Carlynton School District


Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

October 1, 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 October 1, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa and Directors Thomas DiPietro, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Betsy Tassaro and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza and Solicitors Greg Gleason and Aimee Rankin. Administrators in attendance included Business Manager Kirby Christy and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini, Courtney Tempest and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of one person and one member of the press.



Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. Carnegie Elementary fourth grader Alexis Linn led the pledge.  The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Directors Hughan and Wilson were excused from the meeting.


public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2009 Committee/Agenda Setting/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 6-0-1, with Director Walkowiak abstaining due to absence from the meeting.




  • Executive Session – President Brown reported that personnel, legal and labor issues were discussed in executive session in accordance with Board Policy 006, Section 11.

Ø      Principals’ Reports – The principals distributed newsletters to all board members. Mr. Very publicly thanked Crafton United Presbyterian Church for the donation of 50 backpacks; Mrs. Maslyk announced that testing went well in the building and a book fair at Meet the Teacher Night netted over $800 in profits. Dr. Susini said the SAT Prep Class is geared to start and student Sean Barie is announcing the football games on KDKA radio (high school teens program) and doing a great job.

Ø      Director of Pupil Services’ Report – No report

Ø      Business Manager Report – Mr. Christy reported that the local auditors are currently doing field work in the district. He also noted that the millage cap adjustment for the district has been set at an index of 3.6 percent, which means that the district could raise the millage rate by .87 mils without voter consent. He was quick to add that the district presently does not see a need to raise the millage.  Director Roussos asked if monies from the fund balance could be moved to a different line item to cover a possible mill increase, to which Mr. Christy said that was possible. Lastly, Mr. Christy announced that the final bond payment was made October 1 and the district is free of all debt. In respect to the state budget stalemate, Directors Tassaro and Walkowiak asked if the district was in jeopardy of losing programs. Dr. Panza and Mrs. Myford said yes, and cited the Pre-K Counts program and other special education funding.

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

§         The district is in compliance with student immunizations, thanks to the school nurses and principals;

§         The district was found to be at 91.7 percent compliant with Highly Qualified Teachers; one teacher did not qualify (from the Alternative Education program), but since the program has been dissolved, the staff is now 100 percent highly qualified.


I. Miscellaneous


Director Schirripa moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the list of conference requests as presented and approved by administration:

§         C…S.Barnes…Carino’s Grille…Counselor Wrkshp/Lunch…10/16

§         C…J.Nagorski…Wheeling Jesuit …WS/Space Mission…10/16

§         C…C.Rex…Wheeling Jesuit …WS/Space Mission…10/16

§         FT…Crafton K…Reilly’s Farm…Agricultural Tour…10/20

§         FT…R.Foltz…GT Radisson…Interact Conference…10/27

§         FT…V.Ferro…CHS…Crafton Choral Concert Rehearsal…12/16

§         FT…V.Ferro…CHS…Carnegie Choral Concert Rehearsal…12/16

§         FT…V.Ferro…CHS…Crafton Choral Concert Rehearsal…5/11/10

§         FT…V.Ferro…CHS…Carnegie Choral Concert Rehearsal…5/11/10

§         FT…Craft. 1st G. Tchrs…Car Mus/Playhouse…Enrichmt…5/14/10

§         C…N.Kelly…AIU…Instruct. Conference…10/29, 1/27, 2/16, 5/6

§         C…C.Rex…AIU…Instruct. Conference…10/29, 1/27, 2/16, 5/6

                   (Miscellaneous Item #1009-1 REVISED) 

On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.



II.    Finance


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

September 2009 bills in the amount of $_________ as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve the Services Agreement between the district and Wesley Spectrum Services for the Wesley Spectrum Integrated Program (STEP) for the 2009-2010 school year as presented;  (Finance Item #1009-1)



And to approve the Educational Services Agreement between the district and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the enrollment of an individual in the Alternative Education Program for the 2009-2010 school year as presented;  (Finance Item #1009-2)  On a  ROLL CALL vote, the motion carried 7-0.


Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to renew the annual membership with the Pennsylvania Schools Board Association.  On a ROLL CALL vote, the motion carried 5-2, with Directors Roussos and Walkowiak voting NO.

Director Walkowiak stated he has had concerns from the beginning regarding the PSBA’s stance on the Graduation Competency Assessments, now known as the Keystone Exams, which he does not support on a personal level. Director Roussos said it would behoove PSBA to keep in mind that they are working for “us.” President Brown said his experience with PSBA has been good overall, especially when dealing with legal issues.



III.  Personnel

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

§   Maretta Cannon – Early Childhood

§   Jessica Durci – Elementary

§   Joseph Farkas – Elementary

§   Ross Polk – Early Childhood

§   Christopher Ritter – Music, K-12

§   Daniel Vietmeier - Elementary

                   (Personnel Item #1009-1)


Addition to the 2009-2010 Supplemental Curriculum List as presented:

§   Michael Kozy - Mathematics

(Personnel Item #1009-2)


Award a Temporary Professional Employee Contract to the following individual, effective ________, under the terms and conditions of the Carlynton Federation of Teachers Collective Bargaining Agreement:

§   Matthew Stagl, Social Studies


The following reassignments of individuals per the terms and conditions of the Secretarial-Cafeteria-Aides Collective Bargaining Agreement:

§   Maria Apicella, General Cafeteria Worker

§   Suzanne Harding, General Cafeteria Worker

§   Beth Rave, General Cafeteria Worker

and to approve the anticipated postings.

(Personnel Item #1009-3)


And the additions/deletion to the 2009-2010 Athletic Supplemental List as presented:

§   Bridget Ward – Grade 7 Girls’ Basketball Coach

§   Robert Koger – Jr. High Football Head Coach

§   Robert Koger – Resignation, Jr. High Football Assistant Coach
and to post for the said opening.

(Personnel Item #1009-4) 

On a voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.


NEW BUSINESS:  Director Schirripa mentioned she was in the WPIAL offices on a business matter and heard several nice comments spoken by the administrative team and Director Tim O’Malley about the District’s athletic director (Dave Oddi).


OPEN FORUM:  Director Roussos reported that the successful individual who ran for the board in the primaries has withdrawn on both party tickets. Therefore, a fourth spot is open. He now hopes to make the public aware of this, explaining that a write-in candidate can be possible if anyone in the community is interested in the position.


Director Walkowiak called attention to House Resolution 456, which opposes the Keystone Exams. The resolution will be considered soon.     



  • Discussion: The 300, 400, and 500 Policy Series – prior to discussion, it was agreed to dismiss the principals, Mrs. Myford and Mr. Christy (9:14 pm). After some discussion as to how to proceed with the review of the policies, it was decided to address each policy number from each series at the same time, if applicable. For instance, Policy Numbers 301, 401 and 501 would all be reviewed together and so forth. Board members were careful to pay particular attention to several recommendations made specifically by Solicitor Aimee Rankin as well as several made by individual board members. Director Schirripa encouraged everyone to trust the opinions of the solicitor. Comments were made throughout the lengthy process. All typographical errors, corrections and changes were documented by Dr. Panza and Mrs. Herrmann.  Explicit models were to be requested from PSBA for the following policies: FMLA, Uncompensated Leave and Sexual Harassment.



ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director DiPietro moved to adjourn the meeting at 11:24 pm, seconded by Director Roussos.  By voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.