Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Tuesday,   February 20, 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, Daniel Walter, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Erica Muthard-Student Representative, Chelsea Lenhart-Student Representative

 

Absent             Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal

 

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

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Jim Orwig, Barbara Richard,

Leroy Merkel, Amanda Ferris, Jamie Gerhard, Christine Barnewsky, Dominic Costenzo,

Stephanie Parrott, Velecia Passarce, Lynmarie Schroeder, Barb Weston, Kim Grasso, Ron Devlin-Reading Eagle, Donna Keglovits, Andrea Sanders

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:53 p.m. by Vice-President Ziegler.

 

Welcome         Vice-President Ziegler 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 William Yurvati, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the January 15 and February 5, 2007 school board meetings.

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

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerŐs     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to accept the treasurerŐs

Report             report of the general fund.

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

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $484,492.15.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $425,981.57.

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

Motion carried.

 

SuperintendentŐs Report

PSSA writing – extension to February 28 allowed due to weather. District should have testing complete by early next week.

Snow make-up days – Ms. Richard and Dr. Winkler drove around the district Monday night and noticed some drifting. A few busses were late Monday, however, everyone arrived safely. Last day for students is now June 7th, teachers June 8th.

Future City team is in Washington DC for national competition. Favorable write-ups were in the Reading Eagle and local papers.

Kindergarten enrollment – district keeps monitoring, a few more come in during Kindergarten registration. Secretaries called parents off census reports to get more accurate intents.

Breakfast program at GEW, KES, MS and HS going over well. Mr. Merkel will send notice out to parents to increase participation

KASMA pot pie dinner slated for March 2nd at the middle school.

Music trip to Florida coming up – 97 students and parents a planning to participate.

 

Committee       EIT              Discussed proposed legislation, Act 1 impact and how it undermines

Reports             Pat Bealer     boardŐs spending – cash flow is unpredictable. Collections will always lag

                                             behind.

                        BCTC           Budget was presented to districts. They are dismayed at % increase.

  Carl Ziegler       Superintendents will discuss further.

                        ECC             Denied request by football boosters for district paid transportation to camp.

                          Pat Bealer          Coaches for Spring approved, tennis backdrop and girls basketball

                                                 team concerns discussed.

            BCIU            No report.

              Dennis Ritter        

            PSBA          RendellŐs budget address – less responsibility in decision making. Four years

Kay Churchman   of $100,000 accountability grant has less flexibility. Not able to reduce class size and development, statewide graduation requirements, tighter reign on curriculum.

Policy & Curriculum   Draft of epi-pen use policy being reviewed by solicitor. GPA and class

    William Yurvati        rank discussions – no recommendations at this time.

       

Personnel       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the following personnel items:

1. Acceptance of the resignation of Mark Erb, Director of Technology, effective            March 11, 2007.

2. Acceptance of the resignation of Matt Smith, Middle School Principal, effective                April 1, 2007.

3. Approval to change the status of Cindy Heiner, District Business Office & Educational Support Secretary from part-time (27.5 hours/week) to full-time (32.5 hours/week) effective April 1, 2007 at her current hourly rate.

4. Approval to change the end date of Rebecca SharkeyŐs position as long-term substitute elementary guidance counselor to January 31, 2007 due to the return of Stephanie Steigerwalt to her contracted position. Ms. Sharkey will continue to work daily as a substitute teacher/substitute aide effective February 1, 2007 through the end of School Year 2006-2007 but remain at her current bi-weekly rate.

5. Approval to change the end date of Sara Ann PattonŐs position as long-term substitute kindergarten teacher, to May 31, 2007, or the expiration of applicable sick and personal leave.

6. Approval of Leonard Yerger as a guest teacher effective February 21, 2007 for school Year 2006-2007 at the rate of $93 per day for days 1-20, $103.00 per day, thereafter.

7. Approval of the following Spring 2007 assistant and volunteer coaches:

Girls Soccer

                  Abby Roth                          Assistant Coach – HS             

                  Katie Reed                         Assistant Coach - JH               

                  Alishia Brooks        Volunteer Coach - Intern

                  Kristin Kentner       Volunteer Coach - Intern

Softball

                  Dwayne Scheidt     Assistant Coach - Varsity                     

                  Jennifer Reis          Assistant Coach - JV               

                  Kathy Schlenker     Assistant Coach - JH               

                  Wynn Greiss           Volunteer Coach

                  Angie Lutz                         Volunteer Coach

                  Jeanine Moore       Volunteer Coach

Volleyball

                  Shawn Katz           Assistant Coach - HS              

                  Bob McGuiney       Volunteer Coach

                  Nate Staub            Volunteer Coach

Boys Tennis

                  Jeff Zimmerman      Volunteer Coach

 

motion continuesÉ.

 

Track & Field    Larry Chester           Assistant Coach - HS                   

                        Jennifer Ryan          Assistant Coach - HS                   

                        Chris Feighner         Assistant Coach - HS                   

                        Randy Wert              Volunteer Coach

Baseball           Todd OŐNeil              Assistant Coach - JV                   

                        Scott Scheidt           Assistant Coach - JH                   

                        Bart Fenstermacher Assistant Coach - JH                   

                        Brad Sechler            Volunteer Coach

                        Dave Zwoyer            Volunteer Coach

                        Luke Bricker             Volunteer Coach

                        Jeff Gernert             Volunteer Coach

                        Kevin Spayd            Volunteer Coach

                        Duane Fegely          Volunteer Coach

                        Joe Peters               Volunteer Coach

                        Jeff Ebling               Volunteer Coach

                        Kevin Conrad           Volunteer Coach

                        Jeff Smith                     Volunteer Coach

8.   Approval of the following positions and salaries for School Year 2006-2007:

      Assistant Athletic Director   Sue Kunkel      $3,575

      Assistant Band Director      Tom Siegfried   $2,518

      Band Front Director   Felicia Meitzler           $1,628

9.   Approval of Kelley Neyhart as Head Coach of Cross Country for School Year 2007-2008 at a salary to be determined.

10.    Approval of Evan Durn as a substitute custodian effective February 21, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved substitute custodian rate of $8.80 per hour.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

 

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

 

 

Budgetary       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the attached list

Transfers        of budgetary transfers for School Year 2006-2007.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Code of            Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the attached Code

Conduct           of Conduct effective immediately.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Public Comment:    Attendance Policy – Kim Grasso

 

Discussion Item:    Vacation Request

 

Student            Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Daniel Walter, to deny the request of a student

Vacation          to take a family vacation during standardized testing on February 13-16, 2007.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

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

                        meeting at 9:17 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary