The March 19, 2001 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Library at 7:30 p.m., with Vice President Charles Porter in charge of the meeting.

 

         Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

 

         Vice President Porter welcomed everyone followed by a roll call of Board Members:

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton-Absent                     Henry Hynoski-Absent               Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer                         Craig Roadarmel-Absent

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, Dave Becker, Al Lonoconus, William Hoffner, and Roy Clippinger, Administrators; PULSE students; PULSE parents; PULSE teachers; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Wilcox requested an Executive Session following tonight’s meeting to discuss tax appeals. 

            Presentations:

1.     He introduced PULSE students Brandon Hoy, Angel Rojas, Alyssa Borusiewicz, and Melissa Tarlecki who reported on the recent PULSE retreat.  The students unanimously feel it is an important program.  They requested the board consider a community center for teens.  Upcoming PULSE projects are:  Highway clean-up; repairing/repainting bathrooms in the secondary building; PALS (PULSE Always Listens to Students); blood drive in May; battle of the bands on April 20th with other schools; active participation in “Kick Butt Day” with the Lung Association.

 

The following parents/teachers spoke positively about PULSE:  Anita Wasilewski spoke as a parent and Rotarian stating the Rotary wants to sponsor an interact group with PULSE; Adriana Lentini; Linda Wonsock; Debbie Henninger; and Jill Levine.  Mike Lester, Press Enterprise asked questions about how PULSE results are measured.

 

2.     Technology K-12.  Mr. Clippinger gave a brief overview of his meetings with Brenda Monick and Brian Davis, and then they gave a report and slide show concerning our current technology status and future needs.

 

3.     Mr. Springer updated the Board on the budget process and presented a first draft of the 2001-02 budget, with Dr. Wilcox commenting favorably on our responsible spending.

 

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4.     Dr. Lonoconus gave a report on the revised bell schedule for next year (includes additional 13 minutes of class time).

 

5.     Dr. Wilcox indicated the vote on the summer program would be at the 1st April meeting.  He also passed out “draft” 2001-02 school year calendars and an editorial by Edward Gosciminski.

 

MINUTES – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

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

 

MINUTES – MINUTES AND INVOICES

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, the Minutes of 02/12/01 and 02/19/01 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $775,598.93, the 1998 Bond Fund Invoices in the amount of $1,648.00, and the Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $5,918.48 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, budgetary transfers in the 2000-01 budget to ensure proper accounting (Exhibit A) were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, accepting additional federal funds into the 2000-01 budget in the amount of $375,000 (21st Century Learning Grant), and authorizing appropriate expenditure from these funds, received 4 “Yes” votes of 6 cast.  Attorney Roberts will review the voting requirements and report the results.  By a roll call vote:  4-Yes; 2-No; 3-Absent (Berger and Porter voted no).

 

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, adding one (1) 4th Grade teaching position beginning with the 2001-02 school year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was approved.  By a roll call vote:  5-Yes; 1-No; 3-Absent, the motion passed (Porter voted no).

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, adding one (2) MS Technology teaching position beginning with the 2001-02 school year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, adding one-half (.5) foreign language teaching position beginning with the 2001-02 school year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

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            On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, adding one (1) instructional aide position beginning with the 2001-02 school year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was denied.  By a roll call vote:  0-Yes; 6-No; 3-Absent, the motion was denied (Berger, Bittner, Kreischer, Meyer, Porter, and Yeager voted no).

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, adding one-half (.5) secretarial position beginning with the 2001-02 fiscal year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

               On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, adding one (1) custodial position beginning with the 2001-02 fiscal year, contingent upon approval of the final 2001-02 budget, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, award the bid for two (2) 72-passenger school buses to M.A. Brightbill Bodyworks, Lebanon, PA, in the amount of $94,948 (per Bid Tabulations, Exhibit B) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, retaining Robert A. Lack, Architecture & Design, Inc., to develop bid specifications for the “Orange Room Conversion” project and submitting necessary paperwork to the PA Department of Education, cost not to exceed $7502, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, retaining Robert A. Lack, Architecture & Design, Inc., to develop bid specifications for the Elementary Bleacher Replacement project and to submit necessary paperwork to the PA Department of Education, cost not to exceed $5400, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, the Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech School Resolution (Exhibit C) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, re-appointing Linda J. Kreischer to serve a three-year term on the CSIU board from July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2004, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, the Gifted (grades 8-12) Class Trip to New York City, NY, on or about May 8, 2001, for student initiated cultural enhancement, was approved.  (no cost to the district; parents and teacher to chaperone).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

 

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ADDENDUM MINUTES – FISCAL (Opened for public discussion prior to the vote)

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, Agreements by and among the District, the Southern Columbia Area Education Association and the following staff members concerning their Penns Manor claims, were approved:

·       Deborah A. Breech

·       Claire E. Campbell

·       Pamela A. Crowl

·       Debra J. Varano

·       J. Kevin Jones

·       Kay A. Nazarchyk

·       Betty J. Showers

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Karl Meyer reported the Tax Study Commission meeting will be March 26th at 7:00 pm.  Board Secretary was asked to advertise a Finance Committee meeting for April 3rd at 7:00 pm.  Frank Berger asked about the quarterly newsletter and could it include interest in Board membership and direct attention to our district website for board meeting agendas.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Mike Yeager, district resident, spoke regarding our gifted program.

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Susan J. Helwig

                                                                                       Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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