DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                                                                         Dallas, Pennsylvania

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD ROOM

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

 

Dr. Goeringer called the meeting to order at 7:58 P.M.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present:  Mr. Bigus, Dr. Coslett, Mr. Gochoel, Dr. Goeringer, Mrs. Kyle, Mrs. Matiska, Mr. Preece (available by phone), and Mrs. Wega.

Absent:  Mr. Mathers.

Also present:  Mr. Galicki, Attorney Jones, Dr. Reinert, Mr. Palfey, Mr. Kraynack, and Mrs. Merithew.

 

Visitors

Joe and Karen Habersky spoke to the Board regarding their daughter.  In November, Joe addressed the Board and other administrators here.  Had to do with questions regarding school insurance coverage for athletes and daughter’s injury while playing girls basketball.  Was told information handed from solicitor to Mr. Palfey.  Did receive letter from Mr. Palfey with attachments in the nature of a letter to parents/guardians explaining school insurance for athletes and claim procedures.  Mr. Habersky claimed his family did not receive this information and read an email from his daughter verifying that she did not receive this insurance information while playing basketball.  A discussion occurred regarding this information and procedures for distribution to parents.  It is the parents’ obligation to inquire about school insurance if child injured playing sports.  Mr. Galicki said that Mr. Palfey will speak to the coach at the time of the injury, Mr. Gilroy, to inquire if he has any documentation to verify injury.  Kim Jacobs thanked Mr. Galicki for making the CONNECTED call reminding everyone of the Zoning Board Hearing regarding the gas compressor station.  Asked him to please keep making the calls regarding this issue.  Liz Martin spoke regarding “Tearin’ It Up for the Teardown” group.  This endeavor takes a lot of work to plan.  Group would like to know if there is a way to get any type of OK from the District to proceed before the next Board Meeting.  Mr. Galicki said this was discussed in Executive Session, and he will talk with Mr. Gillis tomorrow.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the minutes as follows:  Reorganization Meeting, December 6, 2010; Committee of the Whole, December 6, 2010; and Committee of the Whole and Regular Board Meeting, December 13, 2010.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Kyle, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January, 2011.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Kyle, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the Tax Collector’s Report for the month of January, 2011. 

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Communications – none.

 

SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS:

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to approve the following transfers in the Maintenance Department as listed:

Melanie Harry, from Housekeeper #4, SR, to Custodian #3, MID, effective January 17, 2011;

Bob Merithew, from Laborer/Utility #4, to Groundskeeper #1, effective January 31, 2011 (lateral move).

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to approve the appointment of the following personnel in the Maintenance Department, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association:

Marissa O’Neill, from substitute to Housekeeper #4, SR, $12.12/per hour, effective 1/24/11;

Bobbi Gross, from substitute to Housekeeper #3, DES, $12.12/per hour, effective 2/14/11.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Kyle, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to permit the following teacher(s) and student(s) to attend the programs as listed:

                                Wellness IV Class and Mrs. Ruth Skammer, Back Mountain Bowl, Dallas, February 10, 11, 16, & 18, 2011.

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SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS:

                                Approximate cost:  $43.00 per trip.

Roll call vote, 7 yes, 1 no – Mr. Bigus.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to approve the appointment of the following aide:

Lisa Kocher, Title I Aide, WES, $8.10/per hour, effective 1/24/11.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to permit the following organization to use the Dallas School District facilities, as listed, upon receipt of a Certificate of Insurance in accordance with the District's rules and regulations regarding school facility use requests:

Dallas Township Zoning Board, use of the Middle School Auditorium,

for public meeting regarding gas compressor station, February 9 & 23, 2011,

from 7:00-9:30 P.M.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

CAFETERIA COMMITTEE – Mrs. Maureen Matiska

Motion by Mrs. Matiska, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay Metz & Associates, LTD the following amount, for total meals served to students of the Dallas School District:

Invoice #10421011                                 November, 2010     $84,286.57

                                Invoice #10421012                                 December, 2010      $71,627.08

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Mr. Charles P. Preece

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to permit the following personnel and students to attend the competitions/trips listed:

Dallas Elementary School 5th Grade and teachers, Knoebel’s Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA, May 25, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $-0-.

 

Dallas Elementary School 3rd Grade and teachers, Claws & Paws, Lake Ariel, PA, May 20, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $-0-.

 

Dallas Elementary School 1st Grade and teachers, Callie’s Candy Kitchen, Mountainhome, PA, May 3, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $-0-.

 

Dallas Elementary School Kindergarten Classes and teachers, Frances Slocum State Park, Carverton, PA, May 12, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $-0-.

 

Dallas Middle School Music Students (4) and Ms. Hollie Major, Honors Orchestra, Wyoming Valley West Middle School, Kingston, PA, April 11, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $54.00 (drop-off only).

 

Dallas Middle School Music Students (12-14) and Ms. Hollie Major, Honors Choir, Tunkhannock Middle School, Tunkhannock, PA, May 13, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $117.00 (drop-off only).

 

Sociology and Psychology Class and Mr. Tom Gilroy, Lecture on Dating Violence, Misericordia University,

March 18, 2011.

Approximate cost:  $56.00.

 

                LifeSmarts Team, Mr. Kevin West and Mrs. Lois Redmond, competition in Harrisburg, February 23-24, 2011.

                Approximate cost:  $700.00.

 

Dallas Middle School Science Olympiad Team, Mr. Dan Flynn, Ms. Kylie Rosengrant, Mrs. Robin Moore and

Ms. Amanda Naunczek, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, March 9, 2011.

Approximate cost:  $90.00.

Roll call vote, 8-0.


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EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Mr. Charles P. Preece

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the 2011-2012 WVIA V-Media Member School Program Agreement, Level III, $1,500.00, with WVIA TV.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the following student teaching/clinical observation/practicum placements from various colleges/universities, for the spring semester of the 2010-11 school year:

Veronica Ricigliano, Misericordia University, with Marla Martin-DES, Special Education, student teaching;

Eric Taylor, Penn State University, with Laura O’Malley, 90 hours clinical observation.

                Matt Samuel, Drexel, with Barbara Richardson, SR, English, student teaching;

                Cara Nolan, Misericordia University, with Linda Joseph, WES, 5th Grade, practicum;

                Charles Suppon, King’s College, with Stephanie Wycallis, WES, 3rd Grade, practicum;

                Renee Novitski, Misericordia University, with Kristyn Ecenrode, DES, 4th Grade, student teaching;

                Kristin Bello, LCCC, with Barbara Brandt, DES, 1st Grade, practicum.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the calendar for 2011-2012 school year.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the attached list of additional volunteers, for Dallas Elementary and Wycallis Elementary Schools, for the 2010-11 school year.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mr. Russell P. Bigus

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the following invoice from Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, for services rendered in the case against the NEPA School Districts Health Trust:

                                November 30, 2010:               Invoice #7419894, $11,901.66;

                                January 31, 2011;                    Invoice #7420468, $  5,949.00.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to approve the following invoice from King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, for services rendered regarding audit issue:

                                December 31, 2010:                Invoice #63065, $1,056.00 (Special Ed matter)    

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay the following invoices, from the appropriate vendors, pertaining to the modulars, out of the Capital Reserve Fund:

        Williams Scotsman, Inc., Invoice #95438344         $     927.00

                                Williams Scotsman, Inc., Invoice #95494234         $     927.00

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to pay the following invoice(s) in the amount(s) specified, for services completed in the new Dallas High School Project, out of the Capital Projects Fund:

                Midlantic Engineering – Construction Inspection Services - Invoice #12091 - $145.00.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to pay Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, Inc., for professional services rendered for the period to December 31, 2008, from the following invoices, out of the Capital Projects Fund:

Project #2060 – New High School Facility, from Invoice #44, in the amount of $21,051.80

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the following invoices from Stevens & Lee, for services rendered, regarding United Water issue:

                                 Invoice #284214, $6,499.24

                                 Invoice #289859, $   316.30

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to approve the TeacherWeb E-Rate Web Hosting Agreement Contract, beginning July 1, 2011, for one year, at a cost of $7,868.99.  This cost is the same as prior year.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mr. Russell P. Bigus

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the preliminary budget for the 2011-12 school year, in the total amount of $32,657,968, calling for a tax millage of 11.5624 mills, a per capita tax of $10.00, an earned income tax of 1% (shared 50/50 with municipal governments), and an emergency municipal services tax of $52.00 (shared as follows - $5 for Dallas School District and $47 for municipal governments who have enacted such taxes).  The annual budget will be available in the District Administration Office.

Roll call vote, 7 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to enter into a 5-year lease agreement for $48,880.08, with FNB Commercial Leasing, to purchase equipment for the new high school networking/presentation tools.  Please note this is replacing a lease that has been satisfied with payments beginning July, 2011.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay the following contractors in the amounts specified, for services completed in the New Dallas High School Construction Project, in accordance with the Dallas School District resolution passed on May 18, 2009, out of the Capital Projects Fund:

                Lobar, Inc. – General Construction – Application #19                                                            $685,047.92

Jay R. Reynolds, Inc. – Plumbing Construction – Application #18                                        $  53,018.55

                Apollo Group, Inc. – Electrical Construction – Application #18                                             $165,395.00

A. J. Demor & Sons, Inc. – HVAC Construction – Application #19                                     $  65,861.70

                                                TOTAL                                                                                                $   969,323.17           

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the Agreement for Purchase of Computer Services with Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU), to replace existing financial software package that was provided by West Side Career and Technical Center.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – Mrs. Catherine Wega

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve overtime payments as attached.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the attached list of professional and non-professional substitute employees, for the 2010-11 school year.  The Background Search, as specified in Act 34, the Child Abuse Record, as specified in Act 151, and the Federal Criminal History, as specified in Act 114, are on file in the Office of the Superintendent.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to appoint Crys Jennings, as a long-term substitute professional employee, English Teacher (replacing Sarah Kashatus), Dallas High School, at the 4th Step, Bachelors level on the salary scale, $39,074, prorated, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School District Education Association, effective March 4- June 3, 2011.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the appointment of the following personnel in the Maintenance Department, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association:

Tex Wilson, from Housekeeper #3, DES, to Laborer/Utility #4, $10.80/per hour, effective 2/15/11.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Matiska, to approve a leave of absence for the following professional employee, for the 2011-12 school year, as listed:

                                Christina Doughton, School Psychologist, 9/8-12/30/11.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve a leave of absence for the following professional employee for the

2010-11 school year as listed:

                                Kristyn Ecenrode, DES 4th grade Teacher, 5/16-6/3/11.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.                        


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PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – Mrs. Catherine Wega

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the proposed new job descriptions for Elementary Subject Area Coordinators, Middle School Department Chairpersons, High School Department Chairpersons and K-12 Department Chairpersons.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the proposed evaluation forms relevant to the new job descriptions for Elementary Subject Area Coordinators, Middle School Department Chairpersons, High School Department Chairpersons and K-12 Department Chairpersons.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

PROPERTY COMMITTEE – Mr. Gary R. Mathers

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the following Construction Change Orders, completed by Charles H. Corby & Sons, dealing with the new High School Project: 

Work associated with the installation of new 6” ductile iron piping for new water lines as a result of the new 12” main being installed by United Water Company.                                                            

TOTAL: $63,788.00

This is a one-time payment.

Roll call vote, 7 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to approve the following Construction Change Orders, completed by Lobar Inc., dealing with the new High School Project: 

a.        Ceiling revisions in Room D220 and wall framing and drywall in

Room B132 and add drywall to soffit at Media Center C201         $5,171.86

b.        Add motor for fire door operator in Tray Wash area B121            $2,924.90

c.        Change from tack boards to marker boards in classrooms              $3,728.15

                                                                                TOTAL                $11,824.91

Roll call vote, 7 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mrs. Kyle, to approve the following Construction Change Orders, completed by Apollo Group Inc., dealing with the new High School Project: 

a.        Work associated with the revision and additions to Broadcast

Studio and Conference Room A110                                                               $7,335.00

b.        Change from lay-in to surface-mounted speakers in Weight

Room A148                                                                                                    $1,232.00

                                                                                TOTAL                                  $8,567.00

Roll call vote, 7 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to permit the following organizations to use the Dallas School District facilities, as listed, upon receipt of a Certificate of Insurance in accordance with the District's rules and regulations regarding school facility use requests:

Junior Leadership WB, use of the High School Gym & Cafeteria, for Hoops for Hope basketball

tournament, March 13, 2011, from 9:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M. (Snow date:  March 20, 2011.)

 

DHS Softball Booster Club, use of the Middle School Gym, for clinic, March 20, 2011, from

9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

 

Back Mountain Wrestling, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for end-of-year pizza party, March 4, 2011,

from 6:00-8:30 P.M.

 

Back Mountain Youth Soccer, use of corner field #11, for soccer practice & games, Sunday through

Saturday, beginning March 18, 2011 through November 30, 2011, weekends from 9 A.M.-dark,

and weeknights from 5 P.M.-dark.

 

Back Mountain Youth Soccer, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for registration for fall season,

April 30, 2011, from 7:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

 

                                United Soccer Training Academy, use of the Middle School cafeteria, for spaghetti dinner,

March 23, 2011, from 3-8 P.M., in accordance with District policy.

Roll call vote, 8-0.


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STUDENT ACTIVITY COMMITTEE – Dr. Richard G. Coslett

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to appoint the following coach for the 2010-11 spring season, with compensation to be consistent with the provisions of Appendix C of the collective bargaining agreement between Dallas School District and Dallas School District Education Association:

Middle School

7th/8th grade Baseball Coach                    Thomas Buckler      $   664.00

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to appoint the following volunteer coaches for the 2010-11 spring season: 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Volunteer Baseball Coach                                                       Thomas Buckler, Sr.

Volunteer Baseball Coach                                                       Matt Leskiw

 

All required credentials, Acts 34, 114, and 151 copies are on file.  It is understood that there is no remuneration for these positions.

Aye motion carried, 8-0.

 

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE – Mrs. Karen Z. Kyle

Motion by Mrs. Kyle, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to pay Emanuel Bus Lines, Inc., for the West Side Career and Technical Center run, as follows

January 3-31, 2011                17 days    $3,094.00

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

West-Side Career and Technology Center – Mrs. Wega said the Joint Operating Committee met.  Wyoming Valley West coming back on.  Hired Dr. Nancy Tkatch as new Director.  Updates will follow.

 

Intermediate Unit – no report.

 

Legislative Committee – Mrs. Wega said there are several things moving through legislature.  One regards staffing and what districts can do.  Another regarding CPR-certified personnel – one in every building when the building is open and person designated as such.  Covered by Good Samaritan Law.  Pay close attention to the budget.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the bills for the month of January, 2011, including check #46924 through check #47079, as attached.

Roll call vote, 8-0.

 

Parent Advisory Council – Mr. Galicki said group met last week.  Had a very interesting meeting.  Reviewed Keystone Exams and how we are going to decide, at the Strategic Planning Meeting on March 1st, how to formulate procedures of what percentage Keystone Exam grades will weigh.

 

Titles I, II, III and Vocational Education – Mr. Galicki said both elementaries will receive extra $5,000 from a state award as previously mentioned at the Work Session.

 

Building Representatives Reports

Senior High School

A faculty meeting was held on January 5, 2011. The following items were discussed: January Calendar; Assembly Schedules; Forming of School Safety Committee; Technology Survey.  FBLA members attended the regional leadership conference at LCCC on January 4, 2011.  Fall semester final exams were held on January 13-14, 2011.  Students working on this year’s Mini-Thon held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on January 19, 2011 in the Dallas Middle School.  A completion project work session for all students grades 9-11 was held during flex on January 24, 2011.  The Student Leadership in Civics Club (S.L.I.C.) sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration assembly on January 26, 2011.  Financial Aid Night was held in the auditorium on January 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM.  Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen Jocelyn Gruber visited DHS on January 28, 2011 and delivered a strong anti-bully message to the student body. 

 

Middle School

The annual Geography Bee was held on January 13.  Student finalists competed on stage in a Dancing Around the World theme that allowed them to demonstrate their geographical prowess in an entertaining way.  The event, organized and hosted by Mr. Haas was exceptional and culminated in Josh Frankevich being crowned champion.  Dallas Middle School observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 14 .  All students participated in a variety of lessons designed by the social studies department.   Each grade-level adapted lessons which culminated in essays, poems, and presentations.  All students participated in the 4Sight Benchmark Assessments in January.  The test are designed to predict success on the PSSA and used by teachers diagnostically.  Results will be

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analyzed and instruction focused toward areas of need as we progress to the state assessments.  On January 25 the annual Jane Stitzer Spelling Bee was held under the direction of teacher Mrs. Jonelle Cavill with support of the entire English and reading departments.  Students squared off on our auditorium stage in front of the student body, until Ryan Marshall was crowned champion.  Preparations are underway for the 2010-20111 scheduling process.    Middle school representatives visited both elementary schools to begin preparations for fifth grade students’ transition to middle school.  Talent show auditions were held the week of January 24. Over 30 students acts tried out, those selected will participate in our annual Talent Show, this year under the direction of Miss Hollie Major.  The Talent Show will be held March 3 at 7PM and all invited to attend.  The annual Magazine Sale kicked off on January 27 with grade level assemblies.  The sale, which is the only middle school fund raiser, will continue through February 12, supports student activities including field trips. On January 28, Miss PA’s Outstanding Teen, Jocelyn Gruber, presented an anit-bullying themed assembly to all students.  Her personal story and involvement of student audience members made for an effective

presentation.  On January 31 representatives from WSCTC met with all eighth grade students to overview program available to students as freshmen.  The entire eighth grade traveled to and toured the WSCTC facility on February 3.  Our Student Council Valentine’s Day Dance will be held on February 11.

 

Old Business – Mrs. Matiska would like to see presentation on Compass.  Spent a lot of money on it and would like to know what we are doing with it.  Mrs. Kyle mentioned on-line summer school courses for students that play-up to the Keystone Exam.

 

New Business – none.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to adjourn the meeting.

 

President Goeringer adjourned the meeting at 9:40 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Nancy J. Merithew

Board Secretary