The January 8, 2001 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Library with President Craig Roadarmel in charge of the meeting.
Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
President Roadarmel welcomed everyone followed by a roll call of Board Members:
Francis Berger Linda Kreischer-Absent Craig Roadarmel
Elsie Bittner Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor (Arr: 8:45pm); David Becker, Pat Shultz, Alan Lonoconus, Roy Clippinger, Administrators; and members of the media.
Dr. Wilcox read a proclamation from PSBA regarding School Board Member Recognition Month.
· Mr. Springer reviewed the results of the recent state audit of the 1996-97 and 1997-98 fiscal years by the Auditor General’s office.
· Mr. Hoffner reviewed the recent Special Education audit and compliance review performed by the PA Department of Education.
· Dr. Wilcox updated the board on the 21st Century grant recently award to the district. The grant will provide $350,000 to improve student learning and create Community Learning Centers; and he distributed and reviewed proposed staffing additions for the 2001-02 school year.
· Mrs. Shultz discussed parents’ desires for full-day kindergarten and requested an early decision by the Board as to whether it will be offered for next year.
· Mr. Becker and Dr. Lonoconus reviewed and answered questions about the Middle School and High School course offering booklets.
· Mr. Clippinger distributed and reviewed the PSSA test scores and their relation to the state standards and our curriculum writing process.
Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, no report.
Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, reported next meeting would be 1/17/01 at 7pm.
Facilities – Charles Porter, Chairperson, reported next meeting will be 1st Wednesday of February at 7:30pm, and monthly thereafter.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported future meetings would be on 2nd Wednesday each month at 7pm.
January 8, 2001
Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson reported that negotiations began on January 2nd. SCEA was represented by the Uniserve Representative and SCEA President; the Board was represented by the Committee and Mr. Springer. Ground rules were established and the next meeting was set for January 10th at 4pm.
Policy – Frank Berger, Chairperson, reported the tentative plan for meetings is the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6pm.
CSIU – Linda Kreischer reported the last meeting was cancelled due to weather.
CMAVTS – No report.
Mr. Porter requested a correction to Minutes of 11/13/00. He did not give the Activities Committee report. Mr. Springer stated Minutes would be corrected to reflect this change.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, Carl Beard of Andrews, Wagner, and Beard was approved as counsel for the collective bargaining process with Southern Columbia Education Association. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Bittner, adding the following personnel to the 2000-01 Substitute Lists (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved:
Ø Erika R. Buchhalter, Secondary Mathematics
Ø Amy Jo Shaffer, K-12
Ø Michael C. Zigner, K-12
Ø Leigh D. Westover, K-12
Ø Michelle M. Cuff, K-12
Ø Lisa A. McGeary, K-12
Ø David J. Zielinskie, K-12
Ø Marsha J. Barnes, K-12
Ø Carisa Shedleski, K-12
Ø David N. Ackley, K-12
Ø Brenda Carl, Registered Nurse (Classified Subst. List)
Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Hynoski, the resignation of Ray LeVan from the Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech School Authority Board was accepted with regret. His current term expires January 1, 2001. Mr. LeVan has served on this Authority for 20+ years. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Hynoski, Brent Kelchner was approved for the position of Assistant Ski Club Advisor for the 2000-01 school year, salary $250. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
The remaining items were discussion only and will be voted on Monday.
Mrs. Atherton commented on the revolution in education at SCA. Mr. Berger asked if information on upcoming Board seats open for election could be included in the next newsletter. Mr. Porter asked if the high school would reconsider adjusting the SAT 1200 club based on the re-centering of the scores several years ago.
On a motion by Berger and second by Hynoski, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 pm. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Susan J. Helwig