Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday,   October 16, 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

 

Absent             None

 

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

Present           Secretary, Nick Lazo, Lu Palmer, Eric Erb, Lorraine Felker, Matt Smith, Jim Orwig, Tom Green,

Leroy Merkel, Barbara Richard, Mick O’Neil, Anthony Kocuch-Kutztown Patriot, Erica Muthard,

Chelsea Lenhart, Donna Keglovits, Andrew Arnold

 

Call to Order   The meeting was called to order at 7:35 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 Kay Churchman, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes       for the September 18 and October 2, 2006 school board meetings.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer’s     Motion made by Dale Reppert, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to accept the treasurer’s

Report             report of the general account.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

Motion carried.

 

Ratification      Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Alan Darion, to ratify for payment the

of General       general account bills in the amount of $319,441.83.

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

                        Motion carried.

 

Approval         Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve for payment

of General       the general account bills in the amount of $380,386.08.

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

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Winkler introduced Erica Muthard and Chelsea Lenhart who will be sworn in as student representatives to the board. Mr. Erb explained the selection process.

                        Dr. Winkler reported that all district building’s security is being reviewed with local law

                             enforcement agencies. Quotes for front door buzzers and cameras will be sought.

                             She assured the board that the agency’s recommendations are being taken into

                             consideration.

 

Committee       EIT              No meeting. Scheduled for next week.

Reports             Pat Bealer        

                        BCTC           Dr. Lees is in place. He made a commitment to meet with all superintendents,

  Carl Ziegler      board members, and key personnel throughout the county. The Asst. Director

                        resigned and Dr. Lees will not be refilling the position, saving approx. $100,000. He

                        met with Dr. Winkler last Thursday. He is aware of Act 1 and budgeting concerns. The

                        board stressed that any increases beyond school district support would probably not

                        be approved.

                        ECC             A well thought-out music trip was discussed and recommended for approval.

                          Pat Bealer      Agriculture trip with livestock judging and skills competition is also on tonight’s

                                             agenda. Code of Conduct was discussed and clarification is needed by the board

                                             to continue discussions. Recent locker thefts need to be taken care of and a plan

                                             is being discussed to discourage future occurrences.

            BCIU            Meeting to be held on Tuesday.

              Dennis Ritter      

            PSBA          Legislative issues pending in lame duck session of congress. Act 1 discussions.

              Kay Churchman   Don and Kay attended Thursday’s legislative meeting. Several laws are under

consideration. State-wide healthcare for school employees – meeting with Governor for cost savings and to get PSEA on board. Bill for student health that increases nurses to 1 per 750 students instead of 1500. Each school age child to have health record and physical at entry, grade 5 and grade 9 plus more, effective 07-08. HB2616-cyber charter schools, state would take cost accountability for cyber students.

Policy & Curriculum   Last meeting held 9/25/06. Reviewed PSSA results, individual

              William Yurvati      reports were mailed home. Non-discrimination policy handed out. Reading

                                Apprenticeship program at BCIU and AP Biology course discussed.

 

Personnel       Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Kay Churchman, to approve the following personnel items:

1.  Ratification of Nancy Billiard, full-time (35 hours/week, 10 months/year) certified classroom aide effective October 16, 2006 at a rate of $10.05 per hour. (not a new position)

2.  Approval to increase hours for Stacy Sohmer, part-time office aide, from 20 to a maximum of 22 hours per week.

3.  Approval of the following personnel as substitute teachers effective October 16, 2006 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved rate of $93 per day for days 1-20 and $103 per day thereafter:

Castel Jean                   Guest Teacher       CUNYBA/Brooklyn College

Dennis Greulich             Guest Teacher       Kansas University

Tina Henderson             Guest Teacher       Penn State University

Diane Moser                  Guest Teacher       Cedar Crest College

4.     Ratification of Nancy Billiard as substitute aide effective August 28, 2006 at the current substitute aide rate of $8.80 per hour.

5.     Approval of Brenda Bogert as a substitute cafeteria worker effective October 16, 2006 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved substitute cafeteria worker rate of $7.80 per hour.

6.   Approval of the following personnel as substitute custodians effective October 16, 2006 for School Year 2006-2007 at the approved substitute custodian rate of $8.80 per hour:

                              William Smith                                  Dennis Graver

7.  Approval the following coaches for School Year 2006-2007, salaries TBD:

Asst. Coach – Boys Basketball             Ken Sanders

Asst. Coach – Boys Basketball             Rudy Lopez

Asst. Coach – Boys Basketball             Jarrod Heffner

Asst. Coach – Boys Basketball             Jeff Zimmerman

Volunteer Coach – Boys Basketball     Larry Baumgerner (college intern)

Asst. Coach – Girls Basketball              Barry Shultz

Asst. Coach – Girls Basketball              Tim McElwee

Asst. Coach – Girls Basketball              Katelyn Zima

Asst. Coach – Girls Basketball              Stacy Bricker

Asst. Coach – Wrestling                       Dan Hallman

Asst. Coach – Wrestling                       Shawn Losito

Volunteer Coach – Wrestling                Matt Engle (college intern)

Volunteer Dance Team Coach             Ina Siegel

Volunteer Dance Team Coach             Kelly Corman

Volunteer Dance Team Coach             Michele Moyer

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

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

 

Conference     Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by William Yurvati, to approve Gretchen Diehl

Request           to attend the annual School Board Secretary’s Conference to be held at Penn State at a cost of

                        $430.50.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

High School    Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Patricia Bealer, to approve the following trips:

Trips                1.  Music department trip to Walt Disney World from March 30 to April 4, 2007 per the attached

                             information.

2.   Agriculture trip - 2006 Southwestern Regional Livestock Skill-a-thon and Judging Contest per the attached request.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

Student            Motion made by Patricia Bealer, seconded by Daniel Walter, to appoint Chelsea Lenhart as

Representatives  Student Representative to the board and Erica Muthard as Alternate Student Representative

                        to the board.

 

Motion made by Alan Darion, seconded by Don Vymazal, to amend the motion to remove the word “alternate”.

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Roll call vote:  Yes  9       No  0      Absent  0  

                        Motion carried.

 

                        Ms. Lenhart and Ms. Muthard were sworn in as student representatives to the board.

 

Discussion Items:                   Assessment Appeals

                                Act 1/Tax Study Commission Update

                                Code of Conduct

                               

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

                        meeting at 8:22 p.m.

            Motion carried unanimously.

 

                                                                             Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

                                                                             Gretchen A. Diehl

                                                                             School Board Secretary