Carlynton School District

 

Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

June 5, 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, June 5, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included Vice President Thomas Brown and Directors Thomas DiPietro, Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, Patricia Schirripa, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Amy Burch, Valarie Keys, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of four persons and two members of the press.

 

 

Call to order - The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Brown at 7:34 pm.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Roll Call:  Crafton Elementary student Brandon Thompson led the pledge. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Board President David Roussos was excused from the meeting. In his absence, Vice-President Brown conducted the meeting.

 

PRESENTATION:  Officers of the Carlynton Senior High School Student Government provided a brief presentation about their plans to raise school spirit and make improvements to the school. The presentation included a Power Point slide show with photos to illustrate areas of the high school facility in need of repair.

 

public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

I move to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2008 Voting Meeting as presented.  TABLED

 

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – Director Brown reported that employment and labor issues were discussed in the closed session.
  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza provided a synopsis of the calendar of upcoming meetings and events and noted that interviews for open positions have been scheduled. He also reported on the following:

Ø      Diesel costs have risen severely; the district’s membership in the fuel consortium will keep costs down with First Student (bus transportation)

Ø      The Tribune Review ran an article about the number of students who receive diplomas from area high schools; Dr. Panza found the numbers to be deceiving and pointed out several flaws

Ø      Congratulations to everyone involved in Relay for Life for a job well done

Ø      Principals’ Reports – The elementary principals provided hand-outs with end-of-year school news; they have been entered into record. Dr. Susini also provided some student news. Each of the principals touched on certain highlights and achievements.

  • Pathfinder Report – Director Wilson made mention that Pathfinder held graduation May 30 and it was a very nice event. She passed around the Pathfinder yearbook.

Director Brown called attention to the academic awards night held May 31 at the high school and was especially pleased with the 700 Club Award which recognized high SAT scores. He believes more academic achievements should be recognized.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

  

·         Finance

                                                                                                                                   

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

 

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

 

Recommend approval of Resolution No. 427-08, as submitted by the solicitor, to accept the funds made available through Act 1, the Homestead/Farmstead Tax Relief Act.  (Finance Item #0608-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of Resolution No. 428-08 establishing the millage for real estate taxation for the 2008-2009 fiscal year as follows: Resolved that the Carlynton School District does hereby levy and assess the real estate tax for the fiscal year for all taxable property in the Carlynton School District for the Boroughs of Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms, at 24.15 mills or $2.415 on each one hundred dollars ($100) of the assessed valuation on all property for school purposes. This represents no increase in the district millage rate. (Finance Item #0608-2) PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of Resolution No. 429-08 as follows: Resolved that the levy of one percent (1%) on all earned income and net profit levied by Resolution No. 44 of 1966 and enacted under the authority of the Local and Tax Enabling Act #511 of 1965 and its amendments thereto, is hereby renewed for the 2008-2009 fiscal year and for an indefinite term thereinafter, and all taxes levied under Act 511 of 1965 including the earned income and net profits tax and the real estate transfer tax be reenacted without substantial change. This represents no increase in the taxation rate.  (Finance Item #0608-3)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Carlynton School District 2008-2009 General Fund Budget in the amount of $23,220,479.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to designate PNC Bank, Crafton Branch, as the official school district depository for funds received for fiscal year 2008-2009 in accordance with Section 621 of the PA School Code.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to authorize the administrative staff to contract with ____________ to provide voluntary student insurance for the 2008-2009 school year, at an amount not to exceed $___ per student for school-time coverage, and $___ per student for 24-hour coverage.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Carlynton School District’s participation in the ___________ Worker’s Compensation Program at a cost of $_______, effective July 1, 2008, as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-4)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval for Michael Crown, Crafton Real Estate Tax Collector; Edward Adams, Rosslyn Farms Real Estate Tax Collector; and Karen Welsh, Carnegie Real Estate Tax Collector, be excused from further collection of school district real estate taxes for the 2007-2008 school year, effective June 30, 2008, and that the list of names of those owners submitted by each of the above tax collectors be given to the delinquent tax collector for the purpose of liening.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to reappoint Edward Adams as Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Collector for the 2008-2009 school year.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to renew public official bonds for Board Secretary Kirby Christy and Treasurer Sandra Hughan.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to grant authorization for the appropriate officials to provide tax duplicates to each of the District’s tax collectors on or before July 1, 2008, in accordance with Section 682 of the PA School Code.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to authorize the District to acquire the tax collector’s bonds as required by Section 684 of the PA School Code for the Carnegie, Crafton and Rosslyn Farms Tax Collectors.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to award bids for General, Art, Physical Education, Medical, Custodial/Maintenance and Athletic Supplies for the 2008-2009 school year.  (Finance Item #0608-5)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the insurance package for the 2008-2009 school year as recommended by _________ at a cost of $_________. (Finance Item #0608-6)   PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of a Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refund as presented. (Finance Item #0608-7)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Rosslyn Farms Wage Tax Refunds as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-8)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval to rescind Ordinance No. 2059 between the Borough of Carnegie, the Carlynton School District and Allegheny County in regards to real estate tax exemption.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

 

Recommend approval to renew the yearbook publication agreement with Jostens as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-9)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the April and May 2008 Cafeteria Report as presented by Aramark Educational Services.  (Finance Item #0608-10)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Letters of Agreement between Chartiers Community Mental Health and Retardation Center and the District in regards to student assistance services for the 2008-2009 school year, at no cost to the District.  (Finance Item #0608-11)  PLACE ON AGENDA

Director Wilson noted that scheduling for the SAP Team training was due by June 6 and hoped the deadline would not be missed. Dr. Panza said he would take care of it.

 

·         Personnel

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the addition to the Activities Supplemental List for the 2008-09 school year as reviewed by the administration and presented:

§         Cynthia Eddy and Stefanie Barnes – National Honor Society Co-Sponsors  (Personnel Item #0608-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve, with regret, the resignation of Carnegie Elementary Principal Amy Burch, effective July 31, 2008. (Personnel Item #0608-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve, with regret, the resignation of elementary teacher Julie Barrett, effective June 9, 2008. (Personnel Item #0608-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to accept the resignation of high school music teacher/band director Kevin Lucey, effective August 1, 2008. (Personnel Item #0608-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the posting for Language Arts and Mathematic tutors for the 2008-2009 SAT Preparation classes.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the job description and posting for the Classrooms of the Future Coach (a one-year, grant-funded position) for the Technology Department.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza informed the board that this would be an Act 93 position.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the completion of a Family Medical Leave of Absence for elementary teacher Sarah Vierra through the week of August 18, 2008, followed by a Child Rearing Leave through the end of the 2008-2009 school year. (Personnel Item #0608-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the addition to the Athletic Supplemental List for the 2007-08 school year as reviewed and presented by the administration and effective March 24, 2008 through the end of the season:

§         John Tortorea – Varsity Head Girls’ Softball Coach 

            (Personnel Item #0608-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Although the season is over, this is a procedural motion.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to accept the resignation of Zachary Mallow as summer custodian helper, effective immediately, and hire David Zinski and Adam Miller for the two open summer custodian helper positions, and Dillon Nicholls as a substitute summer custodian helper, beginning June 9, 2008 through August 20, 2008, at an hourly rate of $7.15. (Personnel Item #0608-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to accept the resignation of Mercedes Tierney, Speech/ Language Pathologist and Gifted Education teacher.  (Personnel Item #0608-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Board members and Dr. Panza expressed best wishes to Mrs. Tierney.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the additions to the Supplemental Athletic List for the 2008-09 school year as follows:

§         Keri Savitski – Varsity Head Cheerleading Coach

§         Nicole Zingaro – Junior Varsity Cheerleading Coach

§         Lacey Twigg – Junior High Cheerleading Coach

(Personnel Item #0608-9)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Policy

                                                                                                                                                                    

Recommend approval of the 200 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the 300 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  PLACE ON AGENDA

                                                                                                                                   

Recommend approval of the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities guidelines, by selecting Draft # _______.   (Policy Item #0608-1)    PLACE ON AGENDA

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Director Wilson reminded everyone to complete the evaluation form for Dr. Panza and provide to her or Director Hughan before the end of June.

 

NEW BUSINESS: None

OPEN FORUM:  Director Wilson congratulated Athletic Director Dave Oddi for the nice scholar athlete assembly. Director Brown expressed concern that attendance was low. He added that while he did not attend the Baccalaureate, he heard it was wonderful.

Director Wilson reported that despite threatening weather, the Relay for Life worked out very well even though it was held indoors. There were many volunteers and more individuals have decided to join the committee.

Mrs. Francismary Modugno read a statement pertaining to the adoption of the facilities usage policy and asked that it be entered into record. A copy of the document was provided to the recording secretary.

Parent John Oliver came forward, saying he wanted to discuss a couple issues that were very disconcerting to him. He began by saying that teachers in the building where his children attend have told him to “pack up and get your children out of this school.” Directors Tassaro and Walkowiak asked why they would make such a statement, to which he did not reply; he only said he would not give out the names of those who made the statement. Mr. Oliver implied the children are suffering, and stated, “it’s scary.” He commented that “you can’t even schedule a conference with your child’s teacher,” but later stated he has scheduled/held two conferences per year with his son’s teachers. When asked again why the teachers would make such statements, he said it was due to lack of leadership and sub-standard education. Dr. Panza referred to the sixth grade recognition program, held the prior day, where students publicly stated how much they enjoyed being a part of the school and where he witnessed the distribution of many awards for academic achievement. Director Walkowiak mentioned that he has not heard of any problems in the school, even with his wife volunteering with PTA on a daily basis. He added that his five children went through the school with relatively few problems. He asked Mr. Oliver for further clarification of the issues, stating that by bringing the problems forward, an opportunity for a solution can be offered. After some discussion, which bounced from other concerns to constructive Education Committee meetings with staff, Mr. Oliver said that Carnegie and Crafton Elementary are two different schools and shouldn’t be compared. To that, Director DiPietro stated the belief of all directors: “We are one district and we need to stop thinking of the schools as two separate units.” He continued, “When the students get to the junior-senior high school, they are together and do everything together. The elementary schools should be uniform as well.”

 

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to discuss, Director Walkowiak moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:26 pm, seconded by Director McCartney. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.