Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, June 4, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, June 4, 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,

 

Absent                   Al Darion & Carl Ziegler, Student Reps - Erica Muthard & Chelsea Lenhart

 

 

Also                         Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Nick Lazo, Assistant Superintendent, Joseph Pugliese-Board Present            Treasurer, Barb Richard-Assistant Board Secretary, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Jim Orwig, Joann

Buffum, Melissa Blatt, Heather Mengel, Laurie & Marina Lynch, Michele Moyer, Ann McCoach, Mike & Karen Austin, Charles & Mary Shurr, Leslie Saylor, Pat Conrad, Alyssa Raifsnider, Donna Keglovits, Ron Devlin-Reading Eagle, Elaine Rabenold, Melissa Nolte, Eric Bubbenmoyer, Matthew Brett, Lisa Fluck, Kelly Kessler, Lori Arndt, and John Schmoyer

 

 

Call to Order      The meeting was called to order at 7:53 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.

        

                 

Personnel            Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the following personnel items:

1.        Ratification of Kerry Jensen as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, effective June 8, 2007, at a salary of $33,000.

2.        Approval of Kerry Jensen as the Kutztown Area School District School Board Secretary effective June 8, 2007, to complete the current term, at a stipend of $1,900 for the School Year 2007-2008 .

3.        Approval of Barbara L. Richard as Assistant School Board Secretary.

4.        Acceptance of the resignation of Linda Findlay, Middle School Aide, effective June 7, 2007.

5.        Approval of Linda Hudson as full-time High School Special Education Teacher effective School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $36,546 per Step 1, BachelorÕs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

6.        The acceptance of the resignation of Michele Sunday, High School Secretary, effective June 7, 2007

7.        Approval to hire a High School Secretary with ratification at a future board meeting.

8.        Acceptance of the resignation of Leif Westgate, Kutztown Elementary Teacher, effective June 8, 2007.

9.        Acceptance of the resignation of Dr. Mary Ann OÕNeil, Middle School Reading Specialist, effective June 8, 2007.

10.    Approval of an unpaid child rearing and family medical leave for  Denice Ruth, commencing on September 17, 2007, or the expiration of approved, applicable sick and personal leave. Ms. RuthÕs absence is planned from August 30, 2007 and will return for the School Year 2007-2008 at the beginning of the third marking period.

11.    Approval of Karen M. Connaghan as Director of Technology at a salary of $84,000, effective July 18, 2007.

12.    Approval of Jessica Marie Ortiz-Eichert as High School Life Skills Teacher beginning School Year 2007-2008, at a salary to be set at $54,042, per Step 4, MasterÕs + 36 column (tenured) of the KASD/KATAT contract.

 

 

13.    Approval of Pat Conrad as the Head GirlÕs Basketball Coach for School Year 2007-2008.

14.    Approval of Kelley Neyhart as the Head Track and Field Coach for School Year 2006-2007, retroactive.

 

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6    No  1 (Dennis Ritter)      Absent  2 (Darion, Ziegler)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

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

 

Real Estate          A motion was made by Bill Yurvati, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve a decision to exempt Exemption       property PIN#45-5424-00-48-0140, Greenwich Township, Tax from real estate taxes as Request                  defined by the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Property Certification approval notice.

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

2007-2008              A motion was made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the 2007-2008

Support Staff/   Support Staff/Administration Holiday schedule per attached information.

Adm Holiday      Roll call vote:  Yes  7    No  0             Absent  2 (Darion, Ziegler)

Schedule              Motion carried.

 

Adoption of        A motion was made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the adoption of the Resolution      Resolution Supporting Pennsylvania House Bill 446 regarding                cyber charter school funding, per

Supporting         attached.

PA House             Roll call vote:  Yes  5    No  2 (Bealer, Walter)       Absent  2 (Darion, Ziegler)

Bill 446                   Motion carried.

 

Special                   Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the purchase of a van for

Needs                     special needs students utilizing Medical Access money at a cost of $23,927

Student Van       (same amount as previous van bid).

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

First Reading    A motion was made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve the First Reading of the of Policies following policies.

 # 706.1, #717   #706.1 Disposal of Surplus Property

& #828                   #717 Cellular Telephones

                                    #828 Anti-Fraud

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

Parent                  Motion was made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the Parent

Transport       Transportation Contract for student #102698 to the Centennial School in Bethlehem beginning

Contract             June 4, 2007 through June 11, 2007 at the IRS mileage rate of $.485 per mile.

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

                                  Motion carried.

 

Kutztown             A motion was made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to acceptf the Kutztown University University    Foundation offer to provide Ōgift paymentsĶ annually to the School District to help offset the tax Foundation losses the district incurs when properties are removed from the tax roles. This is retroactive to Agreement          January 2006.

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Comment:       Matthew Brett, Charles & Mary Shurr, Eric Bubbenmoyer, Michele Moyer expressed their concerns about the movement of Greenwich Elementary teachers to other positions and/or buildings.         

                                               Heather Mengel – Understood the tough decision the board and administration must make when deciding to move teachers, students and/or close buildings.

 

Discussion Items:      Student Trip Request for Marina Lynch

                                                   Marina Lynch is requesting the board to approve an excused absence for a trip in

                                                   December 2007.

                                               Albany Elementary Second Grade

              Dr. Winkler talked about moving some 2nd Grade (2007-2008) Greenwich Elementary

              students to Albany elementary 2nd Grade to balance the class size.

                                               2007-2008 KASD Budget

                                                   Joe Pugliese discussed the revenues and expenditures for the 2007-2008 budget. Mr.

                                                   Pugliese presented an invoice for the costs incurred to the district for processing the Act 1

                                                   Regulations.

 

Connect Ed                    The Board will discuss the Connect Ed Notification system at the June 11th Budget & Finance

Notification                    meeting.

System

 

Thank you                       Mr. Bubbennmoyer thanked Mrs. Churchman for assisting in the implementation of AED systems in every KASD school building.

 

Congratulations          Mick OÕNeil, Athletic Director, congratulated the BoyÕs Baseball team for winning the District championship. The team has advanced to states and won their first game.

                                              

Adjournment                Motion made by Pat Bealer seconded by Bill Yurvati to adjourn the

                                               meeting at 9:55 p.m.

                             Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                                                                   Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                                                                   Barbara L. Richard

                                                                                                                   Assistant School Board Secretary