Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, June 18, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., in the library of the Senior High School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Present                  Pat Bealer, Kay Churchman, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Dan Walter, Don Vymazal, Bill Yurvati, Al Darion & Carl Ziegler

 

Absent                   Student Reps - Erica Muthard & Chelsea Lenhart

 

 

Also                         Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Nick Lazo, Assistant Superintendent, Joseph Pugliese-Board Present            Treasurer, Barb Richard-Assistant Board Secretary, Jim Orwig, Peter Miller, James Brown,

Tom Green, Joann Buffum, Melissa Blatt, Heather Mengel, Laurie & Marina Lynch, Donna Keglovits, Ron Devlin-Reading Eagle, Matthew Brett, Andrea Sanders, Leslie Saylor, Karen & Mike Austin, LeAnne Zettlemoyer, David & Mabel Riegel, Terry Guers, Josh Chambers, Chitten Shaffer, Celso Santin, Ann Dietrich, Karen Austin & Pat, Karen Neas, Debra Kenney, Bev Burleigh, Donna Graff, Jason & Dona Feiertag, Elizabeth Stump, Pam Heid, Karl Nolte, Kurt Kanaskie, Bob Loose, Kathy Marderf, Zoe Mammarou

 

Call to Order      The meeting was called to order at 7:50 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 everyone to sign the attendance book and mark 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 Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes           for the May 21, 2007 and June 4, 2007 school board meetings.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer�s         Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to accept the treasurer�s

Report                    report of the general fund.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  9      No  0      Absent  0

Motion carried.

 

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

of General            general account bills in the amount of $274,498.87.

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

Approval               Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve for payment

of General            the general account bills in the amount of $341,282.82.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuptÕs                     Dr. Winkler welcomed Rikki Clark as the new Assistant to the Superintendent and

Report                    School Board Secretary.

 

Dr. Winkler announced that graduation went very well and she wanted to thank the faculty, parents & students.

 

National History Day students received several awards. Their display will be placed in the Visitors Center for the Whitehouse in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Dr. Winkler congratulated the Baseball team for placing second in the state competition. She recognized the students as talented, fine young men.

 

Committee           EIT                      No report.

Reports                   Pat Bealer        

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BCTC               Ms. Bealer reported Electronic Program is on probation; partnership with RACC for

  Pat Bealer    math; partnership with Penn State & Reading Hospital for Medical Programs; there are many students going to Nationals. The BCTC is trying to work out a schedule with the schooled districts so the BCTC students receive more hours.

                                    ECC                   Kutztown Education Foundation is working on a plan to improve the track with

                                      Pat Bealer    fundraisers; Board would like preliminary approval of plan; reviewed coaches & AssÕt AD; Football BoosterÕs would like to put banners around field via sponsorship.

                  BCIU                 No Report.

                      Dennis Ritter

                  PSBA               May 31 there was an open discussion with Congressmen at BCIU. They discuss  

                                     Kay Churchman       communication between the Republicans and Democrats is now flowing. They

                                                                 are concerned about a balanced budget and property taxes. Carl Mantz introduced a

                                                                 bill to eliminate unfunded mandates. They are looking for cost conservation efforts in

                                                                 school districts.

Policy & Curriculum   No Report.

  Bill Yurvati     

 

Student                 Motion made by Pat Bealer, Seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve permission for

Vacation                a 10-day absence during the 2007-2008 school year for a high school student.

Request                 Roll call vote:  Yes 8              No 1 (Dan Walter)      Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

                 

Personnel            Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the following personnel items:

1.        Resignation of Kerry Jensen as the Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board Secretary effective June 11, 2007.

2.        Approval of Rikki Clark as the Assistant to the Superintendent, at a salary of $33,000, effective July 2, 2007.

3.        Approval of Rikki Clark as School Board Secretary, to complete the current term,  at a stipend approved by the School Board of $1900 for School Year 2007-2008, effective July 2, 2007.

4.        Approval of starting date for Karen Connaghan, Director of Technology, from July 18, 2007 to June 18, 2007.

5.        Approval of Sue Kunkle as Assistant Athletic Director for the School Year 2007-2008, at a 2.5% increase over the current 2006-2007 rate.

6.        Approval of a 2.5% increase for the 2006-2007 coaches salaries over the 2005-2006 salary amounts.

7.        Approval of Carol Schulley, Family & Consumer Science Teacher, beginning the School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $36,546 per Step 1, BachelorÕs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

8.        Approval of Elizabeth Stump as Kutztown Elementary Teacher, beginning the School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $50,006 per Step 4, MasterÕs column (tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

9.        Approval of Mary Weber as Elementary Teacher beginning the School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $47,279 per Step 3, BachelorÕs +24 column (tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

10.    Approval of Sara Patton as Elementary Teacher beginning the School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $37,151 per Step 2, BachelorÕs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

11.    Approval of Kyle Kline as a substitute custodian at $8.80 per hour, effective June 18, 2007.

12.    Approval of the following Fall coaches for School Year 2007-2008.

                 

 

 

Field Hockey                           Head Coach                                                 Krista Keim                      $5,119

                                                        Assistant Coach-JV                                 Jen Reis                        $2,200  

                                      Assistant Coach-KMS                            Denise Keim                    $2,819

                                      Assistant Coach-KMS                            Jen DeNault                     $2,819                   

                                                        Volunteer Coach                                        Jillia Wessner                                                  

Golf                                               Head Coach                                                 Rick Kline                         $4,088

                                                        Volunteer Coach                                        Mark Csensits                                                

                                                        Volunteer Coach                                        Andy Merritt                                                      

Cross Country                        Head Coach                                                 Kelley Neyhart               $3,100                  

 Volunteer Coach                                      Randy Wert                      

                                                        Volunteer Coach                                        Jen Ryan                                                           

Football                                       Head Coach                                                 Larry Chester                 $5,675

                                                        Assistant Coach                                        John Cooper                   $3,139  

                                      Assistant Coach                                        Shawn Katz                     $3,139

                                      Assistant Coach                                        Jim Picone                       $3,139

                                      Assistant Coach                                        Warren Chester             $3,139                  

                                      Assistant Coach                                        Ben McKnight III            $3,139                  

                                      Volunteer Coach                                        Steve Seyfert                                                  

                                      Volunteer Coach                                        Jason Engelhart                                             

                                      Volunteer Coach                                        Matt Vymazal                                                  

                                      Volunteer Coach                                        Gary Ace                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

BoysÕ Soccer                           Head Coach                                                 Mick OÕNeil                      TBA

                                                        Assistant Coach-KMS                            Sue Schellenberger       $2,819                  

                                                        Assistant Coach-KMS                            Guy Herring                     $2,100

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Girls Tennis                              Head Coach                                                 Harry McGonigle          $4,209

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Cheerleading                           Head Coach                                                 Lori Pieller                         $2,750

                                                                          Volunteer Coach                                        Tiffani Pieller

                                                                          Volunteer Coach                                        Teresa Accordino

                                                                          Volunteer Coach                                        Justina Henn

 

                       Roll call vote:   Yes  9                           No 0                         Absent 0

                       Motion carried

 

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

 

Policies                 Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the Second Reading

Second                  of the following policies.

Reading                 #706.1 Disposal of Surplus Property

                         #717 Cellular Telephones

                                  #828 Anti-Fraud

 

                                    Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Dan Walter, to omit the word ÔprimarilyÕ

                                    in the Cellular Telephone Policy #717.

                                    Roll call vote: Yes 4 (Churchman, Ritter, Walter, Ziegler)                      No 5                  Absent 0

                                    Motion not carried.

 

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

ACT 93                   Motion made by Bill Yurvati, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the Act 93

Agreement          Agreement for the term July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2011, as per attached information.

                                    Roll call vote:       Yes 9              No 0                                Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

 

 

 

ACT 93                   Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Carol Ziegler, to approve the Act 93

Salaries                 Salaries for School Year 2007-2008, per attached list.

                                    Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0                                Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

 

ACT 1                     Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the submission of an

Invoice                   invoice to the state for the costs incurred due to Act 1 requirements, as per attached

                                    list.

                                    Roll call vote:       Yes 3 (Darion, Reppert, Ritter)                  No 6       Absent 0

                                    Motion not carried.

 

Executive             Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Pat Bealer, to adjourn for an executive

Session                 session to discuss personnel matters at 8:35 p.m.

                                    Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                    Board reconvened at 8:50 p.m.           

 

2007-2008 Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the 2007-2008

Support                 Support Staff Salaries, per attached list.

Salaries                 Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0                                Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

 

Football                 Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve a KASD

BoosterÕs             Football BoosterÕs Pilot Program, per attached information.

Pilot                         Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0            Absent 0

Program                Motion carried.

 

KASD                     Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the attached list

Insurance             of district insurance companies, coverage and rates, etc. for School Year 2007-2008.

Renewals             Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0              Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

 

Laptop                   Motion made by Dale Reppert, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the laptop

Insurance             insurance to be provided to students through Student Insurance Partners at a cost of $50 per laptop per year, with a $100 deductible and a maximum replacement cost coverage of $2000.

                                    Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0              Absent  0

                                    Motion carried.

 

2007-2008.1              Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to adopt Tentative Budget - 1 of the

KASD                      2007-2008 Kutztown Area School District Budget in the amount of $25,328,348, with

Budget                   a millage of 25.740 mills (an increase of 1.040 mills).

 

Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Dan Walter, to amend the original motion to include a reduction of building allocation expenditures by 5%, or $21,280 (reduction of millage of 0.035).

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Dan Walter, to amend the original motion to include additional use of Fund Balance in the amount of $31,603 (reduction of millage of 0.052).

Roll call vote:         Yes 9            No 0            Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Dan Walter, to amend the original motion to include an additional use of Fund Balance in the amount of $199,000 (reduction of millage of 0.325).

Roll call vote:         Yes 5            No  4 (Darion, Ritter, Ziegler, Vymazal)   Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Carl Ziegler, using one-half of the value of the previous three amendments, which totals $125,942, and reduce Fund Balance usage for the 2007-08 Budget by that amount, and transfer the amount of $125,942 to Capital Reserve Fund; thereby, changing the millage increase to 0.833 mills, or a 3.37% increase from the 2006-07 millage.

Roll call vote:         Yes 5            No 4 (Bealer, Churchman, Walter, Yurvati)                 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Motion made by Dan Walter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to amend the motion to include the use of $509,524 from the Fund Balance to the 2007-080 Budget, to have a 0% millage increase. Plus, use $250,00 from the Fund Balance to transfer into the Capital Reserve Fund.

Roll call vote:         Yes 2 (Bealer, Walter)          No 7                  Absent 0

Motion not carried.

 

Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the four(4) approved amendments to the original motion.

Roll call vote:         Yes 5            No 4  (Bealer, Churchman, Walter, Yurvati)                    Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

RESOLVED, that the Board of School Directors of Kutztown Area School District hereby assess, levies, and enacts or re-enacts (a) a tax upon the assessment valuation of real estate in the said school district at the rate of 25.533 mills or twenty-five dollars and fifty-three, three one hundredth cents ($25.533) on each $1,000 of assessed valuation; (b) a tax of $5.00 upon each person residing in said school district on the first day of July 2007, under Section 679 of the Pennsylvania School Code; (c) a tax of $5.00 upon each person residing in said school district on the first day of July 2007, under authority of Act 511; (d) a tax of 1% upon the earned income of each resident of said school district, under authority of Act 511; (e) a 1% realty transfer tax upon the transfer of all real estate situated within the said school district under authority of Act 511; (f) a $10.00 Emergency Municipal Tax upon all persons having their principal place of employment within the geographical limits of said school district, under authority of Act 511.

                                    Roll call vote:         Yes 5            No 4 (Bealer, Churchman, Walter, Yurvati)    Absent 0

                                    Motion carried

 

 

Discussion          National School Sanction Competitions

Items                       Track/Stadium

                                    Task Force Resolution

 

Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the following resolution:

 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the Kutztown Area School District create a task force, including the Superintendent and the Business Manager. The purpose of the task force shall be to make a study of the district buildings and their present near future utilization and to make recommendations regarding the best configuration of its student population and administration with an eye to cost savings and the best education of it students.

 

Be it further RESOLVED, that members of the task force be chosen from the building principals, members of the task force be chosen from the faculty, and members be chosen from the parents of the students and/or other citizens of the district. A preliminary report should be given to the School Board by December 17, 2007.

                                    Roll call vote:   Yes 9        No 0       Absent 0

                                    Motion carried.

                                   

Adjournment     Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to adjourn the

                                    meeting at 10:55 p.m.

                  Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                                                                   Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                                                                   Barbara L. Richard

                                                                                                                   Assistant School Board Secretary