Carlynton School District

 

Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

January 3, 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 Thursday, January 3, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President David Roussos, Vice President Thomas Brown and School 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, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford and Principals Amy Burch, Valerie Keys and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of two individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:33 pm.

 

Roll callCarnegie Elementary Sixth Grader Jada Epps led the Pledge of Allegiance following an introduction by Principal Amy Burch. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. All members of the board were present.

 

public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the minutes of the December 6, 2007 Reorganization Meeting as presented;

 

And to approve the minutes of the December 6, 2007 Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

 

REPORTS:

 

  • Executive Session – President Roussos mentioned that personnel and contractual issues were discussed in executive session.
  • Presentation Technology Director Robert Mickolay provided an overview of the grading software, “Making the Grade.” He explained some if its shortcomings and the steps taken to correct them. Network Facilitator Frank Sacco discussed computer issues at the elementary level and addressed questions about the new phone system.
  • Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza noted several upcoming calendar events and activities and remarked on the following:

ü      Thank you to board members for attending the out-of-district visit to schools in which some district students are out-placed

ü      A possible solution for the SAT course attendance: charge students $50 and return $30 at the end of the course if the student attends at least six of the seven sessions

ü      Senior Gregory Braedigam was selected Parkway West CTC Student of the Month for December

ü      The PA Department of Health audit in the cafeteria has been completed and went well overall

ü      The Emergency Response Plan is ready

ü      Surplus Sale – should we bundle items and try to sell on eBay? Director DiPietro suggested it be checked out carefully before doing so

ü      Carnegie Elementary PTA made a $500 contribution to the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall

ü      Information was dispersed about a competency assessment for seniors/graduates; it will be yet another unfunded mandate, and if it passes, does not address students with special needs

  • Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Joint Committee Meeting of November 7, 2007 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence Item #0108-1)

 

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the list of Conference and Field Trip Requests as presented:   

§         C … Clare Rex … N. Allegheny HS/Science Workshop … 12/5

§         FT …Kevin Lucey …E. Allegheny HS/District Orchestra…1/24-26

§         FT …Kevin Lucey …D.E. Williams MS/District Band…2/15-15

§         FT … Jennifer Tylka … Pgh. Glass Center/Enrichment-Tour…2/22

§         C … J. Maslyk/S. Kosko…Cranberry/ PIRC Workshop…4/16-17

                   (Miscellaneous Item #0108-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the District and the local law enforcement agencies, including:

§         Carnegie Police Department

§         Crafton Police Department

§         Robinson Township Police Department

§         Rosslyn Farms Police Department.

      (Miscellaneous Item #0108-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

Dr. Panza explained the above memorandums are required by law and were provided by the district solicitor.

·         Curriculum

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the newly revised kindergarten report card as presented.  (Curriculum Item #0108-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.



·         Finance

 

Recommend approval of the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2007 as submitted.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the November 2007 bills in the amount of $1,687,198.23 as presented.  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Director Wilson moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to award a contract to Sonitrol, the lowest responsible bidder at $10,645, for the purchase of security camera equipment at the junior-senior high school as presented. (Finance Item #0108-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Recommend declaring the list of presented items as surplus and holding a public sale on ___________, 2008 at the junior-senior high school. Items which are not sold will be disposed in a proper manner.  (Finance Item #0108-2)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

Recommend approval of the Act 183 proposal for the Regional Wide Area Network as presented.  (Finance Item #0108-3) PLACE ON AGENDA

Dr. Panza informed board members the district is currently paying Comcast about $7,000 per month through 2009 and although the board has to make this decision now, the Regional WAN will not begin until 2009. It is believed Comcast will rebid in 2009. It is projected that costs through Synesis (the company quoted within the proposal) will be about $5,900.

·         Personnel

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the additions and deletion to the Athletic Supplemental List as presented and recommended by the administration:

§         Thomas Kubiscek – Eighth Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach

§         John Tortorea – Varsity Assistant Girls’ Softball Coach

§         Resignation; Bernie Switala – Varsity Head Track Coach and to post for the anticipated opening.  (Personnel Item #0108-1) On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the addition to the Activities Supplemental List as presented and recommended by the administration:

§         Heidi Aitken – Carnegie Elementary Lunchtime Intramurals

            (Personnel Item #0108-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried

             9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the retirement of Betty Harshaw, elementary lunchroom aide, effective December 10, 2007 and to post the opening of the position accordingly.  (Personnel Item #0108-3)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

Dr. Panza extended sympathies to the Harshaw family; Mrs. Harshaw passed away shortly after the letter of retirement was mailed to the district.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to recall Deborah Chiocco from furlough for the position of high school personalcare/instructional aide, effective December 17, 2007, with salary and benefits
consistent with the SCA Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve Michael Kozy as a high school mathematics tutor for a student, one hour per week at the per diem rate, effective immediately.  (Personnel Item #0108-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director DiPietro moved, seconded by Director Brown, to direct administration to post for a full-time nurse assistant position. This position will replace the two (2) part-time nurses’ assistant positions currently in place within the district.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

 

·         Policy

 

Recommend approval of the revisions to Policy No. 230 regarding the use of electronic devices.  (Policy Item #0108-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

 

NEW BUSINESS: Dr. Panza stated he received a letter from the AIU asking board members to consider nominating someone for the AIU board, adding it would be a good opportunity for someone to participate on a county level. Director Schirripa expressed interest.

Director Brown moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to name Director Patricia Schirripa as a candidate for a three-year term to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit board.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.

 

Director Brown stated he takes issue with any booster club/member who uses school district facilities and receives an income from the organization. Dr. Panza said a meeting has been arranged with the Swim Club to discuss such an issue.

 

Director DiPietro suggested that when items are donated to the school, the board should be notified. He added that items should meet certain standards and must be used by all students.

 

OPEN FORUM: Director Wilson reported that 76 students are now enrolled at Pathfinder and the enrollment continues to grow. A fundraiser to build an adaptive playground at the school is underway.  She also thanked district students and teachers for the wonderful holiday performances. Lastly, she informed all that Adopt-a-School is looking for individuals to train for their new program, “Building a Better You.”

 

ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director Brown moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 pm, seconded by Director Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.