Minutes

of the

KUTZTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, August 18, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Board of Directors of Kutztown Area School District met for the regular board meeting on Monday, Monday, August 18, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., in the library of the Senior High School pursuant to due notice to board members and the public.

 

Present����������� Dennis Ritter, Don Vymazal, Jo Stevens, Al Darion, Carl Ziegler, Pat Bealer, Dan Walter, Jasper Ho

 

Absent������������

 

Also���������������� Robert R. Gross III, Joseph Pugliese, Nick Lazo, Barb Richard, Rikki Clark, David Miller

Present������������ James Brown, Jennifer McAteer, Howard Breithaupt, Peter Miller, Matthew Link, Rebecca Beidelman, Mick O�Neil, James Orwig, Karen Connaghan, Leroy Merkel, Elizabeth Sica, Arabell Elliot, Lucy Williams, Gordon Koneman, Heather Mengel, Ann Dietrich, Melissa Blatt, Dawn Starolis, Joan Haring, Bonnie Yurvati, Erica Yurvati, Joyce Sturtevant, Fay Rothenberger, Steve Rothenberger, Carolyn Wasser, Donna Wasser, Kay Fritz, Nikki Yergey, Steve Fritz, Karen Austin, Liz Wessner, Melissa Ziegler, Andrea Sanders, Melissa Nolt, Judy Gaffney, Joann Buffum, Donna Keglovits, Pam Heid

 

Call to Order����������� The meeting was called to order at 7:40 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 everyone to 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. The meeting was tape-recorded.

 

Approval����������������������� Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the minutes

Of Minutes������ of the July 21, 2008 and August 4, 2008 school board meetings.

����������������������� Roll call vote:Yes8������ No0����� Absent0

Motion carried.

 

Treasurer�s����������������������� Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to accept the treasurer�s

Report����������������������� report of the general fund.

����������������������� Roll call vote:Yes8����� No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Ratification Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to ratify for payment the

of General general account bills in the amount of $433,131.62.

Account Bills Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Approval Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion to approve for payment

of General the general account bills in the amount of $306,820.57.

Account Bills Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

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

of Construction construction account bills in the amount of $19,419.58.

Account Bills Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Approval Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to approve for payment the

of Construction construction account bills in the amount of $99,656.65.

Account Bills Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Supts President Vymazal recognized the National History Day winners for their national

Report achievements. Carolyn Wasser, Jayna Snyder, and Erica Yurvati were present to accept their Board Resolutions recognizing their National History Day achievements.

 

Mr. Gross stated that the Allentown Morning Call featured reviews on PSSA scores for Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Monroe Counties school districts. Kutztown faired very well with the other schools and will continue to improve its level of success.

Committee EIT No report.

Reports Pat Bealer

  BCTC No report.

Carl Ziegler

ECC Ms. Stevens reported that Mr. ONeil presented the number of students participating

Jo Stevens in fall sports. There were also discussions on putting athletic information on the

district website and the concern with dog activity on the sports fields.

BCIU No report.

Dennis Ritter

PSBA Ms. Bealer reported that the chairman was asked to resign. The new chairman

Pat Bealer will act quickly and vigorously on initiating the Graduation Competency Assessments.

Policy & Curriculum No Report

Dan Walter

 

Personnel Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the following personnel items:

1.       Resignation of Dave Guiles as a volunteer football coach at the High School, effective August 11, 2008.

2.       Resignation of Elizabeth Moerder as a part-time art teacher at Albany Elementary, effective August 1, 2008.

3.       Resignation of Catherine Weber as a special education aide, effective August 12, 2008.

4.       Resignation of Jody Baxley as a sixth grade teacher at the Middle School, effective August 18, 2008.

5.       Approval to change the status of Guy Herring from assistant boys soccer coach at the Middle School to head boys soccer coach at the Middle School for School Year 2008-2009 at a salary of $2,311.

6.       Approval of Dawn Starolis as a full-time emotional support teacher at the High School, effective August 19, 2008 at a salary of $51,375 per Step 3, Masters +36 column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

7.       Approval of Kimberly Moyer as a half-time (.5) gifted teacher at the High School, effective August 19, 2008 at a pro-rated salary of $22,000 per Step 1, Bachelors column (non-tenured) of the KASD/KATA contract.

8.       Approval of Sheryl Henry as a certified special education inclusion aide at the High School, effective August 25, 2008 at the approved hourly rate of $10.70.

9.       Approval of Betty Parks as a non-certified special education student-assigned aide at the Middle School, effective August 25, 2008 at the approved hourly rate of $9.50.

10.   Approval of the following part-time (4.5 hours/day) cafeteria employees, effective August 25, 2008 at the approved hourly rate of $8.45:

Crystal Hampton High School

Wendy Rosko Middle School

Melanie Nowacki Middle School

11.   Approval of the following individuals as Krapf bus drivers for School Year 2008-2009:

Ronald Angstadt

Dale Bailey

Cheryl Bennecoff

Donna Biegler

Susan Boyer

William Brobst

Robert Butcavage

Jean Butkus

Deb Chambers

Charles DeBoeser

Vicki Foscone

Mark George

Richard Haag

William Hanthorne

Paul Hedegard

Ronald Heffner

Barb Hottenstein

Tara Jacoby

Melanie Kehl

Trish Kehl

James Keller

Howard King

Dennis Kintzer

Jackie Kirkhoff

Colleen Lichtenwalner

Dimas Martinez

Gene Miller

Jean Werley

Sandy Narducci

Esther (Nina) Rivera

Rod Sutliff

Lois Timberman

Gerald Trate

Sharon Trout

Peggy Weil

Carol Whitehouse

Paul Yerrick

Angela Zettlemoyer

12.   Approval of the attached support staff substitute list for School Year 2008-2009 at the approved substitute hourly rate of $8.35 for cafeteria, $9.35 for maintenance/custodial, and $9.40 for clerical/classroom aide.

13.   Approval of the attached teacher substitute list for School Year 2008-2009 at the approved substitute teacher rate of $100 per day for days 1-20 and $110 per day for days 21-45.

14.   Approval of the following extra-duty assignments for School Year 2008-2009:

Mentors:

Pam Ashman for Amy Russo (Elem. Computers) $600

Scott Heiter for Brooke Roberts (MS Fitness and Wellness) $600

Heather Oppman for Jennifer Nattress (GES Learning Support) $600

Danielle Berger for Dawn Starolis (HS Emotional Support) $600

Resource People:

Karen Neas for Justin Detweiler (HS Business LTS) $300

David Drummer for Kourtney Buck (HS Physical Science) $300

Department Chairs:

Language Arts Toni Koller $1630

Math Sallie Sandler $1630

Science David Drummer $1630

Social Studies Tom Sally $1630

Elementary (Content) Louise DeMatteo $1630

Elementary (Language Arts) Louise DeMatteo $1630

Business/Vocational Karen Neas $1630

Fine Arts Bryan Hartman $1630

Foreign Languages Marta Schunk $1630

Special Education Danielle Berger $1630

15. Permission to hire an emotional support classroom aide at the High School and ratify at a future board meeting at the approved hourly rate.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

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

Athletics Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the extension of the attached

Agreement Athletic Services Agreement with St. Joseph Medical Center for School Year 2008-2009.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

403(b) Plan Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Dan Walter, to approve the adoption of the

Adoption attached 403(b) Plan Document Resolution and Third Party Administration and 403(b) Consulting Agreement

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Conference Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to approve the conference request for

Requests Howard Breithaupt to attend the Facilities Management Conference to be held October 1-2, 2008 in Grantville, PA at a cost of $459.03.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the conference request for

Jennifer McAteer to attend the PAESSP 2008 Conference to be held October 19-21, 2008 in Pittsburg, PA at a cost of $677.00.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

MS Band/ Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jasper Ho, to approve the dates of the Middle

Choral Trip School band and choral trip to Cleveland, OH to May 10-14, 2009 instead of the previously

approved dates of May 7-10, 2009.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Employment Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the Employment Agreement

Agreement for Nicholas Lazo, Jr. at a salary of $110,000 per year, retroactive to July 7, 2008. Contract term is July 7, 2008 through July 6, 2013.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

MS Tech Lab Motion made by Dennis Ritter, seconded by Pat Bealer, to approve the Dell Computer three (3)

Lease year lease for the Kutztown Area Middle School Technology Lab at an annual cost of $8,097.08

with a $1.00 buyout at the end of the lease.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

 

Bus Routes Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Carl Ziegler, to approve the attached bus and van

2008-2009 routes for School Year 2008-2009 and to allow the Director of Transportation and/or designee to make any necessary changes to the existing routes as deemed appropriate throughout School Year 2008-2009, including the additional and deletion of routes as necessary.

Roll call vote: Yes 8 No 0 Absent 0

Motion carried.

Discussion Field/Property Signage

Items Web Advertising and Space Rental

PSBA Voting Delegates

Full-Day Kindergarten Presentation

FFA National Convention

 

Motion made by Al Darion, seconded by Dennis Ritter, to approve eighteen (18) FFA students

to attend the FFA National Convention and their four (4) day absenteeism due to the trip.

Roll call vote: Yes 7 No 1 (Vymazal) Absent 0

 

Public Beth Sica expressed her concern on the class size increase of third grade at Kutztown

Comment Elementary. Jim Orwig explained that a teacher was moved to Greenwich Elementary to split a class size of 36. Arabell Elliot reiterated the concern on the third grade class size.

 

Executive Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Jasper Ho, to adjourn for executive session at 9:42

Session p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Adjournment Motion made by Pat Bealer, seconded by Al Darion, to adjourn the meeting at 11:17 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by,

 

 

 

Rikki L. Clark

School Board Secretary