The November 19, 2001 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Library at 7:30 p.m. 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                            Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                Linda Kreischer                           Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                    Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

OTHERS PRESENT

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

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Dubil reported on the following topics:  1.)  After consulting with Mrs. Shultz, the district will drop its affiliation with Middle States.  The elementary was not going through a full evaluation.  It would have been a focused evaluation on a particular project, the Integration of Technology in the Curriculum.  Mrs. Shultz stated that the project would continue regardless of involvement with Middle States. The annual dues are approximately $620 and would not be budgeted for next year.

Dr. Dubil requested an Executive Session following the meeting to discuss two

litigation matters involving the Knoebels and Catawissa Lumber tax appeals.

Mr. Becker reported that the Middle School has decided to phase out the Jr. High Honor Society because they have no 9th graders.  A Student Recognition Program would take its place.  Mr. Becker handed out a summary of the program (Appendix A).  The new program is designed to recognize all students and is geared more toward the middle school concept.  He cited the Food Bank as an example.  This activity would be available to all students, not just the top students.  The goal is to give more students recognition.  Linda Kreischer asked if  9th grade students are included in Senior High Honor Society.  Mr. Becker could not answer that question, but agreed to find the answer.  Charlie Porter asked if the community service projects are coordinated with a class or if they are stand-alone activities.  Mr. Becker responded that they are linked to a class.  Karl Meyer expressed his concern that we are excluding a nationally recognized program.  Linda Kreischer stated that qualifying students in grades 5, 6 and 7 receive Honor Roll Certificates, but no certificate exists for 8th grade students.  Dr. Dubil reported that a student can enter Junior High Honor Society based on one year’s achievement, and Senior High Honor Society Induction occurs in 10th grade.  The National Honor Society allows districts to pick a range for qualifying averages.  He also reported that 9th grade is considered to be part of Senior High Honor Society.

 

Mr. Clippinger gave a detailed report on Student Achievement (Appendix B).  Following the report, Karl Meyer asked what would be done to increase reading scores.  Mr. Clippinger said the district is taking a hard look at a directed reading program.  This would be a change in the method of teaching, not a change in materials.  Charlie Porter expressed concern about 1 hour and 15 minutes of time spent on Reading/Writing/Spelling.  He would like to see that time increased.  Mr. Becker clarified that matter by stating that directed reading activities are integrated into other subjects and Language Arts are reinforced throughout the curriculum.  Mr. Porter asked what change in the middle school concept caused the 5th grade reading scores to drop.  Mr. Becker responded that Title I Reading was eliminated.  Mr. Porter asked if new programs are in place.  Mr. Clippinger responded affirmatively.  Mr. Berger asked if the new programs have had time to impact the scores.  Mr. Clippinger replied that the math scores have definitely shown a positive impact.  

 

ITEMS – TREASURER’S REPORTS

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

 

ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES

 On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, the Minutes of October 8, 2001 and October 15, 2001, were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $275,109.28, Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $46,960.11, and Bond Fund Invoices in the amount of $322.64 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, paying December 2001 bills with terms equal to or less than “Net 45 Days” was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, the 2000-01 Audit Report by Clark, Schaeffer, Jones & Eichner, LLP, was accepted.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, establishing the Middle School Art Activity Account, advisor Ed Rhoades, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Hynoski, accepting additional state and federal funds into the 2001-02 budget as follows, was accepted:

Ø      ACCESS - $8,465 – Funds to be used for specialized training for aides and regular classroom teachers and also for special needs equipment.

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, the following K-6 Technology Lead Teachers were approved for the 2001-02 School Year, salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Ø      Allison Burrell

Ø      Brenda Campbell

Ø      Penny Derr

Ø      Shelley Jones

Ø      Kay Nazarchyk

Ø      Yvonne Rhodes

Ø      Betty Showers

Ø      Tammy Toczylousky

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Yeager, the following 7-12 Technology Lead Teachers were approved for the 2001-02 School Year, salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Ø      Louise Baran

Ø      James Becker

Ø      Marina Davenport

Ø      Christina Force

Ø      Christopher Gengler

Ø      Brent Kelchner

Ø      Bobbi Lynn Markle

Ø      Lori Shively

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, tenure was acknowledged for Shelley A. Jones effective November 1, 2001.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Porter, employment of John D. Carl as a Substitute Van/Bus Driver for the 2001-02 School Year (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer, adding the following personnel to the 2001-02 Substitute List, was approved:

Ø      Susan C. Weaver, English K-12

Ø      Megan Swartz, Elementary

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, employment of the following Elementary Basketball Coaches for the 2001-02 School Year (pending completion of all employment requirements), at a rate of $7.70 per hour/70 hours maximum per coach, was approved:

Ø      James Dunkelberger, 5th and 6th Grade

Ø      Danny Carl, 3rd and 4th Grade

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Porter, employment of the following Elementary Wrestling Coaches for the 2001-02 School Year (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved:

Ø      Michael Enriquez, $7.70 per hour/70 hours maximum

Ø      David Hoffman, $7.70 per hour/70 hours maximum

Ø      Edward Levan, Volunteer

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, appointing Heidi Yeager as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for 5th and 6th Grade Boys Basketball, was approved. By roll call vote, 8-Yes, 1-Abstention (Roadarmel abstained), the motion carried.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, appointing Todd Bittner as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for 3rd and 4th Grade Boys Basketball, was approved. By roll call vote, 8-Yes, 1-Abstention (Bittner abstained), the motion carried.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, employment of Elizabeth Richie for the position of Transportation Aide, effective November 20, 2001 (pending completion of all employment requirements), salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, employment of Becky Blass for the position of Instructional Aide, effective November 20, 2001 (pending completion of all employment requirements), salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Hynoski and second by Porter, employment of Danielle Carpenter for the position of Instructional Aide, effective November 20, 2001 (pending completion of all employment requirements), salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Porter and second by Meyer, changing Susan Adam from Substitute Van/Bus Driver to the position of full-time regular run Van/Bus Driver (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective October 16, 2001, salary per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, adopting the Addendum to ACT 93 Administrator Compensation Plan, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, appointing David Townsend as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for 9th Grade Boys Basketball, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL - ADDENDUM

On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer, appointing Ryan Keefer as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Varsity Boys Basketball, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, employment of Kenneth Adams for the position of Maintenance Worker (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective December 3, 2001, at a total annual salary of $20, 280, benefits per Non-union Support Staff Handbook, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Charlie Porter handed out a copy of an Impact Statement that he proposed at the November 12th meeting, for the new Board to consider (Appendix C).  Rae Atherton complimented the outgoing Board members.  President Roadarmel presented PSBA Awards for Outstanding Service to Education to Frank Berger, Charles Porter and Henry Hynoski and thanked them for their dedication and service to the district.   

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

District resident, Janice Farnsworth relayed some concerns that were expressed at a recent HART meeting regarding the problems with the Elementary computer network.  Dr. Dubil reported that district staff and representatives from outside organizations are dealing with the problem.  Mr. Clippinger stated he has been on top of the situation since the problems first arose.   The purchase of an OS-10 file server and an upgrade to Mac Manager were some of the contributing factors to the problem.  Several issues have been corrected and Compass Math and Accelerated Reader are now operational.  District resident, Beth Graboski, asked what activities take place in the Mac Lab.  Mr. Clippinger responded that Process Writing, Compass Math and related tests are administered through the lab.  Mr. Kelchner also teaches specific computer skills and multimedia applications in the lab.  Mrs. Farnsworth expressed concern that students are not receiving keyboarding classes until they reach 7th grade.  She asked if the district could look into presenting keyboarding at an earlier age.  Mr. Clippinger stated that teachers are required to teach 30 minutes of keyboarding per week starting at the 3rd grade level.  Dr. Dubil reassured everyone that Mr. Clippinger has been on top of the situation.

Press-Enterprise Reporter, Jonathan Evans, asked if the district was expecting a surplus to use for the homestead/farmstead exemption.  Mr. Springer responded negatively.  Mr. Evans asked if a surplus exists, would the district consider an extension to file for the homestead/farmstead exemption.  President Roadarmel replied that the Board has not discussed that matter.  Mr. Evans requested clarification on directed reading.  Mr. Clippinger replied that teachers are asked to continually assess what a child is acquiring throughout the curriculum, and recommended that he contact Dr. Chris Cherrington at Bloomsburg University as an additional resource on the subject.  Mr. Evans asked how the PSSA is different than previous testing.  Mr. Clippinger responded that it is based on state standards, it is more labor intensive on the part of the students, and 100% of the students are tested.  Mr. Evans asked if absenteeism has an effect on that percentage.  Mr. Clippinger replied that there is a 2 ½ to 3-week window to get the testing completed, which allows alternate testing dates for students who are absent on the original test date.  Mr. Evans asked if the computer system in the elementary building was running at 100%.  Mr. Clippinger responded that all of the instructional programs are being delivered. 

Charlie Porter asked if the district had any solutions for the Driver Education problems.  Dr. Dubil responded that four options are available and they will be presented at the January meeting.

Mr. Porter stated if a student has to be out for ten days before receiving homebound instruction, it would beneficial to have that student receive services immediately without board approval, especially in the case of a long-term illness, when it is evident that the student will have a lengthy absence.  Dr. Dubil stated that the Board approves homebound instruction retroactively, leaving no lapse in instruction after the initial ten-day waiting period.

 

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, the meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary