The January 14, 2002 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.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
President Roadarmel welcomed everyone followed by a roll call of Board Members.
Elsie Bittner-Arr. 7:40 p.m. Gary Londis Craig Roadarmel
Linda Kreischer Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Tresa Britch, Board Secretary; Roy Clippinger, Bill Hoffner, Dave Becker, Pat Shultz, Administrators; Randall Campbell, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds; and members of the media.
Dr. Dubil reported on the following topics: 1). January is School Directors Recognition month. He commended the board members for their dedication to the district. 2.) The seating arrangement has been changed at the board’s request. 3). The scheduled make-up date for the snow closing on January 7, 2002 is Monday, March 25, 2002, according to the board-approved calendar. 4.) He introduced the district’s newest employee, Randall Campbell, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. Mr. Campbell stated that he has been in the position since December 17, 2001. He is confident in his staff and is looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with the district. President Roadarmel welcomed Mr. Campbell and reported that he has heard several positive comments since he was hired regarding jobs getting done throughout the district. 5.) Dr. Dubil requested an executive session following the meeting to discuss Act 50 tax appeals and the personnel items on the agenda.
Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, reported the Activities Committee would meet on the second Monday of every month at 6:15 p.m., prior to the board meeting.
Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, reported the Curriculum Committee would meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Facilities & Services – Dan Yeager, Chairperson, reported the Facilities & Services Committee would meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported the Finance Committee would meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The first meeting will be held on January 23, 2002.
Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson, reported the Negotiations & Personnel Committee would meet as needed. No set meeting schedule has been established.
Policy – Gary Londis, Chairperson, reported the meeting schedule of the Policy Committee has not yet been established.
C.S.I.U. – No report.
Vo-Tech – Dan Yeager reported that he attended the December Reorganization meeting and normal business was conducted.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
ITEMS – FISCAL
Dan Yeager asked for clarification on Title VI. Joe Springer responded that at the time the district applies for federal funds through Title VI, the allocation is not set and additional funds may become available upon final calculation of our district’s allocation.
Marvin Johnson asked if portability was the reason for purchasing laptop computers. Mr. Clippinger responded that the classrooms have limited space for desktop computers and wireless capability is growing in both buildings, allowing expanded use of laptop computers.
President Roadarmel offered clarification on Fiscal Item C. He reported that 10-12 students are involved in the Student Athletic Trainer Club. Establishing the activity account would allow for fundraising activities to defray the cost of summer training, t-shirts and supplies. President Roadarmel commended Katie Gittler for giving students this opportunity.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
Karl Meyer asked if all of the teachers being added to the Instructional Substitute List were certified. Dr. Dubil responded that those with the designation of K-12 have gone through the Guest Teacher Program presented by C.S.I.U. Guest Teachers have been approved and are being used as substitutes in all but two districts in I.U. 16. This program was developed due to the shortage of substitutes.
Marvin Johnson asked for clarification of the term “points” in Personnel Item C. President Roadarmel explained that the point system is a complex system based on the sport, position (head or assistant), number of coaches involved, number of students involved, number of hours with students, and years of coaching. Dr. Dubil reported that Donald Traugh was originally approved as a volunteer, but was appointed as Assistant Coach to replace Tim Snyder. This appointment was not board approved at the time. Mr. Traugh has already performed the service and this motion would allow him to be paid for his service.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS
Karl Meyer asked if there would be a problem finding qualified substitutes for the vacancies due to staff Childbearing/Childrearing Leaves. Dr. Dubil responded that Dr. Lonoconus has concerns regarding finding a good candidate for the Chemistry position. He has some leads due to random applications received throughout the year. The elementary positions will be filled with less difficulty.
Marvin Johnson recognized two Southern Columbia Area students for their accomplishments in the Safety Awareness Poster competition sponsored by PPL. Patricia Savage was awarded Grand Prize in the 10th grade contest and Molly Stamitz took First Prize in the 11th grade contest. All winners in the contest were awarded shares of PPL stock.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
Press-Enterprise Reporter, Jonathan Evans, asked for clarification on the Executive Session. Dr. Dubil responded that the purpose is to discuss personnel items on the agenda.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Londis, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch