The February 19, 2001 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., 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:

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                 Henry Hynoski-Arr. 7:32pm      Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer                         Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                  Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

OTHERS PRESENT

Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Susan Helwig, Board Secretary; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Pat Shultz, William Hoffner, and Roy Clippinger, Administrators; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

At 7:33pm Dr. Wilcox requested an Executive Session for personnel and possible litigation issues.  The Board reconvened at 7:55pm followed by a roll call of members.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                 Henry Hynoski                           Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer                         Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                  Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT - continued

Dr. Wilcox passed out information and appeal concerning the Act 50 Tax Study Commission.  Mr. Lonoconus recommended seniors makeup two snow days on two Saturdays in March and still graduate on June 1st, or extend the school year for seniors also to include June 4th and 5th with graduation on June 5th.  The board would like to see graduation moved to June 5th.  He further reported that driver education students need more options in order to avoid the large backlog of students waiting for “behind the wheel” training.  President Roadarmel requested the administration look at options.

 

Mr. Springer discussed the 2001-02 budget and bond refinancing opportunities.  The Board instructed Mr. Springer to pursue the refinancing.

 

MINUTES – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, the Treasurers’ Reports were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2001

Page 2

 

 

 


MINUTES – MINUTES AND INVOICES

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Atherton, the Minutes of 01/08/01 and 01/15/01 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Bittner, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $875,195.15, the 1998 Bond Fund Invoices in the amount of $475.00, and the Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $1,636.80 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, a motion to adopt the Resolution pertaining to the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School Authority’s proposed issuance of Guaranteed School Revenue Bonds-Series of 2001 in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $5,300,000.00 and the Southern Columbia Area School District’s guarantee of its proportionate share thereof, determined in accordance with the Lease identified in the Resolution with the district’s maximum initial share being $630,000.00 (or approximately 11.92% of such lesser principal amount of the Bonds issued), as advertised on February 9, 2001 (Exhibit A) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ADDENDUM MINUTES – FISCAL

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, retaining Pepper Hamilton, LLC, to represent the district in the Knoebels’ tax case was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, adding the following personnel to the 2000-01 Instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved.

·       Michael Venna, Elementary Education

Classified Substitute List

·       Doreen Stine, Van/Bus Driver

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Kreischer, Bobbi Lynn Markle was approved for the position of Volunteer Track & Field Coach (pending completion of all requirements) for the 2000-01 school year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, Jason Kriner was approved as Percussion Instructor (pending completion of all employment requirements) for the 2000-01 school year, salary $300.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ADDENDUM MINUTES – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, employment of Barry McBride for the position of 3rd Shift Custodian, effective 02/02/01 (pending completion of all employment requirements), salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

Board Meeting Minutes

February 19, 2001

Page 3

 

 


           

MINUTES – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, a full-day Kindergarten program beginning with the 2001-02 school year was approved.  By a roll call vote:  6-Yes, 3-No, the motion carried (Berger, Porter, Yeager voted no).

 

Prior to the vote on the previous motion, the Board discussed the addition of full-day Kindergarten.  Mr. Porter spoke out against renovating and spending money on new classroom if we initiate full-day Kindergarten.  Mrs. Atherton spoke in favor of full-day Kindergarten.

 

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, a 12th Grade Class Trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2001, as culmination project to Holocaust unit was approved (no cost to the district; teachers and parents to chaperone).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Berger and second by Yeager, accepting the donation of Oak and Maple hardwoods to the Industrial Technology Department by Catawissa Lumber, Inc., was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, a 10th Grade History Class Trip to Washington, DC, on May 21, 2001; students to gain perspective on American history (at no cost to the district; teachers and parents to chaperone), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Mr. Yeager expressed much appreciation to Catawissa Lumber for their generous donation of lumber.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Leon Bogdan, Press-Enterprise, asked questions about the donation, snow make-up days, projected Kindergarten enrollment figures, and if anyone who changed their vote on the Kindergarten issue would enlighten him as to their reason(s).  Board members and administrators responded appropriately.  He then questioned Mr. Roberts concerning the Knoebels appeal.

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, the meeting was adjourned at 9:28 p.m.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Susan J. Helwig

                                                                                       Board Secretary

 

 

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