Carlynton Jr.-Sr. High School Library –
The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting Thursday, May 20, 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, Betsy Tassaro and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Al Lubinski, Pupil Services’ Director Lee Myford, Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of 13 individuals and one member of the press.
Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:31 pm. The pledge was led by Ian Kobistek and Riley Post, first place finishers in the recent Invention Convention and students at Carnegie and Crafton Elementary, respectively. Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll; board members Roussos and Wilson were excused from the meeting.
public comment on business before the board: President Brown offered the opportunity for seventh graders Kevin Schuster and Michael Bruner to speak about their desire to start a junior high ice hockey team. Dr. Panza suggested the boys check into area ice rinks and groups that provide opportunities for lessons, competitive play and ice time, saying the sport is a very expensive one.
approval of minutes:
Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2009 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.
Ø Principal Report – Dr. Susini expressed best wishes to the two students in the State track championships
Ø Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza reviewed the calendar of upcoming events and provided the following information:
§ A drawing with the reconfiguration of the weight room and wrestling room was distributed
§ A list of goals for the 2009-2010 school year will be compiled
· Secretary’s Correspondence
Ø The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of April 7, 2009 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0509-1)
· Pathfinder Report – None
· Parkway West CTC Report – Director McCartney said enrollment is down; he indicated that a survey was provided in the board packet
· SHASDA – None
· PSBA-Legislative – A video regarding the Keystone Assessments was shown; Director Walkowiak said that PSBA is fighting to compromise and fears control will be lost at the local level. An executive summary was distributed with comments about the Governor’s plan to consolidate school districts.
Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve the list of Field Trip and Conference Requests as presented:
§ C…T.Patsko…Bayer Corp…“Choices” Program…5/14
§ FT…Car. Gr 3 Tchrs…PNC Park…Educational/Culture…5/27
§ FT…Car. Gr 2 Tchrs…Pgh Zoo & Aquarium…Enrichment…6/3
§ FT…L.Merglowski…Idlewild Park…Comm. Outbased…6/9
§ *FT…J.Welty…Carnegie El…Boggle Bee/Spelling Bee…5/29
(Miscellaneous Item #0509-1 REVISED*)
And participation in the Mobile Dentists Smiles Program for the 2009-2010 school year, at no cost to the District. (Miscellaneous Item #0509-3) On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.
Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the additional course offering of Conversational Spanish 5 for the 2009-2010 school year as presented. (Miscellaneous Item #0509-2)
Some discussion ensued as to whether the proper procedures for adding a course were followed and board members questioned whether the course was necessary. Director McCartney moved to TABLE the motion, seconded by Director Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion to TABLE the item was approved 7-0.
The following six items were approved in one motion:
Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of April 2009;
The April 2009 bills in the amount of $2,591,525.11 as presented;
The Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Refund as presented; (Finance Item #0509-1)
The Athletic Fund Report for the month of April 2009 as submitted; (Finance Item #0509-5)
The Activities Fund Report for the month of April 2009 as submitted; (Finance Item #0509-6)
And the Cafeteria Report for March and April 2009 as submitted by Aramark Educational Services. (Finance Item #0509-7) On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 7-0.
Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve 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. On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 7-0.
Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve 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)
Resolution No. 431-09, as submitted by the solicitor, to accept the funds made available through Act 1, the Homestead/Farmstead Tax Relief Act. (Finance Item #0509-4)
And continuation in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Natural Gas Consortium and to authorize the appropriate school district official to sign any agreements relating to the purchase and supply of the District’s natural gas requirements; (Finance Item #0509-8) On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 7-0.
Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the Carlynton School District administrative compensation plan as presented. (Finance Item #0509-9) On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 7-0.
Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the Curtailment Services Agreement between the District and ClearChoice Energy as presented. (Finance Item #0509-10) On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.
Quite a bit of discussion took place regarding this matter prior to voting. The district could realize considerable monies ($3700 in the first year; $9500 in the second year; and $6000 in the third year) by participating. A test will be conducted to see if the district qualifies. June through September would be the on-call period, and sufficient notice is given. Director Walkowiak, who is familiar with the program, said there is a chance the district could lose money or realize none at all, but if the test concludes the district will qualify, it’s a no-lose situation.
Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the Athletic Supplemental Contracts for the 2009-2010 school year as presented:
§ John Tortorea – Varsity Head First Assistant Football
§ James Carter – Varsity Assistant Football
§ Michael Donovan – Varsity Assistant Football
§ Nathan Milsom – Varsity Assistant Football
§ Joshua Ficorilli – Junior High Head Football
§ Robert Koger – Junior High Assistant Football
§ Hal Minford – Varsity Head Boys’ Basketball
§ Matt Marcinko – Varsity Assistant Boys’ Basketball
§ Daniel McDonald – Grade 8, Boys’ Basketball
§ Thomas Kubicsek – Varsity Head Girls’ Basketball
§ Melissa Kubicsek – Varsity Assistant Girls’ Basketball
§ Jennifer Smith – Varsity Assistant Girls’ Basketball
§ Lisa Mitchell – Grade 8, Girls’ Basketball
§ MaryCay Dunmyer – Boys’/Girls’ Bowling
§ Nicole Zingaro – Junior Varsity Cheerleading
§ Jason Knox – Varsity Head Wrestling
(Personnel Item #0509-1)
The Activities Supplemental Contracts for the 2009-2010 school year as presented:
§ Janet Loos – Audio Visual Coordinator
§ Rena Taylor – Auditorium Manager and Junior Class Sponsor
§ Matthew O’Neil – Band Director
§ Mary Kay Smith – Senior Class Sponsor and Musical Director
§ Lori Dedola – Sophomore Class Sponsor and Musical Producer
§ Tonilyn Longo / Michelle Smoller – Cougar Times Co-sponsors
§ Diane Criste / Heidi Aitken – Carnegie Lunch Intramurals
§ Nicholas DeRoss – Crafton Lunch Intramurals
§ Stephen Baldanzi – Instrumental Musical Assistant
§ Lynne Cramer – National Jr. Honor Society and Jr. High Student Government Sponsor
§ Diane Criste – Carnegie Patrol Sponsor
§ Janet Supko – Crafton Patrol Sponsor
§ James Nagorski – Crafton Peer Sponsor
§ Rob James – Play Director
§ Laura Begg – Sr. High Student Government Sponsor
§ Marlynn Vayanos – Yearbook Sponsor
(Personnel Item #0509-2)
The following individuals for the positions of three (3) summer maintenance helpers for the summer of 2009:
§ Greg Gazella
§ Gary Mitkowski
§ Thomas Kelsey
(Personnel Item #0509-3)
The resignation of Kathleen Bennett, Accounts Payable Secretary, effective June 30, 2009, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Secretarial-Cafeteria-Aides Bargaining Unit Agreement; (Personnel Item #0509-5)
The projected staffing assignments for the 2009-2010 school year as presented; (Personnel Item #0509-6)
The resignation of Crafton Lunchroom/Playground aide Jenny Cain, effective immediately; (Personnel Item #0509-7)
And posting for a certified elementary/special education teacher to provide Extended School Year services to an elementary student. The program will operate June 22 to July 31, 2009 for six hours per week. On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.
___________ for the position of a summer head custodian for the summer of 2009. (Personnel Item #0509-4) REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: : None
OPEN FORUM: Parent/resident Nyra Schell encouraged everyone to write to Senator Orie and local representatives to express opinions about the Keystone Exams.
President Brown complimented Mrs. Schell on her campaign during her run for a board member position.
ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:52 pm, seconded by Director DiPietro. On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.