The February 18, 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                                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; district residents; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

Press-Enterprise Reporter, Jonathan Evans, asked why the wording of Fiscal Item D had been changed to a “baseball” scoreboard instead of a dual- purpose scoreboard for both baseball and field hockey, as listed on the February 11th agenda.  Craig Roadarmel responded that the Facilities Committee is recommending the hockey field be moved to the lower field area near the boy’s soccer field.  Mr. Evans asked how much it would cost to move the field.  Mr. Springer responded that the cost would be approximately $8,000 including parking.  Mr. Evans questioned the purpose of moving the field.  President Roadarmel responded that the district has a parking issue during football games.  Moving the hockey field would alleviate parking on an in-season field.  District resident, Charlie Porter, stated that the district has a parking problem, not a hockey field problem.  He added that when he served on the Facilities Committee, there were plans to make a parking area behind the stadium, and he expressed his wish for the Board to look into that plan.  President Roadarmel reported that the scoreboard in question could be easily changed to a dual-purpose scoreboard after installation, if necessary. 

District Resident, Dick Gotshall, asked why the list of itemized bills was not attached to the agenda.  President Roadarmel responded, that the list is included in the first agenda of the month, and in an effort to conserve paper, is not reproduced and included with the second agenda. 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Dubil reported on the following items:  1.)  He announced that the district’s High School Principal and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Dr. Alan J. Lonoconus, would be inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 16, 2002.  He congratulated Dr. Lonoconus on achieving this honor.  He reported that Andy Ulicny would also be inducted at the ceremony and the 1983 Eastern Conference Championship Football Team would be recognized.  2.) The PSBA Summer Workshop will be held June 28th through 30th.  Board members will receive information regarding the workshop.  3.) Dr. Dubil requested an Executive Session following the meeting to discuss personnel and three Act 50 tax appeals.  4.) Mr. Clippinger gave the following update on the Communities That Care (CTC) and 21st Century Learning Programs:

CTC Program - Five Action Plan Committees have been developed through the CTC program.

1.   Curriculum and Instruction

2.   Technology

3.   Communications

4.   Facilities

5.   Professional Development

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on March 14, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library.  The CTC Grant Implementation Proposal was submitted to Harrisburg on Friday, February 15, 2002.  The proposed programs are targeted for the following areas:

1.   Tobacco use

2.   Alcohol use

3.   Bullying (Middle School)

4.   Preschool children

5.   Parents of preschool children

The grant has been approved for the next three years.  The State will determine how much of the $50,000 per year our district will receive.

 

21st Century Learning Program - The after-school tutoring program is currently in place for students in grades 3 through 8.  Tutoring for high school students will begin next week.  The tutoring sessions last an hour and are offered two afternoons per week.  The first major report will be submitted to the United States Department of Education on April 25, 2002.  The next reporting will take place in October, which will include student test scores.  Progress must be tracked for any student who participates in tutoring more than 13 times. 

An interview process is currently underway for a part-time secretary.  The position will be 20 hours per week.  Primary duties will include 21st Century tracking and support.  The position will also supply relief to the Middle School Secretary during lunch and breaks.

 

TREASURER’S REPORTS

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

 

MINUTES AND INVOICES

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, the Minutes of January 14 and 21, 2002, were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Londis and second by Yeager, General Fund Invoices in the amount of $262,962.83 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $932.50 were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

On a motion by Yeager and second by Atherton, establishing a Gifted Activity Account, Advisor - Penny Fetterman, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, the contract addendum with Berkheimer Associates for the collection of the Earned Income Tax authorized by Act 50 of 1998, effective July 1, 2002 and extending through June 30, 2005 (Exhibit A), was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Londis and second by Atherton, budgetary transfers in the 2001-02 budget to ensure proper accounting (Exhibit B), were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Yeager, authorizing the administration to purchase a scoreboard for the baseball field at a cost not to exceed $5,000 utilizing a donation of $1,500 from M&T Bank plus $250 per year, thereafter, as long as the bank name is displayed, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

On a motion by Meyer and second by Orn, employment of Diane Searfoss for the position of 2nd Shift Custodian (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective February 19, 2002, was approved.  Salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

On a motion by Londis and second by Bittner, the revision to Policy 217, Graduation Requirements (Exhibit C) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Londis, the Middle School course offerings for the 2002-03 school year (Exhibit D) were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Yeager, the High School course offerings for the 2002-03 school year (Exhibit E) were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Rae Atherton congratulated Dr. Lonoconus on his induction into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.  She reported she was approached by a World War II veteran inquiring about the process of requesting a diploma.  Dr. Dubil stated that since the Board approved the revised policy, a form would be developed and the application process would be simple.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

District Resident, Dick Gotshall, questioned the number of people within the district who are authorized to write checks.  President Roadarmel responded that the Business Manager authorizes the checks.

Press-Enterprise Reporter, Jonathan Evans, asked for clarification on the changes to the Graduation Requirements.  President Roadarmel responded that the revision authorizes the district to present diplomas to World War II veterans that left school to serve in the Armed Forces. 

Mr. Evans asked if there were any major changes to the course offerings.  Dr. Lonoconus responded that the Biology course description and the names of a few courses changed at the high school level.  Mr. Becker added that there were no major changes to the Middle School courses. 

Mr. Evans asked who would be involved in the superintendent interview process.  Mrs. Atherton responded that the Board, Advisory Committee and Dr. Dubil would be involved.  Mr. Evans asked if anyone within the district was being considered for the position.  President Roadarmel said he did not feel it was appropriate to divulge that information at this time, to maintain confidentiality.  Rae Atherton added that the Board would be paper-screening the applicants following the meeting.

District resident, Charles Porter asked that the Board take a serious look at the parking issue before moving the hockey field and referred to a proposed plan to make a parking area behind the football stadium.  He questioned if the district could obtain flood insurance coverage for the lower field area.  Mr. Springer responded negatively, due to the fact that area is in a flood plane.  He also added that the fields sustained minimal damage during the last flood.

Mr. Gotshall asked if the public is made aware of Act 50 tax appeals.  Solicitor Roberts explained that these appeals relate to individual tax status and not to actual appeals to the adoption of Act 50.

District resident, Lee Getty, asked if the district owns the property behind the stadium up to and adjoining the dirt road.  Mr. Porter responded that the district owns a certain portion of that property which narrows toward the dirt road. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Meyer and second by Londis, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary