The September 9, 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
Dr. Alan J. Lonoconus, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Roy Clippinger, Pat Shultz, William Hoffner, Administrators; Richard J. Roberts, Solicitor; district residents and members of the media.
Dr. Lonoconus reported on the following topics:
1). September 10th is the High School Open House.
2.) An assembly will be held in the auditorium for grades 9-12 on Wednesday in memory of the events of September 11, 2001.
3.) Jim Becker, Middle School Principal received his emergency certificate this week. He has classes on Mondays and is not able to attend board meetings at this time..
Activities – Linda Kreischer, Chairperson, reported that the committee discussed the band member pictures being relocated to the auditorium along with the band trophy case. An assistant cheerleading coach is needed at the junior high level.
Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, reported that at the last meeting, they discussed the new graduation requirements. Mr. Clippinger reviewed the need for revised graduation requirements based on the new rules put in place by the State Board of Education. The test to demonstrate the proficiency required by the standards recommended is the PSSA Assessment. Those who do not pass the test in 11th grade will be required to retake the test in the fall of their senior year. President Roadarmel pointed out that this would create scheduling problems due to the receipt of test scores as late as August. Mr. Dan Yeager asked if failing the PSSA test meant an otherwise passing student would not graduate. Mr. Clippinger replied that students may graduate by meeting the district’s own criteria including passing standards based courses.
Facilities & Services – No report.
Finance – No report.
Negotiations & Personnel – Mrs. Atherton reported that no issues were outstanding. The AVTS Authority lost a member - Richard Hall from Danville. A moment of silence was observed in his memory.
Policy – Mr. Jim Yeager reported that the next meeting will be held September 16th and the Graduation Requirements are to be discussed.
C.S.I.U. – No meeting was held in August.
Vo-Tech – Mr. Dan Yeager reported that the last meeting featured a tour of the ongoing construction project, which is progressing ahead of schedule. The evaluation of the Executive Director was discussed as well.
ITEMS – MINUTES/INVOICES
ITEMS – FISCAL
ITEMS – PERSONNEL
President Roadarmel asked if the Varsity Club was student run. Dr. Lonoconus responded affirmatively.
On a motion by Meyer and second by J. Yeager, employment of Cynthia Fedder for the position of Title I Reading Assistant (pending completion of all employment requirements) effective September 3, 2002, at a rate of $10 per hour, benefits per Non-union Support Staff Handbook was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Mr. Jim Yeager asked if the 3.25-hour ACCESS secretary position was approved. Mr. Springer responded that Mrs. Fegley was already performing ACCESS duties on an as-needed basis. If ACCESS were no longer a viable program, that part of the position’s duties would be eliminated along with the hours assigned.
On a motion by Bittner and second by D. Yeager, employment of Marianne Knoeppel as a 3-Hour High School Cafeteria Worker (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective September 3, 2002, salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by Orn, employment of Valerie A. White as a 3-Hour High School Cafeteria Worker (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective September 3, 2002, salary and benefits per Collective Bargaining Agreement was approved. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Dr. Meyer asked about applicants for the cafeteria positions. Mr. Springer responded that six applications were received and he was happy with that outcome.
On a motion by Kreischer and second by Atherton, adding the following personnel to the 2002-03 Instructional Substitute List (pending completion of all employment requirements), effective August 26, 2002, was approved:
(List of names continued on page 3)
Ø Danielle May (Elementary)
Ø Sharon T. Kerstetter (Elementary)
Ø James Youngkin (General Science)
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Johnson and second by Meyer, adding the following personnel to the 2002-03 Non-instructional Substitute List as Cafeteria Workers (pending completion of all employment requirements) was approved:
Ø Darlene Semerod
Ø Jeanette Boguslaw
Ø Patricia Welkom
Ø Mary Ann Snarski
Ø Nancy I. Burd
Ø Maureen Zack
Ø Patricia Stine
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Atherton and second by Orn, an intermittent FMLA Leave for Patricia Shultz was approved. Total leave is not to exceed 12 weeks. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
On a motion by Meyer and second by D. Yeager, employment of the following college students as before or after school tutors effective September 17, 2002 (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:
Ø Jason DeShields
Ø Lisabith Finn
Ø Carrie Hiltebeitel
Ø Jennifer Lewis
Ø Christine Lindo
Ø Jennifer Cecco
Ø Jennifer Clemens
Ø Shannon Collis
Ø Nicole Fisher
Ø Kristin O’Hare
Ø Chryssa Polyniak
Ø Kathryn Tribendis
Ø Lisa Allen
Ø Crystal Dalvet
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. Prior to voting on the motion, Dr. Meyer
Asked if $10 was the standard rate. Mr. Clippinger replied that it was an incentive to get the college students to get involved in tutoring.
On a motion by D. Yeager and second by Bittner, employment of the following teachers as before or after school tutors effective September 17, 2002, at a rate of $20 per hour, which will come from the proceeds of the 21st Century Grant was approved:
Ø Linda Ciongoli
Ø James Dunkelberger
Ø Robert Horne
Ø Debra Varano
Ø Kevin Bray
Ø Barbara Hornberger
Ø Susan Yodock
Ø Cynthia Doby
Ø Mark Longenhagen
Ø Louise Baran
Ø Adriana Lentini
Ø Shannon Jeffrey
Ø Tina Kistler
Ø Maria Sock
Ø Mary Ann Yocum
Ø Kristopher Bet
The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote. Prior to voting on the motion, President Roadarmel questioned the criteria for selecting students for tutoring. Mr. Clippinger replied that all students are eligible and no one has been turned away. Dr. Meyer asked where tutoring took place. Mr. Clippinger replied that tutoring for grades K-6 was held in the Elementary Library, grades 7-8 in Middle School classrooms, and grades 9-12 in various math or computer classrooms.
ITEMS - POLICY AND PROGRAMS
Mr. Dan Yeager asked the number of students that would be attending the field trip to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Lonoconus responded that 40-70 students visit museums on a rotation basis.
Dr. Meyer asked if 21st Century Community Learning Center funds would be available to assist students in meeting the revised Graduation Requirements. Mr. Clippinger responded affirmatively.
Mr. Jim Yeager asked if the 3.25-Hour ACCESS part of the secretary position needs to be approved separately. Solicitor Roberts responded that both positions and hiring could be approved at the same time.
Dr. Meyer asked if the field hockey program was going to have a food stand at football games. Dr. Lonoconus responded that the decision of several years ago was to phase out the field hockey stand; this year there would be none.
RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC
District resident, Gloria Adamski of Roaring Creek Township, reported that she was representing Bus #15 parents and thanked those who made it possible to shorten the run. District resident, Ann DiOrio, reported that her daughter also rides Bus #15 and is now riding longer and requested that the run be reviewed. Dr. Lonoconus responded that the run is being reviewed. District resident, Jane Kreischer, pointed out that the run has been longer for some children for many years. District resident, Al DiOrio, reported that it doesn’t make sense to him that the bus passes by his residence twice after his daughter boards the bus. District resident, Gary Thomas, asked why the students wait for Bus #15 at the end of the day. Dr. Lonoconus replied that it is a safety issue to hold students until the bus is in its place in line. Mrs. Shultz indicated that Bus #15 is now in place by 2:50-2:55 p.m.
On a motion by Meyer and second by D. Yeager, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m. The motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.
Tresa J. Britch