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EAST PENNSBORO AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
890 VALLEY STREET, ENOLA, PA 17025
Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance
Mrs. McMaster called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m., and the meeting opened
with the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. Roll Call
The secretary called the roll. Members responding were Mr. Alleman, Dr. Edmiston,
Mr. Ehgartner, Mr. Gelb, Mr. Groff, Mr. Haas, Mrs. McMaster, Mr. Mustin, and Mrs.
Administration present: Dr. Linda Bigos, Bruce Deveney, Dr. Steve Andrejack,
Robert Burgett, Dr. Jay Burkhart, Christine Frenchek, Kathy Kramer, and Debra
Student representatives present: Michael Mellon and Shea Hicks.
Others present: Liz Ruopp, David Bainbridge, Betsy Holley, Stephanie Andrejack,
Jana Murray, Michelle Kindt, Rob Mulhauser, Darcy Goshorn, and Charity McCrae.
III. Announcement of Executive Session
Mrs. McMaster advised that the Board met for an Executive Session before the
Budget meeting on April 28, 2009, to discuss personnel matters. Next, Mrs.
McMaster reported that the Board met in Executive Session prior to this evening’s
meeting to discuss the personnel agenda and negotiations.
IV. Acceptance of the Minutes
A motion to accept the minutes from the April 20, 2009 meeting was made by Mr.
Haas and seconded by Dr. Edmiston. Mr. Haas offered a correction to the Minutes.
The Board voted 9-0 to approve the minutes for their intended content with the
A motion to accept the minutes from the April 28, 2009 budget meeting was made by
Dr. Edmiston and seconded by Mr. Mustin. Dr. Edmiston and Mr. Mustin each
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offered a correction to the minutes. The Board voted 9-0 to approve the minutes for
their intended content with the corrections.
The April 20, 2009 and April 28, 2009 minutes have been corrected, and both the
April 20 and April 28 minutes have been filed in the Minutes book at the
V. Written Requests to Address the Board
Charity McCrae, 11 Adams Street, Enola, discussed a homebound instruction
VI. Public Comment
There was no public comment offered at this time.
VII. Presentation of Bond refinancing recommendations and approval of bond
Jamie L. Doyle and Zach Williard of PFM informed the Board that through internet
auction, Series 2001 A and Series 2003 bonds issued by the District had been
refinanced at a percentage rate of 2.18%. The refinancing will save the District
approximately $252,975 over the life of the bonds.
Robert Moore, Esq., Mettie, Evans and Woodside, as bond counsel to the District,
presented a resolution for Board approval of all actions and matters related to the
above bond refinancing. Mr. Ehgartner made a motion, seconded by Mr. Alleman,
made a motion to approve the resolution presented by Mr. Moore. By roll call vote,
the Board voted 9 to 0 to approve the motion, as follows, Mr. Alleman, yes; Dr.
Edmiston, yes; Mr. Ehgartner, yes; Mr. Gelb, yes; Mr. Groff, yes; Mr. Haas, yes; Mr.
Mustin, yes; Mrs. Oliveira, yes; and Mrs. McMaster, yes. Thus, the motion carried.
VIII. Committee Reports
A. Policy Review Committee
1. Consider approval of the following policies, which had been on 30-day public
display and comment:
a. Policy 201 – Age of Beginners
b. Policy 208 – Withdrawal from School
c. Policy 504 – Employment of Classified Employees
d. Policy 818 – Contracted Services
Mr. Mustin, made a motion, seconded by Mr. Haas, to approve Policy 201 – Age
of Beginners, which had been on 30-day public display and comment. The
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Board voted 7 to 2 to approve the motion, which carried. Mr. Gelb and Mrs.
McMaster cast the no votes.
Next, Mr. Groff made a consent motion, seconded by Mr. Mustin, to approve
Policies 208, 504 and 818, which had been on 30-day public display and
comment. The Board voted 9 to 0 in support of the consent motion, which
IX. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
A. Consider approval of Final Exam Schedule/Early Dismissal for June 2, 3 and 4.
Mr. Blasco introduced and thanked three teachers, Michelle Kindt, Rob
Mulhauser, who created the final exam and early dismissal proposal. Mr. Blasco
reviewed the proposal, which provides for two final exam sessions in the morning
with an early dismissal, beginning with 2009 final exams. Mr. Groff made a
motion, seconded by Mr. Gelb, to approve the Final Exam Schedule/Early
Dismissal for June 2, 3, and 4, 2009. The Board voted 9 to 0 to approve the
motion, which carried.
B. Consider approval for East Pennsboro Area School District to participate in
Capital Area On-Line Learning Association (CAOLA for 2009-10) at a
membership fee of $24,000 for 2009-10 and course fees as per the agreement
Dr. Burkhart brought the above item to the Board for consideration. Dr. Bigos
noted that although the Board reviewed the opportunity to participate in the
CAOLA previously, there were questions about costs. Dr. Bigos noted that
because of available stimulus grants funding, the District has funds to pay for
membership and participation in CAOLA. Mr. Mustin asked where the money for
annual membership fee would come from in year three when stimulus money is
not available. Dr. Bigos stated that perhaps money could be recouped through
use of CAOLA if a number of cyber school students residing in the District chose
CAOLA as a cyber school provider. In response to Directors’ questions, Dr.
Bigos noted that CAOLA could be used for homebound education, alternative
education, among many other programs offered. Mrs. McMaster noted that the
proposal was brought to the Board in an addendum, so the Board did not have
an opportunity to review the proposal. Mrs. McMaster asked for additional
information regarding possible savings for the District using CAOLA, noting that
the annual membership fee of $24,000 is paid whether any student takes a class.
Mr. Mustin asked for information on how many school districts chose to
participate in CAOLA.
Mr. Mustin made a motion, seconded by Mr. Groff, to defer a decision on
participation in CAOLA for 2009-10 until the next meeting, pending receipt of
additional information from Dr. Burkhart and Dr. Bigos. Mr. Mustin next asked
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what it costs the District for each cyber school student. Mr. Burgett stated the
cost is approximately $7,700. CAOLA charges $5,700 per student for 2009-10.
Mr. Mustin questioned what controls are on CAOLA fees from year to year. Mrs.
McMaster asked if the District is obligated to provide computers to cyber school
students if they chose CAOLA as provider. Dr. Burkhart noted that the Board
could decide whether the District will provide computers, but it is not mandatory
under CAOLA. Upon vote on the motion to defer a decision, the Board voted 8 to
1 in support of the motion, which carried. Mrs. McMaster cast the sole no vote,
stating she was ready to make a decision this evening.
X. Business Administration
A. Consider approval of proposed budget for 2009-2010 for 20-day public display
Mr. Burgett stated that the proposed budget included no tax increase and
included a fund balance of $518,757. Mr. Burgett noted that the savings to be
realized from the sale/refinancing of the 2001 A and 2003 series bonds
announced at this evening’s meeting was not shown in the current budget. He
stated that upon Board approval of the proposed budget, form 2028 with the
District’s budget information would be filed with the State and would be available
for inspection by the public. A copy of the proposed budget would also be posted
on the District’s website.
Mr. Ehgartner made a motion for the tentative adoption of the 2009-2010 budget
by reading Resolution 2009-04 into the record.
EAST PENNSBORO AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RESOLUTION 2009 – 04
ADOPTION OF PROPOSED FINAL BUDGET
WHEREAS, on June 27, 2006, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 1 of Special
Session 2006, entitled the “Taxpayer Relief Act” (hereinafter “Act 1”);
WHEREAS, the East Pennsboro Area School District intends to adopt the proposed
final budget as required by Section 687 of the Public School Code.
AND NOW, on this 7th day of May 2009, it is hereby RESOLVED by the East
Pennsboro Area School District (hereinafter “District”) Board of Directors (hereinafter
“Board”) the following:
1. Proposed Final Budget. That the budget for the year 2009-2010 be presented at
the meeting to be held on May 7, 2009 said proposed final budget providing receipts
of $34,180,120 and expenditures of $34,784,603 be adopted; said proposed final
budget be based upon a tax rate of 12.899 mills on each dollar of assessed valuation
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of real estate, and taxed under the Local Tax Enabling Act as follows: On each
resident of the School District on the privilege of engaging in an occupation, Local
Services Tax, $5.00; on earned income of each resident of the School District, at the
effective rate of one and one tenth (1.1) percent; and on the transfer of real property
within the boundaries of the School District, at an effective rate of one-half (1/2) of
one (1) percent realty transfer tax.
2. Public Inspection. The Board hereby authorizes and directs the Secretary to print
the proposed final budget and make it available for public inspection during normal
office hours no later than May 17, 2009
3. Notice and Advertisement. The Board hereby authorizes and directs its Secretary
to give public notice of its intent to adopt the proposed final budget at a board
meeting on June 15, 2009. Said public notice shall be published no later than May
12, 2009 in a newspaper of general circulation in the School District.
Adopted at a meeting of the Board of School Directors of the East Pennsboro Area
School District on May 7, 2009.
ATTEST: EAST PENNSBORO AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS
BY: Christine V. Bright, Secretary Angela McMaster, Board President
Mr. Groff seconded the motion made by Mr. Ehgartner. By roll call vote, the
Board voted 9 to 0 in favor of the motion, as follows: Mr. Alleman, yes; Dr.
Edmiston, yes; Mr. Ehgartner, yes; Mr. Gelb, yes; Mr. Groff, yes; Mr. Haas, yes;
Mr. Mustin, yes; Mrs. Oliveira, yes; and Mrs. McMaster, yes. Thus, the motion
Mr. Deveney presented the personnel agenda items A through J for Board approval.
Mr. Alleman made a consent motion, seconded by Dr. Edmiston, to approve
personnel agenda items A through J. The Board voted 9-0 to approve the consent
motion, which carried, as follows:
A. Approved the following substitute:
Steve Parson Custodian
B. Approved Geri Ackerman, as “Sneak Preview Kindergarten” teacher at the East
Pennsboro Elementary School, August 3-14, 2009, for 3.50 hours per day, at a
rate of $32.00 per hour. (Funded under Title 1)
C. Approved Lindsey Mitchell, as “Sneak Preview Kindergarten” teacher at the West
Creek Hills Elementary School, August 3-14, 2009, for 3.50 hours per day, at a
rate of $32.00 per hour. (Funded under Title 1)
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D. Approved FMLA leave for Agnes Heck, Instructional Aide at the East Pennsboro
Middle School, retroactive to April 23, 2009, pursuant to Board Policy Number
E. Accepted the resignation of Dawn Knisley, Custodian at the East Pennsboro
Area High School, retroactive to April 8, 2009.
F. Approved the transfer of Erin Siwert, Grade 2 teacher at the East Pennsboro
Area Elementary School, to Librarian at the West Creek Hills Elementary School,
effective for the 2009-10 school year.
G. Approved the transfer of Brian Siwert, Grade 4 teacher at the East Pennsboro
Area Elementary School, to Grade 4 teacher at the West Creek Hills Elementary
School, effective for the 2009-10 school year.
H. Approved the transfer of Carina Bolton, Music Integrated Technology teacher at
the East Pennsboro Area Middle School, to Music teacher at the West Creek
Hills Elementary School, effective for the 2009-10 school year.
I. Approved Nino DeLeon-Malave, Custodian at the East Pennsboro Area High
School, at a rate of $9.56 per hour, effective May 8, 2009.
J. Approved the following additional substitutes:
Rachel Campbell Art Certification grades K-12
Alexander Elbert Elementary and Special Education Certified
Melissa Francis Elementary Certified grades K-6th
INFORMATION AND WORKSHOPS:
XII. Student Activities and Athletics
A. Student representative report:
Mr. Mellon, Student Representative to the Board, reported on following:
320 students attended prom on May 3.
East Pennsboro Extravaganza will be held on May 15.
The talent show will be held on May 22.
Graduation will be held on June 4.
Miss Hicks, Student Representative to the Board, reported on the following:
The girl’s soccer team made District playoffs.
The baseball team is in contention to participate in playoffs.
Many members of the track team qualified for the Mid Penn competition.
One doubles team on the tennis squad has made the playoffs.
The softball season has ended.
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B. Dr. Bigos recognized Mr. Mellon for his two years of service as Student
Representative to the Board, as well as his academic, extra-curricular, and
community activities. Upon graduation, Mr. Mellon plans to attend Lebanon
Valley College to study pre-law. Dr. Bigos asked the Board to pass a resolution
to honor Mr. Mellon’s achievements. Mr. Groff made a motion, seconded by Dr.
Edmiston, to approve a Board resolution to recognize Mr. Mellon and his
accomplishments. The Board voted 9 to 0 in favor of the motion, which carried.
Mr. Mellon thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve as Student
C. Mr. Hudson presented the facility use reports.
XIII. Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
A. Mr. Darcy Goshorn, Technology Coach, presented information on CAIU Grant
B. Dr. Burkhart presented the Professional Meetings/Conferences report for
C. Dr. Andrejack provided information regarding the Olweus program’s
implementation into the Middle School schedule beginning in the 2009-10 school
year. Dr. Andrejack noted that the program is provided at no cost because of a
grant received by both the Middle School and East Pennsboro Elementary
School. Dr. Andrejack explained that at the Middle School, 13 to 14 people at
the Middle School have been trained to lead the program, which for the 2009-10
school year will take place one period during the six-day cycle, during the period
previously reserved for clubs. Dr. Andrejack noted that after the 2009-10 school
year, the Middle School hopes to employ a hybrid plan that includes both the
Olweus program and clubs. Several Directors expressed concern regarding the
elimination of clubs and the lack of communication regarding the schedule
change prior to the Olweus implementation announcement in a recent newsletter.
Ms. Kramer stated that the Olweus program’s philosophy is centered on building
relationships and has long term, positive impacts on students. Dr. Andrejack
offered to have the staff members involved in the Olweus program’s
implementation provide additional information to the Board.
XIV. Business Administration
A. Mr. Burgett reviewed the proposed tuition rates for the 2009-2010 school year.
Approval of the tuition rates will be sought at the Board meeting on May 18,
B. Mr. Burgett reviewed and asked for Board approval of PLANCON documents for
repair of terrazzo at West Creek Hills Elementary School for submission to the
Pennsylvania Department of Education. Mr. Burgett explained that by filing these
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documents, the project can go out for bid, but it does not obligate the District to
award any contracts. Because of time constraints, Mr. Burgett requested that the
Board vote on the matter at this evening’s meeting. Upon motion made by Mr.
Groff and seconded by Dr. Edmiston to approve PLANCON documents for repair
of terrazzo at West Creek Hills Elementary School for submission to the
Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Board voted 9 to 0 to approve the
motion, which carried.
XV. Committee Reports
A. Capital Area Intermediate Unit – Met on April 23, 2009. The next meeting is May
B. Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech Board Meeting – Met on April 27, 2009. The next
meeting is May 26, 2009.
C. East Pennsboro Education Foundation – Met on May 14, 2009.
1. The Panther Gala was held on April 25, 2009.
D. East Pennsboro Township Recreation Board – Met on May 4, 2009. The next
meeting is June 1, 2009.
E. Harrisburg Area Community College – The delegates met on April 22, 2009, at
which time the 2009-10 HACC credit budget was approved.
F. Intergovernmental Committee – No meeting date has been set.
G. Legislative Liaison/PSBA Council Representative – PSBA’s Legislative Advocacy
Conference was held on April 26-27, 2009. Mr. Haas distributed documents from
the conference concerning Open Records, GCA’s, and Federal Education
initiatives, among other topics. Mr. Haas also reported that the legislative
liaisons from PSBA Region 6 met and discussed that Region 6 would break into
5 different groups to better serve the different constituencies.
H. West Shore Tax Bureau – The next meeting is June 17, 2009. Mr. Burgett
stated that pursuant to Act 32, the Bureau is seeking to establish a County Tax
Collection Committee, including a delegate and alternate being sought from the
District’s School Board. Selection of the delegate and alternate will be decided at
the next Board meeting.
A. Assessment Committee – The last meeting for the 2008-09 school year is May
B. Business Advisory – The next meeting will be held on May 21, 2009.
C. Professional Education Committee – The last meeting for the 2008-09 school
year was held on April 29, 2009. Mrs. McMaster stated that the Committee
discussed professional development plan for next year.
D. Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee – Met on April 27, 2009. Dr.
Edmiston stated that the Committee received updates on GCA’s, Middle States
Accreditation, and professional development. The meeting also included small
group discussions. Dr. Edmiston reported that the students provided very good
information during the meeting. The Committee will meet again in the Fall.
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E. Technology Implementation Committee – The last meeting for the 2008-09
school year was held on April 8, 2009. Mr. Haas noted that he and Mr. Groff
were part of the beta test by parents of the eSchools system’s implementation by
the elementary schools. Mr. Haas prepared a report and worked with the
elementary teachers on the project and complimented the teachers on the
tremendous job they did in working with the system. Mr. Groff reported that he
believes the system will be a great tool and allow parents to track students’
A. Facilities Committee – Met on April 29, 2009. Dr. Edmiston stated that the
recycling program has been implemented and the East Pennsboro Elementary
School oven replacement has been installed and is working. Mr. Deveney
reported that the Middle School pool drain covers were replaced on May 5 and
the pool is scheduled to reopen on May 11. The next meeting is May 27, 2009.
B. Personnel Committee – Met on March 12, 2009. The next meeting is April 16,
C. Policy Review Committee – The next meeting will be scheduled shortly.
D. Ad hoc Revenue Generation/Cost Reduction Committee – Mrs. McMaster
thanked the Committee for their hard work and the suggestions they brought
forward to the Board for consideration.
XVI. Superintendent’s Report
A. Upon motion by Mr. Groff and seconded by Dr. Edmiston, the Board voted 9 to 0
to approve T.S. as a tuition student for the 2009-10 school year.
B. Dr. Bigos reported that the recognition of retirees and employees’ years of
service ceremonies would be held at the individual buildings this year.
C. Dr. Bigos reported the kindergarten enrollment numbers as of May 7:
1. West Creek Hills Elementary School – 81 enrolled/11 pending for total of 92;
2. East Pennsboro Elementary School – 84 enrolled/10 pending for total of 94.
D. Dr. Bigos congratulated Kirsten Dively, named United Way Volunteer of the Year
and Shannon Kelly, named Patriot News Best and Brightest.
E. Approved a resolution for Tabitha Hershey, Grade 5 Reading Teacher at the
Middle School, on her recent marriage to Jason Kleese.
F. Approved a resolution for Evie Rowe, Grade 5 & 6 Counselor at the Middle
School, on the death of her sister.
G. Approved a resolution for Michelle Reist, Grade 5 Language Arts teacher at the
Middle School, on the birth of a son, Cameron Wesley.
Dr. Bigos discussed the Kenneth J. Barrow Memorial Scholarship and asked for
three Directors to assist with the scholarship d implementation/selection process.
Mr. Ehgartner, Mrs. McMaster and Mr. Mustin volunteered to assist with the
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XVII. Board President’s Report
A. Mrs. McMaster reviewed the recommendation for approval of the following dates
for Board meetings from August 2009 through July 2010. Approval of the
meeting dates will be sought at the next Board meeting.
Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 21, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 19, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 15, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday April 8, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, May 17, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, June 21, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
XVIII. New Business
Dr. Edmiston relayed suggestions to increase basketball game attendance, including
use of a pep band.
Mr. Mustin discussed Student Day at the Capitol and requested information about
Middle School lunch policies regarding hot soup and drinks. Mr. Mustin also
suggested the District look into Upromise fundraising possibilities.
Mr. Haas thanked the District’s elementary school teachers for their work in the
implementation of the eSchool on-line reporting program.
Mrs. Oliveira stated that she supported the Olweus program; however, she was
concerned about the communication surrounding the program’s implementation.
XIX. Public Comment
There was no public comment offered at this time.
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A motion to adjourn from Public Session to Executive Session at 9:55 p.m. was
made by Mr. Mustin, seconded by Mr. Haas, and carried 9-0. Mr. Ehgartner left the
meeting at 10:30 p.m. Mr. Alleman and Dr. Edmiston left the meeting at 10:35 p.m.
At 11:00 p.m., a motion was made by Mr. Mustin and seconded by Mr. Haas to
return to Public Session from Executive Session. The motion carried 6-0.
Immediately thereafter, a motion to adjourn from Public Session at 11:00 p.m. was
made by Mr. Mustin, seconded by Mr. Haas, and carried 6-0, at which time the
meeting was adjourned.
Christine V. Bright
School Board Secretary