November 9

MINUTES:  BOARD OF EDUCATION–November 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, Stuart Crossen, Dan Berguson, Frank Kollar, Terry Osborne, and Susan Jaquish

 

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

 

The Minutes of the meetings held on October 12, 2009 were read by the Board. On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Crossen 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 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. Osbourne and second of Mr. Kollar 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. Berguson and second of Mr. Erway the Board voted 8 to 0 to approve the Food Service Report as presented.  (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mrs. Landis and second of Mr. Crossen the board voted 8 to 0 to accept the following:

 

Resignation of Emily Parana, Autistic Support Teacher at Warren L. Miller Elementary School, effective November 10, 2009.

Resignation of James Rakoski, as Board Secretary, effective December 7, 2009.

Resignation of Daniel Frank, Junior Varsity Softball coach at Mansfield High School.

Resignation of Sam Rotella, Junior High  Basketball coach for Mansfield High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8-0 to approve the Building Use Permits as presented. (EXHIBIT)

 

On motion of Mr. Crossen 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, informing the Board that the percentage of student absenteeism has declined to single digits since his last report.

 

Citizen Recognition:

 

Clara Holley, Covington, again asked the Board to consider providing free summer school programs to district students and commented on the role of an architect.

 

John Backman, Blossburg, asked that the resolution from Borough Council be admitted formally into the minutes, which the board acknowledged.

 

Loni Frost, Covington, voiced concern for possible consolidation.

 

Jill Nickerson, Blossburg, submitted correspondence in support of retaining the high school in Blossburg.

 

Francis Craig, Richmond Township, commented on debt limits.

 

Gretchen Lawrence, Mansfield, voiced concern for the K-8 concept.

 

John Eckman, Blossburg, had an inquiry about an apartment which he interpreted as meaning student population growth.

 

James Warren, Blossburg, questioned why Blossburg Schools have not received updates.  Mr. Rakoski reminded Mr. Warren that the Blossburg Schools have received updates on two separate projects.

 

Janice House, Blossburg, requested that necessary updates be completed in lieu of closing.

 

Jim Kreger, Morris, reminded the Board of the level of community support for the schools.

 

Shane Nickerson, Blossburg, suggested that an architect may not be needed, particularly for roof replacement.

 

Dave Kurjewski, Covington, commented on the level of lighting at Warren L. Miller Elementary School.

 

Josh Jones, Blossburg, suggested making incremental repairs now and revisiting the question in five years.

 

Several residents who had already spoken again suggested updating current facilities and using volunteers and local fund raising to cover the costs.

 

Gerald Wilson, Mansfield, spoke favorably of his transition from Covington High School to North Penn High School.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following:

 

Employment of Francis Novak as Math Tutor at North Penn High School for the remainder of the 2009/2010 school year at a daily rate of $100 as defined by and paid through the 2009/2010 EAP Grant funds.

 

Revision of the following job descriptions:

 

Multi-Support Secretary, Warren L. Miller Elementary School.

Secondary Librarian.

 

Addition of the following persons to the 2009/2010 Substitute Employees List:

       Gina Dake, Cafeteria Employee, retroactively to October 9, 2009.

        Renee Allen, Paraprofessional, retroactively to October 27, 2009.

        Eric Cook, Emergency Certified Teacher, effective November 2, 2009.

 

Extending the employment of Paula George, as substitute Head Cook, Blossburg Schools, retroactively to October 3, 2009, through January 11, 2010.  Ms. George will be paid her regular hourly rate plus $1.50/hour.

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mrs. Landis the Board voted 8-0 to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following:

 

Elimination of the position of Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction effective June 30, 2010.

 

Revision of the Director of Technology position, currently held by Dr. Brenda Freeman, as per the exhibited job description and retitling the position as Director of Curriculum and Technology.  This position will have an annual base salary of $80,000, effective January 4, 2010.

 

 

Addition of the new position of District Technology Technician, effective January 4, 2010.

 

Reduction of the current 12 –month Paraprofessional for Computer Support position to a Paraprofessional for Computer Support position effective January 4, 2010.

 

 

Revision of the District Network Technician job, effective January 4, 2010.

 

On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mr. Erway the Board voted 7-0- to approve the recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following student activity items for the 2009/2010 school year:

 

Volunteers:

Daniel Frank, Softball, Mansfield High School

James Bogaczyk, Basketball, North Penn High School

Kevin Hill, Basketball, North Penn High School

Todd Berguson, Basketball, North Penn High School

Tom McNamara, Basketball, North Penn High School

 

Jessica McKee, Co-Odyssey of the Mind Advisor, Warren L. Miller Elem.       $  471.50

Lauren Novak, Co-Odyssey of the Mind Advisor, Warren L. Miller Elem.        $ 471.50

Laura Thomas, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, North Penn High School   $3,030.00

Robert Minnich, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Mansfield High School               $3,030.00

Derrick Godin, Co-Jr. High Wrestling Coach, Mansfield High School              $ 774.50

Drew Simcox, Co-Jr. High Wrestling Coach, Mansfield High School                  $ 774.50

Kevin Hill, Asst. Jr. High Boys Basketball Coach, North Penn High School    $1,138.00

Mike Hill, Co-Freshman Class Advisor, Liberty High School                               $471.00

Gayle Hill, Co-Freshman Class Advisor, Liberty High School                              $471.00

 

On motion of Mrs. Jaquish and second of Mr. Crossen, the Board voted 8-0 to approve the recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following:

 

Fall Game Attendants for Mansfield High School in the amount of $2,740.

Fall Game Attendants for North Penn High School in the amount of $4,980.

 

On motion of Mr. Crossen and second of Mr. Osborne the Board voted 8-0 to approve the recommendations.

 

The Administration recommended approval of the following:

 

Transferring of $155,578.08 from the Warren L. Miller Fire Fund to the Capital Reserve to close out the fire fund account.

 

A Resolution with BLaST I.U.#17 to allow an increase in quotation and bidding thresholds in the amount of $6,100 and $15,200, respectively.

 

Accepting IDEIA-Part B ARRA funds in the amount of #398,972.

 

Entering into a Property Lease Agreement with William Faughnan for an initial term beginning November 10, 2009, through November 9, 2010, and direct the appropriate officers to sign the property lease upon review and approval of Solicitor Lantz.

 

Allowing the Administration to utilize the services of United American Investments as a brokerage service for the purchase of certificates of deposit.

 

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

 

The Administration recommended approval to update the district’s U.S. History and World History textbooks.

 

On motion of Mr. Osborne and second of Mr. Crossen the Board voted 7-0-1, with Mr. Erway aabstaining, to approve the recommendation.

 

The Administration recommended approval to add Laura Perry, Business Manager, as an authorized signer on all District accounts, effective November 10, 2009.  Action shall also include removal of James J. Rakoski as an authorized signer on all accounts effective December 24, 2009.

 

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

 

The Administration recommended designating Laura Perry, Business Manager, to replace James J. Rakoski, Director of Business Affairs, as Deputy Tax Collector for Sullivan Township (Tioga County) and Tax Collector of Jackson Township (Lycoming County) effective December 1, 2009, to collect school taxes for tax year 2009.

 

On motion of Mr. Crossen and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8-0 to approve the recommendation.

 

Board President Barbara Shull made the following announcements:

 

                Next Board Meeting(s)

                Monday, December 7, 2009, 6:30 P.M.

                Mansfield High School Library

 

              Executive Sessions(s)

             Monday, November 16, 2009, at 6:00 PM

             Warren L. Miller Elementary School Library

             RE:  Employee

 

          Committee Meeting(s)

             

On motion of Mr. Berguson and second of Mr. Kollar the Board voted 8-0 to adjourn the meeting.

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

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James J. Rakoski, Board Secretary