Deer Lakes

School District

Board of School Directors


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.

Scheduled School Board Meetings in 2019

School Board Meeting Dates 2019

High School Library

Agenda Meetings - 7:00 PM

Regular Meetings - 7:00 PM

January 8, 2019

January 15, 2019

February 12, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 12, 2019

March 19, 2019

April 9, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 14, 2019

May 21, 2019

June 11, 2019

June 18, 2019

July - No Meetings Scheduled

August 13, 2019

August 20, 2019

September 10, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 8, 2019

October 15, 2019

November 12, 2019

November 19, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Reorganization Meeting – 7:00 PM

Upcoming Meetings

May School Board Voting Meeting

The school board meets on the second (agenda meeting) and third (voting meeting) Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise indicated.

Exceptions are in July, when no meetings are scheduled and December, which always has just one meeting so the school board can reorganize and make new assignments and responsibilities.  All Deer Lakes school board meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the high school library, unless otherwise indicated.

January 8 – Agenda Meeting; January 15 – Voting Meeting
February 12 – Agenda Meeting; February 19 – Voting Meeting
March 12 – Agenda Meeting; March 19 – Voting Meeting
April 9 – Agenda Meeting; April 16 – Voting Meeting
May 14 – Agenda Meeting; May 21 – Voting Meeting
June 11 – Agenda Meeting; June 18 – Voting Meeting
July – No Meeting
August 13 – Agenda Meeting; August 20 – Voting Meeting
September 10 – Agenda Meeting; September 17 – Voting Meeting
October 8 – Agenda Meeting; October 15 – Voting Meeting
November 12 – Agenda Meeting; November 19 – Voting Meeting
December 3 – School Board Reorganization Meeting
Tue May 21 2019

2019 High School Prom

Fri May 24 2019

Weather Cancellation Make Up Date

At its March 26 voting meeting, the Deer Lakes Board of School Directors announced that all Deer Lakes School District students and staff will have classes on Friday, May 24, 2019.  The date was added to the class schedule in March to make up for the lost school day on Feb. 20. Fri May 24 2019

Memorial Day (No Classes)

Mon May 27 2019
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Committee Meetings

The Athletics,  Buildings/Grounds/Transportation, Technology and Finance 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.  Also, please note that all public meetings are subject to change.


Mr. William A. Lupone, Jr.
Committee:  Finance 
Years of Service:  2011 - Present
Term Expires: 2019
Mr. Louis W. Buck
Vice President 
Committees: Athletics and Buildings/Grounds/Transportation
Years of Service:  2015 - Present
Term Expires: 2019
Ms. Jodi Banyas-Galecki
Committees: Policy and Technology
Years of Service:  2005 - 2009; 2011 - Present
Term Expires: 2019
Years of Service:   
Dr. Eric J. Bieniek
Committees:  Education - Chairperson 
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Mrs. Kristi Minnick 
Legislative Chairperson - PSBA
Committees:  Technology - Chairperson and Policy 
Term Expires:
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Mr. Vic Laurenza, Jr.
Committees:  Finance - Chairperson, Athletics - Chairperson
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Mrs. Leanna M. Shurina
Committees: Buildings/Grounds/Transportation and Education and Personnel
Years of Service:  2015 - Present
Term Expires: 2019
Mr. Gary W. Torick
A.W. Beattie Career Center Liaison
Committees: Policy - Chairperson and Education and Technology
Years of Service:  2015 - Present
Term Expires: 2019
Mr. Phillip Ziendarski
Committees: Buildings/Grounds/Transportation - Chairperson and Personnel
Years of Service:  2013 - Present
Term Expires: 2021

Committee Meetings:

The Education Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. in Room 106 of the high school prior to each agenda meeting.
The Athletic, Buildings/Grounds/Transportation, Technology, and Finance Committees will be advertised and meet as necessary.