Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 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, Kent Dahlquist, James Kramer, Donald Meyers, Dale Reppert, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Lynn Nonnemacher

 

Absent             Dennis Ritter

 

Also                 Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Nickolas Sosik-Treasurer, Gretchen DiehlÐSecretary,  Present           Geri Miller, Mark Erb, Eric Erb, Nick Lazo, Michele Fragnito, Tom Green, Barbara

Richard, Leroy Merkel, Eric Veronikis-The Patriot, Merav Bushlin-Reading Eagle, Lisa

Finke, Lou Cottone, Rita Schwalm

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:42 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 Donald Meyers, to approve

Of Minutes       the minutes of the December 16, 2002 and January 6, 2003 school board

meetings.

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

                                          Abstain  1  (Yurvati)

Motion carried.

 

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

Report             the treasurerÕs report of the general account.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to ratify for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $45,879.57.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

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

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $235,449.89.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuptÕs           á Dr. Winkler noted that January is School Director Recognition Month. Mrs. Rita Schwalm

Report             provided refreshments, compliments of KATA. The School Directors received personalized KASD cougar tablets, and certificates and calendars from PSBA. Dr. Winkler read current PA school director statistics as well as an excerpt from board minutes from the 1800Õs brought down from the schoolÕs archives. She thanked the board for volunteering their time and acknowledged their outstanding personal commitment to the district.

á  Science Olympiad students took first place in Berks County.

á  Mock Trial and Debate teams are off to a great start.

á  KutztownÕs first Scholastic Scrimmage match was held on WLVT-TV against Bethlehem Catholic. KASD won 300-35 (a score of 225 is considered high). Well Done! The match will air on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

á  Harold Baguinon had a perfect score on the SAT II in Chemistry. This feat is practically unheard of. Mr. Erb explained that perfect scores on the Math SAT II occur once in a while, but the chemistry test incorporates written explanations of answers and is virtually impossible to receive such a score. Great job!

á  Elementary geography bees were held. Austin Fritz of KES, David Fahim of MAX and Casey Trexler of ALB were the building winners and will continue to the next level. Congratulations.

á  Dr. Winkler noted the community council is continuing to meet. Last meetingÕs discussions included the HS building renovation and 2003-2004 calendar. The council is made up of a diverse group including parents, grandparents and retirees.

 

Committee       EIT              No meeting.

Reports             Pat Bealer  

                        BCTC           Meeting scheduled for next week.

                          Jim Kramer 

                        ECC             List of ECC activities in buildings were discussed. From the lists the

                          Jim Kramer  committee will be able to compare KASD to similar size districts and

evaluate future programs. Pole vault pit and assistant coaches for the track team were discussed. Middle School dance team idea was introduced to the board. They are a parent-operated group and will be holding a competition at the middle school in the near future.

            BCIU            No report.

              Dennis Ritter                             

                        PSBA          Information on the upcoming legislative leadership conference was included

                          Carl Ziegler  in the packet.

Policy & Curriculum  No meeting.

  Bill Yurvati    

 

Recess            Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by James Kramer for the board to take a short

                        recess at 8:06 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        The board reconvened at 8:15 p.m.

 

Discussion Item   Middle School Dance Club

 

Personnel       Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to approve the following

                        personnel items #1-16:

1.  Acceptance of the resignation of Sallie Sandler as Volleyball Head Coach, no duties performed.

2.  Approval to extend Sharon LeuchakÕs unpaid leave of absence through the end of School Year 2002-2003.

3.  Approval for Denise Klein to continue as long-term substitute elementary school nurse during Sharon LeuchakÕs leave of absence for the second semester of School Year 2002-2003 at the current long term substitute rate and as per the KASD/KATA contract.

4.  Approval of child rearing leave for Christina Boyle commencing on April 17, 2003 or the expiration of approved, applicable sick leave. Ms. BoyleÕs absence is planned from March 31, 2003 through the end of School Year 2002-2003.

5.  Approval of Linda McLean as long-term substitute special education teacher during Christina BoyleÕs leave beginning March 31, 2003 through the end of School Year 2002-2003 at a rate of $80 per day (days 1-20 of current school year), $90 per day (days 21-45) and the balance at Step 1, BachelorÕs column (non-tenured) as per the KASD/KATA contract.

6.  Approval of Leanne Silberman as long-term substitute aide (30 hours/week) during Linda McLeanÕs reassignment beginning March 31, 2003 through the end of School Year 2002-2003 at the substitute rate of $8.00 per hour plus a proration of sick days equivalent to that of a 75% aide.

7.  Ratification to revise dates of the child rearing and Family Medical Leave for Andrea Stern to commence on March 4, 2003 or the expiration of approved, applicable sick leave. Ms. SternÕs absence will be from January 6, 2003 through the end of the third quarter of School Year 2002-2003.

8.  Ratification to revise dates for Joyce Esser as long-term substitute 6th grade teacher during Andrea SternÕs absence beginning January 6, 2003 through the end of the third quarter of School Year 2002-2003 at a rate of $80 per day (days 1-20 of current school year), $90 per day (days 21-45) and the balance at Step 1, BachelorÕs column (tenured) as per the KASD/KATA contract.

9.  Ratification of Bill Riedel as Academic Challenge Coach for School Year 2002-2003 at a salary of $1,159 as per the KASD/KATA contract.

10. Ratification of Karen Kabakoff as School Newspaper Advisor for School Year 2002-2003 at a salary of $1,020 as per the KASD/KATA contract.

11. Ratification of Dawn Russell as Class Play Senior Director for School Year 2002-2003 at a salary of $1,791 as per the KASD/KATA contract.

12. Approval of Paul Herman as substitute custodian for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute custodian rate.

13. Approval of Zarinah Felton as a guest teacher for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute teacher rate.

14. Acceptance of the resignation of Melissa Tukovits, cafeteria worker, effective December 20, 2002.

15. Approval of Deb Kroutch to be added to the 2002-2003 Van Lear driver list.

16.  Approval for an additional special education aide position with ratification of personnel at a future board meeting.

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

Motion carried.

 

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

 

Revised Bus   Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Dennis Ritter to approve the attached

Routes             revised bus routes for School Year 2002-2003.

                        Motion carried unanimously.

 

School Year    Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by James Kramer to approve the attached

2003-2004       School Year 2003-2004 Calendar.

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

Motion carried.

 

Pole Vault        Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Kent Dahlquist to approve the purchase and 

Pit                    reconstruction of the pole vault pit area per the attached description at a cost not to exceed

                        $7,500.00.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Mr. Kramer left at 8:53 p.m.

 

Discussion      Rezoning of Greenwich Elementary School and Other Properties

Items               AEM Contract

                        High School Renovation

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment   Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Donald Meyers, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 9:11 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary