The June 11, 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. He announced that an Executive Session was held Monday, June 4, 2001, at 7:00pm for personnel matters.
Francis Berger Linda Kreischer Craig Roadarmel
Elsie Bittner-Absent Karl Meyer-Absent Daniel Yeager
Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Susan J. Helwig, Board Secretary; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor – arr. 9:20pm; Alan Lonoconus, David Becker, Pat Shultz, Bill Hoffner, and Roy Clippinger, Administrators; and members of the media.
Dr. Wilcox reported on the following:
Ø School calendar – in-service on Wednesday-Thursday instead of Thursday-Friday. Also looking for 1 or 2 days at the end of the school calendar for elementary teachers to work shortened days.
Ø CTC training needed on July 12th and need a Board member to attend training as well.
Ø Pete Eldridge was here today – he feels strongly that we need to get started with the implementation of the 21st Century Learning Grant.
Ø Relay For Life was an enormous success. Presented plaques to school board for an outstanding job and tremendous support.
Ø Mike Yeager, Tax Study Commission member, reported on Commission’s study of Act 50 and their recommendation is to place the question on the ballot. He thanked Mr. Springer for all his time and work. President Roadarmel commended the Commission on their efforts and time also, and stated he would like to hear from Attorney Roberts prior to putting the question on the agenda for action.
Facilities – Charles Porter, Chairperson, reported the committee met 6/6/01 and discussed the Historical Society/one-room schoolhouses; soccer scorer’s stand to include cost of approximately $1500; Middle School air-conditioning of the office area and computer room above it for approximately $11,000; paving projects and parking addition; stadium bleachers not feasible this summer due to maintenance works workload; and recommended rebidding stadium fencing.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, no report.
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Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, no report.
Curriculum – Karl Meyer, Committee Member, reported the committee met on 5/31/01 with Roy Clippinger presenting an excellent summary of state requirements and some ways to meet them.
Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton reported the committee last met with the Union/union representatives and mediator on 5/24/01, and received the response to the package proposed by the Committee. The next meeting is 6/14/01.
Policy – Frank Berger, Chairperson, gave a brief overview of policies on the agenda. The Committee will be looking at other policies throughout June and July.
CSIU – No report.
CMAVTS – Dan Yeager reported the Board recognized students who received state awards, graduation will be this Thursday night; and transition to new principal is going smoothly.
ITEMS – FISCAL
On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, awarding the bid for the 20-Passenger bus to Blue Bird Bus sales of Pittsburgh, in the amount of $26,320 (Exhibit G), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, rejecting all Stadium Fence Construction bids and rebidding the project was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Porter, awarding the Pavement Sealing and Crack Filling bid to HRI, Inc., Bloomsburg, PA, in the amount of $13,845 (Exhibit H), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, accepting a 21st Century Learning Grant in the amount of $375,000.00, and ratifying the application therefore, was approved. By a roll call vote: 6-Yes; 2-No; 1-Absent, the motion carried (Berger and Porter voted no).
Prior to voting on the preceding motion, “Director Porter expressed the following objections:
1. There are gross errors in the application. 2. Cross Resources, who will receive $135,000 from the grant was not approved or known about until 1 month following the grant submission. 3. A key administrator has affiliations with the vender of Pulse, whose use is written into the grant.”
MINUTES – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, Lanny Conner was approved for the position of Pupil Personnel Department Lead Teacher for the 2000-01 school year, salary $867.
Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Hynoski and second by Yeager, granting the request of Julie Steele to change the effective date of her retirement from June 30, 2001 to July 1, 2001 (this change due to unanticipated circumstances), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
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On a motion by Atherton and second by Hynoski, granting the request of Ruth Slonaker DeLong to change the effective date of her retirement from Jun 30, 2001 to July 1, 2001 (this change due to unanticipated circumstances), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Hynoski and second by Atherton, accepting with regret the resignation for retirement of Jon Vastine from the position of High School Teacher, effective July 31, 2001, and, due to unanticipated circumstances, to waive the notice requirements of Article X of the Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding the retirement severance payment, were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Frank Berger reported briefly on the new policies/policy changes for the 1st reading. Charles Porter expressed concern about Policy 218.2 “may” vs. “shall.” Frank Berger expressed questions about technology teachers being brought in over the summer to keep network operational and installing software. Rae Atherton reminded taxpayers that the Board accepted the $375,000 grant and stated the dollars will not come out of taxpayer pockets.
On a motion by Porter and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 9:23 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Susan J. Helwig