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.
Elsie Bittner Karl Meyer Daniel Yeager
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.
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).
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.
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).
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 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.
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
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
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.
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.
Tresa J. Britch