State College Area School District

Our Mission: To prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education

9/6/06 Board Work Session

BOARD WORK SESSION
SEPTEMBER 6, 2006
7:00 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 work session to order at 7:14 pm.

Board members present: Robert Ascah, Lou Ann Evans (connected by phone), David Hutchinson, Robert Hendrickson, Janet McCracken, Donna Queeney, Gowen Roper, Susan Werner

Board members absent: Elizabeth Dutton

Board secretary: Mary Jenn Dorman

Solicitor:

Superintendent: Patricia Best

District Personnel: Cameron Bausch, Randy Brown, Craig Butler, Pamela Francis, Curtis Johnson, Deb Latta, Ken Mawritz, Ed Poprik, Dennis Younkin

Guests: Charles Abdalla, Cindy Carpenter, Tony Ciccarelli, Aimee Cromarty, Neal Cromarty, Kathy DiMuccio, Mary Dupuis, Bonna Elfant, R. Fagan, Joe Fedeli, Harry Gill, W. B. Ingram, Patty Kleban, Charles Loviscky, Mary Marino, Ann McGlaughlin, Ron McGlaughlin, Dena Pauling, Ann Peno, Frank Peno, Laura Ragan, Dan Rowland, Marybeth Snell, Chris Small, Paul Suhey, Eric Topp, Brenda Walsh, Kenneth Walsh, Patricia Wild, Mary Ann Zimmerman

II. WELCOME

Susan Werner welcomed those attending the board work session for the discussion of the written comments. Board members read the testimonies and each would comment on how he or she compiled everything read. The decision was made to discuss this in an open setting.

Ms. Werner reviewed the needs and goals of the high school project that began approximately three (3) years ago.

A board member encouraged fellow board members to follow the process that has been done in the past. As a group, they have been very good at the process of thinking aloud, giving each concern, idea, and consideration.

III. BOARD COMMENTS

Each board member spoke on how he/she categorized the many written comments. There were many opinions that stood out as a concern. The concerns were: cost, save the South building, renovate both buildings, a second high school, and do nothing. The majority said 'stop' but no follow-up on exactly what to do.

Board members discussed the frustration, opposition, and issues of the community that are troubling. Some letters did contain mis-information and it was decided that the board should correct the information, for clarification only, not part of the process. Some of the community is against the 9 - 12 concept in one building. Many letters did acknowledge the quality of the district curriculum. Student achievement and the pathways to accomplishment with the district curriculum and programs came through very clear. Those who wrote letters of support mentioned that students do have a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

Dr. Hendrickson had put together a power point presentation and gave his interpretation on what he had read, both oral and written. A copy of the power point is part of the official minutes.

Mr. Ascah left the work session at 9:01 pm.

Board members agreed that this discussion process had been very helpful. In this process, no decision has been made yet and they all hope to arrive at one. At the September 11 board meeting, a decision will be made with a vote for the PlanCon D submission. Board members will continue the process of evaluation for the vote.

IV. ADJOURNMENT

The work session ended at 9:10 pm.

Submitted by,



Mary Jenn Dorman
Board Secretary