SOUTHERN COLUMBIA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

45-B ELEMENTARY DR.

CATAWISSA, PA  17820

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


            The August 14, 2000 Board Meeting of the Southern Columbia Area School District Board of Directors convened in the Hartman Elementary Music 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                                    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; Richard J. Roberts, Jr., Solicitor; David Becker, Pat Shultz, Alan Lonoconus, Roy Clippinger, Administrators; district residents, and members of the media.

 

AGENDA HEARING PERIOD

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Wilcox requested an executive session at 7:33 p.m. to discuss personnel issues.  The board reconvened at 8:18 p.m. followed by a roll call of Board Members:

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Rae Atherton                                    Henry Hynoski-Absent               Charles Porter

Francis Berger                                 Linda Kreischer                         Craig Roadarmel

Elsie Bittner                                     Karl Meyer                                 Daniel Yeager

 

Dr. Wilcox reported on the following:  1.) District calendars have been mailed – he commended the administrators and Mrs. Helwig for their work in producing the calendar.  2.) Distributed the district goals for the 2000-01 year and indicated discussion on the goals would take place next week.  3.)  Mr. Clippinger updated the Board on the curriculum writing process and the status of the courses being developed.  He noted that the Biology book on the agenda is to be used for AP Biology course rather than Honors Biology as previously indicated.  4.)  Dr. Wilcox updated the Board on the status of student schedules at the high school and the difficulty in fitting students into electives and technology courses. 

 

The Board may hear from parents on this issue.  The board and Administrators discussed the implications of the demand for technology courses due to the increased skill level of the student body.

 

An Executive Session will follow tonight’s meeting to evaluate the Superintendent’s performance in relation to his job description and the 1999-00 goals for the district.

Board Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2000

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Negotiations and Personnel – Rae Atherton, Chairperson, reported she attended interviews today and feels the candidates being recommended will be an excellent addition to the staff.  Also, a negotiations seminar will be held by PSBA in November.  Frank Berger and Craig Roadarmel indicated they would like to attend.

 

            Finance – Charles Porter, Chairperson, reported that the committee met on July 25th to discuss the Clean & Green properties and the possibility of helping to fund a position in the Assessment Office.  Also, special education costs over the last 10 years were reviewed.  Administrators will be invited to the next meeting to review the numbers.  Substitute days at the high school were also reviewed.

 

Facilities – Henry Hynoski, Chairperson.  Committee Member, Mr. Berger, requested Mr. Springer update the board on the roof project.

 

            Policy – Dan Yeager, Chairperson, reported the committee had not met.  The next meeting will be 08/23 at 6:00 p.m.

 

            Activities – Craig Roadarmel, Chairperson, reported the committee reviewed the use of volunteer coaches who are also parents.  Mr. Berger asked if community decorations were addressed.  Mr. Lonoconus responded this issue would be addressed with the Booster organizations.

 

            Curriculum – Elsie Bittner, Chairperson, reported a meeting would be held in the near future.

 

            C.S.I.U. – Linda Kreischer, reported the C.S.I.U. Board elections were held recently.

 

            CMAVTS – No meeting.

 

MINUTES – TREASURERS’ REPORTS

            Discussion only, will be voted on next Monday.

 

MINUTES – MINUTES/INVOICES

            Discussion only, will be voted on next Monday.

 

MINUTES – FISCAL

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Yeager, filing appeals of the tax assessments for the parcels of real estate making up Knoebels Amusement Park, was approved.  By a roll call vote:  8-Yes; 1-absent, the motion carried.

 

            On a motion by Berger and second by Kreischer, retaining Bert M. Goodman to represent the District in the tax appeal of Knoebels Amusement Park at a rate of $175.00/hour was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The remaining items were discussion only and will be voted on next Monday.

Board Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2000

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MINUTES – PERSONNEL

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Yeager, the resignation of Devin R. Knorr from the position of Part-time (.75%) Mathematics Teacher, effective August 1, 2000, was accepted with regret.  Mr. Knorr has been with the district for one year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Atherton, the resignation of Damion Kingston from the position of Maintenance Worker, effective August 4, 2000, was accepted with regret.  Mr. Kingston has been with the district for three years.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Kreischer, Shannon Gaul was approved as a Volunteer Assistant Athletic Trainer (pending completion of all requirements), for the 2000-01 school year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Atherton and second by Berger, employment of Michelle M. Hower for the position of Half-time Kindergarten Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2000-01 school year, at Step 10 of the Bachelor’s Salary Schedule (half-time salary to be $20,233), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Meyer and second by Atherton, employment of Karen Miksits for the position of Special Education Teacher (pending completion of all employment requirements), beginning with the 2000-01 school year, at Step 1 of the Master’s Salary Schedule ($31,100), was approved.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Kreischer, Cindy Fedder was approved as a Volunteer Assistant Field Hockey Coach (pending completion of all requirements), for the 2000-01 school year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

            On a motion by Kreischer and second by Meyer, Edward Gosciminski was approved as a Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach (pending completion of all requirements), for the 2000-01 school year.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The remaining items were discussion only and will be voted on next Monday.

 

MINUTES – POLICY AND PROGRAMS

            On a motion by Bittner and second by Meyer, adopting the following textbook for AP Biology (Grades 10, 11, 12) was approved:  Saunders College Publishing (1999).  Biology (5th Edition).  Orlando, FL:  Harcourt Brace & Co.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

 

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2000

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            On a motion by Porter and second by Berger, accepting the donation of a 12’ x 16’ building from the Southern Columbia Football Boosters to be used as a merchandise stand, at no cost to the district, was approved.  Building to be placed in an area designated by the Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds.  Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

The remaining items were discussion only and will be voted on next Monday.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

            Mrs. Atherton noted the Catawissa Garden Club would like to talk to the district about cooperating to develop a butterfly garden.  Mr. Berger asked that the administrators develop a set of statistics to be presented periodically so that Board Members can monitor performance of the district.  Board members discussed balancing the need for information versus the time required to generate it and the usefulness of it to the Board.  Mr. Porter questioned the extra-curricular salary being paid to the Band Director for what is now at least a partially co-curricular position.  Mr. Roadarmel referred the question to the Administration and Personnel Committee.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE PUBLIC

            Albert DiOrio, district resident, commented on the students desire for technology classes and their options if classes are not available.  Mr. Roadarmel and Dr. Wilcox responded that the problem was being reviewed for the best possible solution, given current resources.  Mr. Berger asked that Mr. Becker review the issue and recommend a short-term solution.

 

ADJOURNMENT

            On a motion by Berger and second by Meyer, the meeting was adjourned at 9:53 p.m. Motion carried by unanimous affirmative voice vote.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                            Susan J. Helwig

                                                            Board Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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