The October 15, 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 Linda Kreischer Craig Roadarmel
Elsie Bittner Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Tresa Britch, Board Secretary; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Roy Clippinger, Pat Shultz, Alan Lonoconus, David Becker, and Bill Hoffner, Administrators; district residents; and members of the media.
Dr. Dubil reported on the following four topics: 1.) He commended the staff and students for their coordination of the homecoming events. 2.) According to Standard and Poor’s report, the District has an excellent quality of programs for the dollars spent. 3.) The Fall Newsletter and Tax Reform Insert (amended to include statewide statistics) will be mailed by the deadline of October 19. 4.) Emergency Certificates are on file for the part-time Art and part-time Spanish teachers.
Dr. Dubil requested a brief Executive Session prior to adjournment to discuss tax appeals and personnel issues.
Mr. Springer reported on his research into the ongoing transportation issue. He and Dr. Dubil traveled the route and agreed that there are potentially dangerous hills regardless of the direction of the route. Currently the bus travels the same route in the morning and afternoon. The driver recommends keeping the present route due to the sharp curves on Parrs Mill Road. Dr. Dubil reported the present run provides equity of time the students are on the bus. The Board agreed to keep the present route.
ITEMS – TREASURER’S REPORTS
On a motion by Bittner and second by Berger, the Treasurer’s Reports were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, the Minutes of September 10, 2001 (as amended), September 17, 2001, and September 24, 2001 (special meeting), were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $305,915.09 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $58,463.52 were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – FISCAL
On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, budgetary transfers in the 2001-02 budget to ensure proper accounting (Exhibit A), were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Bittner, additional state and federal funds into the 2001-02 budget were approved as follows:
Ø ACCESS - $7,991.15 – Carryover funds to be used for additional time for a special needs aide and special needs equipment,
Ø Communities That Care - $50,000.50 – Funds to be used to start up the Communities That Care program,
Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, authorizing Robert A. Lack Architecture & Design, Inc. to develop construction documents for a weight room expansion project at cost not to exceed $4,200. Documents to be used for a possible community project or for future district use, was approved. By roll call vote 8-Yes, 1-No, the motion carried. (Yeager voted no.)
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, two (2) additional full-time aide positions for the Special Education Program, with one position for the special needs of an elementary student, and the other for a student at the middle school, were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, approving one (1) full-time transportation aide position to assist with the transportation of special needs students, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, the following personnel were approved for addition to the 2001-02 Substitute List:
Ø Jennifer Welliver, Music (K12)
Ø Christina Davenport, Secondary Social Studies
Ø Douglas Heimbach, Secondary Social Studies
Ø Marian E. Chiavaroli (K-12)
Ø Megan E. Lindsay (K12)
Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, employment of Roberta Kilmer for the position of Cafeteria/Study Hall/Detention and Suspension Monitor (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective October 16, 2001, salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, employment of Sherry Krebs Romanoskie for the position of 21st Century Grant Coordinator, (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective October 22, 2001 or as soon thereafter as possible, was approved. This is a temporary position contingent upon the availability of funds. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL - ADDENDUM
On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, employment of Christine Hastings for the position of Secretary to the Director of Special Education (pending completion of all employment requirements) effective October 30, 2001, at a rate of $10.13 per hour, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS
On a motion by Berger and second by Kreischer, the 2nd reading of revised Board Policy #203, Communicable Diseases and Immunizations (Exhibit B), was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS - ADDENDUM
On a motion by Atherton, and second by Yeager, including President Roadarmel’s letter in the 2001 Fall Newsletter, was approved. By a roll call vote 6-Yes, 3-No, the motion carried. (Berger, Meyer, and Porter voted no.)
Charles Porter questioned why the letter from President Roadarmel was being included in the Fall Newsletter. President Roadarmel stated he wrote the letter because he felt the public needed clarification on the 21st Century Grant due to the unfair negative publicity. Mr. Porter questioned the District’s financial commitment to sustaining the programs after the federal funding ceased. Frank Berger also questioned funding for the 4th and 5th years. Roy Clippinger stated the purpose of applying for the 21st Century Learning Grant was to minimize the Chapter 4 requirements. The District is obligated to provide additional instructional opportunities, which will require additional funds. The grant will provide the needed funds. Mr. Berger stated that his intent was not to put the students’ best interests aside when he voted not to accept the grant, but he took offense to the Board not discussing the out years prior to accepting the grant. He stated that by including President Roadarmel’s letter in the newsletter, it gives the impression that is the entire Board’s opinion. President Roadarmel responded that his letter was not meant to give that impression and he stands by his letter. Rae Atherton stated that most Board members agree with the letter and recommended a vote.
On behalf of the National Honor Society, President Roadarmel invited all Board members to the National Honor Society Induction on October 23, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. A brief reception will follow.
President Roadarmel asked if Mr. Springer was preparing an outline for the public forum. Mr. Springer reported that Tim Kelsey of the Penn State Cooperative Extension would be providing a general overview of Act 50 and Act 24. Mr. Springer is also inviting members of the Tax Study Commission to serve as panelists and each give a brief presentation. Rae Atherton asked if someone would present information on the history of why and when the Board started to explore tax reform. Karl Meyer agreed to make that presentation. Charlie Porter asked if Mr. Springer would be available for questions and answers. Mr. Springer responded affirmatively.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
District resident, Debbie Thomas expressed her dissatisfaction with the Board’s decision not to reverse the route of her child’s bus.
Jonathan Evans, Press-Enterprise Reporter, asked for clarification on several issues pertaining to the 21st Century Learning Grant.
The Board entered into an Executive Session at 8:49 p.m. and reconvened at 9:15 p.m.
On a motion by Berger and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch