Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, March 20, 2006 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, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Daniel Walter, Carl Ziegler, Tyler Loeb-Student Representative

 

Absent             Alan Darion, William Yurvati, Krystal Loy-Alt. Student Representative

 

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

Present           Treasurer, Nick Lazo, Eric Erb, Matt Smith, Jim Orwig, Peter Miller, Tom Green, Barbara Richard, Terry Guers, Donna Keglovits, Melissa Blatt, Nikki Yergey, Dan Roman-The Patriot, Harry McGonigle, Brenda Loeb, Laird Warner, Jesse Leib, Meghan Fogarty, Elizabeth Schaeffer, Logan Bauman, Sue Swavely, Steven Swavely, Todd Bauman, Lou Cottone

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:41 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.

 

Vacation          Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve a vacation request

Request           for a high school student to take 1.5 additional days over the 5 allowed per year per current KASD policy for a trip to Lansing, Michigan to participate in a national hockey tournament.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Presentation   ConnectEd Communication Software

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the February 21 and March 6, 2006 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general account.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dale Reppert, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $8,615.47.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $271,382.61.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Approval of     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to approve for payment

Construction   a construction account bill in the amount of $7,175.26.

Account Bill    Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s Report

History Day Competition was held on March 18th. The middle school had 5 students place 1st, 3 in 2nd and 1 student in 3rd place. Every MS student participant qualified for states. Thank you to Betty Imboden and Beth Pennebacker for their dedication. Fifteen high school students competed wining 2 first place, 2 second place and 1 third place awards.

Science Olympiad – It was a close competition with Kutztown coming in second to Fleetwood. They qualify to go to Juniata for States. This is the 2nd year the middle school was first overall.

Congratulations to Mrs. Brenda Loeb who was named Caron Foundation Outstanding Educator of the Year for her work done combating alcohol and other drugs.

Michael Golden, Department Secretary of Technology for the PA Department of Education spent some time at the high school to evaluate the laptop program. He is the creator of “Classrooms for the Future”. As expected, the students and teachers rose to the occasion and made us proud.

A housing project is breaking ground on the hilltop on Maple Street across the 222 by-pass. A total of 86 units are proposed. Families are expected to move in beginning in September.

 

 

Committee       EIT              Meeting held March 6th. Finance committee meeting regarding next year’s budget.

Reports             Pat Bealer        The state is pushing for one tax collector per county.

                        BCTC           Reviewed proposed budget. Health care and utility costs increase budget.

  Carl Ziegler     Construction projects are wrapping up. Received updated budget from BCTC.

                    Our budget will increase $30,000 due to special ed.

                        ECC             No meeting, next one scheduled for April 10th.

                          Pat Bealer     

            BCIU            “Emphasis” handed out. The intervention program is highlighted. “What Happened”

              Dennis Ritter    minutes distributed from BCIU Board meeting. New education center off of Centre

                                Avenue is on schedule. It will provide additional educational and meeting space.

                                It is designed to be a stand-alone facility with food service capabilities.

            PSBA          Legislative meeting held March 6-7, 2006. Early childhood education information

              Kay Churchman     was handed out. They see the need for transforming PA high schools.

                                Topics discussed were work needed to help disadvantaged youth, youth with

                                disabilities and ESL students that are being over looked in high schools across

                                the nation.  Schoolmatters.com has more information. Project 720 and other

                                legislative issues were discussed.

Policy & Curriculum   No report. 

  Bill Yurvati     

 

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

1.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Patricia Fox, payroll coordinator, effective June 30, 2006. (Mrs. Fox was with the district for 25 years.)

2.  Ratification of Sandra Bishop as full-time, 12-month, Secretary for Special Education Services effective March 14, 2006 at a salary of $26,000 (prorated).

3.   Approval to change the status of Jean Ziegler from non-certified instructional aide to certified instructional aide effective March 20, 2006 and a rate increase to $9.94 per hour.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Abstain  1 (Ziegler)   Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

                        Motion carried.

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

 

 

Grant               Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the application

Approval         of a $1,500 direct mini-grant as detailed on the attached information sheets through the 2006

                        Environmental Education Grants Program from the Department of Environmental Protection.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

                        Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

Discussion Items:                   High School Facilities

                                Accountability Grant

                                KU Grant from PCLB

 

Feasibility       Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dale Reppert, to activate a Feasibility

Committee       Committee that includes the current members of the Facilities Committee - Al Darion, Pat

                        Bealer, Dan Walter and Dale Reppert.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  0      Absent  2 (Darion, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Executive        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Kay Churchman to have the board meet

Session           for an executive session to discuss a personnel matter at 9:38 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        The board reconvened at 10:02 p.m.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Don Vymazal, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 10:02 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary