Port Allegany students

Port Allegany Students

Our Administrators

The people and staff who comprise our administration care deeply about providing a great education to the children of Port Allegany. With the best interests of our students always forefront, our administrators work hard to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive an education in a safe, learning-conducive environment. Our door is always open; we invite you to contact us at the e-mail addresses below or call our office to schedule an appointment if you have any questions or concerns.


Mr. Gary Buchsen
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Mr. Marc Budd
High School Principal
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Mr. Tracy Kio
Elementary Principal
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Ms. Erika Emerick
Assistant Principal
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Mr. Adam Moate
Business Manager
814-642-2596 Ext. 4213
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Ms. Kari Stake
Food Services Manager
814-642-2544 ext. 4218
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Support Staff

Mrs. Cindy Lasher
Secretary to the Superintendent
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Mrs. Vicki Brown
Secretary to the High School Principal
ext. 4155
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Mrs. Jill Stuckey
Secretary to the Elementary Principal
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Mrs. Sharon Rosenwie
Attendance/Payroll Clerk
814-642-2596 Ext. 234
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Ms. Mary Anne Mantz
Business Office Secretary
814-642-2596 Ext. 155
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About Mr. Gary Buchsen, Superintendent

My name is Gary Buchsen and it is my honor to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Port Allegany School District.  

I am a 1987 graduate of Coudersport High School. After high school, I attended Saint Francis College majoring in history with a law concentration. I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Saint Francis. I earned my administrative certificate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and my superintendent's letter of eligibility at Gannon University.  

This is my 24th year in education. For 17 years, I was a high school social studies teacher in the Windber Area school district. I have also served as the elementary, middle school, and high school principal at Windber. For the past six years, I served as the Director of Curriculum with the Conemaugh Township Area School District, serving the last three years as the superintendent.  

I began my work at Port Allegany on December 3, 2013.  

I am married to my wife, Jennifer, who was a former special education teacher and now a stay at home mom. We have two daughters, Evelyn and Steffi.

About Mr. Marc Budd, High School Principal

Welcome to the Port Allegany Jr. and Sr. High School! My name is Marc Budd; it is a privilege to be your junior and senior high school principal. I am excited for the opportunity to work with your child and share in his/her success. I have been a part of the staff here at Port Allegany for twenty years. During that time, I have been a coach, teacher, and principal. 

On a personal note, I have a wonderful wife and daughter.  My wife, Traci, is an elementary teacher in the Coudersport School District. Our daughter, Brielle, is currently going into fourth grade. As a family, we enjoy many of the outdoor activities afforded us in North Central Pennsylvania, and just spending quality time together.

Please stay actively engaged in your child's high school experience. Now more than ever, your child needs your continued support. My wish is that every parent and child will feel welcome and safe in our school system while every child receives a quality education. My door is always open; please stop in and discuss any concerns that you have. We all have the same goal; let's work together to achieve success.


About Mr. Tracy Kio, Elementary Principal

Welcome!  My name is Tracy Kio, and it is an honor to be your elementary principal.  I am very humbled to have the opportunity to work with your children, our staff, and the entire learning community of the Port Allegany School District.  Many of you know me from my twenty-six years as a teacher in this district.  For those who do not, I will provide you with a little part of my educational history.  I graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1982 and then attended Mansfield University graduating in 1987 with a B.S. in elementary education.  I obtained my Masters Equivalency in 1992 from the state of PA.  In 2006, I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University and then received my K-12 Principal Certification from Edinboro University in 2008.  

I have also been involved in many community programs throughout my career and have coached basketball for 26 years at the high school level. 

The message that I wish to have resonate in our community is that the elementary building fosters a pleasant atmosphere for each individual who enters our doors.  From the front office to the music room I want everyone to feel comfortable and treated in the most respectable manner.  We welcome your voice and will listen intently to your concerns.  Our most important resource is our children and we will collectively strive to provide them with a golden opportunity for academic and social success.  You can be reassured that we are committed to you and that we believe in you and your children. 

About Ms. Erika Emerick, Assistant Principal

My name is Erika Emerick, and I am honored and excited to be the assistant principal of Port Allegany School District. I grew up in nearby Cameron County, received my teaching degree in special education from Lock Haven University, a master’s degree in reading and literacy from Walden University, and my administrative certification from the University of Denver. I began my teaching career in Pennsylvania, then after a year moved to Colorado, where I stayed as a teacher and administrator for eleven years. I moved back to Pennsylvania three years ago, and I spent the last two years working with the KtO Grant in a nearby school district. I began working in Port Allegany on October 6, 2014.

I have two boys, who are both avid soccer and baseball players.  They are in fourth and first grade, and the energy in our house is never ending. They love exploring the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and camping with their grandparents. It is always an adventure with them, whether we are at home, practicing or competing, hiking, or camping.  

Finally, I am looking forward to a long and exciting career in the district, where I am surrounded by a wonderful community, staff, and administrative team.  

About Mr. Adam Moate, Business Manager

About Ms. Kari Stake, Food Services Manager

About Mrs. Cindy Lasher, Secretary to the Superintendent

About Mrs. Vicki Brown, Secretary to the High School Principal

About Mrs. Jill Stuckey, Secretary to the Elementary Principal

About Mrs. Sharon Rosenwie, Attendance/Payroll Clerk

About Ms. Mary Anne Mantz, Business Office Secretary