Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 21, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, May 21, 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, Al Darion, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal,  Bill Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Student Reps - Erica Muthard & Chelsea Lenhart

 

Absent                   Daniel Walter

 

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

Miller, James Brown, Joann Buffum, Melissa Blatt, Rhonda & Katelyn Wallace, Ann Dietrich,

Donna Keglovits, Kris Tuerk, Josh Chambers, Mary Patero, Kathleen Daneshyar, Pat Conrad, Justin Knabb, Matt & Kathleen Welsh, Donald & Kathy Noll, Susan Crow, Duane Wendling, John Noll, Virginia Hoffman, Tom Campbell, Ron Devlin, Jan & Stephanie Allen, Beth & Ted Teaford, Barb Miller, Char Horst, Leann Silberman, Darlene & Jan Horvath, Denice Ruth, Lou Cottone, John Friedlund

 

Call to Order      The meeting was called to order at 8:00 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 Dennis Ritter, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes           for the April 16, 2007 and May 7, 2007 school board meetings.

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

                                                   Abstain   0

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerÕs         Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dale Reppert, to accept the treasurerÕs

Report                    report of the general fund.

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

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 $400,373.89.

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

Approval               Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dale Reppert, to approve for payment

of General            the general account bills in the amount of $368,705.98.

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

Motion carried.

 

Approval of         Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve for payment

Construction     the construction account bills in the amount of $11,200.00.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuperintendentÕs Report

Dr. Winkler recognized several students for their achievements in music. The district had ten students participate at the District Level, four at the Regional Level, and one student, Rei Horst, at the State Level. Bryan Hartman awarded these students with certificates and Cougar pins.

 

Dr. Winkler thanked Kay Churchman and Al Darion for attending the Retirement Luncheon on May 11, 2007, held at the Middle School Commons. She mentioned the staff appreciated the board members taking the time to attend this event.

Kay Churchman commented how inspirational the event was for Kay and her husband and the passion & proudness she feels for the Kutztown Area School District.

 

Eric Erb reported that our High School History Day students placed first in the State Competition and Middle School students had two First and two Second places. The Kutztown Middle School was also named the most Outstanding School of the Competition. Mrs. Betty Imboden was recognized as the National History Day Teacher of the Year.

 

Bill Yurvati reported that the KAMS team competed in the 2007 Berks County Conservation District Envirothon. The KAMS team finished Third Place in the county overall for the Junior Envirothon and First Place in the Soils Subject Station. The team consisted of Hannah Hayduk, Katrina Rydzewski, and Erica Yurvati.

      

                                                                        Congratulations to everyone.

 

Dr. Winkler reported on Friday, May 18, Representative Carl Mantz visited the schools to observe the laptop program as well as the equipment received with Classrooms for the Future funding. His visit was enjoyed by everyone.

 

 

Committee           EIT                      No report. 

Reports                   Pat Bealer      

                                    BCTC               The BCTC completed several audits with positive results. The only concern was

there is no common calendar countywide, which presents a problem with the hours students are attending the BCTC.

  Pat Bealer reported                               

                                    ECC                   No Report

                                      Dale Reppert           

                  BCIU      No report. A copy of the BCIU Report will be distributed to the board members. The Board held the annual evaluation for Stan Kita.

                    Dennis Ritter         

                  PSBA    Act 1 was denied by all but nine school districts across Pennsylvania. HB 1286 was discussed. Governor hopes to have the budget approved by June 30. There will be a presentation by area legislators regarding how state money is being spent. This will be held on May 31 at the BCIU Education Center on Rt. 61.

Kay Churchman  

Policy & Curriculum   The committee continued reviewing the new policies.

    William Yurvati         

        

                 

Personnel            Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the following personnel items:

1.        Ratification of Ian Moreland as full-time Learning Support Teacher effective School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $40,548 per Step 1, MasterÕs column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

2.        Approval of Laurie Flowers non-certified student-assigned aide (35 hours/week (max),10 months/year) effective School Year 2007-2008 at a the starting rate to be approved for 07-08.

3.        Acceptance of the resignation of Deborah Lopuski, special education aide, effective May 8, 2007.

4.        Approval of Derek Picone as summer technology assistant at $8.00 per hour.

5.        Approval to change the rate of Calvin Frederici as summer maintenance worker from $8.00 to $8.80 per hour.

6.        Ratification of Shannon Langer as substitute aide beginning May 1, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at a rate of $8.80 per hour.

 

7.        Approval of James Brown as Middle School Principal at a salary of $78,000. Mr. BrownÕs start date will be determined upon release from his current employment.

8.        Approval of Elizabeth Hartz as Elementary Life Skills teacher beginning the School Year 2007-2008, salary to be set at $41,127 per Step 2, BachelorÕs +24 column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

9.        Approval of Robert E. Glase as a substitute Social Studies teacher for the remainder of  School Year 2006-2007, effective May 22, 2007, at the current teacher substitute rate.

10.    Permission to hire an Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent with ratification at a future board meeting.

11.    Approval of Mick OÕNeil as the BoysÕ Head Soccer Coach for School Year  2007-2008, at a rate to be determined by the school board.

 

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

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

 

 

Tax                   Motion made by Bill Yurvati, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve payment of $1.75 per Collection        each installment payment to Kutztown Area School District tax collectors.

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

                                    Motion carried.

 

District             Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Bill Yurvati, to approve a stipend of $1,900 for the

Board               position of Board Secretary for School Year 2007-2008.

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

Compensation  Motion carried.

 

District             Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve a stipend of $950 for the

Board               position of Board Treasurer for School Year 2007-2008.

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

Appointment      Motion carried.

 

Public Comment:     John Friedlund – Expressed concern about the condition of the track. He advocated

                                                   for an all-weather track.

   

Dr. Winkler indicated that the Education Foundation present a proposal to the board on June

      11 regarding funding the all-weather track.

 

Kathleen Daneyshar reported Muriel Hauf was recognized countywide for her dedication as a

     special needs aide.   

   

           Al Darion ask Joe Pugliese if he could develop a bill to submit to the state legislators listing the

                                  costs involved with Act 1. Joe will be happy to develop this invoice.

 

Discussion Items:      2007-2008 KASD Budget

                                               Multi-Age Classroom/Second Grade (Albany)

                                               Dance Team Stipend (no motion to fund)

 

Executive             Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Don Vymazal to have the board meet

Session                 for an executive session to discuss personnel at 9:05 p.m.

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

Motion carried.

 

                                    The board reconvened at 10:26 p.m.

 

 

 

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

                                    meeting at 10:27 p.m.

                  Motion carried unanimously.

                                                                                                                   Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                                                                   Barbara L. Richard

                                                                                                                   Assistant School Board Secretary