The January 21, 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.

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton Marvin Johnson Michael Orn

Elsie Bittner Gary Londis-Absent Craig Roadarmel

Linda Kreischer 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, Bill Hoffner, Dr. Alan Lonoconus, David Becker, Pat Shultz, Administrators; Barbara Lombardo, CTC Community Mobilizer, Lanny Conner, Driver Education Teacher; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

Dr. Dubil deferred to Roy Clippinger to introduce Barbara Lombardo, Communities That Care Community Mobilizer and purposed 21st Century Grant Coordinator. Mr. Clippinger reported that several other districts have this same overlap in positions due to the fact community is the focal point of both grants. Barbara Lombardo reported that Communities That Care (CTC) seeks to be a collaboration between community and school. The goal is to reduce adolescent problem behaviors while promoting healthy behaviors and attitudes. The Community Prevention Board, a group of teachers and community members, has been collecting data regarding the following:

     Substance abuse

     Tobacco use

     Violence

     School drop-out

     Teenage pregnancy

Upon completion, the data will be analyzed and recommendations will be made for programs aimed at prevention of the most prevalent problem behaviors. These preventative programs, known as Promising Approaches, may include after school programs, mentoring, parenting classes or classroom strategies. Existing resources will be used whenever possible. The Community Prevention Board will meet on Thursday, January 21, 2002. Ms. Lombardo extended an invitation for all board members to attend. Rae Atherton asked about the timeline for services actually reaching students. Ms. Lombardo responded that community based programs will be delivering services in as little as six months. Karl Meyer asked if any results of the data collection were compiled and what shape we are in compared to other regions. Ms. Lombardo responded that our substance abuse and tobacco use are slightly higher than average and our aggressiveness is above average, but overall the data is not that alarming, however, we should try to prevent the problem behaviors that do exist. President Roadarmel asked if the programs would target at-risk students and how they would be identified. Ms. Lombardo responded that the programs are open to the community at large, not just at-risk students. Marvin Johnson asked if the statistics were obtained through student interviews. Ms. Lombardo responded that information was collected from various county agencies, as well as statewide organizations. Mr. Clippinger added that the Pennsylvania Youth Survey was administered to obtain baseline data. Additional information was pulled from local police departments and local, state, and nationwide sources to help obtain a comparative picture. Mr. Clippinger reported the district received the start-up funds by Ms. Lombardos third week on the job. The programs will be funded for the next three years if program data is submitted by February 15, 2002.

Mr. Clippinger also gave a brief report on the 21st Century Grant. The grant will allow the district to build on programs that it has been working on for the past few years. He sited the annual Preschool Screening as an example. The grant will allow us to broaden our services and help to inform parents of available resources. Currently, tutoring is being expanded to include services for middle school and high school students. President Roadarmel asked if the board could receive a brief monthly update of these programs, since they are just being implemented. Mr. Clippinger agreed to provide an outline of the progress on a monthly basis. Marv Johnson commented that his family took advantage of the Preschool Screening and found it to be very useful and informative.

Dr. Lonoconus reported on the Driver Education program. Lanny Conner was hired as half-time Health teacher in the Middle School and half-time Driver Education Instructor, which cut down on his actual driving time with students. The state requires six hours of behind the wheel training in order to complete the Driver Safety Program and qualify for an insurance credit. Mr. Conner reported that he must spend eight class periods with each student to meet this requirement. He takes the students to Elysburg, Catawissa, Bloomsburg and Shamokin for in-town driving and covers back roads along the way. He takes them to the Interstate for experience with cruise control and freeway driving. He has the students pay careful attention to route numbers and road names, practices parallel parking, and downshifting and using the emergency brake to stop. He feels attitude is an important aspect of driving and the time behind the wheel is valuable. Dr. Lonoconus reported that six options are available:

1). Hire a permanent part-time Health Teacher

2). Hire a full-time Health and Safety Education Teacher

3). Hire a full-time Driving Instructor

4). Make no change and try to accommodate as many students as possible through after-school and summer training

5). Eliminate the program entirely

6). Hire an outside contractor (district charges $35/student, C.S.I.U. charges $125/student)

Dr. Lonoconus asked for direction from the Board. Rae Atherton asked for his advice as to the best solution. He recommended hiring a permanent part-time Health Teacher. President Roadarmel asked if all of the seniors would be able to complete the program if a part-time teacher was hired for the remainder of the year. Dr. Lonoconus and Mr. Conner responded affirmatively. President Roadarmel asked for an estimated cost of hiring a substitute for the remainder of the year. Dr. Lonoconus responded the cost would be approximately $5,800. President Roadarmel recommended hiring a long-term substitute, which would allow time to explore other options. Mr. Conner agreed and stated that would allow him to match up with student study halls, which is not possible when he is teaching Health classes. President Roadarmel asked what needed to be done to start the process. Dr. Dubil responded that by the Board hearing Dr. Lonoconus report and agreeing to hire a part-time substitute, Dr. Lonoconus could procure a substitute at this time and the Board would approve it retroactively if necessary.

Dr. Lonoconus handed out a copy of a letter from former Board member and parent, Henry Hynoski. The letter stated that his daughter has just completed her first semester of college and he wanted to express his gratitude to the staff at Southern Columbia, in particular Mrs. Shannon Jeffrey, for preparing her so well for her college education.

Dr. Lonoconus also reported that the district would be receiving a $500 grant from Exxon. These funds will be put toward the purchase of a display case in the high school for academic awards.

Dr. Dubil requested an Executive Session prior to addressing the Personnel Items to discuss an AFSCME grievance regarding transportation.

Dr. Dubil introduced for the first time at a Southern Columbia Board Meeting, Mrs. Kim Long, News Item Reporter, in honor of her recent marriage.

 

ITEMS TREASURERS REPORTS

On a motion by Yeager and second by Meyer, the Treasurers Reports were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS MINUTES/INVOICES

On a motion by Bittner and second by Kreischer, the Minutes of November 12, 2001; November 19, 2001, December 3, 2001 (Reorganization Meeting); December 3, 2001 (Business Meeting); and December 10, 2001 (Special Meeting), were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Atherton, the General Fund Invoices in the amount of $500,382.58 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $55,883.32 were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS FISCAL

On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, accepting additional state and federal funds into the 2001-02 budget as follows, was approved:

      Title VI - $1,194 - Additional funds available in the 2001-02 allocation. Total allocation of $10,128 to be used for purchase of laptop computers for use in math and science classrooms.

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, budgetary transfers in the 2001-02 budget to ensure proper accounting (per Exhibit A), were approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer, establishing the Student Athletic Trainer Club Activity Account, advisor Katie Gittler, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The Board entered into and an Executive Session at 8:21 p.m to discuss an AFSCME Grievance. The Board reconvened at 8:49 p.m.

 

ITEMS PERSONNEL

On a motion by Bittner and second by Kreischer, an 8-week Childbearing/Childrearing Leave for Maria Gratti, beginning on or about March 8, 2002, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, adding the following personnel to the 2001-02 Instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved:

      Donna E. Hosler, 7-12 Mathematics

      Nicole E. Melito, Secondary Social Studies

      Michelle Becker, Business Education

      Rebecca Shaw, Special Education

      Timothy T. Dressler, K-12

      Catherine L. Garrigan, K-12

      Melynda J. Golomboski, K-12

      Christy A. Lesher, K-12

      George Gredzinski, K-12

      Barbara Morgan, K-12

      Alma Golazeski, K-12

      Richard Albertini, K-12

      Roy A. Bunger, K-12

      Timothy F. Demko, K-12

      John D. Hohmann, Jr., K-12

      Elizabeth A. Joseph, K-12

      Patricia A. Lambert, K-12

      John F. Laukaitis, K-12

      John P. Malhoyt, K-12

      Maryann Perles, K-12

      Brunina A Reilley, K-12

      Debra L. Taylor, K-12

      Allan C. Schappert, K-12

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, employment of Donald Traugh as an Assistant Junior High Football Coach for the 2001-2002 School Year (pending completion of all employment requirements), with 11.25 points at a total annual salary of $1,190, was approved. By roll call vote: 7-Yes, 1-Abstention, the motion carried (Kreischer abstained).

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, an FMLA leave for Joan Doraski beginning January 16, 2002, not to exceed 12 weeks, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Johnson, employment of the following personnel as Elementary Girls Basketball Coaches (grades 3-6), 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:

      Edward Hinterliter

      Robert Silver

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Yeager, employment of Barbara Lombardo as the 21st Century Grant Coordinator (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective January 7, 2002, at a salary of $13,055, benefits per Supervisory Staff Handbook, was approved. Salary and benefits will come from the proceeds of this grant. This is a temporary position contingent upon the availability of funds (Exhibit B). Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, a Childbearing/Childrearing Leave for Martha Kanaskie for the entire 2002-2003 School Year, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, adding the following Volunteers for the Play Production (pending receipt of favorable clearances), effective January 1, 2002, was approved:

      Chad Leisenring

      Bob Wilson

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, add the following personnel to the 2001-02 Non-instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved:

      Annmarie Zelinskie, Aide

      Cheryl R. Wamser, Aide

      Lori Brobst, Aide

      Patricia Kipp, Aide/Clerical.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, Louise Baran was approved for the position of Dramatics Club Advisor for the 2001-2002 School Year, annual salary $1,011 per Collective Bargaining Agreement. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Kreischer, changing Nita Einsig from 3-hour Cafeteria Worker to 5-hour Cafeteria Worker, effective January 22, 2002, salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

 

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, employment of the following college graduates and college seniors as after school tutors for the remainder of the 2001-2002 school year (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved:

      Larissa Albright

      Joshua Brinser

      Loreen Caffrey

      Antoinette Dougherty

      Jennifer Hallet

      Kara Heusinger

      Kristen Jury

      Shannon Lilly

      Sarah McCarthy

      Shannon Morey

      Melissa Morrison

      Jackie Nattle

      Peter Pizzuto

      Kimberly Rees

      Eva Werley

      Suzanne Yartz

      Lori Zimmerer

      Tina Davis

      Katrina Wiest

Tutors will be paid at a rate of $10 per hour, which will come from the proceeds of the 21st Century Grant. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, employment of the following Southern Columbia Area teachers as after school tutors for the remainder of the 2001-2002 school year was approved:

   Linda Ciongoli

      Barbara Hornberger

      Susan Yodock

      Cynthia Doby

      James Dunkelberger

      Kevin Bray

Tutors will be paid, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for extra time, at a rate of $20 per hour, which will come from the proceeds of the 21st Century Grant. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, the following personnel were approved as Volunteer Assistant Coaches for Elementary Girls Basketball (grades 3-6), for the 2001-02 School Year (pending receipt of satisfactory clearances):

      Thomas Rhodes

      Jeffrey Blass

Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, denying AFSCME Grievance 86-1864-09-155 was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS POLICY AND PROGRAMS

 

BOARD COMMENTS

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Press-Enterprise Reporter, Jonathan Evans, asked how many laptops would be purchased through Title VI funds. Mr. Hoffner responded that six would be purchased. Mr. Evans asked if there is any particular process students must go through to receive tutoring. Mr. Clippinger responded that students could be referred for tutoring by the Principal, parent or student request or by teacher recommendation through the Instructional Support Team. Mr. Evans asked Mrs. Kreischer why she abstained on Personnel Item C. She responded that Donald Traugh is her brother-in-law.

 

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Johnson and second by Kreischer, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary