Carlynton School District


Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

May 7, 2009

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting Thursday, May 7, 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, Betsy Tassaro and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Pupil Services’ Director Lee Myford, Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very. The audience included 26 individuals and one member of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:33 pm. The pledge was led by Carnegie and Crafton Elementary percussion ensemble members, after they skillfully performed a melodic composition. Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll; all board members were present, except Director Wilson, who was excused from the meeting.

public comment on business before the board:  None

PRESENTATION:  The board recognized retirees Susan Holzer, Nancy Koziak, Cheryl Mantich and Rebecca Petronsky.  Retired teacher William Fox was honored posthumously.   Several students came forward to praise the teachers and each was presented with a certificate of recognition. The meeting recessed for 20 minutes for a reception with refreshments.


approval of minutes:

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2009 Regular 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.

Ø      Principals’, Pupil Services and Business Manager ReportsThe principals each distributed a newsletter and spoke briefly about events taking place in their schools; Mr. Christy reported that the district will receive $557,906 in property tax relief, equaling about $168 per resident; Mrs. Myford said several programs have received expected funding.

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

§         The next board meeting will be held on a Wednesday

§         Reports are being prepared for the spending of the stimulus money

§         Proposal to reconfigure weight room and wrestling room was presented

§         HS football field has been top-dressed and re-seeded; Crafton field will be done soon

§         The trip to view the Board Docs was helpful and the system appears to be a good option for Carlynton

§         There have not been any cases of the swine flu within the district

§         Andrew Sheariss will serve as a junior council person in Crafton while Annie Jones will serve in Carnegie


·         Miscellaneous


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

§         FT…M.Mishkin…Challenge by Choice…Teamwork…5/11

§         FT…Craf. 1st Gr Tchrs…Carnegie Museum/Playhouse…5/15

§         C…Dr. Susini…Wyndham, Gettysburg…Workshop…7/27-29

§         *FT…R.Foltz/K.Boring…Broadmore…Grandparent Prog…5/14

§         *C…L.Merglowski…CCAC…Professional Development…5/14

§         *FT…Car. and Craf. Sixth Grade Orientation at HS…5/20

§         *C…M.Smoller…Upper St.Clair…Gifted Consortium…5/29

§         *C…J.Bassano…Clearbrook GC…Coaches Clinic…5/29

§         *FT…Car. 5th Gr. Tchrs…Challenge by Choice…Teamwork…6/2

§         *FT…Craf. 5th Gr. Tchrs…Meadowcroft…History…6/4

§         *FT…HS/Elem.LS…Crafton Park…Social Interaction…6/4

§         *FT…Craf. 6th Gr. Tchrs…Challenge by Choice…Teamwork…6/4

(Miscellaneous Item #0509-1 REVISED*)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


·         Finance


The following six items will be placed on the May 20th agenda:

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


The April 2009 bills in the amount of $___________ as presented;


The 2009-2010 proposed final budget in the amount of $23,867,714 with a millage rate of 24.15 and to advertise the proposed budget for a period of 30 days prior to the final adoption of the annual budget;


The Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Refund as presented;   (Finance Item #0509-1)


The Software Maintenance Agreement with ProSoft Technologies for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 as presented;  (Finance Item #0509-2)


The Educational Service Agreement with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the 2009-2010 school year as presented.  (Finance Item #0509-3)


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve:

The operating budget for the South Central Area Special Schools Committee (The Pathfinder School) for the school year 2009-2010 as set forth in the proposed budget, totaling $253,000, as presented;  (Finance Item #0509-4)


The policies, procedures and use of funds of the Allegheny Intermediate under federal guidelines in accordance with regulatory requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act-Part B;  (Finance Item #0509-5)


The agreement with Mars Home for Youth for the placement of students in the Longmore Academy, per Attachment C, on an as-needed basis. The district will pay for the service only if a student is placed in the academy; (Finance Item #0509-6)


The Carlynton School District administrative compensation plan as presented;  (Finance Item #0509-7) REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA


Advertisement of contract bids for the high school elevator safety brake and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); (Finance Item #0509-8) 


Advertisement of contract bids for the high school heating, ventilation and air conditioning (RHVAC) system; (Finance Item #0509-9)


Advertisement of contract bids for the paving of the junior-senior high school parking lot; (Finance Item #0509-10)


Agreements with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit regarding the placement of a student in the Regional Educational Support Center for the 2008-2009 school year;  (Finance Item #0509-11)


The Letter of Agreement with the PA Cares Initiative for the 2009-2010 school year as presented;  (Finance Item #0509-12)


Accept donation of additional playground equipment at Carnegie Elementary, on behalf of the Carnegie Elementary PTA.  (Finance Item #0509-13)


The IDEIA-Part B Use of Funds Agreement between the district and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as submitted.  (Finance Item #0509-14)  On a roll call vote, the motion carried 8-0.



·         Personnel


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve:

The leave of absence for Employee CFT09-03, to begin August 20, 2009, as presented;  (Personnel Item #0509-1)


The resignation of elementary teacher Michael Rupp, effective at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year;  (Personnel Item #0509-2)


Jo Ann Jurczak for the position of general cafeteria worker, effective May 8, 2009. The position is available due to the reassignment of Marian Sywy. (Personnel Item #0509-3)


Christina Foley for the position of aide for the elementary Extended School Year program;  (Personnel Item #0509-4)


The additions to the athletic event aides positions as presented;  (Personnel Item #0509-5)


The addition to the 2008-2009 Day-to-Day Substitute List as follows per recommendation of the administrative staff:

§         Stephanie Wolbert - Elementary

                (Personnel Item #0509-6)


Continuation of the child rearing leave of Employee CFT09-04 for the 2009-2010 school year as submitted.  (Personnel Item #0509-7)


A child rearing leave for Employee CFT09-05 for the 2009-2010 school year as submitted.  (Personnel Item #0509-8)


Anticipated posting for the positions of three (3) summer maintenance helpers for the summer of 2009. 


Anticipated posting for the position of a summer head custodian for the summer of 2009.


Anticipated posting for the positions of eight (8) summer student helpers for the summer of 2009.   On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.



·         Policy


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Roussos, to approve the first reading of Policy No. 800, Records Management, as presented.  (Policy Item #0509-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.




UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  In regards to Mrs. Maslyk’s report of the tree planting in Crafton, Director Hughan suggested that a Gingko tree be planted in the future, due to the history of the Gingkos originally planted at the school.


Director DiPietro mentioned that he attended the National Honor Society induction ceremony, as well as the DARE program in Carnegie. He applauded both events, stating they were wonderfully conducted, and publicly thanked the Carnegie Police Department for providing the DARE program in our schools.




OPEN FORUM:  The Rev. Ed Bowen of the Crafton UP Church announced that the church will again provide back packs and school supplies to children. He also mentioned that several summer programs for students will be offered.


Parent and Rosslyn Farms resident Nyra Schell offered information about No Child Left Behind and encouraged everyone to visit



ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Roussos moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 pm, seconded by Director Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.