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purpose of planning and developing the agenda for the regular meeting of November 21, 2013 with the following members present: President, Ms. Mary Carricato; Vice President, Ms. Rachel Slade; Mr. Barry L. Baumgardner; Mrs. Natalie Grubb; Ms. Sarah F. Metallo; Mr. John Salov; Mr. Robert Spizzirri and Mrs. Rosemary Tonkin. Mr. Joseph Conjar was absent. 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; Ms. Lisa Crum, Elementary Principal; and Mrs. Annie M. Long, Board Secretary. 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 7:50 P.M. The meeting opened with the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag”. Ms. Carricato announced that there was an Executive Session held prior to tonight’s meeting to discuss personnel. Dr. Castagneto introduced the new Elementary School Principal, Ms. Lisa Crum and the new Assistant Elementary Principal, Ms. Rachel Monteil.
PUBLIC COMMENT (Action Items) There was no public comment.
COMMUNITY BULLYING PREVENTION COALITION GRANT Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve a Community Bullying Prevention Coalition Grant in the amount of $3,000.00 for the 2013-2014 school year. This grant was made possible by the Highmark Foundation and will allow us to develop a family-schoolcommunity partnership coalition leadership team, logic model and action plan to prevent and address bullying. Second by Ms. Grubb. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent)
November 11, 2013 Page 2 PERSONNEL REPORT ATHLETIC APPOINTMENTS Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the following Boys Basketball Coaches and their salaries for the 2013-14 season. Second by Ms. Grubb. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent) Name Position Salary Tramayne Hawthorne Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Step 2, $4,010.00 Tristan Crawford Boys JV Basketball Coach Step 2, $1,157.50* JD McFall Boys Varsity Asst. Basketball Coach Step 2, $1,157.50* Rashaan Robinson Boys Freshman Basketball Coach Step 1, $1,744.00** Andrew Erby Boys Junior High Varsity Basketball Coach Step 3, $1,830.00 Tigh Savercool Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Volunteer Nadine Bosnyak Scorebook Keeper Var. & JV Boys B-Ball $27/Day Shell Johnson Scorebook Keeper, Junior High Boys B-Ball $27/Day *Please note that these salaries are that of the Step 2, Varsity Assistant and JV Coach salaries divided between these coaches. ** Pending the receipt of his clearances.
Mrs. Grubb made a motion to approve the following Girls Basketball Coaches and their salaries for the 2013-14 season. Second by Mr. Salov. Seven members voted aye on roll call. Ms. Slade abstained. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention, 1 absent) Name Position Salary Jeffrey Chisholm Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Step 5, $4,940.00 Malik Defreitas Girls Varsity Asst. Basketball Coach Step 3, $2,480.00 Rachel Slade Girls Varsity Asst. Basketball Coach Volunteer Sean Spencer Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Step 1, $1,744.00 Jerrica Proctor Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Coach Volunteer Joe Barbush Girls Junior High Varsity Basketball Coach Step 7, $2,390.00 Monet Cunningham**Girls Junior High JV Basketball Coach Volunteer **Upon receipt of Clearances Bob Hume Scorebook Keeper Varsity & JV Girls B-Ball $27/Day Monet Cunningham Scorebook Keeper, Junior High Girls B-Ball $27/Day Cynthia Tyler Volunteer Stats Keeper (Backup Varsity Score Keeper) $27/Day
November 11, 2013 Page 3 (Athletic Appointments Cont.) Ms. Slade made a motion to approve the appointment of Mr. Lance Chisholm as a Volunteer Assistant Football Coach for the 13-14 Season. Mr. Chisholm’s clearances are current and on file in the District office. Second by Mr. Spizzirri. Mrs. Tonkin questioned why we are appointing someone when the football season is almost over. Ms. Slade stated that we are in the important part of the season, playoffs. It is up to the head football coach to add who he wants to his team of coaches. Five members voted aye, Mrs. Tonkin, Mrs. Grubb and Ms. Carricato all voted no. (5 ayes, 3 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent)
APPOINTMENT OF SECONDARY MATH INTERVENTION SPECIALIST Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the appointment of Ms. Tiffany Henry as a Secondary Math Intervention Specialist, effective January 2, 2014. Ms. Henry will be placed on Step 11 B+15, at a salary of $56,564.00 prorated. Second by Mrs. Grubb. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent) Mr. Spizzirri stated that we seem to be hiring a lot of teachers and specialists, and we have been in a budget crunch for the last couple of years, do we have the money in the budget to hire all these people? Dr. Castagneto stated that this position was in the budget, it has just taken us this long to fill the position, and it is paid for out of Title I Funds.
APPOINTMENT OF SECONDARY READING TUTOR Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the continued employment of Mr. Marc Cobb as a Secondary Reading Tutor. Mr. Cobb will be paid $34 per hour for a maximum of six hours per day for 187 days. This position is funded through the Title I Grant. Second by Mrs. Grubb. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent) Mr. Salov stated that we have been hiring a lot of teachers at higher salaries. He hopes that we will be seeing our scores go up.
November 11, 2013 Page 4 (Personnel Report Cont.) CREATION OF POSITION Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to create a Long Term Special Education Substitute for the elementary school and high school. Salary range is commensurate with the board approved job description. This position will fill the open position at both the elementary school and the high school for teachers out on FMLA. Second by Ms. Slade. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent)
STUDENT ACTIVITIES REPORT
FUNDRAISERS Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the following fundraiser. Second by Mrs. Grubb. All members present voted aye. Club/Group 3rd Grade Date mid Nov. Type of Funding Smencil fundraiser
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT CONFERENCE REQUESTS Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the following conference request. Second by Mrs. Grubb. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent) Name Kenna L. Ryder Erica Leonard Scott McGrady Patrick Bircher Lisa Carricato Conference Positive Behavior Support Pattan, Harrisburg “ “ PA Literacy Leadership Forum Pattan, Harrisburg Date 11/14/13 “ “ “ 11/15/13 Cost Sub Sub -0-0-0-
November 11, 2013 Page 5 (Superintendent’s Report Cont.) STUDENT EXPULSIONS Mr. Spizzirri made a motion to approve the Admission of Fact and Waiver of Expulsion Hearings dated November 4, 2013, for student number #131400081 and student number #131400101. A copy is on file in the Administration Office. Second by Ms. Slade. All members present voted aye on roll call. (8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions, 1 absent)
REVIEW OF BOARD REPORTS Financial Report The financial reports for the month of October for the General Fund, Cafeteria Fund, Athletic Fund, Student Activities Fund, Construction Fund, and Real Estate and Personal Taxes will be brought forward for approval at the November 21, 2013 Legislative Meeting. Personnel Report Tenure for a teacher and an F.M.L.A Leave Request will be brought forward at the Legislative Meeting. Student Activities Report A list of approved field trips will be brought forward at the Legislative Meeting. Board President’s Report Ms. Carricato informed the Board that the Steelton Borough’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent’s Report A Conference Request will be brought forward at the Legislative Meeting on the 21st of November.
Mr. Baumgardner stated that he has been getting complaints about some of the bus stops in the District, primarily the ones located on Front Street. People are complaining about the students walking long distances to pick up a bus. Ms. Slade and Ms. Carricato stated that the complaints are coming from Parochial schools and Dauphin County Vo-Tech students. They have been set like this for years, and will be like that for years to come.
November 11, 2013 Page 6 SPECIAL REPORTS Athletic Association Mr. Salov informed the Board that our first Playoff Football game will be on Friday November 15th at home at 7:00 p.m. and Basketball season starts in two weeks. PSBA Representative There was nothing to be reported. HACC Mr. Spizzirri stated that Dr. Castagneto has attached a copy of the minutes of the Delegate Body Meeting that they attended at HACC. Joint Local Government Association Mr. Baumgardner stated that he missed the last Joint Local Government Meeting so he asked Mayor Hoerner to fill everyone in on when the next meeting will be. Mr. Hoerner stated that the next meeting is at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Steelton Borough Building. Strategic Planning There was nothing to be reported. Buildings and Grounds There was nothing to be reported. Discipline Committee There was nothing to be reported. Budget Committee There was nothing to be reported.
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Public Comment Mr. Steven Valentine of 580 Willow St. Apt I, Highspire, Mr. Valentine informed the Board of his concerns for his daughter, who has Type 1 Diabetes. He stated that he has talked to the principals as well as the nurse and Dr. Castagneto regarding his issues. He feels that everyone that has anything to do with his daughter needs to know how to treat his daughter when she is high or low on blood sugar. He wants all the people who work with his daughter, trained on how to take care of her. Marilyn Valentine of 580 Willow St., Apt I, Highspire. Mrs. Valentine stated that she just wants every staff member that comes in contact with her daughter, trained on how to use the glucose gun that her daughter’s life depends on. It is a serious problem and it needs to be addressed. She stated that the school needs a full time nurse on duty at the elementary school.
John Hoerner, 436 Second St., Highspire. Mr. Hoerner stated that he did not know that that there was a part-time nurse at the elementary school. He agrees with the Valentine family. There should be a full time nurse on duty. He also wanted to thank Dr. Castagneto and Mr. Chyr for finding a Junior Council person for Highspire. They will be appointing Victoria Montijo at their next workshop meeting.
Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m. on a motion by Ms. Slade. Second by Mrs. Grubb. All members voted aye.
Annie M. Long
_____________________________ Annie M. Long Board Secretary