Carlynton School District

 

Regular Voting Meeting

September 18, 2008

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

 

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included 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 Janet Burkardt, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini and Christopher Very, and Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford. The audience was comprised of 14 individuals and two members of the press.

 

 

Call to order: The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Brown at 7:33 pm. The pledge was led by Crafton Elementary fifth grader Dean Chubarov.  Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. All directors were present except President David Roussos, who was excused from the meeting.

 

public comment on business before the board: High school students Stefanie Tassaro and Lauren Schultz presented a check to Director Wilson for the Pathfinder School, designated for autism students. The check was the result of a penny drive sponsored in the summer by Camp Aim.

 

approval of minutes:

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2008 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented, with changes.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – Vice-President Brown disclosed that labor and legal issues were discussed in the closed session.

Ø      Principals’ ReportsThe elementary principals discussed happenings in their schools; Carnegie Principal Christopher Very distributed a sample of a student-generated newspaper that will soon be linked to the district website. The force behind the paper is student Alex Popichak. He was in the audience and expressed his enthusiasm for the project. High School Principal, Dr. Susini, highlighted some of the good things taking place in the high school. Directors Brown and Walkowiak reported they heard many positive comments about the HS Open House.

Ø      Pupil Services’ Report – Mrs. Myford distributed a “Keys to Success” brochure, accentuating a new tutoring program for students, in cooperation with Crafton United Presbyterian Church and The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Carnegie.

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

Ø      Homecoming is October 3 and the district is declaring it “Green and Gold Day”

Ø      The cost to re-key the building is estimated to be $10-12,000; every building has a different entry system

Ø      PSBA is offering a workshop about school district budgets

Ø      Curriculum writing continues

Ø      Secretary’s Correspondence – The minutes of the Regular Meeting of Parkway West Career and Technical Center Joint Operating Committee of August 5, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary Correspondence #0908-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – Director Wilson revealed that Open House is October 2; the school is selling a John Deere tractor

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director  Hughan reported a concern regarding declining enrollment; the school’s director, Jack Highfield, is seeking information to make the school a vocational academy

·         SHASDA – Meeting on the 25th of the month

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak issued concern over House Bill 1277 which is striving to create state-wide health care coverage for state employees. PSBA believes costs could grow higher and is urging everyone to call legislators and express disfavor for the bill. PSBA is also planning to offer an amendment to the bill.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

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

§   C…Z.Carroll…Children’s Museum…English Workshop…9/3

§   C…A. Mackey…PATTAN… Library Workshop …9/4

§   C…J.Bassano…PATTAN…Prof. Development…9/23

§   C…J. Loos…AIU…Media Coordinators Workshop…9/25

§   C…J.Bassano…AIU…Transition Conference…9/29

§   FT…L.Dedola…Honus Wagner Field…Homecoming Decor…10/3

§   FT…A.Harrity…Triple B Farms…Comm. Based Instruction…10/7

§   FT…J. Tylka…Benedum Center…Ballet – The Great Gatsby…10/31

§   FT…J. Tylka…RiverQuest…GATE Onsite Workshop…12/15

                      (Miscellaneous Item #0908-1)

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

 

·         Finance

 

The following eight (8) items were approved in one motion:

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

 

To approve the August 2008 bills in the amount of $4,134,906.64 as presented, which includes investments of $2,500,000;

 

To approve the Carnegie Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented;

 

 

To approve 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)

 

To approve the June 2008 Cafeteria Report as presented by Aramark Education Services;  (Finance Item #0908-2)

 

To approve the proposed Request for Proposal for a district-wide Energy Management System, as presented, and to advertise for bidders.  (Finance Item #0908-3)

 

To approve the proposed Request for Proposal for a Turf Tender, as presented, and to advertise for bidders.  (Finance Item #0908-4)


And to approve the proposed Request for Proposal for Print Management Services, as presented, and to advertise for bidders.  (Finance Item #0908-5)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Before voting, Director Hughan asked if any grant monies were available to help with costs for those items being placed out for bid. Dr. Panza said he was not aware of any, but would look into it. Director Schirripa questioned the Turf Tender, and Director Brown explained it dresses the fields.

 

·   Personnel

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, 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. (Personnel Item #0908-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve a three (3) percent salary increase for Dr. Michael Panza for the 2008-2009 school year.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0. 

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve a five-year contract extension for Dr. Michael Panza as Superintendent of the Carlynton School District as presented.  (Personnel Item #0908-2)  On a roll call vote, the motion carried 8-0.

Director Brown said this motion offers a note of confidence to Dr. Panza and the board is pleased to support his efforts.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve the Transition Coordinator Job Description as presented. (Personnel Item #0908-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve the following addition to the Supplemental Athletic List for the 2008-2009 school year as recommended and presented:

§   Jamie Gierlowski – Assistant Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach

                   (Personnel Item #0908-4)

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

 

·   Policy

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve the 200 series policies as modified and reviewed by administrative staff and the Board of Education.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

·   Student Services

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director Schirripa, to approve Jenny Cain as Carnegie Borough Crossing Guard as recommended by Carnegie Borough Council and the Carnegie Police Department. A copy of all clearances and records are on file with the Director of Transportation.   On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

 

NEW BUSINESS: None

 

OPEN FORUM:  Senior Brad Henry questioned why students will no longer be paid for working at athletic events and argued that he has been keeping the scorebook and announcing at volleyball games for the past two years and hopes to continue. Brad said he understood that some students didn’t deserve to be paid, but said he believes he should because he has worked diligently to do a good job and is committed to the program. He forwarded letters of recommendation from the coaches. Directors Brown, Walkowiak and Wilson expressed that something can be worked out and asked him to meet with Dr. Panza and the Athletic Director the next day.

 

Rev. Ed Bowen reminded everyone about the spaghetti dinner fundraiser, being held in his church to support the family of Alyssa Boff. He noted that the football players have volunteered to serve the meals and the PTA at Crafton Elementary has been extremely helpful with all the arrangements.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:36 pm, seconded by Director Wilson. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.