Carlynton School District


Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting

November 5, 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 November 5, 2009 in the library of the junior-senior high school. Attendance included President Thomas Brown, Vice President Patricia Schirripa and Directors Sandra Hughan, Ronald McCartney, David Roussos, Betsy Tassaro, Raymond Walkowiak and Sharon Wilson. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza and Solicitor Al Lubenski. Administrators in attendance included Business Manager Kirby Christy, Pupil Services’ Director Lee Myford and Principals Jacie Maslyk, Robert Susini, Courtney Tempest and Christopher Very. The audience was comprised of five individuals and one member of the press.



Call to order: The meeting was called to order by President Brown at 7:30 pm. Carnegie Elementary Principal Christopher Very introduced sixth grade teacher Cynthia Bevan, who in turn, introduced sixth grader James Snatchko. James introduced his family, then led the pledge. The roll was called by Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann. Director DiPietro was excused from the meeting.

President Brown asked audience member Reverend Ed Bowen to come forward. Mr. Brown read and provided a citation to Rev. Bowen, recognizing and thanking him for the many outreach programs and services he has provided to students of the Carlynton School District and the community at large.

approval of minutes:

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the minutes of the October 15, 2009 Voting Meeting as presented. By voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.




  • 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 – Each principal distributed a newsletter with information about happenings within the schools. They highlighted certain activities and called attention to several upcoming events.

Ø      Director of Pupil Services’ Report – Before Mrs. Myford provided her report, President Brown congratulated her for writing and gaining a grant for the district regarding a school-based health program for behavior interventions specifically at Carnegie Elementary. Mrs. Myford distributed a handout to illustrate how stimulus monies will be spent in the areas of technology and after-school programs for at-risk and failing students. Director Tassaro asked why interventions are being directed at Carnegie Elementary alone, to which Mrs. Maslyk said that Crafton does not qualify based on lack of behavioral incidence reports (numbers are too low).

Ø      Business Manager Report – Mr. Christy said he will attend a tax collection committee meeting on November 12.  He also reported that letters for the homestead/farmstead relief act will be mailed out to anyone who has yet to file for the exemption. Lastly, he said the district will receive some $45,000, which was identified by the Department of Treasury as unclaimed property.  Solicitor Lubenski distributed a memo from Attorney Aimee Rankin regarding unclaimed property.

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

§         The board will need to select a later date for the reorganization meeting due to a redefining of the law

§         The Safety Committee met and members were trained by the Gleason Agency

§         Mr. Gentzel of PSBA is willing to come to a board meeting in December to speak to the board; directors suggested January  might be a better time

§         The Department of Health is sending antibacterial gels and dispensers for student and faculty use

§         The SAS conference is scheduled

§         A sample band uniform is being made and will be presented to the board; money is in the budget. It is the goal to have new uniforms in time for the start of the 2010 marching season

§         The playground equipment discussed at the last meeting has been installed and is being used by the children

§         The Relay for Life will host a fashion show/luncheon on November 7 at the Greentree Radisson Hotel

§         In regards to questions about volunteers in schools, Solicitor Lubenski suggested the following three-tier process: 1) those who have minimal contact with students, such as helping with school parties and field trips, do not need clearances; 2) individuals who chaperone an overnight event would need Act 34 and 151 clearances; 3) volunteer coaches who are in continual contact with students must obtain all clearances including a TB test. Director Roussos asked who pays for the clearances. Dr. Panza said the individual is responsible. Director Roussos suggested that by subsidizing the cost, it could be beneficial to the district. Dr. Panza said the matter can be discussed further as we reach that point in the policies and new guidelines can be set in place.

§         Directors Roussos and Hughan were presented with certificates for service on the school board (courtesy of PSBA). Director Roussos has eight years of service; Director Hughan has 20 years under her belt.  Both were congratulated.

Ø      Pathfinder Report – Director Wilson reported that 78 students are currently enrolled in the school; the AIU conducted a safety study at the school that went well; the new playground opened and is being used and enjoyed; an RFP has been issued for energy upgrades to the facilities, which would include windows, lighting, HVAC and other energy saving measures. Director Roussos noted that the district now enjoys many benefits due to its membership in the Pathfinder consortium as opposed to those who decided to pull out several years ago.


I. Miscellaneous

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the list of conference and field trip requests as presented and approved by administration:

§   FT…M.Mishkin…PA Youth Leadership Network…Valued Info…11/6

§   C…R.Mickolay…Reg. Learning Alliance…Tech Coord. Mtg…11/12

§   FT…R.Foltz…Club @ Nevillewood…Rotary Career Meeting…11/12

§   C…S.Donnelly/E.Tupi…Station Sq…Science Olympiad Conf…11/13

§   FT…MBVeri…Heinz History Ctr…GATE Competition/gr.6-8…11/18

§   FT…MBVeri…Heinz History Ctr…GATE Competition/gr.4-5…11/19

§   FT…MBVeri…Duquesne U…GATE Competition/gr.5-6…11/20

§   FT…M.Lear…Belle Vernon…District Chorus Auditions…11/23

§   FT…M.Smoller/MBVeri…Frick Art/Hist Ctr…GATE Trip…11/25

§   FT…T.Longo…Car/Craft Elem. Schools…Tech Theatre Perf…11/25

§   FT…V.Ferro… Heinz Hall…Symphony Performance…12/3

§   FT…A.Harrity… Carnegie Museum of Art…Concert…12/7

§   FT…M.Lear…Pgh Airport…Caroling Performance…12/8

§   FT…M.Lear…PPG Wintergarten…Caroling Performance…12/16

§   FT…M.Lear…Club @ Nevillewood…Christmas Concert Perf…12/17

§   FT…V.Ferro…Heinz Hall…Concert Performance…1/13/10

§   FT…V.Ferro…W.Jefferson Schools…Elem. Singfest x 2 elem.…3/19

§   FT…V.Ferro…Heinz Hall…Symphony Performance…3/25

§   C…M.Priore…D.L.Lawrence Conv. Ctr…PMEA Conf.…4/21-24

§   FT…M.Smoller…Duquesne U…Calcusolve Comp, gr 9-10…11/10

§   FT…M.Smoller…Duquesne U…Calcusolve Comp, gr 11-12…11/13

§   FT…R.Foltz…Pgh Convention Ctr…Interact/Rotary Institute…11/18

    (Miscellaneous Item #1109-1 REVISED) By a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


II.    Finance


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

October 2009 bills in the amount of $__________ as presented; PLACE ON AGENDA


The September 2009 cafeteria operating report as submitted by Aramark Education.  (Finance Item #1109-1) PLACE ON AGENDA


Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Wilson, to approve the Crafton Real Estate Tax Refunds for November 2009 as presented;


The contract agreement with the Secretarial-Cafeteria-Aides Bargaining Unit for the years July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2014, as presented;  (Finance Item #1109-1)


And the program placement agreement between the district and PHASE 4 Learning Center, Inc., as presented.  Costs are incurred only when services are rendered. (Finance Item #1109-2) By ROLL CALL VOTE, the motion carried 8-0.



III.  Personnel

Director Roussos moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the addition to the 2009-2010 Day-to-Day Substitute List as presented and reviewed by administration:

§   Nadia Schweizer – Elementary

                   (Personnel Item #1109-1)


The additions to the 2009-2010 Supplemental Athletic List as presented and reviewed by administration:

§   Bridget Ward – Equipment Manager

§   Josh Valentine – Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach

§   David Dedola – Assistant Jr. High Wrestling Coach

§   Joe Scully – Assistant Jr. High Football Coach

§   Kaitlyn Merks – Varsity Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach

            (Personnel Item #1109-2 REVISED)


The following professional staff members as after-school tutors for the 2009-2010 school year (the program will be funded with grant monies):

§   Reneé Carter

§   Heather Casserly

§   James Nagorski

§   Tracy Demchak

                   (Personnel Item #1109-3 REVISED)


Carnegie Elementary teacher Mary-Anne Clark as a tutor for the after-school community-based tutoring position for the 2009-2010 school year.  The position is funded by a grant through the Grable Foundation.  (Personnel Item #1109-4)


And the requested Leaves of Absence of Employee #CFT09-14 and Employee #SCA09-15 as presented. (Personnel Item #1109-5)  By a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.


IV.  Policy

The 300, 400 and 500 series of the Board Policies as presented, excluding Policy Numbers 338, 338.1, 438, 438.1, 424, 524 and 530.  (Policy Item #1001-1)  PLACE ON AGENDA


It was noted that the first reading of the above excluded policies would appear on the next agenda for approval, thus providing the 30-day notice as required by law.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Director Hughan directed a comment about the provided list of services and vendors and the contract renewal dates. President Brown said he felt it was a good idea to generate such a list.


NEW BUSINESS: President Brown said that after giving it much thought, he felt compelled to write a letter to the editor of the Signal Item regarding the editorial about the football program in last week’s paper. He read the letter aloud to the board. Director Roussos applauded Mr. Brown for taking a stand, saying he is grateful to Coach Gevaudan for instilling discipline in the team. He continued by stating that its easy to look at the football program based on wins and losses, but the coach is a selfless individual and has made a difference in many young boys’ lives.


OPEN FORUM:  Rev. Bowen announced that the after-school tutoring program at his church is running well; the church has hired district social studies teacher Rachel Foltz to work with students. In addition, the church community nurse is offering a program about proper hand-washing techniques for students in the primary grades, and the church is coordinating efforts with Crafton Elementary Principal Maslyk and physical education teacher Josh Ficorilli for some upgrades to the schools’ gymnasium.


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