Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

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

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, July 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, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Tyler Loeb-Student Representative

 

Absent             Dale Reppert, Krystal Loy-Alt. Student Representative

 

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

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Tom Green, Barb Richard, Ann Dietrich, Tim Haas, Mike Trask-Reading Eagle, Rebecca Ziegler, Dan Roman-The Patriot, Michele Schoener, Thomas Loch, Brenda Loeb, Lou Cottone

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:52 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

Of Minutes       for the June 20, 2005 school board meeting.

Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  0     Absent  1 (Reppert)   Abstain 1 (Dahlquist)

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerŐs     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to accept the treasurerŐs

Report             report of the general account.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to ratify for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $114,087.83.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

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

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $396,308.68.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  7      No  1 (Ziegler)     Absent  1 (Reppert)  

Motion carried.

 

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

Construction   the construction 2004 account bill in the amount of $28,552.72.

Account Bill    Roll call vote:  Yes  8      No  0     Absent  1 (Reppert)  

                        Motion carried.

 

 

SuperintendentŐs Report

Dr. Winkler reported that the Oakhaven Mennonite School in Richmond Twp. burned to the ground and everything was lost. The community is rebuilding the school quickly. They have approached Tom Green for donations of furniture. We have an inventory of older desks and chairs. Tom will check our supply and respond accordingly.

National History Day – Middle School and High School students competed at the national level. They all did a wonderful job. There were no top 10 finishers, but they represented the school very well. The upcoming newsletter will have details.

FFA – Liz Kuebler thanked the board for acknowledging her accomplishment at the FFA Conservation Public Speaking Competition. She finished eighth at the State competition and appreciates the board allowing homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities.

Pre-Teen America National Competition – Erica Yurvati, 7th grade, tied for 1st runner up out of 127 girls in the senior division. She also won the Volunteer Service Award and the Knowledgeability Award for which she got a perfect score - 1st time in the history of the competition.

Sewer Pipe Leak- Tom Green reported that this week in front of the high school parking lot there was a sewer pipe leak. A 13Ődeep x 20Ődiameter hole was dug to find the problem and fix the pipe. The board asked for the administration to discuss options with the boro to make up costs incurred by the district.

Class size-The administration continues to evaluate specific elementary classes that are between 26-28 students. They are Greenwich 5th and 3rd grade and Kutztown 3rd grade.

Interview for teachers and principals are continuing. Permission is requested from the board to hire prior to the next board meeting for those positions still unfilled.

 

Committee       EIT              Amount of taxes coming in this year is up by 3%.There are many PSBA changes in

Reports             Pat Bealer       the works. Mr. Raifsnider is running for PSBA office.

                        BCTC           Summary of follow-up survey, many students are going into higher education from

Jim Kramer    career center.

                        ECC             No meeting.

                          Jim Kramer   

            BCIU            No report.   

                 Dennis Ritter      

            PSBA          July 8th state budget was finalized, budget increased. There was a 2% increase

              Kay Churchman  in special education spending. Omnibus bill signed by Governor which

                                 increases school reimbursement for construction.

Policy & Curriculum   Three policies reviewed, Nutrition standards, medical excusal for

  Bill Yurvati   homebound students. Terra Nova Scores received. Performance is good

                    compared to national average. Library curriculum K-12 updated. HS handbook

                    reviewed for update – computer hardware/software wording reviewed for

                    consistency.

 

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

1.  Acceptance of the resignation of Jason Hilt, 6th grade teacher, effective June 9, 2005.

2.  Acceptance of the resignation of Susan Hieter, Biology teacher, effective August 2, 2005.

3.  Approval to change Timothy Haas from .5 language arts teacher and part-time aide to full-time teacher of language arts (.5) and academic support (.5) effective School Year 2005-2006. Due to the increase in hours and tenure being granted, TimŐs salary is to be set at $42,507 per Step 4, BachelorŐs column (tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

4.  Approval of Allison Kocis as full-time language arts/gifted teacher effective School Year 2005-2006. Salary to be set at $33,881 per Step 1, BachelorŐs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

5.  Approval of Angela Skrobak as full-time fitness/wellness teacher effective School Year 2005-2006. Salary to be set at $33,881 per Step 1, BachelorŐs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

6.  Approval of Taylor Thompson as full-time 6th grade teacher effective School Year 2005-2006. Salary to be set at $34,756 per Step 2, BachelorŐs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

7.  Approval of Adam Berrigan as full-time fitness/wellness teacher effective School Year 2005-2006. Salary to be set at $35,920 per Step 1, BachelorŐs +15 column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

8.  Approval of Suzanne Peters as full-time Biology teacher effective School Year 2005-2006. Salary to be set at $36,631 per Step 3, BachelorŐs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

9.  Permission to hire is requested for the following positions with ratification at a future board meeting:

            Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher – MS

            Elementary Remedial Math Teacher

            1 Science Teacher – HS

            Business Education Teacher – HS

            2 Elementary Principals

            Long-Term Substitute 2nd Grade - KES

10. Approval of Thomas Smith as Technology Support Specialist effective July 25, 2005 at a rate of $11.00 per hour. (New position approved in the budget)

11. Ratification of S. Marilyn Lomax as full-time, 12-month, special education department secretary effective June 29, 2005 at a salary of $25,400.

12. Ratification of Calvin Fridirici as summer maintenance employee effective July 5, 2005 at a rate of $9.00 per hour.

13. Ratification of Tim Haas as language arts summer school teacher for Summer 2005 at the pre-approved curriculum rate.

14. Ratification to correct the salary for Lorraine Felker, Asst. High School Principal to $67,063 effective July 1, 2005 for School Year 2005-2006.

15. Approval of the following Krapf drivers for School Year 2005-2006:

            Ryan Koehler                  Paul Hedegard

16.  Correction of the rate increase for Brenda Bogert, instructional aide, from $0.10 to $0.20 per hour for School Year 2005-2006.

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

Motion carried.

 

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

 

 

Postage           Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the lease of

Machine          a postage machine and scale from ITS Mailing Systems, Inc., Norristown, PA  for 60 months at

Lease              a quarterly payment of $690 (current lease with Pitney Bowes is $747 per quarter).

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

Motion carried.

 

Policy              Motion made by Kent Dahlquist, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the first reading for

Revision          the following revised policy:

                                    #815 – Computer Hardware/Software

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

Motion carried.

 

Executive        Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Patricia Bealer to have the board meet

Session           for an executive session to discuss personnel matters at 8:30 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

                        The board reconvened at 9:20 p.m.

 

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

                        meeting at 9:21 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary