Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 15, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, November 15, 2004 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, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler

 

Absent             Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter

 

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

Present           Geri Miller, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Nick Lazo, Michele Fragnito, Tom Green, Barb

Richard, Mick O’Neil, Eric Veronikis-Kutztown Patriot, Terry Guers, Kathy Daneshyar, Zainab Abdul Lattal, Bianka Wright

 

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. The meeting was tape recorded.

 

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

Of Minutes       the minutes for the October 18, 2004 School Board Meeting.

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

Motion carried.

 

Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the minutes for the November 1, 2004 School Board Meeting.

Roll call vote:  Yes  5     No  0    Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)   Abstain 2 (Bealer, Yurvati)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general account.

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

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 $255,476.86.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)

                        Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by James Kramer, to ratify for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $30,584.72.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to ratify for

New Const.      payment the new construction account bills in the amount of $554.05

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  2 (Reppert, Ritter)

                        Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s    National Education Week is happening this week. Opportunities for parents to

Report             observe in classrooms on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Ø     Veterans Day assemblies were held in each building. At the middle school, veterans brought pictures and their own stories to very inquisitive and intrigued students.

Ø     High School Musical – “Anything Goes” will be held this weekend. Wednesday evening is senior citizens night at no cost.

Ø     Nutrition article enclosed in the packet recognizes Sheryl Snyder, Director of Food Service for a change in snacks served in the district.

Ø     Act 72 – BCIU mailed out 132,000 homestead applications. Thirty percent were returned. Neighboring counties report a 26%-56% return rate. A second mailing will go out in December to those property owners whose applications were not returned to date.

Ø     Bus accident occurred Tuesday, November 9th at 222 and Grim Road in Upper Macungie Township, Trexlertown. Thirty students and four adults were involved. Dr. Winkler noted that a series of good decisions were made that kept the students safe. The district is currently working with parents on insurance issues. She acknowledged over 15 volunteer organizations and publicly thanked emergency responders, including Nick Lazo, Barb Richard, and hospital personnel. Lorraine Felker, Lou Cottone and middle school and district office staff are to be commended for manning the phones and handling the emergency from the district buildings. Thanks to the emergency management team for coordinating emergency efforts and staging area at the Macungie Township Building. Dr. Winkler, with the support of neighbors at the accident site, continues to speak to PennDot regarding a traffic light being needed ASAP at that intersection.

 

Committee       EIT              No meeting. Next meeting in January,

Reports             Pat Bealer     

                        BCTC           Met last month. Currently in early bird negotiations with teachers. County schools

                          Jim Kramer  are split on the decision of teaching social studies and math next year. KASD

                                            prefers to keep them in our building for those subjects. Meet next in December.

                        ECC             Met last week. Minutes in packet and items on the agenda.

              Jim Kramer  

BCIU            No report.

                 Dennis Ritter     

            PSBA          No report.

              Carl Ziegler 

Policy & Curriculum   Meeting held 10/25. Scholarship management for district to be

  Bill Yurvati   handled by the KASD Education Foundation. Credit for students in band was

      discussed but did not get approval of the committee. Committee agreed to ban

      participation of KASD students in events to be held at the Central Catholic HS gym.

 

Personnel       Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by James Kramer, to approve the following personnel items:

1.  Approval of the child rearing and family medical leave for Karen Austin commencing on May 9, 2005 or the expiration of approved, applicable sick leave. Ms. Austin’s absence is planned from March 14, 2005 through June 1, 2005.

2.  Acceptance of the resignation of Brenda Herber, cafeteria worker, effective December 31, 2004.

3.  Approval of Carol Fairchild as substitute aide and substitute nurse’s aide effective November 16, 2004 for School Year 2004-2005 at the current substitute aide rate.

4.  Approval of the following individuals as substitute teachers effective November 16, 2004 for School Year 2004-2005 at the current substitute teacher rate:

           Jamie O’Donnell              Elementary       Cedar Crest College

           Tammy Spald                  Elementary       Kutztown University

           Patricia Savage-Donio     Elementary       Cedar Crest College

           Marlene Skoloda             RN                   Thomas Jefferson University

5.  Approval of the following individuals as guest teachers effective November 16, 2004 for School Year 2004-2005 at the current substitute teacher rate:

           Susan Bitler                      Melissa Harrill

 

 

6.  Approval of the following coaches for School Year 2004-2005 and salaries per the current KASD/KATA contract:

         Head Volleyball                           Eric McGuiney                 $4,386

         Assistant Boys Basketball           Jamie Shupp                  $2,914

         Assistant Boys Basketball           Scott Blair                       $2,914

         Assistant Boys Basketball           Donray Bennett              $2,914

         Assistant Boys Basketball           Jon MacQueen               $2,914

         Assistant Girls Basketball            Amy Berkley                    $2,914

         Assistant Girls Basketball            Katie Brinker                   $2,914

         Assistant Girls Basketball            Ashlee Rauenzahn         $2,914

         Assistant Girls Basketball            Amanda Zinobile             $2,914

         Assistant Wrestling                      Steve Wehr                     $2,914

         Assistant Wrestling                      Brad Losito                     $2,914

         Volunteer Girls Basketball           Ina Siegel                              $0

7.  Correction of the following coaches salaries of personnel approved August 16, 2004 to equal the current KATA contract. (previously approved at last year’s salary of $2,554 in error)

         Assistant Boys Soccer                 Jared Diehl                     $2,618

         Assistant Boys Soccer                 Alan Angstadt                 $2,618

         Assistant Field Hockey                Jennifer Kunkel               $2,618

         Assistant Field Hockey                Lynmarie Schroeder        $2,618

         Assistant Field Hockey                Krista Keim                     $2,618

8.   Approval of LaVerne Stevens as a Krapf bus driver for School Year 2004-2005.

9.   Approval of Lorraine Felker’s effective date as Dean of Students at the high school to be October 28, 2004.

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

Motion carried.

 

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

 

 

Scholarship    Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kent Dahlquist, to approve all existing and

Management   future Kutztown Area School District scholarships be hereafter administered by the KASD

Education Foundation, Inc. adhering to previously specified guidelines and wishes of future donors. Scholarship award decisions will continue to be made by the District.

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

Motion carried.

 

Discussion      Indoor track team (club)

Items               Middle school track team

                        Cross-gender team participation

 

Adjournment   Motion made by James Kramer, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 8:45 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary