February 9, 2009

Pending Board Approval

 

MINUTES:  BOARD OF EDUCATION

February 9, 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, Stuart Crossen, and Susan Jaquish.

 

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

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on January 12, 2009 were read by the Board.  On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the minutes, as presented.

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on January 30, 2009 were read by the Board.  On motion of Mr. Crossen and second of Mr. Erway 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 Mrs. Landis and second of Mr. Crossen 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. Kollar and second of Mr. Osborne the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the bill list as amended. (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 Mr. Crossen 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 Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Crossen the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Food Service Report as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mrs. Jaquish the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the following:

 

Resignation of Lauren Owlett, guidance secretary, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High school, effective February 13, 2009.

Resignation of Nicole Pritchard, English teacher, North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, effective on April 17, 2009.

Retirement of Kathleen Gruzlewski, kindergarten teacher, effective June 5, 2009.

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Kalata reported for the administration as follows;

 

Presented information on activities of last years graduating class

Advised the Board that Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School has been designated as a point of distribution for emergency services

Advised that the State of the District Report will be presented in August

Commented on the Governor’s proposal for school consolidation

 

Mr. Rakoski presented information included in the Governor’s budget, its affect on the District and an overview of the Preliminary Budget for 2009-10.  President Shull instructed the administration to work on a no tax increase budget.

 

Cheri Ostrom, student at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, presented a resolution from the Tioga County Youth Leadership Program.  On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8-0 to approve the resolution designating April 26, 2009 as Youth Leadership Day in Tioga County.

 

Kathy Barrett (Tioga), Norleen Hardy (Liberty), Brandy Berkstrom (Trout Run), Sandra Worden (Wellsboro), Jenny Kilmer (Lawrenceville), Deb Rausher (Liberty), Beth Roberts (Trout Run), and Julie Betts (Mansfield) asked the Board to delay the proposed furlough of three paraprofessional employees until the end of the school year.

 

Elden Nash, Sullivan Twp., asked the board to consider a no tax increase budget and suggested that teacher pay be based upon performance rather than on seniority. 

 

 The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Employ Rebecca Colton, as a long-term substitute elementary teacher, at Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective January 20, 2009, through June 5, 2009.  Ms. Colton will be employed at a daily rate of $207.77 plus benefits as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

Employ Lauren Novak, as enrichment coach at Warren L. Miller Elementary and Mansfield Jr. Sr. High Schools, effective date to be determined. Ms. Novak will be employed at Step 4.5 of the Master’s +15 salary column, $44,232.50, to be pro-rated for the 2008/09 school year, plus benefits as defined by the STEA/STSD Agreement.  

 

Employ Jason Hemling, as pre-arranged short-term substitute special education teacher at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to February 5, 2009 through May 11, 2009.  Mr. Hemling will be employed at a daily rate of $120.00 as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

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

Mary Nance, elementary teacher, retroactively to January 15, 2009

Sherry Carey, paraprofessional, secretary, cafeteria, and custodian, retroactively to January 16, 2009

Shanna Hubbs, music teacher, retroactively to January 16, 2009

Rick Husted, English teacher, effective January 30, 2009

Jessica Darrow, Earth & Space Science teacher, retroactively to February 3, 2009

Lori Mitstifer, elementary teacher, retroactively to February 3, 2009

Holly Rinehart, elementary & reading teacher, retroactively to February 3, 2009

Francis Novak, elementary & middle school math teacher, retroactively to February 3, 2009

Richard Rogers, health & physical education teacher, retroactively to February 3, 2009

Sandy Hulslander, elementary teacher, retroactively to February 4, 2009

Hilary Travis, elementary teacher, retroactively to February 4, 2009

 

To enter into supplemental contracts with the following individuals to serve as mentors to new teachers in the 2008/09 school year:

 

Karen Fry, special education teacher at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School –mentor for Jason Hemling , February 5 – May 11, 2009, for $480.39

Deb Dalton, elementary teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School – mentor for Rebecca Colton, 2nd Semester, for $695.49

Angel Sember, English teacher at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School – mentor for Dawn Avery, January 5 – March 25, 2009, for $408.60

Kathy Eglesia, elementary teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School – mentor for Pam Kelly, 2nd Semester, for $659.02

Pam Davis, elementary teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School –mentor for Brandi Mase, January 5 – May 15, 2009, for $666.81

 

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

 

 


The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Adding a multi-handicapped class at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School.

Adding a special education teacher position at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School.

 

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

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

To eliminate three (3) paraprofessionals for students with special needs positions, effective February 28, 2009.

 

To furlough the following paraprofessionals for students with special needs effective February 28, 2009:

Beth Roberts, paraprofessional for student with special needs at Warren L. Miller Elementary School

Gail Boop, paraprofessional for student with special needs at Warren L. Miller Elementary School

Norleen Hardy, paraprofessional for student with special needs at Liberty Elementary School

 

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

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

2009/2010 Preliminary Budget and authorization to submit the preliminary budget, along with requests for appropriate referendum exceptions, to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  (EXHIBIT)

Enter into an agreement with DerivActiv, LLC, to perform all Swap monitoring, valuation, reporting activities and services regarding our outstanding Swap at a fee of $2,500/year.  This replaces a contract formerly passed through Arthurs LeStrange.

 

On motion of Mr. Kollar 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 a resolution establishing compensation and collection procedures for the District’s tax collectors for the 2010 – 2014 term.   On motion of Mr. Crossen and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the recommendation. (EXHIBIT)

 

 

The Administration recommended Board approval to accept a proposal from First Citizens National Bank, Mansfield, to provide lockbox service for the collection of the District’s tax bills.  On motion of Mr. Kollar and second of Mr. Crossen the Board voted 7-0-1, by roll call, with Mr. Osborne abstaining, to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

First Reading of Board Policies #201 - #211 of the Pupils section (EXHIBIT)

#201        Admission of Students – Revision

#202        Eligibility of Nonresident Students – Revision

#203        Communicable Diseases and Immunization –Revision

#203.1   HIV Infection – Revision

#204        Attendance – Revision

#205        Postgraduate Students – Revision

#206        Assignment Within District – Revision

#207        Confidential Communications of Students –New

#208        Withdrawal from School – Revision

#209        Health Examinations/Screenings – Revision

#210        Use of Medications – Revision

#210.1   Possession/Use of Asthma Inhalers – Revision

#211        Student Accident Insurance – Revision

 

On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mrs. Jaquish the Board voted 8 to 0, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended approval to add Kimberly Sampson to the list of approved bus drivers for Hilfiger Transportation.  On motion of Mrs. Schwab and second of Mr. Crossen the Board voted 8 to 0, to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended approval of a request from Dana Delker, Literacy Coach at Liberty and North Penn High Schools, to survey 11th grade English students at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School in relation to her doctoral dissertation titled, “Visual Approaches to Vocabulary Instruction: Teacher and Learner Perceptions”.  On motion of Mr. Erway and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following:

 

Authorized execution of the adjudication regarding expulsion from all district schools of two (2) certain students from North Penn Jr. Sr. High School beginning January 23, 2009, for one year, through January 23, 2010.

 

Authorized execution of the adjudication regarding expulsion from all district schools of a certain student from North Penn Jr. Sr. High School beginning January 29, 2009, for one year, through January 29, 2010.

 

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

 

The Administration recommended approval to enter into a supplemental contract with Jenny Kilmer to serve as mentor for new teacher Eleanor Farrington during the second semester of the 2008/09 school year in the amount of $688.32.  On motion of Mr. Crossen and Mr. Osborne the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the recommendation.

 

Board President Barbara Shull made the following announcements:

 

              Next Board Meeting (s)

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

              Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School Library, Mansfield

 

              Monday, April 6, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium, Blossburg

 

              Board Work Session(s)

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

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

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

              North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

              Executive Sessions(s)

              Negotiations Committee

              Friday, February 6, 2009, at 11:30 A.M.            

              Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, Mansfield

              RE:  Labor

                           

On motion of Mr. Osborne 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