Superintendent Search
Dear Blackhawk Community and Staff,

Your local school board is about to launch a school superintendent search, and I have been selected to lead the effort.

My name is Dr. Edward Albert, former educator and school superintendent now serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools.  I am eager to get acquainted with as many of you as I can during this process because your input will have a crucial impact on the school board’s ultimate hiring decision.

I have created three activities for school and community involvement. My first priority is visiting schools (a date will be given shortly) to talk with staff. Next, I have planned a community night on to hear more about your interests and requirements for the next superintendent.

If you are unable to attend, you still have the opportunity to contribute. I have created an online survey to collect your thoughts and opinions. The survey will be accessible on the district website until October 31. I hope many of you will take the time to weigh in. We need to hear from you.

I look forward to conducting this search and working toward the ultimate goal of identifying the best candidate for your district.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer Clearance Requirements for 2023-24 School Year

For the safety of our students BSD requires each volunteer to have the following clearances on file BEFORE their first day of volunteering with our students! If you do not have clearances on file, you will not be allowed to volunteer at BSD schools.


1. 2023-24 Volunteer Clearance Form-- no cost, every volunteer needs to submit a new form each year.

2. 2023-24 Volunteer Application & Confidentiality Form -- no cost, must present ID with submittal of agreement.  Required each year.

3. Pennsylvania Criminal Record checks (SP4-164) -- no cost, every volunteer needs to submit a new form every year.


4. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (CY113) -- no cost for 1st time, and volunteers need to renew every 5 years. (For renewals before 57 months there is an $8 fee).

5. If you are a new volunteer to BSD you are required to submit the following only once:

A. If you have been a Pennsylvania resident for the entire previous 10 years you may submit the Unpaid Volunteer Affidavit.

B. If you have not been a Pennsylvania resident for the entire previous 10 years you must have a Federal Bureau of Investigations Criminal Background Check - $27.00 (use link under the Department of Education).

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