Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, Tuesday, January 22, 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           Pat Bealer, Al Darion, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Harry McGonigle, Carl Ziegler, Jo Stevens, Jasper Ho, Dan Walter

 

Absent            

 

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler, Joseph Pugliese, Nick Lazo, Karen Connaghan, Lorraine Felker, Barb

Present           Richard, Rikki Clark, James Brown, Leroy Merkel, Jennifer McAteer, Peter Miller, Lu Palmer,

                        Joann Buffum, John Noll, Cherl Bailey, Joan Haring, Randy Binch, Susan Conrad, Pam Behm, Lynn Shoemaker, Lisa Dietrich, Donna Keglovits, Mark Prevoznik, Mary Paterno, Kevin Leiby, Renee Mantz, Elizabeth Wessner, Melissa Blatt, Susan McLellan, Scott McLellan, Bonnie Treadway, Fay Rothenberger, Pam Heid, Eric Bubbenmoyer, Alan Angstadt

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:40 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 Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the December 17, 2007 and January 7, 2008 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to accept the treasurer’s

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 $440,301.77.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $283,508.26.

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

Motion carried.

 

Supt’s              Dr. Winkler reported that January is Board Recognition Month.  She personally thanked the

Report             Kutztown Area School District board members as well as the Pennsylvania state board members for keeping adequate school funding at the top of the list.  Currently, 22% from the state goes to run the public schools.

                       

                        Dr. Winkler recognized Jason Rice and Mark Whitehouse, Jr. for earning an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the national competition in construction.  Jason and Mark from the BCTC scored the highest number of points in three construction categories, which is sending them to the nation competition.  Dr. Winkler is very proud that two of Kutztown’s students are part of a nationally recognized team in construction technology.              

                       

                        Dr. Winkler also recognized the Science Olympiad team who earned third place in the county competition.

 

                        Kutztown Area School District has received the award of becoming an “Apple Distinguished School” for 2007-2008.  Kutztown is one of eighteen schools nationwide and the only school in Pennsylvania that received this honor.  Dr. Winkler is very proud of the KASD teachers and students for helping to obtain this accomplishment.

                       

Committee       EIT              None.  

Reports           Pat Bealer  

 

                        BCTC           None.

Carl Ziegler 

                   

                        ECC             Harry McGonigle reported that there has been a misunderstanding regarding the

                        Harry            wrestling program.  KASD has further emphasized that they have no intention of

                        McGonigle   dropping the program.

                                           

                                            Mr. McGonigle also reported that they discussed the girls’ basketball program and

                                            an issue regarding school spirit and how they can get more students to attend the

                                            games.

 

            BCIU            Mr. Ritter reported that they discussed the proposed general budget and are 

            Dennis Ritter awaiting feedback from the participating school districts’ board of directors.

 

                                Dennis Ritter also reported that Nancy Allmon, the Executive Director, will be retiring

                                September 30, 2008.

                           

            PSBA          None.

                        Pat Bealer    

 

Policy & Curriculum   None.

                               

Personnel       Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the following personnel items:

1.     Resignation of Brooke Roberts as a full time Learning Support classroom aide, effective January 21, 2008.

2.     Resignation of Lura  Palmer as Director of Special Education, due to retirement, effective June 30, 2008.

3.     Resignation of Judith Daub as a Kutztown Elementary Life Skills aide, effective January 21, 2008.

4.     Approval of Renee Parks as a full time (40 hours per week) Learning Support classroom aide (replacing Brooke Roberts), effective January 22, 2008 at a rate of $9.30 hour.

5.     Approval of Gisella Borelli as a substitute teacher for School Year 2007 at the current substitute teacher rate.

6.     Approval of Jean Werley as a substitute aide for School Year 2007-2008 at the current substitute aide rate.  (Correction from the previously approved substitute teacher position.)

7.     Approval of Justin Dottor as long-term subsitute teacher for Amy Howard, High School social studies,  for School Year 2007-2008, effective January 23, 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 Bachelor’s Degree, Step1, for non-tenured teachers per the KASD/KATA contract.

8.     Approval of Brooke Roberts as long-term substitute teacher for Janelle Loeb, Middle School physical fitness and wellness, for School Year 2007-2008, effective January 18, 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 Bachelor’s Degree, Step1, for non-tenured teachers per the KASD/KATA contract.

9.     Approval of the following extra-curricular positions and salaries (at a 2.5% increase) for the 2007-2008 School Year:

Middle School Stage Manager             Gene Sweeney                                    $1193

Kutztown Elementary Patrol Advisor     Kevin Fretz                               $1471

Assistant Band Director                                    Tom Siegfried                           $2581

10.  Approval of Ben McKnight III as Head Football coach, effective January 22, 2008 at a salary of $4920.

11.  Approval of the following spring coaches and salaries for the 2007-2008 School Year:

Boys Tennis                 Volunteer                     Jeff Zimmerman

Softball                                    Head Coach                 Richard Angstadt                     $4826

                                    Assist. Varsity               Dwayne Scheidt                       $2581

                                    JV Coach                     Jen Reiss                                 $2153

                                    MS Coach                    Kathy Schlenker                       $2581

                                    Volunteer Varsity          Wynn Greiss                            

                                    Volunteer JV                Jeanine Moore            

                                    Volunteer MS               Angie Lutz

                                    Volunteer MS               Kerri Overcast

Track and Field                        Head Coach                 Kelley Neyhart                          $4209

                                    Assist. Coach               Jen Knight                               $2358

                                    Assist. Coach               Randy Wert                              $2300

                                    Assist. Coach               Benn Trsatt                              $2300

Baseball                       Head Coach                 Tim Mertz                                 $4723

                                    JV Coach                     Todd O’Neil                              $2581

                                    Head MS Coach           Scott Scheidt                           $2581

                                    Assist. MS                    Anthony “Guy” Herring              $2153

                                    Volunteer Varsity          Brad Sechler                           

                                    Volunteer Varsity          Luke Bricker

                                    Volunteer JV                Kevin Spayd

                                    Volunteer JV                Bart Fenstermacher

                                    Volunteer MS               Jeff Gernert

                                    Volunteer MS               Duane Fegely

                                    Volunteer MS               Jeff Smith

                                    Volunteer                     Jeff Ebling

                                    Volunteer                     Taylor Grim

                                    Volunteer                     David Zwoyer

                                    Volunteer KU Intern     Ryan Nye

                                    Volunteer KU Intern     Joe Vandergast

Girls Soccer                  Head Coach                 Alan Angstadt                          $5119

                                    JV Coach                     Abby Roth                                $2255

                        Head MS Coach           Ryan Kratz                               $2153

                       Roll call vote:  Yes  9         No  0                   Absent  0

                       Motion carried.

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

 

District            Motion made by Dan Walter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the addition of the First

Depositories   National Bank in Fleetwood as a district depository for School Year 2007-2008.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Pupil                Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the contract for Mrs. 

Transportation                                                                                         Christa Pettit to provide the required transportation for her son to attend classes at Kutztown

                        Area High School commencing on January 9, 2008 through School Year 2007-2008, at

                        a current rate of $.505 per mile.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Conference     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jasper Ho, to approve the conference request for

Requests         Teresa Merkel to attend the Spring Child Accounting Conference to be held March 12-14, 2008 in Hershey, PA, at a cost of $536.68.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by Harry McGonigle, seconded by Jasper Ho, to approve the conference request

                        for Julie Kerchner to attend the Spring Child Accounting Conference to be held March 12-14, 2008 in Hershey, PA, at a cost of $659.10.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

2008-2009       Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the 2008-2009 preliminary

Budget             budget.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Executive        Motion made by Jasper Ho, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to adjourn for an executive session to

Session           discuss personnel matters at 8:20 p.m.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        Board reconvened at 9:00 p.m.

 

Location          Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the request to change the

Change            March 3, 2008 School Board Meeting location from the Middle School Commons to the

                        High School Library.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Technology     Motion made by Harry McGonigle, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to use funds (not to exceed

Infrastructure  $65,000) to update technology infrastructure as soon as possible as per the provided proposal.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 6        No  3 (Bealer, Ho, Walter)           Absent 0

                        Motion carried.                 

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 10:20 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

                                                                             Rikki L. Clark

                                                                             School Board Secretary