Carlynton School District

 

Voting Meeting

February 21, 2008

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

 

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President David Roussos, Vice President Thomas Brown and School Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, Patricia Schirripa, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson (via phone). Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Alan Lubelski, Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Amy Burch, Valerie Keys, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of five individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:35 pm.

 

PLEDGE and Roll call: Crafton Elementary student Renee Burch led the pledge. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All board members were present, with Director Wilson participating via phone.

 

public comment on business before the board:  None

approval of minutes:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the minutes of the February 7, 2008 Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0-1, with Director Hughan abstaining due to her absence at the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

  • Executive Session – President Roussos acknowledged that directors met in executive session prior to the board meeting to discuss personnel and contractual issues.

Ø      Principals’ Reports - High school principal Dr. Robert Susini provided a summary of the many happenings in the junior-senior high school as well as individual achievements of students. The report has been entered into record. Elementary principals added some news about happenings in their buildings.

Ø      Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza noted several upcoming calendar events and activities and remarked on the following:

ü      Kindergarten registration will be held March 6 and 7

ü      School is in session March 20 and March 24 due to the two snow days

ü      Policy books can be updated by reviewing one section at a time, which will be provided in board packets

ü      There is a need to adopt a surveillance camera policy

ü      The technology committee met and recommended the purchase of 24 lap top units with two carts and two access points, which will result in 30 computers in each elementary school

ü      The 2008-09 school calendar was presented and prompted some discussion

ü      The WPXI website offers parents a weather alert system at no cost to the district

ü      Information about the Health Consortium will be on the next agenda

ü      The Parkway West Career and Technology Center budgets were presented for review

ü      A sample resolution against the Graduation Competency Assessment (GCA) was presented; discussion ensued, with the general belief that students of the same group should be tracked. Dr. Panza stated his greatest concern is that the proposal is another unfunded mandate and he does not support it. Director Brown encouraged residents to write letters to state representatives, suggesting the statement is stronger coming from constituents; the board agreed to leave the item off the agenda

  • Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of December 5, 2007 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0208-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – No report

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan reported that 19 Carlynton students were on the Director’s List and three students participated in the Skills USA Conference, performing well.

·         SHASDA – Director Schirripa announced the next meeting will feature a forum with students; Breanna Lantz will represent Carlynton.

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak provided information about taxes and property relief, including recent issues and proposals.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the list of Conference and Field Trip Requests as presented:   

§         FT…Vince Ferro…Winchester Thurst School/District Chorus…3/7

§         FT…Jen Tylka…D.E. Williams MS/Creative Convention…3/12

§         FT…Jen Tylka…Benedum Center/Ballet…4/18

§         FT…Jen Tylka…Bishop Canevin HS/Invention Convention…

§         FT…Jen Tylka…Carnegie Museum of Art/Workshop…5/1

§         FT…Andrea Harrity…Comm. Based Instruction…3/6

      (Miscellaneous Item #0208-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the discipline agreement as provided by the solicitor to the board for Student No. 0708-04.  (Miscellaneous Item #0208-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

·         Finance

All finance items were approved in one motion:

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of December 2007 as submitted;

 

To approve the December 2007 bills in the amount of $1,895,706.51 as presented;

 

To accept the 2006-2007 school year Local Audit Report as presented by Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Wood;  (Finance Item #0208-1)

 

To approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 2008 as submitted;

 

To approve the January 2008 bills in the amount of $1,486,957.50 as presented;

 

To approve the Crafton Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented; (Finance Item #0208-2)

 

To approve the Rosslyn Farms Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented; (Finance Item #0208-3)

 

To approve the Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented; (Finance Item #0208-4)

 

To approve the December 2007 and January 2008 Cafeteria Reports as submitted by Aramark Educational Services;  (Finance Item #0208-5)

 

To approve the second quarter Athletic Fund Report of the 2007-2008 school year as submitted;  (Finance Item #0208-6)

 

To approve the second quarter Activities Fund Report of the 2007-2008 school year as submitted;  (Finance Item #0208-7)

 

And to approve the agreement with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to participate in the Western Pennsylvania Gasoline/Diesel Consortium for the 2007-2008 school year as presented.  (Finance Item #0208-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Personnel

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the following list of individuals to the 2008-09 Athletic Supplemental Contracts as presented and approved by the administrative staff:

§         Ryan Gevaudan –Football, Varsity Head

§         Steve Macellaro – Football, First Assistant Varsity

§         John Tortorea – Football, Assistant Varsity

§         Nate Milson – Football, Assistant Varsity

§         Joshua Ficorilli – Football, Junior High Head

§         Michael Donovan – Football, Junior High Assistant

§         James Bassano – Golf

§         Lawrence Fingers – Soccer, Varsity Head Boys’

§         Meghan Dettling – Soccer, Varsity Head Girls’

§         James Glaser – Tennis, Varsity Head Girls’

§         Emily Tupi – Volleyball, Varsity Head

      (Personnel Item #0208-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to award a Professional Employee Contract to Mercedes Tierney for completing three years of satisfactory services  as of February 2008 as submitted by the administrative staff and consistent with the provisions of Section 1108 of the Pennsylvania School Code.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-1, with Director McCartney voting NO.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the following individuals as lunchroom/playground aides, effective February 25, 2008, under the terms and agreements of the SCA Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement:

§         Jenny Cain

§         Kelly Lewellyn

(Personnel Item #0208-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve Ida Prevost for the position of general cafeteria worker, effective January 25, 2008, under the terms and agreements of the SCA Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0208-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

 

·         Student Services

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the following additions to the First Student bus driver list as reviewed by administration:

§         James Bailey

§         Raymond Brennan

§         Martin Dowling

§         Raymond Keating

§         Pamela Lenhart

§         Robert Priddy

   (Student Services Item #0208-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Director Hughan asked what remediation, if any, is given to elementary students in math for the PSSA. The elementary principals noted there is an after-school tutoring program, but not much extra is in place right now to specifically focus on math remediation. They both believe the district can do more.

NEW BUSINESS:  None

 

OPEN FORUM:  None   

 

 

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:44 pm, seconded by Director McCartney. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.