The March 12, 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:



Rae Atherton                                 Henry Hynoski                           Charles Porter

Francis Berger-Absent                  Linda Kreischer                         Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner-Absent                      Karl Meyer-Absent                    Daniel Yeager



Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor (Arr: 9:00pm); David Becker, Pat Shultz, Bill Hoffner, Administrators; and members of the media.





Dr. Wilcox stated an Executive Session would not be required. 


1.     Dr. Wilcox introduced Mary Frances Hynoski.  President Craig Roadarmel presented Mary Frances with recognition certificates from the Board for her appointments to the Associated Press All-State 1st Team in basketball and All-State 1st Team in Soccer.


Dr. Wilcox noted two additional items for discussion under Personnel and referred the Board to a recent Educational article regarding full-day kindergarten.  He reported that he met with federal representatives regarding the 21st Century Learning Grant and indicated there were no problems and the grant could proceed.


            Presentations – continued:

2.     Mr. David Becker reviewed staffing needs (Grades 7-8) for the 2001-02 school year.

3.     Dr. Al Lonoconus reviewed staffing needs (Grades 9-12) for the 2001-02 school year via the Distance Learning Lab from Pittsburgh, PA.

4.     Mr. Bill Hoffner reported that he is not as sure about his needs for K-6 special needs staffing as he was last month.  A number of referrals have come in for K-6 children, which may require an increase in staffing.  In addition, the special education audit just completed indicates the staff loads may not appropriate.  The Board and Superintendent will be kept informed.  Mr. Hoffner introduced members of the Special Education Task Force and distributed a report on their findings.  He informed the Board of new evaluation and assessment requirements for special needs students through the state alternative assessment program.

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5.     Mr. Springer updated the Board on facilities project priorities for the secondary building and fields; also, revenue projections for 2001-02.

6.     Dr. Wilcox reviewed the summer school plans following the current school year.



            Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, reported the pictures in the gym lobby are in the process of being updated.  Two students were involved in the swimming program with Danville and both qualified for Districts.  Five students are involved in tennis with Danville as well.

            Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, no report.

            Facilities – Charles Porter, Chairperson, reported that a meeting was held 3/7/01 and the committee reviewed the proposed cafeteria expansion and bleacher replacement for the elementary building.  Removal of the steps in the gym is recommended for safety reasons, and can be bid separately from the bleachers.  Also, the orange room conversion for full-day kindergarten is recommended to proceed.  The Historical Society was also present and asked for the district’s assistance in saving one of the one-room schoolhouses in southern Columbia County.  An additional custodian was requested due to increased square footage.  A new cost was obtained for the electrical service to the lower fields.

Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson reported that the last negotiation session was cancelled due to snow.  The next meeting is March 28th with the SCEA group.  A meeting for other matters will be scheduled prior to the April Work Session.

            Policy – Frank Berger, Chairperson, no report.

            CSIU – The 2001-02 budget will be sent to Board members shortly.

            CMAVTS – All member districts voted to go ahead with the renovation project.  A principal search is underway as the current principal is retiring at the conclusion of the 2000-01 school year.  Math curriculum is being revised for next year as well in accordance with new standards.



            On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, a Sabbatical Leave per School Board Policy #438, was approved for Monna Tomtishen, for the second semester of the 2000-01 school year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.


            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, Kristy Irons and Philip Miccio were approved as District Driver Certification and Re-Certification Training Program Instructors, salary $12.00/hour (classroom only).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.


The following addendum items were opened for public comment prior to voting.


            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, adding the following personnel as Volunteer Assistant Coaches for the 2000-01 school year (pending completion of all requirements) was approved:

Ř     Jason Crawford, Justin Adams, Brett Myers, Joe Murphy, Nate Hampton, Dave Wojtowicz, Devin Knorr, Baseball

Ř     Marc Osevala, Boys Track & Field

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.


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            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Yeager, adding Mary Jane Rhodes, K-12, to the 2000-01 Instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.



Mrs. Atherton noted she was pleased to see the article in the newspaper regarding the PULSE program.  Mr. Porter asked if Capital Reserve and fund balance numbers could be included in the budget numbers presented next week.



Joyce Fisher, district resident, spoke about the need for a multi-handicapped classroom in the district rather than sending students out of the district.  Ken Fisher, district resident, stated that he felt the district should have classes for handicapped special needs students on site rather than farming them out to other districts.  Ron Dingle, Jr., Derek Carl, and Melissa Carl, district residents, spoke about the change in Bus #8.



            On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, the meeting was adjourned at 10:05 p.m.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,




                                                                                    Susan J. Helwig

                                                                                    Board Secretary