Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 20, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday,   November 20, 2006 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, Dale Reppert, Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Daniel Walter, William Yurvati, Carl Ziegler, Erica Muthard-Student Representative, Chelsea Lenhart-Student Representative

 

Absent             None

 

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

Present           Secretary, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Tom Green, Leroy Merkel, Barbara Richard,

Anthony Kocuch-Kutztown Patriot, William Riedel

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:44 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 Patricia Bealer, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the October 16 and November 6, 2006 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

Motion carried.

 

TreasurerŐs     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to accept the treasurerŐs

Report             report of the general fund.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $335,174.42.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        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 $419,534.09.

Account Bills  Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

Motion carried.

 

SuperintendentŐs Report

This yearŐs musical, ŇAidaÓ was another huge success. Every year we wonder if the outgoing seniors could ever be replaced. This yearŐs cast proves it absolutely can be done. It was a challenging musical to pull off, more choreography, Elton John-Tim Reis score. Senior citizen night on Wed.- 12 key club members and parents served 200 seniors soup and sandwiches prior to the performance. Dr. Winkler noted that it means so much to the seniors to be invited.

Transportation contract – RFPs received. Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley and KASD are reviewing them. Nine were sent out and we received 5 quotes back. BCIU is only bidding on Fleetwood. RFP gave 120 days to make a decision. Should have direction by January 25th.

Mr. Smith noted that Ms. Evans and her student teacher Ms. VanKooten came up with ŇSoles for SoulsÓ charity fundraiser that coincides with studies on the Holocaust. Eighth graders are getting involved by collecting old shoes to donate to the needy. The Patriot and Channel 69 will be covering the story.

 

Committee       EIT              Election discussion. Rick Weiser summed up Act 1. Bills in Harrisburg include

Reports             Pat Bealer         a change of EMS tax to $1 per week. It would be an accounting nightmare,

                                                  Gov. Rendell vetoed the bill. There is still a move to go to one tax collector

                                                  per county, bill in discussion.

                        BCTC           They are tying up loose ends prior to reorganization.

  Carl Ziegler           

                        ECC             Minutes in packet, some items on agenda for approval

                          Pat Bealer      

            BCIU            In the midst of working through a long-range plan, communications, information

              Dennis Ritter      technology, request for participation from the board on the survey handed out

                                tonight.

            PSBA          House recessed through last Sunday. House appropriations approved 1332 –

Kay Churchman   regarding student health issues effective 07-08. Includes a demand for physicals prior to K, 5 and 8 and dental exams. Healthy farms and healthy school boardŐs bill provides healthy growing of foods in cooperation with schools and farming communities.

Policy & Curriculum   Three staff members were on hand to discuss RTI. Discrimination policy

              William Yurvati      review. Draft mathematics curriculum on agenda. Elementary nursing situation.

 

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

1.   Approval of Dawn Hankins as health assistant effective November 28, 2006 at a rate of $14.00 per hour.

2.   Approval to increase the hourly rate of Carol Fairchild, health assistant, to $12.75 per hour effective November 28, 2006.

3.   Approval for Chris Simmons to take an unpaid family medial leave of absence from January 24-26, 2007.

4.   Approval of Karen Austin to take 2.5 days without pay on January 24, 2007 p.m. through January 26, 2007 due to a personal trip.

5.   Permission to hire a long-term substitute family and consumer science teacher during Jennifer YoundtŐs leave beginning November 28, 2006 through the end of School Year 2006-2007.

6.   Approval of the following personnel as substitute teachers effective October 8, 2006 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved rate of $93 per day for days 1-20 and $103 per day thereafter:

Julie Weaknecht              Elementary                   Kutztown University

Kim Trexler                      Ment/Phys Hdcp/Elem  Kutztown University

Michael DeLoretta, Jr.     Guest Teacher             LaSalle University

Phyllis Hechinger             Family/Cons Sci.           Indiana University of PA

7.   Acceptance of the resignation of Nancy Boyer, classroom aide, effective November 17, 2006.

8.   Approval of Ian Tetreault as a substitute custodian effective November 21, 2006 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved substitute custodian rate of $8.80 per hour.

9.   Acceptance of the resignation of Stacy Bricker, Asst. Girls Basketball Coach, effective prior to the start of the season.

10. Approval the following coaches for School Year 2006-2007, salaries pending contract approval:

Asst. Coach – Girls Basketball               Jennifer DeNault

Volunteer Coach – Boys Basketball       Taylor Grim

Asst. Coach – Cheerleading                  Destiny VanKooten

Volunteer Coach – Wrestling                  D.J. Traylor

Volunteer Coach – Wrestling                  Jake Krueger

Volunteer Coach – Wrestling                  Todd Fluck

Volunteer Dance Team Coach               Ginny Altenderfer

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

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

 

Math                Motion made by Daniel Walter, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve the realignment

Curriculum      of the middle school math curriculum in grades 6, 7 and 8.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items:                   Elementary Schools Security System

 

Elementary     Motion made by Daniel Walter, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve security entry systems

Security          for all four elementary schools per the attached proposal by Berkshire Systems Group, Inc. for

                        a total cost of $37,532 with funding coming from the capital reserve account.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

Discussion Items continued:                        Act 1

                               

Adjournment   Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to adjourn the

                        meeting at 8:44 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary