The May 13, 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 Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager-Absent
Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Roy Clippinger, Dr. Alan Lonoconus, Dave Becker, Pat Shultz, William Hoffner Administrators; Richard J. Roberts, Solicitor; district residents and members of the media.
Curt Stellfox read a statement from the basketball coaching staff concerning the impact Dr. Lonoconus has had on the basketball program over the last 19 years. Other coaches present were Dave Latorre, Tim Foust, Tom Hall and Brian Davis. The coaching staff wished him much success in his new position as Superintendent and noted that the entire student body would be in good hands.
Dr. Dubil reported on the following topics:
1.) He commented on an article in the Reading Eagle on Dr. Lonoconus stepping down as varsity basketball coach.
2.) He reported on Frank Fullmer, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach being selected PA Soccer Coach of the Year.
3.) He called on Roy Clippinger and Barbara Lombardo to update the Board on curriculum issues and 21st Century Grant and Communities That Care Grant progress. Mr. Clippinger distributed the recently completed curriculum audit report to Curriculum Committee members. He noted that commendations included the use of “assessment statements” to clarify the goals of instruction, integration of technology across the curriculum, and ongoing support of technology through teacher training. Mrs. Lombardo reported that Peter Eldridge, US Department of Education, visited the district to review the 21st Century Grant programs and was impressed with both our programs and the staff involved. The Summer Tutorial and After-School Tutoring were held up as model programs that will be passed on to other 21st Century Grant recipients across the country. Mr. Clippinger and Dr. Gary Doby have been invited to present at the 21st Century CLC Summer Institute in Washington D.C. over the summer. Also, a Family/Learning Center will soon be established in Catawissa at 203 Main Street; expected opening date is June 1st. President Roadarmel asked if a summary of Mr. Eldridge’s visit would be provided. Mr. Clippinger responded that he would provide a protocol of what was reviewed during the visit. President Roadarmel congratulated Mr. Clippinger and Mrs. Lombardo for their hard work implementing the two grants that will greatly benefit the community.
4.) Dr. Dubil requested an executive session immediately following the meeting to review Act 50 Occupational Assessment appeals and personnel matters.
Activities – No report.
Curriculum – No report.
Facilities & Services – Marv Johnson reported the last meeting had centered on the replacement of the elementary gym floor.
Finance – Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported that the committee reviewed the final budget at the last meeting and it is on the agenda for approval this month.
Negotiations & Personnel – No report.
Policy – No report.
C.S.I.U. – Linda Kreischer reported that 7 board members positions are to be voted on this month. Board members should look for their ballots in the mail and return them as soon as possible.
Vo-Tech – No report.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
ITEMS – FISCAL
Mr. Springer reviewed the final budget and noted the changes from the tentative budget were due primarily to a reduction in the retirement rate recently approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Federal Title 1 funding also increased such that the Title 1 program will be fully funded by the federal government for the first time in many years. He also pointed out a section of the budget document that highlights the many positive aspects of the Southern Columbia Area School District in the areas of finance, education and community involvement. President Roadarmel thanked the Finance Committee and Mr. Springer for their hard work on the budget this year.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
On a motion by Meyer and second by Bittner, the resignation of Linda Jones was accepted with regret from the position of 3-hour Cafeteria Worker effective April 26, 2002. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. Ms. Jones has been with the district since March 20, 1996.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, the resignation of Dr. Alan J. Lonoconus was accepted with regret from the position of Boys Head Basketball Coach effective May 14, 2002. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. Dr. Lonoconus has been a basketball coach in the district for 21 years. Following the vote, Board members, administrators and all others present gave Dr. Lonoconus a standing ovation in recognition of his service and dedication to the basketball program at Southern Columbia.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, employment of Daniel C. Callahan as an after school tutor effective April 1, 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.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Orn, adding the following personnel to the 2001-02 Non-instructional Substitute List effective as listed (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved:
Ø Marsha Barnes (Aide) - April 10, 2002
Ø Tina L. Campbell (Clerical) - May 14, 2002
Ø Linda L. Klacik (Aide) - May 14, 2002
Ø Jolene Rudisil (Aide/Clerical) - May 14, 2002
Ø Janet Stanishefski (Aide/Cafeteria Worker) - May 14, 2002
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, adding Joseph H. Petruncio to the 2001-02 Instructional Substitute List effective May 14, 2002 (pending completion of all employment requirements), was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Johnson and second by Bittner, changing Nita Einsig from a 5-hour Cafeteria Worker to a 7-hour Cafeteria Worker effective May 6, 2002, was approved. Salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, changing Darlynn Scherer from a 2-hour Cafeteria Worker to a 3-hour Cafeteria Worker effective May 6, 2002, was approved. Salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, the following coaches were approved for the 2002-03 school year (pending completion of all employment requirements):
Ø Chris Brown, Head Wrestling Coach (18.75 points/salary $3,179)
Ø Marc Longenhagen, Assistant Wrestling Coach (15 points/salary $2,094)
Ø Derek Carl, Assistant Junior High Wrestling Coach (12.5 points/salary $1,362)
Ø Heidi Yeager, Assistant Junior High Girls Basketball Coach (10.25 points/salary $1,117)
Ø Kenneth Murdock, Junior High Head Girls Basketball Coach (10.75 points/salary $1,367)
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, Daniel Yeager from Region III was approved as Board Treasurer for the term July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003, salary $240. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, Richard J. Roberts, Jr., was reappointed as School Solicitor for the period July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003, with a retainer of $3,200 plus $60.00 per hour for additional work. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, ratifying and confirming the denial of AFSCME Grievance No. 86-1864-09155, was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS
Dr. Meyer asked if the Gifted Class trip to New York City was related to the Model U.N. project. Mr. Hoffner responded that it was. Mr. Orn asked how the trip is funded. Mr. Hoffner responded that students are paying a nominal fee and the district is providing transportation. Mrs. Kreischer asked the number of students going on the trip. Mr. Hoffner responded that approximately 20 students would be attending.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, a 7th Grade Class trip to Inner Harbor, Maryland on Friday, May 10, 2002, was retroactively approved. Students toured the National Aquarium, a submarine and flagship (teacher and parents chaperoned). The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Dr. Meyer asked for clarification regarding the notice of reasonable assurance. Mr. Springer indicated that this motion protects the district from liability for unemployment compensation claims submitted by employees who do not work over the summer months.
Mrs. Atherton congratulated Dr. Dubil on his election to the Berwick High School Academic Hall of Fame. Mr. Orn requested that the estimated costs of field trips be included in future agenda items.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
Press-Enterprise reporter, Mike Lester, asked if a timetable had been established for replacement of the varsity basketball coach. President Roadarmel responded that no timetable had been set as the position was only just opened this evening.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch