Carlynton School District


Regular Voting Meeting

January 7, 2010

Carlynton Jr.-Sr. High School Library – 7:30 pm


The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Committee/Agenda Setting/Voting Meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Those in attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa and School Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, Nyra Schell, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Alan Lubelski, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford, Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini, Courtney Tempest and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of 17 individuals and two members of the press.



Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. Crafton Elementary sixth grader Nicole Stengel led the pledge.


Roll callThe roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All members of the board were present.


The board welcomed special guest Tom Gentzel, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania School Board Association. He was introduced by President Brown. Mr. Gentzel provided a brief overview of the organization and explained that PSBA serves school boards and school districts by creating standards and keeping board members aware of upcoming legislation and changes in the law that affect public education. The board was invited to question Mr. Gentzel. Director Walkowiak asked about membership and how dues are established per district. Mr. Gentzel said the rate is based on property market values. He also shared that the dues cover only 40 percent of PSBA’s costs; another 60 percent is generated from other sources. Director Walkowiak asked about the looming increase to the state education pension fund. Mr. Gentzel described this as the “biggest cloud on the horizon,” explaining the forecast predicts that a 30 percent increase to the payroll budget will be needed to fund pensions. This is due to the downturn in the economy which caused a rippling effect on investments. Another topic of discussion, brought forward by Director Walkowiak, was the Keystone Exams. Mr. Gentzel explained that PSBA challenged the initial GCA’s which has brought about considerable changes to regulations. Mr. Gentzel said that views expressed by school boards are important because they can be shared in Harrisburg and most likely bring about change.


The audience was asked if they had any questions for Mr. Gentzel. Parent Jim Schriver asked Mr. Gentzel if he was familiar with the organization “Save Our Schools, Save Our Land.” Mr. Gentzel said he was. Mr. Schriver said they located information about the organization in light of the feasibility study the district is currently conducting with Kimball.


Dr. Panza asked Mr. Gentzel if he had any advice on the Race to the Top initiative. Mr. Gentzel said the state is seeking funding and the focus will be on student achievement.  


In closing, Mr. Gentzel assisted Dr. Panza in presenting certificates of appreciation to all board members in light of “School Board Recognition Month.” The board thanked Mr. Gentzel for his time and proceeded with the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: Audience member and former school director David Roussos came forward to address the board about Item 1 on the agenda under Personnel regarding the football coaching position. Mr. Roussos said that football coach Ryan Gevaudan is an outstanding individual and stressed that there is far more to a football program than “W’s.” He strongly urged the board to speak personally with Mr. Gevaudan and to table the motion until further information can be garnered.



approval of minutes:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2009 Reorganization Meeting as presented;


And the minutes of the December 10, 2009 Committee/Voting Meeting as presented. By a vote voice, the motion carried 9-0.





President Brown asked that reports be limited due to the lateness of the meeting and the snowy weather.

Ø      Principals’ and Pupil Services’ Reports – The principals and Mrs. Myford provided a copy of their reports to board members.

Ø      Business Manager’s Report – Mr. Christy called attention to the provided audit report and the latest PSLAF report.

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza offered an update on the climbing wall and archery program, informed all that the 2010-11 calendar will be on an upcoming agenda, and a copy of the RFP for Transportation has been provided for review.



I.       Miscellaneous

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the Conference and Field Trip Requests as submitted and reviewed by administration:

§   C…L.Cramer/M.Smoller…Duquesne U…Daffodil Days KO…1/12

§   FT…MBVeri…Carnegie Science Ctr…Science Bowl…1/19

§   C…M.Mishkin…PATTAN…Transition Conference…1/20, 3/23

§   FT…MBVeri…N.Allegheny HS…Battery Car Race…1/21

§   FT…M.Smoller/MBVeri…CMU…Architectural Study…1/26

§   FT…M.Mishkin…AIU…College Fair/Spec. Ed….2/10 or 11

§   FT…MBVeri…CMU…Workshop-Skyscrapers…2/23

(Miscellaneous Item #0110-1) 


And the Carlynton Custodial/Maintenance Association Agreement as presented for the years July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015.  (Miscellaneous Item #0110-2) By a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.



II.    Finance


Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2009 as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


November 2009 bills in the amount of $_____________ as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


Treasurer’s Report for the month of December 2009 as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


December 2009 bills in the amount of $_____________ as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the November 2009 Athletic Fund Report as submitted and reviewed by administration;  (Finance Item #0110-1)


And the November 2009 Activities Fund Report as submitted and reviewed by administration.   (Finance Item #0110-2)  By a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 9-0.



III. Personnel


Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the following adjustments to the 2010-2011 Athletic Supplemental List as follows:

§         Accept resignation of Head Varsity Golf Coach James Bassano and post said opening

§         Declare open the position of Head Varsity Football Coach

Before voting, Director Schell said she felt there was some confusion pertaining to the resignation of the golf coach. And because the agenda originally said the item was presented for recommendation, she asked why the board had decided to move forward and vote. Director Tassaro asked if there was need to vote tonight and suggested the vote take place at the next meeting. Director McCartney reminded that discussion in executive session recommended the item be brought forward now so the position could be posted and advertised.

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to table the motion until the next meeting, to allow for further discussion. By a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion failed, 3-6, with Directors Brown, DiPietro, Hughan, McCartney, Schirripa and Walkowiak voting to NOT table the motion.


Director McCartney suggested the positions be separated for voting purposes.


Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to separate the positions of golf and football into two motions for the purpose of voting. By a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.


President Brown noted that it was hoped that an agreement could be made regarding the golf position due to misunderstandings, but it did not occur.


Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to accept the resignation of Head Varsity Golf Coach James Bassano and post said opening.  By a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 9-0.


Director DiPietro spoke, saying the decision to open the football position was a two-fold issue. He said the end of the season meeting was handled incorrectly and a solution has been sought to better handle the meetings in the future.  Putting all else aside, he added, the athletic committee had to review the circumstances and make the best decision. “It was very difficult and we all struggled with it,” he said.


Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to declare open the position of Head Varsity Football Coach. By a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 7-2, with Directors Tassaro and Wilson voting NO.


Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the following individual as a Long-Term Substitute for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Kelly Borra – Art Education, K-12

      (Personnel Item #0110-1)


Pamela Stone for the position of after-school tutor in English, mathematics and social studies, one day per week per subject. Compensation would be at the teacher’s per diem rate;  (Personnel Item #0110-2)


And the Leave of Absence for employee CFT10-17 as submitted.  (Personnel Item #0110-3)  By a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.



IV.  Policy


The first reading of the 600 policy series as reviewed and submitted. PLACE ON AGENDA


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve Policy Numbers 338, 338.1, 438, 438.1, 424, 524 and 530 as presented;   

Director Schell had a couple questions about two policies, to which Dr. Panza addressed.


And to include the paragraph in Policy 217 as submitted and recommended by PSBA.  (Policy Item #0110-1)  By a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.






NEW BUSINESS:  Director Schell shared dates of upcoming National Common Standards webinars:  January 19, 2:00 pm, and January 26, 3:00 pm. She noted that other state testing information and new elements are being proposed to make the testing process clearer.


OPEN FORUM:  Rev. Ed Bowen and Mr. Shriver asked if a public meeting would be held with Kimball to learn of its findings regarding the feasibility study and to allow the public to express their opinion. President Brown and Dr. Panza said arrangements would be made for such a meeting to occur. Dr. Panza said the public hearing falls under Act 34.


Assistant football coach Joe Scully came forward to say Ryan Gevaudan is a good man. He then shared a short piece of writing, saying he has kept the words close to his heart and refers to it often as a guide to living his life.


Carlynton alum Jordan Roussos came forward to speak highly of Mr. Gevaudan, his former football coach. He said that the coach has given him so much more than the lessons learned on the field. He suggested that most teammates fail to buy into the football program and something needs to be done to get the kids more involved.


President Brown said everyone on the board agrees strongly that Ryan Gevaudan is a person of high caliber, reiterating that it was a difficult decision to make.


Luis Garcia said that many of the football players have attitudes and don’t care about the program, but seeing this happen to the coach has made them change and now they do care. He added that Mr. Gevaudan was always available to help with grades and he performs many humble and menial tasks for players. He concluded by saying the coach shouldn’t be judged by how circumstances look.


ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 pm, seconded by Director McCartney.  By voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.