DALLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dallas, Pennsylvania

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD ROOM

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2008

 

President Kyle called the meeting to order at 8:31 P.M.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Those present:  Mr. Bigus, Dr. Coslett, Mr. Gochoel, Mrs. Kyle, Mr. Mathers, and Mrs. Wega.  Mrs. Matiska 

and Mr. Orlowski went to the Dallas Township Zoning Meeting along with Attorney Jones and Mr. Galicki.

Absent:  Dr. Goeringer.

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

 

Visitors – none.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the minutes as follows:  Reorganization Meeting, December 3, 2007; and Committee of the Whole and Regular Board Meeting, December 10, 2007.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the Treasurer's Report for the month of December, 2007, as attached.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the Tax Collector's Report for the month of November, 2007, as attached.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Communications – none.

 

SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS:

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to approve the lateral transfer of Joe Kane from Custodian #5, Dallas Middle School, to Custodian #3, Wycallis Elementary School, effective July 1, 2007 in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to approve the transfer of Loretta Hauk from Housekeeper #2, Dallas Middle School, to Custodian #2, Wycallis Elementary School, effective December 28 2007, at the rate of $8.88 per hour, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint Melanie Harry as Housekeeper #2, Dallas Middle School, effective December 17, 2007, at the rate of $10.08 per hour, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to appoint Shelley Shurites as Secretary, Dallas Elementary School, at the rate of $8.88 per hour, effective January 2, 2008, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas School Educational Support Personnel Association.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

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

Mr. Todd Hunter and band members, PMEA District 9 Band Festival,

Montrose High School, Montrose, PA, January 9, 2008.

Approximate cost:  $500.00.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

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Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint Allison Stark, as a long-term substitute professional employee, Business Education Teacher (replacing Helene Wilhelm), Dallas High School, with 0 years experience, at the 2nd Step, Bachelors level on the salary scale, $33,426, pro-rated, in accordance with the agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas Education Association, effective January 2, 2008 through June 12, 2008.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to confirm the interim action of the Superintendent to appoint Lisa Brzenchek, as a One-on-One Aide at Dallas Elementary School, at the hourly rate of $8.10 per hour, effective

January 14, 2008.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

CAFETERIA COMMITTEE – Mr. Gary R. Mathers

Motion by Mr. Mathers, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to pay Metz & Associates, LTD the amount of $73,685.77 for Invoice #10420711, for total meals served to students of the Dallas School District for the month(s) of

November, 2007.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Dr. Richard S. Coslett

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to permit the following teacher(s) and student(s) to attend the programs as listed:

Mr. Todd Hunter and band members, PMEA District 9 Orchestra

Festival, Wyoming Valley West High School, Plymouth, PA,

January 23, 2008. 

Approximate cost:  $168.00.

 

5th Grade Students and Teachers of Wycallis Elementary School, Academic Recognition

Day, Shadowbrook Resort, Tunkhannock, PA, June 10, 2008.

Approximate cost:  $-0-.

 

Mrs. Shannon Forrer and Key Club members, District Convention, Hershey Convention

Center, Hershey, PA, February 29-March 2, 2008. 

Approximate cost:  -0-.

 

Mrs. Candyce Fike, Mrs. Yvonne Mould and Forensics Team, Forensics Tournament,

Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 19, 2008.

Approximate cost:  $930.00.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Dr. Coslett, seconded by Mr. Gochoel, to approve the attached student placements, from various colleges, for the spring semester of the 2007-2008 school year.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mr. Richard S. Orlowski

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay the following invoice(s), concerning the modulars, in the amount(s) specified, out of the Capital Reserve Fund:

                Williams Scotsman – Invoice #78239708                                                               $       927.00

                Williams Scotsman – Invoice #78249421                                                                        927.00

                Lowe’s Home Centers – Sales #S2412KD1 1080794                                                     395.38

                                TOTAL                                                                                                   $    2,249.38

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay the following invoice(s), concerning the advertisement of the bond issue, in the amount(s) specified, out of the Capital Projects Fund:

                The Citizens’ Voice – Reference #8106865                                                            $       608.28

                The Citizens’ Voice – Reference #8125225                                                            $       554.85                                                            TOTAL                                                                                                                   $    1,163.13

Roll call vote, 6-0.


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Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to pay Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates, Inc., for professional services rendered, from the following invoices, to be paid out of the Capital Project Fund:

Project #1996–Dallas High School, Invoice #7, $637.20, for the period to November 30, 2007;

Project #2041–Wycallis Elementary School, Invoice #8, $5,588.53, for the period to November 30, 2007;

Project #2060–New High School Facility, Invoice #6, $129,345.91, for the period to November 30, 2007.

                                TOTAL                   $135,571.64

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

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

                                                November 30, 2007:               Invoice #7396916, $815.18.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the following invoice from Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, for services rendered in the Construction Issues at Dallas Middle School:

                                                November 30, 2007:               Invoice #7396960, $1,071.00.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to accept the approval of PLANCON  Part F, Construction Documents, for the Wycallis Elementary School Additions/Alterations, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as attached.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to accept the approval of PLANCON Part G, Project Accounting Based on Bids, for the Wycallis Elementary School Additions/Alterations, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as attached.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to continue our membership with the National School Boards Association, at a cost of $2,775, for the 2007-08 school year.

Roll call vote, 5 yes, 1 no – Mr. Mathers.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve an agreement, in a form acceptable to the District’s counsel and Administration, to pay an amount not to exceed forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000), to settle and compromise all claims raised by the parents of an eligible student, and to authorize the Board President and Secretary to execute that agreement on behalf of the District.

Roll call vote, 5 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to accept the attached listing of bids received and reported on December 19, 2007, and reviewed by the solicitor on January 9, 2008, and to award to the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications.  Bids opened on December 19, 2007 – GEOTECHNICAL TESTING and HVAC AIR BALANCING for the Wycallis Elementary School Additions and Renovations.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to approve PLANCON Part H:  Project Financing, for the Wycallis Elementary School Additions/Alterations, to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for review and approval.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the Draft Act 34 Booklet for the new Dallas High School for a Maximum Building Construction Cost of $34,419,608 and Maximum Total Project Cost of $43,135,416, and with this approval, submission of the Draft Act 34 Booklet to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for approval.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve CMX Engineering as the Geotechnical Consultant for the new Dallas High School Project, as a Supplemental Service to Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates contract, in the amount of $19,788, in accordance with the CMX proposal.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to approve Barry Haugh & Associates as the Food Service Consultant for the new Dallas High School Project, as a Supplemental Service to Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates contract, in the amount of $30,000.

Roll call vote, 5 yes, 1 no – Mr. Gochoel.

 

 

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Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to approve K & W Engineers to proceed with their proposal for a new water service to the existing High School, as a Supplemental Service to Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates contract, in the amount of $6,000, in accordance with K & W Engineers proposal.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to authorize Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates and K & W Engineers to proceed with the Zoning Variance Application and Hearing for the Height Variance for the new Dallas High School, on a time and material basis, as per the hourly rate schedule in their contract.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Recommended that a resolution be adopted to accept the Agreement for Legal Services, from Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, L.L.P., to recover the surplus funds contributed by Dallas School District to the Health Trust, as attached.

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to table the above motion.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – Mrs. Catherine Wega

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

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to amend the approved leave of absence for the following teacher for the 2007-08 school year as listed:

Jonelle Cavill, MID English Teacher, 9/4/07-3/31/08.

                                (approved previous resolution read, “9/4/07-1/31/08.”)

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to appoint Jay Pope, as a mentor teacher, for the second semester of the 2007-08 school year.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Mathers, to appoint Mark Kraynack as the Clerk of the Works for the Wycallis Elementary School Additions/Alterations Project, at a compensation of $1,500 per month, beginning

November 1, 2007.

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the attached list of substitute employees, professional and non-professional, for the 2007-08 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, 6-0.

 

Motion by Mrs. Wega, seconded by Mr. Bigus, to appoint the following Middle School Secondary Associate Department Chairperson, at a stipend of $499, plus $60/person in their respective department, for the remainder of the 2007-08 school year:

                                                Social Studies                          Cynthia Finarelli

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

PROPERTY COMMITTEE – Mrs. Maureen Matiska

Motion by Mr. Gochoel, seconded by Dr. Coslett, 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:

 

Club NEPA (girls’ volleyball), use of the High School Gym, for practice

for tournaments, Sundays, December-March, 2008, any time available.

 

Dallas Middle School Band & Chorus, use of the Middle School Cafeteria,

for fundraiser, February 5, 2008, from 2:30-7:30 P.M.

 

                                Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre, use of the High School Cafeteria and Gym,

for “Hoops 4 Hope VII” basketball tournament to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation,

March 16, 2008, from 9:30 A.M.-6 P.M. 

(Snow date:  March 30, 2008.)

 

 

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

March 30, 2008, from 6-9 P.M.

 

                                High School Key Club, use of Dallas Elementary School Gym, Cafeteria, and

                                Library, for Valentine’s Day babysitting, February 14, 2008, from 4-10 P.M.

 

Back Mountain Youth Football & Cheerleading, use of Middle School Football Field

(and Remedial Gym for cheerleaders in cold weather), for practice, Monday through Friday,

July 14-November 21, 2008, from 5-9 P.M.

 

Back Mountain Youth Football & Cheerleading, use of Middle School Football Field,

for games, Sundays, August 17-November 23, 2008, from 9 A.M.-4 P.M.

 

Dallas Junior Football Association, use of the field behind the tennis courts, for football

conditioning, Monday through Friday, July 14-31, 2008, from 5-8 P.M.

 

Dallas Junior Football Association, use of the Township baseball fields, for practice,

Monday through Friday (some Saturdays), August 1-November 16, 2008, from 5-8 P.M.

 

Dallas Junior Football Association, use of the High School Football Field, for games, Sundays, August 17-November 16, 2008, from 8:30 A.M.-5 P.M.

 

WRGN Gospel Media Institute, use of the Middle School Auditorium, for

instruction on history of the country, February 11, 2008, from 5:30-10 P.M.

Aye motion carried, 6-0.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITY COMMITTEE – Dr. Bruce M. Goeringer

Motion by Mr. Mathers, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to appoint the following coach for the

2007-08 season, in accordance with the compensation listed in Appendix C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Dallas School District and the Dallas Education Association:

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Winter Track Coach                                                Matthew Samuel                     $852.00

Roll call vote, 6-0.

 

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE – Mr. Russell P. Bigus

Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, that the Board of Directors be authorized to do all things necessary to execute an agreement between Dallas School District and Emanuel Bus Lines, Inc., as set forth more particularly in a “Sixth Revised Agreement Draft,” which is attached hereto and made part of the record of this meeting, in respect to the terms and conditions for the transportation of Dallas School District students for curricular and extra-curricular purposes, for the term of 2008-2013.

Mr. Mathers commented that the Board should have listened to the Business Manager and put the transportation contract out for bid.  By not putting it out for bid, the Board is subject to accusations of cronyism.

Mr. Gochoel said there is value in doing business with people you have been associated with for so many years.

Roll call vote, 4 yes, 2 no – Mr. Bigus and Mr. Mathers.  Motion failed.

 

West-Side Vo-Tech School – no report.

 

Intermediate Unit – worked with Scranton Diocese for 200 hours of support to update their technology and discussion with architects and engineers regarding Mackin School whether to renovate or construct new building.

 

Legislative Committee – Mrs. Kyle gave this report in Mr. Orlowski’s absence.  She said that, this week, the State Board of Education conducted a public hearing on its plan to revise the Chapter 4 regulations to implement new high-stakes high school Graduation Competency Assessments.  The Board will vote its initial approval of the proposal at its meeting on Thursday,

January 17th.  The State Board’s formal approval of the plan next week will move the Chapter 4 revisions into the first phase of the regulatory review process, which means the proposal will be submitted to the House and Senate Education committees and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for review.  Under the Chapter 4 proposal, the state will develop 10 GCA’s as follows:  Mathematics (3):  Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry; English (2):  English Composition and Literature; Science (2):  Biology and Chemistry; Social Studies (3):  American History, World History and Civics and Government.  In national education news, the publication, Education Week, released its latest “Quality Counts” report that shows that Pennsylvania ranks 10th in the nation in education performance and policy.

 

 

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Motion by Mr. Bigus, seconded by Dr. Coslett, to approve the bills for the month of December, 2007, including check #39028 through check #39157, as attached.

Roll call vote, 6–0.

 

Parent Advisory Council – next meeting will be January 21st, at 11:30 A.M., here at Administration.

 

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

 

Building Representatives Reports

Senior High – Dr. Goeringer (read by Mr. Bigus)

A faculty meeting was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2007.  The Student Council hosted its annual “Black Light Dance” on Friday, December 7, 2007.  A Student Concerns Meeting was held on December 12, 2007.  The school’s literary magazine “The Ink Blot” sponsored an Open Mic-Night on Thursday, December 13, 2007 from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  The Practice SAT (PSAT) was administered on Saturday, December 15, 2007.  The annual Holiday Band and Chorus concert was held on December 17, 2007 in the High School Auditorium.

 

Middle School – Mr. Orlowski (read by Mrs. Wega)

The Dallas Middle School Jazz Band and Select Chorus traveled to Harrisburg on December 5.  Both groups played in the Capitol Rotunda.  There were greeted by Senator Baker, had a photo session, and toured the Capitol Building.  Thanks to Mr. Louis Piazza and Ms. Hollie Major for providing this opportunity for our students.  The eighth-grade Panoramic Picture was taken on December 6.  The Dallas Middle School Student Council Holiday Dance was held on December 7.  The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade concerts were held during the week of December 10.  Congratulations to the band and chorus for three well-performed shows.  The eighth grade was really fantastic!  The select chorus sang their holiday music program at local nursing homes and the Luzerne County Court House.  The next day the French and German clubs brought their song and cheer to local nursing homes.  Thanks to Ms. Major, Mrs. Razavi, and Mrs. Lamoreaux for showcasing our students on this goodwill tour!

 

Dallas Elementary School – Mr. Gochoel

December was a festive month at the Dallas Elementary School.  It all started with PTO holiday shopping on December first.  Santa happened to drop by and remind the children to be nice and not naughty as the holidays were fast approaching.  On December seventh, the winter fun continued with an ice skating party at The Ice Box.  The third grade attended “Scrooge’s Christmas Carol” at Misercordia University on December eleventh.  DES students Brielle Brace, Aloysha Ackerman and Riley Oremus were featured performers.  Fifth grade students attended the “Nutcracker Ballet” at the Wilkes University’s Darte Center on December fourteenth.  The grand finale of holiday festivities was December twentieth.  The entire Dallas Elementary School was treated to an outstanding holiday concert by the DES Premier Band and Chorus in the morning and had holiday parties in the afternoon.  Santa stopped by for one last check on the little ones before the big day.  It wasn’t all fun and games in December.  Before school tutoring numbers for reading and math remain high.  Students are progressing well with their individualized COMPASS learning paths and personalized tutoring.  All teachers and students are progressing well with the curriculum and we are at a full court press to the PSSA’s.

 

Wycallis Elementary – Dr. Coslett

As of January 7th the Administration Parking lot has been reserved for construction vehicles.  As the result a number of procedures have been reworked to insure student safety and avoid having parents, students or teachers interfere with construction.  The changes include:  Having the students picked up by parents dismissed at the middle school.  After a week we can report that this has been very successful.  New plans for fire emergencies or school evacuations.  Diminished playground area.  Having non-professional staff park across the street to make room for the staff at Administration to park.  Despite the need to postpone the fifth grade Concert because of snow, the program was very successful and there was good attendance by parents.  Other Holiday events such as Santa’s visit and parties were also very successful.  Candid photos can be accessed through links on the school web page.  An assembly has been scheduled to honor Martin Luther King on January 15th at 9:45 a.m.  The program will feature a short reflection on King’s call for equality.  The whole school will sing Sing About Martin and Teacher Peace.  Thumbs Up Awards will be given to students who demonstrate Volunteer Orientations are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on January 16th.  The PTO Board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. the same evening.  The First Grade Reading is Fundamental book distribution is scheduled for January 28, 29 and 30.  DARE Graduation for Fifth Grade will by at 9:30 a.m. on January 31st.

 

Old Business – none.

 

New Business – the Act 34 Meeting will be advertised on the web site.

 

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

President Kyle adjourned the meeting at 9:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nancy J. Merithew, Board Secretary