The Carlynton School District Board of Education
conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting
Call to order - The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Brown at .
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.
public comment on business before the board: None
approval of minutes:
I move to
approve the minutes of the
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.
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:
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
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
Recommend approval to grant authorization for the appropriate
officials to provide tax duplicates to each of the District’s tax collectors
on or before
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
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
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.
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
Director Tassaro moved, seconded by
Director McCartney, to approve, with regret, the resignation of elementary
teacher Julie Barrett, effective
Director Tassaro moved, seconded by
Director Wilson, to accept the resignation of high school music teacher/band
director Kevin Lucey, effective
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
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.
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.”
With no further business to discuss, Director Walkowiak moved to adjourn the meeting at , seconded by Director McCartney. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.