Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 17, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, Monday, March 17, 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 (7:40 p.m.), Jasper Ho (8:25 p.m.)

 

Absent            

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler, Joseph Pugliese, Nick Lazo, Lorraine Felker, Barb Richard, Rikki Clark

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

                        Karen Connaghan, Howard Breithaupt, Cheryl Funk, Donna Keglovits, Steve Pizzuto, James Ryan, Bonnie Treadway, John Noll, Joan Haring, Fay Rothenberger, Erin Conney, Bart Fenstermacher, Zac Fenstermacher, Suzanne Peters

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:38 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 Harry McGonigle, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the February 19, 2008 and March 3, 2008 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  5       No  0      Absent  2 (Bealer, Ho)    Abstain  2  (Ritter, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

            Pat Bealer arrived at 7:40 p.m.

 

TreasurerÕs     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jo Stevens, to accept the treasurerÕs

Report             report of the general fund.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  8      No  0      Absent  1 (Ho)

                        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 $294,753.49.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  8       No  0      Absent  1 (Ho)

                        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 $1,056,418.33.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  8       No  0       Absent  1 (Ho)

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter to ratify for payment

of Construction the construction account bills in the amount of $801,522.27.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  8       No  0       Absent  1 (Ho)

Motion carried.

 

SuptÕs              Dr. Winkler introduced Howard Breithaupt, our new Supervisor of Building and Grounds.  She

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

                       

                        Dr. Winkler made a touching statement on the passing of Bill Yurvati, who left the School Board in November 2007.  He made a great contribution to the Board and community.  Mr. Yurvati was a very brave person who was very diligent on carrying out his duties.  He will be greatly missed. 

                       

                        Dr. Winkler announced that Harris Publishing is doing an Alumni Directory and currently contacting KASD alumni for updated profile information. 

                         

Committee       EIT              Ms. Bealer reported that the directorÕs salary has been set. The March distribution is

Reports           Pat Bealer   out and currently available.

 

                        BCTC           Mr. Ziegler reported that they approved the tentative budget for 2008-2009, which

Carl Ziegler  is listed on the nightÕs agenda.  They also approved a parent contact system, as well

                    as authorized seven students to attend an international competition in Las Vegas.

                    Two out of the seven students are from Kutztown.

                   

                        ECC             Mr. McGonigle reported that the committee discussed discipline actions for anyone

                        Harry            involved in extra-curricular activities.  There is also a desire to look into increased

                        McGonigle   facility usage charges.

                                                                                   

            BCIU            Mr. Ritter reported that they approved the Proposed Mandated Services Budget for

            Dennis Ritter 2008-2009.  There is a sizeable increase due to the addition of a position to assist

                                districts in developing programming. 

                           

            PSBA          No report.

                        Pat Bealer    

 

Policy & Curriculum   Mr. Walter reported that the committee reviewed the Bullying and 

                    Harassment Policies.  They discussed renaming the Bullying Policy

                    and including specific language in the Harassment Policy.  These have been

                    submitted to the solicitor for review.  The committee also reviewed an agreement

                    between the district and Kutztown Manor.  Including a time frame in the agreement

                    has been discussed.

                               

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

1.     Approval to extend the term of Scott WagamanÕs employment as High School Physical Science long-term substitute teacher to cover the remainder of Dr. David DrummerÕs sabbatical.

2.     Approval of Patric Conboy as a volunteer track coach for School Year 2007-2008.

3.     Resignation of Cheryl Funk as a learning support teacher at Greenwich Elementary, due to retirement, effective June 30, 2008.

4.     Approval for a stipend to be paid to Lori Pieller, Middle School Cheerleading Coach, in the amount of $800 for School Year 2007-2008.

5.     Resignation of Dale DuBoise as a part-time Middle School cafeteria employee, effective March 3, 2008.

6.     Resignation of Jo Ann Taylor as a part-time Middle School cafeteria employee, effective March 4, 2008.

7.     Approval for a stipend to be paid to Guy Herring, Middle School Head Boys Basketball Coach, in the amount of $909 (difference between assistant coach salary and head coach salary) for School Year 2007-2008.

8.     Permission to hire two part-time Middle School cafeteria employee replacements.

                       Roll call vote:  Yes  8         No  0                   Absent  1 (Ho)

                       Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the following personnel items:

1.     Approval of Harry McGonigle as Boys Tennis Head Coach for School Year 2007-2008, at a

      salary of $4,209. 

Roll call vote:  Yes 5        No  1  (Ritter)      Absent  1 (Ho)     Abstain 2 (McGonigle, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

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

                       

                        Jasper Ho arrived at 8:25 p.m.

 

 

Vacation          Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Pat Bealer, to grant approval for student #102592

Request           permission for a five-day absence from March 31, 2008 through April 4, 2008.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 8        No  1  (Ritter)                    Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

                       

08-09 BCIU      Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the 2008-2009 Berks

Budget             County Intermediate Unit Mandated School District Services Budget in the total amount of $1,941,758, with the share for Kutztown Area School District to be $23,947.78, which represents a $3,873.18 (15.39%) increase from KutztownÕs portion of last yearÕs actual costs.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 3 (McGonigle, Ritter, Stevens)    No  6               Absent 0

                        Motion not carried.

 

08-09 BCTC     Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Pat Bealer, for approval to authorize the

Budget             expenditures of the Berks Career and Technology CenterÕs General Program for the period of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 as set forth in the attached summary.

                        Kutztown Area School District expenditures are:

Member District Proportional Share                                           $457,185

                              Special Needs Share                                                               $  77,598

                              Debt Service                                                                            $105,307

                                                     Total KASD Share                                                    $640,090

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9              No  0                            Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

                       

Conference     Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Jo Stevens, to approve the conference request for

Request           Matthew Cullen to attend the PA-TSA State Leadership Conference to be held April 9-12, 2008

                        in Champion, PA, at a cost of $784.00.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                                  Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jo Stevens, to approve the following conference requests:

1.     Amy Howard to attend the 2008 PSU One-to-One- Computing Conference to be held April 28-30, 2008 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, at a cost of $458.78.

2.     Lorraine Felker to attend the 2008 PSU One-to-One- Computing Conference to be held April 28-30, 2008 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, at a cost of $458.78.

3.     Alison Kocis to attend the 2008 PSU One-to-One- Computing Conference to be held April 28-30, 2008 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, at a cost of $469.00.

4.     Susan DeAngelis to attend the 2008 PSU One-to-One- Computing Conference to be held April 28-30, 2008 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, at a cost of $469.00.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 8        No  1 (Walter)                    Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

High School    Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Al Darion, to approve the High School Prom to be 

Prom               located at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m on May 9, 2008.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                                  Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

ECC Discipline                                                                                        Motion made by Harry McGonigle, seconded by Jasper Ho, to approve the revised guideline

Procedure       that students who receive three disciplinary referrals will be ineligible to compete in any extra-curricular activity for two calendar weeks, however they will still be able to practice with the group.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 7        No  2  (Bealer, Ritter)        Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Harry McGonigle, to adjourn the meeting at 9:47 p.m.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

                                                                          

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

                                                                             Rikki L. Clark           

                                                                             School Board Secretary