The August 20, 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-Arr: 7:32pm              Henry Hynoski-Absent                Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                Linda Kreischer                           Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                    Karl Meyer-Absent                     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.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Dubil requested two Executive Sessions:  one prior to Personnel Action items to discuss personnel issues and consult with the Solicitor regarding Knoebels litigation; and another one immediately following tonight’s meeting to review Act 50 tax appeals.  Dr. Dubil gave the following updates:  1.)  Advisors/positions that have not been filled in the past two years;  2.)  Met with Mrs. Thelma Helwig, Catawissa Historical Society, regarding preservation of one-room school house;  3.)  Enrollment numbers as of 8/20/01:  512 (K-4), 502 (5-8), and 458 (9-12).

 

ITEMS – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

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

 

ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, the Minutes of 7/23/01 were approved as amended.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $423,634.83, and the Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $65,609.52 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 7:46 p.m., and returned at 8:54 p.m., followed by a roll call of Board Members:

 

 

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2001

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BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                  Henry Hynoski-Absent                Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                Linda Kreischer                           Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                    Karl Meyer-Absent                     Daniel Yeager

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

            On a motion by Berger and second by Yeager, retaining Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill, PA, at an hourly rate of $120/hour plus expenses, in connection with the Knoebels assessment appeal litigation was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, extending the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s INVEST Program, per Exhibit A, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, employment of Nancy Abraczinskas for the position of Part-time Elementary Art Teacher (0.67), pending completion of all employment requirements and receipt of Emergency Permit from PDE, for the 2001-02 school year, at Step 1 of the Bachelors Salary schedule ($19,890), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, additional duties were approved for Tina Kistler as a one-half (½) time long term substitute secondary mathematics teacher for the first semester of the 2001-02 school year to fill a part of the vacancy created by the leave granted to Maria Sock.  These duties will be in addition to Ms. Kistler’s existing duties as a regular one-half (½) time secondary mathematics teacher.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Yeager, changing Gregory Capoccioni from the position of full-time Secondary Social Studies teacher to part-time (0.75) Secondary Social Studies teacher for the 2001-02 school year, and returning to full-time status the following year, was approved.  This will allow Mr. Capoccioni to complete his guidance counselor internship at Southern Columbia High School.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Porter, Barbara Lombardo was approved for the position of CTC Grant Community Mobilizer, effective August 21, 2001, or as soon thereafter as possible.  This is a temporary position contingent upon the availability of funds, with a first year salary of $26,445.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, employment of Connie Lupold for the position of 6th Grade Science Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2001-02 school year, at Step 7 of the Masters+30 Salary Schedule ($40,517), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

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August 20, 2001

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            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, granting FMLA leave to Debra Breech, effective 08/27/01, for a period not to exceed twelve (12) weeks, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, adding Martha Krieger to the 2001-02 Classified Substitute List (Secretary), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Berger, adding the following personnel to the Volunteer Athletic Coaches List (pending completion of all employment requirements), for the 2001-02 school year was approved:

Ø      Joshua Wolfe, Volunteer Assistant Boys Soccer Coach

Ø      Troy Heath, Volunteer Assistant JH Football Coach

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, the resignation of Ann Czeponis from the position of District Data coordinator, effective immediately, was accepted with regret.  Ms. Czeponis has been in this position for two years.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

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

Ø      #121, Field Trips (Exhibit B)

Ø      #121.1, Overnight/Out-of-State Educational Trips (Exhibit C)

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, accepting weight room equipment valued at approximately $20,000, donated by Mr. Chuck Cesari in memory of his son Brian Cesari, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Mrs. Atherton reported she had attended the recent interviews for new personnel and concurred with administrative recommendations.  Mr. Berger handed out e-mail correspondence from him to Mr. Roadarmel regarding 6 issues of concern.  Mr. Porter reported on the PULSE manual he had obtained and why he feels strongly against it.  Mrs. Atherton spoke in favor of PULSE as designed to support our at-risk program.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Mr. Clippinger invited all board members to attend the Strategic Planning meeting on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m.

 

Press-Enterprise reporter, Jonathan Evans, questioned what Gannett Fleming is being requested to do, asked for a list of donated weight room equipment, asked how Sunshine Law covers Act 50 tax appeals, and who’s in charge of PULSE.  Mr. Springer responded that Dr. Wilcox was in charge of PULSE.

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August 20, 2001

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ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Porter and second by Bittner, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 pm.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                            Susan J. Helwig

Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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