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October 7, 2013 Lower Dauphin School Board Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes

October 7, 2013 Lower Dauphin School Board Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes

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October 7, 2013 Lower Dauphin School Board Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes
October 7, 2013 Lower Dauphin School Board Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes

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LOWER DAUPHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes October 7, 2013 I. CALL TO ORDER:
The Lower Dauphin School Board met this evening at 7:00 p.m. for a Regular Meeting/ Work Session at the District Administration Center with President Todd M. Kreiser  presiding.
II. OPENING CEREMONY
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. ROLL CALL
Responding to Roll Call were Board Members, Mr. Todd M. Kreiser, Mrs. Dana A. Barry, Ms. Rebecca D. Kline, Mrs. Marcela D. Myers, Mr. Jeffrey A. Neely, Mr. Keith E. Oellig, Mrs. Renae M. Paladino, and Mrs. Laurie N. Reichert, Mr. Eric Samples, as well as Dr. Sherri L. Smith, Superintendent. Staff members present included Dr. Robert Schultz, Assistant Superintendent; Mrs. Michelle Shuler, Business Manager; Mrs. Angela Hepner, Director of Human Resources; Mr. Andrew McCrea, Director of Pupil Services; Mr. James Hazen, Community Relations Coordinator; Mrs. Melanie Shaver-Durham, Director of Elementary Education; Mr. David Marshall, Supervisor of Operations & Maintenance; Dr. Kevin White, Director of Information & Technology Services; and Mr. Todd Neuhard, High School Principal. Also in attendance were press representatives from The Patriot, The Press and Journal, and The Sun.
IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
It should be noted that public notice was given for this meeting in accordance with Act 84 of 1986.
The agenda was submitted for the Board’s approval.
Dr. Smith stated a few additional names were added under employments late Friday.
Motion:
Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Myers moved to approve the agenda as indicated.
Vote:
All nine (9) members approved the motion.
 
10/7/13 Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes Page 2 of 8
V.
 
RECOGNITION OF GUESTS AND SCHEDULED SPEAKERS A.
Dr. Smith introduced Mr. Brad Remig, from Public Financial Management, who reviewed the RFP results from banks for the bond refinancing. He stated the  proposals came back better than expected. A breakdown of the the two most attractive of the eight proposals with the different terms and conditions as well as a typical bond was provided for each board member. After a review of the terms
of the proposals, it was the board’s co
nsensus to move forward with Option 1, Fixed/Variable proposal from Jonestown Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Remig will return at the next meeting with more specific numbers and look for final approval.
VI.
 
REPORTS
After being asked by Dr. Smith, Mr. Oellig shared that he got married August 17. Dr. Smith invited everyone to share in the cake she provided in celebration.
A.
 
COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR
Mr. Hazen reported:
 
 
This is Fire Prevention Week. The volunteer fire companies will be visiting the elementary schools.
 
We will also have a visiting educator turned poet, Kaly Dakos in the elementary schools.
 
Massed Band practice with a performance on October 18 at the football game.
 
 
The orchestra will be touring the elementary buildings on October 15 and 18.
 
There is a choral concert on October 24; Homecoming on October 25; and the homecoming dance on October 26. Several alumni are being honored at halftime, and a 5
th
 quarter celebration after the game will be held in the high school cafeteria.
 
The 50
th
 anniversary celebration of Lower Dauphin Field Hockey is taking  place October 12 with an alumni game around 2:00 and a celebration afterwards at the fire hall.
B. CURRICULUM
Mrs. Shaver-Durham reported: The intervention programs are up and running in all five elementary schools. They have been working as team to  plan the parent involvement events for the year. It was decided to change the format a bit this year. They have opened the parent event up to all parents of children of reading center students. They will be at tables with refreshments in hopes of people being willing to give more input and will be able to share in a more informal and relaxed setting. The Title I Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on November 6, 2013 at Nye Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
C. SUPERINTENDENT
Dr. Smith reported:
 
Over $2,000,000 was put back last year to complete the middle school and high school roof projects. Mr. Marshall explained the plan and timeline to replace both roofs next summer. The Keystone Purchasing Network will be
 
10/7/13 Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes Page 3 of 8 used which is a pre-bid program where KPN will develop the specs, hire the contractor (with three quotes), and the option of one company doing both roofs and different companies doing each. Field work will begin immediately to develop the specs by the end of November, walk through in December, receive quotes in January, recommend contractor(s) by the end of February, award contracts in March, kick off in June, with completion by the end of August.
 
We have all the approvals for the repairs to the high school detention basin. Handwerk hopes to start October 9, if the weather is cooperative.
 
Mr. Marshall had our maintenance crew clean out the silt at the detention pond  by the turf fields.
 
The flooring company will be making final repairs on the Conewago floor on October 22 and 23, 2013. This should bring the end to several projects.
 
Dr. Schultz will be presenting the new School Performance Profile information at the October 21, 2013 board meeting. She had asked the  principals to attend that meeting instead of tonight. The high school data is not out yet, but is expected in January 2014. Some of the student information was missing and the state pulled it until it can be corrected.
 
PSBA dinner is on October 17, 2013 where we will celebrate a year of PSBA Presidency of Marcela Myers. If you have not secured a ticket and wish to attend, see Sharon.
 
We are putting together a district technology committee to look at our district vision for technology and its impact to instructional practices for our district and come up with a new three year plan. Mrs. Myers has served on that committee in the past. Eric Samples has agreed to serve this committee.
 
Our students will be joining us at the next meeting. We will be swearing in our new junior student member. Mrs. Myers commented that she has the opportunity the last couple of months to obse
rve Mr. Marshall’s attention to detail in the building and grounds and thanked
him for his work.
VII. ITEMS FOR BOARD ACTION
By notice of the President, the following action items suggest a roll call vote. You will be recorded as voting in the a
ffirmative for the motion unless you say “nay” or “I abstain”.
Board Members are further advised that they must publicly announce and disclose the nature of any conflict of interest before the vote on the matter is taken and file the appropriate form with the Secretary of the Board.

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