Skip to content
Friday, August 14, 2020 - Today is Cycle Day 1

Minutes 2020-07-13

YORK SUBURBAN SCHOOL BOARD
SPECIAL MEETING
JULY 13, 2020 – 7:00 PM

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

Due to health and safety reasons, a virtual meeting format was utilized.

M I N U T E S
(approved on July 20, 2020)

  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 – Ellen Freireich, John Posenau, Richard Robinson, James Sanders, Steve Scalet, Lois Ann Schroeder, Joel Sears, Steven Sullivan, Michael Thoman, Carly Bowen (Student Representative) 

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

      Mr. Posenau reported above. 

    4. Public Comment. Place your comments at the Public Comment Form link found on this page. 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. Public Comment that was shared. 

  2. President’s Report – Mr. Posenau

    The Board met in Executive Session in a virtual meeting format prior to this meeting as permitted by Section 707 of the Sunshine Act for the purpose of discussing matters of personnel. No official action was taken.

    Mr. Posenau reported above. 

  3. Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Williams
    1. The Administration recommends approval of the Extracurricular Health and Safety Plan.

      Extracurricular Health and Safety Planning Document
      YSSD Extracurricular Health and Safety Plan

      [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]

      Dr. Williams reported above. Dr. Krauser and Mr. Marshall provided additional information.

      A discussion continued about plans when a positive COVID-19 test occurs, guidelines will be consistently used for athletics and extracurriculars, and stronger language recommended with should vs. will. The norms and attitudes of the YS community are being careful, cautious, and considerate. The importance and seriousness of using honesty, truth, and consistency with the daily screening questionnaire was stressed. Health and safety is the #1 priority for everyone with the coaches and advisors being the role models for students with this educational opportunity. PIAA does plan to meet on July 15 and August 5 and additional information about the athletic season will be provided. The PA School Boards Association’s Daily Edition provides very up-to-date information. The opening of the track and other facilities for community members is being reviewed and will be communicated to current community cardholders as these areas will potentially be intermingled by the community, coaches, and student-athletes. Collaboration and communication occur among local school districts. Many thanks were extended to the Administration for the many hours and tremendous work that were involved with developing this plan. An enormous task lies ahead with coaches and advisors as students will be starting to congregate and the community is trusting the district with consistency and seriousness with staff, coaches, advisors, and students. 

      Motion, Schroeder, Second, Scalet; Approval of the Plan with strengthening the language as discussed.

      Roll Call Vote, all present, yes, except Sears, no. Motion carried 8-1.

      A suggestion was made to include the strength of language as expressed this evening in the reopening school year document that will be available for the July 20 meeting.

    2. The following item is recommended for discussion on July 13 with anticipated action taken on July 20.

      Proposed 2020-2021 School Calendar Changes

      Dr. Williams reported above. Dr. Krauser reported the proposal includes the elimination of most of the early dismissal professional development so as not to lose instructional time. Professional Development will be focused on the Health and Safety Plan and the intricacies at the building level. Also, Professional Development will include the increase of rigor and communication as related to Forward Learning 2.0 depending upon current pandemic status. 

  4. Public Comment. Place your comments at the Public Comment Form link found on this page. 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 were no additional comments.

  5. Adjournment  

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:09 PM.

 

/s/ Kathy Ciaciulli, PCSBA, M.Ed.
Board Secretary

 

Link to Meeting Video