Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 21, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, March 21, 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, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Tyler Loeb-Student Representative, Krystal Loy-Alt. Student Representative

 

Absent             James Kramer, Dale Reppert, Carl Ziegler

 

Also                 Dr. Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Joe Pugliese-Treasurer, Michele Sunday

Present           Nick Lazo, Lu Palmer, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Andrew Kulp, Pam Ashman

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:44 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 William Yurvati, to approve the minutes for

Of Minutes       the February 22, and March 7, 2005 school board meetings.

Roll call vote:  Yes  6      No  0     Absent  3 (Kramer, Reppert, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurerís     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to accept the treasurerís

Report             report of the general account.

Roll call vote:  Yes  6      No  0     Absent  3 (Kramer, Reppert, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Dale Reppert arrived 7:50 p.m.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Kay Churchman, to ratify for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $1,017,568.58.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

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

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $287,419.20.

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

Motion carried.

 

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

Construction   the construction 2004 account bills in the amount of $5,710.73.

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

Motion carried.

 

Superintendentís Report

Kutztown School district hosted the Region V Band and Choral Festival consisting of 210 students and organized by Bryan Hartman and Doug Matz. The community housed all visiting students. The students mentioned that they envied the laptops. Concert was great. Eric Erb and Dr. Winkler made opening remarks Friday and Saturday, respectively.

 

 

 

Science Olympiad Ė both middle school and high school finished in first place and received medals! Mr. Boyle, Mr. Collier and the students were very pleased. The high school received first place on most projects, even after having some technical problems. Mr. Riedel, Mr. Drummer, Ms. Hieter and Mr. Wagaman were great adult support.

 

Middle School History Day-All 19 students received awards and 18 will go on to compete in the state competition.

 

It was a fantastic weekend with many proud parents.

 

Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) ran an article regarding the SASinschools project. Very proud of what teachers are doing.

 

FFA banquet was recently held at the Grange and was very good.

 

Committee       EIT              Raising wages 3.4% total. Economy is improving. School district will benefit

Reports             Pat Bealer      next year.

                        BCTC           No report.

              Jim Kramer   

                        ECC             No report.

                          Jim Kramer   

            BCIU            Emphasis newsletter was distributed.   

                 Dennis Ritter       

            PSBA          PSBA Leadership council met March 6 and 7 in Hershey. Dr. Winkler and Mrs.

              Kay Churchman   Churchman attended. There was an intensive discussion on Act 72 and

interesting presentations from Dr. Savedoff, Lower Merion SD and Dr. VanWinkle, Haverford Twp. SD who spoke of difficulties faced in maintaining budgets and extra curricular activity in other states in which referendum is in effect. Workshop on obesity in PA schools pointed out that 38% of PA students are overweight. Additional workshop: concept of obtaining state-wide health benefits for PA state employees.

Policy & Curriculum   Meeting canceled due to weather. Next meeting was scheduled for

  Bill Yurvati    March 29th. This meeting will be canceled and critical items will instead be

                    discussed at the April 4th board meeting.

 

Personnel       Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the following personnel items #2-#5:

2.  Ratification of Barbara DeAcosta as full-time school nurse effective March 29, 2005, salary to be set at $33,130 per Step 1, Bachelorís column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

3.  Permission to hire a long-term substitute special education teacher during Kristin Haringís leave with ratification at a future board meeting.

4.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Phyllis Hechinger, middle school family and consumer sciences teacher, effective the end of School Year 2004-2005.

5.  Approval of the following substitute teacher effective March 22, 2005 for School Year 2004-2005 at the current substitute teacher rate.

         Kari Gradel                  Elementary Education               Millersville University

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

Motion carried.

 

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

 

Conference     Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the following

Requests         conference requests:

1.  Renee Mantz to attend the PA School Librarians Association Conference to be held April 29-30, 2005 in Hershey, PA at a cost of $390.00.

2.  Erin Tenney to attend SAP Add-On Training to be held May 11, 12, 18 and 20, 2005 at the BCIU for a cost of $626.50

3.  Alan Angstadt to attend SAP Add-On Training to be held May 11, 12, 18 and 20, 2005 at the BCIU for a cost of $626.50

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

Motion carried.

 

School Year    Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the attached

2005-2006       calendar for School Year 2005-2006.

Calendar         Roll call vote:  Yes  5      No  2 (Reppert,Yurvati)     Absent  2 (Kramer, Ziegler)

Motion carried.

 

Mr. Dahlquist left at 9:02 p.m.

 

Discussion      Act 72

Items               Accountability Grant

                        Budget

                        Enrollment

 

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

                        meeting at 9:10 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

                                                                             Transcribed from notes of Michele Sunday and

                                                                             respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary