Users must register for SchoolReach for new school year

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.

Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.

When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.

Board President Gary Conrad also said the system must be purged because some people’s cell numbers might change, and those of students who signed up but graduated or are not enrolled in the district remain in the system.

“It’s the same thing as last year,” Wolfe added, noting also that as families move in the district, phone numbers also change.

According to the district’s Web site, SchoolReach is used for school delay/closing notifications, as well as for attendance and other important notification events. 

Because of the system purge, it is important to complete the registration survey in order to receive notification for the 2011-12 school year. All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are used only for the purposes described. 

 When used, the service will call all phone numbers in the selected contact lists and will deliver a voice or text message from a school administrator. 

Users on the Verizon system will receive only text messages.

Parents, students and staff should not rely on SchoolReach as the only means of notification about school closings and delays, as these types of notifications will also be made through local television and radio stations, Comcast Channel 18, and the district Web page.

To renew a registration for SchoolReach, or to register for the first time, go to the district’s Web page at

Also Monday:
• Wolfe presented board member Jack White with a framed certificate from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for his 12 years of service on the board.

Wolfe and the board also saluted outgoing board members Jeff Martz and Penny Pearce for their four years of service on the board. Neither Martz nor Pearce sought re-election to the board this year.

• As per a request by board member Lesa Conner, the board changed its reorganizational meeting from Tuesday, Dec. 6, to Wednesday, Dec. 7.
• Elementary Principal Sharon Weber received praise from board Vice-President Francis Molinaro, for the Veterans’ Day program at Jenks Hill, and from Roberta Dinsmore, for the “Get Ready for Kindergarten” program Nov. 3 at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.

• Wolfe congratulated Elementary Principal Travis Monroe, Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs Richard Galluzzi and the teachers at West End Elementary, as the school was named a “Distinguished School” for the second year in a row by the Division of Federal Programs.

• A Parent Resource link has been added to the district’s Web site, Wolfe said, for parents who seek help in helping their children with homework and in other areas.

• The board approved a LERTA application for Universal Well Service, Punxsy, with a 9-0 vote, and for board member Pascuzzo and his wife Lisa for a Beyer Avenue property with an 8-0 vote.

Pascuzzo abstained from voting.