Carlynton School District


Regular Voting Meeting

April 16, 2009

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting Thursday, April 16, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa and Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of five individuals and one member of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. The pledge was led by Carnegie Elementary student Joelle Sinatra.  Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll; all board members were present, except Director Tassaro, who was excused from the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2009 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.




  • Executive SessionPresident Brown reported that personnel, legal and labor issues were discussed in executive session.

Ř      Principals’ and Business Manager ReportsThe principals spoke briefly about recent or upcoming happenings in their schools; Mr. Christy noted that property tax relief will again be available to residents for next year.

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

Ř      SHASDA convention representatives are Paul Sprung and Savon Seaton

Ř      Handouts regarding the budget and stimulus funding were distributed; there are five categories for usage of stimulus funds. Director Walkowiak referred to an article in the Washington Post which stated that schools have been placed in a quandary with spending the stimulus funds

Ř      It appears that the budget will not increase in the 2009-10 school year

Ř      Questions regarding bussing and the use of transportation services were explained; the negotiated contract provides for no difference in costs when using a bus versus a van

Ř      The trip to Harrisburg was overwhelmingly helpful

Ř      The district has been selected to participate in a modified PSSA math assessment pilot program for grade seven. 

·         Secretary’s Correspondence

Ř      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of March 3, 2009 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0409-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – Director Wilson reported that a long meeting discussed playground bids and designs, installation of a new phone system and bids for lighting, as well as student enrollment. She announced that all six graduates have received job placement.

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan announced that the National Technical Honor Society program will be held April 22; dates for the Senior Recognition and Alternative Recognition program are set. She was again named treasurer of the joint operating committee.

·         SHASDA – Director Schirripa said she attended the meeting with Lee Myford. The stimulus package was the major topic of discussion. Representative Kotik and Senator Pippy were at the meeting. She also congratulated Dr. Panza for raising significant funds for the organization’s spring conference..

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak reported that the Senate Education Committee discussed a ban for hiring those with offenses or convictions; procedures for the reporting of crimes on school property; and raising the level of the competitive bidding process.


·         Miscellaneous

The following Miscellaneous Item and the respective ten Finance Items were approved in one motion:

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

§         C…J.Sweeney…Waterfront…Homeless Conference…4/21

§         FT…J.Welty…Brentwood Boro Bldg…Calcusolve…5/7

§         FT…M.Berlingeri…Carnegie Boro…Flower Planting…5/11

§         FT…A. Harrity…PNC Park/Omnimax…Comm Skills…5/27

§         FT…J.Welty…Carnegie Elem…Spelling Bee/Boogle Tour…5/29

§         C…J.Sweeney…Waterfront…Homeless Conference…4/21

§         FT…J.Welty…Brentwood Boro Bldg…Calcusolve…5/7

§         FT…M.Berlingeri…Carnegie Boro…Flower Planting…5/11

§         FT…A. Harrity…PNC Park/Omnimax…Comm Skills…5/27

§         FT…J.Welty…Carnegie Elem…Spelling Bee/Boogle Tour…5/29

§         *FT…L.Merglowski…Carnegie Park…Earth Day Effort…4/30

§         *FT…J.Welty…Alcosan…Tour/Enrichment…5/6

§         *FT…L.Merglowski…Baldwin HS…LS Event…5/20

                   (Miscellaneous Item #0409-1 REVISED*)


·         Finance

The Treasurer’s Report for the month of March 2009;


The March 2009 bills in the amount of $2,006,062.88 as presented;


The Rosslyn Farms Real Estate Tax Refund as presented; (Finance Item #0409-1) 

The Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Refund as presented.  (Finance Item #0409-2)


The Hawley Consulting Group for the GASB 45 Valuation at a cost of $5,250;  (Finance Item #0409-3)


The March 2009 Athletic Fund Report as presented; (Finance Item #0409-4)


The March 2009 Activities Fund Report as presented; (Finance Item #0409-5)


ComDoc, Inc. as the lowest responsible bidder for the District’s print management service provider as presented;  (Finance Item #0409-6)


Aramark Education as the lowest responsible bidder for the District’s food service operations as presented; (Finance Item #0409-7)


A request to acquire State Income Tax information from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, for the 2007 tax year, and that such information be place on CD-Rom for processing by Jordan Tax Service, Inc.  (Finance Item #0409-9)  On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 8-0.


The Carlynton School District administrative compensation plan as presented;  (Finance item #0409-8)  REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA


Advertisement of bids for the high school elevator and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contracts.  REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA



·         Personnel

The following items were approved in one motion:                                                                                

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve AnneMarie Bunch as the facilitator of the Extended School Year services to an secondary student. The services will be conducted June 22 to July 31, 2009 for four hours per week;  (Personnel Item #0409-1)


The affiliation agreement between the district and UPMC Mercy for a clinical education program at an approximate cost of $9,438, as presented;  (Personal Item #0409-2)


Julie Sommer to complete a one-year internship position as school psychologist for the 2009-2010 school year at a stipend of $15,000, to be paid through ACCESS funds; (Personnel Item #0409-3)


Ashley Beicher as a long-term substitute due to the extended leave of absence of an employee;  (Personnel Item #0409-6)


 The following addition to the 2008-2009 Day-to-Say Substitute List as follows:

§         Jennifer Glover - Elementary  

(Personnel Item #0409-7) 

On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Director Wilson shared a Letter to the Editor of a local paper regarding GCA’s


NEW BUSINESS: President Brown suggested that an invitation be extended to all of this year’s retiring professionals, asking them to attend a meeting so the board may acknowledge them. Everyone agreed it was a great idea.




ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 pm, seconded by Director Roussos. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.