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LOWER DAUPHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Regular Meeting/Work Session Minutes
March 3, 2014



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, Mr. Kevin J.
Busher, Ms. Debra J. Macut, Mrs. Marcela D. Myers, Mr. Keith E. Oellig, Mrs. Laurie N.
Reichert, Mr. Eric M. Samples, and Mrs. Kerry L. Wolfe, as well as Dr. Sherri L. Smith,
Superintendent. Mrs. Dana A. Barry was absent.

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; Mr. Todd Neuhard, High School Principal; Mr.
Dan Berra, Middle School Principal; Mr. Edward Gnall, Mr. Justin Hanula, Dr. Michael
Lausch, Mr. Gary Messinger and Dr. Douglas Winner, Elementary Principals.

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.

Motion: Mrs. Reichert and Ms. Macut moved to approve the agenda as indicated.

Vote: All eight (8) members approved the motion.




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V. RECOGNITION OF GUESTS AND SCHEDULED SPEAKERS
Dr. Smith welcomed Mr. Brian Foster, Mayor Bradley Miller, and Chief Dowell from
Hummelstown Borough, as well as Maria Miller who will be joining the district.

She then introduced Ivan Hrabric to speak about the hybrid learning classroom at Nye
Elementary School, stating she appreciates his innovativeness and willingness to take on
what is an extremely energetic program for any one teacher to take on singularly.

Ivan stated he has had the privilege to be the pilot program for the hybrid system and it
has been a very exciting year so far. Explaining hybrid education is a blend of technology
driven learning and traditional learning, he showed pictures of his classroom while
explaining the different learning environments. He shared the rewards and challenges he
encountered as well as survey results from parents and students. He fielded questions
from the board. In response to one question, Dr. Smith added the district does plan to
expand this program slowly, at a pace that is successful.

The board thanked Ivan for thinking outside the box and for his show of passion for
education.


VI. REPORTS

A. COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR Mr. Hazen reported:
 This year’s musical, Singin’ in the Rain features a cast of close to 60
performers and another 20-plus students in stage crew, lights, sound and in the
pit orchestra. It’s shaping up to be a great show. On Wednesday, March 5,
2014, they will perform for our community’s senior citizens and our sixth-
graders. That performance is preceded by a free breakfast served by the
Volunteen Club. Also on Wednesday, about 65 students from the middle
school will get a VIP tour of the show prior to curtain – they’ll meet the cast
and learn about make-up, lighting and everything that goes into putting on a
show and then stay for the performance. The community is invited March 6, 7
and 8 for a 7:00 p.m. performance. The Falcon Foundation is hosting its
annual dinner theatre as a fundraiser for both the show and the Foundation.
 The MiniTHON will take place March 14-15. This fundraiser for the Four
Diamonds Fund is a 12 –hour event in which students must raise at least $60
to attend and they promise to stay on their feet for the entire event. It’s great
fun for a great cause. Last year’s event brought in $50,000.
 South Hanover Elementary School held an elementary school MiniTHON on
February 28 and they raised nearly $24,000.
 East Hanover Elementary School is also holding a MiniTHON the afternoon
before the high school’s event. It’s their first time so we’ll wish them all the
best of luck.


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B. FEDERAL PROGRAMS No Report

C. SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Smith reported:
 On February 27, the technology committee met and had a great brainstorming
and learning session. They are now ready to start the task of developing a 3-5
year plan of implementation. He thanked Kerry, Kevin, and Eric for their
participation.
 Board members should let Sharon know if they would like tickets for the
musical.
 Policies from the 900 section will be coming to the board starting in April.
 The final drawings and plans to fix the remaining issues with the high school
property surrounding the tennis courts are almost complete. Hopefully it can
be completed as soon as the snow is melted.
 We expect to have the field house drawings completed by the end of the
month. We are pleased with the fundraising from the public, PTOs and
booster clubs.
 It is budget time. Having the retirement information is important. The
deadline for submission is March 10. She will present the budget the second
April meeting.
 Last year, a three year contract was approved for lawn services, contingent
upon satisfactory work after the first year. We have been pleased with the
service and unless anyone has a problem, we plan to continue as contracted.


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 affirmative 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.

A. PERSONNEL

a. Maria B. Miller, Assistant Principal, Middle School. Effective: TBD.
Salary: $69,000.

Motion: Mrs. Reichert and Mr. Busher moved to approve the employment
of the individual as presented.

Vote: All eight (8) members approved the motion.





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VIII. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
The minutes shall note that public notice was given for this meeting in accordance with
Act 84 of 1986. Notices and advisements of these meetings will carry the intent that
limited business may be conducted on any scheduled meeting date.

A. CONSENT CALENDAR

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Placeholder)


2. FISCAL ITEMS

a. BILLS (Placeholder)

The bills that will be presented for Board approval are chargeable
against the funds and accounts indicated. The list of bills
recommended for approval will be provided prior to the regular
meeting.


b. TAX EXONERATIONS (Placeholder)

Real Per Capita
Municipality Estate 511 & 679 Occup. 511

Conewago $ $ $
East Hanover $ $ $
Hummelstown $ $ $
Londonderry $ $ $
South Hanover $ $ $

TOTAL $ $ $


3. SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON PERSONNEL
ISSUES:

a. ADDITIONS/DELETIONS TO PROFESSIONAL
SUBSTITUTE LIST (Placeholder)

We are recommending the following individuals:

NAME AREA OF CERTIFICATION


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Additions:

Deletions:


b. SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACTS-EMPLOYMENT (Placeholder)



4. POLICY AND PROGRAM ISSUES

a. HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION (Placeholder)


END OF CONSENT CALENDAR


B. FISCAL

1. TREASURER’S REPORT (Placeholder)

We will be recommending that the Board approve the treasurer’s report for
the month of February. The treasurer’s report will be provided prior to the
regular meeting.


2. MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING – BOROUGH OF HUMMELSTOWN

Dr. Smith stated we have a great working relationship with the Borough of
Hummelstown. The borough has been thinking about the development of a
new borough building for years. They agreed the piece of land at the entrance
to the middle school has the ability to be a great asset. Along with the
protective services provided by the Hummelstown police, they looked at an
area for combined parking. That brings us to a Memo of Understanding, an
option to purchase agreement that will give the borough the opportunity to do
more research, bring in architects, do some land surveys, check conditions of
the land, and code expectations. There will be an option to purchase up to 2.5
acres upon agreement of both parties.

Brian Foster stated they looked at four sites before determining this to be the
most optimal site. They are currently land locked at the current location.
They are very excited about this project. They feel it will provide security for
the district and will give them good visibility in the community. With the right
planning for access and the safety of additional parking that can be used by the
district, it will be a win-win situation.
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Mrs. Myers commented we are also very excited about the partnership and
that it would interesting to know how many school districts and boroughs have
this type of partnership.

Mayor Miller added his thanks and appreciation for the working relationship
they have with the district. He always gets a good response when he calls and
hopes we feel the same. He appreciates our consideration.


C. PERSONNEL

1. RETIREMENT – PROFESSIONAL

a. Terri M. Bolt, Reading Specialist, Middle School. Effective: End
of the 2013-14 school year.

b. Ben A. Cooper, Grade 6 Teacher, Middle School. Effective: End
of the 2013-14 school year.

c. Eileen M. Pagano, Special Education Coach, District-wide.
Effective: End of the 2013-14 school year.

d. Cynthia H. Stewart, Learning Support Teacher, High School.
Effective: End of the 2013-14 school year.

e. Elizabeth A. Wagner, Grade 6 Teacher, Middle School. Effective:
End of the 2013-14 school year.


2. RETIREMENT – CLASSIFIED

a. Doris S. Sheaffer, Paraeducator, Londonderry Elementary School.
Effective: End of the 2013-14 school year.


D. POLICY AND PROGRAM ISSUE


E. OTHER


IX. INFORMATION ITEMS

A. DATES FOR BOARD MEMBERS’ CALENDARS

March 17, 2014 7:00 p.m. Regular Board Meeting
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March 24, 2014 6:00 p.m. Board Training
Budgeting in an Act 1 Environment

April 7, 2014 7:00 p.m. Work Session


B. ADVISEMENTS


C. DISTRIBUTIONS


IX. ADJOURNMENT

Motion: Mr. Busher and Mrs. Reichert moved to adjourn at 7:53 p.m.

Vote: All eight (8) members approved the motion.


An executive session followed this meeting to discuss a personnel and a possible legal
issue.


Respectfully submitted,



Sharon K. Hagy
Board Secretary

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