The April 15, 2002 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the High School Library at 7:35 p.m. with President Craig Roadarmel in charge of the meeting.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
President Roadarmel welcomed everyone and announced that an executive session was held prior to the board meeting to discuss personnel matters, followed by a roll call of Board Members.
Elsie Bittner Gary Londis-Absent Craig Roadarmel
Linda Kreischer Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
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, Dave Becker and Pat Shultz, Administrators; a district resident, and members of the media.
Dr. Dubil reported on the following topics:
1.) He announced the Spring Newsletter is due back from the printer and should go out to the post office this week. This issue contains information regarding implementation of Act 50 and local income tax withholding information.
2.) The Relay For Life will be held on the Southern Columbia Area campus on May 17 and 18. With the Board’s consent signs will be posted at the campus entrance and exit showing that the district is a Relay for Life participant. Last year’s event received national recognition for its achievements.
3.) Beginning Tuesday, May 16, grades 5, 8 and 11 will be taking the PSSA Reading and Mathematics exams.
4.) Mr. Clippinger has been made aware of an opportunity for additional Communities That Care Program funding. The CTC Program is eligible for $150,000 towards the implementation of the programs outlined in the proposal (programs targeting parenting, anti-bullying, anti-drug and alcohol awareness). The main focus of the program is opening the Family Center. A part-time social worker is currently working with 9 families. Information regarding the program has been given to the Locust Township Police Department and they have agreed to support the program.
Dr. Dubil commended Roy Clippinger and Barbara Lombardo for carrying out the programs that will benefit our area. He added that a motion to accept the additional funds could be an addendum item to the agenda or the Board could act on it in May. President Roadarmel stated that he would support acting on it at the present meeting. Solicitor Roberts clarified the matter by stating that the municipality (Locust Township) actually applies for the grant, and the Board approves a pass-through agreement for the district. Phase I of this grant has already been approved. This would be the same agreement, except it would be Phase II. Karl Meyer asked what would happen next year. Mr. Clippinger responded that through Phase II, the district would receive an additional $50,000 per year for the next three years, toward program implementation.
5.) Dr. Lonoconus reported that Jennifer Abraczinskas and Lindsay Yurcaba placed 2nd in the FBLA State Competition in Web Site Development. He asked for an additional $2,700 for the two students and one advisor to attend the national competition in Nashville, TN, June 27 - July 3. President Roadarmel stated that he feels it is important that the Board follow through with their support of this program.
6.) Dr. Dubil requested a brief executive session following the meeting to discuss tax appeals.
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 Bittner and second by Atherton, the Minutes of March 11 and 18, 2002, were approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Yeager and second by Orn, General Fund invoices in the amount of $310,757.81 and Capital Reserve Fund invoices in the amount of $14,958.36 were approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – FISCAL
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, adding Anne M. Labuz to the 2001-02 Instructional Substitute List effective April 12, 2002 (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, adding the following personnel to the 2001-02 Instructional Substitute List effective April 10, 2002 (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved:
Ø William R. Greenly (K-12)
Ø Richard A. Hahn (K-12)
Ø Linda L. Jones (K-12)
Ø Carolyn E. Sherman (K-12)
Ø Cheryl R. Wamser (K-12)
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, employment of Sheralyn J. Hess as an after school tutor effective March 18, 2002, for the remainder of the 2001-02 school year (pending completion of all employment requirements), at a rate of $10 per hour, which will come from the proceeds of the 21st Century Grant, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS
On a motion by Johnson and second by Yeager, a resolution concerning Act 9 of 2001 (per Exhibit C) was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, the resignation of Dr. Louis G. Londis from the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors effective April 15, 2002.
was accepted. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
News Item Reporter, Kim Long, questioned the reason for Dr. Londis’ resignation. President Roadarmel responded that Dr. Londis did not give any specific reasons in his letter of resignation, but he assumed it was for personal reasons.
Mr. Clippinger added that the new textbooks, which would be up for Board approval in May, were on display for Board members to inspect after the meeting.
Press-Enterprise Reporter, Mike Reich, questioned the procedure for replacement of Dr. Londis. President Roadarmel responded that the vacancy would be advertised, and a replacement would be appointed.
On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch