Carlynton School District

 

Regular Voting Meeting

January 15, 2009

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

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa, and School Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Janet Burkardt, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of 15 individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. Carnegie Elementary sixth grade student Jeffrey Stephan led the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All board members were present for the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: Dr. Panza took a moment to acknowledge board members in light of School Board Recognition Month. He read a proclamation and thanked everyone for their time and commitment to the district and distributed individual certificates.

 

approval of minutes:

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2008 Reorganization Meeting as presented;

 

And to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2008 Committee/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0-2, with Directors Roussos and Tassaro abstaining due to their absence at the meetings.

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session - President Brown stated that employment, labor and legal issues were discussed in the closed session.
  • Superintendent’s Report – The building principals and Lee Myford provided reports about news and happenings in their buildings and department. Dr. Panza then reported on the following:

Ø      The calendar of upcoming events, meetings and dates to remember

Ø      The library is considering the purchase of a new web-based software program called “Destiny.” The system would record all books in an electronic database and students could access from any location.  Dr. Panza requested the board’s permission to purchase the system with next year’s budget, but the board said they would prefer to purchase within the current budget since the money is available. The item will be on next month’s agenda.

 

  • Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of November 5, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence Item #0109-1)

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of December 9, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence Item #0109-2)

·         Pathfinder Report - None

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan reported the CTC board reviewed administrator’ and teachers’ compensation plans and noted that tours will be available for new students in February, with interviews to be conducted in March.

·         SHASDA - None

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak said the state has released science assessments; decreasing scores are putting the Commonwealth at a disadvantage. Other studies revealed that U.S. student scores have risen since 1995, but the nation has a long way to go to compare with Asian counterparts.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         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…Duquesne U…Daffodils Days Kickoff…1/14

§   C…A. Harrity….PATTAN…PASA Training…1/14

§   FT…M. Lear…South Fayette HS…PMEA Chorus Festival…1/14-16

§   C…R. Pedersen…Heinz Hall…Professional Development…1/14; 3/11

§   FT…M. O’Neil…Chartiers Valley MS…Honors Band…1/16

§   FT…J. Tylka…Carnegie Elem…Knowledge Master Open…1/21

§   FT…L. Talotta/L. Rowley…SnoZone…Out-based Education…1/23

§   FT…K.Boring/R.Foltz…Broadmore Asst Living…Interact…1/23

§   FT…M.O’Neil…Pine Richland HS…Jr. Hi. District Orchestra…1/23

§   C…J. Maslyk…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference/Presenter…1/25-28

§   C…S. Cantwell…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference…1/25-28

§   FT…J. Tylka…Crafton Elem…Science Enrichment…1/26

§   C…L. Ramandanes…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference…1/26-27

§   C…J. Wood…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference…1/26-28

§   C…L. Zimmerman…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference…1/26-28

§   C…J. Supko…Sheraton SS…Title 1 Conference…1/26-28

§   FT…A. Harrity…Baldingers…Community-Based Ed.…1/29

§   FT…M.O’Neil…Hampton HS…Sr. High District Band…1/29-30

§   FT…J. Tylka…Carnegie Elem…Watershed Workshop…2/5

§   FT…S. Barnes…Convention Ctr…College Fair…2/5

§   FT…J. Tylka…Duquesne U…Future Problem Solving Comp…2/17

§   FT…Crafton Gr. 2 Tchrs…Pgh Zoo & Aquarium…Enrichment…4/22
     
(Miscellaneous Item #0109-1) 

 

And to approve the Secondary Education Committee Parent/Guardian Survey.  (Miscellaneous Item #0109-2)  Dr. Panza explained the reasoning for the survey.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Finance

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2008 as presented;

 

The November 2008 bills in the amount of $1,646,485.41 as presented;

 

The Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented; (Finance Item #0109-1)

 

The Crafton Real Estate Tax Refund as presented; (Finance Item #0109-2)

 

The Rosslyn Farms Real Estate Tax Refund as presented; (Finance Item #0109-3) 

 

The 2008-2009 Athletic Fund Report for the second quarter, as submitted.  (Finance Item #0109-8)

 

And the 2008-2009 Activities Fund Report for the second quarter, as submitted.  (Finance Item #0109-9)

On a ROLL CALL vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to award the bid for a District Print Management System to Amcom Office Systems for the 2008-2009 school year at a pro-rated cost of $30,905.88;  (Finance Item #0109-4)  On a ROLL CALL vote, the motion carried 9-0.

Dr. Panza explained the company was the lowest responsible bidder. The contract is renewable but it can be re-bid at any time.

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve a resolution to specify that the 2009-2010 operating budget will not require an increase in taxes in excess of the index as outlined in Act 1 of 2006;  (Finance Item #0109-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to authorize the solicitor to file tax appeals on behalf of the district on properties where the recent sale price exceeds the assessed value by $50,000 or more;  (Finance Item #0109-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

The solicitor explained that this motion is to keep assessments fair and balanced because homes are still being assessed at the 2002 base year market value, yet many homes have since sold for a price higher than the assessed value.

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the Carlynton School District Financial Statements Audit Report for the year ending June 30, 2008, as presented by Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and
Wood, LLP.  (Finance Item #0109-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to reject/withdraw all prior bids and information regarding the District RWAN and authorize the administration to re-bid for Allegheny Connect/RWAN service providers.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Personnel

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the additions to the 2008-2009 Day-to-Day Substitute List as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Brittany Carlgren – Elementary Education

§         Stacie Stonebraker – Biology/Science;   

      (Personnel Item #0109-1)

 

The following additions to the Athletic Supplemental List for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Jay (Frank) Janocha – Junior High Head Wrestling

§         David Dedola – Junior High Assistant Wrestling

§         John Tortorea – Head Varsity Softball

§         Mark Knochel - Assistant Varsity Softball

§         James Glaser – Head Varsity Boys’ Tennis

§         Nate Milsom – Boys’/Girls’ Head Track

§         Annemarie Bunch – Boys’/Girls’ Assistant Track

§         Benjamin Kohl – Boys’/Girls’ Assistant Track

§         Richard Milsom – Boys’/Girls’ Assistant Track;

                    (Personnel Item #0109-2)

 

The following additions to the Athletic Supplemental List for the 2009-2010 school year as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Ryan Gevaudan – Head Varsity Football

§         Larry Fingers – Head Varsity Boys’ Soccer

§         Meghan Dettling – Head Varsity Girls’ Soccer

§         Emily Tupi – Head Varsity Girls’ Volleyball

§         James Glaser – Head Varsity Girls’ Tennis

§         James Bassano – Head Varsity Golf;   (Personnel Item #0109-3)

 

The addition to the Activities Supplemental List for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by administration:

§         James Nagorski – Crafton Elementary Peer Sponsor; 

      (Personnel Item #0109-4)

 

The Family Medical Leave of Absences for the following faculty members, as submitted:

§         M.B., E.C., G.D., K.G., D.M., L.R., J.R., and L.Z.

 (Personnel Item #0109-5)

 

The resignation of Ken Harper, district cafeteria van driver, effective January 14, 2009;  (Personnel Item #0109-6)

 

And the retirement of Nancy Koziak, district payroll secretary, effective April 30, 2009, as submitted; (Personnel Item #0109-7)

On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

President Brown offered best wishes to Mr. Harper and Mrs. Koziak.

 

·         Policy

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the revisions to Policy No. 801 – the Open Records/Right to Know Policy, as recommended by the solicitor and approved by administration.  (Policy Item #0109-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Student Services

 

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the Letter of Agreement between the District and Pressley Ridge for appropriate student services for the 2008-2009 school year at no cost to the district.  (Student Services Item #0109-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

The Letter of Agreement between the District and UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for student assistance addiction liaison services for the 2008-2009 school year at no cost to the district.  (Student Services Item #0109-2)  NO ACTION

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None

 

 

NEW BUSINESS: Dr. Panza acknowledged Food Services Director Robin Duff, who was in the audience, and asked her to address some recent concerns in the cafeteria, i.e., sour milk, insufficient number of lunches at Carnegie Elementary.  Mrs. Duff said the problems have been corrected. She also noted a monetary contribution from Aramark for the Carnegie Elementary playground is forthcoming.

 

OPEN FORUM:  Director Wilson encouraged everyone to read the most recent edition of the PSBA Bulletin, saying it offered a wealth of good information.

 

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:37 pm, seconded by Director Roussos. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.


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