The July 22, 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 and announced that an Executive Session was held at 7:00 p.m. for personnel reasons, 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. Alan J. Lonoconus, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Tresa Britch, Board Secretary; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Roy Clippinger, Bill Hoffner and Pat Shultz, Administrators; district residents, and members of the media.

 

APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBER TO FILL VACANCY

President Roadarmel announced that a District Magistrate could not be present at the meeting to swear in the new Board member.  An appointment will be made but the new member will not be able to sit on the board until he or she is sworn in.

 

Three candidates for the board vacancy (Jim Yeager, Mary Alice Wilson and Ronald Savitsky) were interviewed by the Board President as part of the regular meeting.  On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, Jim Yeager was nominated to fill the vacancy.  On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, Mary Alice Wilson was nominated to fill the vacancy.  On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer the nominations were closed.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.  By roll call vote, Jim Yeager was appointed to fill the vacancy (7-Yeager, 1-Wilson, Johnson voted for Wilson).

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Lonoconus reported on the following topics: 

1.)  Mr. David Becker could not attend (what would have been his final meeting) because his parents are visiting from out of town.

2.)  He requested an executive session immediately following the meeting for personnel reasons and a tax question.

3.)  He thanked the Board for coming early to meet the final candidates for the teaching positions.

4.)  Pat Shultz, Elementary Principal, expressed her concern with the elementary enrollment figures.  There are currently a large number of Kindergarten students and she is aware of at least two more that will be registering.  She has shifted some teachers, but indicated that may just be shifting the problem.  She moved a 2nd grade teacher to Kindergarten, which has resulted in class sizes of 23 and 24 students, not including any additional move-ins.  According to an on-line search, Mrs. Shultz reported that states that have class-size reduction are averaging class sizes between 15 and 20 students.  The smaller classes in the primary grades have a very positive effect on students’ educational development, particularly in the areas of reading and math.  The smaller class allows more individual instruction.  Mrs. Shultz stated that it might be necessary for her to request an additional teacher in August if enrollment figures continue to increase.

5.)  Roy Clippinger, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, reported that the Summer Tutorial was coming to a close.  Some of the activities included an archeological dig, a trip to the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble to see Charlotte’s Web and a field trip to the Montour Preserve.

6.)  Jennifer Abraczinskas and Lindsay Yurcaba placed 5th in the nation in Web Page Design at the recent FBLA competition.  There were over 100 entries in the category.  Ms. Abraczinskas and Ms. Yurcaba were very enthusiastic about the competition and are encouraging other students to get involved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Activities – No report.

Curriculum – No report.

Facilities & Services – No report.

Finance –Karl Meyer, Chairperson, reported that additional funds have become available from the state and that Act 50 has now been implemented as of July 1, 2002.

Negotiations & Personnel – No report.

Policy – No report.

C.S.I.U. – No report beyond the CSIU Board Briefs distributed.

Vo-Tech – Dan Yeager reported that renovations are on schedule.  Rae Atherton attended the last School Authority meeting, which included a tour of the school and the renovations.  President Roadarmel attended the meeting on June 18 and reported that the Director’s contract was extended to 2006.  The school calendar has been modified to accommodate the renovation project.  Renovations will still be in progress when school starts, but students will be safe.  Enrollment is 649 (full). 

 

TREASURER’S REPORTS

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, 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 Atherton, The minutes of June 10 and 17, 2002, were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, General Fund Invoices in the amount of $583,069.98 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $23,157.01 were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

On a motion by Johnson and second by Yeager, re-opening the 2002-03 budget and adopting a revised budget (amended as indicated) pursuant to Act 88 of 2002 to reflect additional state subsidy allocations was approved as follows:  Basic Subsidy:  $30,702; Pupil Transportation Reimbursement:  $15,500; Cyber-Charter School Reimbursement:  $7,809.  The total increase of $54,011 is to be used to decrease the outstanding debt of the school district by applying the additional funds against payments due under the District’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract.  The financing term will be reduced by six months as a result.  Prior to voting, Dr. Meyer asked if the funds could be used according to the district’s needs.  Mr. Springer responded that three uses are defined:  1) restoring programs cut during the budget process,       2) debt reduction, and 3) adjusting taxes.  Mr. Springer recommended debt reduction, as no programs were cut and the tax adjustment would only amount to approximately $10 per parcel.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Orn, accepting additional state and federal funds into the 2002-03 budget was approved as follows:

Ø   21st Century Learning Grant - $261,981.62 (2001-02 carryover) - Funds to be used in accordance with the grant application for the summer program and community learning center activities.

Ø   Communities That Care (Planning) - $50,000 - Second year of a three-year grant providing funds for the community mobilizer and mobilizing activities.

Ø   Communities That Care (Implementation) - $50,000 - First year of a three-year grant providing funds for establishing a family center, enhancing the IST and after-school tutoring programs, providing parenting and anti-bullying programs and for substance abuse prevention. 

Prior to voting, Dr. Meyer asked if the programs funded by the grants were going as planned.  Mr. Clippinger responded that the plans for the Family Center on Main Street in Catawissa fell through due to Labor and Industry requirements, but the Summer Tutorial was proceeding as planned.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, A motion to approve employment of Tricia Hoffman for the position of Secondary Social Studies Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 2 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($32,142) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, employment of Angela J. Gockley for the position of Secondary Science Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 5 of the Masters Salary Schedule ($37,640) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.


On a motion by Meyer and second by Atherton, employment of Colleen M. Epler-Ruths for the position of Part-time (.50) Secondary Science Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 4 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($17,372) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, employment of Kelly Foura for the position of Middle School Learning Support Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 2 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($32,142) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Orn, employment of Dani J. Walshaw for the position of Secondary Itinerant Learning Support Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 1 of the Masters Salary Schedule ($33,174) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, employment of Cheryl N. Hunt for the position of Part-time (.50) Secondary Spanish Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 7 of the Bachelors Salary Schedule ($19,323) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Orn, employment of Tia Hernandez for the position of part-time (.67) Elementary Art Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements) beginning with the 2002-03 school year at Step 5 of the Masters Salary Schedule ($25,218) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Orn, noting satisfactory evaluations and accepting the recommendations for approval/reapproval for the 2002-03 school year of the sports/activities positions and salaries (per Exhibit A) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, the Athletic/Activities Volunteers for the 2002-03 school year (per Exhibit B) were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, employing security personnel for the 2002-03 school year (per Exhibit C) was approved.  Individuals will be paid at a rate of $27.00 per person per event (number of individuals needed is to be determined by the Director of Athletics/Student Activities or the High School Principal).  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, Activities/Advisors Band positions for the 2002-03 school year (per Exhibit D) were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, the resignation of Melissa L. Parker was accepted with regret from the position of High School Principal effective July 29, 2002.  Ms. Parker was approved for employment on June 17, 2002.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Orn, the resignation of Dorothy Cuff was accepted with regret from the position of Health Assistant, effective August 15, 2002.  Ms. Cuff has been in the position since August 24, 2000.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Yeager, the resignation of Greg Capoccioni was accepted with regret from the positions of Secondary Social Studies Teacher and Bowling Coach effective August 1, 2002.  Mr. Capoccioni has been in the position of Secondary Social Studies Teacher since August 24, 1998 and was approved as Bowling Coach at the March 11, 2002 board meeting.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Orn, the resignation of Roy Bunger was accepted with regret from the position of Bus Driver, effective July 1, 2002.  Mr. Bunger has been in the position since May 8, 2000.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Meyer, the following personnel were approved as Summer Tutorial teachers for the SCA Summer Tutorial Program, July 1 through 31, 2002 (pending completion of all employment requirements):

Ø      Donna Ash (Student Teacher)

Ø      Jason Doby (Student Teacher)

Ø      Kristen Hornberger (Student Teacher)

Ø      Michelle Becker (Teacher)

The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Yeager, an FMLA Leave for James Wells, effective June 14, 2002 and continuing for a period not to exceed 12 weeks, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Orn and second by Meyer, the revised Support Staff (Non-Union) and Supervisory Staff Handbooks (per Exhibits E and F) were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

 

BOARD COMMENTS

The Board members welcomed Jim Yeager to the Board.  President Roadarmel congratulated Dr. Lonoconus on his first Board meeting as Superintendent.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

Press-Enterprise reporter, Kim Long, asked for a timeline on the High School Principal search.  President Roadarmel responded that since Mrs. Parker’s resignation was just accepted at this meeting, that a timeline would have to be discussed.  Ms. Long also questioned the difficulty of finding a new Bowling Coach to replace Mr. Capoccioni.  President Roadarmel responded that it should not be a problem. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion by Meyer and second by Johnson, the meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. 

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary