Carlynton School District


Regular Voting Meeting

January 17, 2008

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting Thursday, January 17, 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 Janet Burkardt, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Pupil Services Director Lee Myford and Principals Amy Burch, Valerie Keys, Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of 18 persons and one member of the press.



Call to Order - The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:31 pm.


Roll callCrafton Elementary Student Hunter Smutney led the Pledge of Allegiance, following an introduction by Principal Jacie Maslyk. 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 January 3, 2008 meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.





  • Executive Session – President Roussos noted that directors met in executive session prior to the board meeting to discuss personnel and contractual issues.

Ø      Principals’ Reports- The principals provided reports about the many happenings in their schools as well as achievements of individual students. These reports have been entered into record.

Ø      Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Panza noted several upcoming calendar events and activities and remarked on the following:

ü      The auctioneer was contacted about the proposed auction but felt there were not enough items to hold an auction

ü      Kirby Christy provided information about updating software for an online purchase order system; he felt that when comparing costs and weighing the options, it was not cost-efficient overall. Members of the board felt there were clear benefits to the online system. Dr. Panza suggested it be reexamined in the fall after proposed updates are made to the software

ü      Mr. Christy announced there are currently no increases in the district insurance costs due to new playground equipment

ü      Allegheny County Health Department has issued updated requirements for immunizations

ü      Dr. Joe Balobek of Allegheny Medical has extended a complimentary wellness and nutrition service to employees of the district

ü      All facets of the District Strategic Plan have been approved

ü      Anyone considering a run for the health consortium board should inform Dr. Panza

·         Pathfinder Report – Director McCartney attended the meeting and reported that enrollment continues to increase and a sorority from Pitt is hosting a fundraiser to assist with costs to build an adaptive playground

·         Parkway West CTC Report – None

·         SHASDA – None (meeting to be held on January 24)

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak called attention to changes in retirement rates/contributions for retiring public school personnel and also called attention to a report that states the slots gaming revenue will provide some tax cuts.





·         Miscellaneous


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

§         FT…Mercedes Tierney…Carnegie Science Ctr/Science Bowl…1/9

§         C…Cynthia Eddy…Duquesne Club/Daffodil Days Kickoff…1/15

§         C…Dayna Briggs… Reiki Class Certification…1/20, 2/17, 3/9

§         FT…Jennifer Tylka…Shakespeare Practice for Contest…1/22

§         C…Jennifer Tylka…AIU Workshop/High Ability Learners…1/24

§         C…Lisa Rowley…Sheraton SS/Title 1 Workshop…1/28-30

§         FT…Dina Mitchell…Carnegie Science Center…1/30

§         C…Jan Sweeney…Holiday Inn/Homeless Seminar…1/31

§         FT…Mercedes Tierney…GATE Prob. Solving Comp./RMU…2/1

§         FT…Mercedes Tierney…GATE Enrichment/CMU…2/5

§         C…Robert Susini…Dev. Master Schedule Strategies…2/20-21

§         C…Lori Zimmerman…Title 1 Workshop…4/16-17

                   (Miscellaneous Item #0108-1)  

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



Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the revised list of School Crossing Guards for the Borough of Crafton as submitted.   (Miscellaneous Item #0108-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.



·         Finance

All finance items were approved in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2007 as submitted;


To approve the November 2007 bills in the amount of $1,687,198.23 as presented;


To declare the list of presented items as surplus. The administration is directed to dispose in a proper manner those items which do not sell;  (Finance Item #0108-2)


To approve the Act 183 proposal for the Regional Wide Area Network as presented;  (Finance Item #0108-3)


And to approve the Science Is Elementary (SIE) Grant for Carnegie Elementary for the 2007-2008 school year as presented.  (Finance Item #0108-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.



·         Personnel

The following four items were approved in one motion:

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve an unpaid leave for high school cafeteria worker Shirley Lamb, effective January 2, 2008, under the terms and conditions of the SCA Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement. (Personnel Item #0108-1)


To approve Jeanne Byerly for the position of Health Assistant in the Carlynton School District, effective January 21, 2008;  (Personnel Item #0108-2)


To accept the resignation of Sarah Vierra from the Activities Supplemental Position of Elementary Peer Help Sponsor and to post for the anticipated opening;  (Personnel Item #0108-3) 


And to approve Michelle Smoller as the part-time art teacher in the Carlynton School District, effective January 21, 2008, under the terms and conditions of the CFT Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement. (Personnel Item #0108-4)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to direct the administration and solicitor to proceed with the dismissal of Professional Employee #07-08-01.  On a roll call vote, the motion carried 7-1-1, with Director DiPietro abstaining and Director Wilson voting NO.



·         Policy


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the revisions to Policy No. 230 regarding the use of electronic devices.  (Policy Item #0108-1)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.










OPEN FORUM:  A meeting with representatives from the Carlynton Swim Club was scheduled to take place. President Roussos asked the solicitor to advise if the meeting should take place within the board meeting, or to adjourn the board meeting and continue with the swim club meeting. It was determined to adjourn the board meeting and hold the parent meeting immediately following.



ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director McCartney moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 pm, seconded by Director Hughan. On a voice vote, the motion carried 9-0.


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The meeting with the Carlynton Swim Club began at 8:25 pm.  Representing the swim club, and speaking on their behalf, was Samuel Millikin, Jeff Eppinger and Lori Feola.


Dr. Panza opened the meeting by explaining there are questions about the operation of the swim club, citing the specific issue as to whether someone is profiting from the club while tax dollars are paying for the facility (pool).


Mr. Millikin thanked for board for the meeting, stating the board’s support is crucial to the success of the swim program.


Director Brown asked if people get paid to run the program. Mr. Millikin informed him that Mr. Michael Schneiderlochner is paid $600/month as a coach, and an assistant coach is paid $10/hour. Life guards are also paid occasionally.


Director Brown asked if the swim club pays the school district for use of the pool. Dr. Panza explained there is no fee unless an event is held on a Saturday; then there is a charge for the custodians.


Director Tassaro maintained the program provides a service to the community by offering swim lessons, life guarding certification, water aerobics, recreational

family swim time and a competitive program that serves as a feeder for the high school swim team.


President Roussos, alluding to the supplemental contract position of Aqua Director, noted the program saves the district the cost of paying the supplemental contract position ($3,394) and the organization is providing a service to members of the community.


Director Wilson agreed, adding many have benefited from the various aspects of the program.


Mr. Millikin presented information that revealed the club is operated similarly to other districts and distributed a hand-out with a matrix to illustrate local swim club comparisons (entered into record). The matrix listed four area swim clubs operated within school districts and demonstrated that the Carlynton Swim Club fees are less than the others, yet it operates a quality program. He reported the program was introduced and supported by the board in September 1995.


Director DiPietro questioned the use of the pool, free of charge, by the swim club. He said that as a football booster, he volunteered many hours to the organization but was never paid and did not understand why the coaches are paid if the program is a community service, especially when meets are held as fundraisers and not all swimmers are residents of the district.


Discussion ensued regarding the use of the pool for physical education classes and the swim team.


Director Hughan asked Mr. Milliken if the swim club coaches are issued a Form 1099 for taxes, adding it should be standard practice.  He said they are not, but the officers of the program would gladly look into it and provide in the future.


Director Brown questioned if there are additional costs to maintain the pool, such as electricity, chemicals, etc., since it is used nearly year-round by the club. Dr. Panza stated he and Mr. Christy held a conversation with Mr. Recchio.  Mr. Christy had given Dr. Panza four purchase orders listing costs for chemicals. It was the opinion of Mr. Recchio that the cost of chemicals and upkeep of the pool is about $6000 annually.


Director Walkowiak cited school policy regarding use of facilities. It was determined that the policy has since been updated, but the new policy still leaves room for question. Director Walkowiak asked that the policy be reviewed in whole and offered that it should be a key factor in determining the status of the operation of the swim club.  President Roussos agreed.


Following a lengthy dialogue, Mr. Millikin asked what the next step would be. Director DiPietro informed him the board would review policy, discuss the issues, and get back to the organization.  President Roussos concurred, affirming the board will take a closer look by gathering more information and will report back.


The meeting adjourned at 9:36 pm.