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.


School Board Meeting Dates 2021

High School Library or Zoom (Unless Otherwise Indicated)

Agenda Meetings - 7:00 PM

Voting Meetings - 7:00 PM

January 12, 2021

January 19, 2021

February 9, 2021

February 16, 2021

March 9, 2021

March 16, 2021

April 13, 2021

April 20, 2021

May 11, 2021

May 18, 2021

June 8, 2021

June 15, 2021

July - No Meetings Scheduled

August 10, 2021

August 17, 2021

September 14, 2021

September 21, 2021

October 12, 2021

October 19, 2021

November 9, 2021

November 16, 2021

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - Reorganization Meeting – 7:00 PM



Education Committee Meetings:
The education committee: 5:30 p.m. in the high school library or via Zoom prior to each agenda plan meeting.

Policy Committee Meetings:
The policy committee meets at 1 p.m. in the central office conference room .  The 2021 meeting dates are as follows:
  • Jan. 28
  • April 29
  • June 24
  • Sept. 30 
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 BoardDocs.  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

School Board Agenda Meeting

Tue Oct 12 2021
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School Board Voting Meeting

Tue Oct 19 2021
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School Board Agenda Meeting

Tue Nov 09 2021
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School Board Voting Meeting

Tue Nov 16 2021
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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.


Years of Service:  2015 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
Vice President
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
Email: [email protected]

Committee: Finance 
Years of Service:  2011 - Present
Term Expires: 2023

Committees: Chairperson, Education 
AW Beattie Career Center Rep
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Email: [email protected]
Committees: Chairperson, Athletics
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Email: [email protected]

Committees: Chairperson, Technology
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023

Committees:  Chairperson, Legislative Outreach (PSBA);
Chairperson, Policy
Years of Service:  2017 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
Email: [email protected] 

Committees: Co-Chair, Buildings/Grounds; Transportation
AW Beattie Career Center Rep
Years of Service:  2019 - Present
Term Expires: 2023
Committees: Co-Chair, Buildings/Grounds; Transportation
Years of Service:  2013 - Present
Term Expires: 2021
MR. Rick Gao
Student Representative
Term: 2021-2022 School Year
School District Solicitor
Years of Service:  2000 - Present 

Committee Meetings:

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