State College Area School District

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7/24/06 Board Meeting Minutes

REGULAR BOARD MEETING
July 24, 2006
7:30 PM, Borough Council Chambers, Room 304
State College Borough Building
243 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Susan Werner, board president, called the regular meeting to order at 7:31 pm.

Board members present: Elizabeth Dutton, Robert Hendrickson, David Hutchinson, Janet McCracken, Gowen Roper, Susan Werner

Board members absent: Robert Ascah, Donna Queeney

Board secretary: Marie Caster (acting)

Solicitor: Scott Etter

Superintendent: Patricia Best

District personnel: Cameron Bausch, Randy Brown, Craig Butler, Dennis Guth, Kenneth Mawritz, Ed Poprik, Ron Shealer, Pat Vernon, Karen Wiser

Guests: Bohumil Kasal, Kathy DiMuccio, Cecelia Dunoyer, Penni Fishbane, Tom Leitzinger, Mary Marino, Ann McGlaughlin, Ron McGlaughlin, Dena Pauling, Paul Suhey, Eric Topp, Brenda Walsh, Kenneth Walsh

II. RECOGNITIONS
Patricia Best announced the recognition of members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) for their placement in State and National competitions. Dr. Best gave a brief explanation of the recognition and commended the students for their accomplishments. Certificates of commendation were presented to the students by Mr. Craig Butler, High School Principal, R. Patrick Vernon, High School TSA Advisor, Dr. Karen Wiser, Park Forest Middle School Principal, and Mr. Ron Shealer, Mount Nittany Middle School TSA Advisor.

National TSA Winners: Karen Alley, Adam Jones, Will Lesieutre, Damon Pipenberg, Will Ross, Austin Shears

State TSA Winners: Karen Alley, Chloe Alpert, Eddie Boal, Will Cox, Jamie Glass, Lydia Glick, James Godish, Adam Jones, Will Lesieutre, Taylor Mabry, Carlos Maldonado, Eric Margusity, Sean McPherson, Kwasi Nti, Razvan Orendovici, Logan Osgood-Jacobs, Ben Pipenberg, Damon Pipenberg, Sara Rafacz, Brady Ripka, Jesse Rodgers, Will Ross, Austin Shears, Abby Wilson

In addition, the following students were recognized as finalists in at least one of their events: Chloe Alpert, Ryan Bisbey, Christian Blanford, Russ Burkhart, Angela Card, Alex Frieden, Jamie Glass, Lydia Glick, John Grimes, John Haviland, Brian Horton, A.J. Jaffe, Joshua Kaye, Geoff Kim, Matt Lee, Will Lesieutre, Taylor Mabry, Carlos Maldonado, Eric Margusity, Ryan Mullins, Kwasi Nti, Razvan Orendovici, Logan Osgood-Jacobs, Damon Pipenberg, Sarah Rafacz, Liz Rinehart, Brady Ripka, Jesse Rodgers, Will Ross, Christoph Schlom, Austin Shears, Alex Warner, Abby Wilson, Catherine Ye

Not all students were in attendance due to other summer commitments.

III. OPEN DISCUSSION

Tom Leitzinger requested that 'key' work sessions be televised.

Mary Marino spoke about the District Wide Master Plan.

IV. ROUTINE APPROVALS

Board Members were presented for approval, a listing of travel requests for staff members to attend meetings or conferences.

The Report on Investments as of June 30, 2006, and the Treasurer's Cash Report as of June 30, 2006 were presented to the board for approval. A copy of the reports is part of the official minutes.

Budget transfers for Fund 10 were presented to the board for approval. A copy of the listing is part of the official minutes.

Ms. Dutton moved, Dr. McCracken seconded to approve the travel requests, the financial reports ending June 30, 2006 and budget transfers. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah and Dr. Queeney were absent.)

V. PERSONNEL REPORT

Dennis Guth presented the Personnel Report with addendum, for approval. A copy of the Personnel Report and addendum is part of the official minutes.

Leave of Absence
Lisa Varley-Ross, Learning Support Teacher at Radio Park Elementary School, requested a Leave of Absence with pay from August 28, 2006 through September 2, 2006, to be followed by a Leave of Absence without pay through October 4, 2006.

Appointments
Kelly Parks recommended to a position as 1.0 Contract First Grade Elementary Teacher in the Radio Park Elementary School for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $38,457.

Rachelle Senior recommended to a position as a 1.0 Predictable Term Substitute Elementary Teacher for the 2006-07 school year in the Lemont Elementary School at a salary of $34,900.

Todd Roth recommended to a position as a 1.0 Contract Third Grade Elementary Teacher in the Park Forest Elementary School at a salary of $40,900.

Mark Feldman recommended to a position as 1.0 Contract Mathematics Teacher in the Park Forest Middle School for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $62,402.

Jeffrey Beck recommended to a position as 1.0 Contract Art Teacher in the Park Forest and Mount Nittany Middle Schools for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $38,563.

Molly Gazda recommended to a position as a 1.0 Predictable Term Substitute Art Teacher for the 2006-07 school year in the Park Forest Middle School at a salary of $38,563.

Billie-Jo Rigard recommended to a position as 1.0 Predictable Term Substitute Learning Support Teacher in the High School North for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $38,040.

Katherine Pezanowski recommended to a position as a 1.0 Predictable Term Substitute English Teacher for the 2006-07 school year in the High School South at a salary of $34,491.

James Bleil recommended to a position as a 1.0 Contract Earth Science Teacher in the High School South at a salary of $40,912.

Lina Eid recommended to an additional position as a .67 Contract French Teacher in the High School. This addition to her current .33 Contract brings her to a full 1.0 Contract at a salary of $41,628.

Joyce Hall recommended to an additional position as a .50 Contract Speech and Language Specialist, District-Wide, at a salary of $51,652. This addition to her current .50 Contract brings her to a full 1.0 Contract.

Norah Gaughan recommended to a position as a 1.0 Contract Vision Support Teacher, District-Wide, at a salary of $67,074.

Extra Duty/Extra Pay
Jennifer Liese resigned as Assistant Boys/Girls Mount Nittany Middle School Soccer Coach effective July 3, 2006.
Steve Kurzinger resigned as Foodball Photographer effective July 14, 2006.
Tere Rill resigned as Head 9th-Grade Cheerleading Coach effective July 5, 2006.
Kerri Adams resigned as Assistant Boys/Girls Mount Nittany Middle School Soccer Coach effective June 27, 2006.
Lynn Mona resigned as Park Forest Middle School Mathcounts Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Mary Kay Montovino resigned as Mount Nittany Middle School Communications Club Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Samuel Rocco resigned as Mount Nittany Middle School Select Choirs Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Margaret Shutes resigned as Mount Nittany Middle School Recorder Ensemble Advisor and Select Choirs Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Jacqueline Saylor resigned as High School Academic Decathlon Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Jo Henry resigned as Choir Advisor in the High School effective July 18, 2006.
Frances Russell resigned as High School Dance Team Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Robert Placky resigned as High School Fine Arts Club Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Amy Bowersox resigned as High School Gay & Straight Alliance Advisor, LEO Club Advisor and Freshman Class Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Susan Anderson resigned as High School Mock Trial Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Lorraine Howley resigned as High School Mock Trial Co-Advisor effective July 18, 2006.
Maure Irwin-Furmanek requested a leave of absence from her position as Park Forest Middle School Newspaper Advisor for the 2006-07 school year.
Kelly Parks recommended as Head Cheerleading Coach for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $5,306.
Kerri Adams recommended as Head Boys/Girls Mount Nittany Middle School Soccer Coach for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $2,709.95.
Douglas Bates recommended as Assistant Boys/Girls Varsity Soccer Coach for the 2006-07 school year at a salary of $2,956.20.

Support Personnel (Non-Certificated)
Community Education ' Hired
Nell Herrmann at $18.00/hour
Erin Karten - $18.00/hour

Secretarial/Clerical - Hired
Pamela Nisewonger - $12.20/hour

Paraprofessional - Hired
Margaret Urban at $8.83/hour

Paraprofessional - Terminated
Julie Hensal

Executive Secretary - Wage Adjustment
Anne Clymer - $16.02/hour
Julie Kline - $18.32/hour

Renewal of Non-Staff Coaches for Fall 2006 PIAA-Affiliated Interscholastic Sports Teams
Jane Borden - Girls' Tennis Head Coach
Matt Canich - Boys' Soccer Assistant Coach
Rebecca Donaghue - Girls' Cross Country Head Coach
Bethany Irwin - Ninth Grade Maroon Girls' Basketball Head Coach
Rod Khayat - Park Forest Middle School Co-Ed Soccer Head Coach
John Marsden - Boys' Soccer Head Coach
Ken Miller - Girls' Golf Head Coach
Sam Miller - Mount Nittany Middle School Football Assistant Coach
Virginia Miller - Girls' Cross Country Assistant Coach
Kevin Morooney - Girls' Soccer Head Coach
Brenna O'Connor - Mount Nittany Middle School Girls' Basketball Head Coach
Larry Peterson - Girls' Tennis Assistant Coach
Mike Snyder - Varsity/Junior Varsity Football Assistant Coach
Cindy Solic - Varsity/Junior Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach
Patrick Terpak - Boys' Golf Head Coach
John Tobias - Varsity/Junior Varsity Football Assistant Coach
Sarah Twietmeyer - Girls' Volleyball Assistant Coach
Andrew Walls - Varsity/Junior Varsity Cheerleading Assistant Coach
Alison Weimer - Girls' Soccer Assistant Coach

Ms. Evans moved, Dr. Hendrickson seconded to approve the personnel report as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah and Dr. Queeney were absent.)

VI. BID AWARDS

Ed Poprik recommended to award the bid for HVAC filters used district wide to Fink Brothers Hardware and Supply, Inc., in the amount of $14,370.26.

Mr. Poprik recommended to award bids for miscellaneous custodial supplies as indicated below:

Calico Industries $ 830.28
Central Distributors Co. 22,868.24
Centre Chemical Co. 491.04
Clearfield Wholesale Paper Co 2,643.60
Friedman Electric 418.50
Master Chemical Products 1,638.48
Whitehill Lighting 4,182.00
Total Award $33,072.14
A copy of the recommendation and table of bidders is part of the official minutes.

Ms. Evans moved, Ms. Dutton seconded to approve the above recommended bid awards, all to be approved with one vote, not individually. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah and Dr. Queeney were absent.)

VII. NON-RESIDENT STUDENT REQUEST

In John Sheridan's absence, Patricia Best presented a request for a non-resident foreign exchange student for the 2006-07 school year. Dr. Best stated that the district's Foreign Student Policy of Acceptance is a limit of five spaces, which are filled. It was recommended to deny the request.

Ms. Evans moved, Dr. McCracken seconded to approve the Non-Resident Student Committee's recommendation to deny the request for the 2006-07 school year.

The board was addressed by Dr.Bohumil Kasal, who explained the process he followed to bring the foreign student to our district, and asked questions regarding our policy on acceptance of foreign students. Susan Werner and Patricia Best responded to his questions.

With the motion and second to deny the non-resident student request for the 2006-07 school year, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah and Dr. Queeney were absent.)

VIII. ARCHITECT AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER CONTRACTS
Patricia Best presented a request for reaffirmation of action taken in March 2004 to retain L. Robert Kimball as the architect, and Poole Anderson as construction managers for the high school project.

Ms. Evans moved to reaffirm action taken at the March 22, 2004 regular meeting to retain Kimball and Poole Anderson as architect and construction manager, respectively; ratify contracts, to include addenda with both; direct the Board President and Board Secretary to execute contracts and addenda; and, reaffirm action at Board meetings to approve payments to Kimball and Poole Anderson. Ms. Dutton seconded. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Ascah and Dr. Queeney were absent.)

IX. HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES PROJECT UPDATE

Ed Poprik reported on the numerous reviews and processes involved with the high school project. He touched on several processes, including the land development process with the State College Borough, preliminary reviews with Centre Region Code Enforcement, storm water management permits, and ongoing work with the water and sewer authorities. All are separate processes that affect the project calendar, which should not be looked at globally. With past projects, the CAC for Facilities have prepared reviews at the 30, 60 and 90 percent phases. These are internally developed processes, therefore no board action is required. However, the 60 percent review is critical because this is when it would be verified that the project is progressing within the program budget, and when movement of the design could occur that would allow control of the project costs. Mr. Poprik reported that the CAC for Facilities should be finished with their 60 percent review at their meeting on August 9, and he suggested that the board schedule a work session to discuss the CAC's report sometime around the third week of August. Susan Werner stated that the board secretary would be contacting board members to schedule a work session as suggested.

Susan Werner announced that the board would allow public comment on the high school project and asked for a show of hands. She indicated that each person would have three minutes to address the board, for a total allotted time of 30 minutes. Board members were addressed by Ann McGlaughlin, Ron McGlaughlin, Kathy DeMuccio, Brenda Walsh, Mary Marino, Eric Topp, Penni Fishbane, and Ken Walsh. Topics included re-broadcasting the Act 34 hearing on C-Net, 30, 60 and 90 percent reviews, cost estimates, architect invoices, parking, meeting with Legislators, tax increases, safety issues.

Sue Werner stated that the board has received numerous questions about the Act 34 comments. She wanted to clarify that all comments, including spoken and written, that are submitted to the board from April 24 through August 15 will be included in the report to PDE. The document will be ready for both the board and the public as soon as possible after noon on August 15th. She asked that the board think about a process to compile all the information. A board member suggested a theme idea.

X. RE-BROADCAST OF ACT 34 HEARING ON C-NET

Because of the public comments requesting that the Act 34 hearing continue to be aired on C-Net, Sue Werner asked if the board would like to enter a motion to move the C-Net item to allow board action.

Dr. Hendrickson moved, Ms. Evans seconded to move the C-Net item to action. The board voted aye unanimously by voice vote.
Dr. Hendrickson moved that the broadcast of the Act 34 hearing, held on July 8, 2006, be continued for one more week, Ms. Evans seconded. After some discussion by the board regarding issues related to cost, and whether the broadcast was available on DVD or other mediums, the motion passed by unanimous voice vote.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

Dr. McCracken moved, Ms. Evans seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 pm. The motion passed.

Submitted by,
Marie Caster
Acting Board Secretary