Board Meeting Agenda/Minutes 11-24-14

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State College Area School District
OUR MISSION: To prepare students for lifelong success through excellence in education.
 
Agenda   
November 24, 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. November 3, 2014 Board Work Session Minutes (attachment IV-B)
C. November 10, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes (attachment IV-C)
D. Financial Reports for September 2014 (attachment IV-D)
E. Budget Transfers for General Fund October 2014 (attachment IV-E)
F. Student Activities Advisors and Student Treasurers for 2014-2015 school year (attachment IV-F)
G. Human Resources Recommendations (attachment IV-G)

V. ACTION ITEMS
A. A motion to approve the bid award for Asbestos Removal at the Panorama Village Building to low bidder
Penoco in the amount of $19,730.00 as presented. (attachment V-A)
B. A motion to approve the request to bid Panorama Village Project - Phase II as presented. (attachment V-B)

VI. INFORMATION / DISCUSSION
A. District Goal Category: Student Learning
Policy 214 Revision - Faculty Scholars/Graduation (attachment VI-A)
B. District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
District Financing (attachment VI-B1)
General Obligation Bonds, Series A & B of 2014 - Recap
State High Project including Costs for Delta Middle Level
Capital Project Financing
C. District Goal Category: Facilities/Grounds
High School Project Update
Delta Process and Calendar (attachment VI-C1)
Program Conformance (attachment VI-C2)
Answers to feedback questions (attachment VI-C3)
Open Board issues (North renovation, Gymnasium alternate) (attachment VI-C4)
Campus Parking Update (attachment VI-C5)
D. Board Subcommittees for 2015 (attachment VI-D)

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
December 1, 2014 - Reorganization Meeting
**Action Items
Elect Temporary President
Elect Board President
Elect Board Vice-President
Board Member Annual Appointments
2015 Board Meeting Dates

December 1, 2014 - Regular Meeting Immediately Following Reorganization Meeting
**Action Items
Appointment of Hoffman Architects for Routine Projects
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Student Learning
New Course Proposals - High School
Proposed 2015-2016 School Year Calendar
District Goal Category: Facilities/Grounds
High School Project Update
School Drive: Transition to Patton Township
District Goal Category: Safety
PAYS Youth Survey
District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
         Property Tax Relief Discussion        
 
December 8, 2014 - Special Meeting (Tentative)
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Facilities/Grounds
         High School Project: Updated Parking Plan
 
December 15, 2014 - Regular Meeting
**Action Items
**Information/Discussion
District Goal Category: Student Learning
Strategic Planning Baseline Survey Data and Survey Results
District Goal Category: Facilities/Grounds
High School Project Update
District Goal Category: Fiscal Stewardship
2015-2016 Budget Planning Discussion
CEEL Financial Results for 2013-2014 and Proposed Expansion for 2014-2015

IX. ADJOURNMENT
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MINUTES

I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Ms. Fishbaine called the Regular Board Meeting of the State College Area School District Board of Directors to order at 7:01 p.m. She welcomed all attending and those viewing from home. She announced the Board held an executive session November 10, 2014 on negotiations. With the agenda before them, Ms. Fishbaine asked board members for any changes, there were no changes to the agenda. 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, Scott Fozard, David Hutchinson, Jim Leous, Ann McGlaughlin, Jim Pawelczyk, Dorothea Stahl, Laurel Zydney
Board members absent:
Board Secretary: Mary Jenn Dorman
Solicitor: Scott Etter
Superintendent: Robert O’Donnell
District Personnel: Jeremy Beers, Mike Bierly, Kathy Billet, Sara Brennen, Randy Brown, Patricia Campolongo, Danielle Fulmer, Angela Gamtano, Molly Gazda, Michael Hardy, Nathan Hollister, Paula Homa, Jena Johnson, Megan Kelly, Randy Miller, Autumn Moyer, Peter Moyer, Linda Pierce, Amy Rebarchak, Eugene Ruocchio, Donna Watson
 Guests: Shawn Annarelli, Tom Beckett, John Beddia, Dan Eckhart, Michael Garrett, Matt Harlow, Jeff Straub
 
II. COMMUNICATIONS
Ms. Fishbaine had retirement recognition statements for the following employees retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 school year that had 25 or more years of service with our district:
*Debrah Poveromo, Social Studies Teacher/Coordinator, 30.5 years
*Debra Kerr, Math Teacher/Technology Support/Staff Development Manager/Instructional Tech Specialist, 29 years
George Dempsie, Elementary Teacher, 27 years
Thomas Sallade, Industrial Arts Teacher-Woodworking, 33 years
Susan Stephenson, Dental Hygienist, 27 years
Mr. Hutchinson noted the retirement of Ms. McGann, Elementary Teacher with 24 years of service.
 
Dr. O’Donnell offered congratulations to the State High Knowledge Masters winners:
*9th Annual Harvard Fall Quiz Bowl Tournament-Mahima Kumara, Joey Feffer, Bruce McAninch, Noah Beattie-Moss
*The Mellon Bowl Competition-Mahima Kumara, Joey Feffer, Lars DeLorenzi, Mia Cavener.
Both teams were undefeated throughout their entire tournaments and Dr. O’Donnell thanked Mr. Patton for his work with our Quiz Bowl Teams. Ms. Stahl noted that the District team that went to Harvard had the most diversity, and most girls for the competition.
 
Rachel Zhang was named a 2015 National Arts Foundation Merit Winner that offers emerging artists life-changing experiences and opportunities throughout their careers. Frances Youmans won an award in the Youth 4 German Cinema competition for film review she wrote and will be accepting her award in California.
 
Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, Centre Region Council of Governments, and Borough of State College held an awards luncheon to honor 6 of our area’s best green businesses, schools and organizations. Park Forest Elementary School received the highest honor, the Emerald Award. Adam Cooper-student, Donnan Stoicovy-principal, and Danny Gill-Physical Plant Manager accepted the award. Other departments and programs in our district were also recognized.
 
Dr. O’Donnell congratulated the Little Lions Football Team and noted they would compete this Saturday against Pine Richland in the PIAA quarterfinals at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. He wished them good luck in the upcoming game.

III. ROUTINE APPROVALS
A motion to approve the listing of Routine Approvals as presented.
--Out-of-State/Overnight Student Travel
--November 3, 2014 Board Work Session Minutes
--November 10, 2014 Regular Meeting Minutes
--Financial Reports for September 2014
--Budget Transfers for General Fund October 2014
--Student Activities Advisors and Student Treasurers for 2014-2015 school year
--Human Resources Recommendations (refer to attachment IV-G) Mr. Fozard moved and Dr. Pawelczyk seconded to approve the listing of Routine Approvals. There was no discussion. All board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. The motion passed unanimously. Dr. Pawelczyk left the meeting at 7:11 p.m.
 
IV. BID AWARD for ASBESTOS REMOVAL at PANORAMA VILLAGE
A motion to approve the bid award for Asbestos Removal at the Panorama Village Building to low bidder, Penoco, in the amount of $19,730.00 as presented. Ms. Stahl moved and Mr. Fozard seconded to approve the motion. It was noted that the bid award is going to a local company. With the motion moved and seconded, all board members present voted aye on a roll call vote. (Dr. Pawelczyk had left the meeting.) The motion passed unanimously.
 
V. REQUEST to BID PANORAMA VILLAGE PROJECT-PHASE II
A motion to approve the request to bid Panorama Village Project-Phase II as presented. Board member noted she had many questions, spoke on people displaced this year, looking to sell College Heights, a design that has been worked out for several years, and seems there is a disconnect from what was started and now. Dr. O’Donnell noted the College Heights piece has been worked on and the overall plan for the downtown campus is something we aspire to. Panorama Village is being designed for functions to come and go with some spaces larger than others and allow for flexibility. Looking at district level functions to go there.
 
Board members discussed: the flexible phase is not dictating future but remains flexible, Memorial Field and Central Office, the High School dominos on many other things, the need to get the Master Plan started, needs to be fiscally proven and best planned out, wants to understand if the place is interchangeable, what has changed, nothing is different from September, only giving authorization to go out to bid, looking to begin January 2015 for completion for the fall of 2015, no Master Plan has been done, nothing about this building has been determined, computer services, using funds that were originally set a side for long term needs, Middle Level Delta and expansion has not been approved, not approving a plan but just to go to bid, impact if decided to postpone, cost of renting space, Phase I and functions at College Heights, and a reminder that spaces are flexible. Ms. Concepcion moved and Ms. Stahl seconded to table this motion until December 1 meeting. All board members present vote aye with a voice vote to table the motion. (Dr. Pawelczyk had left the meeting.) The motion passed unanimously.
 
VI. DISTRICT GOAL CATEGORY: STUDENT LEARNING
Policy 214 Revision-Faculty Scholars/Graduation
Mr. Hardy presented the Revision of Policy 214 explaining it would provide a more accurate calculation and proper acknowledgement of achievement. Currently, the calculation is done at the end of the 3rd marking period, and with the revision, we are requesting at the end of the 4th marking period. This could impact 25 to 30 students. Board members discussed: GPA cut offs two years ago, going into affect with this the graduating class of 2014, and been discussed with students and parents. Mr. Hardy noted there is a 30-day waiting period to approve a policy and this would come back on the January 12, 2015 agenda for approval. Dr. O’Donnell noted the students would be recognized at graduation.