DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dallas, Pennsylvania

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD MEETING ROOM

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

 

President Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:39 P.M.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present:  Mr. Bigus, Dr. Coslett, Mr. Gochoel, Dr. Goeringer, Mrs. Kyle, Mr. Mathers, Mrs. Matiska, Mr. Orlowski,

and Mrs. Wega.

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

 

Visitors – none.

 

Communications – none.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion by Dr. Goeringer, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to accept the Consent Agenda as listed.

Roll call vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

MINUTES – Committee of the Whole, June 1, 2009; Committee of the Whole and Regular Board Meeting, June 8, 2009

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

TAX COLLECTOR’S REPORT

 

OTHER ROUTINE MONTHLY ACTION ITEMS

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS:

1.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to accept the resignations of the following persons, with regrets and gratitude:

 

                                Danielle West, Long-term Substitute Special Education Teacher;

Mary Ellen Dziadosz, Classroom Aide;

Kimberly Kuzma, Head Diving Coach.

 

2.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint the following volunteer coach for the 2009-10 season:

HighMiddle School

                Volunteer Football Coach                       Matthew Kelly

 

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

 

3.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint the following personnel, as listed, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association:

 

                Cynthia L. Saraka, Housekeeper #2, MID, at the hourly rate of $11.68, effective August 24, 2009;

                Michael Coombs, Housekeeper #2, SR High, at the hourly rate of $11.68, effective August 24, 2009.

 

4.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to permit the following personnel and students to attend the trips/competitions listed:

 

                                Dallas High School Functional Life Skills Class and Ms. Maria Bustin,

Wegman’s Job Program, Wilkes-Barre, PA, September 16, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

Dallas Elementary School 4th Grade Classes and teachers, Quiet Valley

Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA, September 17, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:  $300.00.

 

5.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to permit the following organizations to use the Dallas School District facilities, as listed, contingent upon receipt by the School District of a Certificate of Insurance in accordance with the District's rules and regulations regarding school facility use requests:

 

Girl Scouts, use of the Middle School Cafeteria/Gym, for open

registration and rope runner, September 19, 2009, from Noon-6 P.M.

 

                                Cub Scout Pack 281, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for awards

                                program, September 18, 2009, from 6-9 P.M.

 

                                Brownie Girl Scouts, use of the DES Computer Lab, for meetings,

                                September, 2009-May, 2010.

 

6.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint Heidi Rac, as a Long-term Substitute Speech Therapist (replacing Stephanie Schlude), Dallas Elementary School, at the 2nd Step, Masters level on the salary scale, $39,164, prorated, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School District Education Association, effective August 24, 2009 through November 25, 2009.

 

7.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint Rachel Sutliff, as a Long-term Substitute Special Education Teacher (replacing Shannon Forrer), Dallas High School, at the 2nd Step, Bachelors level on the salary scale, $35,000, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School District Education Association, effective August 24, 2009 through May 21, 2010.

 

8.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint the following personnel, as listed:

                Matt Wilson, Learning Support Aide, SR, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Sarah Wenner, Learning Support Aide, SR, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Jennifer Shaver, Learning Support Aide, MID, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Kim Cool, Learning Support Aide, MID, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Cheryl Brocius, Learning Support Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Michelle Maransky, Learning Support Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Maria Pizzo, Classroom Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                John Harley, Specialized One-on-One Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $19.00, effective August 24, 2009;

                Pam Mingey, Learning Support Aide, WES, at the hourly rate of $8.85, effective August 24, 2009;

                Dorene Moskaluk, Title I Reading Aide, WES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Kristen Stallard, Development 1st Grade Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009;

                Bonnie Weinstein, Title I Reading Aide, DES, at the hourly rate of $8.10, effective August 24, 2009.

 

9.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to accept the resignation of Heidi Rac, Long-term Substitute Speech Therapist, with regrets and gratitude, effective September 14, 2009.

 

10.           Recommended that a resolution be adopted to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to accept the resignation of Russell Eyet, Mathematics/Computer Teacher and coach, effective August 25, 2009.

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Dr. Richard G. Coslett

1.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to approve the attached list(s) of volunteers, for Wycallis and Dallas Elementary Schools, for the 2009-10 school year.

 

2.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to permit the following personnel and students to attend the trips/competitions listed:

 

                                Dallas Elementary School 4th Grade Classes and teachers, Wegman’s

Nutrition & Healthy Eating Program, Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 5, 7,

14, 19 & 21, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Dr. Richard G. Coslett

Dallas Elementary School 5th Grade Classes and teachers, Frances Slocum

State Park, Carverton, PA, wetland observation, September 22 & 23, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

                                Ms. Laura Bulgaris, Mrs. Maurisa Pieczynski and AP English Classes,

King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, to see play, October 6, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Class of 2010 and Advisors, Hickory Run State Park, for

fall outing, October 2, 2009.

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Class of 2010 and Advisors, East Mountain Inn, 2nd annual

Student-Parent Brunch, February 17, 2010.

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Class of 2010 and Advisors, Boston, MA, Senior Class Trip,

April 28, 2010.

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Class of 2010 and Advisors, Knoebel’s Amusement Park,

May 28, 2010.

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

                                Dallas High School Wellness IV Class and Mrs. Ruth Skammer, Back

Mountain Bowl (as part of school curriculum), September 23, 25 & 30, 2009.

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Dallas High School Functional Life Skills Class and Ms. Maria Bustin, Roba’s Family

Farm, Dalton, PA, October 14, 2009.

Approximate cost:  $90.00.

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE - Mrs. Catherine Wega

1.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to approve the attached list of professional/non-professional substitute employees, for the 2009-10 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.

 

2.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to approve the following personnel to staff the before school Math and Reading Tutorial Program, for the 2009-10 school year:

               

                                Chris Baron-$39.60                                                                Kim Smith-$33.95

Rachel Hayes-$28.35                                              Marcus Sowcik-$28.35

Linda Joseph-$33.95                                              Kerry Speziale-$39.60

Erin Lypka-$28.35                                                 Nicole Valkenburg-$28.35

Marla Martin-$33.95                                              Michael Viglone-$33.95

Wynn Nardone-$28.35                                           Fred Weaver-$28.35

Dyan Nice-$28.35                                                  Amy Williams-$28.35

Heather Pitcavage-$33.95                                       Jenn Yanuskavich-$28.35

Leslie Plank-$28.35

 

3.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to appoint the following professional employee as a Department Chairperson, at a stipend of $499, plus $60/person in her respective department, for the 2009-10 school year:

 

                                Department Chairperson

                                Special Education:                                   Mrs. Mary Kratz

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE - Mrs. Catherine Wega

4.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to appoint the following Elementary Subject Area Coordinators, at a stipend of $500, for the 2009-10 school year:

 

                                Margaret Bestwick                                 Science

                                Kerry Speziale                                        Mathematics (1st semester-$250)

                                TBA                                                        Mathematics (2nd semester-$250)

                                Kristi Taylor                                           Social Studies

                                Caitlin Cooper                                        Language Arts

 

PROPERTY COMMITTEE - Mrs. Maureen Matiska

1.             Recommended that a resolution be adopted to permit the following organizations to use the Dallas School District facilities, as listed, contingent upon receipt by the School District of a Certificate of Insurance in accordance with the District's rules and regulations regarding school facility use requests:

 

Back Mountain Wrestling Club, use of the Middle School Wrestling Room,

to instruct youth in wrestling technique, Monday-Friday,

November 1, 2009-May 1, 2010, from 6-8:30 P.M.

 

                                Dallas ElementarySchool PTO, use of the DES Gym, for candy delivery,

                                March 10, 2009, from 9 A.M.-7 P.M.

 

Cub Scout Pack 281, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for awards

                                program, October 16, 2009, from 6-9 P.M.

 

                                Cub Scout Pack 281, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for awards

                                program, November 20, 2009, from 6-9 P.M.

 

                                Cub Scout Pack 281, use of the Middle School Cafeteria, for awards

                                program, December 11, 2009, from 6-9 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES classroom, to choose teams,

                                October 15, 2009, from 7-8 P.M.; October 22, 2009, from 7:30-8:30 P.M.;

October 27 & 29, 2009, from                 6:30-8:30 P.M.

                               

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES Gym, for practice & games,

                                October 19, 2009-February 22, 2010, from 5:30-9:00 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES Gym, for practice & games,

                                October 20, 2009-February 23, 2010, from 5:30-9:00 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES Gym, for practice & games,

                                October 21, 2009-February 24, 2010, from 5:30-9:00 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES Gym, for practice & games,

                                October 22, 2009-February 25, 2010, from 5:30-9:00 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of DES Gym, for practice & games,

                                October 21, 2009-February 26, 2010, from 5:30-9:00 P.M.

 

                                Dallas Youth Basketball, use of Middle School Cafeteria, for

picture day, January 9, 2010, from 10 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

 

                                Dallas High School Graduation 2010 Lock-In Committee, use of

                                DHS Library, for meetings, October 8 and November 18, 2009

 

                                Dallas High School Graduation 2010 Lock-In Committee, use of

                                DHS Cafeteria, Gym, Auditorium and Office, for Lock-In, June 4, 2009

 

                                Dallas High School Mini-Thon, use of Mountaineer stadium, for

                                powder puff game, October 11, 2009, from 2-5 P.M.

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

PROPERTY COMMITTEE - Mrs. Maureen Matiska

Dallas High School Mini-Thon, use of Mountaineer stadium, for

                                flag football game, October 18, 2009, from 2-5 P.M.

 

                                PSEA/ESP Dallas Cafeteria Workers, use of a High School classroom,

                                for meetings, third Monday of each month, September, 2009-May, 2010,

                                from 6:30- 9:00 P.M.

Aye motion carried, 9-0, on Consent Agenda items.

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Dr. Richard G. Coslett

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to approve the following persons as PSAT proctors for the 2009-10 school year and to reimburse them at the appropriate rate, in accordance with the Agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas Education Association:

              Robyn Jones-Test site supervisor                                                            Cassie Palfey-Room Supervisor

              Raelene Daring- Associate Test Site Supervisor                                      Ann Butler-Room Supervisor

              Diane Sherman-Room Supervisor                                                             Sandy Sprau-Room Supervisor

              Tom Connors-Room Supervisor                                                              Allyson Lord-Roving Proctor

              Scott Saba-Room Supervisor

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to approve the Agreement with Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc., for prevention/education services, three (3) days per week, for the 2009-10 school year, at the per diem rate of $100.00.

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to permit the following personnel to attend the conferences listed:

Attorney Ben Jones and Mr. Frank Galicki, PASA/PSBA School Leadership Conference, Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, PA, October 13-16, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:   $1,113.00.

 

Nancy Merithew, 21st Annual PSBA School Board Secretaries and Affiliates Conference, Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, PA, October 12-14, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:   $440.00.

 

Mrs. Kathy Wega and Mr. Gary Mathers, PSBA Collective Bargaining & Labor Relations III:  Formulating Strategies for Successful Negotiations, PSBA Offices, Mechanicsburg, PA, September 25, 2009.

                                Approximate cost:   $198.00.

Roll call vote, 9-0.

Mrs. Kyle will attend the PASA/PSBA School Leadership Conference on Friday – PSBA will pick-up cost.

 

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

                                Dallas High School Ecology Classes, Mrs. Emma Healey and

Mrs. Christie Potera, “Community Connections to Our Watershed,”

Conserving Our Natural Resources Environmental Forum, Kirby Park,

Kingston, PA, October 6 & 29, November 24, 2009, January 12,

April 8 & 23, May 4 & 19, 2010.

                                Approximate cost:  -0-.

Roll call vote, 9-0.

Mr. Mathers wants cost shown next time.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mr. Richard S. Orlowski

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to pay Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, Inc., for professional services rendered for the period to July 31, 2009, from the following invoices, out of the Capital Projects Fund:

Project 2060 – New High School Facility, from Invoice #27, $10,104.60

                Project 2060 – New High School Facility, from Invoice #28, $35,348.72

                                                                                                                  $45,453.32

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

 

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mr. Richard S. Orlowski

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

                                                                July, 2009:              Invoice #7409572, $5,189.38

                                                                August, 2009:         Invoice #7410207, $3,550.47

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega,Recommended that a resolution be adopted 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:

                Charles H. Corby & Sons Excavating Inc. – Sitework Construction – Application #3                         $191,340.00

                Lobar, Inc. – General Construction – Application #2                                                                            $346,120.65

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Dr. Goeringer, 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 #07251                                                        $1,720.00

                Midlantic Engineering – Construction Inspection Services - Invoice #08251                                                        $5,179.00

                Middle Atlantic Inspections, Inc. – temp.electric service inspection – Invoice #0200-0120-018389                   $   275.00

                Central Clay Products, Inc. – pipe/materials – Invoice 907574                                                                             $   562.10

                Bassler Equipment Co. – sign/materaisl – Invoice #118217                                                                                   $   802.46

                                                                                                                TOTAL                                                                  $8,538.56

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to pay the following invoices, from the appropriate vendors, pertaining to the modulars, out of the Capital Reserve Fund:

(for classroom CPX-11949)

Williams Scotsman, Inc., Invoice #92332829 $     927.00

Williams Scotsman, Inc., Invoice #92966784 $     927.00

                                        TOTAL                                  $  1,854.00

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to pay Williams Scotsman, Inc., the amount of $37,000 to satisfy leasing requirements for modular classroom, out of the Capital Reserve Fund:  (classroom CPX-11856)

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no –Mr. Orlowski.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Dr. Goeringer, to accept PLANCON Part H:  Project Financing, for the New Dallas High School Project, for submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as attached.

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Dr. Goeringer, to authorize a series of bonds of the school district in the aggregate principal amount of $4,945,000 to be designated generally as “Dallas School District, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2009,” as attached.

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to approve a 2009-10 state budget that maintains the Commonwealth’s commitment to adequate and equitable basic education funding, as attached.

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Mrs. Wega, to approve the payment of the following bill from KingSpry, for services rendered:

                                                July 13, 2009:                        Invoice #50808, $   288.00

                                                September, 2009:                    Invoice #52022, $1,136.00

                                                September, 2009:                    Invoice #52023, $6,848.00

                                                September, 2009:                    Invoice #52024, $   384.00

                                                                TOTAL                                             $8,656.00

Roll call vote, 9-0.

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – Mrs. Catherine Wega

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Orlowski, to approve the overtime reports for payrolls as attached.

Roll call vote, 8-0 (Mr. Bigus was out of the room).

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – Mrs. Catherine Wega

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Orlowski, to approve the leave of absence for the following teachers for the 2009-10 school year as listed:

Jessica Pasquini, SR High School English Teacher, 12/1/09-5/21/10;

Jonelle Cavill, MID School English Teacher, 1/4/10-3/26/10.                               

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no – Mr. Mathers.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Orlowski, to transfer Maria Brody from Reading Recovery Teacher Leader to part-time Reading Teacher, effective September 22, 2009.

Aye motion carried, 9-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to accept the resignation of Tara Murphy, Housekeeper #3, Dallas Elementary School, with regrets and gratitude, effective

October 2, 2009.

Aye motion carried, 9-0.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES - Dr. Bruce M. Goeringer

Motion by Dr. Goeringer, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to appoint Matt Stretanski as the Pool Manager, for the Dallas School District, for the 2009-10 school year, at the rate of $1,841 per athletic season.

Roll call vote, 6 yes, 3 no – Mr. Bigus, Mr. Gochoel, and Mr. Mathers who said there was not adequate financial records presented from previous years.

 

Motion by Dr. Goeringer, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to appoint the following coaches for the 2009-10 season, in accordance with the Agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School District Education Association.

                                FALL SPORTS

                                MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                Boys Soccer – Assistant-in-Charge                        Andrew Sandoe

                                Boys Soccer – Assistant Coach                              Ricky Bartolini

                                WINTER SPORTS

                                HIGH SCHOOL

                                Diving – Head Coach                                              Arie F. Van Kuyk

                                Swimming – Assistant Coach                                 Jennifer Swiderski

                                Wrestling – Assistant Coach                                  Robert Jesse

                                MIDDLE SCHOOL

                                Girls Basketball – Assistant-in-Charge                  Paul Darling

                                Boys Basketball – Assistant-in-Charge                  John McNeil

                                Wrestling – Assistant-in-Charge                             James Rosencrans

                                Wrestling – Assistant Coach                                  Jerry Ogurkis

Roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no – Mrs. Kyle.

 

West-Side Career and Technology Center – Mr. Orlowski said there was an issue with the modulars – nothing specific.  Enrollment is up.  Doubling size of culinary offerings.

 

Intermediate Unit – none.

 

Legislative Committee – Mr. Orlowski said last Friday leaders of three of the four legislative caucuses (Senate Republicans and Democrats and House Democrats) announced that they had reached agreement on a tentative budget that allocated $300 million for the basic education subsidy line item and raised $1.2 billion in recurring revenue for the state, two goals that Governor Rendell has specified had to be part of any agreement that he would sign.  A notice will be published in the September 19 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin announcing the Act 1 index for the 2010-11 school year is 2.9%, the lowest in the brief history of the act.  Combined with the expected pension increases and the overall condition of the economy, this figure is likely to produce either a number of referendum question for the next school year or additional cuts in programs as districts attempt to avoid a public vote on tax increases.  The base index will be adjusted upward for poorer school districts.  PDE is required to give notice to school districts regarding their 2010-11 index by September 30.

 

Motion by Mr. Orlowski, seconded by Dr. Goeringer, to approve the bills for the month of August, 2009, including check #43223 through check #43484, as attached.

Roll call vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

Titles I, II, III V and Vocational Education – no report.

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

Parent Advisory Council – Mr. Galicki said the first meeting was held on September 9th.  Mr. Duffy was gracious to host it.  Representatives from WSCTC there to go through the use of Parent Portal.  Clarifications needed.  Thanks to Ms. Danette Mynes, from WSCTC, Mrs. Sandy Pesavento, Mr. Duffy and Mr. Barett.

 

Building Representatives Reports 

Senior High School

We have had a very successful opening to the 2009-2010 school year.  A faculty meeting was held on September 2, 2009. The following items were discussed:  Back-to-School Night- Sept. 8th, 7:00 PM; Individual Action Plans by Sept. 17; Act 48 Guidelines; Crisis Flip Charts- Lockdowns.  Underclassmen pictures were taken on September 3, 2009.  Back-to-School Night was held on September 8, 2009.  ACT Testing was held on Saturday, September 12, 2009.  Junior Class Ring presentations were held on September 10 & 11, 2009.  A fire drill was held on September 21, 2009.

 

Middle School

A new student and parent orientations program was held on August 17.  Over 40 participants gathered in the library for an overview provided by the principal and staff.  Guided tours of the building followed.  During the first week of school, teachers reviewed student handbooks with all classes as expectations and procedures were outlines.  Students were assigned lockers and reviewed cafeteria etiquette in the first days of school and fire drills were practiced.  Back to School Night was held on Monday, August 31 at 7:00 P.M. beginning in the auditorium.  Over 400 attended.  An overview of middle school goals, programs, and student expectations were communicated to guests as an introduction to the evening.  Parents then reported to their child’s homerooms to receive student schedules.  Parents traveled through the building using their child’s schedule for the remained of the evening.  Classroom teachers provided overviews for parents.  Grade-level meetings were held in the auditorium during the week of August 31.  The principal and assistant principal reviewed building wide expectations and formally welcomed students back to school.  Club advisers presented information regarding club opportunities for students.  On September 4, each homeroom elected two Student Council Representatives.  Reps will meet several time per month throughout the year and communicate school wide information back to the homerooms.  Mrs. Joan Rakowski continues to serve as the Student Council Advisor.  On September 11, a building wide moment of silence was observed for the anniversary of “911.”  Also, student clubs began during activity period.  Students participated in initial meetings for Student Council, Science Olympiad, History Day, Student Newspaper, Chess, Ping-Pong, Art and several other clubs.  All middle school departments began yearly curriculum work on the September 18 in-service day.  This year’s imitative will include enhancements to planned courses, the review of Career and Work Standards, the creation of additional common assessments, as well as collaboration between regular education and special education teachers regarding curriculum.

On Monday, September 21 a building wide assembly was held regarding positive peer relationships and making good decisions.  The multimedia event, presented by Camfel Productions, served as a motivational year beginning program with a powerful message delivered in a student centered way.  Students are looking forward to the first school dance of the year slated for September 25.

Please be reminded the Dallas Middle School will host the American Diabetes Association’s Walk on Saturday, October 3, with registration beginning at 9:00 A.M.  Everyone is invited to participate.

 

Dallas Elementary School

A Newcomers’ Luncheon was held on August 19th for all new DES students.  New students were treated to a tour of DES and team building activities sponsored by the Character Council.  For lunch, Character Council members and new students enjoyed Domino’s Pizza in the DES cafeteria.  An orientation was held for DES kindergarten parents and students on August 19th from 5-9 PM.  There was a bus safety presentation, PTO overview, classroom visitation, tour of DES and review of student demographic data.  The first day of school was held on August 24th.  The first week went smoothly for 650 DES students with the exception of transportation issues.  The DES PTO treated students to hand dipped ice cream cones on August 28th to celebrate a successful first week of school.  The PTO membership drive was very successful from August 31st -September 11th.  Band Parents’ night was held on September 1st.  80 students and their parents are taking advantage of the DES Premier Band under the direction of Mr. Hoover this year.  The DES PTO met on September 2nd at 7 PM in the DES library.  Over 50 parents attended the meeting to start off the school year.  4 Sight assessments were administered in reading and math to all third, fourth and fifth grade students during the first week of September.  The baseline data will be used to drive decisions for remediation and instruction.  Students will take the 4 Sight two more times before the PSSA to measure how they are progressing toward meeting the PA content standards.  Back to School Night was held for kindergarten, first and second grade and September 9th.  A second Back to School Night was held for grades 3, 4 and 5 on September 10th.  On both nights, parents were given a PSSA data presentation in the cafeteria at 6:30 and then went to classroom presentations.  Volunteer orientation was also held both nights.  DIBELS assessments were administered to the entire DES student body by the SWAT team on September 14,15 and 16.  The data collected is used to drive decisions about fluency activities and reading remediation groups.  Fourth grade visited Quiet Valley Farm on September 17th.  The students saw a living history of what farm life was like during the 1800’s.  On September 18th, teachers had a full day of in-service training.  Grade level teams utilized recently collected DIBELS and 4Sight data to make decisions regarding instruction, remediation, enrichment and differentiation.  Intermediate teachers were also trained on PSSA Translator software for COMPASS.  They also updated AR data and goals.  Primary teachers learned how to establish leveled reading groups in their classes and were given fluency activities to boost student reading rates and accuracy.  As you can see, we are off and running at DES!      

 

 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS, REGULAR MEETING, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009

Wycallis Elementary School

Wycallis opened with  546 students, 278   boys and  268   girls.  Students, teachers and staff appreciated that this was the first year we had air conditioning up and running the first day of school.  We scheduled the following events to welcome parents and students:  August 19th   Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night; August 21st   Building Tours for New Students; September 3rd  Back to School Night for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade parents; September 10th Back to School Night for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade parents.  The PTO held its first Open Board Meeting on at 6 p.m. on September 10th.  The first and what is hoped will be the only fund raiser was announced.  The Race for Education which allows parents and relatives to pledge funds to challenge their students to meet walking/jogging goals will take place on October 22nd.   We are excited about this fund raiser which will allow our students to raise money to support the school while pursuing fitness goals.  Planning for enrichment programs and field trips is underway.  Wycallis students have completed 4-Sight which predicts  competency in PA Assessment anchors and Dibles which measures student  reading fluency have been completed.  Teachers will use this data in developing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of individual students.  Reading A to Z in up and functioning.  This program will allow teachers to download reading materials which explicitly match student reading levels and remedial needs. 

 

Old Business

Mr. Orlowski thanked the gentlemen from PNC Bank for their help.  Mrs. Matiska asked about the problem with the Math Department.  Mr. Galicki said information was in their packet from Mr. Shaffer.  Math Department Staff is determined to do better.

 

Mr. Galicki mentioned the H1N1 virus.  Applied for the district to be a site to distribute vaccine.  More information will follow.

 

New Business – none.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Dr. Goeringer, to adjourn the meeting.

 

President Kyle adjourned the meeting at 9:13 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Nancy J. Merithew

Board Secretary