Carlynton School District

 

Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

May 1, 2008

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

 

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting Thursday, May 1, 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. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Al Lubenski, 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 two members of the press.

 

 

Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:32 pm.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Roll Call:  Crafton Elementary flutists Victoria Collichie, Madison Gallagher, Olivia Harris, Page Lehrbier, Pamela Meighan, Elizabeth Quinn and Maggie Smith performed “My Heart Will Go On” and then led the pledge, following introductions by Principal Jacie Maslyk and elementary instrumental instructor Russ Pedersen. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All members were present.


public comment on business before the board: 
Mrs. Francismary Modugno came before the board to urge postponement of the adoption of the facility request policy until organizations are given an opportunity to collectively work on a policy that would be fair to all. She personally spent hours of her own time to develop a proposal and would be honored to present it to the board. Her goal is to provide the best possible environment for the children of the Carlynton School District, as she believes is the goal of the board. She emphasized again that by taking a lateral approach to draft a revision to the policy, working collaboratively, all could benefit. Director Brown suggested she submit her plan in writing and the board would review it. Director Wilson asked if a night could be scheduled to discuss the policy in an open meeting. President Roussos suggested the matter be discussed further when the facilities motion was reached on the agenda. Director Tassaro did note that the board was not planning to vote on the policy at the meeting.

 

approval of minutes:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the April 17, 2008 Regular Voting Meeting as presented.

President Roussos called attention to an inverted number regarding abstentions on the vote of the minutes and asked that it be corrected. Mrs. Herrman said she would make the modification. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – President Roussos noted that personnel, contractual and student issues were discussed in the hour-long closed session.

Ø      Principals’ Reports – The elementary principals announced upcoming events in their buildings and recent student achievements. Both distributed newsletters packed with information.

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

Ø      He and Director Walkowiak met to develop the packet for the feasibility study. A copy was distributed to all. Dr. Panza asked the board to review the packet, contact him with any questions and/or concerns, and be prepared to see it on the next agenda. The study is being conducted to gain information on the present conditions of district facilities and to plan for the future.

Ø      Upon distributing a copy of the Community Service Policy, Dr. Panza offered suggestions for revising it and noted it would be on the next agenda for approval. Director DiPietro inquired as to the educational value of the agencies in which students can gain community service. Dr. Panza read the list of agencies and all appeared to be sound.

Ø      Congratulations to Director Wilson–elected Vice President of the Pathfinder board. President Roussos also called attention to Director Hughan’s role as Treasurer of the Parkway West CTC Board.

Ø      Information on estimated tax relief, per Act 1, was disbursed. The documents illustrate that district property owners who applied for the Homestead/Farmstead Relief Act would receive an estimated tax reduction of $171 per household.

Ø      The last SAT class finished up with 29 of the 32 enrolled students eligible for a refund because they attended at least 6 or more classes. Director Brown asked for a report to be provided upon receipt of the SAT test results.

 

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

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

§   FT…M.Mishkin/B.Palonis…Indep. Marsh… Eco-system…5/1

§   FT…Lynsie T-Sanker…Kennywood Park…Out-based Ed…5/8

§   FT…J.Tylka/H.Casserly…CHS…Transition Mtg for GATE…5/9

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

§   FT…Laura Begg…Clayton House…History Ed…5/15

§   FT… Craft. 6th g Tchrs…Carnegie Elem…Science Olympiad…5/20

§   C…C.Rex/M.Rupp…Hampton SD…Science Olympiad…5/28

§   C…Jacie Maslyk...IUP…RtI Institute…7/17-18

             (Miscellaneous Item #0508-1 REVISED)   On a voice vote, the

             motion carried 9-0.

 

Recommend approval to reappoint the following physicians for the 2008-2009 school year under the stipulations contained in established board policy:

§   Drs. Michael and Lisa Cross – Eye Examiners

§   Dr. Charles Sakai and Dr. Albert Sulzer – Dental Examiners

§   Dr. Edward Snell – School Physician

                    (Miscellaneous Item #0508-2)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

·         Finance

                                                                                                                                   

Recommend approval of the Treasurer’s Report for the month of April 2008 as submitted.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the April 2008 bills in the amount of $__________ as presented.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Educational Service Agreement between the District and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the 2008-2009 school year for special education services and programs. (Finance Item #0508-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the 2008-2009 proposed final budget in the amount of $23,220,479 with a millage rate of 24.15 and to advertise such for a period of 30 days prior to the adoption of the annual budget. This proposed budget reflects no increase in the millage rate.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to reappointment of Sandra Hughan to serve as Treasurer of the Carlynton School District for the term beginning July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Recommend approval of the 2007-2008 third quarter Athletic Fund Report as presented and reviewed by the administration. (Finance Item #0508-2) PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the 2007-2008 third quarter Activities Fund Reports as presented and reviewed by the administration. (Finance Item #0508-3) PLACE ON AGENDA

 

·         Personnel

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the proposed posting for professional and non-professional staffing for the 2008-2009 school year as recommended by the administrative staff and that authorization be granted to notify affected employees of furlough and/or suspension. (Personnel Item #0508-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Recommend approval of __________ for the position of 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 #0508-2) PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of ___________ for the position of 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 #0508-3)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the following names for Temporary Summer Maintenance positions for the summer of 2008:

§   Robert Charley

§   Gregory Gazella

§   Gary Mitkoski

§   John Pennick

§   Robert Prevost  (Personnel Item #0508-4)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of Michael Dudicz for the position of Summer Head Custodian for the summer of 2008. (Personnel Item #0508-5)   PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the 12 proposed candidates for summer custodial helpers as presented, beginning June 9, 2008 through August 20, 2008, at an hourly rate of $7.15:

§   Names and Alternates   (Personnel Item #0508-6)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve Donna McDonough for the position of High School Administrative Assistant, effective April 25, 2008, under the terms and conditions of the SCA Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement and to approve the anticipated posting for the position of secondary library aide.  (Personnel Item #0508-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the following leave of absences in accordance with the Carlynton Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement:

§   Nicole Fontana – 2008-2009 School Year

§   Mary McGrath – 2008-2009 School Year

§   Mandy Turnbull – 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 School Years

§   Suzanne Verbanik – 2008-2009 School Year 

(Personnel Item #0508-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve a Family Medical Leave of Absence for Kathleen Klein, effective April 21, 2008 through the end of the 2007-08 school year.  (Personnel Item #0508-9)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the District and the Secretary-Cafeteria-Aides Unit in regards to the van driver position as presented.  (Personnel Item #0508-10)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson to approve Mark Knochel to the Athletic Supplemental List for the position of Assistant Girls’ Softball Coach for the 2007-08 school year as presented.  (Personnel Item #0508-11) On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Policy

                                                                                                                                   

Approval of the 200 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  TABLED

President Roussos asked for more time to review.

                                                                                                                                   

Recommend the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities guidelines, by selecting Draft # _______.   (Policy Item #0508-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

President Roussos asked if any alternative proposals had been offered; Dr. Panza said no. Director DiPietro stated he would like the board to schedule a meeting to discuss the policy openly. Director Wilson agreed, saying it would be respectful of the community groups and students. She also believes non-district residents should pay more to use district facilities. Director Schirripa brought up the issue of who will monitor rosters, noting that numbers from rosters submitted in the past were often inconsistent. Director McCartney suggested the district simply charge a fee for any outside residents. Director Walkowiak said residents should be given preference for use of the facilities. The majority of the board agreed to host a meeting to discuss the policy, and Director Wilson asked that an invitation be extended to all organizations currently using district facilities. Director Brown added that he would hope the organization would select a spokesperson to send to the meeting.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

 

NEW BUSINESS: None

 

OPEN FORUM: Rev. Edward Bowen of the Crafton United Presbyterian church announced that the church has applied for a grant to offer tutorial services to students, adding he will make contact with Principal Jacie Maslyk. He concluded by saying that his church has used the gym at Crafton Elementary on occasion for certain events, and hopes when the facility policy is revised, organizations such as his, can offer services to youngsters of the district and surrounding boroughs without penalty/fees.

 

Lauren Henry, a Carlynton High School junior, came before the board with friends Jane Conley and Katie McCoy. All are members of the varsity girls’ basketball team. Lauren stated she feels the girls’ basketball team is disrespected and is upset that the coach is resigning. She revealed she has had five different coaches in the last five years. The board acknowledged her frustration, stating they have diligently sought out the best coach(es) for the position and cannot control the decisions of the coaches to leave. It was Miss Henry’s belief that coaches are not receiving support from the administration, to which Dr. Panza stated he has made every effort to communicate and reach out to athletic personnel. Dr. Panza offered to arrange a meeting with the girls, the basketball coach, and the athletic director to further discuss the situation.

 

Francismary Modugno addressed the board, asking for clarification as to how she could take a more active role in revising the facilities policy.

 

President Roussos suggested she submit a copy of her plan so they could review it. She asked if she would be able to present her proposal, possibility in a Power Point presentation, so she could provide comprehensive details, but board members asked that she provide it initially on paper for their review and they would then contact her if they had questions. Dr. Panza promised to contact her and make arrangements to discuss the matter further and retrieve a copy of the proposal for the board.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:23 pm, seconded by Director Wilson. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.