The May 20, 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                           Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                    Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

Linda Kreischer                              Michael Orn                               

 

OTHERS PRESENT

Dr. Alex Dubil, Acting Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Roy Clippinger, Bill Hoffner, Dr. Alan Lonoconus, Dave Becker and Pat Shultz, Administrators; district residents, and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

District resident, Charles Porter, commented on the use of fund balance in the budget to be approved this evening and asked the Board to table the budget approval until the $590,000 designated to be used from the fund balance can be eliminated.

 

President Roadarmel announced a hearing needed to take place regarding the Act 50 tax resolution on the agenda for approval this evening.  He asked Solicitor Richard Roberts to conduct the hearing.

 

Hearing on Resolution Implementing the increased Earned Income Tax under Act 50

Solicitor Richard Roberts reviewed the need for the Board to conduct a hearing on the resolution and its obligation to approve the resolution under the requirements of Act 50 and the vote by the electorate in the November 2001 election.  There were no other comments.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Dubil reported on the following topics: 

1.)  He reviewed the requirements for state PSSA seals on diplomas and the State Board of Education’s recent decision to rescind the requirement.  A separate certificate will now be issued in place of the seals beginning in 2002-03.  Also, PSSA scores are now required to appear on student transcripts beginning in the 2003-04 school year.

2.)  Election ballots for the CSIU Board were distributed to Board members and requested to be marked and returned before the end of the meeting.

3.)  He requested an executive session for personnel matters following the meeting.

 

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 Bittner and second by Yeager, The minutes of April 8 and 15, 2002, were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, General Fund Invoices in the amount of $316,322 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $11,702.24 were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

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

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, a resolution imposing a tax on earned income and net profits of individual residents of Southern Columbia Area School District - Act 50 of 1998 (per Exhibit B) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, the Southern Columbia Area School District General Fund Budget for the 2002-03 school year in the amount of $12,308,423 (Resolution Exhibit C) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Yeager, the bid for Restroom Equipment was awarded to Colt Plumbing Co., Mechanicsburg, in the amount of $15,906 (per bid tabulations, Exhibit D).  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Orn and second by Kreischer, rejecting all bids for the Elementary Gymnasium Floor Replacement Project and referring the matter to the Facilities and Services Committee for further review was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

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

Ř      ACCESS - $43,668 - Additional funds available for 2001-02.  Total amount of $88,668 to be used for special needs aide salaries and benefits, compensation for IEP preparation and meeting time, Learning Support classroom technology equipment, additional Occupational and Physical Therapy costs, out-of-district aide services, and ACCESS clerical support. 

The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, providing two (2) students with on-the-job clerical training and three (3) students with on-the-job maintenance training in the district during the summer months at minimum wage (35 hours per week for approximately 9 weeks) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

On a motion by Bittner and second by Johnson, a Gifted Class trip (grades 8-12) to New York City on Friday, May 24, 2002, was approved.  Students will be touring the United Nations and visiting Ground Zero and South Street (teacher and parents to chaperone).  By roll call vote, the motion carried; 7-Yes, 1-No (Orn voted No).

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, sending a notice of reasonable assurance of employment for the 2002-03 school year to those non-instructional employees and substitute teachers employed less than 12 months was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, the Southern Columbia Area School District 2002 Summer Tutorial for grades K-12, July 1st through July 31st 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (with the exception of July 4th and 5th) was approved.  Transportation will be provided and all costs will be covered by proceeds of the 21st Century Grant.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch USDA Commodities Program for the 2002-03 school year was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, adopting the textbooks/reference materials (per Exhibit F) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Orn, Homebound Instruction for an 11th grade student beginning April 24, 2002, for the remainder of the 2001-02 school year was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Mrs. Atherton commented on the successful Relay for Life held at Tiger Stadium this past weekend and commended the American Cancer Society and the volunteers who helped raise over $100,000.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

District Resident Charles Porter agreed with Mrs. Atherton’s comments regarding the successful Relay for Life and then asked Mr. Springer about the condition of the current elementary gym floor.  Mr. Springer responded that the floor has lost resiliency over its 25-30 year life but the primary concern is that the finish of the floor is “sticky” in high traffic areas and has the potential to injure players or students.  Mr. Porter indicated that a document was put together about 7 years ago by 3B regarding care of the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Orn, the meeting was adjourned at 8:02 p.m.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary