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St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors Regular Meeting March 11, 2019, 7:00 PM Library, St. Marys Area High School 

Minutes 

  1. The St. Marys Area Board of School Directors held their regular meeting March 11, 2019 at 7:00 

PM in the Library of the St. Marys Area High School. The meeting was called to order by board president Eric Wonderling. 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance 

III. Directors Present: Kathryn Blake, Bryan Chiappelli (excused), James Condon, Timothy Frey, 

Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg (arrived 7:02PM), Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman. 

Others Present: Dr. G. Brian Toth, Dr. James Wortman, Ginger Williams, Joe Schlimm, Warren Beck, Noel Petrosky, Christine Kuhar, Julie Boyer, Karen Lucanik, Terry Straub, Mike Belovesick, Aaron Simbeck, Mark Romain, Dan Elder, Jody Young, Baird Bankovic, Atty. Richard Brown, and a representative from The Daily Press

  1. Comments from visitors including comments on federal programs. 
  2. Presentation 
  3. Baird Bankovic – Student Representative b. Aaron Simbeck – Tech Update c. Mike Belovesick – CSIU Update d. Joe Schlimm, Warren Beck – High School Discipline 
  4. Superintendent Comments 

VII. The minutes for the regular meeting held on February 5, 2019 were approved. 

Motion by Lewis Murray, seconded by Robert Sorg – motion carried by a voice vote of all members present. 

Motion by school board president to combine sections VIII and IX as one vote. 

VIII. 

The treasurer’s report for January 2019 was approved. 

  1. Approved Payment of Bills 

General Fund March 2019 and office checks for February 2019 Retiree Comp Fund February 2019 Athletic Fund February 2019 Payroll Wire Fund February 2019 Payroll Fund February 2019 

Motion by Kathryn Blake, seconded by Timothy Frey; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

  1. Board Procedures 
  2. Board Policy 
  3. Approved the following revised policies: 
  4. Policy 103, Nondiscrimination in School and Classroom Practices (Attachment No.1) b. Policy 247, Hazing (Attachment No. 2) c. Policy 323, Tobacco Free (Attachment No. 3) d. Policy 707, Use of School Facilities (Attachment No. 4) e. Policy 904, Public Attendance at School Events (Attachment No. 5) 

Motion by James Condon, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

  1. First reading of the following policies: 
  2. Policy 115, Career and Technical Education (Attachment No. 6) b. Policy 116, Tutoring (Attachment No. 7) c. Policy 117, Homebound Instruction (Attachment No. 8) d. Policy 118, Independent Study (Attachment No. 9) e. Policy 119, Current Events (Attachment No. 10) f. Policy 218.2, Terroristic Threats/Acts (Attachment No. 11) 
  3. Business Affairs 
  4. Service Agreement 

Approved the Services Agreement between the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and St. Marys Area School District for an independent Assistive Technology Evaluation. (Attachment No. 12) 

Motion by Kathryn Blake, seconded by James Condon; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

XII. General School Affairs 

  1. Support Organizations (For Information Only) 

The St. Marys Dugout Booster Club has submitted necessary information for the 2018-2019 school year as required under Policy No. 915. (Attachment No. 13) 

  1. Student/Teacher Presentation Contract 

Approved the contract between St. Marys Area School District and Stan Pearson for student/teacher presentations to be funded by Ready to Learn grant. (Attachment No. 14) 

Motion by James Condon, seconded by Timothy Frey; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

XIII. Student Activities 

  1. Field Trips 

Motion by school board president to combine all sections under Field Trips as one vote. 

  1. Permission was granted for five (5) students and one (1) chaperone to attend the PMEA 

Region Chorus at Clarion High School in Clarion PA from March 21, 2019 through and including March 23, 2019. 

  1. Permission was granted for four (4) students and one (1) chaperone to attend the PMEA 

States/All East at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh PA from April 3, 2019 through and including April 7, 2019. 

  1. The request for forty-two (42) students and five (5) chaperones to travel to Chincoteague 

Bay Field Station, Wallops Island, VA from May 8-11, 2019 was approved. 

  1. Permission was given for one (1) student and one (1) chaperone to attend the PMEA 

States Band Festival at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh PA from April 3, 2019 through and including April 6, 2019. 

Motion by Jerry Zimmerman, seconded by Robert Sorg; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

XIV. Buildings and Grounds 

  1. Use of Facilities 

Motion by school board president to combine all sections under Buildings and Grounds as one vote. 1. The request for use of the St. Marys Area High School parking lots for the EVOC 

(Emergency Vehicle Operators Class) part of the EMT class of the St. Marys Area High School to test on emergency vehicles on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 7:30AM until 4:30PM was approved. 

  1. The request for use of the St. Marys Area High School and St. Marys Area Middle School 

parking lots and lawns for the St. Marys Community Fireworks Display on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 4:00PM (set up) until 10:30PM was approved. 

  1. The request for use of the St. Marys Area High School auditorium, cafeteria, designated classrooms and music rooms on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM for an afternoon performance of Willie Wonka; the District musical was approved. 

Motion by Lewis Murray, seconded by Jerry Zimmerman; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

Lewis Murray requested discussion on XIV A2. 

  1. Transportation 
  2. Bus Stop 

Approved a new bus stop at 1696 River Road, Weedville. 

Motion by Timothy Frey, seconded by Kathryn Blake; voting yes: Kathryn Blake, James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

XVI. 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 vice president to combine sections A-H under Personnel as one vote. 

  1. Resignations Personnel 

Name: Evelyn Piccolo Position: Confidential Secretary – Payroll and Employee Benefits Effective: April 19, 2019 (Attachment No. 15) 

  1. Transfer Personnel 
  2. Name: Deborah Williamson 

Transfer from: South St. Marys Street Elementary; Paraprofessional 

7.5 hours/day, 5 days/week Transfer to: St. Marys Area Middle School; Paraprofessional 

7.5 hours/day, 5 days/week Effective: February 11, 2019 

  1. Name: Lois Huff 

Transfer from: St. Marys Area Middle School; Paraprofessional 

5 hours/day, 5 days/week Transfer to: South St. Marys Street Elementary School; Paraprofessional 

5 hours/day, 5 days/week Effective: February 11, 2019 

  1. Hire, Supplemental Contracts, 2018-2019 School Year 
  2. Name: James Allegretto 

Position: Girls Softball – Asst. Varsity Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: Jamey Azzato 

Position: Baseball – Jr. High Asst. Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: Nicholas Hirsch 

Position: Track and Field Coach – Varsity Asst. Terms: $1,389.00 (Renew) 

  1. Name: Scott Krellner 

Position: Baseball – Asst. Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: Frank Asti 

Position: Baseball – Jr. Varsity Asst. Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: John Azzato III 

Position: Baseball – Jr. High Asst. Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: Doug McAnany 

Position: Track and Field Coach – Varsity Asst. Terms: $1,050.00 (Renew) 

  1. Name: Dominic Surra 

Position: Girls Softball – Junior High Asst. Terms: Volunteer (New) 

  1. Name: Christopher Taylor 

Position: Poetry Out Loud Advisor Terms: $250.00 (New) 

  1. Hire, Supplemental Contracts, 2019-2020 School Year 

Name: Michael Kunes Position: Varsity Football – 1st Asst. Terms: $2,297.00 (Renew) 

  1. Hire Health Aide Substitutes, 2018-2019 School Year Contract Pay Rate 
  2. Name: Kathleen Kaveney 

Terms: Contract Rate – New School: All Schools 

  1. Name: Aimee Gaton 

Terms: Contract Rate – New School: All Schools 

  1. Security Personnel 

Approved the addition of contracted school police officer, subject to approval of Elk County Court. 

Name: Michael Smith Effective: Upon Court Approval Terms: Contract (Attachment No. 16) 

  1. Unpaid Leave 

Name: Christopher Casey Position: Professional – St. Marys Area Middle School Request: Unpaid Leave Dates: February 25, 2019 – March 6, 2019 

  1. Hire Homebound Personnel, 2018-2019 School Year Contract Pay Rate 

Name: Jill Fox Effective: March 12, 2019 

Motion by James Condon, seconded by Timothy Frey; voting yes: Kathryn Blake (abstained from voting on B.2), James Condon, Timothy Frey, Stacy McKee, Lewis Murray, Robert Sorg, Eric Wonderling, Jerry Zimmerman – motion carried. 

XVII. Board Discussion 

XVIII. Adjournment 

Motion by Kathryn Blake; seconded by Jerry Zimmerman - meeting adjourned 8:10 PM 

______________________________________ Board President, Eric Wonderling 

_____________________________________ Board Secretary, Ginger Williams