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.
Committee and Meeting Information
Access to District Policies, Minutes, and Meeting Agendas
BoardDocs Public Accesslink to Board of Education Meeting agendas, minutes (March 20, 2017 and newer) and District Policies
School Board Minutes – beginning with the March 20, 2017 meeting, all minutes will be posted on BoardDocs.

Board Membership

The Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Education consists of nine members. Effective with the 2015 Primary Elections, all nine seats are “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.

Southern Columbia Area School Board

Non-voting Members

Board Meeting Schedule 2022

All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m., in the High School Library (unless otherwise advertised), and will be live streamed on the Southern Columbia Area School District YouTube channel. Public comment may be submitted through Microsoft Forms. Links to access the meeting and the Public Comment form will be posted in the News and Announcements on the homepage the day of the meeting. Following are the regularly scheduled Board meetings:


January 10
February 21
March 21
April 25
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 5

Superintendent Contract and 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