Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 19, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday,   March 19, 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           Patricia Bealer, Kay Churchman, Al Darion, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Daniel Walter, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Erica Muthard-Student Representative, Chelsea Lenhart-Student Representative

 

Absent             Dale Reppert

 

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

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Jim Orwig, Barbara Richard, Leroy Merkel,

Nicole Wirth, Matthew McCowan, Ashley Herman, Sarah Ruth, Terry Guers, Melissa Blatt, John Noll, Donna Keglovits

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:59 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 Kay Churchman, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the February 20 and March 5, 2007 school board meetings.

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

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general fund.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $1,152,460.35.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $406,506.62.

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

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Senator O’Pake visited the HS and MS. He spent 1½ hours in the chemistry and science labs while they were using data retrieval probes. The Senate film crew accompanied him to film throughout the day to give viewers a better understanding of classrooms for the future initiative.

 The MS award-winning Future Cities team presented to Sen. O’Pake. They are to be commended for winning the PA competition and placing 4th in the nation. There were 15 students on the team. Special thanks to Air Products employees who worked in conjunction with future technology, Tom Green and Betty Imboden who devoted tireless hours on the project with the students. Dr. Winkler is trying to schedule the team to present to the board, but with their busy presenting schedule, are having a hard time trying to fit everyone in. Congratulations!

Academic Challenge team is #1 in Berks County and the Debate Team is going strong.

Science Olympiad competition is on Friday and History Day needed to be canceled due to the weather. A special night to be scheduled for our participants to give their presentations that they worked very hard on.

Spring sports started.

Festival of the Arts to be held at the middle school on Friday.

Music trip to Florida begins March 30th. Band to march down Main Street and the pop group has a good venue to perform this year.

Dual enrollment – HS students earn college credit while attending college classes during high school. KU is offering a pilot program of 10 free seats in KU courses. They may offer a psychology course for college credit on location at the high school next year at no cost. Thanks to KU for setting up the program.

PSSAs finished and make-ups will be this week.

Berks County Spelling Bee was held last Thursday. Danielle Laudadio placed 11th and Erica Yurvati placed 4th. Congratulations!

 

Committee       EIT              Budget to be approved next week. Wyomissing and another district may have a 

Reports             Pat Bealer     personal income tax. Budget includes two full time and one part time employee

                                             to equal $100,000.

                        BCTC           The BCTC won a grant from PDE. Marlin Miller was recognized as a “Friend of

  Carl Ziegler       Education”. Budget was adjusted. Enrollment is the same for next year. They accept parochial and homeschool students. Each school will redo a classic car.

                        ECC             No report.

                          Pat Bealer           

            BCIU            “Women with Words” book donated to all districts by American Women from

              Dennis Ritter        NAACP. Annual BC School Board Convention to be held May 3rd at Daniel

                                       Boone MS in Douglassville.

            PSBA          Senate bills approved on bullying policies, parental involvement program, FBI

Kay Churchman   clearances, and a bill that allows certified nurse practitioners and Physicians Asst. to give pre-certification physicals

Policy & Curriculum   Policies discussed on epi-pen use and attendance procedures.

    William Yurvati         

       

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

1.  Acceptance of the resignation with regret, of Dennis Hertzog, district interoffice delivery and maintenance employee, effective June 30, 2007.

2.  Approval of Ines Heuser as full-time (35 hours per week, 10 month/year) non-certified student-assigned aide effective March 19, 2007 at a rate of $9.00 per hour.

3.  Approval of Tammy Spaid as a certified, full-time (35 hours per week) RTI aide effective March 19, 2007 through the end of School Year 2006-2007 at a rate of $10.05 per hour.

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

        Tara Fisher           English                    Houghton College/Kutztown University

        Beth Gross           Art                           Kutztown University

        Jennifer Shiley      English                    Bloomsburg University

5.  Approval of Stuart Smith as a guest teacher effective March 20, 2007 for school Year 2006-2007 at the rate of $93 per day for days 1-20, $103.00 per day, thereafter.

6.  Approval of the following Krapf substitute bus drivers for School Year 2006-2007:

        Alvin Millisock                    Leroy Kutz   

        Ashley Koulter                  Wilma (Peggy) Haag 

                        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

 

 

 

 

 

Conference     Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the conference

Requests         request for Celeste Ball to attend the State Legislative Learning Conference to be held     March 25-27, 2007 in Harrisburg and Hershey, PA at a cost of $366.00.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Daniel Walter, to approve the following conference requests for the Pennsylvania Counselor’s Association Conference to be held April 19-21, 2007 in Lancaster, PA:

Stephanie Steigerwalt at a cost of $384.89.

Melissa Till-Smith at a cost of $384.89.

Hallie Schumacher at a cost of $384.89.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the conference request for Nick Lazo to attend the PAFPC Annual Federal Programs Conference to be held April 15-18, 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA at a cost of $1,052.87.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the conference request for Bryan Hartman to attend the PMEA In-Service Conference to be held April 19-21, 2007 in Hershey, PA at a cost of $787.67.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

School             Motion made by Daniel Walter, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to adopt the school real estate

Property Tax   property tax installment payments per the attached resolution.

Installments    Roll call vote:  Yes  7       No  1 (Bealer)      Absent  1 (Reppert)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items:  Volunteer Clearances

                                Dual Enrollment

                                KASD Enrollment 07-08

                                Facilities Update

                                Act 1

 

Referendum    Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Daniel Walter, to change the referendum

Question         question and non-legal interpretive statement to reflect an estimated savings of $735

Revision          rather than savings estimates for the first and subsequent years of $478 and $735,

respectively, based on the recommendations from the State Attorney’s office that only one amount is allowed in these documents.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  5       No  3 (Bealer, Yurvati, Vymazal)      Absent  1 (Reppert)  

                        Motion carried.

 

Adjournment   Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 9:15 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary