The August 19, 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-Absent                     Daniel Yeager

Linda Kreischer                              Michael Orn-Absent                    James Yeager     

 

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; and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Lonoconus reported on the following topics: 

1.)  He reminded Board members that the PSBA survey regarding the new initiative was due to be returned by September 9, 2002.

2.)  Enrollment figures for grades 7-12 are as follows:

         7th    -   125                           9th       -   136                       11th    -   108

         8th    -   132                           10th     -   100                       12th   -   125

 

He reported that some classes are very large. 

Pat Shultz reported enrollment for grades K-4:

         K     -   105                           2nd      -     95                       4th     -   105     

         1st    -   108                           3rd       -     93                      

        

She reported that class sizes are okay at this time.  Dr. Lonoconus apologized for not having the figures for 5th and 6th grades.

4.  Dr. Lonoconus handed out a copy of a Resolution regarding tax reform for informational purposes.

5.  Karen Sodrick, High School Librarian, put together a grant application to put the card catalog on the internet. We would be able to take advantage of our staff expertise and existing supplies, but would require some software upgrades.  Dr. Lonoconus asked the Board for permission to apply for the grant.  President Roadarmel asked if the card catalog would be put just on our network or on the internet.  Dr. Lonoconus reported that it would be put on both sites.  Parents could access the card catalog and help their children with their choice of reading material.  Elsie Bittner asked if the Accelerated Reader books could be listed on the site.  Dr. Lonoconus said he would check into that possibility.  The Board agreed to allow the district to apply for the grant.

6.  Dr. Lonoconus presented a plaque in appreciation to President Roadarmel for all of his contributions and support to the Booster organizations. 

7.  He requested an Executive Session following adjournment to discuss real estate and personnel matters.

8.  He asked again about bids for the weight room and auditorium projects.  The volunteer groups are questioning the status of the projects.  President Roadarmel asked who would be developing the specifications.  Mr. Springer responded that we already have them for the weight room project.  President Roadarmel asked about the lighting and air conditioning project in the auditorium.  Mr. Springer responded that an architect or engineer would be required to provide specifications.  President Roadarmel would support soliciting bids, but an engineer would first have to be approved for the auditorium project.  The Board agreed to solicit bids for the weight room project.  Solicitor Roberts recommended that an official motion be made and included as a “Fiscal” item.  

 

TREASURER’S REPORTS

On a motion by Bittner and second by Dan Yeager, 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 Johnson, The minutes of July 22, 2002 (as amended), were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Dan Yeager, General Fund Invoices in the amount of $250,769.52 and Capital Reserve Fund Invoices in the amount of $119,568.32 were approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

ITEMS – FISCAL

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

Ø      ACCESS - $4,226 (2001-02 carryover).  Funds to be used to pay for additional time required for the School Psychologist to perform summer student testing and evaluation and for special needs aide training.

The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, a day off with pay for one (1) professional employee and one (1) classified employee as the Board’s in-kind support for the Southern Columbia United Way Campaign, contingent upon reaching the campaign goal, was approved.  The two (2) employees’ names would be drawn from the list of all employees who contributed to the campaign.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Atherton, solicitation of bids was authorized for the weight room addition based upon the plans presently in the district’s possession.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

ITEMS – PERSONNEL

On a motion by Dan Yeager and second by Atherton, the employment of James A. Becker for the position of Middle School Principal at an annual salary of $52,000, prorated, contingent upon the issuance to him by the Department of Education of an emergency certificate, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, the employment of Bonnie Lerch for the position of Registered Nurse (pending completion of all employment requirements) effective August 21, 2002, at an annual salary of $23,000, benefits per Non-union Support Staff Handbook, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Dan Yeager, the 2002-03 Substitute List (per Exhibit A) was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Bittner and second by Johnson, changing Tina Kistler, High School Mathematics Teacher, from part-time (.63) to full-time (1.00) effective with the 2002-03 school year was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Dan Yeager, increasing Ann Marie Schetroma, Computer Assistant, from 7.0 hours per day to 7.5 hours per day effective August 20, 2002, was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Kreischer, adding Linda Mayernick to the 2002-03 Security Personnel List was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Dan Yeager and second by Bittner, the resignation of Sandra K. Diehl from the position of 3-Hour High School Cafeteria Worker effective August 13, 2002, was approved.  Ms. Diehl has been in this position since August 27, 2001.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Atherton and second by Bittner, changing Angela J. Gockley, Secondary Science Teacher, from Step 5 to Step 6 on the Masters Salary Schedule ($38,945) effective the beginning of the 2002-03 school year was approved.  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Johnson and second by Kreischer, an Addendum to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Southern Columbia Area School District and the Southern Columbia Education Association relating to compensation for long-term substitutes was approved (per Exhibit B).  The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

ITEMS – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

 

BOARD COMMENTS

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

                                                                        Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Tresa J. Britch

Board Secretary