School Board Members 

School Director                         Position                           Email Address                             Term Expires

Mrs. Michelle Z. Vesay                President                           mzvesay@bmsd.org                                 2023

Dr. Timothy G. Grube                   Vice President                   tggrube@bmsd.org                                   2023

Mr. John A. Carestia                     Secretary                          jacarestia@bmsd.org                               2021

Mr. David W. Lafko                       Treasurer                           dlafko@bmsd.org                                     2023

Mr. Herman R. Fligge                                                             hrfligge@bmsd.org                                     2021

Mr. Scott W. Reichert                                                             swreichert@bmsd.org                               2023

Mrs. Marie J. Riegel                                                                 mjriegel@bmsd.org             Appointed - 2021

Mrs. Krista L. Strause                                                             klstrause@bmsd.org                                 2023

 

Mrs. Anne Usuka                                                                     ajusuka@bmsd.org                                   2021

                                                       All Board Members          BM_Brd_of_Dir@bmsd.org

Non-Voting Members

Ms. Gail Moyer

Eric Prock, Solicitor

2021 Board Meetings*

Committee of the Whole Meetings
6:30 PM at the Middle School
January 14, 2021
February 18, 2021
March 18, 2021

April 15, 2021
May 13, 2021
June 17, 2021
July - None Scheduled
August 12, 2021
September 16, 2021
October 21, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 6, 2021
Reorganization Meeting 
Followed by Committee of Whole Meeting

Regular Board Meetings
6:30 PM
January 25, 2021 at BMMS
February 25, 2021 at BMMS
March 25, 2021 at BMMS
April 22, 2021 at BMMS
May 20, 2021 at BMMS
June 24, 2021 at BMMS
Special Board Mtg July 22, 2021 at BMMS
Special Board Mtg July 29, 2021 at BMMS

August 18, 2021 at BMMS
September 23, 2021 at BMMS
October 28, 2021 at BMMS
November 18, 2021 at BMEC
December 16, 2021 at BMHS

Board Approved 12/10/2020

*Board action may be taken at any of the meetings listed.

** Special Board Meetings

Update Regarding Facemasks at Board Meetings

On Friday, May 14, 2021, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a statement that included:

“Because most K-12 students in Pennsylvania are not vaccinated and only a few weeks remain in the 2020-21 school year, PDE recommends school entities continue to follow their current mitigation strategies. Remaining consistent in approach will help to ensure the safety and well-being of school communities while minimizing disruptions that may result from significant revisions to existing plans and systems. As a reminder, school entities may implement stricter mitigation strategies than otherwise required by law, rule, and regulations. 

At the same time, PDE recognizes that many school entities may wish to revise current mitigation strategies to reflect the increased flexibility afforded to fully vaccinated individuals per the updated CDC guidance. Such revisions are within the discretion and authority of school entities. Notably, school entities that choose to forego requiring face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals would not be violating the Secretary of Health’s universal face covering order or the associated attestation process.”

After discussing the issue with the district solicitor, it has been decided to make changes regarding facemask requirements at board meetings for those people that are fully vaccinated. This decision is based on the statement that our district will not be violating the “universal face covering order or the associated attestation process” if we allow fully vaccinated people to attend the meeting without wearing a facemask. Following recommendations of district solicitor and trying to respect the feelings of all attendees, the Blue Mountain Middle School Cafetorium will have a designated area for those people not wearing facemasks and an area for those attendees that may not feel comfortable sitting in proximity to someone that is not wearing a facemask. At this time, there has not been any change in facemask requirements for the school day.

As always, everyone’s cooperation is appreciated during this very trying time.