New Principal Hired at Blue Mountain High School

The Blue Mountain School Board approved Charles E. Schaeffer as the new high school principal at its September 23 meeting.

Schaeffer graduated from Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching. He received his Masters from Wilkes University in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2005.

Schaeffer comes to Blue Mountain from Muhlenberg High School in Berks County, where he was Deputy Principal since 2014. He taught at Hamburg Region Middle School from 1999 to 2014.

Charles E. Schaeffer

He replaces Kevin Berger, who left the post over the summer. Schaeffer’s prorated salary is $ 102,698 plus benefits. He is a resident of the neighborhood.

Superintendent David H. Helsel had filled the vacant high school post in the interim. The board planned to vote on a $ 500 per week allowance for Helsel for his extra work, which he asked to be removed from the agenda.

“I volunteered to be the principal of the high school,” Helsel said. “It’s been a lot of extra work, but the allowance is not necessary.”


The resignations of Mitch Stokes as assistant wrestling coach, Dana Clauser as assistant high school music director and Justin O’Brien as assistant track and field coach have been approved.

Leslie Gumaer was hired as interim women’s tennis assistant coach, Thomas Kanger as track and field assistant coach, and Tammy Wapinsky as high school choir and theater director.

Nicole Cutier, Jessica Brennan and Nicole Touchinsky have been hired as COVID compensatory education teachers. They will offer after school tutoring.


The Board of Directors approved the purchase of Meeting Owls, an all-in-one 360 ​​° camera with microphones and speakers, at a cost of not more than $ 50,000. Funds to support the project come from the American Rescue Plan. The units will be used for virtual learning by students.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 21 at 6.30 p.m.

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