The Carlynton School District Board of Education
conducted its Committee/Agenda Setting/Voting Meeting on
Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at . Crafton Elementary sixth grader Nicole Stengel led the pledge.
Roll call – The 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
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:
Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the
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.
BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:
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…M.Smoller/MBVeri…CMU…Architectural Study…1/26
§ FT…M.Mishkin…AIU…College Fair/Spec. Ed….2/10 or 11
(Miscellaneous Item #0110-1)
And the Carlynton Custodial/Maintenance Association
Agreement as presented for the years
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
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.
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.
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.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: Director Schell shared dates of upcoming National Common Standards webinars: January 19, , and January 26, . 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 , seconded by Director McCartney. By voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.