Bethlehem-Center School District

194 Crawford Road, Fredericktown, PA  15333

Regular Board Meeting

October 26, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

                The meeting was called to order at 7:14 p.m. by President Sandra Yohe with a moment of silent meditation and the pledge to the flag.

 

A roll call was taken, members present were:  Mrs. Mazeppa, Mr. Mazeppa, Mrs. Duvall, Mr. Ewing,   Mr. Smith, Mrs. Yohe, Mrs. Caputo, Mrs. Drill, and Mr. Katruska.  Others present were:  Dr. Downie, Mr. Nepa, Mrs. Bogol, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Pawlikowski, Mrs. Rieger, Mr. Henderson and Mr. Lucas.

 

Mrs. Yohe announced that on October 19, 2009 there was an executive session for personnel issues.  There was another executive session on October 19, 2009 for personnel and student discipline issues.

 

Mr. Henderson, Mrs. Rieger, Mr. Pawlikowski, and Mr. Nelson each gave their administrative reports.

 

Amanda Seader, the High School Student Representative and McKenna Lohr, the Middle School Representative, each gave their reports.

 

                Dr.  Downie presented the Students of the Month for September:  High School – Leann Gilpin and Cameron Matesich; Middle School – Anna Bartman and Del Celaschi; and Elementary – Shannon Orsky and Brandon Hensley.  She also presented Mr. Katruska with an 8-year Certificate of Appreciation Award from the Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Dr. Downie then gave the rest of her administrative report.

 

                Mr. Ed Petsko spoke regarding the Fredericktown Library.  Mrs. Carol Breitweiser and Mr. John Lazosky were with him also.

 

Citizen’s Comments:  Dana Paci spoke regarding adding another kindergarten class and asked that the Board vote to hire the teacher tonight; Linda Seader spoke regarding the announcement of the PSSA rank (i.e., proficient, advanced, etc.) during graduation; and Debbie Sans spoke regarding the kindergarten class and thanked the school board for adding an additional light at the Middle School.

 

It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mr. Katruska that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors adopt the printed agenda, excluding E, F, G from Personnel; C from Athletics and the rest of the agenda adapted during the planning meeting, and related materials for this meeting to be incorporated in the formal minutes of the school district.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Smith with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the printed minutes of the August 24, 2009 regular board meeting.  Eight ayes with Mr. Katruska abstaining; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the printed minutes of the September 28, 2009 continuation of the August 24, 2009 meeting.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the printed minutes of the September 28, 2009 regular board meeting.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the printed minutes of the October 12, 2009 continuation of the September 28, 2009 board meeting. Six ayes with Mr. Smith, Mrs. Duvall and Mrs. Caputo abstaining; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Smith with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the printed minutes of the October 22, 2009 continuation of the October 12, 2009 board meeting.  Five ayes with Mr. Katruska, Mrs. Duvall, Mrs. Drill and Mrs. Caputo abstaining; motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors grant approval for the following field experience students through California University for the fall semester of the 2009-2010 school year at the middle school:

 

Ø  Sean Carnahan with Heath Vavrek

Ø  Micah Patragas with Denise Fundy

Ø  Jennifer Weightman with Steven Beyer

Ø  Caitlin Morgan with David Colditz

Ø  Holly Montgomery with Ed Woods

Ø  Stacy McGivern with Selina Yarosh

Approval effective upon submission of clearances.

 

Eight ayes with Mr. Ewing voting no; motion carried.

 

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the following field experience students through California University for the fall semester of the 2009-2010 school year at the high school as follows:

 

Ø  Erin Fleming with Ray VanSickle

Ø  Joshua Minyon with Frank Morgan

Ø  Caitlin Morgan with Jamie Gammon

Ø  Eric Beitel with James Maloy

Ø  Stacy McGivern with James Maloy

Ø  Devin Cunningham with Nakoma Manfredi

Ø  Christopher Poss with David Molinaro-Thompson

Ø  Renee Gmiter with George Rice

Ø  John Kirk with Vincent Genovese

Approval effective upon submission of clearances.

 

Eight ayes with Mr. Ewing voting no; motion carried.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the following student teaching experiences through California University of Pennsylvania for the Spring 2010 term:

 

Ø  Constance Moussean with Jamie Smith and Andy Meyers

Ø  Valerie Phipps with Bobbie Gale Braddock and Erin Beyer

Ø  Stacy Rizza with Allen Furgiuele and Brenda Ford

Ø  Cassie Weinier with Donna Anderson and Beth Meyers.

Approval effective upon submission of clearances.

 

Eight ayes with Mr. Ewing voting no; motion carried.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School

Directors approve the referral agreement with SPHS Behavior Health for a period of two years from the date of signing.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mrs. Caputo that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the entering into an Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Agreement with Phase 4 Learning Center.  This agreement is for the 2009-2010 school year at a cost of $6,000 per student.  The price will be pro-rated if the student does not attend the complete school year.  A roll call vote was taken with six ayes and Mr. Katruska, Mrs. Duvall and Mrs. Drill voting no; motion carried.

 

               

PERSONNEL

 

                It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mr. Katruska that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the transfer of Marlena Bobish to the Kindergarten teaching position for which she bid effective November 9, 2009.  A roll call vote was taken; all ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mr. Katruska that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the transfer of Dr. Donna Talerico to the Reading Specialist teaching position for which she bid effective November 9, 2009.  A roll call vote was taken; all ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mr. Katruska that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the appointment of Lynn Painter as a temporary professional employee/Reading Specialist teacher at Step 3 of the Bachelor’s Scale effective November 9, 2009 according to the terms and conditions of the BCTA contract contingent upon meeting the requirements of Policy 451.1 and receipt of clearances.  A roll call vote was taken; all ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Ewing with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve Julie Gillogly as the mentor teacher for Lynn Painter at a stipend of $300.00.  Eight ayes with Mr. Katruska voting no; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the appointment of Dennis Stockey as a temporary professional employee/Art teacher at Step 1 of the Bachelor’s scale effective November 3, 2009 according to the terms and conditions of the BCTA contract contingent upon meeting the requirements of Policy 451.1.  A roll call vote was taken with Mrs. Caputo and Mrs. Duvall voting no; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve Tawnya Monahan Gillis as the mentor teacher for Dennis Stockey at a stipend of $300.00.  Eight ayes with Mrs. Duvall voting no; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the additions to the professional substitute list.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the additions to the classified substitute list.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mrs. Mazeppa that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the family medical leave request of Sonya Sakel effective October 9, 2009 to November 5, 2009 with the right to return early with the appropriate doctor’s release.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

It was moved by Mrs. Mazeppa with a second by Mrs. Caputo that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve payment to Dr. Karen S. Downie for 15 unused vacation days at her per diem rate.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

 

ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mrs. Caputo that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors accept the resignation of Bill Swarrow as the Assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Smith with a second by Mrs. Mazeppa that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the appointment of James Wilkins as an Assistant Middle School Wrestling Coach for the 2009-2010 season at Step 2 ($1,900) of the Athletic Salary scale.  Seven ayes with Mr. Katruska and Mrs. Caputo voting no; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors accept the resignation of Steve Luko as the Assistant Middle School Boys’ Basketball Coach.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the appointment of Barry Niemiec as the Assistant Middle School Boys’ Basketball Coach at Step 5 ($2,400) of the Athletic Salary Scale for the 2009-2010 season.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mrs. Caputo with a second by Mr. Katruska that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors accept the resignation of James Wilkins as the High School Head Girls’ Softball Coach effective immediately.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the appointment of Frank Morgan as the High School Head Girls’ Softball Coach at Step 2 ($3,300) of the Athletic Salary Scale for the 2009-2010 season.  All ayes; motion carried.

               

 

BUDGET AND FINANCE

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the PSERS Premium Assistance Plan Approval Policy for Bethlehem-Center School District retirees.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

SOLICITOR AND LEGAL

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Smith that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the expulsion of Student “A” from the Bethlehem-Center Middle School effective immediately and this exclusion will be in effect until the end of the third 9 weeks, tentatively scheduled to be March 25, 2010.  Effective October 26, 2009, Student “A” shall attend the alternative school at IU #1 Colonial campus and shall receive all credit for courses and/or course work which Student “A” completes while there.  Effective immediately, Student “A” is placed on two years social probation from October 9, 2009 to October 8, 2011.  Effective immediately, Student “A” shall attend and receive a drug and alcohol evaluation and shall cooperate with the District’s student assistance program and shall follow all recommendations from the evaluation and from the SAP team.  Student “A” understands and is aware that the District will cooperate with all local authorities in the filing of appropriate charges with either the juvenile court and/or the local magisterial district judge.  Prior to any return to the Bethlehem-Center School District, Student “A” must demonstrate through verified drug testing performed by a laboratory approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, paid for by Student “A’s” parent or a source other than the Bethlehem-Center School District, that Student “A” is drug free, except for medications properly prescribed by a physician.  Student “A” and Student “A’s” mother understand and agree that the School Board will review this Stipulated Adjudication and may accept, reject, and or revise the terms and conditions of this Adjudication.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the Treasurer’s Report as read.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors approve the payment of bills. Total bills $2,198, 513.89 and total cafeteria bills $36,498.41.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

               

 

                Mrs. Yohe announced future meetings:

 

                                Committee Meeting – Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

                                Planning Meeting – Monday, November 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

                                Regular Board Meeting – Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

                It was moved by Mr. Katruska with a second by Mr. Ewing that the Bethlehem-Center Board of School Directors adjourn the meeting.  Time being 8:42 p.m.  All ayes; motion carried.

 

               

 

 

 

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