The Carlynton School District Board of Education
conducted its Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting
Call to order - The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 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.
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.
§ 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.
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
§ 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…
FT…V.Ferro…CHS…Carnegie Choral Concert Rehearsal…
FT…Craft. 1st G. Tchrs…Car Mus/Playhouse…Enrichmt…
§ 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.
The Treasurer’s Report for the month of September 2009 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.
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,
§ 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
(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.
ADJOURNMENT: With no further business to discuss, Director DiPietro moved to adjourn the meeting at , seconded by Director Roussos. By voice vote, the motion carried 7-0.