Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 17, 2003, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, March 17, 2003 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, James Kramer, Donald Meyers, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati

 

Absent             Kent Dahlquist, Carl Ziegler, Lynn Nonnemacher

 

Also                 Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Nickolas Sosik-Treasurer, Gretchen Diehl–Secretary,  Present           Geri Miller, Lu Palmer, Mark Erb, Eric Erb, Eric Sills, Nick Lazo, Michele Fragnito,

Celeste Brown, Tom Green, Leroy Merkel, Eric Veronikis-The Patriot, Merav Bushlin-

Reading Eagle, Kimberly A. Trexler, Linda Schroeder, Christina Kuhn, Randy L. Pyle,

Pamela Ashman, Lori Arndt, Bruce & Kim Kindred, Shelby Brett, Dr. F. Javier Cevallos-

President, Kutztown University

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:30 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. This meeting was tape recorded.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve

Of Minutes       the minutes of the January 21, February 3, and March 3, 2003 school board

meetings.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  6           No  0             Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

                                          Abstain  1  (Kramer)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to accept

Report             the treasurer’s report of the general account.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by James Kramer, to ratify for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $984,808.54.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $234,316.49.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0             Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Supt’s           Š Randy Pyle of Sovereign Bank presented the district with a check for $1,000, an investment

                        incentive offered by Sovereign to school districts investing a pre-determined amount in

                        conjunction with their “Children in Education” commitment.

Š  Dr. Winkler and Mr. Yurvati introduced Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University. Mr. Yurvati described 28 programs in a partnership between KU and KASD. The partnership involves KASD and KU students, teachers and administrators working together in mutually beneficial programs from student teaching to tutoring to cultural events. Dr. Winkler acknowledged Dr. Cevallos and shared continuing support of the partnership.

Š  Weather make-up days move the last day of school to June 11, 2003.

Š  9th grade PSSA Writing results show 83% of students are proficient or advanced.

Š  Special thanks to Jim Kramer and parents for a wonderful Florida band trip. The student’s performances and conduct were exceptional.

Š  KASD hosted a successful county music festival.

Š  Jazz band festival to be held at the high school this Saturday.

Š  KASD also hosted their first indoor twirling event.

Š  Congratulations to Brad Roth for winning 2 state swimming medals.

Š  Thank you to 40 high school student vocalists and musicians who, at the last minute, made themselves available to perform in a “send-off” ceremony for the Kutztown National Guard. The troops were deployed into active duty on Thursday to Kuwait.

Š  Dr. Winkler acknowledged the TSA students who again did well at the annual convention. Great job.

Š  PSBA conference in Hershey.

Š  Congratulations Darcy Spohn for being named #1 baritone sax player in the state!

 

Committee       EIT              Legislation determined taxable and non-taxable items. Berks County districts

Reports             Pat Bealer   to see a total $1 million loss.

                        BCTC           No report.

                          Jim Kramer 

                        ECC             No meeting.

  Jim Kramer   

            BCIU            County meeting to be held in Oley next month. Dr. Vicky Phillips, Gov.

              Dennis Ritter                              Rendell’s appointee for Secretary of Education will be in attendance.

                        PSBA          No report.

                          Carl Ziegler 

Policy & Curriculum  Meeting held February 24th. Items discussed: senior PSSA retest data,

  Bill Yurvati   full day kindergarten article and background info, emergency management

activities were reviewed, Ken Kern-Kutztown Emergency Management is working with the district, building level crisis teams are in place, if needed, chaperone information, Apple computer pilot partnerships, book replacement cycles, list of needs for upcoming budget, minutes policy was discussed further and 3rd grade PSSA review.

 

Public Comment   Kimberly A. Trexler, Linda Schroeder, Christina Kuhn and Kim Kindred – concerned that

                        5 weeks of social studies instruction will be replaced with instruction on test taking strategies

                        for new testing format required by “No Child Left Behind” legislation.

 

Personnel       Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve the following

                        personnel items #1-9:

1.  Approval to change the retirement date of Nickolas Sosik to be effective June 30, 2003 instead of March 31, 2003 as previously approved.

2.  Approval of the resignation of Susan Kline, instructional aide, effective March 19, 2003.

3.  Permission to hire an instructional aide with ratification at a future board meeting.

4.  Approval to increase the hours of Denise Statkus, aide, from 30 to 35 hours per week.

5.  Approval of the following job descriptions for the purpose of clarifying current positions at middle and high schools:

Computer Lab Support Aide

Technical Support Aide

High School Network Administrator

6.  Ratification of Mark Legwant as computer lab support aide at a rate of $9.50 per hour effective on or before April 1, 2003.

7.  Ratification of military leave of absence for Thomas Sally, high school social studies teacher, beginning February 27, 2003 until approximately February 26, 2004 as per the rights of military personnel under USERRA, Pennsylvania Military Code and Public School Code of 1949, as amended, due to being ordered to active duty to support contingency operation “Operation Enduring Freedom”.

8.  Ratification of Donna Hinkle as long term substitute high school social studies teacher during Tom Sally’s leave of absence effective February 27, 2003 through the end of School Year 2002-2003 at a rate of $80 per day for days 1-20, $90 per day for days 21-45, and the balance per Bachelor’s, Step 1 of the KASD/KATA contract.

9.   Approval of Lois Marie VonFunk as a substitute aide for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute aide rate.

                  Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0          Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve the following

                        individuals as substitute teachers for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute

                        teacher rate:

Patrick Herlihy             Guest Teacher          Lehigh University/University of Pittsburgh

Carla McNamara         Guest Teacher          University of Maryland

Jason Grim                 Guest Teacher          Albright College

Kelly Trumbauer          Guest Teacher          James Madison University

Bonny Wehr                Guest Teacher          Penn State University

Janice Wadsworth       Guest Teacher          Albright College

Michael Sikora            Guest Teacher          Alvernia, DeSales and Moravian College

Lois Marie VonFunk    Guest Teacher          LCCC/KU/St. Joseph’s University

Pamela Youssef         Elementary Ed.         Kutztown University

George Diehl              Health & PE/Elem.    Kutztown University/East Stroudsburg

Rebecca Mast             Elementary Ed.         Kutztown University

Joanne Denslow         Elem./Social Studies Georgian Court College

                  Roll call vote:        Yes  7           No  0          Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

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

 

Transportation Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer to ratify the transportation

Contract          contract between the Kutztown Area School District and Theodore and Robin LaFerriere for

transportation of their child to attend classes at the Kutztown Area School District Middle School beginning March 3, 2003 for the balance of School Year 2002-2003, unless terminated earlier for cause or by mutual consent of the parties hereto at a cost equal to the current IRS maximum allowed mileage rate (currently $.36 per mile).

                  Roll call vote:        Yes  7        No  0                Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Revised Bus   Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dale Reppert to ratify the attached revised

Routes             bus routes for School Year 2002-2003.

                        Roll call vote:        Yes  7        No  0                Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Bid Opening     Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Dennis Ritter to accept bids for Custodial

                        Supplies, Art Supplies, and General Supplies opened March 14, 2003 as listed on the

                        attached summary sheet.

                        Roll call vote:        Yes  7        No  0                Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

                        Motion carried.

 

Special Board  Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Donald Meyers to approve a special board

Meeting           meeting to be held on March 31, 2003 to review and approve documents relating to

                        refinancing 1998 General Obligation Bond Issue to be bid on that date.

                        Roll call vote:        Yes  7        No  0                Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

                        Motion carried.

 

 

Audit                Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter to renew the services of

Consultant       Hutchinson, Gorman & Freeh, Certified Public Accountants, to perform the audit of the 2002-

2003 financial records. Their fee is $10,300.00. A federal single audit, if required, would be performed for an additional $1,800.00.

                        Roll call vote:        Yes  7        No  0                Absent  2 (Dahlquist, Ziegler)

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Mr. Kramer left at 9:07 p.m.

 

Discussion      Apple Computer Partnership

Items               Business Manager Search

                        PSBA Lobby Day – April 29, 2003

                        Berks County School Director’s Convention – April 24, 2003

 

                        Mr. Meyers left at 9:46 p.m.

 

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

                        meeting at 9:47 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary