Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the workshop board meeting on Monday, February 5, 2007, 7:30 p.m., at the Middle School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Present           Patricia Bealer, Kay Churchman, Al Darion, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Dan Walter,

William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Chelsea Lenhart-Student Rep., Erica Muthard- Student Rep.

                       

Absent             Dale Reppert

 

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

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Eric Erb, Matt Smith, Peter Miller, Jim Orwig, Donna Keglovits,

Karen Neas, Melissa Blatt, Shelby Brett, Bill Gross, Jr.-Gross Equipment, Peg McClean-Gross Equipment, Barbara Hottenstein, Jay Wentzel, Donna Dries, Howard K.-Krapf, D.H., Adam Kehl, Roxanne Brobst, Wm. Brobst, Jr. W. Gorden Hanthorn, Rick Haag, Sal Barrett, Peggy Haag, Tim Krise-Krise Bus Service, Tony Kozuch, Robert Butcavage, Marge Richardson, Tara Jacoby, Maggie Schearer, Blake Krapf-Krapf, Becky Hottenstein, Nikki Yergey, Kim Grasso, Bonnie Treadway

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:58p.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 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. This meeting was tape-recorded.

 

ACT 1 Public Hearing

 

Randy Lawlace – Parker, Hunter, Janney, Montgomery & Scott, L.L.C. presented information pertaining to    Act 1 and reviewed the recommendation of the local tax study commission. Summaries are attached to these minutes.

 

Continuation of Public Board MeetingÉ

 

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

personnel items:
Teaching Staff Retirements:
1.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Linda Grim, KES 4th grade teacher, effective the end of School Year 2006-2007. (Mrs. Grim was with the district a total of 29 years.)
2.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Nancy Bowman, KES 3rd grade teacher, effective June 30, 2007. (Mrs. Bowman was with the district a total of 18 years.)
3.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Diane Haring, Albany 4th grade teacher, effective the end of School Year 2006-2007. (Mrs. Haring was with the district a total of 30.5 years.)
4.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Jessie Hess, KES 2nd grade teacher, effective the end of School Year 2006-2007. (Mrs. Hess was with the district a total of 35 years.)
5.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Norwood Lawfer, ALB 5th grade teacher, effective the end of School Year 2006-2007. (Mr. Lawfer was with the district a total of 33 years.)
6.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Suzanne Barron, KES 5th grade teacher, effective June 30, 2007. (Mrs. Barron was with the district a total of 29 years.)
7.  Acceptance of the resignation, due to retirement, of Katharine Solomon, MS learning support teacher, effective the end of School Year 2006-2007. (Mrs. Solomon was with the district a total of 35.5 years.)
motion continuesÉ
Other Personnel:
8.   Approval for David Drummer, high school physics teacher, to take a sabbatical for health restoration for a half school term beginning March 7, 2007.
9.   Ratification of Scott Wagaman as long term substitute during David DrummerŐs leave effective January 3, 2007 through the end of School Year 2006-2007 at a rate of $93.00 per day for days 1-20, $103.00 per day for days 21-45 and the balance at bachelorŐs column, step 1, for non-tenured teachers per the KASD/KATA contract.
10. Acceptance of the resignation of Erin Forbes, high school secretary, effective   January 26, 2007.
11. Approval of 3 unpaid days for Aaron Ashman, estimated as March 21-23, 2007, due to the birth of his child.
12. Approval of the following extra-duty personnel for School Year 2006-2007, salaries per the current KASD/KATA contract:
MS CTV Advisor                                Bernie Boyle          $513
MS Student Council Advisor              Jeff Huffert             $718
MS History Day Co-Advisor                Betty Imboden       $640
MS History Day Co-Advisor                Beth Pennebacker $640
MS Science Olympiad Co-Advisor      Betty Imboden       $426
MS Science Olympiad Co-Advisor      Jeff Collier              $426
MS Science Olympiad Co-Advisor      Jennifer Reis          $426
Debate Team                                    Andy Brett           $1280
FFA                                                   Celeste Ball           $625
HS History Day                                  Amy Howard        $1280
HS Honor Society                              Jennifer Ryan        $625
HS Science Olympiad                        Bill Riedel             $1280
PA Math League                               Sallie Sandler        $300
Key Club                                           Suzanne Peters     $300
Leo Club                                           Josh Chambers      $300
13. Approval of the following personnel as guest teachers effective February 6, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at the substitute rate of $93 per day, days 1-20, $103 per day thereafter:
Ivy Bewley                  Kutztown University
Susan Neumann         US Military Academy/Kansas State University
Carmella Kabbeko      Millersville University
14. Approval of Melissa Bubbenmoyer as a substitute school nurse effective February 6, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at the substitute rate of $93 per day, days 1-20, $103 per day thereafter:
15. Approval of Melissa Bubbenmoyer as a substitute health assistant effective February 6, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at the substitute health assistant rate of $11.00 per hour.
16. Approval of Andre Bolling as a substitute custodian effective February 6, 2007 for School Year 2006-2007 at the substitute custodian rate of $8.80 per hour.
Roll call vote:    Yes  8          No  0      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

All Personnel Are Approved Pending the DistrictŐs Receipt of All Mandated Credentials.

 

Conference     Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the conference request

Requests         for Renee Mantz to attend the PA School LibrarianŐs Conference to be held in Hershey, PA

                        on April 13-14, 2007 at a cost of $363.00.

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

Motion carried.

 

                        Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the conference request

for Cynthia Copeland to attend the PA School LibrarianŐs Conference to be held in Hershey, PA on April 13-14, 2007 at a cost of $363.00.

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

Motion carried.

 

2007-2008       Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the Kutztown

Calendar         Area School District Calendar for School Year 2007-2008 as attached.
Roll call vote:    Yes  5          No  3 (Bealer, Walter, Yurvati)      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

2007-2008       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve the Berks

BCIU Budget    County Intermediate Unit Mandated School District Services Budget in the total amount of
$1,796,033, with the share for Kutztown Area School District to be $20,905.52, which represents no increase from KutztownŐs portion of last yearŐs actual costs.
Roll call vote:    Yes  8          No  0      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Transportation            Motion made by Carl Ziegler, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve Krapf-Eshelman

Contract          Bus Company as the transportation (bus) contractor for student transportation for 5 years
                        (2007-2008 through 2011-2012) per the attached prices, including fuel.
Roll call vote:    Yes  8          No  0      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Solicitor          Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Alan Darion, to approve King, Spry, Herman,

Approval         Freund & Faul, LLC as Solicitor for the Kutztown Area School District per the attached 
proposal. (These services are in addition to our current solicitor, Sweet, Stevens, Katz and William, LLP).

Motion is withdrawn due to further clarification of contract terms.

 

Preliminary     Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the attached

07-08 KASD     preliminary budget for School Year 2007-2008 for the Kutztown Area School District.
Budget             Roll call vote:    Yes   6         No  2 (Bealer, Walter)      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Student            Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve four excused

Vacation          days for Ekaterine Popova during a recent trip overseas to visit her family. (The trip was 
Request           taken over the winter break and extended through 9 school days.)
                        Roll call vote:    Yes  7          No  1 (Walter)      Absent  1 (Reppert)

Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items        Code of Conduct, HS Facilities, Enrollment

 

Mrs. Bealer left 9:35 pm

 

Adjournment   Motion made by William Yurvati, seconded by Kay Churchman to adjourn the meeting at

                        9:48 p.m.

            Motion. carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary