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:Yes9������ No0����� Absent0

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer�s����������������������� Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to accept the treasurer�s

Report����������������������� report of the general fund.

����������������������� Roll call vote:Yes9����� No0����� Absent0

����������������������� 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.

 

 

Supts 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 Schools water treatment system and generator. This will be discussed further into tonights 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 its 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 girls basketball

Harry coach and a donors 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 Bachelors 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 Bachelors 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 employees 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 employees 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 employees 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 employees 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 employees 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 5 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