SOUTHERN COLUMBIA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

45-B ELEMENTARY DR.

CATAWISSA, PA  17820

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


            The April 17, 2000 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the District Office Board Room with President Craig Roadarmel in charge of the meeting.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

 

            President Roadarmel welcomed everyone followed by a roll call of Board Members:

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton-Absent                            Henry Hynoski-Absent             Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                      Linda Kreischer                                    Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                          Karl Meyer                                          Daniel Yeager

 

OTHERS PRESENT

Dr. Steve Wilcox, Superintendent; Joseph Springer, Business Manager; Susan J. Helwig, Board Secretary; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; Roy Clippinger, Bill Hoffner, Alan Lonoconus, David Becker, Pat Shultz, Administrators; and district residents; and members of the media.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Wilcox introduced Miss Leigh Ann Yocum who was recognized for her academic achievement and awarded a Certificate of Excellence as a 2000 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

 

Dr. Wilcox requested an Executive Session at 7:35 p.m. and reconvened at 7:45 p.m. followed by a roll call of Board Members.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton-Absent                            Henry Hynoski-Absent             Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                      Linda Kreischer                                    Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                          Karl Meyer                                          Daniel Yeager

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – cont’d

Dr. Wilcox deferred to Mr. Springer for questions concerning the tentative budget.  Mr. Springer passed out an update on the budget and announced the Finance Committee would meet on 5/2/00 with the tentative budget on the agenda.  President Roadarmel asked the finance committee to look at the budgetary impact of offering half-day/full-day kindergarten choice to parents.  After lengthy discussion, the board voted on the following motion:

 

MINUTES – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Roadarmel and second by Bittner, instructing the Business Manager to prepare a tentative budget with full-day kindergarten, was denied.  By a roll call vote:  3-Yes; 4-No; 2-Absent, the motion was denied.  (Berger, Meyer, Porter, and Yeager voted no.)

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2000

Page 2

 

 

 


Prior to the vote on this motion, the public was asked for discussion/comment; the following district residents responded:

Ř      Vincent Lacross, district taxpayer, spoke out against full-day kindergarten.

Ř      Shelley Remensnyder, district resident, spoke out against full-day kindergarten and presented the board with a letter signed by other district residents.

Ř      Beth Jones, district resident, spoke out against full-day kindergarten.

Ř      Joyce Fisher, district resident, spoke out against offering a choice to parents, stating board should decide on either full day or half-day.

 

Following public comment, the board discussed the issue prior to voting.

 

MINUTES – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Kreischer, the Treasurers’ Reports were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – MINUTES/INVOICES

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, the Minutes of 03/13/00 and 03/20/00 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Yeager and second by Porter, the General Fund invoices in the amount of $784,354.07, the 1998 Bond Fund invoices in the amount of $244,709.05, and the Capital Reserve Fund in the amount of $116,986.00 were approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL

On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, the 2000-01 C.S.I.U. General Operating Budget in the amount of $5,304,473 was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Kreischer and second by Bittner, the 2000-01 Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech School budget was approved; Southern Columbia Area School District’s cost is $412,835.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Yeager and second by Berger, providing four (4) students with on-the-job clerical training in the district during the summer months at minimum wage (35 hours per week for approx. 9 weeks) was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

On a motion by Meyer and second by Berger, entering into a contract with Cross Resources, Inc., for grant services was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

MINUTES - PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, employment of Kurt Schnader for the position of Music Arranger for the 2000-01 school year, salary $1,100, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

Board Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2000

Page 3

 

 

 


            On a motion by Berger and second by Porter, extending employment for Cal Swank, Clerk of the Works, for a maximum of an additional 150 hours at $20.00 per hour, was approved. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Berger, the reclassification of Barbara Sharrow, non-instructional aide to instructional aide, effective with the 1999-2000 school year was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

MINUTES – POLICY AND PROGRAMS ADDENDUM

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Kreischer, an Agreement concerning a disciplinary action involving a high school student, was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

           

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

            Jackie Smith, Press Enterprise, questioned the board regarding the kindergarten vote.  District parent Joyce Fisher had some questions regarding the budget – Mr. Springer responded.

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Porter, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                                    Susan J. Helwig

                                                                                    Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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