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August 12, 2013 Steelton-Highspire School District School Board Planning Meeting Minutes

August 12, 2013 Steelton-Highspire School District School Board Planning Meeting Minutes

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August 12, 2013 Steelton-Highspire School District School Board Planning Meeting Minutes
August 12, 2013 Steelton-Highspire School District School Board Planning Meeting Minutes

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 August 12, 2013 Steelton, PA The Steelton-Highspire School Board met on the above date for the purpose of planning and developing the agenda for the regular meeting of August 22, 2013 with the following members present: President, Ms. Mary Carricato; Vice President, Ms. Rachel Slade; Mr. Barry L. Baumgardner; Mr. Joseph Conjar; Mrs. Natalie Grubb; Ms. Sarah F. Metallo; Mr. John Salov; Mr. Robert Spizzirri and Mrs. Rosemary Tonkin. Also present were Dr. Ellen Castagneto, Superintendent; Dr. Wendy Reisinger, Assistant to the Superintendent; Mrs. Susan Helms, Director of Accounting/ Assistant School Board Secretary; Mr. Vincent Champion, Esq., School Solicitor; Mr. Travis Waters, High School Principal; Attached is a copy of a list of names of the members of the public who were present. Ms. Carricato called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
The meeting opened with the “Pl
edge o
f Allegiance to the Flag”
.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Ms. Carricato announced there we
re two Executive Sessions held prior to tonight’s
meeting. One on August 1
st
 to discuss personnel, and tonight to discuss legal matters as well as personnel.
PRESENTATION
Dr. Castagneto introduced and welcomed Ms. Iris Brown, a program coordinator at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School. She has been with the district for 35 years. Ms. Brown introduced the students who are members of
the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Club.
The students are in grade 9-12 and meet in the High School Library. This group of students not only competed, but came in 1
st
 place in the nation in the MBA Association, Inc. 12
th
 Annual Leaders of Tomorrow Business Case Competition held at Bentley University in Boston, MA. The Greater Harrisburg Chapter of National Black MBA Association, which comprise of the following 5 members are: 2013 Central Dauphin East graduate Justice Porter; Steelton-Highspire High School Students Malika Brown, Justice Pendleton, Antiyana Hall, and 2013 Steel-High graduate Rushard Dennis. These five students competed against 20 teams from across the US and Canada, scoring a $15,000.00 cash prize. The money will be split between the team members and is intended for college and other education purposes.
PUBLIC COMMENT (Action Items)
There was no public comment.
 
 August 12, 2013 Page 2
ACTION ITEMS PERSONNEL REPORT RESIGNATIONS
Mr. Conjar made a motion to approve the following resignations. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. All members voted aye on roll call. (9 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 0 absent) Joseph Cirulli Jr., Secondary Math Teacher 6/28/13 Sherry Roland-Washington, Asst. to the Superintendent 6/30/13 Kim Haney, Secondary Chemistry Teacher 7/01/13 Lisa Jimenez, Secondary ESL Teacher 7/10/13 Laura Cleveland, Elementary Teacher 7/26/13 Chad Cleckner, Facilities Worker 7/29/13 Sue Hill, Administrative Asst. to the Superintendent 8/02/13 Susan Spaseff RN, CSN, Elementary Nurse 8/07/13 Sam Petrovich, Athletic Director 8/10/13 DeLisa Woodard, Elementary Teacher 8/15/13 Erika Mrakovich, Elementary Teacher 8/16/13 Jennifer Ely (Cooper), Elementary Teacher 8/21/13
FMLA REQUESTS
Ms. Slade made a motion to approve a Childrearing FMLA Leave Extension request for Kim Coble, Elementary Teacher. Ms. Coble plans to return on October 15, 2013. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. All members voted aye on roll call. (9 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 0 absent)
APPOINTMENTS
Ms. Slade made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Lisa Crum as Elementary School Principal for the 2013-
14 school year. Ms. Crum’s salary will be $79,000.00
 prorated upon her release from her current school district. Second by Mr. Salov. All members voted aye on roll call. (9 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 0 absent)
 
 August 12, 2013 Page 3 Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Rachel Gonzalez-Montiel as the Elementary Assistant Principal for the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Gonzalez-
Montiel’s salary will be $65,000.00, pro
-rated upon her release from her current school district. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on her. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent) Ms. Slade made a motion to approve the appointment of Mr. Mark Risser as an Elementary Teacher effective August 12, 2013. Mr. Risser will be placed on Step 6-B at a salary of $44,493.00. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on him. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent) Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the appointment of Mr. Luke Gawron as an Elementary Art Teacher effective August 12, 2013. Mr. Gawron will be placed on Step 1-B, at a salary of $38,670.00. Second by Mr. Conjar. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on him. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent) Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Nicole Koller as a High School Chemistry Teacher effective August 12, 2013. Ms. Koller will be placed on Step 5-B+15, at a salary of $46,684.00. Second by Ms. Slade. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on her. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent) Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Kara Schwenk as a MS Math Teacher effective August 12, 2013. Ms. Schwenk will be placed on Step 1-B, at a salary of $38,670.00. Second by Ms. Slade. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on her. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent) The recommendation to appoint Ms. Cynthia Tyler as the Elementary Sub Caller was tabled. Dr. Castagneto stated that the reason was to look at the present status of the new hires and the organizational status that will be discussed in an Executive Session. Ms. Slade stated she does not understand why it is being tabled; it is not a new position. Ms. Carricato stated it was to be incorporated into a salary; it was not to be a stipend. Mr. Conjar made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Debora K. Kagarise as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at a prorated salary of $37,200.00. Ms.
Kagarise’s start date will be August 22, 2
013. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. Eight members voted aye on roll call. Mr. Baumgardner abstained stating he did not have enough information about this individual to vote on her. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 0 absent)

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