March 9, 2009

MINUTES:  BOARD OF EDUCATION–March 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, Dan Berguson, and Susan Jaquish.

 

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

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on February 9, 2009 were read by the Board.  On motion of Mr. Landis and second of Mr. Kollar 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. Berguson and second of Mrs. Jaquish 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. Erway 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 Mrs. Schwab and second of Mr. Osborne 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. Berguson and second of Mr. Osborne 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 Mrs. Landis the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Food Service Report as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

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

 

Resignation of Linda Nybeck, .5 paraprofessional, North Penn Jr. Sr. High school, effective February 27, 2009.

Retirement of Rita Bower, art teacher, North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, effective on June 5, 2009 or last day of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Diana Frazier, 3rd grade teacher, Liberty Elementary School, effective at end of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Gregory Jones, librarian, Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective at end of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Sara Jane Knipe, librarian, Blossburg and Liberty Elementary Schools, effective at end of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Barry Lauver, science and health teacher, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, effective at end of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Mary Pollock, second grade teacher, Liberty Elementary School, effective at the conclusion of 2008-2009 school year.

Retirement of Wendy Simmons, executive assistant, effective September 10, 2009 or earlier pending passage of House Bill 30 or other relevant legislation offering an early retirement incentive.

Resignation of Melissa Couch, dishwasher and substitute custodian, Liberty Elementary School, effective March 4, 2009.

Resignation of Terri-Ann Scott-Knecht, boy’s varsity tennis coach, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, effective March 9, 2009.

 

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

 

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

 

Mr. Kalata reported for the administration and discussed the “Common Cents” report.

 

Mr. Rakoski presented an overview of the Projected Budget for 2009-10, which showed no tax increase, as requested by the Board at the February meeting.    

 

 The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

Employ Heather Musingo, as pre-arranged short-term substitute enrichment coach, at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School and Warren L. Miller Elementary Schools, retroactively to January 12, 2009.  Ms. Musingo will be employed at a daily rate of $120.00 as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

Employ Glenna Powell, as pre-arranged short-term substitute special education teacher at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to February 11, 2009.  Mrs. Powell will be employed at a daily rate of $120.00 as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

Employ Amanda Tyler, as pre-arranged short-term substitute English teacher at North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, retroactively to March 6, 2009.  Mrs. Tyler will be employed at a daily rate of $120.00 as defined by the Conditions of Employment for Substitute Professional Employees.

 

Amy Mahonski, computer paraprofessional, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, uncompensated leave, as per Board Policy #539, from May 18 through May 29, 2009.

 

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

Julie Wilson, secretary, retroactively to February 16, 2009

Robin Stetter, English/Communications teacher and librarian, retroactively to February 26, 2009

Lauren Owlett, secretary, retroactively to February 13, 2009

 

On motion of Mr. Berguson 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:

 

To retitle the Director of Business Affairs position to Business Manager and revisions to the job description. (EXHIBIT)

 

To revise the Director of Human Resources job description. (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mr. Erway and second of Mrs. Schwab the Board voted 8-0, to approve the above recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

To enter into supplemental contracts with the following individuals for the 2008/09 school year:

Les Guilliaume, jr. high wresting coach, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, for $1,549.00.

Jason Hunsberger, asst. jr. high boys basketball coach, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, for $1,138.00.

 

Individuals as volunteers for the 2008/09 school year:

Jessica Darrow, softball, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School

Nancy Dart, family & consumer sciences, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High school, and district youth apprenticeship program

Michael Harris, basketball, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School

Bernie Makos, tennis, Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School

Jeffrey McFall, wrestling, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School

Michael Fritz, Softball, Liberty Jr. Sr. High School

 

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 Blast IU #17 General Operations Budget for 2009/2010.  On motion of Mrs. Jaquish and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8 to 0, by roll call, to approve the recommendation.

 

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

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

#201     Admission of Students

#202     Eligibility of Nonresident Students

#203     Communicable Diseases and Immunization

#204     Attendance

#205     Postgraduate Students

#206     Assignment Within District

#207     Confidential Communications of Students

#208     Withdrawal from School

#209     Health Examinations/Screenings

#210     Use of Medications

#201.1 Possession/Use of Asthma Inhalers

#211     Student Accident Insurance

 

First Reading of revisions to Board Policy #105.1 – Parent Involvement in Title I Reading.

 

To renew an agreement with Mansfield University for a Dual Enrollment Program from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

 

 On motion of Mrs. Schwab and second of Mr. Berguson the Board voted 8 to 0, to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

To add John Spencer, Jr. to the list of approved bus drivers for Wilson Transport, Inc.

 

Winter Game Attendants as follows:

Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, for $2,240.00

Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School, for $3,640.00

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, for $2,485.00

 

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

 

The Administration recommended Board approval of the following:

 

To enter into a supplemental contract with Tracy Gregory as boys tennis coach at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School for the 2008/09 school year in the amount of $2,330, pending receipt of current clearances.

 

To add Terri-Ann Scott-Knecht and Barry Mase as volunteers for tennis at Liberty Jr. Sr. High School for 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 approval of the following items for 2009/2010.

 

To eliminate 4.5 paraprofessional positions

To eliminate 3 paraprofessional for a student with special needs positions

Non-renewal of the STAR Program Contract

Non-renewal of the Tioga County Probation Program Contract

To eliminate the literacy coach position

To eliminate 1 classified staff position

To reduce number of curriculum conferences

To impose a 1 year moratorium on field trips as required by Board Policy #121

To eliminate the secretary to the guidance counselor position at Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School

To eliminate the substitute caller position at the Boyanowski Administration Building

To eliminate the school year student custodian positions

To discontinue the Middle States Certification Program

To eliminate 1 elementary teacher position at Liberty Elementary School:

 

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

 

Board President Barbara Shull made the following announcements:

 

Next Board Meeting (s)

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

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium, Blossburg

 

Monday, May 11, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium, Blossburg

 

Board Work Session(s)

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

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

Monday, May 4, 2009, at 6:30 P.M.

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library, Blossburg

 

Executive Sessions(s)

Negotiations

Wednesday, March 11 2009, at 4:30 P.M.          

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library

RE:  Labor

  

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 4:30 P.M.

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library

RE:  Labor

 

Monday, April 13, 2009, at 4:30 P.M.

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library

RE:  Labor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 4:30 P.M.

North Penn Jr. Sr. High School Library

RE:  Labor

                           

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

 

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

 

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James J. Rakoski, Board Secretary