Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

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

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, November 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, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler

 

Absent             Don Vymazal

 

Also                 Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Nickolas Sosik-Treasurer, Gretchen Diehl–Secretary,  Present           Geri Miller, Mark Erb, Eric Erb, Nick Lazo, Celeste Brown, Tom Green, Barbara Richard,

Cindy Parks-O’Neil, Lorie Zimmerman, Dave Rothermel, Eric Veronikis-The Patriot, Dave Stutzman, Brenda Loeb, Karl Foerster

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:39 p.m. by Vice-President Ziegler.

 

Welcome         Vice-President Ziegler 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 Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve

Of Minutes       the minutes of the October 21 and November 4, 2002 school board meetings.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

Report             the treasurer’s report of the general account.

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

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 $32,836.01.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $293,356.36.

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

Motion carried.

 

Supt’s              Dr. Winkler congratulated all the students in the Oklahoma production. Music and voices

Report             were wonderful. Wednesday night was senior citizen night, free with cookies served, a yearly tradition. Friday night was sold out, Saturday almost sold out as well. A visiting Superintendent attended. His district has also picked Oklahoma as its musical. It was outstanding!

 

Veterans Day programs were held last week.

      KES – Erica Yurvati organized the assembly for a bronze scouting badge

      requirement. Lieutenant Brin spoke about being stationed overseas this

      summer. Students collected over 700 names of friends and family members

      in the armed forces.

      ALB – invited and introduced veterans at their assembly. Fifth grade created

      a video. “Not a dry eye in the house.”

 

Student housing – private developer is going ahead with plans for student housing next to the Kutztown Elementary School. The borough saw no legal reasons to disapprove the plan. The developer is attempting to get a waiver to allow additional housing across Normal Avenue.

 

English as a Second Language Program has been mandated. Kutztown is one of the districts selected for monitoring. It will take place the first week in December.

 

PSSA scores for last year’s 8th grade were highest in the Lehigh Valley. Mr. Lazo noted the addition of a new 8th grade reading course was a great help. Albany scores improved 110 points last year and the high school was tied for third.

 

Committee       EIT              No Meeting.

Reports             Pat Bealer  

                        BCTC           Special meeting to vote and approve Act 93 was held. Salaries were

                          Jim Kramer  comparable to county averages. Open house was successful. Attendance of

                                            about 5000 people for each dedication/open house.

                        ECC             Met last week. Minutes were in the packet. Items on the agenda tonight

                          Jim Kramer  include cross country coach and use of facilities.

            BCIU            No meeting was held. Addition in renovations at river chase facility.

              Dennis Ritter                            Open house scheduled for December 15. All school boards are invited

                                to have a meeting at the facility so members can see it first-hand.

                        PSBA          Local meeting held. Minutes in the packet.

                          Carl Ziegler 

Policy & Curriculum  Mode of distribution for fundraisers and flyers will remain a Principal’s

  Bill Yurvati   decision. HS building renovation – no recommendations yet. WLVT agreement

                    to be sent to solicitor for review. Pest Management policy on the agenda for 2nd

                    reading and adoption. Student travel abroad policy to be written and discussed

                    at a future meeting.

 

Personnel       Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dale Reppert, to approve the following

                        personnel items #1-13:

1.  Approval of contract between Dr. Geraldine Miller, Assistant Superintendent, and the Kutztown Area School District as previously distributed effective July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2005.

2.  Approval of the child rearing and Family Medical Leave for Andrea Stern commencing on March 5, 2003 or the expiration of approved, applicable sick leave. Ms. Stern’s absence is planned from January 13, 2003 through March 31, 2003.

3.  Approval of Joyce Esser as long-term substitute 6th grade teacher during Andrea Stern’s absence beginning approximately January 13, 2003 through March 31, 2003 at a rate of $80 per day (days 1-20), $90 per day (days 21-45) and the balance at Step 1, Bachelor’s column (tenured) as per the KASD/KATA contract.

4.  Approval of the following substitute teachers effective November 19, 2002 for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute teacher rate:

Brian Welsh               Guest Teacher             Penn State University

Leroy Seeds             Guest Teacher             Park College (MO)

5.  Ratification of Donna Hinkle as high school computer lab aide effective November 11, 2002 at a rate of $9.25 per hour.

6.  Ratification of Erica Frederick as a full-time secondary floating substitute with individual benefits at a rate of $97 per day effective November 19, 2002 through May 30, 2003.

7.  Acceptance of the resignation of Lori Ackerman, lunch room monitor, effective November 22, 2002.

8.  Permission to hire a lunch room monitor with ratification at a future board meeting.

9.   Acceptance of the resignation of Sandra Adams, part-time cafeteria worker, effective November 7, 2002.

10. Acceptance of the resignation of Linda Arndt, part-time cafeteria worker, effective immediately due to failure to return to work.

11. Permission to hire 2 part-time cafeteria workers to fill vacancies with ratification at a future board meeting.

12. Approval of Sallie Sandler as Head Coach of Volleyball for School Year 2002-2003 at a salary of $4,175 as per the KASD/KATA contract.

13.  Approval of Leroy Merkel as a van and bus driver for School Year 2002-2003.  

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

Motion carried.

 

Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Dale Reppert to approve Mark Hardenbrook as Head Coach of Cross Country for School Year 2002-2003 at a salary of $2,740 as per requirements for new extra duty positions under the current KASD/KATA contract.

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

Motion carried.

 

Conference     Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Kent Dahlquist to approve the conference

Requests         request for Gary Miklus and softball coaches to attend the “Be The Best You Are” softball

                        clinic to be held January 9-11, 2003 in Cherry Hill, NJ at a cost of $400.

                        Roll call vote:      Yes  6         No  2 (Meyers, Ritter)     Absent  1 (Vymazal)

                        Motion carried.

 

Revised Bus   Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati to approve the attached

And Van          revised bus and van routes for School Year 2002-2003. 

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

Motion carried.

 

Young Writers/            Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Dennis Ritter to approve a $20.00 scholarship

Young              to be paid by the district for Kutztown Area School District students who attend the Young

Readers          Readers/Young Writers program at the Kutztown Elementary School in Summer 2003.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Integrated        Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by William Yurvati to approve the second

Pest Mgt.         Reading and adoption of attached Policy #716 – Integrated Pest Management. 

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

Motion carried.

 

Public Comment         Cindy Parks-O’Neil  -  Cross country coach as a paid position

 

Discussion Items        Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elem. Corrosion Control Feasibility Study

 

GWC Water      Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter to not do a feasibility study

Remedy           required by the Dept. of Education and to instead have water tested and corrected as soon as

                        possible. 

Motion and second withdrawn.

 

Further discussion assumed that credible testing companies would follow PDE regulations and advise the district to do a- feasibility study first. PDE deadline for study is January 1st. Administration will get more information and have it available for discussion at the December 3rd meeting.

 

Discussion Items (cont.)         Custodial Coverage for Weekend Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend         Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dennis Ritter to set a $20 fee for community

Activity Fee     organizations for each weekend use (non-rentals) of district buildings to cover cost of

                        additional custodial cleanup. 

                        Roll call vote:      Yes  6         No  2 (Dahlquist, Yurvati)      Absent  1 (Vymazal)

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items (cont.)         Food Service Starting Rate

 

Mr. Dahlquist left at 8:52 p.m.

 

Executive        Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati to have the board meet

Session           for an executive session to discuss personnel – administration evaluations at 9:04 p.m.

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

Motion carried.

 

                        The board reconvened at 9:54 p.m.

 

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

                        meeting at 9:55 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary