Carlynton School District


Voting Meeting

April 17, 2008

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting Thursday, April 3, 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, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Janet Burkardt, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford and Principals Amy Burch, Valerie Keys, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of nine individuals and one member of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:37 pm.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Roll Call:  Crafton Elementary students Jacqueline Roussos and Jessica Shea led the pledge, following introductions by Principal Jacie Maslyk The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Board member Patricia Schirripa was excused from the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: District resident Francesmary Modugno spoke before the board regarding the last item on the agenda, re: approving the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities Guidelines. Mrs. Modugno, a swim club officer, respectfully stated various reasons as to why she believed the choices (for the policy modifications) were misleading or erroneous. She provided an overview of her reasoning in writing. Said document has been entered into record. Mrs. Modugno strongly urged the board to table the item and offered to work with a committee to develop a new policy. She suggested that individuals who live outside the district but utilize district facilities should be the ones to absorb the costs/fees, pointing out that district residents already contribute to facility costs as taxpayers. Resident Jeffery Eppinger concurred. A lengthy discussion took place. Board members expressed some concerns and stated they did not wish to be accountable for booster rosters, i.e., who lives in the district and who does not. The board mutually decided to table the item and will take the time to further delve into the matter.

approval of minutes:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2008 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried 6-0-2 with Directors Hughan and Walkowiak abstaining due to their absence from the April 3 meeting.




  • Executive Session – President Roussos noted that personnel and contractual issues were discussed in the closed session.


Ø      Principals’ Reports Dr. Susini reported on a number of student achievements and honors, in both academics and athletics, and informed the board that over 75% of the student body is scheduled for next year’s classes. Director DiPietro asked that the option to change one’s schedule within the first 10 days of school be reviewed and possibly eliminated. Director Brown agreed.

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza provided a synopsis of the calendar of upcoming meetings and events and called attention to the following:

ü      Director Schirrpa was elected to the AIU board

ü      SHASDA Convention reservation deadline is near; two Carlynton students will be honored

ü      The feasibility study information, provided in a board packet, will be discussed at the next meeting. Dr. Panza and Director Walkowiak will prepare a more formal presentation for the board.

Due to the length of the meeting, President Roussos suggested that anyone in the audience wishing to speak with the board should do so, before board members continued with the agenda. Parent Lisa Barber came forward, asking that her daughter, a freshman, be granted permission to attend the prom with her boyfriend, a junior. She stated her daughter purchased a gown before discovering freshmen are not permitted, by policy, to attend the prom. The high school principals disclosed that the policy is included in the student handbook. President Roussos suggested that any literature disbursed by the prom committee in the future include the written policy. After much discussion, it was decided the board would abide by the policy and Mrs. Barber’s daughter would not be able to attend this year’s prom.

·         Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of March 4, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0408-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – Director Wilson reported that 80 students are enrolled for next year; this year’s nine graduates have all been placed in employment. The Compass Learning Program has been successful. Director Wilson also distributed information about autism, in light of Autism Awareness Month.

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan noted that 20 Carlynton students were named to the Director’s List at Parkway.

·         SHASDA – Dr. Panza reiterated the reservation deadline for the upcoming convention.

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak commented on two House Bills of interest; one regarding reimbursement of construction managers when districts conduct building projects; and the other regarding a bill to thwart adoption of the proposed Graduation Competency Assessment (GCA). He also noted there are proposed changes to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and that school boards are invited to submit proposals for the Legislative Platform.




·         Miscellaneous


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

§   C…James Bassano…Sheraton SS.Pgh… COMPACT…4/22

§   FT…Car. 5th G Tchrs…Car Free Library…Civil War Room…4/22

§   FT…Car. 6th G Tchrs…Car Free Library…Civil War Room…4/22

§   FT…Car. 4th G Tchrs…Beechwood Farms…Nature Reserve…4/23

§   C…Lynne Cramer…PATTAN…SAP Training…4/22-24

§   FT…Andrea Harrity...Pgh Zoo…Community-Based Instruct…4/24

§   FT…Car. 4th G Tchrs…Beechwood Farms…Nature Reserve…4/28

§   C…Marlynn Vayanos…Soldiers/Sailors Hall…Art Ed.…4/28

§   FT…Craft. 5th G Tchrs…Beechwood Farms…Nature Reserve…4/28

§   C…Ryan Gevaudan…RMU…Continuing Ed...4/29

§   C…Rozanne Donovan…AIU3…Penn Data Workshop...4/29

§   C…Andrea Harrity…PATTAN…Special Ed. Behavior…4/30

§   C...R.Ulintz/C.Rech…PATTAN…School Health Update…4/31

§   FT…Car. 5th G Tchrs…Beechwood Farms…Nature Reserve…5/5

§   FT…Russ Pedersen… CHS….Elementary Band Concert…5/8

§   FT…R.Pedersen/V.Ferro… Crafton/Carnegie...Concerts…5/13

§   FT…J.Supko/J.Wood…Reilly's Summer Seat …Educational…5/15

§   FT…C.Rex/N.Kelly…CCAC…Science Olympiad…5/15

§   FT…Car 2nd G Tchrs…Pgh Children’s Fest…Art/Culture…5/17

§   FT…Car. K Tchrs…Reilly's Summer Seat...Educational…5/21

§   FT…Car. 4th G Tchrs…Heinz History Ctr…History Trip…5/27

§   FT…Car. 3rd G Tchrs...Heinz Fld/Omnimax…Educational…5/29

             (Miscellaneous Item #0408-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the

             motion carried 8-0.


·         Finance


The following six items were approved in one motion:

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March 2008 as submitted;


To approve the March 2008 bills in the amount of $2,055,529.43 as presented;


To adopt the policies, procedures and use of funds of the Allegheny Intermediate under federal guidelines in accordance with IDEIA-Part B; (Finance Item #0408-1)


To approve the April 2008 Rosslyn Farms Wage Tax Refund as presented;  (Finance Item #0408-2)


To approve the 2008 Cafeteria Reports for February and March as presented by Aramark Educational Services;  (Finance Item #0408-3)


·         Personnel


And to approve the addition to the 2007-2008 Day-to-Day Substitute List as presented and recommended by administrative staff:

§         Meghan Kelly – Elementary/Early Childhood

                                (Personnel Item #0408-1)

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


Director Wilson 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:

§         Hal Minford – Boys’ Basketball, Varsity Head

§         Matt Marcinko – Boys’ Basketball, Varsity Assistant

§         Eric Thompson – Boys’ Basketball, JV Head

§         Tom Kubiscek – Boys’ Basketball, Eighth Grade

§         Jonathan Rocco – Girls’ Basketball, Varsity Head

§         Jason Santelli – Girls’ Basketball, Varsity Assistant

§         Jennifer Smith – Girls’ Basketball, JV Head

§         Jennifer Smith – Girls’ Basketball, Seventh Grade

§         Michael Schneiderlochner – Swimming, Varsity Head

§         Rebecca Bold – Swimming, Varsity Assistant

and to post for the following anticipated openings: Boys’ Basketball-grade 7; and Girls’ Basketball-grade 8; Cheerleading-Varsity Head, Junior Varsity and Junior High.  (Personal Item #0408-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the posting for one elementary special education teacher for the summer Extended School Year Program to be conducted in the summer of 2008. The program will be held at Carnegie Elementary with three hours of instruction per day for a total of 13 days; (Personnel Item #0408-3)


To approve the posting for one secondary special education teacher with a Corrective Reading background for the summer Extended School Year Program to be conducted in the summer of 2008. The program will be held at Carlynton Junior-Senior High School with three hours of instruction per day beginning June 23 through July 11, 2007; (Personnel Item #0408-4)


And to approve Lee Myford, Director of Pupil Services, as the Title IX Coordinator for the district. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.



·         Policy


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the 100 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.

Prior to voting on the 100 series of policies, discussion began regarding Policy No. 130, Community Service Credit, and whether to eliminate the policy all together since it  is not included in a students’ QPA or added into the required 24 credits necessary for graduation. President Roussos stated he believes that community service does reflect a benefit. Director Brown asked if there are specific guidelines or requirements, to which the principals answered “yes.” It was decided to approve the series with the inclusion of Policy No. 130, and to further discuss the individual policy at a later date. 


Director McCartney made a suggestion to modify Policy No. 107, under the subtitle “Master Schedule” to read “classes with under 15 students, but deemed appropriate by the administration, will be forwarded to the Board of School Directors for approval on a case-by-case basis.”

He added that this would eliminate the need for Policy No. 126. This, he believed, would aid the scheduling process. Everyone agreed and the following motion was made:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the 100 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies with the modifications made to Policy No. 107.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the 100 series of policies and eliminating Policy 126. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


The original motion:  Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the 100 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended, was then voted upon. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


Recommend the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities guidelines, by selecting Draft # _______.   (Policy Item #0408-1) TABLED





NEW BUSINESS: Director Brown asked for a report on the upcoming cheerleading tryout process. Dr. Susini announced that judges from the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) will conduct the tryout process and the decision of the judges will be final. Approximately 18 girls have signed up to try out for a spot on the squad.


OPEN FORUM:  Dr. Panza asked that emails be directed to him if anyone had any questions on the proposed budget.


ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 pm, seconded by Director Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.