Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 20, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, May 20, 2002 at 7:30 p.m., in the library of the Senior High School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Roll Call          Patricia Bealer, Kent Dahlquist, James Kramer, Donald Meyers, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Ben Haas-Student Representative

 

Absent             None

 

Also                 Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Gretchen Diehl�Secretary, Nickolas Sosik�Treasurer,

Present           Geri Miller, Lu Palmer, Mark Erb, Barry Adams, Nick Lazo, Celeste Brown, Michele

Fragnito, Barbara Richard, Rebecca Ziegler, Lisa Finke, Dave Owen, Kory Booz, Marina Lynch, Laurie Lynch, Mr. Smith, Cody Luckenbill, Lori Luckenbill, Katie Ziegler, Scott Saul, Steve Kenny, David Booz, Nate Mohler, Josiah Meck, Jolene Usher, Patrick Usher, Tom Usher, Diane Shaw, Julia Shaw, Deborah Kenney, Dave Kenney, Virginia Hoffman, Darryl Hoffman, Ann Alkons, Anne Hoffman, Natasha Barron, Alex Alkons, Colton Ziegler, Matt Cullen, Beverly Merkel, Becky Stump, Jean Zeigler, Kay Vanderburg, Sarah Kenney, Debra Kenney, Roy Whitner, Megan Whitner, Atty. O�Keefe, Matt Loch, Pat Loch, Kevin Smith, Becky Peters, Michael Shaw, Peter Shaw, Seth DeLong, Rachel DeLong, Karen & Scott DeLong, Sara Walter, Lucy Walter, Marlene Peter, May Allen, Tina Billig, Karen Haas, Dean Haas, Sarah Haas, Audrey Foster, Stacy & Debbie Klinger, Brent Koller, Nancy & Brian Koller, Brooke Koller, Matthew Smith, Eric Veronikis � The Patriot, Demarchlier Pukanecz, Denise Weaknecht, Casey Weaknecht, Arielle Pukanecz, Betty Imboden, Lisa Saby, Kevin Stump, Adam Hall

 

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 that everyone signs the attendance book and marks 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.

 

Supt�s              Many students and parents are here tonight to honor the accomplishments of three groups of

Report             talented students. We are honoring a total of 63 students.

Senior high school mock trial team

Lisa Saby is the advisor for the Berks County mock trial team. The team argued a hypothetical case against Fleetwood SD in front of an actual judge in the Reading courthouse to win the Berks County Championship. Atty. O�Keefe was their legal advisor and quoted fellow lawyers and judges by saying �Outstanding�Unbelievable�Can you get some of these kids to talk to some of the lawyers in my courtroom!� Kutztown students showed professionalism and class and are a great asset to the school and community. The team members are:

Sara Walter, Natasha Barron, Amelia Dietrich, Matt Gately, Adam Hall, Amy Miller, Dan Paterno, Meg Whitner, Katie Ziegler, Amber Daniels, Melina Forte, and Keri Overcast.

PA-TSA State Participants

Matt Cullen and Dave Kenney gave an overview of the awards won by TSA members at the State competition. We had a wonderful showing and representation at the state level. All these students won at the regional level and were invited to the State competition. The students won in individual and team events. The KASD State middle school team members are:

Marina Lynch, Sarah Kenney, Anne Hoffman, Eryn Ziegler, Josiah Meck, Zack Owen, Darrin Scott, Matt Finke, Alex Alkons, Colton Ziegler, Brent Koller, Matt Loch, Matt Esser, Jesse Heffner, Cody Luckenbill, Addison Meitzler, Stefan Wert, Austin Rothermell, Dean Pugliese, Cory Booz.

The KASD high school members are:

Ann Alkons, Lisa Augustine, Matt Gately, Becca Ache, Steve Kenney, Brett Kline, Chris Kohl, Adam Hall, Nate Mohler, Scott Saul, Tyler Schulley

National History Day - State Participants

Matt Smith, Betty Imboden and Tom Campbell gave an overview of National History Day state competition. These students did a fantastic job on their individual and team projects. The advisors introduced all the students and gave a brief explanation of each project. The students were commended by the effort and unwavering commitment to their projects. Also, thanks to the parents for their support. The middle school team members are:

Julia Shaw, Stacy Klinger, Samantha Laros, Sarah Haas, Audrey Foster, Beverly Merkel, Rebecca Stump, Rebecca Peters, Kara Smith, Seth DeLong, Patrick Usher, and Ethan Hall

The high school team members are:

Amy Miller, Laura Button, Megan Whitner, Adam Hall, Demarchlier Pukanecz, Arielle Pukanecz, Casey Weaknecht, and Maria Alaimo.

 

Dr. Winkler also acknowledged two outstanding students for being named Berks Best by the Reading Eagle Company. Jessica Hoppes won for Vocational/Technical Skills and Elana Schlenker for Communication. Jessica and Elana were featured in a special edition of the newspaper. Kutztown had two winners out of the eight possible for all of Berks County. What a fantastic accomplishment! Congratulations.

 

Dr. Winkler went on to commend the students and music department for a wonderful spring concert. All that attended were sure to have enjoyed the event.

 

Committee       EIT              No Meeting.

Reports             Pat Bealer  

                        BCTC           Budget vote on tonights agenda. Meeting this Wednesday. 

                          Jim Kramer 

            ECC             No Report.

              Jim Kramer 

BCIU            Handed out Emphasis Newsletter. Berks Youth day celebrated 80th year.

  Dennis Ritter                            This year they actually had more mentors than students. Division names

                    were changed at the BCIU to relate more to function.

                        PSBA          No Report.

                          Carl Ziegler 

Policy & Curriculum The committee supports monetary participation in academic and music

  Bill Yurvati    competitions. Preliminary student numbers for next year were available.

Update on Fast ForWord. KASD was chosen to participate in teacher testing program by the state at the November 15th In-Service Day. List of professional staff was approved for the Summer Academy.

 

Public Comment  Tina Billig transportation issue and babysitting stops, see attached letter

 

Executive        Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Donald Meyers, to enter into an executive

Session           session to discuss personnel matters at 8:24 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Reppert left at 9:37 p.m.

Mr. Meyers left at 10:13 p.m.

 

The Board reconvened at 10:14 p.m.

 

Approval         Motion made by Dale Reppert, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve

Of Minutes       the minutes of the April 15 and May 6, 2002 school board meetings.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurers     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by James Kramer, to accept

Report             the treasurers report of the general account.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to ratify for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $153,626.43.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to approve for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $269,355.69.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:        Yes  6           No  1 (Bealer)   Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Personnel       Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the following

                        items #1-#6:

1.     Approval of the resignation, due to retirement of Donna Sheaffer, elementary

      vocal music teacher effective the end of School Year 2001-2002.

2.     Approval of the resignation of Mary Gambale, .5 language arts teacher and part-

      time aide effective the end of School Year 2001-2002.

3.   Approval of the following personnel and stipends for School Year 2001-2002:

         High School

                  Biology Club Advisor    Sue Hieter               $500

                  Debate Coach              Tom Campbell      $1,100

                  FFA Advisor                 Celeste Ball             $500

                  Twirler Coach HS/MS    Angela Bucci        $1,400

                  Middle School

                  Yearbook                     Diane Shaw         $1,000

                  TSA                             Matt Cullen           $1,200

                  Student Council           Matt Smith               $700

                  Berks Teen Inst.           Mary Ann ONeil      $275

                  Newspaper                   Judy Darion             $500

                  CTV (Cougar TV)                               Matt Cullen         $500

4.     Approval of Wanda Weiser to be added to 2001-2002 substitute aide and

      substitute clerical aide lists at the current substitute aide rates.

5.     Approval of Alyssa Raifsnider as an aide for the summer Fast ForWord Program at a rate of $8.25 per hour.

6.     Approval of Bethany Mathie to be added to the approved 2001-2002 teacher

      substitute list at the current teacher substitute rate.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

All Personnel Are Approved Pending the Districts Receipt of All Mandated Credentials.

 

Board              Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by William Yurvati to approve a stipend of $1,800

Secretary        for the position of board secretary for School Year 2002-2003.

Compensation Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

Board              Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by James Kramer to appoint Mr. Nickolas Sosik,

Treasurer        Jr. as School District Board Treasurer for School Year 2002-2003 with a stipend of $850.

Appointment    Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

District            Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer to appoint PNC Bank

Depository      as district depository for School Year 2002-2003.

Appointment   

Motion to amend from PNC Bank to National Penn Bank due to an error on the agenda.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

Substitute        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer to approve Nevin Smith as a

Bus/Van          Kutztown Area School District substitute bus/van driver for School Year 2001-2002.

Driver              Motion carried unanimously.

 

Board Meeting Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer to reschedule the following

Rescheduled   meetings to allow for 30 days between tentative and final budget adoption:

1.     To reschedule the June 17th board meeting to Monday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the

   high school library.

2.     To reschedule the June 24th Policy & Curriculum Meeting to June 17th at

   7:00 p.m. in the high school library

 

2002-2003       Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by James Kramer to authorize the expenditures

BCTC Budget   of the Berks Career and Technology Centers General Program for the period of 

Adoption          July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003 as set forth in the attached summary.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

2002-2003       Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by James Kramer to adopt the 2002-2003 

KASD               Kutztown Area School District tentative operating budget totaling $19,254,643.00 with a

Tentative         millage of 20.44 (an increase of .5)

Budget            

Adoption          Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to amend the previous

motion thereby changing the millage rate from 20.44 to 20.92 (an increase of .98). This increase in millage reduces the use of ending balance from $341,509 to $61,355. The total tentative operating budget remains at $19,254,643. 

            Roll call vote:      Yes  5      No  2 (Bealer, Yurvati)     Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

            Roll call vote:      Yes  5      No  2 (Bealer, Yurvati)     Absent  2 (Meyers, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 11:04 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary