January 12, 2009

MINUTES:  BOARD OF EDUCATION

January 12, 2009

 

The meeting of the Board of Education of the Southern Tioga School District was called to order by Board President, Barbara Shull, with the following members present: Ivan Erway, Roxanne Landis, Gloria Schwab, Frank Kollar, Terry Osborne, Dan Berguson, and Susan Jaquish.

 

Also present were Messrs: Kalata, Rakoski, David, Jaquish, Lindner, Mrs. Crowell, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Drabick, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Sick, and interested teachers and citizens.

 

Mr. Kalata presented PSBA Certification of Appreciation to all board members in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.

 

The Minutes of the reorganization meeting held on December 3, 2008 were read by the Board. On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the minutes, as presented.

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on December 3, 2008 were read by the Board.  On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mrs. Jaquish the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the minutes, as presented.

 

The Financial Summary was presented.  The report also included statements regarding the General Fund, Student Activity Funds, Student Athletic Funds, and Scholarship Funds.  On motion of Mr. Kollar and second of Mr. Berguson the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Financial Summary as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

The Board studied the Bill List for the General Fund.  On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the bill list as presented. (EXHIBIT)

 

The Board studied the Bill List for Capital Projects Fund.  On motion of Mr. Erway and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the bill list as presented. (EXHIBIT)

 

The Board studied the Bill List for WLM Fire Restoration Fund.  On motion of Mrs. Schwab and second of Mrs. Landis the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the bill list as presented. (EXHIBIT)

 

Mr. Rakoski presented the food service report.  On motion of Mrs. Jaquish and second of Mr. Berguson the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Food Service Report as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Berguson the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the following:

 

Resignation of Che Regina, athletic and activities director, effective January 1, 2009.

Resignation of Betty Haase, elementary teacher, Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective at the end of the day on January 16, 2009.

Retirement of James Rakoski, Director of Business Affairs, last day work, December 23, 2009.

 

On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mr. Osborne the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Facility Use Permits as presented. (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mrs. Schwab and second of Mr. Berguson the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Field Trip and Conference Requests as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

Mr. Kalata reported for the administration and referenced the “Common Cents” presentation scheduled for the February 2, 2009 work session.

 

Mr. Rakoski introduced Jamie Shelby from Robert W. Baird Company, who discussed potential bond refinancing.

 

Several students from Liberty & Mansfield Jr. Sr. High Schools spoke on behalf of the FBLA and thanked the Board for their support.

 

Elden Nash, Sullivan Twp., questioned the salary increase of the Director of Business Affairs and suggested that the Board salute the flag as part of opening ceremonies at each meeting.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of an amendment to retain Mr. Rakoski as Director of Business Affairs until December 23, 2009(last day at work) in order that he may;

Mentor successor and related staff during the transition period

Assist in the success in planning process and

Facilitate the close out of the 2008-09 fiscal year and the WLM Renovation Project.

 

On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the recommendation. (EXHIBIT)

 

 The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Employ Dawn Avery, as pre-arranged short-term substitute English teacher, at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to January 5, 2009, through March 25, 2009.  Ms. Avery will be employed at a daily rate of $120.00 as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

Employ Dana Hughes, as long-term substitute business education teacher at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, effective January 20, 2009, through the end of the 2008/09 school year, pending receipt of clearances. Ms. Hughes will be employed at a daily rate of $207.77 plus benefits as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

 

Employ Linda Nybeck as part-time paraprofessional for learning support at North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to December 9, 2009.  Ms. Nybeck will be employed at an hourly rate of $9.16 as defined by the Hourly Employees Conditions of Employment.

 

Employ Laura Giles as part-time paraprofessional for learning support at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to December 9, 2009.  Ms. Giles will be employed at an hourly rate of $9.16 as defined by the Hourly Employees Conditions of Employment.

 

Add the following individuals to the daily substitute employees’ list:

Brandy Boyce, elementary teacher, retroactively to December 3, 2008

Jillian Brosnan, teacher – all subjects, retroactively to January 5, 2009

Ramon Marti, custodian, retroactively to December 22, 2008

Nancy Dart, family & consumer sciences teacher, effective January 23, 2009

Graeme Zaparzynski, custodian, retroactively to December 22, 2008

 

Employ Pamela Kelly, as elementary teacher, at Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective January 20, 2009.  Ms. Kelly will be employed as a Temporary Professional Employee at Step 1 of the Bachelor’s Column, $38,645, to be pro-rated for the 2008/09 school year, plus benefits as defined by the STEA/STSD Agreement.  

 

Consistent with the recent STEA arbitration award, the Administration recommended providing reimbursement to employees covered under the following compensation plans and agreements (including the retirees and COBRA participants from these groups) for out-of-pocket costs incurred for Physician’s office visits, up to $20 for out-of-pocket co-pay costs incurred for each specialist, and for Tier Three Mail Order Prescriptions, up to $35.00 for out-of-pocket co-pay costs incurred for each 90-day supply.

Executive Administration Compensation Plan for the time period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2010.

Act 93 Compensation Plan for the time period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2010

Conditions of Employment Classified Employees for the time period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2010

Communications Workers of America Local 1111 (cafeteria, custodians, and maintenance) for the time period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2011

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mrs. Landis the Board voted 8-0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Individuals listed below as volunteers in the 2008/09 school year:

Todd Berguson, boys basketball at North Penn Jr. Sr. High School

Vincent Nance, wrestling at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School

 

On motion of Mr.Osborne and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8-0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Permission to advertise that a Proposed Preliminary Budget for 2009/10 is available for public inspection, give public notice of the Board’s intent to adopt a Proposed Preliminary Budget on February 9, 2009, and request approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for appropriate referendum exceptions.

Permission to solicit bids and proposals to provide supplies, equipment, and services for the 2009/10 fiscal year.

Enter into a Licensed Day Care and Pre-K Provider Agreement” and “Contract to Sell/Purchase Meals” with Stepping Stones Day Care and Pre-School for the remainder of the 2008/09 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Second Reading of Public Records #801 (EXHIBIT)

An Enrichment Program to meet the needs of gifted, academically proficient and advanced students.

Changing the title of Gifted Support Facilitator to Enrichment Coach, as defined by the job description.

Enter into an Agreement with Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium for the second semester of the 2008/09 school year in the amount of $500 per student up to a maximum of $5,000, provided a Youth Apprenticeship Program for a maximum of 16 students.

 

On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Employ Eleanor Farrington, as elementary teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective January 20, 2009.  Ms. Farrington will be employed as a Temporary Professional Employee at Step 1 of the Bachelor’s salary column, $38,645 (to be pro-rated for the 2008/09 school year, plus benefits as defined by the STEA/STSD Agreement.

 

Employ Brandi Mase, as long-term substitute elementary teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School, retroactively to January 5, 2009, through May 15, 2009.  Ms. Mase will be employed at a daily rate of $207.77 plus benefits as defined by the Substitute Professional Employees Conditions of Employment.

 

Enter into a supplemental contract with the following individual as mentor for a new teacher in the 2008/09 school year:

Steve Bower, art teacher at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School – mentor for Ms. Hughes from January 20, 2009, through end of the school year, for $688.32.

 

Add the following individuals to the daily substitute employees’ list:

Benton Best, music teacher, effective January 12, 2009

Holly Kibbe, elementary teacher, effective January 13, 2009

 

Enter into supplemental contracts with the following individuals

Jason Jackson, assistant wrestling coach at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, for $3,030.

Richard Hall, student activities director at North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, effective January 1, 2009 for the remainder of 2008/09 school year, for $4,110.00.

 

On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendation.

 

Consistent with the recent STEA arbitration award, the Administration recommended approval providing reimbursement to employees covered under the following compensation plans and agreements (including the retirees and COBRA participants from these groups) for out-of-pocket costs incurred for Physician’s office visits, up to $20 for out-of-pocket co-pay costs incurred for each specialist, and for Tier Three Mail Order Prescriptions, up to $35 for out-of-pocket co-pay costs incurred for each 90-day supply.

Communications Workers of America-paraprofessionals for the time period July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2011

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the above recommendation.

 

Board President Barbara Shull made the following announcements:

 

              Next Board Meeting (s)

              Monday, February 9, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

              Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School Library, Mansfield

 

              Monday, March 9, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

              Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School Library, Mansfield

 

              Board Work Session(s)

              Monday, February 2, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.            

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

              Monday, March 2, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

              Executive Sessions(s)

              Negotiations Committee

              Monday, January 12, 2009            

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

              RE:  Employee, Attorney

 

              Monday, January 21, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

              RE:  Labor

 

              Negotiations Committee

              Monday, January 21, 2009, at 5:00 P.M.

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

              RE:  Labor

             

On motion of Mrs. Jaquish and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8-0 to adjourn the meeting.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

 

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James J. Rakoski, Board Secretary