Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, April 18, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, April 18, 2005 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, Kay Churchman, Kent Dahlquist, James Kramer, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Tyler Loeb-Student Representative, Krystal Loy-Alt. Student Representative

 

Absent             None

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Joe Pugliese-Treasurer, Gretchen Diehl-Board 

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Lu Palmer, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Celeste Brown, Tom Green, Barb Richard, Sheryl Snyder, Mick O’Neil, Sallie Ann Yerger, David Delle Donne, Joshua Delle Donne, Audrey Tucker, Diane Brensinger, Shirley Solt, Deb Kehm, Theodore Cole, Donna Keglovits, Shirley Berger, Bridget Dunkelberger, Elaine Berger, Dennis Berger, Joan Dietrich, Betty Keeley, Joy Benfield, Terry Schultz, Michelle Arevali, Kevin Haaf, Vickie Bastian, Cheryl Funk, Dan Roman, Susan Crow, Terry Guers, Lou Cottone, Jim Keeley

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:47 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. The meeting was tape recorded.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to approve the minutes for

Of Minutes       the March 21, and April 4, 2005 school board meetings.

Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dale Reppert, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general account.

Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to ratify for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $106,005.37.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $267,419.06.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Approval of     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by James Kramer, to approve for payment

Construction   the construction 2004 account bills in the amount of $655.59.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Thank you to Chief Cole, Detective Gately and officers for assisting the district in the recent arrest of a student who made terroristic threats. Local police responded quickly. Special thank you to the students who came forward and parents for working together with administration in this situation. It was a difficult week but showed that the student body and staff care about each other by sharing information and doing the right thing. Chief Cole and officers worked many extra hours day and night.

 

The Kutztown Jazz Festival was held at the high school this weekend. About 7 middle schools and 10 high schools participated. Thanks to Jon Bond for the outstanding banners and back drop. Parents, as always, provided excellent food. It was a wonderful experience for students. It also showed camaraderie within the Kutztown student groups.

 

Six high school students won awards at the county art show. Kutztown won as many as the larger schools. Kids are thrilled they did so well.

 

PSSA testing is complete. The tests were packed up and sent off for evaluation.

 

Sheryl Snyder and Dr. Winkler presented the following cafeteria staff awards. Thanks to all the hard work the staff puts forth all year long;

   “Butter” Than Average Awards

                  Middle School - Shirley Solt

                  High School – Joy Benfield

                  Kutztown Elementary – Elizabeth Keeley

                  Greenwich Elementary – Shirley Berger and Bridget Dunkelberger

                  Albany Elementary – Cheryl Dunkelberger

                  Maxatawny Elementary – The team of Loretta Flicker, Diane Shirk and Linda Merkel

   Cashier of the Year:

                  Elementary – Brenda Bogert

                  Secondary – Elaine Berger

   Einstein Award (showed initiative in furthering education)

                  Joan Dietrich

 

Committee       EIT              No report.

Reports             Pat Bealer      

                        BCTC           BCTC students from Boyertown (Pat Laylon) ,and Brandywine (Ray Sacks) won

                          Jim Kramer  1st place in the Annual Automobile Dealers Assoc. of Greater Philadelphia’s

automotive technology competition. The teams competed for more than $1 million in scholarships and prizes. Pat and Ray, among other prizes, received tool sets and full scholarships to automotive trade schools and colleges in PA and other states.

                        ECC             Coaches to be approved tonight.

                          Jim Kramer   

            BCIU            No report.   

                 Dennis Ritter      

            PSBA          Last Tuesday the attorney representing PSBA requested to delay opt-in deadline

              Kay Churchman     to allow courts to review and rule on unresolved issues such as how

                                much money do the districts get if all don’t opt in.

Policy & Curriculum   No meeting.

  Bill Yurvati    

 

Personnel       Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the following personnel items:

1.  Ratification of Jessica Stuart’s change in status from non-certified to certified aide at a rate of $9.55 per hour effective March 1, 2005.

2.  Ratification of Jessica Stuart, as a long-term substitute learning support teacher effective approximately April 25, 2005 through the end of School Year 2004-2005 during Kristin Haring’s leave at a rate of $85.00 per day for days 1-20, $95.00 per day for days 21-45 and the balance at bachelor’s column, step 1, for non-tenured teachers per the KASD/KATA contract.

3.  Ratification of Karen Wellington as substitute custodian effective April 11, 2005 at the current substitute custodian rate.

4.  Approval of Diane Zettlemoyer as part-time cafeteria worker effective April 19, 2005 at the starting rate of $7.60 per hour.

5.  Approval of Carol Fairchild as nurse aide effective no later than May 2, 2005 at the starting rate of $10.00 per hour.

6.  Ratification of the resignation of Janet Merkel as full-time custodian effective            October 28, 2004.

7.  Approval of the following substitute teachers effective April 19, 2005 for School Year   2004-2005 at the current substitute teacher rate:

            Elizabeth Snyder          Elementary                Kutztown University

            Joel Frain                              Art                                Kutztown University

8.  Approval of the following substitute aides effective April 19, 2005 for School Year 2004-2005 at the current substitute aide rate.

Jessica Landis    Wendy Kuchenbrod           Roxanne Grim  Ben DeMott

9.  Approval of Jeff Gernert as volunteer baseball coach for School Year 2004-2005.

10.  Approval of the following head coaches for Fall and Winter 2005.           

            Football                     Larry Chester

            Field Hockey             Sue Kunkel

            Golf                           Rick Kline

            Girls Tennis               Harry McGonigle

            Cross Country           Mark Hardenbrook

            Rifle                          Harold Shaeffer

            Wrestling                   Dean DeTurk

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

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

 

Conference     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the following

Requests         conference requests:

1.  Bryan Hartman to attend the PMEA Inservice Conference to be held April 20-23, 2005 in Hershey, PA at a cost of $472.90. (To chaperone a choral student to the PMEA chorus festival)

2.  Melanie Hartman to attend the PMEA Inservice Conference to be held April 21-23, 2005 in Hershey, PA at a cost of $395.00.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Custodial/        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to award the custodial supplies

General/Art     bids to the lowest responsible bidder who has met the specifications as listed on the attached

Supplies Bid   summary sheet.

 

Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to amend the previous motion to include awarding of the general supplies bids and the art supplies bids to the lowest responsible bidder who has met the specifications as listed on the attached summary sheets.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Public              Joshua Delle Donne – student request

Comment         Kevin Haaf – extended vacation request

 

Extended         Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the extended

Vacation          vacation for Emilie Haaf for 8 days at the end of School Year 2004-2005.

Request           Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  2 (Kramer, Ritter)     Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Executive        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to enter into an executive

Session           session to discuss a student matter at 8:27 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board reconvened at 9:21 p.m.

 

                        Mr. Kramer left 9:21 p.m.

                        Mr. Ritter left 9:21 p.m.

 

Discussion Items        High School Monitor

 

Lobby              Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to approve that the

Monitor            administration do whatever possible to provide a monitor for the middle lobby at the high

                        school with a re-evaluation for next school year.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Kramer, Ritter)

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items (cont.)         ESY Coach

 

ESY Coach      Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by William Yurvati, to hire a coach for the

                        Extended School Year summer program for 2005.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Kramer, Ritter)

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items (cont.)         Act 72

                                                Berks County Schools Health Insurance Consortium Meeting Notes

                                                2005-2006 Budget

 

                        Mr. Reppert left 9:35 p.m.

                        Mr. Yurvati left 9:50 p.m.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 10:00 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary