Carlynton School District

 

Voting Meeting

May 15, 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, May 15, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President David Roussos, Vice President Thomas Brown and Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, Patricia Schirripa, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford and Principals Amy Burch, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of eight individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:33 pm.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Roll Call:  Carnegie Elementary student Jordan Oddi led the pledge. The roll was called by Acting Recording Secretary Patricia Fisher. Board member Betsy Tassaro was excused from the meeting.

 

public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the minutes of the May 1, 2008 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

REPORTS:

 

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

·         Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza reported that scheduling continues to go well and resident tax bills will be down in the fall due to Act 1. He also announced the date of commencement and the sixth grade recognition ceremonies and reviewed the upcoming calendar of end-of-year events and meetings. 

Ø      Principals’ Reports – The elementary principals provided updates of happenings in their buildings and an overview of student achievements. Mrs. Bejster was especially grateful to parents for their appreciation of the staff at Crafton Elementary, which was displayed during Teacher Appreciation Week. Ms. Burch announced that the showcase of the arts and sciences, held at Carnegie Elementary, was especially successful.

·         Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of April 1, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0508-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – No report

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan called attention to a projected decline in enrollment for the 08-09 school year, which has raised some concerns. She also noted the date of senior recognition and shared that a 15-year lease for financial renovations was set in place.

·         SHASDA – Director Schirripa reported the annual conference was very nice and Carlynton students Tyler Bowman and Christina Mongelli were recognized.

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak shared news about revisions to NCLB, issued by the U.S. Department of Education; Senate Bill 395 has been developed as a child abuse identification program; and further updates on Graduation Competency Assessments (GCAs) reveal the proposed development of a state-wide model curriculum.

 

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

The following three items were approved in one motion:

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the list of Conference Requests as presented:   

§   C…Lynn Utchell…IUP… RtI Workshop…7/17 & 18

§   C…Amy Burch…IUP… RtI Workshop…7/17 & 18  REMOVED

§   C…Andrea Harrity…Penn State…Autism Conf….8/6-8

§   FT…Kevin Lucey…Carnegie…Memorial Day Parade…5/25

§   FT…Kevin Lucey…Crafton…Memorial Day Parade…5/26  

             (Miscellaneous Item #0508-1 Revised)

 

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

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

§   Dr. Edward Snell – School Physician

(Miscellaneous Item #0508-2)

 

To approve the additions to the bus driver list as recommended by First Student and reviewed by the administration:

§   Calvin Slegal

§   David Wuenstel

§   Barbara Walsh (substitute) 

(Miscellaneous Item #0508-3) On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Finance

 

The following five items were approved in one motion:                                                                               

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

 

To approve the April 2008 bills in the amount of $1,548,366.50 as presented;  

 

To approve the 2008-2009 Educational Service Agreement between the District and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for special education services and programs; (Finance Item #0508-1)

 

To  approve the 2007-2008 third quarter Athletic Fund Report as presented and reviewed by the administration; (Finance Item #0508-2)

 

And to approve the 2007-2008 third quarter Activities Fund Reports as presented and reviewed by the administration. (Finance Item #0508-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Director Brown asked that the board take a closer look at what students are being paid to work events, citing the current rates are those bargained pursuant to the collective bargaining unit agreement. He noted the district is not obligated to pay the contractual rate to students and suggested a policy be developed to distinguish this.


Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the Software Maintenance Agreement with ProSoft Technologies for the period of
July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 as presented.  (Finance Item #0508-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the proposed Request for Proposal for a district-wide feasibility study as presented and to advertise for bidders.  (Finance Item #0508-5) On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved to approve Resolution No. 427-08, as submitted by the solicitor, to accept the funds made available through Act 1, the Homestead/Farmstead Tax Relief Act. The motion was withdrawn because the resolution was not yet available.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve a request to acquire State Income Tax information from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, for the 2006 tax year, and that such information be place on CD-Rom for processing by Jordan Tax Service, Inc.  (Finance Item #0508-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the Memorandum of Understanding, as recommended by the solicitor and in regards to regulations adopted by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service 409A, by and between the District and in accordance with Secretarial-Cafeteria-Aide Collective Bargaining Agreement Unit. (Finance Item #0508-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the South Central Area Special Schools Administrative Budget for the 2008-2009 school year as presented.  (Finance Item #0508-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the agreement between the District and the Project Succeed Consortium for the 2008-2009 school year as presented.  (Finance Item #0508-9)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Personnel

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the Supplemental Activities List for the 2008-09 school year as reviewed by the administration and presented;  (Personnel Item #0508-1)

 

And to approve the Curriculum Supplemental List for the 2008-09 school year as reviewed by the administration presented.  (Personnel Item #0508-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve Andrea Harrity 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 #0508-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve Lynsie Sanker 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 #0508-4) On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve 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 #0508-5) 

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

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve Michael Dudicz for the position of Summer Head Custodian for the summer of 2008. (Personnel Item #0508-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the 11 proposed candidates for summer custodial helpers as presented, beginning June 9, 2008 through August 20, 2008, at an hourly rate of $7.15 as presented. (Personnel Item #0508-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to accept the resignation of Jonathan Rocco, Varsity Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, effective May 1, 2008, and to post for the said opening.  (Personnel Item #0508-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

·         Policy

                                                                                                                                                                    

Director Roussos asked that the following two motions be tabled as more time is needed to review and discuss the policies.

Move to approve the 200 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  TABLED

 

Move to approve the 300 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended. TABLED

                                                                                                                                   

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the revisions to Policy No. 139, Community Service, as presented.  (Policy Item #0508-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Prior to voting, board members agreed to strike the paragraph with the language regarding credits because the policy is sufficient without the clause.

 

Recommend approval of the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities guidelines, by selecting Draft # _______.   (Policy Item #0508-2) 

Board President Roussos announced a meeting will be held May 27 to discuss the policy; the meeting is open to the public.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

 

NEW BUSINESS: Director Wilson called attention to a concern brought forth at an elementary education meeting regarding elementary field trips. Currently, grades at each school are required to take the same field trip. This measure was put into place, per direction of the board, about two years ago. The teachers and principals are asking to take educationally sound trips based on teacher/principal discretion. Director Brown stated he believes the field trips should be uniform because once students reach seventh grade, they will be doing everything together. Director Schirripa agreed, adding that each class should take the same amount of field trips per year. Director DiPietro offered reasoning as to why the classroom teachers should be the one to determine the trip, based on what they’ve been learning in the classroom. The principal expressed their belief that they or the teachers should make the determination, and Mrs. Bejster reported of a situation in her building where students in a particular grade missed out on a great opportunity because they were required to attend the same field trip as Carnegie. Mrs. Bejster also informed the board that the PTA fundraises to subsidize many of the field trips for students. Director Hughan suggested enrichment be offered on the weekends, free of any costs to the District, by parents getting together to take children on trips. Director Walkowiak concurred with Director DiPietro saying teachers must be offered some flexibility within guidelines that are “most beneficial for the students.” Dr. Panza said uniform field trips was a directive from the board, which he enforced, and it is not policy.

 

On another matter, Director DiPietro reported he has heard a rumor of proposed changes to the secondary Open House next year, with only seven (7) minutes allotted per period. He believes this is not enough time and is not sure why the changes are being proposed.  Dr. Susini said no final decision has been made, but the teachers feel 14 minutes is too long and would like time to showcase the arts, clubs, and time to discuss post-secondary education options. Director DiPietro and Walkowiak don’t believe there is a need for the change and Director Brown agreed. President Roussos said he could possibly understand a 10-11 minute period, but believes to cut it by half is too short.

 

Lastly, Director Schirripa asked Dr. Panza to clarify the criteria necessary for students to be placed in the Scholars Program when entering seventh grade. Dr. Panza said he brought a rubic with him when he came to the District that he follows, which allows him and the principals to review data to determine placement. The data is based largely on standardized testing results and the rubic gives every child the opportunity to excel.

 

OPEN FORUM:  Parent Kathy Kuhajda said her second grade daughter at Carnegie is being bullied by bus patrols. Dr. Panza asked for Mrs. Kuhajda’s photo number and said he would call her to fully discuss the matter.

 

Rev. Ed Bowen offered verbal support regarding the earlier discussed field trip issue, citing his belief that teachers/principals should be allowed to discern the location/value of field trips.

 

Director Wilson offered gratitude to Sgt. Lint, re: the assembly he presented to parents about online predators.

 

Francesmary Modugno announced the Swim Club will hold a Swim Relay for Life during the annual Relay for Life, May 31, and asked Dr. Panza to swim the final lap of the event. Dr. Panza agreed.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to recess the meeting at 9:00 pm and to reconvene on Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 pm in the high school library to discuss facilities usage.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.