENZA, JR.
Treasurer
Committees: Chairperson, Athletics; Finance
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
 
DR. ERIC J. BIENIEK
Committees: Chairperson, Education; Co-Chair, AW Beattie Career Center
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Email: ebieniek@deerlakes.net

MRS. CRISTY McCLOSKEY
Committees: Chairperson, Technology
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023

MRS. KRISTI MINNICK
Committees:  Chairperson, Legislative Outreach (PSBA);
Co-Chair, Policy 
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Email: kminnick@deerlakes.net 
 
MR. LARRY NEIDIG
Committees: Co-Chair, Policy
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
Email: lneidig@deerlakes.net
 
MR. SAM SMALLWOOD
Committees: Athletics
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
 
MR. PHILLIP ZIENDARSKI
Committees: Chairperson, Buildings/Grounds;
Co-Chair, Transportation
Years of Service:  2013 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
 
MR. JACOB KOZLOWSKI
Student Representative
Term: 2019-2020 School Year
 
MR. RAYMOND F. SEKULA
School District Solicitor
Years of Service:  2000 - Present 

Committee Meetings:

The Education Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 106 of the high school prior to each agenda meeting.
The Athletic, Buildings/Grounds/Transportation, Technology, Finance, and Policy Committees will be advertised and meet as necessary.