Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 19, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, Monday, November 19, 2007 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, Dan Walter, Don Vymazal, Bill Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Dale Reppert, Kay Churchman

 

Absent            

 

 

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

Present           Richard, Rikki Clark, James Brown, Tom Green, Craig Kardohely, John Noll, Matt Brett, Abby Claypoole, Harry McGonigle, Kurt Kanaski, Lou Cottone

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 8:03 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 Kay Churchman, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the October 15, 2007 and November 5, 2007 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerÕs     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, 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 Dale Reppert, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $427,647.75.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $477,738.51.

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

Motion carried.

 

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

Construction   construction account bills in the amount of $181,395.53.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuptÕs              Dr. Winkler reported that this yearÕs musical was very good and very entertaining.  She is   

Report             always amazed at all the fine voices and the pit orchestraÕs talents.  All the shows were wonderful and successful and she thanks everyone that was involved.

 

                        Dr. Winker recognized Emily Miller and Steve Welsh with Achievement Certificates and cougar pins for their acceptance onto the All-County Cross Country Team.  Unfortunatly, neither of them were able to attend the meeting.

 

                        Dr. Winkler also recognized Andrew Miller who was mentioned in the Voices section of the Reading Eagle as Science Student of the Month.

                        Finally, Dr. Winkler stated that earlier on Monday, the High School was notified to become 1 of 20 schools to be recognized as an ÒApple Distinguished School.Ó  The district is currently in the process of completing the application to become a ÒFirst ClassÓ distinguished school.

 

                        Kurt Kanaski gave an update on the Building Utilization Task Force.  There are currently 9 possible configurations, however itÕs been narrowed down to approximately 3 options that are feasible to be considered.  The Task Force would like to have a recommendation and a presentation for the board at the December 3, 2007 meeting.

                       

 

Committee       EIT              Ms. Bealer reported that it was another interesting meeting.  The committee talked  

Reports           Pat Bealer   about new Act 7 tax changes and they discussed consulting an attorney. 

 

She also noted that they were looking into one tax collector per county versus one

per district.  On a good note, the projected income for next year is over a 3%

increase.

 

                        BCTC           The committee met on October 24, 2007.  Mr. Ziegler reported that they appointed

Carl Ziegler  a nominating committee for officers.

                   

                        ECC             Pat Bealer stated that there were several parents at the meeting.  The  committee 

                        Pat Bealer   wished to publically recognize Coach Chester for putting in ten great years as

                                            Head Football Coach. 

 

                                            She mentioned that there is also a new High School Sports  Magazine publication

                                            that is available.

 

            BCIU            Although Paster Ritter was unable to attend the meeting, he stated that the BCIU is

            Dennis Ritter currently putting in an application to participate in the GovernorÕs Common Sense

                                Initiative. 

 

                                They also reported that the giving to the United Way this year was up 59%  from

                                last years donations. 

 

Moving ahead to get a new self-insurance was also discussed, however no action

was taken.  This will have a significant impact on the consortium. 

 

            PSBA          Ms. Churchman was excited to announce that according to an independent report,  

                        Kay Churchman  the district is spending $1,155 less a year than independent firms feel should

                                            be spent for a quality education to meet academic standards.

 

Policy & Curriculum   Mr. Yurvati reported that the discussion items included private school

            Bill Yurvati     studentsÕ participation in extra-curricular activities, student safety and security, the

                                KU pilot program, and the MRSA staph infection.                       

           

Personnel       Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the following personnel items:

1.     Resignation of Larry Chester, Head Football Coach, effective the end of the 2007 season.

2.     Resignation of Jared Heffner, Head Middle School BoysÕ Basketball Coach, effective November 19, 2007.

3.     Approval of Thor Schaeffer as Head Middle School BoysÕ Basketball Coach for School Year 2007-2008, at a salary of $2,358, effective November 19, 2007.

4.     Approval of Amy Howard as a mentor for Rose Wentzel (High School Social Studies) for School Year 2007-2008, at a salary of $600.

5.     Approval of John Noll as a mentor (previously approved as a resource person) for Chris Schumacher (High School Social Studies) for School Year 2007-2008, at a salary of $600.

6.     Approval of Peggy Coffin as an assistant cheerleading coach at a salary of $850, retroactive to September 4, 2007.

7.     Approval of Ben McKnight IV as an assistant football coach at a salary of $2,358, retroactive to August 13, 2007.

8.     Approval of Nora Bullock as a learning support aide for 35 hours per week at a rate of $10.40 per hour, effective November 27, 2007.

9.     Approval of the following Krapf Drivers for School Year 2007-2008:

Ron Heffner

Adam Kehl

10.  Approval of the following individuals to be added to the approved 2007-2008 substitute teacher list at the daily substitute rate:

Jacqueline Garcia        Kutztown University                  Guest Teacher

Elaina Swann               University of Alabama               Guest Teacher

                        Timothy Bausher          Kutztown University                              Guest Teacher

11.  Approval of Jen McAteer as Assistant High School Principal pending salary negotiations with the

administration.

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

                       Motion carried.

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

 

Conference     Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approval Joseph Pugliese to attend the  

Requests         Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Annual Conference to be held on March 4, 2008 through March 7, 2008, in Hershey PA, at a cost of $811.40.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes 9        No  0                     Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

                       

                        Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approval Barbara Richard to attend the PASBO Annual Conference to be held March 4, 2008 through March 7, 2008, in Hershey, PA, at a cost of $811.40.                                                    

                        Roll call vote:   Yes 9           No 0                       Absent 0

                        Motion carried.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Bill Yurvati, seconded by Pat Bealer, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 10:10 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

                                                                             Rikki L. Clark

                                                                             School Board Secretary