Carlynton School District


Regular Voting Meeting

October 16, 2008

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



The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2008 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President David Roussos, 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 Greg Gleason, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Robert Susini and Christopher Very, and Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford. The audience was comprised of three individuals.



Call to order: The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:31 pm. The pledge was led by Carnegie Elementary Student Kaytlin Stevens. Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. All directors were present for the meeting.


public comment on business before the board:  None


approval of minutes:


Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Hughan, to approve the minutes of the October 2, 2008 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-1-0 with Director Schirripa abstaining due to her absence from the October 2nd meeting.




  • Executive Session – President Roussos disclosed that student, contractual and legal issues were discussed in the closed session.

Ø      Principals’ ReportsThe principals touched on some of the activities in their schools

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

Ø      He will obtain an estimate for rekeying the outer doors of all district buildings

  • Secretary’s Correspondence – The minutes of the Regular Meeting of Parkway West Career and Technical Center Joint Operating Committee of September 2, 2008 were entered into record.  (Secretary’s Correspondence Item #1008-1)

·        Pathfinder Report – Have not met since the last report

·        Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan noted open house is November 3 at 6 pm and reported the school has much to offer for students

·        SHASDA – Director Schirripa said the last meeting featured a keynote speaker who offered many great ideas; she reported that the next meeting will focus on the topic, “Can Reading Failure Be Prevented;” Director Schirripa also called attention to the retirement of Dr. Donna Durno, Executive Director of the AIU.

·        PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak called attention to two recent bills which were passed; No. 1258 regarding assessment appeals and No. 763 which prevents political subdivisions for the purpose of taxing.  He also discussed No. 2518 which is a compact to facilitate placement for children with active military parents and Resolution 309 which deals with the fiscal impact of PSERs for state employees.




·        Miscellaneous


  1. I move to approve the following Conference and Field Trip Requests as reviewed by administration and presented:

§   FT…M.O’Neil…CVHS…Honors Band Auditions…10/6

§   C…S.Barnes…CV Intermediate… ACCA Conference …10/13

§   C…S.Canty…CV Intermediate… ACCA Conference …10/13

§   C…N.Palko…WACTC…Student Asst Competency…10/23-10/31

§   C…J.Pepe…WACTC…Student Asst Competency…10/23-10/31

§   C…J.Trombetta…WACTC…Student Asst Competency…10/23-10/31

§   C…K.Boring… Club @ Nevillewood… Interact Rotary Mtg …10/3

§   FT…M.Smoller…RMU…Calcusolve Competition…11/3 & 11/6

§   FT…J.Tylka… Schell Enterprises …Tour & Overview…11/7

§   FT…J.Tylka… CMU …Green Bldg. Tour & Workshop…2/23/09

§   C…L.Rowley… Seven Springs…Federal Prog. Conference…4/5-9/09

                      (Miscellaneous Item #1008-1)


  1. I move to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Carlynton School District and the Districts of Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks and South Fayette for evacuation purposes in the event of an emergency.


·        Finance


  1. I move to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of September 2008 as submitted. 


  1. I move to approve the September 2008 bills in the amount of $6,376,244.02 as presented, which includes investments of $12,500,000.  


  1. I move to approve the Crafton Real Estate Tax Refunds as presented. (Finance Item #1008-1) 


  1. I move to approve the contract extension agreement with Hosack, Specht, Muetzel & Wood, LLP as presented. (Finance Item #1008-2)


  1. I move to approve the Kades-Margolis Corporation as the 403(b) Plan third party administrator, per recommendation of the administration and contracted employees and review by the solicitor.  (Finance Item #1008-3)


·  Personnel


  1. I move to recall Chris Trombetta from furlough for the temporary position of Instructional/Personal Care Aide at Crafton Elementary. (Personnel Item #1008-1)


  1. I move to approve Susan Cantwell to serve as an Elementary After-School Tutor at Crafton Elementary during the 2008-2009 school year.  (Personnel Item #1008-2)



·  Student Services


11.  I move to approve the Academic Mental Health Services Agreement with Wesley Spectrum Services as presented.  (Student Services Item #1008-1)











ADJOURNMENT:  With no further business to discuss, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 pm, seconded by Director Wilson. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.