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St. Marys Area School District

 

Board of School Directors

Regular Meeting

April 10, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

Library, St. Marys Area High School

 

Minutes

 

 

 

 

The St. Marys Area Board of School Directors held their regular meeting April 10, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Library of the St. Marys Area High School.  The meeting was called to order by board president Dr. Clythera S. Hornung.

Pledge of Allegiance

Directors Present:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.

Others Present:  Dr. G. Brian Toth, Ginger Williams, James Wortman, Robin Johnson, Joe Schlimm, Warren Beck, Noel Petrosky, Dan Vollmer, Christine Kuhar, Julie Boyer, Karen Lucanik, Terry Straub, Mark Romain, Dan Elder, Mike Belovesick, Aaron Simbeck, Brandon Bauer, Jody Young, Atty. Richard Brown, a representative from The Daily Press, and thirty-nine (39) visitors.

Comments from visitors including comments on federal programs.

Presentations

STEM winners and teachers

Middle School Video contest winners

Aaron Simbeck, tech projects

Superintendent Comments

The minutes of the workshop meeting on March 7, 2017 and the regular meeting held on March 13, 2017 were approved.

Motion by Eric Wonderling, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried by a voice vote of all members present.

Motion by the board president to combine Section VIII and IX as one vote.

The treasurer’s report for February 2017 was approved.

Approved Payment of Bills

General Fund              April 2017 and office checks for March 2017
Bond Fund                  April 2017
Food Service Fund     April 2017 and office checks for March 2017
Athletic Fund              March 2017
Payroll Wire Fund                  March 2017
Payroll Fund               March 2017 and office checks for March 2017

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Kathryn Blake; voting yes: Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.



Board Procedures

Board Policy

Approved the following new/revised policies:

Revised Policy 251, Homeless Students (Attachment No. 1)

New Policy 255, Educational Stability for Children in foster Care (Attachment No. 2)

New Policy 705.2, Standard Operating Procedures for Persons Authorized to Use Weapons (Attachment No. 3)

Motion by James Condon, seconded by Eric Wonderling; voting yes: Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.

PSBA Delegate Assembly

Dr. Clythera S. Hornung was selected as the board voting delegate to participate in the PSBA Delegate Assembly to be held on Friday, October 20, 2017.  (Attachment No. 4)

Motion by Robert Sorg, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman; voting yes: Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.

Business Affairs

Contract for Technology Pool-Counsel

The Contract for Technology Pool-Counsel between the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine and the St. Marys Area School District was approved.  (Attachment No. 5)


Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

IU9 General Operating Budget

Approved adoption of the 2017-2018 IU9 General Operating Budget.


Robert Sorg requested a discussion be held prior to the vote.
Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Danielle Abrahamson; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.  Voting no:  Bryan Chiappelli, Robert Sorg – motion carried.

Bond Funds

Approved the following purchases to be funded with Series A of 2015 Bond Proceeds:

High school girls’ locker room renovation to be purchased through Hardware Specialties of State College, Inc. in the amount of $53,720.00 under CoStar contract number 008-266.  (Attachment No.6)

Motion by Eric Wonderling, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

High school drafting lab renovation to be purchased through P.E.M. Co. in the amount of $26,906.30 under CoStar contract number 035-015.  (Attachment No.7)

Motion by Danielle Abrahamson, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

High school Fitness Center addition low bid amounts as follows:  (Attachment No. 10)

Fred L. Burns, Shippenville, PA, general contractor bid in the amount of $595,000.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, HVAC bid in the amount of $54,341.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, plumbing bid in the amount of $35,816.00.

Dave Kronenwetter, Kersey, PA, electrical bid in the amount of $73,127.00.

Motion by Eric Wonderling, seconded by Bryan Chiappelli; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Middle school Outdoor Classroom renovations low bid amounts as follows:  (Attachment No. 11)

Fred L. Burns, Shippenville, PA, general contractor bid in the amount of $147,000.00.

Fred L. Burns, Shippenville, PA, alternate 1, new concrete floor bid in the amount of $61,700.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, HVAC bid in the amount of $30,826.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, plumbing bid in the amount of $37,303.00.

Elco Electric, Kersey, PA, electrical bid in the amount of $39,800.00.

Motion by Robert Sorg, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Middle school fire alarm replacement Dave Kronenwetter, Kersey, PA, low bid amount $93,000.00.  (Attachment No. 12)

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

St. Marys Area Stadium field house addition low bid amounts as follows:  (Attachment No. 13)

Fred L. Burns, Shippenville, PA, general contractor bid in the amount of $204,000.00.

Fred L. Burns, Shippenville, PA, general contractor alternate 1 bid to eliminate second floor for a decrease of $16,000.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, HVAC bid in the amount of $23,782.00.

Overdorf Snyder Mechanical, DuBois, PA, alternate 1 bid to eliminate second floor for a decrease of $840.00.

Hallstrom-Clark Electric, DuBois, PA, electrical bid in the amount of $34,372.00.

Hallstrom-Clark Electric, DuBois, PA, alternate 1 bid to eliminate second floor for a decrease of $3,049.00.

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by James Condon; voting yes. None.  Voting no:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion failed to pass.

KTH Architects fees of 8% of construction cost plus reimbursable fees for the following Series A of 2015 Bond projects making null and void any fees previously approved at September 2016 board meeting:

Fitness Center (Attachment No. 14)

Outdoor Classroom (Attachment No. 15)

Field House (Attachment No. 16)

High School Handicap Ramp (Attachment No. 17)

Eric Wonderling requested a discussion be held before voting.
Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Danielle Abrahamson; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for emergency phone call) – motion carried.

KTH Architects fees for Middle School fire alarm in the amount of $16,720.00 plus reimbursable fees, as a result of additional subcontracted consultant fees, making null and void fees previously approved at 8% of construction cost at the September 2016 board meeting.  (Attachment No. 18)

Motion by Eric Wonderling , seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for emergency phone call) – motion carried.

Approval was given to bid handicap ramp to be funded with Series A of 2015 Bond Proceeds.

Motion by Robert Sorg , seconded by Bryan Chiappelli; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for emergency phone call) – motion carried.

LERTA Application

Approved a LERTA application from Muccio School Transportation, 74 Ceramic Street,         St. Marys for a 50’ x 60’ pre-engineered steel building for bus mechanical work, a 30’ x 32’ office and bus driver room and gravel parking area for school bus parking for an estimated cost of $290,000.00.    (Attachment No. 8)

Estimated tax exemption schedule as follows:

            Lerta Exempt Schedule
            Year 1 100% Exempt $4,802.00
            Year 2 100% Exempt   4,802.00
            Year 3   75% Exempt   3,602.00
            Year 4   50% Exempt   2,401.00
            Year 5     0% Exempt           0.00
            Total Exempt               $15,607.00

Motion by Kathryn Blake, seconded by Bryan Chiappelli; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for an emergency phone call) – motion carried.

Elk County Intensive Outpatient Agreement

The agreement between Seneca Highlands IU#9 and the St. Marys Area School District for the Elk County Intensive Outpatient Program was approved.  (Attachment No. 19)

Motion by Danielle Abrahamson, seconded by Bryan Chiappelli; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for an emergency phone call) – motion carried.

Network Engineering

Approved the contract for network services between St. Marys Area School District and Advanced Computer Solutions as per Attachment No. 20.

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Robert Sorg ; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman (excused for an emergency phone call) – motion carried.

Food Service Management

Approved the Food Service Management Company one year renewal with The Nutrition Group for 2017-2018.  (Attachment No. 21)

Motion by Stacy McKee, seconded by Bryan Chiappelli ; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman  – motion carried.

2017-2018 Preliminary Budget

The 2017-2018 preliminary budget for the St. Marys Area School District was approved.  (Attachment No. 22)

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Stacy McKee ; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman  – motion carried.

General School Affairs

Support Organizations (For Information Only)

The following support organizations have submitted necessary information for the 2016-2017 school year as required under Policy No. 915.
            SMAHS Baseball Dugout Club Boosters (Attachment No. 23)
            SMA Track & Field Boosters (Attachment No. 24)

Transportation

Motion by school board president to combine sections A&B under XIII as one vote.

Bus Stop

Approved a new bus stop at 1077 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey

Transportation Agreement

Approved the Agreement between St. Marys Area School District, DuBois Area School District and Jefferson County Children and Youth for transportation of a homeless student.  This Agreement meets the requirements of the new law regarding homeless students.  (Attachment No. 9)

Motion by Eric Wonderling, seconded by Kathryn Blake ; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman  – motion carried.

Student Activities

Field Trips Request

Approval was given for six (6) students and four (4) chaperones to attend DECA Nationals in Anaheim, California from April 25, 2017 through April 29, 2017.  District cost will be $1,850.00.

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli, seconded by Danielle Abrahamson; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Buildings and Grounds

Use of Facility Approval

The request for use of the St. Marys Area High School Soccer Field by the Stallions Football League for flag football games on the following Sundays: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 and June 4 from 12:00PM – 2:30PM was approved.

Motion by Kathryn Blake, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Personnel

Approved personnel actions as listed.  All employment approvals are provisional for thirty days pending receipt of Act 151 clearance documentation.

Motion by school board president to combine Sections A-C under XV Personnel as one vote.

Hire, Homebound Personnel, 2016-2017 Contract Pay Rate

Name:              James McGonnell
Position:                      St. Marys Area High School Teacher
Effective:                    March 27, 2017

Student Teachers (For Information Only)

University           Student            Subject                 Dates                  School       Teacher
Pitt@Bradford      Beimel, J          comp/info tech     10/23-12/14/17         MS          Gigliotti
Clarion                 Stucke, R         early childhood     08/29-10/20/17         SSM       Woodford
Clarion                 Stucke, R         early childhood     10/23-12/13/17         FOX        Bobik
Clarion                 Szymanski, J    special ed             08/29-10/20/17         SSM       Bauer
Clarion                 Szymanski, J    early child             08/29-10/20/17         SSM       Kocjancic

Transfer of Sick Days

Approved the transfer of ten (10) sick days from Andy Yost to Corrinne Yost.

Motion by Jerry Zimmerman, seconded by Eric Wonderling; voting yes:  Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman.   Danielle Abrahamson abstained from voting - motion carried.

Hire, Personnel

Approved the attached employment agreement regarding the terms of Ginger Williams’ employment as Business Manager.  (Attachment No. 25)

Motion by Eric Wonderling, seconded by Kathryn Blake; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Approved the attached employment agreement regarding the terms of Dr. James Wortman’s employment as Assistant Superintendent.  (Attachment No. 26)

Motion by Stacy McKee, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Volunteer

Name:              Simone Penner Nunes
Building:                     South St. Marys Street Elementary School (New)
Motion by Kathryn Blake, seconded by Stacy McKee; voting yes:  Danielle Abrahamson, Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli, James Condon, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung, Stacy McKee, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried.

Board Discussion

Executive Session

An executive session was held immediately following adjournment to discuss personnel issues.

Adjournment

Motion by Bryan Chiappelli; seconded by Eric Wonderling - meeting adjourned 8:33PM

 

 

 

 

 

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Board President, Dr. Clythera S. Hornung

 

 

 

 

 

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Board Secretary, Ginger Williams