Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, April 16, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday,   April 16, 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                  Kay Churchman, Al Darion, Dale Reppert, Don Vymazal, Daniel Walter, Carl Ziegler

 

Absent                   Patricia Bealer, Dennis Ritter, William Yurvati, Erica Muthard-Student Representative, Chelsea Lenhart-Student Representative

 

Also                         Brenda Winkler-Superintendent, Joseph Pugliese-Board Treasurer, Gretchen Diehl-Board

Present                  Secretary, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Jim Orwig, Barbara Richard, Leroy Merkel, Tom Green,

Donna Keglovits, Harry McGonigle, Kris Tuerk, Dave and Deb Kenney, Lisa Fluck

 

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 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 Daniel Walter, seconded by Dale Reppert, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes           for the March 19 and April 2, 2007 school board meetings.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  5       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                                   Abstain   1 ( Churchman)

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer�s         Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Kay Churchman, to accept the treasurer�s

Report                    report of the general fund.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification         Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Dale Reppert, to ratify for payment the

of General            general account bills in the amount of $645,138.25.

Account Bills     Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

Approval               Motion made by Dale Reppert, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve for payment

of General            the general account bills in the amount of $353,704.02.

Account Bills     Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent�s Report

Dr. Winkler asked that everyone remember the Virginia Tech students killed today and encourage students to do all they can to keep the administration informed of suspicious activity and threats of possible harm to others. Continue to be vigilant with communications with students.

Science Olympiad team is onto the state competition.

History Day presentations were on display one evening in the high school because a snow day occurred when students were scheduled to go to Millersville for competition. They were unable to defend and present that day but were able to do so during the evening at the high school. Most are moving on to state competition.

Barbara Richard was recognized for achieving the status of PA Registered School Business Administrator. Through PASBO, she attained 64 CEU credits through professional coursework, community involvement and serving as an officer of PASBO.

KES has their first state qualifier for geography bee – Karl Velik - Congratulations!

 

 

Committee           EIT                      No report. 

Reports                   Pat Bealer      

                                    BCTC               The 2007-2008 BCTC budget is on tonights agenda for approval.

  Carl Ziegler          

                                    ECC                   A group of parents and students informed the board on the status of the dance

                                      Dale Reppert           team and volunteer coaches. Participation is high.

                  BCIU                 No report.

                    Dennis Ritter         

                  PSBA               Berks County School directors submitted the top four priorities. They are: reducing

Kay Churchman   school district costs for cyber charter schools, increase special education funding, review of state mandated programs and provide full funding or stipulate that the districts dont need to continue with program, allow school construction projects to have same criteria as private sector.

Policy & Curriculum   No report.

    William Yurvati         

        

                  Mr. Vymazal left at 8:15 p.m.

                  Mr. Vymazal returned at 8:25 p.m.

 

Personnel            Motion made by Daniel Walter, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the following personnel items:

1.   Acceptance of the resignation with regret due to retirement, of Dennis Kutz, Elementary Computer Teacher, effective August 10, 2007.

2.   Acceptance of the resignation with regret due to retirement, of Kay Gift, custodian, effective June 29, 2007.

3.   Acceptance of the resignation of Ines Heuser, student-assigned aide, effective April 3, 2007.

4.   Approval of the following personnel as substitute teacher effective April 17, 2007 for school Year 2006-2007 at the rate of $93 per day for days 1-20, $103.00 per day, thereafter.

                Rebecca Schwanger               Elementary                    Elizabethtown College

                Katie Harlor                                   Elementary                    Kutztown University

5.   Approval to contract with Byron Grosselfinger, certified teacher of Visually Impaired Support and Orientation and Mobility, to teach Brailing for 18 hours at $45.00 per hour plus mileage to comply with Extended School Year requirements.

6.   Permission for administration to hire a full-time chemistry teacher beginning School Year 2007-2008 with ratification at a future board meeting.

7.   Permission for administration to hire a full-time high school secretary with ratification at a future board meeting.

8.   Approval of Mark Goldberg as a Krapf bus driver for School Year 2006-2007.  

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

 

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

 

 

BCTC                      Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Dale Reppert to authorize the expenditures

Budget                   of the Berks Career and Technology Centers General Program for the period July 1, 2007

                                    to June 30, 2008 as set forth in the attached summary.

                                                      Kutztown Area School District expenditures are:

                                    Maximum Share Calculation                                                  $484,699

                                    Special Needs Estimated Share Calculation                   $94,492

                                    Estimated Debt Service                                                           $104,766

                                               Total KASD Expenditures                                        $683,957

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

District                   Motion made by Kay Churchman, seconded by Daniel Walter, to appoint the following

Depositories      institutions as district depositories for School Year 2007-2008:

                                             National Penn Bank

                                             PSDLAF (Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund)

                                             Wachovia Bank

                                             Sovereign Bank

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

Custodial             Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Kay Churchman, to award the custodial,

General &             general supplies and art supplies bids to the lowest responsible bidders who have met

Art Supplies       the specifications as listed on the attached summary sheets.

Bid Awards      Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

Van                           Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to award the nine-passenger

Award                     Omni Bus van bid to the lowest responsible bidder, Quigley Chevrolet for $23,927.00 per the attached summary sheet.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

2007 Extended  Motion made by Daniel Walter, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the 2007

School Year        Extended School Year Program and Staffing for elementary and middle school life skills

Program               students:

June 18-July 19, 2007 Monday-Thursday (not July 4 and 5)

       Teachers (75 hours each paid at the current curriculum rate):     

                  Elementary Academic – Vickie Bastian

                  Middle School Life Skills/Academic – Bernie Boyle

                  Life Skills – Heather Oppmann

                  Secondary Learning Support Work Program

                           Middle School - Julie Weaknecht

                           Kutztown Elementary – Cheryl Funk

                  Additional Academic ESY for a 9th grader (23 hours at curriculum rate) – Bernie Boyle

Aides (72 hours paid at employees hourly rate):          

         Elementary Life Skills –  Barbra Robinson and TBA

         Elementary Academic – Ambika Khanna

         Middle School Life Skills/Academic – Bonnita Fitzgerald

         Braille Transcription – Kay Gernert (60 hours)

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

2007 Student      Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the following summer

Summer                programs and staffing for 2007:

Programs &        High School Summer School

Staffing                           June 13-July 26, 2007 Monday-Thursday (not July 4 and 5)

                                             Science and Language Arts 7:30 - 10:00 am session

                                             Math and Social Studies 10:00 am – 12:30 pm session

                                             Cost to Kutztown students $145.00/course

                                             Cost to out-of-district students $155.00/course

                                             Teachers TBA (to be paid at the current curriculum rate):

                                    Middle School Summer Math

                                             June 19-July 27, 2007 Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 11:30 am (not July 4 and 5)

                                             Cost to Kutztown students $50.00

                                             Cost to out-of-district students $305.00

                                             Teacher (to be paid at the current curriculum rate):

                                                      Mathematics                        Aaron Ashman

                                   

motion continues.

 

                                    Young Readers/Young Writers

                                             July 9-July 20, 2007, 9am to noon

                                             Program is coordinated and funded by West Chester University and the

                                                      participating students

                                             $20.00 KASD scholarship per participating Kutztown public school student

                                    Pre-Kindergarten Summer Program

                                             June 19-July 27, 2007, Monday-Thursday 9:00 - 11:30 am (not July 4 and 5)

                                             Cost to Kutztown students $50.00

                                             Cost to out-of-district students $305.00

                                             Teachers coordinated with Summer Reading/Math Program

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

                                    Motion carried.

 

Public Comment:       Dave Kenney – Early College Admission

                                               Harry McGonigle – Security and Training

 

Discussion Items:      2007-2008 KASD Budget

                                               KASD Enrollment 07-08

                                               Facilities Update

                                               Act 1

 

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

Session                 for an executive session to discuss personnel – ACT 93 at 9:22 p.m.

                                    Roll call vote:  Yes  6       No  0      Absent  3 (Bealer, Ritter, Yurvati)  

Motion carried.

 

                                    The board reconvened at 10:30 p.m.

 

Adjournment     Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Dale Reppert, to adjourn the

                                    meeting at 10:30 p.m.

                  Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                                                                   Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                                                                   Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                                                                   School Board Secretary