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					           South Fayette Township School District
                                    REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                               MINUTES
                                        Tuesday, October 26, 2004




The Regular Meeting of the South Fayette Township Board of School Directors was called to order at 7:03 p.m.
in the South Fayette High School Conference Center by President Tom Welch.

President Welch announced that the Board had entered into an Executive Session prior to this meeting to discuss
personnel.

PRESENT:        Welch, Collins, Niemann, Fornella, Petrillo, Ford (arrived at 7:55 p.m.), Lamberti, Wood,
                Mazza

ABSENT:         None

OTHERS:         W. Theodore Brooks, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.; Dr. Linda B. Hippert, Superintendent; Dr. Mary
                D. Ravita, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Bill Harper,
                Director of Finance and Business Operations; Shelly Belcher, Community and Public Relations
                Specialist; Kevin Biber, Deputy Tax Collector; Alan Vezzi, Director of Maintenance
                Operations; Helen Cardillo, Anthony J. Biondi, Michelle Stanek, Beth Kurta, Betty Sasfai,
                Sandy Hanich, Helmuth Kump, Patricia Kump, Cindy Hestad, Lena Hannah, Sharon Sharp,
                Michael Federici, Hayes Large Architects; Diane Egan, C. E. Hareza, Debra Amelio-Manion,
                Ann Guadagnino, Karen O’Donnell Marshall, Sue Mikesell, T. J. Plack, Terry Tuma, Board
                Secretary/Superintendent’s Assistant

                MINUTES

 Motion:        Petrillo seconded Mazza to approve Minutes of the following meetings:

                    Committee Meeting of the Board              -       Tuesday, September 21, 2004
                    Regular Board Meeting                       -       Tuesday, September 28, 2004

                                                                                Voice Vote - - All Yes

Motion:         Wood, seconded Lamberti to approve the Board Treasurer’s Report for January, February,
                March, April, May and June 2004 prepared by Leonard Fornella, Board Treasurer, and the
                Earned Income/Delinquent Tax Report for September, 2004 as prepared by Dorothy P.
                Ingersoll, District Manager, Berkheimer Associates. (Reports to be made part of the Official
                Minutes.)

                Roll Call: All Yes (with the exception of the Board Treasurer’s Report from which Mr.
                Fornella abstained as he had prepared these reports.)
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Motion:        Niemann, seconded Petrillo to approve the following financial reports for September, 2004 that
               had been reviewed by the Superintendent and Secondary Administration who confirmed that the
               reports were appropriate. (Reports to be made part of the Official Minutes)

               1)   High School Activities Fund Report as prepared by Kathy Demnyan
               2)   Middle School Activities Fund Report as prepared by Carol Hunsinger
               3)   High School Athletic Fund Report as prepared by Joe Farkas, Athletic Director
               4)   Aquatics Fund Report as prepared by Bridget Kotar, Aquatics Director

                                                                                Voice Vote - - All Yes

               SUSPENSION OF BUSINESS TO HEAR FROM VISITORS: 7:08 p.m.

               Betty Sasfai, Canongate Drive – Questioned the motion for the athletic complex in the “not-to-
               exceed” amount and asked how the Board would monitor this.

               Mr. Brooks replied tat the contractors are continuing to monitor costs in an effort to reduce the
               total cost of the stadium. If something occurred to increase the cost, the Board would be
               presented with a change order, and they would then make that determination to accept or not to
               accept.

               Mrs. Sasfai, Canongate Drive - also inquired about the ending balance involved with previous
               years’ Budgets. Mr. Bill Harper, Director of Finance and Business Operations, answered all
               questions.

               Lena Hannah, Battery Drive North – Mrs. Hannah read a letter expressing her concerns about
               construction/renovations of the Elementary School Building.

               BUSINESS OFFICE

Motion:        Collins, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of
               Finance and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval of Real Estate Refunds due to
               a reduction in assessment as per list provided to the Board.

                                2001 Real Estate Refunds in the amount of   $ 7,986.24
                                2002 Real Estate Refunds in the amount of   $11,129.19
                                2003 Real Estate Refunds in the amount of   $     9.80
                                2004 Real Estate Refunds in the amount of   $41,355.29

                                Total:                                      $60,480.52

                                                                        Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Lamberti, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of
               Finance and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval of the interim delinquent tax
               collector fee in the amount of $2,212.43 for the period of September 14, 2004 through
               October 18, 2004.
                                                                    Roll Call - - All Yes
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Motion:.       Niemann, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Finance
               and Business Operations Bill Harper, and Property Services Director Gene Manzini for Board
               approval to award the contract for snow removal to Winter Weather Services in Latrobe, PA as
               per attached information. This company has provided these services for the last two years.
               From the bid amount, we are deducting $140 from the bus access road (Lt. Will Way) as the
               District would assume responsibility to maintain this road.

                                                                        Roll Call - - All Yes

               PERSONNEL

Mot8ion:       Petrillo, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Elementary Principal
               Denise Beverina Moore and Director of Pupil Personnel Dr. Nanci Sullivan for Board approval
               to accept the retirement resignation of Marcelette Davis as Elementary Paraeducator, effective
               October 27, 2004.
                                                                       Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Mazza on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Administrative
               Staff recommend Board approval of the following requests:

               (a)   Daniela B. Wiernik for a leave beginning January 3, 2005 and continuing until the end of
                     the 2004-2005 school year. Mrs. Wiernik meets all requirements for this leave.

               (b)   Noelle Gagliardino for a leave beginning Monday, January 24, 2005 and continuing until
                     the end of the 2004-2005 school year. Mrs. Gagliardino meets all requirements for this
                     leave.

               (c)   Kathleen DeLuca, Student Monitor, to rescind her resignation of May, 2004 as student
                     monitor, and to continue in this capacity effective September 7, 2004, at the rate of
                     $8.20/hr.
                                                                      Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        The Superintendent and Administrative Staff recommend Board approval of the following
               substitute employees:

               (a)   Day-to-day substitute teachers at the beginning rate of $70.00 per day for 1 to 60 days,
                     and $75.00 per day for 61 days and over.

                         Raymond Gombar certified in Elementary Education and Mid-Level Citizenship
                         Rege Fechter certified in High School Guidance
                         Robert Nyswaner certified in Social Studies
                         Michelle Czajkowski certified in Elementary Education K-6
                         Charlotte W. Smith certified in Music Education

               (b)   Substitute Administrative Assistants and/or Paraeducators at the rate of $8.15 per hour:

                         Sharon Mehalic as a substitute administrative assistant
                         Anita Myers as a substitute administrative assistant and/or paraeducator
                         Marilyn Schultz as a substitute administrative assistant and/or paraeducator
                         Ron Moncrief as a substitute paraeducator
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               (c)   Steve Hennon as a substitute bus driver effective October 25, 2004 at the rate of $11.00
                     per hour.

               (d)   Justina R. Jerzyk as a permanent substitute Elementary Guidance Counselor effective
                     October 26, 2004 and continuing to the end of the 2004-05 school year, at the salary as
                     per the negotiated agreement, Masters Degree.
                                                                      Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent for Board approval to
               hire after-school tutors for PSSA at the rate of $18.00 per hour. The cost of this program is
               covered by the Accountability Grant. The following after-school Middle and High School
               tutors are being recommended by the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and
               Assessment, Dr. Mary Ravita:

               (a)   Erin Wall - English – High School
               (b)   Bob Reasey – Mathematics – High School
               (c)   Darcy Sutton – Middle School
               (d)   Sandy Miller – Middle School
               (e)   Donna Michalowsky – Grade 6 Language Arts
               (f)   Sue Andrew – Grade 6 Language Arts
               (g)   Melissa Shober – Grade 6 Mathematics

               After-school elementary tutors at the rate of $18.00 per hour as recommended by Elementary
               School Principal Denise Beverina Moore:

               (a)     Amanda Campbell
               (b)     Amy Garbin
               (c)     Tiffany Secreti

               Elementary School tutoring would occur two times a week for an hour starting in November
               and ending in late March. The cost of the Elementary Program is covered by Title V Federal
               Funds.

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Mazza on the Superintendent, Director of Finance and Business Operations
               Bill Harper, and Director of Food Services Tricia Wood recommend Board approval of the
               following food service employees:

               (a)    Confirm the hiring of Rhonda Griffith as a 3-1/2 hr. per day General Worker in the
                      Elementary Cafeteria effective October 1, 2004 The rate for this position is $5.60 per
                      hour for the probationary period of 60 working days, followed by the regular rate of
                      $7.00 per hour based on successful completion of the probationary period.

               (b)    Suzanne Phillips as a substitute General Worker at the rate of $6.00 per hour effective
                      October 13, 2004.

               (c)    Correct the starting date of Susan Thorla, who was approved at the September Board
                      Meeting, from September 28, 2004 to October 1, 2004.

                                                                                Roll Call - - All Yes

               Dr. Hippert commended Tricia Wood, Director of Food Services and her staff for most recently
               receiving the “Four Diamond” Award from the Allegheny County Health Department for
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               having a perfect review over a period of time. We congratulate the Food Service Department
               for this recognition.

               (Mr. Lamberti left at this point in the meeting – 7:15 p.m.)

Motion:        Wood, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
               and Business Operations Bill Harper, for Board approval to hire George M. Safin as Business
               Office Accountant at the salary of $34,000 prorated. Effective date to be November 8, 2004.

                                                                              Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent for Board approval of
               the following:

               (a)     To hire Angela Vogel as a paraeducator at the Middle School effective October 25,
                       2004 per the recommendation of Director of Pupil Personnel Dr. Nanci A. Sullivan.
                       The rate for this position is $8.80 per hour for the probationary period of 60 working
                       days, followed by the regular rate of $11.00 per hour based upon successful completion
                       of the probationary period

               (b)     To hire Barry Gasper as full time custodian effective Wednesday, November 3, 2004 as
                       also recommended by Bill Harper, Director of Finance and Business Operations and
                       Gene Manzini, Property Services Director. The rate for this position is $7.80 per hour
                       for the probationary period of 60 working days, followed by the regular rate of $9.75
                       per hour based upon successful completion of the probationary period.

                                                                              Roll Call - - All Yes

               EDUCATION

Motion:        Wood, seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School
               Principal Ann Bisignani for Board approval of the following overnight trips:

               (a)     Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officers, under the direction of Mrs. Terry
                       Hart, to travel to State College, PA, from Saturday, October 30th through Monday,
                       November 1st.

               (b)     Senior Class Trip to Disney World’s Grad Night Celebration Friday, April 22nd through
                       Sunday, April 24, 2005; coordinated and chaperoned by Student Government sponsor,
                       Stephanie Stonge.
                                                                             Roll Call - - All Yes

.                TRANSPORTATION

Motion:        Collins, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of
               Transportation Bill Scott for Board approval of the following transportation items for Minute
               purposes as required by State Audit procedures.




                 (a)   Bus Routes
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                 (b)    List of approved School Bus Drivers
                 (c)    Equipment List
                 (d)    Bus Routes
                 (e)    Supplemental Transportation Contracts
                                                                               Roll Call - - All Yes

               ATHLETICS

Motion:        Fornella, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Athletics
               Joe Farkas and Varsity Basketball Coach Richard Bonnaure for Board approval of the
               following:

               (a)     to accept the resignation of George Edmunds as Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
               (b)     to hire Bill Fox as Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach (previous volunteer)
               (c)     to appoint Mark Keener as Volunteer Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

               Also, as recommended by Director of Athletics Joe Farkas and Nancy J. Uhler, Co-Head
               Cheerleading Coach, to hire Katie Kochin as Cheerleading Chaperone.

                                                                               Roll Call - - All Yes

               CONSTRUCTION

Motion:        Fornella, seconded Niemann on the Superintendent recommends Board approval of the
               following list of change orders totaling $108,448.18.

                              PC-04        Sauer, Inc.                  $ 17,361.00
                              GC-19        Dixon Construction           $ 59,627.18
                              GC-20        Dixon Construction           $ 31,460.00
                              Total:                                    $108,448.18

               Roll Call: Yes – Niemann, Petrillo,, Wood (GC-19, GC-20), Fornella, Collins, Mazza, Welch
                          No - Wood (PC-04)

               The discussion regarding the Elementary Construction Project that was presented by Dr.
               Hippert at the October 19th Committee Meeting would be tabled until the end of this meeting.

               MISCELLANEOUS

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Fornella on the Superintendent’s recommendation for Board approval of
               the first reading of revised School District Policy 907 – School Visitors and Classroom
               Visitation Policy.
                                                                           Voice Vote - - All Yes

               Informational Note: The November 16, 1004 Committee Meeting of the Board would be held
               in the Middle School Large Group Instruction Room adjacent to the band room due to the
               Middle States Evaluation Tem utilizing the Conference Room November 15th through
               November 18th during the High School Evaluation.
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               Dr. Hippert reported that she had been in Columbus, Ohio funded by the Allegheny Conference
               for Value Added Assessments. South Fayette is one of the leading schools in the pilot program
               in the state. Ohio is also embracing this concept. This concept involves looking not only at
               student achievement, but also student progress. This is the second year that South Fayette
               Schools is involved in this program. We will be conducting workshops for other schools in our
               region.

               Solicitor’s Report – Mr. Irving S. Firman

               Mr. Brooks brought the Exchange Agreement between the South Fayette Township School
               District and the U. S. Army. We have been assembling this document for three years now. Mr.
               Brooks obtained signatures on this document to return to the Army. Broadmore property was
               discussed. Payment was made directly to the School District. We will tell them to direct their
               payment to the proper authority.

               EXPENDITURES

Motion:        Collins, seconded Wood to authorize payment of monthly invoices from the General Fund in
               the amount of $3,476,280.80, and $31,302.86 from the School Lunch Program Fund. The
               Superintendent and Director of Finance confirmed that these invoices had been reviewed and
               attested that these expenditures represent value for the items as indicated.

                                                                              Roll Call - - All Yes

               SUSPENSION OF BUSINESS TO HEAR FROM VISITORS – 7:40 p.m.

               No comments from the audience.

               BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

               Executive Committee Report – President Thomas Welch

                 Nothing to report.

               Legislative Committee Report – Mrs. Suzette Collins

                 Mrs. Collins reported on the PSBA State Conference she had recently attended in Hershey,
                 PA. One conference focused on the “Growing School District “ There is a lot of growth in
                 the Northeastern part of the State where families are relocating from New Jersey as
                 Pennsylvania has lower taxes and better education. Impact fees were also discussed. There
                 were approximately 150 agenda items or proposed legislative policy platforms on which to be
                 voted. PSBA would hope to encourage legislators to give particular attention to the items
                 deemed important.

                 The PSBA Legislative County Meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, November 18 th
                 at Upper St. Clair High School, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will follow the monthly
                 SHASDA Meeting.




               Pathfinder – Chris Niemann
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                 Nothing to report.

            Parkway West – Alan Wood

                Nothing to report.

            SHASDA - Todd Petrillo

                 Mr. Petrillo reported on the October SHASDA Meeting that included all School Board
                 Directors. Chris Niemann also attended this meeting. Topics included Health Consortium,
                 Contract Negotiations, Current Issues in School Construction (presented by our School
                 District) Act 72, Character Education and The Role and Response of Board Members During
                 a School Crisis. Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr offered to visit districts to discuss school crisis
                 which would be very worthwhile.

                 President Tom Welch commented that along with Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, Dr. Mary D.
                 Ravita was recognized in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of the top 48 people in the field
                 of education. Mr. Welch extended congratulations to Dr. Ravita.

            Parks and Recreation - Alan L. Wood and Jo Ann Mazza

                 Nothing to report. Debbie Amelio-Manion, Secretary of this Organization stated that they
                 talked about the flooding and the effects on the parks and athletic fields..

            Zoning Steering Committee – Alan Wood

                 Nothing to report.

            Negotiations - Leonard Fornella and Suzette Collins

                 Mr. Fornella reported that a meeting with the SFEA was to have occurred last evening but
                 was cancelled because Dr. Hippert and Mr. Harper were unable to attend. Another meeting
                 will be scheduled soon.

                 Mrs. Collins reported that they met with the cafeteria workers two weeks ago. The tone is
                 very positive; the next meeting is scheduled for November 4th.

            Dr. Hippert expressed congratulations to all of the fall sports teams. Every single team made it to
            the playoffs.

            (Denise Ford arrived at this point in the meeting – 7:55 p.m.)

            Dr. Hippert discussed the Elementary School Project. A list of items, color-coded to indicate
            importance dated April 20, 2004 was discussed with the Board. Dr. Hippert explained that once
            the food service designer met with School District personnel, it was determined that the food
            service area of the elementary was not large enough to accommodate all the elementary students,
            and there were no other common areas. They began to brainstorm, and came up with the idea of
            possibly adding a new cafeteria that could accommodate 300 students at the same time, along with
            a kitchen that would also accommodate the feeding of that number of children at the same time.
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            If we had a cafeteria, the gym would be free and could accommodate more students in that
            building. We believe the original construction of the two sections of 8 classrooms each was
            originally designed to support a second floor allowing an additional 16 classrooms. This idea had
            just developed last week and was discussed with the Board at their Committee Meeting.

            We had requested Hayes Large Architect to provide a “menu of items with costs” that perhaps we
            might be able to construct the elementary in phases. Dr. Hippert explained reimbursement of
            school projects by the State and qualifying factors.

            If the Board would choose to go in any direction on the project and seek reimbursement, it would
            be necessary to go through the PlanCon process and immediately, we would produce and submit a
            video to obtain variance on the 20-year requirement.

Motion:     Ford, seconded Wood to authorize the administration to advertise for bids for the Elementary
            School Project per the listed red items through 26, plus 18, with an add alternate for 19 (copy of list
            to be made part of the official Minute.).
                                                                                  Roll Call - - All Yes

            SUSPENSION OF BUSINESS TO HEAR FROM VISITORS: 8:45 p.m.

            Tony Biondi, Forestview Drive – Asked the Board’s opinion of Act 72.

            Dr. Hippert replied that the Board and administration had attended workshops in an effort to
            better understand this law. Dr. Hippert clarified the requirements of Act 72 with the most recent
            information available. A suggestion was made to form a study committee including community
            members and Bill Harper,. It is important that people from the community learn with us and they
            can then make a recommendation to the Board. Perhaps a PSBA representative would attend a
            meeting to explain details involved with this Act; with perhaps our State Senator and State
            Representative also in attendance. It would be good for them to hear our views.

            Beth Kurta, Grant Circle – Asked about the landslide of the baseball field. Will this necessitate
            another wall? What caused it?

            Alan Vezzi and Ted Brooks replied that the cause has not yet been determined, but the area has
            been closed to the public and is very dangerous. Alan Vezzi explained that this had just occurred
            and described the extent of the slide.

            Dr. Hippert announced that Dr. Ravita attended a special pre-opening event of the new WalMart
            in Raceway Plaza, wherein she was presented with a $500.00 check for the Life Skills Program in
            our School District.

            Michelle Stanek, Kingsbrook – Asked to see a copy of the revised School District Policy 907 –
            School Visitors and Classroom Visitation Policy for which the first reading was approved this
            evening.

            Cindy Hestad, Old Oakdale Road – Asked about the status of the Kindergarten to second grade
            building that was previously discussed?

            Dr. Hippert replied that in order to get a better idea of that possibility, a feasibility study would
            have to be conducted. At this time, it would not be cost effective to construct a new building with
            39 classrooms when you currently need 5 or 6.
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            (Mr. Lamberti returned to the meeting at this point – 9:10 p.m.)

            Lena Hannah, Asked if the bids would be lumped into one grouping or will they be separate bids
            .
            Mr. Brooks replied that there would be 4 or 5 bid packages.

            Debbie Amelio-Manion, Apple Blossom Drive – What do we need to do to get the wrestling
            program back? For 2006-07 we have to have our program back, by April so we can have matches
            for the boys who are currently in the Chartiers Valley Program.

            Dr. Hippert replied that the best place to start is with Mr. Joe Farkas, Director of Athletics, and he
            would meet with the parents of all wrestlers to put together a proposal that he would present to the
            Board for a recommendation of where we need to go in order to accommodate our wrestlers.

            PRESIDENT WELCH ANNOUNCED THAT FOLLOWING ADJOURNMENT, THE
            BOARD WOULD ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS LEGAL ISSUES
            AND PERSONNEL.

Motion:     Collins, seconded Fornella to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.

                                                         Motion carried………………………………………….


                                                         ____________________________________________
                                                         Thomas A. Welch, Board President


                                                         ____________________________________________
                                                         Terry Tuma, Board Secretary

				
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