Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 18, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, March 18, 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, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Ben Haas-Student Representative Lynn Nonnemacher-Alt. Student Representative

 

Absent             Dale Reppert

 

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

Present           Geri Miller, Lu Palmer, Mark Erb, Barry Adams, Nick Lazo, Eric Erb, Michele Fragnito,

Celeste Brown, Barbara Richard, Leroy Merkel, Kimm Montone-The Patriot, Lily Henning-Reading Eagle, Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Schlegel, Cindi O’Hara, Mr. & Mrs. Darie Haas, N. Haas, Mr. & Mrs. Grant Schelgel, Dave Kenney, Mr. & Mrs. David Schlegel, Mr. & Mrs. Rayneld Schlegel, Senator Mike O’Pake, Scott Wagaman, Brent Koller, Megan Zimmerman, Samantha Laros, Michael Laros, Robin Laros, Pam Zimmerman

 

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.

 

Approval         Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve

Of Minutes       the minutes of the February 19 and March 4, 2002 school board meetings.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  1 (Reppert)

                                          Abstain 1 (Kramer)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to accept

Report             the treasurer’s report of the general account.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to ratify for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $985,644.71.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $266,127.53.

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

Motion carried.

 

Supt’s              Presentation of WWII Veteran Diplomas

Report                  Dr. Winkler introduced Grant Schlegel, Rayneld Schlegel and Wayne Schlegel. They were presented with high school diplomas through “Operation Recognition”. This program honors WWII Veterans who left high school to enter the armed forces during WWII and were not able to graduate. Grant, Rayneld and Wayne also accepted a diploma, posthumously, for their brother Lee Schlegel, who was lost at sea when his submarine was attacked at the end of the war. Senator O’Pake also presented special certificates to the men. He then spoke about current legislative issues that included tax reform.

Three middle school students presented the results of a science project to the Board. Mr. Wagaman’s class studied water samples taken throughout the district. They commented on the procedures used to determine various elements found such as copper, pH, etc. and noted that overall, KASD water quality is good.

Pot pie supper was held and the music organizations were outstanding.

Mr. Petatucci and Mulgrew Miller, noted jazz musicians, were in the district on Friday to kick-off the Berks County Jazz Festival. Students from nearby districts came to the middle school for a workshop and mini-concert.

A US astronaut came to KASD. A number of elementary and secondary students were on hand to listen to him speak.

TSA students faired well in recent competitions. 8-1st place, 6-2nd place and 5-3rd place finishes among other medals were received by our students! An outstanding accomplishment especially when competing against much larger schools.

The Regional Science Olympiad competition was held recently. Mr. Drummer and Mr. Reidel brought the best out in the students and won 1st place in regionals. The students earlier won 2nd place in the county competition.

 

Committee       EIT              No report. Meeting will be held next week.

Reports             Pat Bealer  

                        BCTC           Lobbying in process to not cut grants. Dr. Hohl was recognized with a 

                        Jim Kramer    life-time achievement honor.

BCIU            No report.

Dennis Ritter 

            ECC             No meeting.

            Jim Kramer   

                        PSBA          Dinner meeting is scheduled for April 18th in Bethlehem. Discussion items

                          Carl Ziegler  to be issue papers on funding and cyber schools.

Policy & Curriculum Capitalization policy was discussed. Textbooks recommended 

  Bill Yurvati    pending budget approval. Seals of proficiency discussion then letter went out

to parents. Safe schools flip charts and Act 48 software were also discussed.

 

Personnel       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve the following

                        items #1-#6:

1. The following guest teachers to be added to the approved 2001-2002 substitute teacher list at the daily substitute rate:

         Rene McCaulley           Suzanne Shaeffer      Charles Schenk           

         Cheryl Coldren             Victor Jacobs              Christopher Daubert     Stacia Visgarda            Robert Cohen             Susan Koneski

2. Acceptance of resignation, due to retirement of Jeanette Ebling, full-time office/library aide, effective June 30, 2002.

3. Ratification of Kristin Sell-Noecker as .5 floating substitute at a rate of $46.00 per day effective March 12, 2002 through May 30, 2002. (Kristin replaces Charlotte Schroeder in ½ of her full-time floating sub position during Charlotte’s reassignment as .2 German LTS + planning period)

4. Approval of resignation of Sue Heiter as 2001-2002 Student Council Advisor effective March 15, 2002. (Ms. Heiter’s share of the salary equals $761.)

5. Approval of John Noll as 2001-2002 Student Council Advisor effective March 18, 2002. (Mr. Noll’s share of the salary equals $300.)

6. Ratification of Doug Matz as faculty manager of music for School Year 2001-2002 at a salary of $2,226 as per the KASD/KATA contract.

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

Motion carried.

All Personnel Are Approved Pending the District’s Receipt of All Mandated Credentials.

 

Conference     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by James Kramer to approve of Debra Kenney,

Requests         Matt Cullen and Dave Kenney to attend the PA-TSA State Leadership Conference and chaperone students. The conference will be held at Seven Springs, PA at a total cost of $1,920.

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

Motion carried.

 

Bus Route       Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter to approve the attached

Revisions        revised bus routes.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

Tax Study        following individuals as Tax Study Members:

Members        Sandra Luckenbill           Paul Alonso                 Peter Karch                                                   John Quarmley                Lisa Ladd-Kidder          Floyd Stauffer                                    George Burwell               Genevieve (Billie) Heffner                     

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

Motion carried.

 

Bid                   Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer to accept the bids for

Openings        Custodial Supplies, Art Supplies, General Supplies opened March 15, 2002 as listed on the

                        attached summary sheet.

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

Motion carried.

                       

Transportation  Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kent Dahlquist to approve the attached

Contract          contract between the Kutztown Area School District and Van Lear Equipment, Inc. for daily

transportation services required for district’s public and non-public, kindergarten, elementary, and secondary students, as well as for requested curricular/co-curricular and athletics/activities trips for 2002-2007 school years (5 years) at the rates specified therein.

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

Motion carried.

 

Appraisal        Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Patricia Bealer to contract American Appraisal 

Company         Associates to inventory and appraise district assets as required by GASB34 for a fee of

Contract          $5,450.00 as per the attached.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  1 (Meyers)          Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Right-of-Way    Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer to allow the Borough of 

For Kutztown   Kutztown the Right-of-Way for 12” water main installation on Normal Avenue as detailed

Borough          in the attached proposal.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  1 (Kramer)          Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Capitalization  Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Kent Dahlquist to approve the second reading 

Policy              and adoption of Policy #622 – Capitalization Policy as attached.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  1 (Meyers)          Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Sunday            Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Donald Meyers to approve the following 

Activities         resolution.

Be it resolved, that the Kutztown Area School District and its employees refrain from scheduling or conducting regular district sanctioned activities on Sundays.

 

                        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Donald Meyers to amend the resolution to read:

Be it resolved, that the Kutztown Area School District and its employees not schedule or conduct regular district sanctioned activities on Sundays prior to 1 p.m.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  1 (Vymazal)        Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Special                        Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Kent Dahlquist to approve the adoption  

Education        of an agreement, in a form acceptable to the solicitor, to settle and compromise claims

Settlement       raised by the parents of an eligible student and to authorize the Board President

                        and Secretary to execute that agreement on behalf of the District.

                        Roll call vote:        Yes  5   

                                                      No  3 (Meyers, Vymazal, Ziegler)

                                                      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

ACT 48            Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the contract for 

Tracking          ACT 48 Credit Keeper software to track and report Act 48 hours of the district’s certified

Software          professionals, at a one-time set-up fee of $400 then $1,760 annually thereafter.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

The School Year 2002-2003 calendar was brought to a 4-2 vote at the March 4th board meeting. After checking with the solicitor, he though it best to call a re-vote on the subject since 5 votes would be needed to determine the length of school year even though only a majority is required to set holidays, etc.

 

School Year    Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the attached

2002-2003       calendar for School Year 2002-2003.

Calendar         Roll call vote:    Yes  7       No  1 (Yurvati)        Absent   1 (Reppert)

                        Motion carried.

 

All-Weather     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist and not seconded, to approve allocation of $93,000 for

Track               design work for the all-weather track and fencing to be taken out of two budget

                        years.

                        Motion not carried due to lack of a second to the motion.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Donald Meyers, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 9:15 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary