The September 10, 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.
Francis Berger-absent Linda Kreischer Craig Roadarmel
Elsie Bittner-Arr. 7:35 p.m. Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Alan Lonoconus, David Becker, Pat Shultz, Bill Hoffner, and Roy Clippinger, Administrators; district residents; and members of the media.
Dr. Dubil requested a brief Executive Session following the meeting to discuss personnel issues. He reported on the following five topics: 1.) Third day enrollment is 1,463 students. 2.) He read a letter from the Tournament Director of the Michael Sabo Softball Tournament thanking the district for the use of the softball field. 3.) Bill Hoffner reviewed the Title I, Title VI and Class-size Reduction federal programs. 4). Bill Hoffner reviewed the need for increasing a part-time aide to full-time status to meet some needs in the fourth grade special needs program and 6th grade tutorial and reading. Additional aide time may be needed because of a recent influx of learning support students since the start of school. The Board agreed to consider a motion to increase the part-time aide’s time to 100%. 5.) Roy Clippinger updated the Board on the CTC Initiative and the student survey to be issued in the near future.
Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, no meeting.
Curriculum – Karl Meyer reported on the last meeting held August 15, 2001. Items reviewed included the summer tutorial and 21st Century Grant Programs. Roy and Karl will attend a PSBA seminar regarding student and curriculum assessment.
Facilities & Services – Charles Porter, Chairperson, reported on the last meeting held September 5, 2001. Items reviewed included a possible gym expansion, weight room addition funded by local fundraising, broadcast/taping of board meetings, project updates, and two parents were present to discuss some bus driver concerns.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported the next meeting would be held September 13, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. to review issues surrounding Act 24 and Act 50 in a slowing economy.
Negotiations & Personnel – President Roadarmel reported the next negotiations session would be September 11, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.
Policy – Linda Kreischer, committee member, reported the committee met on August 20, 2001, and reviewed health policy issues and curriculum policy issues. Other issues included superintendent evaluation, “Boilerplate” policies, and agenda format as to public comment.
CSIU – No meeting.
Vo-Tech – Dan Yeager, reported that the architects reviewed Phase 2 of renovations, Phase 1 is nearly complete.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
Mr. Porter requested the August 20, 2001 minutes be amended to reflect an answer to the question from the press, “Who’s in charge of PULSE?”
ITEMS – FISCAL
On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, amending the language of the question which the Administration was directed to request the election officials of Columbia County and Northumberland County to place upon the ballot for the municipal election which will occur on November 6, 2001, pursuant to Act 24 of 2001, to read as follows was approved: “Do you favor eliminating the occupation tax and replacing the lost revenue with an equal amount by increasing the rate of the Southern Columbia Area School District earned income tax from .5% to a new School District maximum of 1.2%?” Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Bittner and second by Hynoski, the resignations of the following personnel were accepted with regret:
Ø Francine McCollum, Administrative Assistant for Safety and Security, in the position for 1 year.
Ø Clayton Derk, Bus Drive, in the position for 2 years.
Ø Cynthia Harner, Cafeteria Worker, in the position for 2 years.
Ø Susan Adam, Cafeteria Worker, in the position for 1 year.
Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Bittner and second by Kreischer, granting FMLA leave to Ned Breech, effective August 27, 2001 for a period not to exceed twelve (12) weeks was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, employment of Danielle May for the position of part-time (.63) Middle School Spanish Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements and receipt of an Emergency Permit from PDE), for the 2001-02 school year, at Step 1 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($18,703), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Porter, employment of Kristopher Bet as a part-time (.63) long-term substitute secondary Mathematics teacher to fill a part of the vacancy created by the leave granted to Maria Sock, and to add him to the 2001-02 Instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Bittner and second by Kreischer, rescinding the appointment of Brenda Monick as Elementary Unified Arts Team Leader due to the fact that she declined to accept the position, and appointing Diane Wittig to the position, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, adding personnel (per Exhibit A) to the 2001-02 Substitute Lists (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, amending the motion pertaining to the approval of additional duties for Tina Kistler, adopted at the meeting held August 20, 2001, to read as follows was approved: “A motion to approve additional duties for Tina Kistler as a part-time (.37) 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 part-time (.63) secondary mathematics teacher. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Karl Meyer clarified the agenda for the upcoming Finance Committee meeting. Charles Porter asked if public information sessions will be held clarifying Act 24 vs. Act 50 issues. Mr. Meyer responded that will be part of the meeting. Charles Porter asked that the Board consider whether a possible gym expansion would need to be a primary gym for varsity sports or a practice gym at a much smaller scale. The Board discussed various ideas and uses and agreed to look at both size scenarios.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
President Roadarmel read a statement regarding Southern Columbia’s commitment of local funds to the 21st Century Learning Grant. (See attached.)
Dan Yeager stated the CTC Grant and 21st Century Learning Grant are meant to prevent problems from occurring in the future. Charles Porter stated he did not feel the motion accurately reflected the district’s commitment to Cross Resources as an outside consultant. He asked if it was proper for Cross Resources to write themselves into the grant. Solicitor Roberts indicated the motion provided for services provided under the grant.
District residents, Debbie Thomas and Diane Thomas, addressed the Board regarding a busing issue.
District resident, Joyce Fisher, addressed the Board regarding local taxpayer funds used in the 21st Century Learning Grant.
Jonathan Evans, Press-Enterprise, requested clarification on the response to the 21st Century Learning Grant, FMLA leave, Emergency Permit requirements, and the status of Tina Kistler.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, the meeting was adjourned at 9:19 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Susan J. Helwig