Board of Education


What is a school board?

A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as agents of the state legislature. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office without pay.  School directors, although locally elected, are really state officials, co-partners with the legislature. They are designated by school law to administer the school system in each district-  source PSBA


Southern Columbia Area School District is accepting letters of application from residents of the Southern Columbia Area School District to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors for a 2-year term.  Please submit letter of appliction and resume to Tresa Britch, Board Secretary, Southern Columbia Area School District, 800 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA  17820.  Application deadline:  November 30, 2017.


Southern Columbia Area School Board

Michael Yeager, President
CMAVTS JOC - Nov. 2016
Term Expires December 2017
Joseph Klebon, Vice-President
CSIU Representative
Term Expires December 2017
John O. Yocum, Treasurer
CMAVTS JOC - Nov. 17
Term Expires December 2019
Kaye Keller
Term Expires December 2019
Charles E. Porter
Term Expires December 2017
Thomas Reich
Term Expires December 2019
Timothy Vought
CMAVTS JOC - Alternate
Term Expires December 2017
Gary Wilson
Term Expires December 2019
Gail Zambor Schuerch
Wellness Committee
Term Expires December 2017
Non-Voting Members of the Board
Richard Roberts, Solicitor
Paul Caputo, Superintendent
Tresa Britch, Board Secretary
Ted Yeager, CMAVTS Authority
         Additional Contact and Meeting Information
         Board Committee Assignments (pdf)
         Policy Manual Access, Minutes, and Meeting Agendas
         Policy Manual (retired policy management page)
         School Board Minutes- beginning with the March 20, 2017 meeting, all minutes will be posted on                            BoardDocs.


January 9 and 16
February 13 and 20
March 13 and 20
April 10 and 24
May 8 and 15
June 12 and 19 (the June 19th meeting is cancelled)
July 17
August 14 and 21
September 11 and 18
October 9 and 16 (the October 16th meeting is cancelled)
November 13 and 20
December 4 (Reorganization mtg.)
All meetings will be held in the Southern Columbia Area District Office Conference Room,
800 Southern Drive, Catawissa, PA at 7:30 p.m.


The Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Education consists of nine members. Effective with the 2015 Primary Elections, all nine seats will be "at-large," meaning candidates do not have to live within a specific region to run for office; they simply must be a resident of one of the following communities:

Catawissa Borough, Catawissa Township, Cleveland Township, Franklin Township, Locust Township, Ralpho Township, or Roaring Creek Township.


Superintendent Evaluation

As a result of Act 82 of 2012, formal written contracts for superintendents and assistant superintendents are required. The contracts must contain the "terms and conditions" of the superintendent's employment and "complete agreement between the district superintendent or assistant district superintendent and the board of school directors," including a number of mandatory provisions. At a minimum, the written agreement must expressly address the following issues:

  1. Job duties and responsibilities
  2. The job description
  3. Performance expectations

Southern Columbia Area School District's Superintendent Contract and Performance Objectives