Dr. Edward Michalik was one of two keynote speakers who addressed student safety.

Over 165 Berks County school board members and administrators attended the 49th Annual Convention of Berks County School Directors on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Reading Area Community College / Schmidt Training and Technology Center. This wonderful event is held annually to recognize the contributions of the dedicated leaders who serve the 18 Berks County school districts and the Berks and Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Centers. It also provides an opportunity for participants to network, tour the host facility, and hear noteworthy speakers to learn about new initiatives and items of importance to our schools. 

The following slate of BCIU Board representatives was approved during the business portion of the evening: 


• Ann Sellers, Antietam School District
• William T. Carl, Conrad Weiser Area School District
• Randall T. Madara, Muhlenberg School District
• Ralph C. Richard, Oley Valley School District
• Jean A. Kelleher, Reading School District
• Oscar Manbeck, Tulpehocken Area School District 

After the business meeting, the group heard from District Attorney John T. Adams about the ongoing partnerships between the District Attorney’s Office, Mental Health / Development Disabilities Program, the Chiefs of Police, the BCIU, and our school districts and their commitment to school safety and keeping our kids safe. He reviewed Safe2Say Something program statistics, highlighting sources and methods of contact, reporting days, and age levels of incident reports. He also provided juvenile probation statistics on the number of juveniles referred and the types of offenses. 

After D.A. Adams’ presentation, Dr. Edward Michalik, Administrator of the Berks County MH/DD Program, addressed Berks County Mental Health, School, and Law Enforcement collaboration and services available to schools to aid in school safety and mental health efforts. He encouraged school leaders to take advantage of the services offered to them including DCORT- Disaster Crisis Outreach Referral Team services, Crisis Services through SAM, Crisis Texting, School & Student Outpatient Satellite Offices, and Student Assistance Program. 

We thank the Reading Area Community College team for their hospitality, time, and efforts in their planning and coordination to make the Convention successful. We also thank D.A. Adams, Dr. Ed Michalik, and our school leaders for their service to our students, schools, and the community. 

Our gratitude to Tompkins VIST Bank | Insurance for sponsoring the Convention to make the event available to participants at no cost.