REGULAR BOARD MEETING November 13, 2006 7:30 PM, Mount Nittany Middle School - Library 656 Brandywine Drive State College, PA 16801
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Susan Werner, board president, called the meeting to order at 7:32 pm.
Board members present: Elizabeth Dutton, Lou Ann Evans, Robert Hendrickson (connected by phone), David Hutchinson, Janet McCracken, Donna Queeney, Gowen Roper, Susan Werner
Board members absent: Robert Ascah
Board secretary: Mary Jenn Dorman
Solicitor: Scott Etter
Superintendent: Patricia Best
District Personnel: Nancy Baumrucker, Cameron Bausch, Randy Brown, Karen Burke- Crawford, Pamela Francis, Dennis Guth, Deb Latta, Tim Linden, Ken Mawritz, Ronald Pavlechko, Ed Poprik, John Sheridan, Wilda Stanfield, R. Patrick Vernon, Holli Jo Warner, Dennis Younkin Sue Younkin (Dr. Mawritz and Mr. Younkin arrived at 8:15 pm)
Guests: Ali Alegri, Hanan Bail-Obaidoon, Steven Belcher, Cindy Carpenter, Kathy DiMuccio, Bonna Elfant, Thomas Gentzel, Wilbur Hantel, Cindy Harding, Lorrenzo Jafi, Dawar Khan, Daniel Kurduck, Theresa Lafer, Tom Leitzinger, Ron McGlaughlin, Rich O'Donald, David Paterno, Lori Paterno, Dan Rowland, Chris Small, Patricia Stefanic, Paul Suhey, Eric Top, Pat Wild
II. RECOGNITIONS Susan Werner congratulated Patricia Best, Superintendent, on her recent appointment as President of Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). The district is very fortunate to have Dr. Best as Superintendent and recognized her dedication to education Patricia Best announced that State College Area School District received the 2006 Facilities Masters Award. The award program was designed to recognize and reward districts that meet National standards for excellence in facilities and maintenance operations. The program was designed by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and only 12 received the award nationwide. Ed Poprik, Physical Plant Director, was presented with the award for excellence in facility management. Both Dr. Best and Ms. Werner congratulated Mr. Poprik and his staff for a job well done.
Susan Werner introduced Karen Burke-Crawford, District Development Specialist. Ms. Burke-Crawford explained working connection with Centre County Community Foundation and the district endowment funds which are housed there. In June 2006, over $55,000 in awards were given from special scholarships, grants and endowments. Tonight, the 43rd named fund is being setup in honor of Lou Ann Evans for Board Members and Administrative Professional Development. Special guest, Tom Gentzel, from Pennsylvania School Board Association and State High graduate presented Lou Ann Evans with the first check for the Scholarship Fund and thanked her for all of her dedicated work for education locally, state, and national levels. Ms. Evans is serving as PSBA President.
Patricia Best introduced Dr. Steven Belcher. Dr. Belcher attended the board meeting with members of the Humphrey Fellows Program. The program is financed by the state department and 11 different nations were represented by the Humphrey Fellows atending the meeting.
III. OPEN DISCUSSION Susan Werner asked if anyone from the audience would like to address the board on any item not on the agenda. Each person is limited to 3 minutes.
The board was addressed by: Bonna Elfant - Ms. Elfant had prepared a letter for board members, read her letter, and asked that the letter be included as part of the meeting minutes. Chris Small - Mr. Small discussed Memorial Field in relation to the District Wide Master Plan and the field location; and the Small Schools Initiative Advisory Concept. Dr. Best and Ms. Werner responded to Mr. Small's comments. David Paterno - Mr. Paterno thanked Dr. Best and Ms. Dorman for copies of reports he had requested and will e-mail a request to be placed on a future board agenda. Pat Vernon - Mr. Vernon spoke on new membership to CAC, the bleachers in Memorial Field, should get second and third opinion, and offered further suggestions for the property.
IV. ROUTINE APPROVALS Board members were presented with a listing of travel requests for staff members to attend meetings or conferences for approval.
Bills payable for October, 2006 were previously mailed to board members. A list of the bills is part of the official minutes. Athletic Fund $ 32,378.89 checks 31979 through 32184 Food Service Fund $ 198,014.07 checks 51596 through 51671 General Fund $ 6,177,180.67 checks 118948 through 119807 and V1000001 -V100011 Student Activities Fund $ 14,088.14 checks 81291 through 81323 PNC Purchasing Card $ 74,234.81 August and September checks 27-35, 109-127, 246-265, 3712-3885
Meeting Minutes of the September 25, 2006 Regular Meeting, and October 6, 2006 Work Session were presented for approval.
Approval recommended for resignation of Tax Study Commission Member Laura Swinyer.
Recommended approval for new Student Activities Club, Sierra Student Coalition.
Recommended approval for four people as CAC for Safe Schools Membership. A copy of the recommendation is part of the official minutes.
Dr. Queeney moved, Ms. Evans seconded to approve the travel requests, school district bills for September (PNC Card - August and September 2006, Meeting Minutes for September 25, 2006 and Work Session Minutes for October 6, 2006, the resignation of Tax Study Commission member, the student activities club, Sierra Student Coalition, and new appointments of CAC for Safe Schools members as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson was connected by phone.)
V. PERSONNEL REPORT Dennis Guth presented the Personnel Report for approval. A copy of the Personnel Report is part of the official minutes.
Leave of Absences Patricia Yost, Instructional Technology Specialist at the Park Forest Middle school, requested a Sabbatical Leave of Absence for Professional Development during the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year. Kathleen Cocolin, Guidance Counselor at the High school, requested a Medical Leave of Absence with pay beginning January 10, 2007 and ending on or about February 21, 2007. Nola Wright, Instructional Technology Specialist at the High school South, requested an extension of her Health Sabbatical through November 1, 2007. Originally approved until December 13, 2006. James Ritchey, Art Coordinator, requested a Medical Leave of Absence with pay beginning November 6, 2006 and ending December 8, 2006.
Appointments Christopher Felsmann recommended to position as .50 Predictable Term Substitute 6th Grade Teacher in the Park Forest Middle School for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year only at a salary of $37,900 prorated to $14,861.26. Lisa Marszalek recommended to position as 1.0 Predictable Term Substitute 6th Grade Teacher in the Park Forest Middle School for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year only at a salary of $35,511 prorated to $29,156.40.
Extra Duty/Extra Pay Rita O"Connell resigned as Spanish Club Advisor effective November 6, 2006. Keith Davis resigned as Boys' Indoor Track Assistant Coach effected October 24, 2006. Karin Sutherland recommended as Math Club Co-Advisor in the High school North at a salary of $1,137. Brenna O'Connor recommended as Girls' Varsity/JV Basketball Assistant Coach at a salary of $3,865.80. David Felice recommended as Boys' Indoor Track Assistant Coach at a salary of $2,501.40.
Support Personnel (Non-Certificated) Community Education Maria Terneus-Hayes at $18.00/hour Paraprofessional - Hired Kristopher Voigt at $9.55/hour Susan Steyers at $8.83 and $8.17/hour Susan Kleinert at $8.83/hour Paraprofessional - Terminated Elizabeth Tanabe (Retirement 6/07) Manju Kain Custodial/Maintenance - Terminated Christopher Corl, Claudia Lopez, and Kathryn Fetters (Retirement 10/06) Food Service - Hired Cheryl Kalmbach and Lori Thomas at $8.30/hour Food Service - Terminated Richard Virgil and Charles Wolf Bus Drivers - Hired Lori Thomas at $11.79/hour Pam Davidson, Shannon Williams, Robert Thiec, and William Fisher at $9.77/hour. Bus Drivers - Terminated James Karl Lifeguards Timothy campbell and Dominic Geleskie at $6.75/hour
Substitute Listing Listing of new names be approved and added to the substitute (guest) listing of teachers, secretaries and paraprofessionals. Ms. Dutton moved, Dr. McCracken seconded to approve the personnel report as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson was connected by phone.)
VI. BID TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT Van Swauger requested approval for permission to replace three school buses for the 2007- 2008 school year. Funds for the replacements will come from the 2007-2008 school year budget.
Ms. Evans moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to approve permission to bid for replacement of three school buses for the 2007-2008 school year. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson was connected by phone.)
VII. CHANGE ORDERS Ed Poprik recommended approval of the following change orders: Change Order #1 - Roofing Project at Panorama Village Elementary School in the amount of $268.64 Credit. Change Order #1 - Lab Renovations at Park Forest Middle School in the amount of $914.53. Change Order #5 - HVAC Contractor at the Park Forest Elementary School in the amount of $66,023.70 Credit. A copy of the change orders is part of the official minutes.
Dr. Queeney moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to approve the three change orders as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson was connected by phone.)
VIII. TITLE 1 PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY for 2006-2007 Cameron Bausch, Nancy Baumrucker and Sue Younkin presented the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy for the 2006-2007 school year as required for the Title 1 Program. Parents reviewed the policy with the opportunity to offer input. A copy of the Policy is part of the official minutes.
Ms. Evans moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to approve the Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson was connected by phone.)
IX. VALUE ENGINEERING ITEMS Ed Poprik and Rich O'Donald discussed the value engineering term versus scope reduction items. Four items presented would require Board action: M02 - Remove air conditioning from one tertiary gym, M01 - Remove air conditioning from 2nd tertiary gym, B34 - Convert one Team Room to storage, B27 - Reduce auditorium size to 900, and B04 - Partitions in the auditorium if the size remains at 1300.
Board members discussed each item and the pros and cons with amount of cost reduction and the need to keep the item in the project. The CAC for Facilities is moving toward the 90% completion and would like to keep the project below budget. Further explanations for the recommendations were given and information discussed. Mr. Poprik explained that each item could be bid as an alternate. The item would be included in the project bid, but separate. The following decision was made: Keep auditorium 1300 seats, no reduction; partitions, the air conditioning in the two gyms, and the team room would be bid as alternates. The decision to include or add later could be made once bids were received. There are no major changes in the plan or design issue by bidding the items as alternates. No motion needed for approval.
The board was addressed by Toby Short. Questions and concerns were on compromise of safety or fire. Mr. Poprik responded and there are no life safety issues at all, fully sprinkled.
Dr. Hendrickson disconnected by phone at 8:50 pm.
X. TITLE 1 REPORT Cameron Bausch introduced Nancy Baumrucker and Sue Younkin for the Title I Annual Report. Ms. Baumrucker and Ms. Younkin reported that the 2005-06 Title I Program continued to work on areas of parent involvement and the math program. There are three key activities for parent involvement; a family picnic, a Parent/Child Reading and Math Activity Night, and a Reading Aloud and Popcorn Night. There are 13 Title 1 Teachers working with these children and they are very dedicated. There are professional development opportunities for teachers and new resources for them to use. Title I Reading serves second through sixth grade and the Math Program is for third and fourth grade students. Title 1 Math had an extended day program that was partnered with the Community Education Program and was very successful. The Language Arts offered a six-week summer program with over 100 students participating. A copy of the Title I Report is part of the official minutes.
XI. FY 06 FINANCE REPORT Randy Brown presented a detailed analysis on the financial results of the district for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2006. Mr. Brown reviewed the revenues, expenditures, and the fund balance. The district had a very successful year financially. Ms. Werner thanked both Mr. Brown and Mr. Younkin for good budget managing. A copy of the 2005-06 Financial Report is part of the official minutes.
XII. RESEARCH PROPOSAL Cameron Bausch presented the research proposal, 'Can Youth Participation in Service Learning in Urban Communities Result in Positive Personal and Development Outcomes?' Mr. Bausch reported that Assistant Principal, David Geanette feels he would have 4-8 students required for participation. A copy of the research proposal is part of the official minutes. Ms. Evans moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to move the research proposal to an action item. All board members present voted aye by voice vote. The motion passed. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson had disconnected by phone.)
Ms. Evans moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to approve the research proposal as presented. All board members present voted aye by voice vote. The motion passed. (Mr. Ascah was absent and Dr. Hendrickson had disconnected by phone.)
XIII. COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETINGS Susan Werner reviewed the Open House that the Board held last spring, the format, purpose to provide information to the community, and good feedback on the format used. The 90% design development will be another good opportunity to show how everything with the high school project works. Administration can choose topics with board member's input. A date should be chosen shortly, in January, and the open house will be advertised for people to have on their calendars. Ms. Dorman will coordinate dates with the administration and board. A decision was made to have the open house information taped by C-Net and run longer. Ms. Werner expressed that addressing faculty was another component to be considered. It will be important to discuss the transition along with the entire project. Faculty department November 13, 2006 Board Meeting meetings may be a good opportunity to accomplish this through the months of December and January.
The board was addressed by the following members of the audience: Dan Rowland, Kathy DiMuccio, Tom Leitzinger, and Cindy Harding. Topics, concerns and issues were: taping of the open house - actual sessions, the presentation for music group, people in school do not know what they are getting, time frame before bidding not long, board room versus where meetings are being held, not live for C-Net, music presentation not being given to others, information exists now and is not being given, and request for written explanation why one group and not another.
XIV. REPORTS President - Susan Werner reminded board members to complete forms and return them to the Board Secretary. Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 pm the Act 1 Tax Study Commission Public Hearing will be held in the Board Room, 131 W. Nittany Avenue. The Board will hold its own Public Hearing before March 13, 2007. The Student Government Forum with four board members went very well. The students had great questions and their thought process was very impressive.
Superintendent - Patricia Best announced that the district participated with the community efforts in the United Way Campaign. Donna Ricketts headed the district campaign with focus on contributions and participation. Once again our faculty and staff were generous and surpassed the previous years. Dr. Best spoke on state leadership and referred to many of our district faculty that not only does a wonderful job locally but is involved on the state level also.
PSBA - Lou Ann Evans reported that the PASA/PSBA Conference on School Leadership was a great experience. The PSBA Executive Board is looking at some internal restructuring and she will keep the board updated.
NSBA - David Hutchinson reported John Peterson to sign NCLB Act.
COG - Donna Queeney reported there was difficulty with a vote for expansion. One member was working and there is a tie vote for the expansion issue.
LEG - David Hutchinson shared that he was looking forward to working with Scott Conklin.
XV. FUTURE AGENDA ITEM Community Information Meetings
XVI. ADJOURNMENT Dr. McCracken moved, Ms. Evans seconded to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 pm. The motion passed. Ms. Werner announced the board would adjourn to an Executive Session on Litigation.