Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, October 21, 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, James Kramer, Donald Meyers, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler

 

Absent             Kent Dahlquist

 

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

Tom Green, Leroy Merkel, Terry Guers, John Noll, Claire Kempes, Merav Bushlin-Reading Eagle, Mike Merkel

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:49 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 September 16 and October 7, 2002 school board meetings.

            Roll call vote:        Yes  6           No  0             Absent  1 (Dahlquist)

                                          Abstain 2 (Kramer, Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerÕs     Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Donald Meyers, to accept

Report             the treasurerÕs report of the general account.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Donald Meyers, seconded by Dale Reppert, to ratify for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $1,072,163.05.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Donald Meyers, to approve for

of General       payment the general account bills in the amount of $257,839.65.

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

Motion carried.

 

Approval of     Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve for

Construction   payment the construction account bills in the amount of $39,479.83.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuptÕs              Egg drop at the Middle School Ð The middle school students, band and parents gathered

Report             outdoors for a preliminary Science Olympiad project exercise. A parent volunteered his

time to fly over the MS grounds and drop student built containers from 1000 ft. to see if the eggs enclosed in them would not break on impact. One survived and a lot of fun was had by all.

 

Adam Bullock, and Krista Wert, two high school nationally commended students. Top ½ of 1% of the nations students vie for national scholarships.

 

Thanks to Jonathan Bond who used his artistic talents to create a sign that tracks donations towards the KASD Education FoundationÕs All-Weather Track project. The sign is displayed at the entrance to the high school.

 

Also, the KASD Education Foundation will give up to $18,000 for a permanent fence at the football stadium. More details to follow.

 

Committee       EIT              The Berks EIT office renegotiated their lease. Income in Berks County is

Reports             Pat Bealer   down. The closing of the Ames warehouse facility in Leesport took away

                                            900 jobs. The financial hit may come later after severance packages run out.

                        BCTC           2000 people attended TuesdayÕs open house and dedication ceremony. The

                          Jim Kramer  buildings are very impressive. Penske donated a Dodge Viper to the auto

                                            technology program for students to work on. Agreement to be signed with

                                            RACC to offer degreed programs through the BCTC.

                        ECC             No report.

                          Jim Kramer 

            BCIU            Open house scheduled for December 15th. Size of the River Chase

              Dennis Ritter                            facility has doubled. The 2003-2004 increase in employer contributions

                                for state pensions will be far greater than expected.

                        PSBA          Local meeting at the BCIU scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

                          Carl Ziegler 

Policy & Curriculum  School Resource officer program was revisited but will not be

  Bill Yurvati   recommended to the board at this time. Discussion items included

                    Kindergarten schedule changes, proposals for two district trips, remediation,

                    textbook replacement cycle, No Child Left Behind and cable in the

                    classrooms.

 

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

                        personnel items #1-11:

1. Ratification of Robin Ostach as long-term substitute middle school wellness and fitness teacher beginning September 9, 2002 through, but no later than, December 6, 2002 at a rate of $80 per day for days 1-20, $90 per day for days 21-45, and the balance per BachelorÕs Step 1 (tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

2. Approval of the following substitute teachers effective October 22, 2002 for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute teacher rate:

       Jon Mario               Health and Physical Ed.             West Chester University

       David McGeorge    Political Science/Social Studies  Brown Univ./Temple Univ.

       Sharon Jalowiecki  Mathematics                              Central Connecticut State

3. Approval of Shelly Christman as a substitute aide effective October 22, 2002 for School Year 2002-2003 at the current substitute aide rate.

4. Acceptance of the resignation of Dori Zingley, secondary nurse aide, effective October 25, 2002.

5. Permission for administration to hire a secondary nurse aide with ratification at a future board meeting.

6. Acceptance of the resignation of Brian Szabo, high school computer lab aide, effective October 18, 2002 or when a replacement is found.

7. Permission for administration to hire a high school computer lab aide with ratification at a future board meeting.

8. Permission for administration to hire a part-time cafeteria worker with ratification at a future board meeting. (Vacant position, not a new position.)

9. Acceptance of the resignation of Brian Szabo, Head Coach-Volleyball, effective October 18, 2002.

10.  Approval of Doug Matz and Bryan Hartman to share the position of Faculty Manager of Music for School Year 2002-2003 with each person receiving $1,141.

11.  Approval of the following coaches and salaries for School Year 2002-2003 as per the KASD/KATA contract:

          Morgan Esser               Assistant Wrestling                      $2,774      

          Mike Richards               Assistant Wrestling                      $2,774

          Matt Smith                    Assistant Girls Basketball            $2,774

          Kelly Biehl                    Assistant Girls Basketball            $2,774

          Bernard Boyle              Assistant Girls Basketball            $2,774

          Kristin Rauenzahn        Assistant Girls Basketball            $2,774

          Brad Schifko                Assistant Boys Basketball           $2,774

          Tyson Scott                  Assistant Boys Basketball           $2,774

          Scott Blair                    Assistant Boys Basketball           $2,774

          Donray Bennett            Assistant Boys Basketball           $2,774

          Josh Holly                    Volunteer Boys Basketball                 $0

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

Motion carried.

 

Conference     Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by James Kramer to approve the conference

Requests         request for John Noll to attend Student Assistance Training at the BCIU on October 9, 10, 16,

                        and 17, 2002 at a cost of $652.00. (Funds from Safe Schools Grant)

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer to approve the conference request for John Noll to chaperone three students and attend PASC State Conference (student council) at Lansdale, PA on Nov. 7-9, 2002 at a cost of $443.00.

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

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items        Health Aide hourly rates, Outdoor facilities for sporting events

                                                     

Kindergarten   Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Donald Meyers to approve a change to the

Calendar         2002-2003 School Year Calendar by having all Kindergarten students (AM and PM) in

Change            session during fall and spring teacher conference days, November 12, 13, and

                        14, 2002 and April 15, 16, and 17, 2003 and hire substitute teachers to teach the

                        additional sessions.

                        Roll call vote:      Yes  6         No  2 (Bealer, Vymazal)     

                                                     Absent  1  (Dahlquist)

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items (cont.)         Requests for exemption of real estate

 

Executive        Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Donald Meyers to have the board meet

Session           for an executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters at 8:57 p.m.

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

Motion carried.

 

                        The board reconvened at 10:30 p.m.

 

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

                        meeting at 10:31 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary