Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, April 21, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, Monday, April 21, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., in the library of the Senior High School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Present           Al Darion, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Harry McGonigle, Jo Stevens, Dan Walter, Carl Ziegler, Pat Bealer, Jasper Ho

 

Absent            

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler, Joseph Pugliese, Nick Lazo, Barb Richard, Rikki Clark, David Miller

Present           James Brown, Leroy Merkel, Jennifer McAteer, James Orwig, Michelle Park-Reading Eagle,

                        Karen Connaghan, Howard Breithaupt, Danielle Berger, Dona Hetman, Rob Gottlund-KAHS Education Foundation, Donna Keglovits, Joan Haring, John Noll, Fay Rothenberger, Pamela McMullin-Messier, Elizabeth Wessner

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:36 p.m. by President Vymazal.

 

Welcome         President Vymazal welcomed guests and opened the meeting with a moment of silence

                        and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  He asked everyone to sign the attendance book and mark their concern next to their name.  He requested that anyone wishing to speak on an agenda item please raise his/her hand to be recognized. The meeting was tape-recorded.

 

Approval         Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the March 17, 2008 and April 7, 2008 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerÕs     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to accept the treasurerÕs

Report             report of the general fund.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0      Absent  0

                        Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jo Stevens, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $999,885.24.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jo Stevens to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $394,290.41.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0       Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

 

SuptÕs              Dr. Winkler introduced Dave Miller, our new Accounting Supervisor.  She stated on behalf

Report             of the district that we are very happy to have him on board and look forward to working with him.

                         

                        Dr. Winkler also introduced Mr. Rob Gottlund, president of the KASD Education Foundation.  Mr. Gottlund presented background information as well as information regarding the feasibility study and raising money for renovating the High School track.  Mr. Gottlund presented that the community should be involved in schools, and emphasized that the foundation was started five years ago and exists solely for the kids. The foundation last year alone provided approximately $30,000 worth of graduation scholarships to our students.

 

                        Joe Pugliese and Howard Breithaupt presented a slide show and information regarding the failure of the High SchoolÕs water treatment system and generator.  This will be discussed further into tonightÕs meeting.

 

                        Dr. Winkler recognized how wonderful the Festival of the Arts show was last week.  She thanks the Board, volunteers, students, and faculty for their extensive talents and dedication.  The district always takes pride in itÕs students and their work and its so wonderful to see so much support from the community.

                         

Committee       EIT              No report.

Reports           Pat Bealer  

 

                        BCTC           Mr. Ziegler reported that they adopted the budget as presented.

Carl Ziegler 

                   

                        ECC             Mr. McGonigle reported that the committee approved a head girlsÕ basketball

                        Harry            coach and a donorÕs scoreboard advertisement.  The committee was given a      

                        McGonigle   presentation by the Kutztown Indoor Association that proposed a discussion

                                            regarding stipends for its coaches.

                                                                                   

            BCIU            Mr. Ritter provided a reminder for the Board that the 38th Annual Convention of

            Dennis Ritter Berks County School Directors is on Thursday, May 1, and to let Rikki Clark know

                                if they are planning to attend.

                           

            PSBA          Ms. Bealer reported that Graduation Competency Assessments are currently being

                        Pat Bealer    discussed and debated as another graduation requirement.  Safety and school

                                            nurse reimbursement bills are also currently being brought through congress.

 

Policy & Curriculum   Mr. Walter reported that the committee currently has a fitness proposal

                    under review.  The committee was also given a presentation on discipline referral

                    data.

                               

Personnel       Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the following personnel items:

1.     Resignation of Shirley Solt, due to retirement, as a district-wide food service baker, effective June 30, 2008.

2.     Resignation of Angel Rodriguez as a full-time KHS custodian, effective April 26, 2008.

3.     Permission to hire a replacement full-time KHS custodian, effective April 26, 2008.

4.     Approval of Flor DeMaria Garcia-Martinez as a Krapf driver for School Year 2007-2008.

5.     Approval of Tim McElwee as head girls basketball coach for School Year 2008-2009, at a salary of $4,600.

6.     Approval of Rosa Taner as a long-term substitute teacher for Michenelle Groller, Middle School Spanish, for School Year 2007-2008, effective on or before May 8, 2008 at a rate of $96.00 per day for days 1-20, $107.00 per day for days 21-45 and the balance at BachelorÕs Degree, Step 1, for non-tenured teachers per the KATA/KASD contract.

7.     Approval of Amanda Harden as a long-term substitute teacher for Sue Collier, Albany Fifth Grade, for School Year 2008-2009, effective August 20, 2008 at a rate of $96.00 per day for days 1-20, $107.00 per day for days 21-45 and the balance at BachelorÕs Degree, Step 1, for non-tenured teachers per the KATA/KASD contract.

8.     Approval of Wendy Rosko as a cafeteria employee substitute for School Year 2007-2008, effective April 22, 2008, at the approved cafeteria substitute hourly rate of $8.10.

9.     Approval of Betty Young as a part-time Kutztown Elementary cafeteria employee for 3 hours/day, effective April 21, 2008, at an hourly rate of $8.20.  (She is currently substituting in the same capacity.)

10.  Approval of the following teacher substitutes for School Year 2007-2008, effective April 22, 2008, at a rate of $96.00 per day for days 1-20 and $107.00 per day for days 21-45:

Caitlan Siggins                   Bloomsburg University                          Spec. Ed. / Elem. Ed.

Deanee Kahler                   Kutztown University                              Elementary Education

Jamie Richards                   Kutztown University                              Elementary Education

Amberly Drey                      Moravian College                                 Elementary Education     Roll call vote:  Yes  9                      No  0                Absent  0

                        Motion carried.

        All Personnel are Approved Pending the District's Receipt of All Mandated Credentials

                       

 

2008 Student   Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jo Stevens, to approve the following summer

Summer          programs for 2008:

Programs                    High School Summer School

                              June 16 – July 25, 2008 Monday through Friday (not July 4th)

                              Math and Social Studies 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. session

                              Science and Language Arts 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session

                              Cost to Kutztown Resident students $140.00/course

                              Cost to out-of-district students $150.00/course

                                     Teachers TBA (to be paid at the current curriculum rate)

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

                       

Scoreboard     Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve NaturaLawn of America

Advertisement                                                                                         to place an advertisement on the scoreboard, which will be reviewed/approved on a yearly basis.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Custodial /       Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the awarding of the 2008-

General / Art   2009 custodial supplies bids, general supplies bids, and art supplies bids to the lowest

Supplies Bid   responsible bidder who has met the specifications as listed on the attached summary sheet.

Awards

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9              No  0                            Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

                       

2008 Extended                                                                                        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the 2008 Extended School

School Year    Year Programs and Staffing for special education students:

Programs &     June 16 – July 24, 2008 Monday – Thursday

Staffing                 Middle School Learning Support

                        Teacher (84 hours at the current curriculum rate) – Ian Moreland

                        Aide (72 hours at the employeeÕs hourly rate) – Ken Story

                 Elementary School Learning Support at Kutztown Elementary

                        Teacher (84 hours at the current curriculum rate) – Vickie Bastian

                        Aide (72 hours at the employeeÕs hourly rate) – Ambika Khanna

                 Combined Elementary and Middle Schools Life Skills at Kutztown Elementary

                        Teacher (84 hours at the current curriculum rate) – Beth Hartz

Aides (78 hours each at the employeeÕs hourly rate) – Marianne Hill-Strackbein, Lissa Baldwin,Barbra Robinson, Laurie Flowers

            July 1 – July 24, 2008 Tuesday – Thursday

                 High School  Work Program #1 and #2

Teachers (39 hours each at the current curriculum rate) – Jessica Ortiz-Eichert, Julie Weaknecht

Aides (36 hours each at the employeeÕs hourly rate) – Bonita Fitzgerald, Kelly Moyer, Nora Bullock

                 High School Learning Support

                        Teacher (12 hours at the current curriculum rate) – Jessica Ortiz-Eichert   

                        Brail Transcription (80 hours at the employeeÕs hourly rate) – Kay Gernert

                        Orientation and Mobility Instruction (15 hours from BCIU)

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9          No  0                    Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Project            Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to approve the hire of Consolidated

Engineering     Engineers for project engineering services to replace: a) two 75kW generators at the Kutztown High School; and b) to replace the Domestic Water Treatment System, 3 mixing valves and 6 each 5Ó valves in the boiler room at the Kutztown High School.  The services to be provided are per the attached schedule, which include: a) the preparation of specifications and bid documents; b) administer and oversight of pre bid and post bid meetings with vendors; c) open and review bids and recommend bid award; and d) oversight of installation of equipment and any construction related to the installation, at a cost not to exceed $17,500.00.  The funds for these services will be expended from the Construction Fund.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 5        No  4 (Darion, Stevens, Ziegler, Vymazal)           Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Purchase of    Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Jo Stevens, to approve the purchase using

Maintenance   General Fund dollars from the maintenance budget the following vehicles at a total price not to

Vehicles          exceed $50,000:

a.     Used 4WD dump truck with plow

b.     Used van with bucket lift

c.     Used 2 axle landscaping trailer

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Sale of Dump  Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the sale of the 1969

Truck               International Harvester dump truck and plow per the highest bid price

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Air                   Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve to contract with DWD

Conditioning    Mechanical to replace two air conditioning compressors at Albany Elementary School at a cost

Compressors  of $9,750.  The funds for this work will be charged to the maintenance budget in the General

                        Fund.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items

                        Budget 2008-2009

                        Disciplinary Eligibility Policy

                        High School Track Project

                        Elementary Health Room Staffing Hours

                        High School Renovation Design

 

Renovation      Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve to employ an architect to

Design             design an approximate 27 million dollar full renovation for the High School building.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 5        No  4 (Bealer, Ho, Stevens, Walter)          Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

                        (Dan Walter and Pat Bealer leave at 10:30 p.m.)

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Jasper Ho, to adjourn the meeting at 10:51 p.m.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

                                                                          

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

 

 

                                                                             Rikki L. Clark           

                                                                             School Board Secretary