Board Meeting Agenda/Minutes 9-22-14

September 22, 2014 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. Out-of-State/Overnight Student Travel (attachment IV-A)
B. September 8, 2014 Board Meeting Minutes (attachment IV-B)
C. Accept Communications Board Subcommittee meeting notes for September 17, 2014 (attachment IV-C)
D. Fall Interscholastic Athletics Booster Organizations for 2014-2015 school year (attachment IV-D)
E. Recommending appointment of Shannon Messick as District liaison on the CRPR Board replacing Donna Ricketts due to retirement for the remainder of the term Dr. Ricketts was serving. (attachment IV-E)
F. General Contractor Change Orders #2, #3, #4, and #5 for Corl Street Asbestos Project in the amounts of $1,672.22, $545.18, $244.52, and $774.40 respectively to Veronesi Building and Remodeling, Inc. (attachment IV-F)
G. Recommending appointment of Sara Brennen as District liaison on the CNET Board replacing Wilda Stanfield due to retirement. (attachment IV-G)
H. Human Resources Recommendations (attachment IV-H)

V. ACTION ITEMS
A. A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon H documents for the Ferguson Township Elementary School from PDE to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. (attachment V-A)
B. A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon H documents for Mount Nittany Elementary School from PDE to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. (attachment V-B)
C. A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 118546 - Refund General Obligation Bond Series of 2006 for Ferguson Township and Mount Nittany Elementary Schools to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. (attachment V-C)
D. A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 123547 - Refund General Obligation Bond Series of 2011 for Mount Nittany Elementary School to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. (attachment V-D)
E. A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 103546 - Advance Refund General Obligation Bond Series AA of 2004 for Park Forest Elementary School to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. (attachment V-E)
F. A motion to approve the job description for Director of Communications (attachment V-F)
G. A motion to approve the appointment of representatives to the Centre County Vocational-Technical School Authority: Scott Fozard, Board Member and Randy Brown, Business Administrator. (attachment V-G)
H. A motion to eliminate the job description/position for Supervisor of Elementary/Middle Level Education per your approval of the new job description/position for Assistant Superintendent K-8.  (attachment V-H)

VI. INFORMATION / DISCUSSION
A. District Goal Category: Student Learning
         Elementary Parent School Day Survey (attachment VI-A1)
         Delta Middle Level Program Update (attachment VI-A2)
B. District Goal Category: Facilities
         Panorama Village Facility Update (attachment VI-B1 Memo, attachment VI-B1 Phase 2attachment VI-B1 Phase 1 )
         Easement with State College Borough for Sinkhole Repairs at Radio Park Elementary (attachment VI-B2)
         High School Project Planning Calendar Update (attachment VI-B3)
         High School Project Communication Update (attachment VI-B4)
C. District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
         Refunding Opportunity (attachment VI-C1) (Presentation)
         Reimbursement Resolution related to the High School Project (attachment VI-C2)
D. Discussion for a Board Subcommittee on Policy (attachment VI-D)
E. SCASD Board Members’ vote for 2014 PSBA officers

VII. REPORTS
A. Board Sub Committee Reports
B. Central Intermediate Unit (CIU) Report
C. PA School Boards Association (PSBA) Report
D. National School Boards Association (NSBA) Report
E. Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) Liaison Report
F. Legislative Report
G. Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Liaison Reports
         Athletics
         Facilities
         Finance
         Safety
         Technology

VIII. FUTURE AGENDA PLANNING
October 6, 2014 - Work Session on HS Project
         Financial Planning

October 13, 2014 - Regular Board Meeting
**Action Items
Treasurers Report for August 2014 (Routine)
Budget Amendment (Routine)
Reimbursement Resolution related to High School Project
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Facilities
         High School Project - Review 30% documents

October 27, 2014 - Regular Board Meeting
**Action Items
Approve Audit for school year ending June 30, 2014
**Information/Discussion
District Goals 2014-2015
District Goal Category: Student Learning
         Student Achievement Update
Job Description Update - Instructional Technology Coach
District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
         Parameters Resolution for bond sale
         Property Tax Relief Program Inquiry
District Goal Category: Facilities
         District Wide Feasibility Study
         School Drive: Transition to Patton Township
Non-Affiliated Employee Handbooks

October 29, 2014 - State High Project 30% Update to Community
         Location: High School South
         Time: 6:00 p.m.

November 3, 2014 - Work Session on HS Project
**Action Items
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Facilities
         Review of October 29 Community Questions and Feedback to 30% Project Design

November 10, 2014 - Regular Board Meeting

**Action Items
Approve 30% documents and comments
Approve Plancon A/B
Parameters Resolution for bond sale
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Safety
         Draft Data Governance Policy
District Goal Category: Student Learning
         Strategic Planning Survey Results

IX. ADJOURNMENT
Regular Board Meeting Minutes
September 22, 2014
7:00 pm – Board Room

131 W. Nittany Avenue

State College, PA 16801

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Ms. Concepcion called the Regular Board Meeting of the State College Area School District Board of Directors to order at 7:00 p.m. She welcomed all attending and those viewing from home. She announced the Board Held an executive session September 8 on personnel and legal matters and also on September 15 on negotiations and a legal matter. Ms. Concepcion noted that Item C under Information/Discussion would be discussed before Item A. With the agenda before them, Ms. Concepcion asked board members for any changes, there were no other 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, Scott Fozard, David Hutchinson, Jim Leous, Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk, Dorothea Stahl, Laurel Zydney
Board members absent: Penni Fishbaine

Board Secretary: Mary Jenn Dorman
Solicitor: Scott Etter

Superintendent: Robert O’Donnell

District Personnel: Michelle Allen, Linda Andrews, Sara Brennen, Jane Brown, Randy Brown, Jen Conklin, Jon Downs, Gretchen Fetteroff, Mardi Frye-Dunklebarger, Melanie Komlenic, Rebecca Lorentas, Paul McCormick, Katie Narber, Jason Perrin, Ed Poprik, Chad Rockey, Mark Smeal, Shannon Stallings, Donna Watson, Wendy Wilson, Nancy Wise

Guests: Shawn Anneralli, Tom Beckett, David Eckhart, Michael Garrett, Beth Hamilton

II. COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. O’Donnell noted that the School Performance Profile (SPP) will be released this Wednesday and this item will come before the Board on an October meeting agenda.

Dr. O’Donnell asked Board members to save the date of October 9. The PA Department of Education and PA Agriculture will recognize Ms. Schaper, Director of Food Service, for bringing good produce into the schools for good nutrition. He congratulated Ms. Schaper and her work with local farmers for fresh produce.

On October 29, 2014, the High School Project 30% Review will take place at High School South Cafeteria. Mr. Leous will provide more information later in the meeting.

III. ROUTINE APPROVALS
A motion to approve the listing of Routine Approvals as presented.

--Out-of-State/Overnight Student Travel
--September 8, 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

--Accept Communications Board Subcommittee meeting notes for September 17, 2014

--Fall Interscholastic Athletics Booster Organizations for 2014-2015 school year

--Recommending appointment of Shannon Messick as District liaison on the CRPR Board replacing Donna Ricketts due to retirement for the remainder of the term Dr. Ricketts was serving.
--General Contractor Change Orders #2, #3, #4, and #5 for Corl Street Asbestos Project in the amounts of $1,672.22, $545.18, $244.52, and $774.40 respectively to Veronesi Building and Remodeling, Inc.
--Recommending appointment of Sara Brennen as District liaison on the CNET Board replacing Wilda Stanfield due to retirement.
--Human Resources Recommendations (refer to attachment IV-H)
 
Ms. Stahl moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to approve the Routine Approvals listing as presented. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

IV. DISTRICT RECEIVING PLANCON H DOCUMENTS for FERGUSON TOWNSHIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon H documents for the Ferguson Township Elementary School from PDE to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. Ms. Stahl moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded the motion. There was no discussion. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.
 
V. DISTRICT RECEIVING PLANCON H DOCUMENTS for MOUNT NITTANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon H documents for Mount Nittany Elementary School from PDE to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. Mr. Fozard moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded the motion. There was no discussion. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

VI. DISTRICT RECEIVING PLANCON K DOCUMENTS FROM PDE for LEASING # 118546
A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 118546 - Refund General Obligation Bond Series of 2006 for Ferguson Township and Mount Nittany Elementary Schools to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Mr. Leous seconded the motion. There was no discussion. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

VII. DISTRICT RECEIVING PLANCON K DOCUMENTS FROM PDE for LEASING # 123547
A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 123547 - Refund General Obligation Bond Series of 2011 for Mount Nittany Elementary School to be entered into the minutes of
this meeting as required by PDE. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. McGlaughlin seconded the motion. There was no discussion. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. DISTRICT RECEIVING PLANCON K DOCUMENTS FROM PDE for LEASING # 103646
A motion to approve receiving the approved PlanCon K documents from PDE for leasing # 103546 - Advance Refund General Obligation Bond Series AA of 2004 for Park Forest Elementary School to be entered into the minutes of this meeting as required by PDE. Mr. Leous moved and Mr. Fozard seconded the motion. Board member noted to amend the motion due to leasing number being 103646 NOT 103546 as in the motion. It was seconded. All board members present voted aye with a voice vote to amend the motion. Mr. Leous and Mr. Fozard moved and seconded the motion with the amended leasing number. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

IX. JOB DESCRIPTION for DIRECTOR of COMMUNICATIONS
A motion to approve the job description for Director of Communications. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Stahl seconded the motion. Dr. O’Donnell added that this job description was presented back in June for an update and was discussed. There was no further discussion. With the motion to approve the job description for Director of Communications moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

X. APPOINTMENT of REPRESENTATIVES to CC VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL AUTHORITY
A motion to approve the appointment of representatives to the Centre County Vocational-Technical School Authority: Scott Fozard, Board Member and Randy Brown, Business Administrator. Dr. Pawelczyk moved and Ms. Stahl seconded the motion. There was no discussion. With eight board members present, seven members voted aye, one board member abstained (Mr. Fozard - due to voting for himself) on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed with 7 ayes, one abstained (Mr. Fozard – abstained due to voting for himself) and Ms. Fishbaine was absent.

XI. ELIMINATION of a JOB DESCRIPTION
A motion to eliminate the job description/position for Supervisor of Elementary/Middle Level Education per Board approval of the new job description/position for Assistant Superintendent K-8. Ms. Stahl moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to approve the motion. Board member noted this falls under keeping files clean due to the newly named Assistant Superintendent K-8. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

XII. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: FISCAL STEWARDSHIP

Refunding Opportunity
Mr. Brown introduced David Eckhart and Tom Beckett from NW Financial Group to discuss refinancing and they will be working as our Financial Advisor. Mr. Eckhart explained they have the background information, have been working with Mr. Brown and Ms. Watson regarding the High School Project and found some refinancing to save the district money. Mr. Beckett added that he was very happy to be here and thanked the Board for the opportunity.

Mr. Eckhart explained the first opportunity for saving money was to refund the 2009 Series Bonds taking the interest rate from 3.4% to 1.7%. Also, the 2010C Series Bonds for advanced refunding saving approximately $212,000. He spoke on key date for the Audit in mid-October, the October 27 meeting for the Resolution for which bonds and terms, and closing bonds by the end of the year. He discussed how to go about selling bonds - competitive sales or negotiated and suggest the competitive this time and not to do in the same year. He explained that if we wait, the District would not be able to do bank qualified. The rates are still going lower, the type of debt we would be issuing, would look for opportunities to save money, and they will be back in two weeks to start talking about Bond issue on the High School Project.

Board members discussed: further explanation for refunding and refinancing, 3% refunding will continue, will be completing a timeline, savings could go away overnight, the Board approving the Resolution, no other Board action needed, and the parameters are part of the Resolution.

Reimbursement Resolution related to the High School Project
Mr. Eckhart and Mr. Beckett spoke on when to do the $10 million of our own money, all up front or wait to do. The Resolution allows you to reimburse yourself, a requirement of the Federal Tax Code. It is absolutely non-binding and the District’s Bond Counsel and solicitor have reviewed. Board members discussed: #2 - Bonds needing financing, have said to public $85 million in bonds, now talking $105 million, bridging $85 to $105 million, $85 million for the Referendum, and will come back to bring the Resolution for the October 13 meeting for action.
 
Dr. Etter left the meeting at 7:43 p.m.

XIII. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: STUDENT LEARNING

Elementary Parent School Day Survey

Mr. Perrin provided a handout prior to the meeting and explained this is a step in the inquiry process. Do we further explore ideas presented in the document regarding extending the elementary day? Extending the core and adding World Language came out of the Strategic Planning process over the years and we want to see if the community will support before proceeding. World Language and the extension are paired and we could not do World Language without an extended day. He gave an explanation what it would look like, it does impact K-12 for the school day start and end, and so, it would impact beyond K-5 day. We need to know the desire of the parent community and if the survey were positive, the District would continue with the process. There will be an email sent to parents K-4 and a hard copy to parents that do not have an email address. Mr. Perrin noted he would bring back the survey data and recommendations based on the results at the October 27 meeting. Dr. O’Donnell spoke on various parts and wants the Board to be comfortable with the survey; results can be brought back to the Culture, Climate, and Learning (CCL) Committee to review and then come to the full Board to make decisions.

Board members discussed: Being comfortable with the survey instrument, if parents are interested then we will explore, good idea to do survey, opportunity to learn more, consider asking if there is something inadequate in the District, an open-ended question at the end of the survey, interesting to see what this would be like, expand to grades five and six for different feedback, parents want as much as they can get, how our cohorts use their day, useful for our CCL to know how others use their day, communications around something new are very important, have a consistent message, would like to see charter school and break-out schools answers, need to be clear with do you want to support this, originally upset about full day kindergarten, add a line that it is only exploratory at this time, rephrase question 1 - “Would you be open to?” getting a guage to support this as a concept, do they support expanding the day and what would they need, and make email and phone number available for contact. Dr. O’Donnell spoke on the comfort level of the Board, will charge to CCL when the feedback is assembled, and they will have a meeting post survey and pre-board meeting. No one opposed this going to the CCL Committee first.

Delta Middle Level Program Update
Jon Downs and Paul McCormick were present for this item. Dr. Downs noted it has been quite a journey, they had 80 students enrolled by March 26, 2014, there is a waiting list of 15 students, and it has gone excellently. There were a few bumps and growing pains at first but all has smoothed out. Mr. McCormick, Social Studies teacher at the Middle Level Delta, spoke about being a community as much as they are a school and working on building relationships. Dr. Downs works for teachers, and teachers work for students and parents. They have received positive feedback from parents, and there is a definite level of respect and appreciation. Dr. O’Donnell added that Ms. Dorman would be scheduling school visits on the board calendar and the middle school students bring a lot of energy to this campus.

Board members discussed: Parents being very excited with this opportunity, students pick courses based on interests, how you are helping to design this school, teaching to the age, first exercise for the day was to name a room - small thing but important and empowering, it is wonderful this went through and there is a waiting list, Delta students included in 30% Review, how can we fill the needs of the waiting list, getting bigger and still staying small, spoke on how languages work, there is no Tech Education at this point, and an explanation of how extra-curricular involvement works. Spoke on thinking a few years ahead, capacity of 200 and could run into a bottleneck. Current student number is 160 and we may need to talk about a lottery. Dr. O’Donnell added that we took a small step, got it right, and did not do too much, too soon.

Board members had a break from 8:35 to 8:44 p.m.
 
XIII. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: FACILITIES

Panorama Village Facility Update

Mr. Poprik spoke on the current status of Phase I to be finished this calendar year for a move in scheduled for early 2015. Phase I includes the library to house the Curriculum/Development offices, and the kitchen area for the Print Shop. The facility will also be handicap accessible. He proposed Phase II - additional building space. Driving this is the success of the Middle Level Delta. Phase II would have ten private offices, meeting spaces, an adult ESL classroom, and additional offices may move out of Fairmount Avenue. The spaces are very generic and very flexible to be used for a variety of functions. A preliminary estimate for the project is $1.5 - $2 million and would like to come back later this calendar year to bid. We are hoping to start the project in 2015 and have it completed by September 2015. Board members discussed: Hoffman design, where the entry way would be, there will be a reception area inside with buzzer, Delta moving to High School North campus, planned for computer services to be in the North building but will be at PV, PV spaces being available for a Board Room, kitchen still available there, a new shipping/receiving area, and with this phase 2⁄3 to 3⁄4 of the building will be used, about 1⁄3 to 1⁄4 of the building will be left.

Easement with State College Borough for Sinkhole Repairs at Radio Park Elementary
Mr. Poprik explained the rainy summer has opened up a lot of sinkhole areas causing issues at Radio Park. The area is starting to become pock marked with the sinkholes. The Borough will help to do the work on the property and requesting a construction easement that is no cost to the district. Action is not being requested tonight but will be requesting the temporary easement at the October 13 meeting.

High School Project Planning Calendar Update
Mr. Poprik updated the High School planning calendar and explained that he highlighted on the memo updates from the last calendar, July 22. He reviewed information on when the District Wide Feasibility Study would be discussed and approved, timeline for the High School Project 30% Review discussions and approval, noting that each would be a month long process with approval November 10, 2014.

Mr. Poprik discussed zoning with the High School Project, a variance request for building height and parking lot issues. He has met with the Borough and will continue with zoning variance request for parking lot issues (islands). Zoning is legal and an application has been made for a hearing. For the building height, he will be doing a text amendment that goes through the Borough Council with language amended in zoning. We will ask for a text amendment for SCASD only, be exempt from the height. The request goes to Borough Council November 6, 2014 with a public hearing November 17, 2014 or the next regular meeting.

High School Project Communication Update
Mr. Leous shared that they had reached out to the Strategic Plan Communications group. There was a big push to Referendum and now all has been quiet. There will be a Community Forum on October 29, from 6 - 9 p.m., in the High School South cafeteria. There will be a presentation, breakout groups for areas of interest and end in the auditorium. People do not need to stay the entire time; we can always get public comment later. The six breakout sessions are:
* Education Model * Construction
* Financing * LEED Certified
* DELTA
* Construction Phasing

We are working on a draft agenda, there will be leaders of each session, board members could float and/or help facilitate  conversation, take notes, and at 8:30 p.m. all would go to the auditorium for comments/feedback. Board members discussed: This is an Information Fair, not a Forum, Learning Communities, bell schedule impact, and it was noted that programs are being developed for the Education Model and floor plans for 9th grade Learning Community have started. Spoke on construction phasing and impact to current students, meet with subcommittee again, good job with different conversations, key to communicate ahead of time so people know what to expect, and things that are decided or need input. Dr. O’Donnell spoke on the development of a blog, and he introduced Sara Brennen, the District’s new Website and Social Media Manager.

XIV. BOARD SUBCOMMITTEE on POLICY
Ms. Concepcion noted that this was a proposal from Board Leadership and they are suggesting a Subcommittee like the Culture, Climate and Learning (CCL) and Communications. The Subcommittee would be comprised of several board members (no more than four) and appropriate administrators to work on new or policies needing updated. She asked for feedback and if the board should proceed. Board members discussed: Jeanne Knouse and the district having a district cycle, how would this work, how this relates to Policy 9, right now there is no go-to subcommittee, and this could change Policy 9 or enhance it. Dr. O’Donnell added that a subcommittee is past due; policies are not looked at unless it becomes urgent, and the HR Department currently manages the Policies. We would need to discuss with the board subcommittee the process and how we want to organize. We should have an update conversation and bring more polished thinking to the process.

Ms. Concepcion went around the table for board members’ support of this. All were in support and one board member noted that this is not contrary to Policy 9; we would not need to change Policy 9 to create a subcommittee. This will be brought back on a future agenda.

XV. VOTE for 2015 PSBA OFFICERS
Mr. Hutchinson sent board members the 2015 Slate of Candidates and a hard copy was each place tonight. He noted that Kathy Swope was endorsed by the Leadership Committee and is very capable and levelheaded. Kathy Swope is running for President-elect and all the other candidates are running with no opposition. Ms. Stahl moved and Mr. Hutchinson seconded to move this item to action. All board members present voted aye with a voice vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.
Ms. Stahl moved to vote for Kathy Swope as President-elect, Mark Miller as Vice President, Otto Voit III as Treasurer and David Hutchinson as At-large Representative (Central) as the 2015 PSBA Officers and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded the motion. All board members present voted aye with a voice vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously.

XVI. REPORTS
--Board Sub Committee Reports

● Climate, Culture and Learning Subcommittee (CCL) - Dr. Pawelczyk asked for Board endorsement for the student representative. He explained the plan discussed: Not one student but a group that would rotate, one student would attend and be seated at the table, but not for the entire meeting. Student would share items but not be in a voting role. Dr. Pawelczyk moved to endorse a student representative to sit at the table and be a non-voting member and Ms. Stahl second the motion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote, (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously. Board member noted that the interaction with the board would be all discussion and Student Government would work with the CCL Subcommittee.
--Central Intermediate Unit (CIU) Report - Nothing specific happened at the last meeting.

--PA School Boards Association (PSBA) Report - Mr. Hutchinson reminded board members about the PSBA Conference in October and invited all to come, especially Wednesday.

--Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) Liaison Report - Dr. Pawelczyk reported that COG was meeting tonight but there was nothing related to the district. The board had met looking at the parking related to Welch Pool.
--Legislative Report - Mr. Hutchinson spoke on the following items:
        ●  Senate Bill 76 - Would eliminate property taxes and shift a significant portion of public school funding onto other taxing mechanisms, including sales and personal income taxes.
        ●  Senate Bill 1193 - Would allow school personnel to have firearms under certain conditions. PSBA has not taken a position on this legislation.
        ●  House Education Committee (HEC) - They have postponed the hearings on Core Standards and will be accepting further public comment.
        ●  House Bill 2408 - Would amend the Sunshine Law to require school boards and other public agencies to make meeting agendas available 24 hours in advance of a public meeting, and may only take up those issues that the board has publicly posted.
        ●  The House State Government Committee is considering House Bill 1671 - Would amend the Sunshine Law to require, among other things, that executive sessions to be recorded and maintained for one year. PSBA opposes House Bill 1671.
        ●  The House Rules Committee approved Senate Bill 1177 - Would provide for a $2.00/pack cigarette tax, the revenue would benefit Philadelphia city schools.
        ●  The Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 7 - This is unconstitutional - an amendment was inserted that would require 50% of any excess funds to be used for state’s unfunded public pension liability, 25% returned to taxpayers and 25% for the Rainy Day Fund.
--Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Liaison Reports
        ●  Facilities - The committee was updated on everything.
        ●  Finance - NW Financial Group went over what was discussed this evening. Also discussed the property tax 
relief to gain information that was researched.
        ●  Safety - First meeting for this year is coming up the beginning of October.
        ●  Technology - The first meeting this year is this Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., in the board room. The committee will discuss the insurance policy we took out, storage of audio archives, and starting the year with laptops.

XVII. FUTURE AGENDA PLANNING
Ms. Concepcion reviewed the future agenda items and noted to board members if there was something to add, please get in touch with board leadership or Dr. O’Donnell.

XVIII. ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Stahl moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to adjourn the meeting. All board members present voted aye with a voice vote. (Ms. Fishbaine was absent.) The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Concepcion adjourned the meeting at 9:56 p.m. to an executive session on negotiations and student discipline matters.
 
Submitted by,

Mary Jenn Dorman, Board Secretary