Carlynton School District


Committee/Voting Meeting

July 16, 2009

Carlynton Jr.-Sr. High School Library – 7:30 p.m.



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Committee/Voting Meeting Thursday, July 16, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa and Directors Thomas DiPietro, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza and Solicitor Jocelyn Kramer. Administrators were excused from the meeting. The audience was comprised of three individuals and two members of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. The pledge was led by Director McCartney. Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. Directors Hughan and Tassaro were excused from the meeting.

public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes::

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2009 Regular Voting Meeting as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.



  • Executive SessionPresident Brown reported that personnel, legal and labor issues were discussed in executive session.

Ř      Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza reviewed the calendar of upcoming events and provided the following information:

§         High school nurse Carol Rech was honored by the American Diabetes Association

§         The 300, 400 and 500 policy series were emailed to all board members and the 600 series were included in the board packets

§         Driveway paving work has begun; all should be completed by August 10

§         Student handbooks were distributed to board members for review

§         Food Services Director Robin Duff is leaving; her replacement is Deena Mitchell

§         Several conference requests will be placed before the board at the next meeting; approximately 10 individuals will attend this conference to gain insight into the new reading curriculum. It will be paid with ACCESS funds.

§         All students are now required to have all immunizations before entering school. A brief discussion disclosed that waivers can be issued for moral or religious beliefs when a letter is provided to the school district.



·         Pathfinder Report – None

·         Parkway West CTC Report – None

·         SHASDA – None

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak reported that controversy still surrounds the Keystone Exams. The exam can count as 1/3 of the final course grade and costs will be expended at both the state and local levels.

I.  Miscellaneous


Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the recommended list of equipment as surplus and declare that such items be discarded or donated to various non-profit organizations;  (Miscellaneous Item #0709-1)


And to approve the Conference Request as submitted by Andrea Mackey for the Reading Achievement Center training at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit on the following dates: August 3-7, August 10-14 and September 21-25.  (Miscellaneous Item #0709-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.


II.    Finance


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the settlement agreement and release in the matter of a student as submitted;


The 2008-2009 year end Athletic Fund Report as presented;  (Finance Item #0709-1)


The 2008-2009 year end Activities Fund Report as presented;  (Finance Item #0709-2)


The agreement and release between the district and individual CFT09-08 as  submitted and recommended by counsel;  (Finance Item #0709-3)


And the April 2009 and May 2009 Cafeteria Reports as submitted by Aramark.  (Finance Item #0709-4) On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.


III.  Personnel         

Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the temporary Professional Employee Contracts to the following individuals for the 2009-2010 school year, under the terms and conditions of the CFT Collective Bargaining Agreement, and effective August 20, 2009:

§   Emily Tupi

§   Pamela Stone


The following as Long-Term Substitutes for the 2009-2010 school year, effective August 20, 2009:

§   Ashley Bichler

§   Bridget Ward


Beth Rave for the position of Lunchtime/Playground Aide at Crafton Elementary, effective August 20, 2009 under the terms and conditions of the Secretarial-Custodial-Aides Collective Bargaining Agreement;  (Personnel Item #0709-1)


Courtney Tempest for the position of Secondary Assistant Principal, under the terms and conditions of the Administrative Compensation Plan and pending receipt of all necessary documentation; 


Shannon Vitali for the 12-hour Extended School Year position for individual instruction of an elementary student, June 22 through July 31, 2009;  (Personnel Item #0709-2)


And the additions to the Supplemental Activities List for the 2009-2010 school year as follows:

§   Stephen Rogers, Assistant Band Director

§   Kristen Kline-Bassong, Assistant Band Director

                          (Personnel Item #0709-3)

                          On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.


IV.   Policy


Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve Policy No. 200, Enrollment in District, as presented and reviewed by the solicitor.  (Policy Item #0709-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.


The first reading of the 300 policy series, the 400 policy series and the 500 policy series as presented.  REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA

Director Roussos asked for clarification as to why the motion was removed from the table.  President Brown said it was because there was not enough time to review all the material, given its size, but the motion will be placed on the agenda again for the first meeting in August.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Director Roussos asked if the board had given any more thought to maintaining membership with PSBA. Dr. Panza recommended the district remain with the organization because they represent the district legislatively. Director Schirripa stated she would like to review and watch the outcome of the Keystone Exams decision before making a final decision. The board asked that membership dues be held.


NEW BUSINESS: Director Roussos asked for further explanation of the process by which personnel are hired prior to the upcoming band camp. President Brown said it was understood that if all necessary clearances were provided, individuals could work the camp, and board approval would be granted at the first meeting in August.




ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Roussos moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 pm, seconded by Director DiPietro. On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.