Carlynton School District


Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

September 3, 2009

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting, September 3, 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, David Roussos, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza and Solicitor Greg Gleason. Administrators in attendance included Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini, Courtney Tempest and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of four individuals and one member of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. High School Assistant Principal Courtney Tempest led the pledge. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All board members were present.


public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

The minutes of the August 20, 2009 Regular Voting Meeting as presented. Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to TABLE the minutes. Director Hughan asked that the minutes be amended to reflect a discussion initiated by her regarding district investments with PSLAF.




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

Ø      Principal’s Report – The elementary principals distributed newsletters and highlighted some of the items in the newsletter. Both confirmed the school year was off to a good start. Mrs. Tempest noted that she has interviewed a number of substitute teachers and Dr. Susini announced that class meetings were held with all grades and the counselors have visited all senior classrooms to inform pupils about necessary graduation preparations. Best wishes were extended to all the sports’ teams

Ø      Pupil Services Report – Mrs. Myford reported that the Language! Training at the AIU went well and it is hoped this process will realize higher reading levels

Ø      Business Manager Report – Mr. Christy confirmed that PSLAF is backed by the U.S. government and noted that all board members should have received a PSLAF report in their packets. Director Walkowiak asked what other investment opportunities are available for school districts. Mr. Christy said PGLIT is an option, but he doesn’t believe in their approach to investing. He added that other public schools invest in Treasury Bills and Certificates
of Deposit, but he feels the district’s investment strategy is conservative and safe. Mr. Christy stated that PSERS recently provided a flavor of what may happen in terms of retirement contributions within the next few years. Projections illustrate a contribution rate in excess of $875,000 or over 1.5 mils for the district; this is a twenty percent increase, and if it happens, could be detrimental to some school districts. In closing, Mr. Christy said the district is presently fortunate with a healthy fund balance, and as of October 1, the final bond payment will be made and the district will be debt free.

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza reviewed the calendar of upcoming events and reported on the following:

§   He has drafted a letter regarding the Keystone Assessments and will have it posted on the website;

§   Offered a synopsis of PSBA’s pros and cons; his recommendation is to remain a member of the organization;

§   The PSBA Leadership Conference will be held in Hershey in October. Dr. Panza asked if anyone was interested in attending, noting that Director Schirripa will attend as an AIU representative. Director Hughan expressed interest;

§   Clorox Corporation has donated cleansing kits to the school district in light of the flu virus;

§   The district met AYP across the board except for a sub-group at Carnegie Elementary (in math);

§   The football team will use the maintenance van to transport equipment to games, rather than renting a vehicle. This will be a cost-saving measure to the district;

§   A Sunday morning booster group activity prompted some undercurrents; Dr. Panza explained the activity did not occur on school grounds, but he has spoken to the athletic director and asked that future activities and fundraisers be held on days other than Sunday.


I. Miscellaneous


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the list of conference and field trip requests as presented and approved by administration:

§         C…M.Weaver…Penn State…NSLP Training…9/10

§         C…A.Harrity…AIU…LS Curriculum Workshop…9/23

§         C…L.Myford…PATTAN…ACCESS Training…10/7

§         C…D.Warne…PATTAN…ACCESS Training…10/7

§         C…B.Kohl…Heinz History Ctr…Leadership Seminar…10/12

§         C…L.Myford…Omni William Penn…Bully Prev.Grant…11/17-18

§         FT…M.O’Neil…Upper St. Clair HS…Band Festival…9/12

§         FT…M.O’Neil…Pittsburgh Zoo…Drumline Performance…9/12

(Miscellaneous Item #0909-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.


II.    Finance


The Treasurer’s Report for the month of August 2009 as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


The August 2009 bills in the amount of $__________ as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


The Letter of Agreement between the district and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for remedial reading and math instructional services in conjunction with the Title I Reading program at St. Philips School. (Finance Item #0909-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA


The following seven items were moved upon in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refund as presented;  (Finance Item #0909-1)


The Rosslyn Farms Earned Income Tax Audit Report for 2008 as presented;


The audit report of the Carlynton School District for the years ending June 30, 2005 and June 30, 2006 as presented by the State Auditor General;


The Letters of Agreement for SAP Services between the district and Chartiers Community Mental Health and Retardation Center, Inc. for the 2009-2010 school year as presented, at no cost to the district;  (Finance Item #0909-2)


The Letter of Agreement for student assistance liaison services for the Carlynton School District as provided by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic for Drug and Alcohol programs. This program is funded by the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant;   (Finance Item #0909-3)


The contract between the district and Evelyn Bainbridge for speech and language services as recommended by administration and reviewed by the solicitor.  (Finance Item #0909-4)


The License Agreement between the district and Comcast Cable Communications Management for board meeting programming on the Local Origination Channel 13, at no cost to the district. (Finance Item #0909-5)  On a ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 9-0.


III.  Personnel

The following six personnel items were voted upon in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the additions to the 2009-2010 Day-to-Day Substitute List as presented and reviewed by administration;

§         Jill Bode – Elementary, K-6

§         Bonnie Cooley – Elementary, K-6

§         Jamie Nolte – Elementary, K-6

§         Lauren Wilmus – Elementary, K-6

§         Florean Austin – Secondary, Business Ed and Social Studies

§         Kenneth Pintwala – Secondary English and Social Studies

§         Chad Toporski – Music, K-12

§         Caroline Wall – Secondary, English

§         Melissa Williams – Secondary, Chemistry

                   (Personnel Item #0909-1 REVISED) 


The following additions and resignations to the 2009-2010 Supplemental Athletic List as presented:

§   David Oddi, Athletic Director

§   Ryan Gevaudan, Assistant Athletic Director

§   Lisa Mitchell, Grade 8 Girls’ Basketball-Resigning

§   Larry Fingers, Sr., Grade 7-8 Head Boys’ Soccer-Resigning

§   Gerard McDonough, Grade 7-8 Assistant Boys’ Soccer-Resigning

§   Jennifer Smith, Assistant Varsity Girls’ Basketball-Resigning

                          (Personnel Item #0909-2 REVISED


Resignation of Kirsten Boring, secondary Social Studies teacher, and to approve the anticipated posting;  (Personnel Item #0909-3)


Award a Professional Employee Contract to the following individual for the 2009-2010 school year, under the terms and conditions of the CFT collective bargaining agreement:

§         Joy Bhuta, Special Education   (Personnel Item #0909-4)


The recommended salary increases for the Administrative Compensation Plan employees for the 2009-2010 school year as presented.


Request for a Leave of Absence for Employee #SCA09-12 as presented.  (Personnel Item #0909-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

Dr. Panza explained that this is a Family Medical Leave of Absence.



IV.  Student Services


Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the 2009-2010 recommended list of school crossing guards in the Borough of Carnegie as presented;  (Student Services Item #0909-1)


The 2009-2010 recommended list of school crossing guards in the Borough of Crafton as presented.  (Student Services Item #0909-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carries 9-0.

It was noted that Carnegie and Crafton employ the crossing guards and the district pays half their salary.  Dr. Panza asked the solicitor if the district should maintain copies of all clearances, to which Solicitor Gleason confirmed as appropriate. Director Tassaro asked that guards be required to perform their duties adequately, citing an incident where she witnessed a crossing guard sitting in a lawn chair as students crossed the street.



  • Discussion: The 300, 400, 500 and 600 Policy Series – Dr. Panza said Amy Rankin from the solicitor’s office reviewed the policies and made some comments. Those comments will be included in the next board packet. Director Roussos encouraged everyone to move forward, noting that a 30-day period (for public notice/viewing) must be met before the final vote on the policies.


  • PSBA Membership: This item will be included on the September 17th agenda.






ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Roussos moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:24 pm, seconded by Director Hughan. By voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.