Carlynton School District

Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

February 4, 2010

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




The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting on Thursday, February 4, 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 and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford, Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Robert Susini, Courtney Tempest and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of eight individuals.


Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. Carnegie Elementary students Sydney Franchick, Lauren Naylor and Nicole Auen presented a brief Power Point documenting the lives of the Erie Indian tribe. Afterwards, they led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Roll call The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Director Sharon Wilson was absent from the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: None


approval of minutes:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the January 21, 2010 Regular Voting Meeting as presented.  By a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.




  • Executive Session – President Brown acknowledged that school code, contractual, and legal issues were discussed in executive session prior to convening for the public meeting.

Ř      Principals’ Reports – The principals distributed copies of their newsletters and offered a synopsis of the information in the newsletter and upcoming events in the schools

Ř      Director of Pupil Services’ Report – Mrs. Myford said she was planning several parent workshops and was working collaboratively with the Alliance Against Drugs; information pertaining to AAD has been posted on the district website with a parent link

Ř      Business Manager Report – Mr. Christy said the by-laws were passed by the tax collection committee and an RFP was being drafted for tax collection services

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza reviewed the calendar of upcoming events and noted the following:

§         A Pre-K Counts program will again be offered

§         The diesel fuel consortium with the AIU is seeking a lower rate and it would behoove the district to jump on board

§         Draft 3 of the 2010-2011 school year calendar appears to be the most favorable option and will be on the agenda in March

§         A report of the feasibility study will be offered at the board meeting of February 18; the meeting will be held in the cafeteria to accommodate a larger audience

§         A survey about the archery program and traversing wall was conducted; results were distributed. Dr. Panza recommended that the district not partake in either

§         Band uniforms are still being discussed and money is in the budget; three samples will be provided and a new RFP will be drafted. Director Brown noted that the item must be placed out for bid because the overall cost of uniforms exceeds $10,000. He added that the district remains open to competition to gain the best price. Band parent Tim Volk thanked the board for their due diligence and support of the uniforms and respectfully asked that the process be conducted so the uniforms will be ready by the fall 2010 marching season.



I.       Miscellaneous

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the conference and field trip requests as submitted and reviewed by administration:

§   FT…M.Lear/T.Longo…Chartiers Sr. Center…Performance…2/11

§   C…P.Stone…PATTAN…Behavior Mgmt Workshop…2/17

§   C…K.Christy…Four Points Sheraton…State Budget Seminar…2/19

§   C…MBVeri…AIU…Strategies for Gifted Students WS…2/24

§   FT…MBVeri…Heinz History Ctr…Reading Festival…3/3

§   C…D.Criste…AIU…Art Collaborative Mtg…3/11

§   FT…MBVeri/M.Smoller…SS Works Theater…Holocaust film…3/12

§   C…L.Rowley…Hershey…Federal Prog. Coordinators Mtg…3/21-24

§   FT…MBVeri…Carnegie Museum/History…Ancient Eqypt…3/24

§   C…MBVeri…AIU…Gifted Workshop…3/25

§   FT…L.Begg/R.Foltz/M.Stagl…Gettysburg…History Trip…4/22

(Miscellaneous Item #0210-1)


And to nominate Thomas Brown as a candidate for the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium board.  By a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.



II.    Finance

Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2010 as presented;  PLACE ON AGENDA


January 2010 bills in the amount of $___________ as presented.  PLACE ON AGENDA


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Schell, to approve the Crafton Real Estate Tax Refund for February 2010 as submitted.  (Finance Item #0210-1)  By a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 8-0.



III. Personnel

___________ to complete a one-year internship position as school psychologist for the 2010-2011 school year at a stipend of $15,000, to be paid through ACCESS funds. (Personnel Item #0210-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA


Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the following deletion to the 2009-2010 Supplemental Athletic List as presented and to post for the anticipated opening:

§   Lacey Twigg –  Resignation, Varsity Head Cheerleader Coach

             (Personnel Item #0210-1)


Diane Criste for the position of after-school tutor at Carnegie Elementary as presented.  Compensation will be at the teacher’s per diem rate and paid by Title 1 grant monies;  (Personnel Item #0210-2)  REMOVED FROM AGENDA


Tracey (Demchak) Alex for the position of Long-Term Substitute through the end of the 2009-2010 school year; 


Leave of Absence request by employee #CFT10-19 as presented.  (Personnel Item #0210-3)  By a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.



IV.  Policy

The final reading of the 600 series of the board policies as presented with recommended modifications;  PLACE ON AGENDA


The first reading of the 700 series of the board policies as presented with recommended modifications.  PLACE ON AGENDA










ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:14 pm, seconded by Director McCartney.  By voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.