Carlynton School District

 

Committee/Agenda Setting/ Voting Meeting

February 5, 2009

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

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Committee/Agenda Setting/Voting Meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa, and School Directors Thomas DiPietro, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of two individuals and two members of the press.

 

 

Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:31 pm. Crafton Elementary sixth grade student Cassandra Clark led the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Director Hughan was excused from the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: None

 

 

approval of minutes:

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2009 Committee/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session - President Brown noted that employment, legal and labor issues were discussed in the closed session. He reported that the board would return to executive session following the meeting, but voting would not take place.
  • 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 proposed stimulus package includes increases to Title 1, IDEA and other programs

Ø      Technology committee meeting will be held February 12 at 7:30 pm in the library

Ø      The student play, Macbeth, was amazing

Ø      PSBA is offering several worthwhile workshops

Ø      Due to some coaches not arriving at the end of the school day, student athletes have been roaming the building. It was suggested that an after-school study hall, staffed by a faculty member, be offered – with specific guidelines.  The board unanimously agreed to this idea and asked that it be placed on the next agenda.

 

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

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

§   FT…M. O’Neil…S.Fayette …WACA Honors Band Fest…1/26, 2/3

§   FT…M. O’Neil….Pine Richland …PMEA Orchestra…2/6

§   FT…M. Smoller…Academic World Quest…2/6

§   *FT…K. Boring…Nevillewood…Rotary Meeting…2/12

§   FT…D. Mitchell…Heinz History Ctr…Out-based Learning…2/18

§   FT…M. Lear…Derry Area…Region Chorus…2/18-20

§   FT…J. Welty…CHS…Shakespeare Coaching…2/19

§   FT…N. MilsomHarrisburg…LifeSmarts Competition…2/23-24

§   C…R. Gevaudan…GT Radisson…Prof. Development…2/27-28

§   FT…K.Boring/R.Foltz… Bridgeville-BAL…Interact Club…2/27

§   FT…M. O’Neil…Providence, RI… All East Orchestra…3/8-11

§   FT…V.Ferro…Upper EH Elementary…District Chorus…3/13

§   C…J.Butts/M.Clark…AIU…LETRS Training…2/23. 3/4, 5/11

§   FT…J. Welty…O’Reilly Theater…Shakespeare Fest…3/19

§   FT…M. Lear…Nevillewood…Ensemble Performance…3/28

§   FT…Car. 6th g Tchrs…RiverQuest…Science study…4/3
(Miscellaneous Item #0209-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Curriculum

 

Adoption of the revised Foreign Language Curriculum as presented.

(Curriculum Item #0209-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

·         Finance

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve a resolution to adopt the revised Kades-Margolis 403(b) Employers’ Tax Deferment Plan as reviewed by the solicitor and recommended by administration. The approval applies to those professional teaching employees retiring between February 15, 2009 through June 30, 2009. (Finance Item #0209-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

PLACE the following seven items ON THE AGENDA:

Treasurer’s Report for the month of December 2008 as presented;

 

December 2008 bills in the amount of $3,923,297.35 as presented;

 

Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2009 as presented;  TBP

 

January 2009 bills in the amount of $____________ as presented;  TBP

 

Crafton Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented; (Finance Item #0209-2) TBP

 

Purchase of the Destiny software as an upgrade/online database for the school district library;  (Finance Item #0209-4)

 

Purchase of the Terra Nova 3rd Edition for the 2009-2010 school year as reviewed by the Elementary and Secondary Education Committees and recommended by the administration;

 

Director Schirripa asked that the following be approved due an urgency expressed by the AIU:

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to award the bid for the District Gigabit WAN Connection service to Comcast, the lowest responsible bidder, for a three-year contract at a monthly cost of $3,395.00. (Finance Item #0209-3)  On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Personnel

 

The following four items were approved in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the addition to the 2008-2009 Day-to-Day Substitute List as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Adam Katz – Music, K-12;   

      (Personnel Item #0209-1)

 

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

§         Jason Sharp – Varsity Head Boys’ Baseball

§         Brian Matts – Varsity Assistant Boys’ Baseball

                    (Personnel Item #0209-2)

 

Addition to the Curriculum Supplemental List for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by administration:

§         Brian Harewicz – Special Education/GATE

      (Personnel Item #0209-3)

 

Carnegie Elementary Principal Christopher Very for the Science: It’s Elementary Support on Staff grant stipend of $3,000; (Personnel Item #0209-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Policy

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the modification to Policy No. 113.2 – Behavior Management for Exceptional Children, as submitted.  (Policy Item #0209-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Student Services

 

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve 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 a cost of $2,975;  (Student Services Item #0209-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

The following two items were approved in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve the additions to the 2008-2009 bus driver list as presented by First Student:

§         Susan Eltringham

§         Walter Gardner

§         Brenda Collins-White

(Student Services Item #0209-2) 

Dr. Panza confirmed that all driver clearances and records are kept on file in the Transportation Office.

 

The use of Studio Ten Photography as the official school district photographer, at no cost to the district.  (Student Services Item #0209-3) On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None

 

NEW BUSINESS:  Director Roussos questioned if required time for public review of policy changes could be shortened due to the span of time between meetings. The solicitor said the time can be decided by the board. Director Roussos suggested it be done at a later time.

 

OPEN FORUM:  Director McCartney asked if the board meetings could be aired on Verizon. Mrs. Herrmann said she would check into it.

 

Parent/resident Nyra Schell provided a handout with a summation of a recent PATTAN presentation she attended regarding Modified Academic Achievement Standards. She also asked that residents be made of aware of how money will be spent if the district does indeed receive extra funding through the proposed stimulus package.

 

Director Tassaro had several questions about scheduling.

 

Dr. Panza announced that a committee of residents who are “experts” in specific fields has been pulled together to voluntarily tour and research the district buildings in an effort to formulate a plan to improve the facilities. This is being conducted in lieu of the feasibility study bids, which came in at higher costs than expected.

 

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director Roussos moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:47 pm, seconded by Director Wilson. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

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