Carlynton School District

 

Regular Voting Meeting

June 26, 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, June 26, 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, Betsy Tassaro and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Valerie Keys, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini and Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford. The audience was comprised of 12 individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to order  -  The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:37 pm. The pledge was led by elementary principal-elect Christopher Very.  Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. Director Sharon Wilson was excused from the meeting.

 

public comment on business before the board: 

Greg Slopek of the Pittsburgh Youth Pops Orchestra came forward to ask if the organization would be affected by the proposed changes to the facility usage policy because they often rent the auditorium at Carnegie Elementary for rehearsals and concerts. Director Brown informed him that a motion would be made at the end of the meeting, dealing specifically with that issue, and Mr. Slopek would learn there are few concerns.

Carnegie Borough Manager Stephen Vincenti, along with Carnegie Councilman Bob Koller, asked the board to table Item #24 on the agenda, which moves to rescind the ordinance with the borough regarding real estate tax exemption/ abatement. Dr. Panza replied that because the ordinance is absent of Appendix A, which is said to enumerate specific boundaries on the types of properties that would receive abatement, it is best the board rescinds the ordinance at hand until a more specific plan is presented. Director Brown concurred, and President Roussos commented that the board chooses to rescind solely to gain clarification. Director Walkowiak asked Mr. Vincenti to explain the terms of the abatement, to which he replied that it operates on a sliding scale, based on the cost of a project and a timeline. Mr. Vincenti mentioned that several projects are in discussion within the borough and the current ordinance would offer latitude. The board asked Ira for his advice; Attorney Weiss proposed a meeting of the minds to discuss the best options for both the district and the borough. He suggested it is probably best to begin with a clean slate (by rescinding the ordinance) and to adopt a new ordinance which would include Appendix A. Mr. Vincenti provided a copy of a zoned map and Dr. Panza said he would make copies available to board members.

Parent Kathleen McCarl came forward in regards to Item #34 on the agenda (posting for Speech/Language Arts/Gifted Education teacher) and asked the board to consider making the Gifted Education position a full-time position so students would have more opportunities to get involved in competitions and other enrichment programs.

 

approval of minutes:

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the voting meeting minutes of the May 15, 2008, and the minutes of the meeting of May 27, 2008 (continuation), as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2008 meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 6-0-2, with President Roussos and Director Walkowiak abstaining due to their absence from the meeting.

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – President Roussos reported that contractual and labor issues were among the topics discussed in executive session.

Ø      Principals’ Reports – Dr. Susini thanked the board for their attendance at commencement services.  Director Schirripa asked Dr. Susini to elaborate on the scheduling process. He distributed copies of the scheduled classes, noting that nearly 95% of the students are scheduled. Mrs. Schirripa questioned low enrollment in some of the classes and Dr. Panza explained why there was a need for the courses to stay in place, regardless. Dr. Susini then reported about the Education Committee’s plans for the secondary Open House, which they refer to as “PAWS for Education.”

Ø      Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford brought forward a concern with reports (to the State) of students who are immigrants/ English Learners. After she conducted some investigating, the problem was resolved.

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza noted upcoming items on the schedule and then reported/disbursed the following:

§         The band’s proposed trip to Disney World; a copy of the itinerary was included in the board packet

§         Senator Pippy’s letter and his position on the issue of GCA’s

§         Twenty-six firms were represented at the pre-bid meeting for the feasibility study

§         403B annuities; Kirby Christy explained options and reported the district is in compliance with 409A, as all employees are now paid over a 12 month period

§         Transportation reimbursements have continued to rise due to the maximization of services

§         Discussed incorrect information in a Tribune-Review article per the graduation rate; distributed the State’s rating, which illustrated a 95% graduation rate. Some discussion ensued with members of the audience who were upset by the newspaper report, suggesting the district needs to make a public statement.

§         Representatives from the company of ECSI will be present at the next meeting; they offer a method for parents to pay bills (lunches, fines, etc.) electronically

  • Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of May 6, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #0608-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – Director McCartney reported that 55 students are involved in the summer ½ day program and a new principal is in place

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan announced that Carlynton student Gregory Braeudigam was named “Best of the Best” at Parkway. She also read an article from the Allegheny West Magazine about a project which is refining war veteran markers. The project is sponsored by the Carnegie American Legion in conjunction with Chartiers Cemetery and the work is being completed by students in the Machine Tool and Auto Body classes

·         SHASDA – No report.

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak reported that the government has freed up money for grants related to energy efficiency and suggested it is something to keep in mind, re: feasibility study. He also elaborated on the bill recently passed concerning the GCA’s, and noted that a study is being conducted related to a property tax freeze for senior citizens.

 

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

  

·         Miscellaneous

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to appoint the following physician for the 2008-2009 school year under the stipulations contained in established board policy:

§               Dr. Sherry Marinacci – School Eye Examiner

                      (Miscellaneous Item #0608-1)

 

And to approve the following conference request as presented:

§         Lee Myford…Bedford Springs…Special Ed. Leadership Academy

       …6/30 to 7/3   (Miscellaneous Item #0608-2) 

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

 

·         Curriculum

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the revised Language Arts Curriculum as presented.   On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza thanked the teachers and administration for their diligence and input when updating the curriculum.

 

·         Finance

                                                                                                                                   

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

 

To approve the May 2008 bills in the amount of $1,367,177.83 as presented;

 

And 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.  (Finance Item #0608-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza explained the latter item was a resolution to accept the state gambling funds (made possible by Special Session Act 1) and reported that every resident will receive a tax reduction in 2008 of $170.62.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve 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)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Director Brown remarked that this is the fifth consecutive year the millage rate has remained the same.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve 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)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the Carlynton School District 2008-2009 General Fund Budget in the amount of $23,220,479.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, 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. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to authorize the administrative staff to contract with A-G Administrators, Inc. to provide voluntary student insurance for the 2008-2009 school year, at an amount not to exceed $30 per student for school-time coverage, and $115 per student for 24-hour coverage.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve 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. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to reappoint Edward Adams as Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Collector for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

And to renew public official bonds for Board Secretary Kirby Christy and Treasurer Sandra Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, 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.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, 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.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to award bids for General, Art, Physical Education, Medical, Custodial/Maintenance and Athletic Supplies for the 2008-2009 school year.  (Finance Item #0608-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the Carlynton School District’s participation in the PMA Worker’s Compensation Program at a cost of $63,426, effective July 1, 2008, as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Director Walkowiak asked if this cost was an increase or decrease over the past year. Dr. Panza noted it was about a $7000 decrease/savings.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director McCartney to approve the insurance package for the 2008-2009 school year as recommended by The Gleason Agency at a cost of $34,749. (Finance Item #0608-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0. 

It was noted that this company also provided a significant savings to the district over the former carrier, who quoted a cost of $58,208.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented. (Finance Item #0608-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the Rosslyn Farms Wage Tax Refunds as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to rescind Ordinance No. 2059 between the Borough of Carnegie, the Carlynton School District and Allegheny County in regards to real estate tax exemption.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

President Roussos explained that the board would support a similar ordinance in the future, if and when it is presented by Carnegie Borough Council, and if all details are clearly outlined and in order.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to renew the yearbook publication agreement with Jostens as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-9)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the April 2008 Cafeteria Report as presented by Aramark Educational Services.  (Finance Item #0608-10)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the May 2008 Cafeteria Report as presented by Aramark Educational Services. (Finance Item 0608-11)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve 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 #0608-12)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza said the center is very cooperative and has agreed to provide training to staff.

 

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the Rosslyn Farms Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented.  (Finance Item #0608-13)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·         Personnel

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the following students for the purpose of setting up the library for school district board meetings and taping/recording all board meetings at an hourly rate of $7.15:

§         Jacob Harlich

§         Jeremy Murphy

§         Samuel Schock

             (Personnel Item #0608-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve John Kubiscek for the athletic supplemental position of Varsity Head Girls’ Basketball Coach for the 2008-2009 season as presented.  (Personnel Item #0608-2) On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the annual and semi-annual ratings for Temporary Professional Employees and Professional Employees and that these ratings be filed with the appropriate agencies consistent with Section 1108 of the Pennsylvania School Code.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

I move to not grant tenure to Temporary Professional Employee 07-08-02 and to move for dismissal. NO ACTION

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the following list of Long-Term Substitutes for the 2008-2009 school year as presented, in accordance with the Carlynton Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement:

§         Tonilyn Longo – Secondary Language Arts

§         Michael Rupp – Fourth grade, Carnegie Elementary

§         Emily Tupi – Fourth grade, Carnegie Elementary

§         Maria Wisser – Second grade, Crafton Elementary

 

                   (Personnel Item #0608-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Schirripa to post for the positions of full-time Speech and Language Arts/Gifted Education teacher, part-time Speech and Language teacher and part-time Gifted Education teacher.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza noted the administration is looking at the current needs and seeking the best use of personnel to fill the position.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to post for the position of Title 1 elementary mathematics coach.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve Cheryl Irwin for the position of full-time lunchroom/playground aide at Crafton Elementary, effective August 25, 2008, with salary and benefits consistent with the Secretarial-Cafeteria-Aides Collective Bargaining Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0608-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve Rita Cygan for the position of Special Education teacher, effective August 18, 2008, in accordance with the Carlynton Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0608-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to grant authority to the Superintendent to employ professional employees for current vacancies during the month of July 2008 and that the Board ratify said employment at a meeting in August 2008.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve Rebecca Petronsky and Michael Kozy for the positions of Language Arts and Mathematics instructors, respectively, for the SAT Prep Classes, to be offered to students during the 2008-2009 school year. The classes will run for seven consecutive Saturday mornings; the first session will begin October 4 and the later will start on March 7.  The positions are relevant to all terms and conditions of the Carlynton Federation of Teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0608-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve Rachel Foltz as a Long-Term Substitute in the Social Studies Department until October 8, 2008, at which time she will assume Temporary Professional Employee status as per the terms and conditions of the Carlynton Federation of Teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve Ryan Gevaudan for the position of Classroom of the Future instructor for the 2008-2009 school year, pending receipt of the Classroom of the Future Grant, and to post for the anticipated opening of a Business Education teacher.  (Personnel Item #0608-7)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to accept the resignation of David Zinski, 2008 summer custodial helper, and to approve Daniel Zinski as his replacement.  (Personnel Item #0608-8)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve Mark Rodgers as a Temporary Professional Employee for the position of music teacher under the terms and conditions of the Carlynton Federation of Teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0608-9)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Dr. Panza explained that per contact, the position of music teacher will also include the supplemental position of Band Director.

 

Director Walkowiak moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve Christopher Very for the position of Elementary Principal, assigned to Carnegie Elementary School, under the terms and conditions of the Act 93 Agreement.  (Personnel Item #0608-10)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

The board formally welcomed Mr. Very and asked that he introduce himself (he was seated in the audience). Mr. Very said he was honored to join the Carlynton School District and shared some personal background information. Dr. Panza explained over 40 applications were received and an extensive interview process was conducted before selecting Mr. Very for the job.

 

Prior to discussing the following items, Dr. Panza excused the principals, Mr. Christy and Mrs. Myford, due to the late hour.

 

·         Policy

President Roussos asked for more time to review the two series of policies below and they were therefore tabled.   

I move to approve the 200 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  NO ACTION

 

I move to approve the 300 series of the Carlynton School District Board Policies as reviewed and amended.  NO ACTION

                                                                                                                                   

Recommend approval of the revisions to Policy No. 707, the Use of Facilities guidelines, by selecting Draft # _______.  [See “New Business”]

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None

NEW BUSINESS:

Director Brown moved to modify Policy No. 707 as follows:

§         There will be no changes in the existing rental fee schedule;

§         The definition of Individual/Group shall be changed to read, “An organization or group where less than 90% of its members or participants are residents of the Carlynton School District.” For any athletic related organization or group, only individuals of school age (K-12) shall be counted in determining compliance with the 90% requirement;

§         The definition of Community-Related shall be changed to read, “An organization or group where 90% or more of the members of the organization or group are residents of the Carlynton School District.” 

§         Approval of facilities usage is contingent upon compliance with the following:  No later than ten (10) days prior to the beginning of a season, all athletic-related organizations or groups shall provide the Athletic Director of the Carlynton School District a by-name roster of all participants in their organizations or groups. The roster shall include the address, date of birth, and school district of residence of the participant.

§         During any season, any changes (additions/deletions) to a roster will be submitted in writing by the organization or group to the Athletic Director of the Carlynton School District. Notification of the changes will be provided within seven (7) days of the changes.

§         All non-district participants in any athletic-related organization or group shall be assessed a participation fee of $100 per quarter or portion thereof. The participation fee is to be collected by the organization or group and remitted to the Carlynton School District no later than ten (10) days prior to the beginning of a season.

§         All athletic-related organizations or groups shall provide the Athletic Director of the Carlynton School District a copy of their current by-laws.  (Policy Item #0608-1)

 

President Roussos ruled that the motion was out of order based on the belief that prior sufficient notice was not given. He cited school policy, Sunshine Laws and Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

Director McCartney commented that the facilities usage policy has been discussed for many months.

 

Dr. Panza mentioned that Director Wilson has called and asked that any motion pertaining to the facility usage policy be held until she was present at the meeting.

 

Director DiPietro concurred with Director McCartney, saying the policy has been discussed for several months and it was time to move forward with a decision about facility usage; he stated he saw very little difference between the former policy and the proposed changes. Saying this, Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to appeal President Roussos ruling that the original motion was out of order. On a roll call vote, the motion to appeal the out of order ruling carried 6-2, with Directors Roussos and Tassaro voting NO.

 

Further discussion ensued, debating whether the original motion was in best interest of all groups and organizations, in conjunction with the district.  Director Tassaro reminded all that as a unit, the board should honor Director Wilson’s request to hold off with any decision until she could be present.  She also cited that decisions have been delayed many times when something new is brought to the table. Other board members reiterated that the issue has been repeatedly discussed at several meetings.

 

President Roussos brought forth further reasons to hold off on voting and noted that while the board has sometimes had differences of opinion, they have always been able to resolve them in an amicable manner. Director Hughan questioned whether all the discussion was a way to filibuster the original motion and suggested it was time to move forward.

 

At this point, Director Brown called for question to end the debate.  Director Schirripa seconded. On a roll call vote, the motion to end the debate was approved 5-3, with Directors McCartney, Roussos and Tassaro voting NO.

 

On a roll call vote, the motion to approve the proposal changes to Policy No. 707 was approved 5-3, with Directors McCartney, Roussos and Tassaro voting NO.

 

President Roussos stated he was disappointed with the way in which the issue and discussion was handled.

 

OPEN FORUM:  Elementary teacher Jeanine Butts thanked the board for approving the posting for a Title 1 math coach.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 pm, seconded by Director Walkowiak. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.