Carlynton School District

 

Regular Voting Meeting

November 20, 2008

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

 

MINUTES

The Carlynton School District Board of Education conducted its Regular Voting Meeting on Thursday, November 20, 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 and Raymond Walkowiak. Also present was Superintendent Michael Panza, Solicitor Janet Burkardt, Business Manager Kirby Christy, Principals Jacie Maslyk and Robert Susini. The audience was comprised of two individuals and one member of the press.

 

 

Call to order: The meeting was called to order by President Roussos at 7:36 pm. The pledge was led by Crafton Elementary Student Eliot Wilpula. Recording Secretary Michale Herrmann called the roll. Director Wilson was excused from the meeting

 

public comment on business before the board: None

approval of minutes:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2008 Agenda Setting/Committee/Voting Meeting as presented.  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

REPORTS:

 

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

Ø      Principals’ ReportsDr. Susini highlighted some upcoming events at the secondary level

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

Ø      Education committee meetings will be held December 8 (elementary) and December 10 (secondary)

Ø      Three drafts were provided for the 2009-2010 calendar for review

Ø      Dates for the 2009 board meetings were discussed and will be approved at the Reorganization Meeting of December 4

Ø      The Open Records Policy/Right to Know will be approved at a January board meeting

Ø      The amendment to the purse procedure will be on the next agenda

Ø      A request for four students to compete as gymnasts will be on the next agenda

Ø      Kudos to Ira Weiss and his office; recipient of the President’s Award for school law

  • Secretary’s Correspondence

Ø      The minutes of the Parkway West Career and Technical Center Joint Committee Meeting of October 7, 2008 were entered into record. (Secretary’s Correspondence #1108-1)

·         Pathfinder Report – Director McCartney reported the meeting was brief; the bills were voted upon and the meeting adjourned.

·         Parkway West CTC Report – Director Hughan said the same was true for the Parkway meeting.

·         SHASDA – Director Schirripa shared that the speaker for the past meeting presented valuable information about Literacy and learning; he will be presenting at Carlynton on December 2 or 3

·         PSBA-Legislative – Director Walkowiak mentioned that Governor Rendell held a conference on GCA’s in connection with Melinda Gates. The conference discussed issues of student poverty, healthcare, expanding educational opportunities and student access to technology. Mr. Walkowiak also called attention to a new procedure by PDE to expedite the process of fingerprinting and criminal background requests.

 

BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD:

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director Walkowiak, to approve the following Conference and Field Trip Requests as submitted, following review by administration:

§   FT…V.Ferro…Heinz  Hall… Pgh. Symphony Concert …11/13

§   C…R.Susini…Marriott City Ctr…Acting on Assessment Results…11/20

§   C…J.Trombetta…Marriott City Ctr…Algebra Robotics…11/20

§   C…E.Jones…Marriott City Ctr…Process Skills Circus…11/20

§   C…C.Garland…Marriott City Ctr…Algebra Robotics…11/20

§   C…R.Fusan…Marriott City Ctr…Process Skills Circus…11/20

§   C…C.Bevan…Marriott City Ctr…Process Skills Circus…11/20

§   C…J.Rishell…Marriott City Ctr…Process Skills Circus…11/20

§   FT…W.Steiner…Elementary Schools…Puppet Shows…11/21

§   FT…L.Talotta…Robinson Mall…Out-based learning…11/25

§   FT…L.Begg…Woodland Hills…World Affairs Speaker…12/4

§   C…K.McCahill…Pittsburgh…American Red Cross Training…12/4

§   FT…A.Harrity…Carnegie Museum of Art…Harmony Concert & Luncheon…12/8

§   C…A.Harrity…School for the Deaf…Workshop-Autism, etc…12/9

§   C…E.Tupi…AIU…Differentiated Instruction…12/9

§   C…J.Nagorski…AIU…Accommodating High Ability Learners…12/9 and 2/5

§   C…N.Kovanis…AIU…Accommodating High Ability Learners…12/9 and 2/5

§   FT…V.Ferro…HS… Elem. Holiday Concert Rehearsal…12/10

§   FT…R.Foltz…Nevillewood…Rotary/Interact Meeting…12/11

§   FT…R.Pedersen…HS…Rehearsal Holiday Band Concert…12/11

§   FT…V.Ferro…Heinz  Hall… Pgh. Symphony Concert …12/12

§   FT…M.Lear…Nevillewood…Ensembles’ Performance-Rotary…12/16

§   FT…R.Pedersen…Elem Schools… Band & Chorus Concerts…12/19

§   FT…V.Ferro…Heinz  Hall… Pgh. Symphony Concert …1/21

§   FT…E.Jones…Carnegie Museum…Geology…1/27

§   FT…V.Ferro/M.Priore…Eden Hall Elem… Elem Dist. Chorus…3/13

§   FT…V.Ferro…HS… Elem. Spring Concert Rehearsal …5/6

§   FT…R.Pedersen…HS…Elem. Spring Concert Rehearsal…5/7

§   FT…R.Pedersen…Elem Schools…Band & Choral Concerts…5/19

       (Miscellaneous Item #1108-1 REVISED)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

Director Hughan moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to name Dr. Michael Panza, Superintendent, to the position of Open Records Officer in accordance with Right to Know Law requirements, Policy 801.  (Miscellaneous Item #1108-2)  On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

·         Finance

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director Tassaro, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October 2008 as submitted; 

 

And to approve the October 2008 bills in the amount of $1,700,718.35 as presented.   On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

·         Personnel

 

The following three items were approved in one motion:

Director Tassaro moved, seconded by Director McCartney, to approve Crafton Elementary Principal Jacie Maslyk for the curriculum supplemental positions of Reading and Language Arts at the elementary level;  (Personnel Item #1108-1)

 

To approve a Professional Employee Contract for James Bassano due to completion of three years of satisfactory service consistent with the provisions of Section 1108 of the PA School Code; (Personnel Item #1108-2)

 

And to approve high school teachers Laura Begg and Gerald Pepe as after-school tutors. (Personnel Item #1108-3)  On a voice vote, Director Brown voted NO on the first item and Director Hughan abstained; therefore, the first item was approved 6-1-1, and the remaining two items were approved by an 8-0voice vote.

In reference to the first item above, Director Brown questioned whether the job description for the curriculum supplemental contracts were applicable to administrators and asked if the job description should be amended, erring on the side of caution. Director Hughan noted that a former elementary principal, Regina Urso, completed curriculum work without receiving compensation. When the solicitor was questioned, she said the above referenced curriculum supplemental positions were open to others since they were posted and were not filled. Director Brown, in reference to the second item immediately above, commented that he is quite pleased with the efforts of Mr. Bassano.

 

Director McCartney moved, seconded by Director DiPietro, to approve the following additions to the Day-to-Day Substitute List as recommended by administration:

§   Samantha Folmer – Elementary, K-6

§   Terry Oberst – Special Education, K-12;

                       (Personnel Item #1108-4)

 

And to approve the additions to the Athletic Supplemental Contract List as recommended by administration:

§   Robert Koger – Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

§   Daniel McDonald – 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach

                (Personnel Item #1108-5) 

                On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

 

 

NEW BUSINESS: Director Hughan brought forth and read an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette regarding a charge brought against a Moon Area School District aquatics director and questioned the similarities to recent discussion about the swim club program held in the Carlynton School District. The board asked the solicitor and administration to research this issue.

 

OPEN FORUM: : None

 


ADJOURNMENT:
  With no further business, Director Hughan moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 pm, seconded by Director McCartney. On a voice vote, the motion carried 8-0.