Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Today is Cycle Day 4

Minutes 2019-08-05

YORK SUBURBAN SCHOOL BOARD
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
AUGUST 5, 2019 – 7:00 PM
PROVARD EDUCATION CENTER

An Executive Session was held at 6:30, prior to the meeting.

M I N U T E S
(approved on August 19, 2019)

Official action did occur during this meeting for items marked by (*).

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  1. General Business
    Call to Order – Mr. Posenau, Board President

    1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag 

      Mr. Posenau called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

    2. Roll Call 

      Members present – John Posenau, Richard Robinson, James Sanders, Lois Ann Schroeder, Kenneth Watts

      Members not present – Ellen Freireich, Steve Scalet, Joel Sears, Michael Thoman, Sophia Guyer (Student Representative)

    3. A reminder to please silence your cell phone during the meeting.

      Mr. Posenau reported above. 

    4. Public Comment. All comments and questions will be addressed to the President. Board and staff members will not normally respond to comments or questions during the meeting unless recognized by the President for this purpose. Comments will be limited, at the discretion of the President, to five minutes or less.

      An opportunity was provided for public comment. There was none at this time.

    5. (*) Discussion and Action on Board Minutes. Approval of the Minutes of the Combined Planning Committee and Regular Monthly Meeting of July 15, 2019.  [Approval as submitted/corrected]

      The Minutes were approved as submitted.

  2. Board President’s Report – Mr. Posenau
    1. The Board met prior to this meeting in Executive Session as permitted by Section 707 of the Sunshine Act for the purpose of discussing legal matters. No official action was taken.

      Mr. Posenau reported above.

    2. Mr. Posenau reported a draft RFP for legal counsel has been prepared and will be sent out in a few weeks.

  3. Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Williams
    Reports from Administrators

    Dr. Fuhrman, East York Elementary Principal, shared about the Eagle Scout project of Isaac Heidlebaugh, Boy Scout from Troop 20 and a High School student, working with staff to install two gaga pits. Isaac was very prepared for this project and the installation was very smooth. A few remaining finishing touches remain. Isaac plans to share with the East York students over the loudspeaker about the summer project and along with a fellow Eagle Scout will introduce students to the rules of the game at the gaga pit. The renovation and construction projects during the summer are going very well, with some new flooring and a new roof. Dr. Fuhrman encouraged Board members to stop in for a tour of the building.

    Mr. Shirey, Middle School Principal, shared about the food pantry that is partially run by Mr. Noel, Science Teacher, and students with a program called “See a Need, Take a Lead”. Food is brought in by students and distributed to students in need. This program continued over the summer. The summer breakfast and lunch program averaged 70 to 80 students per day. Materials are arriving and being stored to be ready when school starts. Molly McAuliffe, Art Teacher, has been creating several murals in the hallways this summer, working during the evenings of the summer weeks. The greenhouse project using a hydroponic system was highlighted that will be used throughout the school year for growing plants. Multiple sets of interviews took place during the last several weeks with several late-summer staff changes.

    A Board member commented about YS teachers that routinely come in and go above and beyond their classroom responsibility with various activities and projects for the good of the students and building. These efforts are very much appreciated!

    Dr. Fuhrman and Mr. Shirey introduced recommended new teachers in attendance this evening, Nicole Garner, East York Elementary Teacher, and Lauren Arvanites, Middle School Math Teacher.

  4. Business Office Report – Ms. Mason
    1. (*) The Administration recommends Board approval of the 2019-20 Bus Routes and the Bus/Van Driver list.  [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]

      Ms. Mason reported above.

      Motion, Watts, Second, Schroeder; Approval.

      A discussion continued about the routes being similar to previous years.

      Roll Call Vote, all present, yes. Motion carried 5-0.

    2. Items recommended for approval on August 19, 2019:
      1. The Administration recommends Board approval of the Appraisal Proposal with Mid-Atlantic Valuation Group, Inc. for Regent’s Glen Country Club for a fee of $15,000.

        Ms. Mason reported above.

      2. The Administration recommends Board approval of a Junior High Soccer program. There would be a boys team and a girls team for grades 7-9 with 18 players on each team. The 2019-20 schedule would be an exhibition year. This is a follow-up to the Finance Committee presentation and recommendation at the May 15 Finance Committee meeting.

        Ms. Mason reported above.

      3. The Administration recommends Board approval of the bid in the amount of $9,445 from Singer Equipment Company for of a Traulsen Reach-In Heated Cabinet. This is to be purchased from the COSTARS Contract 036-005 with money from the Food Service Fund. This equipment will be for the High School.

        Ms. Mason reported above.

      4. The Administration recommends Board approval of the Integrated Orthopedic Services Agreement with OSS Health for their Company Direct Program.

        Ms. Mason reported above and added this item came out of a discussion at the Finance Committee reviewing ways to save money with various programs. It was suggested an agreement for this program be put in place.

      5. The Administration recommends Board approval of the Annual Agreement with Ruppert Detective Agency LLP, effective August 15, 2019 for Uniformed/Unarmed officers at an hourly rate of $19.50 as needed for events. This is an increase of $.50 from last years agreement.

        Ms. Mason reported above. 

  5. Student Board Representative Report – Sophia Guyer

    Miss Guyer was not in attendance.

  6. Committee Reports – Mr. Posenau
    1. Committee Meeting Schedule

      Mr. Posenau reported above. 

    2. Academic Standards and Curriculum Committee Report – Mrs. Schroeder
      The minutes of March 13 are provided.

      Mrs. Schroeder reported a meeting was held last week and one discussion was whether to continue class rank. Dr. Ellis will be back to discuss this item with the Policy Review Committee and an eventual decision will be made by the Board.

    3. Communications Committee Report – Mr. Scalet
      The Communication Report is provided.

      Mr. Posenau reported above.

    4. (*) Personnel Committee Report – Mr. Robinson
      Consent Agenda: [You have before you the Personnel Report which includes retirement, resignation, leave of absence, employment and extracurricular. Would any Board member like any of these items considered separately or are there any questions on any of these items? If not, the chair moves approval of the below-mentioned items; Roll Call Vote]

      Motion, Robinson, Second, Watts; Approval. Roll Call Vote, all present, yes. Motion carried 5-0.

      Dr. Williams welcomed Nicole Garner and Lauren Arvanites.

      1. Retirement 
        1. Recommend Board approval of the retirement of Susan Lindsey, Head Custodian Valley View Elementary School, effective September 30, 2019.  Sue has been an employee of York Suburban School District for 32 years.
        2. Recommend Board approval of the retirement of Colleen Dennen-Stanley, Health Room Aide, effective July 19, 2019.  Colleen has been an employee of York Suburban School District for 10 years.
      2. Resignation
        1. Recommend Board approval of the resignation of Jennifer Conley, Learning Support Teacher, effective on or before September 19, 2019.  Ms. Conley will be released early upon hiring a successful candidate for this position.
        2. Recommend Board approval of the resignation of Kolea Gillette, full time paraprofessional, effective July 29, 2019.
        3. Recommend Board approval of the resignation of Casey Markey, Head Baseball Coach, effective July 15, 2019.
        4. Recommend Board approval of the resignation of Alicia Kowitz, Math Teacher, effective August 6, 2019, pending approval of her hire at Lampeter-Strasburg School District during their Board meeting on August 5, 2019.
        5. Recommend Board approval of the resignation of Stephen Fieldhouse, HS Jazz Band Instructor, effective August 1, 2019.
      3. Leave of Absence  
        Recommend Board approval of the request of Kiersten Handy, Middle School Spanish/German Teacher, following 12 weeks of FMLA leave, for an unpaid leave absence beginning November 7, 2019 through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
      4. Employment 
        1. Recommend the employment of Nicole Garner, Elementary teacher, 190 days per year, at Master, Step 3 rate of $68,700, effective August 14, 2019 or when released by Lancaster City School District, pending receipt of all paperwork. Ms. Garner’s assignment will be East York Elementary School.
        2. Recommend the employment of Lauren Arvanites, Math teacher, 190 days per year, at Master +45, Step 3 rate of $78,825, effective for the 2019-20 school year, pending full execution of item 2.d. above.  Ms. Arvanites’ assignment will be York Suburban Middle School.
        3. Recommend the employment of Angela Pessognelli, long term substitute Spanish teacher effective for the 2019-2020 school year, pending receipt of all paperwork. Ms. Pessognelli’s assignment will be York Suburban Middle School.
        4. Recommend the employment transfer for Rachel Fry from part time paraprofessional to full time paraprofessional effective August 19, 2019.
        5. Recommend the employment transfer for Krista Kruszon from part time paraprofessional to full time paraprofessional effective August 19, 2019.
        6. Recommend the employment of Barrie Davis, part time 2nd shift five-hour custodian, at an hourly rate of $14.13, effective August 6, 2019, pending receipt of all paperwork.
        7. Recommend the employment of Rami Norris, full time Personal Care Assistant, at an hourly rate of $11.11, effective August 15, 2019, pending receipt of all paperwork.
        8. Recommend the employment of Viviana Stryhn, part time paraprofessional, at an hourly rate of $11.11, effective August 19, 2019, pending receipt of all paperwork.
      5. Extracurricular
        1. Recommend the employment of Brandon Hill, High School Girls Basketball Assistant Coach, at the supplemental rate of $2,561 which represents Step 1 of the Extracurricular Salary Schedule, pending receipt of all paperwork.
        2. Recommend the employment of Tyler Laudeman, Middle School Football Co-Assistant Coach #2, at the supplemental rate of $1,203 which represents ½ of Step 2 of the Extracurricular Salary Schedule, pending receipt of all paperwork.
        3. Recommend the employment of Justin Sowers, Middle School Football Co-Assistant Coach #2, at the supplemental rate of $1,718.50 which represents ½ of Step 4 of the Extracurricular Salary Schedule, pending receipt of all paperwork.
    5. Policy Review Committee Report – Mr. Watts
      The following policies were discussed at length at the July 10 Policy Review Committee meeting and recommended out of committee for the first read at the July 15 Board meeting, second read at this meeting and eventual adoption at the August 19 Board meeting.

      Mr. Watts reported above. 

      1. 150 – Title I Comparability of Services
      2. 220 – Student Expression/Distribution and Posting of Materials
      3. 913 – Nonschool Organizations/Groups/Individuals
      4. 335 – Family and Medical Leaves
      5. 702.1 – Crowdfunding
      6. 122 – Extracurricular Activities
      7. 123 – Interscholastic Athletics
      8. 204 – Attendance
    6. Additional Committee Reports 
  7. Legislative Update – Mr. Robinson

    Mr. Robinson reported from his attendance at Springettsbury Township meetings that plans for a casino at the York Galleria are going full force. PA School Boards Association Advocacy Ambassador, Divona Richard, moved on from PSBA to another opportunity. The District is now on its own to invite legislators for meetings and providing tours of the District.

  8. Lincoln Intermediate Unit Report
    LIU Joint Operating Authority Report – Mrs. Freireich 
  9. York Adams Academy Report – Mrs. Freireich
  10. York Adams Tax Bureau Report – Ms. Mason

    A meeting was held on July 29. The new business included updating the bylaws to reflect the updated practices. The 2019 member ownership was shared based on a three-year average percentage and YS is 2.21%.

  11. York County School of Technology Report – Mrs. Schroeder

    Mrs. Schroeder reported it was necessary to cancel the July Board meeting due to not having a quorum available and a meeting is scheduled later this month.

  12. Recognition of Visitors 
  13. Board Meeting Schedule

    Mr. Posenau reported above. 

  14. Public Comment. All comments and questions will be addressed to the President. Board and staff members will not normally respond to comments or questions during the meeting unless recognized by the President for this purpose. Comments will be limited, at the discretion of the President, to five minutes or less.

    An opportunity was provided for public comment. 

    Dr. Fuhrman shared that her son graduated from YS with 15 college credits. The value of 15 college credits for less than $2,500 through York College, CLEP Test and AP Exams was invaluable. He is very well prepared to start his future and Dr. Fuhrman thanked all the fine teachers at YS. None of these things factored into a class rank discussion and they were all invaluable to her family.

  15. Adjournment 

    The meeting was adjourned at  7:25 PM.

 

/s/ Corinne D. Mason, PCSBA, M.Ed.
Board Secretary

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