The July 23, 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-Arr. 7:34pm      Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer-Absent             Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner-Absent                      Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

OTHERS PRESENT

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING

To begin the Hearing for the Tax Resolution concerning Act 50 of 1998, Director Karl Meyer, who was the Board Representative on the Tax Study Commission, gave a brief overview of Act 50 and the process thus far.  The following district residents/board members identified themselves and spoke briefly:

Richard Gotshall – exceptions can be made to the referendum process, but you have to go in front of a hearing board.  Attorney Roberts identified the exceptions.

Thelma Helwig  - read from a statement in support of Act 50.

Mike Yeager – spoke out against supporting Act 50.

Don Craig – spoke in favor of Act 50 because it gives taxpayers the opportunity for input.

Linda Kashner – asked if anyone had checked the other three school districts that have enacted Act 50?

Mike Yeager – Yes.  They spoke with Williamsport (experienced a few problems), Central Dauphin (experienced problems), Hazleton (unknown).

Karl Meyer – Stated the Act has some good in it, but he has some hesitations about it because of the clandestine passage of the Act:  pushed through in 11th hour with no debate.

Craig Roadarmel – Supports the referendum but if it goes to referendum and fails, the SAWW rate increase is taken away.  Also stated he does not support the nuisance taxes.

Don Craig – The state isn’t going to let us go broke.  We need Act 50.

Richard Gotshall – Did we have any cooperation from any of our public officials?

Charles Porter – Stated he had received a letter from Rep. John Gordner concerning Act 24; also received a letter prior to Act 50.

Rae Atherton – Stated she had spoken with Rep. John Gordner who is not in favor of Act 50; thinks Act 24 is much better.

Louis Adamski – Is the board going to provide information to residents concerning Act 50 and Act 24?

Don Craig – Information should be sent out to taxpayers.

Mike Yeager – It’s not the board’s responsibility to provide information to taxpayers.

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Thelma Helwig – The taxpayers shouldn’t hesitate to contact Tax Study Commission members.

Richard Gotshall – Act 50 has been talked about for some time.  Thinks we should look at Act 50 real hard.

Thelma Helwig – Complimented Karl Meyer on his explanation of Act 50.

Charles Porter – Regarding informing taxpayers, stated the district has advised and informed people of fiscal information.

Frank Berger – Tax reform of some nature is good.  Act 50 has given us the ability to discuss change.  Taxpayers should have the vote regarding their taxes.

Rae Atherton – in her years on the board, the board has made every effort to keep taxes down.  One year they cut taxes by 10 mills and not one person in the whole district spoke to the board to say thank you.  Several years later, the board raised taxes 3 mills and then they heard from taxpayers.

 

To begin the Hearing for the Tax Resolution concerning Act 24 of 2001, Mr. Springer, Business Manager, passed out information comparing Act 24 and Act 50.  He asked if there were any questions.

Joyce Fisher – does the board have the option to drop the per capita and occupational privilege tax?  Mr. Springer responded yes.

Mike Yeager – stated that 92 Pennsylvania school districts looked at this issue.  Five districts put the question on the ballot, and of those five, three chose Act 50.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Dubil requested two Executive Sessions:  one prior to Personnel Action items to discuss personnel issues, and another one immediately following tonight’s meeting to review Act 50 tax appeals.  He presented PSBA 2000 In-service Education Certificates to Craig Roadarmel, Steve Wilcox, Alan Lonoconus, and Roy Clippinger, and stated he has received 9 applications for the Community Mobilizer position. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, no meeting in July.

            Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, no meeting in July.  Next meeting August 15th.

            Facilities & Services – Charles Porter, Chairperson, no report.

            Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, no report.

            Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson, reported the last meeting with the negotiating team was cancelled.  Next session pending a mutually agreeable date.

            Policy – Frank Berger, Chairperson, no report, next meeting scheduled for August 20th at 6pm.

            CSIU – No report

            Vo-Tech – Dan Yeager attended the June 19th meeting where Act 93 salaries were reviewed and the Board closed out the year.

 

ITEMS – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

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

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ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, the Minutes of 6/11/01 and 6/18/01 were approved as amended.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $328,524.03, and the Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $219,393.39 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

            On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, the Substitute Pay Rates, effective 7/1/01, per Exhibit A, were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, acknowledging receipt of Plancon Part K for the 1996 Bond Refinancing (Exhibit B) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, the Resolution concerning Act 50 of 1998 (Exhibit C), was not approved.  By a roll call vote:  2-Yes; 5-No; 2-Absent, the motion failed (Atherton, Hynoski, Meyer, Roadarmel, and Yeager voted no).

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, the Resolution concerning Act 24 of 2001 (Exhibit D), was approved.  By a roll call vote:  7-Yes; 2-Absent; the motion carried.

 

Prior to the vote on the preceding motion, Director Porter spoke about his reason for voting yes to Act 24.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, awarding the Stadium Fencing bid to Doyle Hess Contracting, Bloomsburg, PA, in the amount of $14,350.00 (Exhibit E), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, awarding the Re-Paving and Parking Lot Construction bid to HRI, Inc., Bloomsburg, PA, in the amount of $84,880 (Base Bid) and $47,720.00 (Alternate 1 bid), per Exhibit E, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL (ADDENDUM)

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, a Pass-Through Agreement with Locust Township pertaining to the Communities That Care (CTC) Grant, and to authorize the execution thereof, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The Board went into Executive Session at 9:05 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.  The Board reconvened at 9:30 p.m., followed by a roll call of the Board members:

 

 

 

 

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BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                 Henry Hynoski                           Charles Porter

Francis Berger                              Linda Kreischer-Absent             Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner-Absent                      Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Hynoski, the resignation of Kerri Erdman from the position of Elementary Teacher, effective August 20, 2001, was accepted with regret.  Ms. Erdman has been in this position for five years.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, adding Donald Traugh to the 2001-02 Volunteer Athletic/Advisor List as an Assistant Football Coach (pending completion of all requirements) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, appointing Rae Atherton to serve a 2-year term on the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School Authority, term to be July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2003, was approved.  By a roll call vote:  6-Yes; 1-Abstention; 2-Absent, the motion carried (Atherton abstained).

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, the Memorandum of Agreement between Southern Columbia Area School District and AFSCME Local 1864 (Exhibit F) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, employment of Amy Rebarchick for the position of Elementary Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2001-02 school year, at Step 2 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($30,177), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, employment of Kay Rodriguez for the position of Elementary Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2001-02 school year, at Step 1 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($29,687), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, employment of Michael Venna for the position of Elementary Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2001-02 school year, at Step 1 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($29,687), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Atherton, employment of Kristen Vitkauskas for the position of Middle School Science Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2001-02 school year, at Step 2 of the Masters Salary Schedule ($31,644), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

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ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Hynoski and second by Berger, extending Childbearing/Childrearing Leave for Maria Sock to include the second marking period of the 2001-02 school, with Mrs. Sock returning to work the first day of the third marking period, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, the 2nd reading and adoption of the following Board Policies was approved:

Ø     #218.2, Terroristic Threats/Acts (new) (Exhibit G)

Ø     #247, Hazing (new) (Exhibit H)

Ø     #249, New Entrants Subject to Suspension or Expulsion Imposed by Another School Entity (new) (Exhibit I)

Ø     #622, GASB Statement 34 (new) (Exhibit J)

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

Prior to voting on the preceding motion, board members expressed some concerns about Policies #121, Field Trips (revised), and #121.1, Overnight/Out-of-State Educational Trips (revised).  These two policies were removed from the motion, and Dr. Dubil was directed to send these two policies back to the administrative team for comments/changes. 

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Director Porter asked if Dr. Dubil could check with PSBA regarding policies on safety of students on field trips.  Director Atherton welcomed the new teachers and said she hoped they have a very happy stay at Southern.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Berger and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 9:50 pm.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                            Susan J. Helwig

Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

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