Board Meeting Agenda/Minutes 6-10-13

The approved minutes are posted below the agenda. All attachments are PDFs.
  
June 10, 2013 Regular Board Meeting
7:00 pm – Board Room
131 W. Nittany Avenue
State College, PA 16801
 
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
II. COMMUNICATIONS
 
III. PUBLIC COMMENT (Each individual will be limited to comments of five (5) minutes as time permits for items on this agenda or related to Board business.)
 
IV. ROUTINE APPROVALS
A motion to approve the listing of Routine Approvals as presented.
A. Meeting Minutes: May 6, 2013 Regular Meeting, May 13, 2013 Work Session, and May 20, 2013 Regular Meeting (attachment IV-A)
B. School District Bills for May 2013 (attachment IV-B)
C. Financial Reports for April 2013 (attachment IV-C)
D. Budget Amendment for 2012-2013 School Year for Park Forest Elementary (attachment IV-D)
E. Overnight/Out-of-State Student Travel (attachment IV-E)
F. Foreign Exchange Student for the 2013-2014 School Year (attachment IV-F)
G. Second reading and approval of the proposed secondary textbooks for the 2013-2014 school year (materials distributed 6/6/13)
H. The bid award for notebook storage and changing carts to low bidder CDW-G in the amount of $829/cart for a total delivered cost of $49,200. (attachment IV-H)
I. Food Service Breakfast and Lunch Meal prices for the 2013-2014 school year. (attachment IV-I)
J. Annual bid award for Food Service dairy supplies to low bidder, Schneider Valley Farms, in the amount of $47,701.94 as presented. (attachment IV-J)
K. Bid award for student portraits recommended to Lifetouch for one (1) year with the possibility of four (4 annual extensions, not to exceed five (5) total years as presented. (attachment IV-K)
L. Human Resource Recommendations (attachment IV-L)
 
V. ACTION ITEMS
A. A motion to approve the Final Budget for FY 2013-2014 in the amount of $119,678,204 with a 2.7% tax increase and with the real estate tax rate going from 37.73 mills to 38.75 mills as presented. (attachment V-A)
B. A motion to approve the 2013 Homestead/Farmstead Resolution as presented. (attachment V-B)
C. A motion to approve the 2013 Real Estate Tax Installment Payment Resolution as presented. (attachment V-C)
D. A motion for approval of the annual extension of the Hartman Agency as the district Insurance Broker as presented. (attachment V-D)
E. A motion to approve the Martinsburg Football Game contract for the 2013 and 2014 fall seasons as presented. (attachment V-E)
F. A motion to approve a one (1) year contract to SchoolMessenger, an Automated Notification System that will result in a change in the vendor for this service, at a fee not to exceed $9,591 ($1.39/student) as presented. (attachment V-F)
G. A motion to approve the bid award for 1 - 72 passenger used school bus and 2 - 30 passenger school buses to low bidder, M.A Brightbill, in a total amount not to exceed $156,000 as presented. (attachment V-G)
H. A motion to approve cellular service provider, Verizon Wireless, under the Western States Alliance Contract for an approximate amount of $16,500/year for the district as presented. (attachment V-H).
I. A motion to approve the bid award for the Audio Visual Switchgear to low bidder, Troxell, Inc., in the amount of $68,981 as presented. (attachment V-I)
J. A motion to approve the bid award for Video Encoders to low bidder, RPC Video in the amount of $10,636 as presented. (attachment V-J)
 
VI. INFORMATION / DISCUSSION
A. District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
● Life, ADD, and LTD Insurance provider changes for district employees. (attachment VI-A1)
● Propose AESOP Sub-calling System for consideration (attachment VI-A2)
● Development Planning Update (attachment V-A3)
B. Staffing Proposals:
● High School Administrative Team Structure (attachment VI-B)
○ Draft High School Principal Job Description (attachment VI-B1)
○ Draft Associate High School Principal Job Description (attachment VI-B2)
○ Draft Dean of Students Job Description (attachment VI-B3)
● Assistant Physical Plant Director (attachment VI-B4)
C. District Goal Category: Improving Student Achievement
● Grade 7 Academic Literacy Proposal (attachment VI-C)
D. District Goal Category: Facilities
● High School Project: Option Comparison Matrix Update (attachment VI-D)
VII. FUTURE AGENDA PLANNING
June 17 - Work Session on the High School Project
 
June 24 - Regular Meeting
**Action Items
   Depositories and Investments Institutions (Routine )
   Insurance Providers (Routine)
   Appointment of Tax Collectors (Routine)
   Gasoline, Heating Oil and Propane (Routine)
   Bid Award for Replacement Windows at PV
   Technology Infrastructure
   Bid Award for Tennis Court Resealing
   Bid Award for Water Heater Replacement
   Approval of Proposed Sub-calling System
**Information/Discussion
   Job Description for Instructional Coordinator
   CNET Annual Report
 
July 8 - Regular Meeting
**Action Items
**Information/Discussion
 
July 22 - Regular Meeting followed by High School Project Work Session
**Action Items
**Information/Discussion
 
August 12 - Regular Meeting
**Action Items
**Information/Discussion
 
VIII. ADJOURNMENT
 
Minutes
June 10, 2013 Regular Board Meeting
7:00 pm – Board Room
131 W. Nittany Avenue
State College, PA 16801

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Penni Fishbaine, board president, called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. She welcomed and thanked all in attendance and those viewing from home. Ms. Fishbaine announced the Board had an Executive Session June 3 on Personnel and prior to this meeting, June 10, on personnel and legal matters. She asked board members for any changes to the agenda, there were no changes.

A copy of all materials distributed to board members for discussion and/or action is included with the official minutes, unless otherwise indicated.

Board members present: Amber Concepcion, Penni Fishbaine, David Hutchinson, Jim Leous (by phone), Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk, Laurel Zydney
Board members absent: Gowen Roper, Dorothea Stahl
Board Secretary: Mary Jenn Dorman
Solicitor: Scott Etter
Superintendent: Robert O’Donnell
District Personnel: Amy Barnhart, Robin Bastress, Randy Brown, Marjorie Costello, Danielle Crowe, Robert Drafall, Linda Eggebeen, Sandy Emerich, Michael Hardy, Bernard Herbst, Brian Ishler, Barbara Judy, Jacquelyn Martin, Julie Miller, Julia Nelson, Jason Perrin, Mary Peterson, Ed Poprik, Sam Rocco, Wilda Stanfield, Jane Stanton, Holli Jo Warner, Donna Watson, Karen Wiser,
Guests: Emily Allegaer, Joni Arrington, Cathy Bowen, Mindy Cornhaver, Jeri Elder, Scott Fozard, Bernard Herbst, Max Herbst, Mark Higgins, Jeff Jury, Jin Lenhart, Rebecca Misangyi, Sharon Miller, Mike Morgan, Joel Nelson, Katie Otto

II. COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. O’Donnell noted that over Memorial Day weekend, the Wind Turbine was installed at Mount Nittany Middle School. The project was approved as an educational tool for the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative in 2011, and its output will be included in the building dashboard for Mount Nittany Elementary School. Thanks to the hard work of the Park Forest Middle School STEM team, this project idea became a reality and was made possible in part due to many funding sources.

Dr. O’Donnell recognized some of our outstanding Music Accomplishments from the late spring. Under the guidance of Bob Drafall, Paul Leskowicz and Jim Robinson, our ensembles performed for some of the most esteemed judges from the US and Canada.

The results are as follows:
SCAHS Symphonic Band, Gold Medal; First Place
SCAHS Jazz Band, Gold Medal; First Place
SCAHS String Orchestra, Gold Medal; First Place
SCAHS Master Singers, Gold Medal; First Place
SCAHS Cecilian Singers, Gold Medal; First Place
SCAHS OMA, Gold Medal; First Place
Adjudicator Award Trophies (Average Score of 92 or higher for instrumental and 95 or higher for choral) Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Master Singers & Cecilian Singers Choral Sweepstakes Trophy, Instrumental Sweepstakes Trophy, Total Program Sweepstakes Trophy Individual Solo Awards were won by: Rhythm Section of the Jazz Band (Carter Freije, Joe Denby, Ian Gregory, Alexander Korte, Zach McGowan, Dan Schimmel), Abbey Harrington, Jacob Cordell, James Cunningham, Boyoung Kim, Emma Mosier, Kyle Shafer

As a result of their respective performances, each of the ensembles has also received an invitation to perform at any of the following venues in 2014: Carnegie Hall, New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington D. C.; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Los Angeles

III. PUBLIC COMMENT
Ms. Fishbaine asked for a show of hands of audience members that would like to speak and noted that each individual will be limited to comments of five (5) minutes for items on this agenda or related to Board business.

The following audience members addressed the board:
--Jeff Jury explained that he was representing Tina Young, Forever Young Student Photos. He reviewed the bid process, the history of the company, Forever Young has a great record and was offered a second year, and is a local company. The recommended company, LifeTouch has not been here since 2006 and is based out-of-state. He asked the Board to consider tabling the recommendation on the agenda tonight for a vote.
--Joel Nelson spoke on reducing the FCS (Family Consumer Science) Program. Taking FCS in middle school changed his life and he is now in the Culinary Arts Program at the high school. He works in a restaurant and knows so much today due to this class and asked that it remain an option for others.
--Emily Allegaer explained that she had FCS in 6th grade and the class, Exploring Business, opened a door for her learning etiquette, how to interact with people, provided real life experiences, and learned about food safety. Please do not take this option away.
--Katie Otto spoke on many students not feeing comfortable taking Tech Ed class and students should not be forced to take something they are not comfortable doing. Students should feel comfortable with and in school.
--Julia Nelson noted that the Literacy Program is great. There is room for FCS also and would like the Board to relook at the proposal before making a decision.
--Jeri Elder spoke on behalf of her daughter who believes that FCS makes your brain think in a different way and explained that her daughter feels the brain needs time to reflect, rest, and think differently and FCS provides this. She explained her daughter was very passionate about this and middle school students need this available to them.

IV. ROUTINE APPROVALS
A motion to approve the listing of Routine Approvals as presented.
-Meeting Minutes May 6, 2013 Regular Meeting, May 13, 2013 Work Session, and May 20, 2013 Regular Meeting
-School District Bills for May 2013:
                        2012-2013         Total
•General Fund: $8,601,032.74    $8,601,032.74
     Checks 1005461 through 1006039 and V102345 through V102374
•Food Service Fund: 176,642.64    176,642.64
     Checks 60662 through 60694
•Athletics Fund: 77,980.21    77,980.21
     Checks 46217 and 46394
•Activities Fund: 53,615.54    53,615.54
     Checks 90319 through 90348
•Purchasing Cards: 112,605.57    112,605.57
     April 2013: Checks 773, 6933, 410, 173
Total All Funds    $9,021,876.70     $9,021,876.70
- Financial Reports for April 2013
- Budget Amendment, “Safe Routes to School,” mini-grant from PRC Wellness Center of Penn State Hershey to Park Forest Elementary School in the amount of $2,969.35 for their Bike Safety Program.
- Overnight/Out-of-State Student Travel
- Foreign Exchange Student for the 2013-2014 School Year
- Approval of the proposed secondary textbooks for the 2013-2014 school year
- The bid award for notebook storage and changing carts to low bidder CDW-G in the amount of $829/cart for a total delivered cost of $49,200.
- Food Service Breakfast and Lunch Meal prices for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Annual bid award for Food Service dairy supplies to low bidder, Schneider Valley Farms, in the amount of $47,701.94 for the 2013-2014 school year as presented. (attachment IV-J)
- Human Resource Recommendations (refer to attachment IV-L)

Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the Routine Approvals. Mr. Hutchinson noted a board member wanted Item K pulled and Ms. Zydney agreed for item K to be pulled. Dr. Pawelczyk amended the motion to approve Routine Approvals except item K as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

V. STUDENT PORTRAITS
A motion to approve the bid award for student portraits recommended to Lifetouch for one (1) year with the possibility of four (4) annual extensions, not to exceed five (5) total years as presented. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. McGlaughlin seconded to approve the motion.

Board members requested more information regarding this recommendation and Mr. Brown and Ms. Watson came forward to answer questions. Ms. Zydney asked Mr. Brown to explain how the process of selection for the recommendation is done. Mr. Brown explained that the bids were very close, Lifetouch offered more prints, were providing a scholarship for a student, and provided five school recommendations. Ms. Watson added that being local/not local was not one of the criteria.

With the motion and second to approve the bid award for student portraits recommended to Lifetouch for one (1) year with the possibility of four (4) annual extensions, not to exceed five (5) total years as presented, six board members voted aye, one nay (Ms. Zydney) on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

Dr. O’Donnell noted the retirement of Brian Peters in the Human Resource Recommendations. Mr. Peters is leaving and moving to the Southwest and Dr. O’Donnell wished him well in the transition. Mr. Peters has been a big part of our district and served in various positions. Two board members noted they had the privilege of having children in Easterly Parkway School while Mr. Peters served as the principal. It was a great experience.

VI. FINAL BUDGET FY2013-2014
A motion to approve the Final Budget for FY2013-2014 in the amount of $119,678,204 with a 2.7% tax increase and with the real estate tax rate going from 37.73 mills to 38.75 mills as outlined in the following resolution:

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED:
That the Board of School Directors of the State College Area School District, Centre County, Pennsylvania hereby adopts the annual budget of and for said District for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2013, as more fully set forth in PDE Form 2028 which was presented at this meeting;

Further, that said Board of School Directors hereby authorizes the expenditure of 119,678,204 dollars during the school fiscal year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, and more particularly and fully detailed in the proposed annual budget as aforesaid; and

Further, that said Board of School Directors does hereby levy a real estate tax of 38.75 Mills of the assessed valuation ($3.875 per $100 of assessed value) on all real estate within the State College Area School District, pursuant to the authority of “The Public School Code of 1949", as amended for the school fiscal year as aforesaid; and

Further, that said Board of School Directors continues to levy the following taxes heretofore levied pursuant to the authority of "The Local Tax Enabling Act", as amended: (1) Realty Transfer Tax -1/2%; (2) Earned Income Tax - .95%; and (3) Local Services Tax - $5.00.

That said proposed taxes as levied and continued to be levied shall provide revenue for the proposed expenditures authorized above.

Further, that said Board of School Directors does designate $8,572,000 of Unreserved Fund Balance to mitigate tax increases in future years related to PSERS rate changes and designate $3,000,000 of Unreserved Fund Balance to mitigate tax increases in future years related to the District’s legal liability.

ENACTED as a Resolution of the State College Area School District at a Regular Meeting of the Board of School Directors held on the 10th day of June 2013.
STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
 
There were no questions or discussion. Ms. Concepcion moved and Mr. Hutchinson seconded to approve the motion. Six board members voted aye, one nay (Dr. Pawelczyk) on a roll call vote. The motion passed. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

VI. HOMESTEAD/FARMSTEAD RESOLUTION
A motion to approve the 2013 Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion Resolution as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Ms. McGlaughlin moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

VII. 2013 REAL ESTATE TAX INSTALLMENT PAYMENT RESOLUTION
A motion to approve the 2013 Real Estate Tax Universal Installment Payment Resolution as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Ms. McGlaughlin moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to approve the motion.

All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

VIII. DISTRICT INSURANCE BROKER
A motion for approval of the extension of the Hartman Agency as the district Insurance Broker for a period of three (3) years effective July 1, 2013 at the proposed fixed fee of $55,000 per/year as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Ms. Concepcion moved and Mr. Hutchinson seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

IX. MARTINSBURG FOOTBALL GAME CONTRACT
A motion to approve the Martinsburg Football Game contract for 2013 and 2014 fall seasons to be scheduled in our week 3 slot as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. McGlaughlin seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote.

(Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

X. AUTOMATED NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
A motion to approve a one (1) year contract to SchoolMessenger, an Automated Notification System that will result in a change in the vendor for this service, at a fee not to exceed $9,591 ($1.39/student) per year as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

XI. BID AWARD for SCHOOL BUSES
A motion to approve the bid award for 1 - 72 passenger pre-owned school bus and 2 - 30 passenger pre-owned school buses to low bidder, M.A Brightbill, in a total amount not to exceed $156,000 as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

XII. CELLULAR SERVICE PROVIDER
A motion to approve cellular service provider, Verizon Wireless, under the Western States Alliance Contract for an approximate amount of $16,500/year for the district as presented. The proposal accepted is for an open-ended partnership. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

XIII. BID AWARD for AUDIO VISUAL SWITCHGEAR
A motion to approve the bid award for the Audio Visual Switchgear to low bidder, Troxell, Inc., in the amount of $68,981 as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

XIV. BID AWARD for VIDEO ENCODERS
A motion to approve the bid award for Video Encoders to low bidder, RPC Video, in the amount of $10,636 as presented. There were no questions or discussion. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to approve the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Mr. Leous was connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.)

XV. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: FISCAL STEWARDSHIP
Life, ADD, and LTD Insurance provider changes for district employees.

Ms. Emerich explained that administration has been working with the National Insurance services on the possibility of lowering our costs for Life, ADD and LTD Insurances. A reduction of 20% was requested before the district would commit to new insurance carriers. Reliance Standard Insurance Company will cover the Life Insurance and ADD and the LTD Insurance covered by Madison National Life Insurance Company. There will be no change to the district coverage and the rates are guaranteed for three years and will take effect on July 1, 2013.

Propose AESOP Sub-calling System for consideration
Ms. Emerich proposed the AESOP Sub-calling System with a PowerPoint presentation. She reviewed the history of the current system we are using, how AESOP would help, the many different advantages that AESOP would provide for tracking and streamlining our paper process. Board member asked how many would be added to the system and Ms. Emerich explained that currently the teachers are in the sub-calling system, but it is planned to add all support staff also. Administrators can check times used by all with the user-friendly access. This will be brought back for approval on the next meeting agenda.

Development Planning Update
Mr. Brown explained he has been working on a proposal for a development function for the district fundraising efforts. He reviewed the emphasis on criteria included in the proposal and is expecting responses from the RFP by the end of June. The CAC for Finance assisted in preparation of the proposal and they will also be involved in reviewing the responses. A recommendation is scheduled to come to the Board in August. Solicitor, Dr. Etter, left the meeting at 7:43 p.m.

XVI. STAFFING PROPOSALS
High School Administrative Team Structure
Mr. Hardy presented the High School Administrative Restructuring Plan as follows:
● High School Principal / Mr. Scott DeShong
● Associate High School Principal / Mr. Curtis Johnson - He will maintain grade-level responsibilities at the North building
● Grade Level Principal High School South / Ms. Kathleen Pechtold
● Grade Level Principal High School North / To be announced
● Dean of Students / TBA - This individual will assume grade-level responsibilities at the South building He explained the many new challenges with the new teacher evaluation process, revisions to standardized testing, the new high school project, and the fact that the high school has not started with the same team for the last four years. With this administrative structure, we can maintain consistency academically. Mr. DeShong has distinguished himself as a true leader and Mr. Johnson supports this decision along with them working very well together as a team, committed to students and faculty. Mr. DeShong as 9-12 Instructional Leader is more realistic than also disciplining a grade level.

Board members discussed: same model that was brought forth three or four years ago, key players in key positions, this being in line with other schools our size, and Mr. Hardy responded that it is less than others.

Ms. Emerich provided a draft job description for each of the following positions:
● High School Principal Job Description
● Associate High School Principal Job Description
● Dean of Students Job Description
She asked if there were any questions, additions, or changes. There were none.

Assistant Physical Plant Director
Mr. Brown explained that this position was created on an interim basis to enable the physical plant director to address the facility demands and needs in a more resourceful manner. It has been determined this position adds significant value and this job description has been provided for Board consideration for this as a permanent position effective July 1, 2013. The approval of the job description and position will be brought back on the June 24 agenda for action.

Mr. Leous disconnected by phone at 7:55 p.m.

XVII. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Grade 7 Academic Literacy Proposal

Mr. Perrin noted this program promotes learning opportunities for writers and readers, and it is not about a problem, but doing things a little better. To propose something for middle school, something needs to go away and Mr. Perrin spent time engaged with middle level administration to understand their thinking.

Ms. Martin explained this is to be a year-long course designed for all students in seventh grade to read critically, write about texts, and discuss texts in a range of disciplines. She spoke on what Academic Literacy is and what skills this course would address, why it is being proposed for 7th grade at this time, how the implementation of this course would impact schedules for the 2013-14 school year, and how staffing would be utilized for Academic Literacy/Reading. Mr. Perrin noted the draft schedules and reviewed how the 6th grade would have no change, 7th grade would have either Tech Ed or Academic Literacy opposite world languages, and eighth grade would have Tech Ed opposite world languages, eliminating the FCS (Family Consumer Science) courses offered in seventh and eighth grades.

Mr. Ishler spoke to the staffing increase of 1.5 FTE, building use, and classrooms.

Board members discussed: how they are planning to meet the standards, giving students life skill of reading, writing, and speaking, team structure for teachers to collaborate, English teacher is still the one most constructive for what is worked on with students, 21st Century Skills, oral communications, writing the course and see what we would use to support the course, a variety of fiction/non-fiction, CCL has discussed two different times, this proposal is stretching out the goal, stay within the staffing imprint, it is a framework and have teacher apply to what they teach, certification for the course would be a reading specialist, and how we ensure to give a meaningful experience.

The following people from the audience addressed the Board:
--Mary Peterson spoke on Family Consumer Sciences (FCS) being more than foods and clothing. They offer decision making, practical reasoning, how to inform and discuss, resolve conflicts, and use critical thinking skills. She proceeded to inform the board what FCS is today and how the loss of these courses will greatly impact students by not having this meaningful activity in their lives. A copy of Ms. Peterson’s remarks is part of the official minutes.
--Cathy Bowen explained that as she read this proposal, it raised questions: Why do we need this course if a solid foundation is established when taught the fundamentals? How much time is spent outside the classroom practicing or doing assignments that could improve academic literacy? What are the real costs implementing the proposed program at the expense of eliminating Family Consumer Sciences? She is a proponent for keeping FCS in grades 6, 7, and 8 as it currently exists. A copy of Ms. Bowen’s remarks is part of the official minutes.
-- Robin Bastress noted that she is a FCS teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School and the course is designed to teach students to be self-responsible in finances, 21st Century Skills, prepare for work, and life. These courses are academics in action, providing a unique curriculum not an antique one, students experience hands-on learning, communication skills, learn about fresh foods, and healthy menus.
--Mindy Cornhaver came to speak on the impact of Art classes but it is not happening this year. She noted that evidence is being spoken that the proposed program would make an impact on many students.
-- Barbara Judy noted that she is a FCS teacher and spoke to the fluid knowledge that students currently receive in grades 6 - 12 with the number of lessons provided. It would be a significant disservice to our students not offering a choice, but channeling them into one area. The Academic Literacy course has yet to be written, and others have been given a semester or a full year before implementation.
--Max Herbst spoke on being offered Reading or Tech Ed as the choice and a problem with overflow. It is very important to continue to offer FCS, what happens to all the students that want to take this in 8th grade, and need skills of problem solving and all that is offered by the FCS courses.
-- Becky Misangyi noted this is too big a loss to our students, have standards be higher in academic classes, not add another, and taking away from other programs is really the wrong way to do this.
--Bernie Herbst suggested looking at 4th and 5th grade for this proposal, might make more sense to do at an earlier age, should not take away skills taught in FCS, and thanked the committee for investigating this.
--Mark Higgins noted that his daughter is an A+ reader and loves FCS because it teaches her about life. Literacy problems should be addressed in elementary, FCS teaches life skills, first time to be able to choose non-traditional courses, and with a little cut here and a cut there, this school is not going to be special.
--Joni Arrington spoke on the benefits from FCS for students, taking choices away from them, some may not be interested in Tech Ed, and the curriculum is not even written.

Ms. Fishbaine thanked all for their comments.

XVIII. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: FACILITIES
High School Project: Option Comparison Matrix Update
Dr. Pawelczyk reported the Culture, Climate, and Learning (CCL) Subcommittee of the Board met last week to review the feedback for the evaluation option matrix. The board will need to reduce options and this feedback came from CEAT and CACs top 10 criteria.

All were brought into a form for the representation of seven broad areas as follows:
● Safety and Security
● Educational Model
● Site and Location
● Cost
● Construction
● Environment Concerns and Sustainability

Discussed how do we develop weights, rate Not Important …. Very Important, CACs, other stakeholders, booster clubs, staff members, etc. When we get this together, who should look at this and decide weights? We need a weighting process or provide a tool that would represent what is important.

Board members discussed: CACs doing individually or together, differentiate where information is coming from, what part of the community do they consider themselves to be, could do electronically, having feedback could be valuable, three different concepts all within a few numbers of each other, go to different places to get a random sample, and will discuss further at the June 17 Work Session.

XIX. FUTURE AGENDA PLANNING
Ms. Fishbaine noted that the Board would have a Work Session June 17. Mr. Hutchinson will have the Draft PlanCon Resolution ready for review at this meeting. The Academic Literacy Proposal will be back on the June 24 agenda for action. Board member noted the Demographic Analysis is scheduled for a meeting in July but the HS - District-wide Data will be reviewed at the June 17 Work Session.

XX. ADJOURNMENT
Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Concepcion seconded to adjourn the meeting. All board members present voted aye with a voice vote. The motion passed. (Mr. Leous was no longer connected by phone and Dr. Roper and Ms. Stahl were absent.) Ms. Fishbaine adjourned the meeting at 9:46 p.m.

Submitted by,
Mary Jenn Dorman