Port Allegany students

Board Meetings


We hope you’ll join us at the Port Allegany High School library at 7:00 p.m. for our board meetings. We will meet on the dates indicated in the document below.

Upcoming Meeting

Our agenda for the next regular or Committee-of-the-Whole board meeting is available below for review.

Meeting Minutes

Select the links below to view or print a copy of the meeting minutes:

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 state of Pennsylvania
  • Duties set by PA 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 school board membership?

  • Citizen of Pennsylvania
  • 18 years of age
  • School district resident for 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 with the school board?

  • 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?

Public comment is encouraged and welcomed at both planning meetings and 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 do you 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 which remain unanswered may be referred directly to the superintendent. Board members are responsible for matters which 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

Mrs. Erica Petruzzi
Vice President

Mr. Justin Fillhart

Mr. Kerry Hawver

Mrs. Bonna Johns

Mr. Sean Lathrop

Mr. Donald Tanner

Mr. Jason Stake

Mr. Jonathan Stehle


The Port Allegany School District buildings will be closed beginning Thursday, April 9 through Tuesday, April 14 for the Easter holiday.

High School students should continue their planned instruction lessons and elementary students should continue their enrichment activities on Wednesday, April 15. 

In the meantime, stay engaged with your education, maintain your social distancing, and be sure to do your part as we work through this closure period.  Our buildings will again be opened to our students and the public once it is safe to do so.

On behalf of everyone with the Port Allegany School District, we wish you a safe and Happy Easter.