Carlynton School District

 

Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

September 4, 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 on Thursday, September 4, 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, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Ira Weiss, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very, Acting Assistant Principal John McAdoo and Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford. The audience was comprised of 15 individuals and two members of the press.

 

 

Call to order: The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:32 pm. The pledge was led by Carnegie Elementary student Izabella Zenone.  Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. All directors were present. Following the roll, Dr. Panza asked for a moment of silence in memory of Carlynton senior Alyssa Boff, the victim of a recent fatal car crash.

 

public comment on business before the board: Dr. Rev. Ed Bowen spoke, encouraging the board to support the after-school community tutoring program which would be offered in his church.

 

approval of minutes:

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the minutes of the August 21, 2008 Regular Voting Meeting as presented.   On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – President Roussos reported that several matters were discussed in the closed session.

Ø      Principals’ ReportsThe elementary principals provided newsletters about the happenings in their schools and spoke briefly about the start of the school year. The Carnegie Elementary PTA distributed invitations to the playground ribbon-cutting ceremony, to be held September 15th. High school principal Dr. Susini mentioned several happenings in the building and the board welcomed John McAdoo as acting principal. Director Brown thanked Dr. Susini for a job well done regarding the scheduling process this year.

Ø      Pupil Services’ Report – Mrs. Myford expressed thanks to all the agencies which provided counseling and crisis intervention during the difficult week.

  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza provided an overview of the calendar and reported on the following:

Ø      Enrollment

Ø      SAT Prep Classes have been scheduled and students can sign up in the office

Ø      The district has planned the field trips for the year; the board discussed this matter and said they do not have an issue if the schools attend different field trips as long the opportunities are equal among each class

Ø      Several items need to be placed out for bid; the information will be provided to the board once it is reviewed by Ira

Ø      The district has been afforded the opportunity to participate in a math and science collaborative

Ø      Darren Fisher, a former coach, has taken several students to the RBI softball tournament in California for the past three years

Ø      Senior Stephanie Southland has won a national award for entering an essay contest about bullying

Ø      The district has established a interagency agreement with the Chartiers Valley School District in the event of an emergency

Ø      A Power Point presentation was then given summarizing the most recent district test scores; of particular interest was the information which tracked students across the grade levels – Director Brown thanked Dr. Panza for the report, and asked for some comparison scores with other districts. Director McCartney said he would like to see a comparison of SAT scores of those students who took the SAT Prep Classes versus those who did not.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the following Conference and Field Trip Requests as reviewed by administration and presented:

§   FT…M. O’Neil…Crafton/Carnegie Elem…Performances…9/15

§   FT…R. Petronsky…Byham Theater… Play - The Iliad …9/29

§   C…J. Maslyk…Station Square…Conf. Presentation…10/21-22

§   FT…J. Tylka…Carnegie Science Ctr…Workshop…10/6

§   FT…J. Tylka…Carnegie Science Ctr…Science Tech…11/12

§   FT…J. Tylka…Heinz History Center…History Bowl…10/6

                      (Miscellaneous Item #0908-1) 

                      On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·         Finance

 

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

 

Recommend approval of the August 2008 bills in the amount of $________ as presented, which included investments of $ ________. PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented. PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the agreement between the district and Catapult Learning for the 2008-2009 school year for Title 1 services to eligible nonpublic school students living in the Carlynton School District.  (Finance Item #0908-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

·   Personnel

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the additions to the Day-to-Day Substitute List for the 2008-2009 school year as reviewed and recommended by the administrative staff:

§   Jenna Bibey – Elementary

§   Lainey Resetar – Secondary English

                   (Personnel Item #0908-1 REVISED)   

 

And to approve the following additions to the Supplemental Athletic Contracts for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by the administrative staff: 

§   Girard McDonough – Assistant Junior High Soccer

§   Mary Cay Dunmyer – Varsity Head Bowling

§   Jason Knox – Varsity Head Wrestling

§   David Oddi – Declaring Open, Varsity Head Boys’ Baseball

      (Personnel Item #0908-2 REVISED) 

On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the following addition to the Supplemental Activities Contracts for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by the administrative staff: 

§         Lori Dedola – Sophomore Class Sponsor

      (Personnel Item #0908-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the following addition to the Supplemental Curriculum Contracts for the 2008-2009 school year as presented and recommended by the administrative staff: 

§         Cynthia Eddy – Secondary Language Arts  

      (Personnel Item #0908-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Recommend approval of the Transition Coordinator Job Description as presented. (Personnel Item #0908-5)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve John McAdoo as acting assistant principal for the first semester of the 2008-2009 school year at his current rate of salary plus an agreed upon stipend.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to recall Nicole Miller from furlough for the position of high school mathematics teacher, effective upon release from her current employer, but no later than October 21, 2008.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to accept the resignation of Dolores Jakubowski, Carnegie Elementary Lunchroom/ Playground Aide.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

·   Student Services

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the 2008-2009 Bus Driver List as presented by First Student. A copy of all clearances and records are on file with the Director of Transportation.  (Student Services Item #0908-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the 2008-2009 School Crossing Guards for the Borough of Carnegie as presented. A copy of all clearances and records are on file with the Director of Transportation;   (Student Services Item #0908-2)

 

And to approve the 2008-2009 School Crossing Guards for the Borough of Crafton as presented. A copy of all clearances and records are on file with the Director of Transportation.    (Student Services Item #0908-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to accept the donation of playground equipment from the Carnegie Elementary PTA, as submitted;  (Student Services Item #0908-4)

 

To approve the contract between the district and Evelyn Bainbridge for speech and language services as recommended by administration and reviewed by the solicitor;  (Student Services Item #0908-5)

 

And to approve the After-School Community Tutoring Program as reviewed and presented by the administration.   (Student Services Item #0908-6)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

 

·   Policy

 

Recommend approval of the 200 series policies as modified and reviewed by administrative staff and the Board of Education.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None

 

NEW BUSINESS:  None

 

OPEN FORUM:  Carlynton student Isabella Harris read a letter about a concern she has over the handbook policy which does not permit anyone to carry purses in school. She asked that girls be allowed to carry purses for the purpose of modesty, especially given any medical necessities. Dr. Panza asked her to stop in and see him and Dr. Susini the next morning to discuss the matter and find an amicable solution.

 

Director Wilson said it was nice to see the new playgrounds at both elementary schools and thanked the PTAs for their work. She also congratulated the athletes for their recent victories.

 

 

President Roussos moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to remove the facility policy adopted at the meeting of June 26, which was tabled at the last meeting (of August 21), from the table.  On a roll call vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

At that point, Dr. Panza interrupted and asked if anything else was needed from the principals, in order that he might excuse them.

 

Parent Nyra Schell came forward, asking why children who are not mastering a subject, can’t be tested at the level at which they are better skilled (this was in relation to special education students or those with an IEP). Dr. Panza said the state will not make that accommodation.  Mrs. Schell then asked what she, as a parent, could do to reach out to the state. Dr. Panza advised her to write and/or call both local and federal government leaders.

 

The administrative staff was excused at 9:13 pm.

 

President Roussos moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to reconsider the motion of the June 26 meeting regarding the revisions to the facilities policy. On a roll call vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Discussion then ensued as to language of the original policy regarding acceptable age groups and the fee, based on the percentage of participating residents. President Roussos said he was willing to compromise, but believes 80 percent is still too high. Directors DiPietro and Brown said they felt it was fair.

 

Director Schirripa asked Dr. Panza to provide a report offered by Carlynton resident William Minsinger, who works as the facilities manager at the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Pool Operator.  Mr. Minsinger used a system to gauge the cost of maintaining the pool and found the costs to be about $24,000-$26,000 or as high as $45,000 annually.

 

President Roussos said he agrees with a fee for non-district residents and suggested they look at all the numbers to arrive at a cost, and then average the cost.  Director Walkowiak said there would be too many differences. He added that when he decided to run for school board, he did so to advance education in the district and be fiscally responsible. He concluded by saying $50 is a fair fee.

 

Director DiPietro suggested the boosters develop a creative plan to help with the fees.

 

Director McCartney said he believes a fair compromise is to lower the participation percent from 90 percent to 85 percent and to lower the fee from $100 to $50, adding that only one fee should be charged, but not both.

 

It was then decided to also note that a “quarter” would be represented by three months.

 

President Roussos suggested that a policy be written and presented at the next meeting, to make all the suggestions clear to everyone.  Resident Jeff Eppinger agreed, stating the public should be allowed to see the proposed policy in writing before it is voted upon.  Director Walkowiak said he believes the public has had ample time to offer their input. Going on, he asserted the board was close to a solution, the views of the public are understood, and it is now time to vote on a policy.

 

Nyra Schell stepped forward again, pleading for a more concrete draft so it could be reviewed before a vote.

 

Director McCartney said the best option was presented in the board packets, referring to a draft that was provided and marked “September 4.” President Roussos asked everyone if they agreed with the draft. They said yes, and the following motion was made:

 

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the compromise for the facility policy as written on the draft marked “September 4.” [The draft has been entered into record and identified as Facilities Item #0908-1]  - Prior to making the motion, Director Wilson said she did not entirely agree with the compromise, but felt it was best to move forward for the betterment of the board as a whole.

 

Director McCartney moved to amend the motion, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to include the following wording: If resident participation is over 85 percent, the organization or group will pay a $50 fee for each non-district resident. If resident participation is less than 85 percent, the organization or group will pay a usage fee or a $50 fee for each non-district resident, whichever is higher.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

A roll call vote was then called on the original motion. The motion passed 7-2, with Directors Roussos and Tassaro voting NO.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:17 pm, seconded by Director Brown. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.