The May 21, 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:

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                 Henry Hynoski                           Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer-Absent             Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                  Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

OTHERS PRESENT

Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Susan J. Helwig, Board Secretary; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; David Becker, Pat Shultz, Bill Hoffner, Alan Lonoconus, Roy Clippinger, Administrators; district residents; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Wilcox requested Mrs. Shultz update the board on Kindergarten.  She reported we have 89 registered and three more to register this week, as well as 16-18 students being retained, and we need to look at shifting resources.

 

1.         Jr. High Student Council Representative Jessica Yeager reported on events in the 7th/8th grades.

2.         Roy Clippinger reported on the following: 

Ø     Cut scores for PSSA testing

Ø     Strategic plan process

Ø     Dealing with graduation projects

Ø     Projected costs of summer tutorial, including transportation.

3.               Joe Springer reported on the Orange Room and Elementary Bleacher replacement bid opening.

4.               Rich Roberts explained the reason for retiring employees changing their retirement dates.

5.               Dr. Wilcox asked the board to look at adding another cheerleading advisor due to increased number of students involved.  Activities Committee recommended not considering a “cut” policy. 

6.               Mrs. Atherton recommended we add another advisor.

Dr. Wilcox requested an Executive Session after tonight’s meeting for one personnel issue and litigation matters.

 

MINUTES – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

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

 

Board Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2001

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MINUTES – MINUTES AND INVOICES

On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, the Minutes of 04/09/01 and 04/16/01 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 or $247,574.11, the 1998 Bond Fund Invoices in the amount of $25,000.00, and the Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $65,795.22 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, the Southern Columbia Area School District 2001-02 General Fund Budget in the amount of $11,752,462 (Resolution, Exhibit A) was approved.  By a roll call vote: 7-Yes; 1-No; 1-Absent, the motion carried (Porter voted no).

 

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

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, Resolution (Exhibit C) to agree to participate as a participating and incorporating municipality of the Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School Authority, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL (ADDENDUM)

            On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, awarding the Base Bid for the Elementary Bleacher Replacement Project to C.M. Eichenlaub Co., Pittsburgh, PA in the amount of $35,800 and rejecting Alternate Bid 1 (Bid Tabulation Exhibit E), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, awarding the Electrical Construction bid for the Orange Room Renovation Project to West End Electric, Hegins, PA, in the amount of $14,190 (Bid Tabulation Exhibit E), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Bittner, awarding the Mechanical Construction bid for the Orange Room Renovation Project to Air Management Technologies, Inc., New Columbia, PA, in the amount of $23,750 (Bid Tabulation Exhibit E), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, awarding the General Construction bid for the Orange Room Renovation Project to Rich’s Contracting, Kulpmont, PA, in the amount of $57,000 (Bid Tabulation Exhibit E), was approved, contingent upon submission to the Business Manager of all required bidding background documentation deemed to be satisfactory to the Business Manager.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2001

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ITEMS – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Berger and second by Bittner, the following personnel were approved as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Advisors for the 2000-01 school year:

Ø     Marina Davenport, FBLA Advisor, salary $462

Ø     Lori Shively, Assistant FBLA Advisor, salary $347

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, Bobbi Lynn Markle was approved for the position of Assistant Girls Track & Field Coach for the 2000-01 school year, salary $1323 (10.25 pts.).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, Letha Stone was approved for the position of Band Front Advisor for the 2001-02 school year, salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Bittner, Joel Thomas was approved for the position of Jazz Band Director for the 2000-01 school year at a salary of $900.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, Chris Blockus was approved for the position of Sr. High Student Council Advisor for the 2000-01 school year, salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, Elsie Bittner, Region II, was approved as Board Treasurer for the term July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002, salary $240.  By a roll call vote: 7-Yes; 0-No; 1-Abstention; 1-Absent, the motion carried (Bittner abstained).

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, Kevin Mumbauer was approved for the position of Head Boys Soccer Coach for the 2001-02 school year, salary $2345 (14.25 pts.).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, Scott Zeigler was approved for the position of Assistant Boys Soccer Coach for the 2001-02 school year (pending completion of all employment requirements), salary $1254 (9.25 pts.).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Atherton, re-appointment of Susan J. Helwig for the position of Board Secretary for the term July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2005, at a salary of $1800 per year, was approved (Job Description, Exhibit D).  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, re-appointment of Richard J. Roberts, Jr., as School Solicitor for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002, with a retainer of $3200 plus $55.00 per hour for additional work, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2001

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            On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, the resignation of Dr. Steve Wilcox from the position of Superintendent, effective June 30, 2001, was accepted with regret.  Dr. Wilcox has been in this position for three years.  By a roll call vote:  7-Yes; 1-No; 1-Absent, the motion carried (Atherton voted no).

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL (ADDENDUM)

            On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, the following motions were tabled:

            (L) A motion to approve granting the request of Julie Steele to change the effective date of her retirement from June 30, 2001 to July 6, 2001.  (M)     A motion to approve granting the request of Ruth Slonaker DeLong to change the effective date of her retirement from June 30, 2001 to July 3, 2001.  Motion to table carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, sending a notice of reasonable assurance of employment for the 2001-02 school year to those non-instructional employees and substitute teachers employed less than 12 months, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch USDA Commodities Program for the 2001-02 school year was approved. 

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, Southern Columbia Area School District’s 2001 Summer Tutorial for grades 2-8, July 5-26, 2001, 8:30am to 11:30am, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Mr. Berger requested transition briefing for the Board concerning Dr. Wilcox’s exit interview.  Mr. Lonoconus requested direction from the board concerning surveying students who are interested in paying a fee for summer courses to cover our costs; Board responded affirmatively.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Mike Lester, Press-Enterprise, requested information concerning hiring a new Superintendent.  President Roadarmel responded the Board would be meeting to decide the direction the process will take.  District residents/parents, Brenda Roadarmel, Brenda Tamanini, and Kerry Appel expressed their concerns with the cheerleading tryout/selection process.

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Porter and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at

9:37 pm.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                        Susan J. Helwig

                                                                        Board Secretary

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