York Suburban Board Of School Directors
Regular Monthly Meeting
March 28, 2022 – 7 p.m.
York Suburban High School – Cafeteria

A G E N D A

  1. General Business
    1. Call to Order – Mr. Posenau, Board President
      1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
      2. Roll Call
      3. A reminder to please silence your cell phone during the meeting.
      4. Public Comments
        1. 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.
      5. Discussion and Action on Board Minutes
        1. Approval of the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting conducted on March 14, 2021. [Approval as submitted/corrected]
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Mr. Sears
    1. Consent Agenda: [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]
      1. Approval of Financial Reports as of February 28, 2022. [File for audit]
        1. Treasurer’s Reports
        2. General Fund Revenue Report
        3. General Fund Expenditure Report
        4. Summary Reports
          1. Capital Project, Capital Reserve, Food Service
        5. Check Summary Reports
          1. General Fund, Food Service, Capital Project, Capital Reserve
        6. General Input Budget Transfers
        7. Student Activities Fund Revenue Report
        8. Student Activities Fund Expenditure Report
  3. Board President’s Report – Mr. Posenau
    1. The Board met in Executive Session on March 23, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. as permitted by Section 707 of the Sunshine Act for the purpose of discussing personnel. No official action was taken.
    2. The Board met in Executive Session on March 24, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. as permitted by Section 707 of the Sunshine Act for the purpose of discussing personnel. No official action was taken.
    3. The Board met in Executive Session on March 28, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. as permitted by Section 707 of the Sunshine Act for the purpose of discussing personnel. No official action was taken.
  4. Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Williams
    1. The Administration recommends Board approval of the EYES facility dog proposal at no cost to the district. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    2. Administrative Reports
      1. Mrs. Albright, YES Principal
      2. Dr. Snedden, YSMS Principal
  5. Business Office Report – Mrs. Ciaciulli
    1. The following items are presented as part of a consent agenda. Would any Board member like any of these items considered separately or are there any questions about any of these items? If not, I would ask that a motion be made to approve the below-mentioned items [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      1. The Administration recommends Board approval of the renewal contract with Tomlinson Bomberger for District-wide building pest management, fertilizer, weed, and lawn treatments for a total of $12,688, an increase of $234 over the 2021 contract year.
      2. The Administration recommends the Board authorize the Business Office to advertise and solicit Requests for Proposals for Benefits Consulting Services.
    2. The Administration recommends the Board renew the Renewal Hosted Service Agreement with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 to help facilitate compliance with the employee history review process as required by Act 168 of 2014. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    3. The Administration recommends the Board renew the GASB 75 Valuation and Related Services Agreement with Conrad Siegel Actuaries through PA Trust as presented. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    4. The Administration recommends the Board approve the Memorandum of Agreement for Cooperative Student Teaching Program with Pennsylvania State University in accordance with Board policy 307. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    5. The Administration recommends the Board approve the Service Agreement with ASUS Computer International as presented pending solicitor review. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    6. The Administration recommends the Board approve the 2022-23 health insurance premium rates as listed below. These rates reflect a total premium increase of 7% over the current year’s premium. The employee’s contribution for medical and/or dental insurance will be 10% of the total cost of the medical and dental coverage to the employer. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      1. Individual: $586.64
      2. 2-Party: $1,407.93
      3. Family: $1,655.26
    7. The Administration recommends the Board approves the 2022-23 Cobra rates which represents a rate hold. The 2022-23 rates are listed below. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      1. Individual: $612.02 
      2. 2-Party: $1,468.84
      3. Family: $1,726.88
    8. The Administration recommends the Board approve the Horticulture Club (sustainable school gardening system) in partnership with York College of Pennsylvania. The Horticulture Club will be offered at Indian Rock Elementary. The estimated cost to establish the system is $2,000 and will be funded through donations. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    9. The Administration recommends the Board authorize the Business Office to advertise and solicit proposals for Waste Management. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    10. Informational
      1. Food Service Dining Report and Sales Report
      2. Donation
        1. $1,500 from the John and Maria Polli Family Fund of York County Community Foundation
  6. Student Board Representative Report – Neave Casey
  7. Committee Reports – Mr. Posenau
    1. Personnel Committee Report – Mr. Robinson
      1. Consent Agenda: You have before you the Personnel Report. 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]
        1. Employment
          1. Recommend the appointment of Karen Potts as the 2022 Summer Enrichment Coordinator at the stipend of $3,000.
        2. Resignations
          1. Recommend the Board accept the resignation of Allison Shelton as Part-Time Paraprofessional at Yorkshire Elementary School effective March 15, 2022.
          2. Recommend the Board accept the resignation of Barbara Seifert as Substitute Custodian effective November 1, 2021. 
          3. Recommend the Board accept the resignation of Elizabeth Herr as YSHS Head Field Hockey Coach effective January 31, 2022.
        3. Leave of Absence
          1. Recommend the Board approve the FMLA request for Sarah Rodenburgh, a teacher at York Suburban Middle School, effective April 13, 2022, through May 8, 2022. 
        4. Extracurricular
          1. Recommend the Board approve the appointment of Scott Payne as Assistant Athletic Director (50%) for the fall, winter, and spring seasons of the 2021-22 school year, with a total stipend amount of $3,750. This will be funded through the Athletic Budget.
          2. Recommend the Board approve the appointment of Torance Harvey as Assistant Athletic Director (50%) for the fall, winter, and spring seasons of the 2021-22 school year, with a total stipend amount of $3,750. This will be funded through the Athletic Budget.
        5. Volunteers
          1. Recommend approval of the following volunteers.
            1. Michael Page
            2. Barbara Lavetan
            3. Nicole Barley
            4. Alan Wonder
            5. Melody Reed
            6. Barry Girling
        6. Substitutes 
          1. Recommend approval of the following STS substitute teachers. 
            1. David Loring
            2. Mary Bowman
            3. Pamela Wilt
        7. Bus Drivers
          1. Recommend approval of the following drivers for Reliance Student Transportation.
            1. Dwight Arnold
      2. The Administration recommends the Board approve the elimination of the YSMS Autistic Support program effective for the 2022-23 school year. This program will be replaced with an Intensive Learning Support Program. The current Autistic Support teacher will be re-assigned. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      3. The Administration recommends the Board approve the creation of a YSMS Intensive Learning Support Program effective for the 2022-23 school year. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      4. The Administration recommends the Board approve the creation of an Intensive Learning Support Teacher effective for the 2022-23 school year. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    2. Policy Committee Report – Mr. Thoman
      1. The Policy Committee recommends Board approval of the following policy revisions. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
        1. Policy 006 – Meetings
        2. Policy 201 – Admission of Beginners
        3. Policy 610 – Purchases Subject to Bid/Quotation
        4. Policy 611 – Purchases Budgeted
        5. Policy 626 – Federal Fiscal Compliance
        6. Policy 903 – Public Participation in Board Meetings
    3. Property & Finance Committee – Mr. Sears
      1. The approved minutes are presented from the meeting held on November 1, 2021.
      2. Update from the meeting held on March 16, 2022.
    4. Academics Standards & Curriculum Committee – Mr. Sullivan
      1. The approved minutes are presented from the meeting held on November 15, 2021.
      2. Update from the meeting held on March 21, 2022.
      3. The committee recommends Board approval of the YSSD K-12 Counseling Plan. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
      4. The committee recommends Board approval of the contract with Harris Computer for the EdInsight data warehousing program. [Motion; Discussion; Roll Call Vote]
    5. Additional Committee Reports
  8. Legislative Update – Mr. Robinson
  9. Lincoln Intermediate Unit Report
    1. LIU Joint Operating Authority Report – Mrs. Freireich
  10. York Adams Academy Report – Mrs. Freireich
  11. York Adams Tax Bureau Report – Mrs. Ciaciulli
  12. York County School of Technology Report – Mrs. Schroeder
    1. The highlights are presented from the meeting held on March 24, 2022.
  13. Recognition of Visitors
  14. Upcoming Events
  15. Board Meeting & Committee Meeting Schedules
  16. Public Comments
    1. 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.
  17. Adjournment

 

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1 Comment

  1. Bryan J. Platt on March 28, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Bryan J. Platt
    Magnolia, DE (withholding street address as that is pertinent to my comment)

    According to the YSSD Policy Manual Code 249 regarding bullying, the school board expressly prohibits bullying by students, stating “The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for District students,” and “…recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning, and may lead to more serious violence.” The bullying policy continues by defining bullying as “…an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following: substantial interference with a student’s education, creation of a threatening environment, substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.”

    Obviously, I have no issues with this policy. Yet in the last two regular meetings in January and February, two different public commenters have detailed actions by Mr. Robinson that, at a minimum, constitute bullying as defined by the YSSD Policy Manual (of two different women no less), and in reality, are much worse. It is clear Mr. Robinson has engaged in misconduct pertaining to his office in that he used the knowledge gained from the public comment periods, namely home addresses, to target and intimidate members of the community and parents of students over policy disagreements by leaving notes in their mailboxes. Additionally, it is a federal offense to place anything in someone’s mailbox that is not properly marked and posted mail, and when the individual is not a Postal Worker. Furthermore, Mr. Robinson’s actions potentially fit the PA Code definition for misdemeanor harassment and stalking (imagine how you would react if an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband treated someone you care about in the same manner). Additionally, Mr. Robinson’s actions could incur further criminal liability depending on the contents of the written notes he left at the homes of the two women he targeted.

    For two months now, I have heard no comment from the Board, no public apology from Mr. Robinson or Mr. Posenau as Board President, nor have I seen or heard any statement condemning his actions from any Board member. Am I and the rest of the YS community to believe that you have taken no action in private or executive session? No member of the Board spoke to Mr. Robinson about his conduct? Obviously not, since Mr. Robinson felt emboldened to repeat his actions after it was first brought to the Board’s attention in January. Did the Solicitor not make him aware of the legal liability he was incurring? How is this Board, who reacted so quickly with public comments and a written statement to a minor disruption of the Special Meeting in January, now sitting silent for two months when one of their own members escalates policy disagreements to bullying, intimidation, and possible criminal activity?

    Continued silence by every other member of this Board at this point can only be interpreted as tolerating if not outright support of Mr. Robinson’s actions these last several months. You as a Board deemed such actions by students to be so disruptive and intolerable that you prohibited such conduct according to the Bullying Policy. Why do you allow Mr. Robinson to continue to engage in such behavior? Mr. Robinson is no longer fit to serve on this School Board as demonstrated by his conduct. The rest of the YS community needs to know where this Board stands on Mr. Robinson’s behavior and his fitness to continue serving, and how their advocacy, concerns, and opinions on the business before this Board will be met going forward.