The March 11, 2002 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Library at 7:40 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-Absent Gary Londis-Absent Craig Roadarmel
Linda Kreischer Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Tresa Britch, Board Secretary; Bill Hoffner, Alan Lonoconus, Dave Becker, Pat Shultz, Administrators; district residents and members of the media.
President Roadarmel announced that Personnel Items B through H on the agenda would be considered action items.
Dr. Dubil reported on the following items: 1.) He announced that three administrators would give presentations on staffing needs for grades 7-12 for the 2002-03 school year.
Mr. Becker began his presentation with a handout listing student numbers from the current and upcoming years (Appendix A). He is not expecting any additional staffing needs based on projected class sizes for grades 7 and 8. Dr. Lonoconus reported that there might be additional staff needed in the areas of social studies and math. Due to the large 9th grade class, a half-time teacher may be needed in social studies. Ms. Hanlon will have six full sections, however in 10th and 11th grades, Mr. Capoccioni and Mr. Jones may have some additional free time due to Advanced Placement courses, depending on the students’ scheduling choices. Currently, Dr. Lonoconus is looking at class sizes of approximately 25 students. In math, he recommended that Ms. Kistler be increased from part-time (.63) to full-time (1.00). Some classes may have to be consolidated with middle school students if appropriate. Another area of concern is science, due to certification issues. Ms. Markle’s position was not filled after the first advertising, due to unqualified applicants. The position will be re-advertised to correspond with college graduation. There will be six full sections of physical science in 9th grade. In summary, Dr. Lonoconus is projecting the need to increase Ms. Kistler to full-time and hire a half-time social studies teacher. President Roadarmel asked when the final staffing needs would be known. Dr. Lonoconus responded that the needs would depend on the students’ scheduling choices and course availability. Two full sections are signed up for Anatomy and Physiology through Distance Learning. If the district would not be able to carry that course (due to additional fees requested by Salisbury School District), those students would have to choose another course, which would place additional restraints on the staff. Dr. Meyer asked if this year’s large graduation class would allow for more teacher availability in the upcoming year. Dr. Lonoconus responded affirmatively, but again it would depend on scheduling choices. Mr. Hoffner began his report on Special Education staffing needs for grades 7-12 with a handout (Appendix B). His concern lies within grades 7 and 8. Due to class sizes, the district is not servicing those students to the best of its ability, and he is recommending another teacher for grades 7 and 8. Currently, the classes consist of a broad range of ability among the students. An additional teacher would allow smaller class sizes and a more appropriate grouping by ability. Dr. Meyer asked what type of teacher he was recommending. Mr. Hoffner would like to find someone to teach Language Arts and Math for grades 7 and 8. They would be certified in Special Education K-12. Dr. Meyer asked if the individual would be able to offer assistance at other levels if needed. Mr. Hoffner responded affirmatively, due to the K-12 certification. Dr. Dubil added that the administrators will continue to look at the numbers, but the Board should be looking at additional staff.
2.) Two Southern Columbia Area students, Lindsay Yurcaba and Jen Abraczinskas, created a web page that placed in the top 10 of a regional FBLA competition. They are qualified for the state competition. The web page can be viewed at www.scolumbiasd.k12.pa.us/fbla.index.html.
3.) Dr. Dubil congratulated Dr. Al Lonoconus and the Boys Basketball Team on their accomplishments this season. He recognized the Girls Basketball Team for their District IV Championship and announced the next inter-district game will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at Martz Hall in Pottsville.
4.) Friday, March 15, has been designated as Graduation Project Day. Dr. Lonoconus reported the seniors would be off campus performing community services at various churches, senior centers, and similar organizations. The juniors will be presenting their graduation projects to an evaluation team. The projects are 4-7 minute presentations on career research. The students have been practicing with Mr. Ulicny to make sure they are following the rubric. A student must successfully complete this project in order to be granted a diploma. If a junior would not be successful in his or her first presentation, the student would have another chance as a senior. The 9th grade students will be off campus in job shadowing.
5.) Dr. Dubil requested a brief Executive Session following the meeting to discuss personnel and possibly Act 50 tax appeals if Solicitor Roberts is present.
Activities – No meeting was held - no report.
Curriculum – Rae Atherton reported the next meeting would be Wednesday, March 20.
Facilities & Services – Dan Yeager, Chairperson, reported the last meeting was March 6. Randall Campbell is working on accurate pricing for the weight room project. Mr. Yeager should have a report next month. The elementary gym floor is worn out and must be replaced. Quotes are being obtained for the hockey field project. A new water pump was installed in the elementary building at a cost of $3,306. The elementary fire alarm system panel will be replaced at a cost of $10,351. This will include 30 ADA pulls. A technician will be on hand, but district staff will do most of the work. Mr. Springer reported on the plumbing system. The following issues were discussed: cost of supplies (paper towels/toilet paper), water usage and vandalism. Randall Campbell, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, has suggested some solutions. A different type of toilet paper roll would alleviate waste. Mr. Campbell is working with a vendor to supply the hardware at no cost if the district agrees to purchase supplies from them for a minimum period of time. Switching to electric hand dryers would eliminate paper towel waste. Many faucets need to be replaced because they are beyond repair and leak constantly. New automatic faucets with sensors would cut down on water use. Students would not be able to turn the faucets on and leave the room. This would also minimize custodial clean-up time. After the first year of implementation, the district should realize a savings of approximately $9,000 - $11,000 annually. Mr. Campbell’s plan is to save on annual operating costs with a minimal upfront expense. Dr. Meyer asked what kind of upfront expense would be incurred. Mr. Springer responded approximately $8,500, which is comparable to the annual amount we spend on bathroom paper supplies.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported the committee looked at the revenue side of the budget. Another meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Springer gave a presentation on the revenue side of the budget with a concentration on the impact of Act 50. He began his presentation with a hand out (Appendix C). He stated that Act 50 does not directly limit real estate tax rates, however, it does limit the growth in total Local Budgeted Tax Revenue, which will now consist of real estate taxes, earned income taxes, and realty transfer taxes. President Roadarmel asked if 5.4% would be the maximum allowable increase in revenue. Mr. Springer responded affirmatively. The district will incur additional net retirement costs of $155,000, as well as $260,000 for salaries. Rae Atherton asked if the district would have to cut into the fund balance to maintain the status quo. Mr. Springer responded affirmatively.
Negotiations & Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson, reported the last meeting was brief and the topic of discussion has not yet been resolved.
Policy – Linda Kreisher reported the committee would meet on Monday, February 18, 2002, at 6:15 p.m.
C.S.I.U. – No report.
Vo-Tech – Dan Yeager reported the CMAVTS, Service First Credit Union and Danville School District would be collaborating on a “Road to Success” project. They would purchase a vehicle, restore and sell it. The project would target potential buyers who may not be able to afford a vehicle purchased from a conventional dealer. The CMAVTS is beginning negotiations, renovation bids have been accepted, the field house design phase is complete, the 2002-03 budget is on the agenda, and they are working on their strategic planning which must be completed by August.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
ITEMS – FISCAL
For the benefit of new Board members, President Roadarmel clarified that the district does not share in the CSIU budget unless we use their services. Mike Orn recommended that since the Vo-Tech school is asking for an additional $18,000 and our expenses are increased, that the administrators take that into consideration when asking for increased staff. Karl Meyer asked why an architect was needed for the elementary gym floor replacement project. Dan Yeager responded that it was necessary to comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations. He added that the architect would be comparing the feasibility of removing the old floor or installing the new floor over the existing floor, and what effect each option would have on the warranty. President Roadarmel asked how the architect arrived at the $5,500 fee. Mr. Springer responded the fee is based on man-hours.
Mr. Springer offered clarification on Fiscal Item D. PenCon was set up as result of deregulation in the electricity supply market. If the district agrees to a 3-year commitment with Strategic Energy, L.L.C, it will benefit from a guaranteed cap on the price per kilowatt-hour, resulting in significant savings.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, Dr. Alan J. Lonoconus was elected to the position of District Superintendent for a five (5) year term beginning July 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2007, at an initial annual salary of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000). By roll call vote: 7-Yes, the motion carried.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, employment of James Roth as Assistant Track Coach for the 2001-02 school year, with 10.25 points at an annual salary of $1,389, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer, employment of Jared Miller as Assistant Track Coach for the 2001-02 school year, with 10.25 points at an annual salary of $1,389, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, employment of Kristopher Bet as Assistant Baseball Coach for the 2001-02 school year, with 11 points at an annual salary of $1,490, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, employment of Greg Capoccioni as Bowling Coach for the 2002-03 school year, with 5 points at an annual salary of $848, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS
Dan Yeager asked if the school calendar could be amended so the last day of school falls within the first week of June. Dr. Dubil responded that the 7 non-instructional days make that difficult. He added that 4 make-up days are built into the calendar to prevent additional instructional days in June.
Linda Kreischer congratulated Dr. Lonoconus on being elected Superintendent.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, the meeting was adjourned at 9:06 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch