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									            DANVILLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                 June 10, 2003


      The Danville Area School Board held their first monthly meeting in the
Senior High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

       The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by President Molly Chapman
followed by the flag salute and a moment of silence.

ROLL CALL - Board Members

Mrs. Molly Chapman, Mrs. Helen Hause, Mr. David Hoyes; Mr. Harold Gelbaugh;
Mrs. Sharon Kashner, Mr. Randy Keister, Mrs. Kathy Kemberling, Dr. Albert Quiery,
and Mr. Steven Schooley were present.

OTHERS PRESENT

       Mr. Richard Martz, Superintendent; Mr. Steven Keifer, Assistant
Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. Richard Snodgrass, Business
Administrator; Mrs. Margaret Auten, High School Principal; Mr. David Robinholt,
Assistant Principal, Middle School; Mr. Scott Mato, Principal, Mahoning-Cooper
Elementary and Riverside Elementary; Mr. Charles Eckenroth, Principal, Danville
Elementary; Mr. Daniel Rathfon, Principal, Liberty-Valley Elementary; Mrs. Daphne
Snook, Director of Technology; Mr. Daniel Spence, Food Service Director; Mr. Rick
Engle, Director of Maintenance; Mrs. Susan Blake, Head Start Director; Mrs. Marie
Dryer, Office Manager; Atty. Timothy Bowers, Solicitor; Mrs. Elaine Gosciminski,
Assistant Board Secretary; staff, and news media.

MINUTES

Motion:

      A. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval of the
minutes of May 13, 2003, and May 27, 2003.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by voice vote.
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SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

      A. Mrs. Debra Burger will present the 2002-03 Year Books at the
June 24th, 2003, board meeting.

        B. The following retirees were recognized and presented with a plaque
(all could not be present):

                 Alice McCracken, 1st Grade, Danville Elementary
                 Norman Foster, English, Senior High School
                 Ronald Costella, 4th Grade, Riverside Elementary
                 Carl Romanski, Spanish, Senior High School
                 Harold Albertson, Co-op/Athletic Director, Senior High School
                 Sharyn Correll, Guidance Counselor, Senior High School
                 Dennis Adams, Social Studies, Middle School
                 Ted Smith, ¾ Loop, Liberty-Valley Elementary

Motion:

       C. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval to award
a Danville High School Diploma to Mr. James Strausser, a member of the Class of 1944,
as part of Act 73 of 2001. Mr. Strausser served in the military from October 4, 1943,
until April 29, 1946.

Mrs. Helen Hause seconded the motion.

Motion carried by voice vote.

       D. The Enrollment Report was presented by Mr. Martz showing an enrollment
of 2,825 compared to 2,890 at this time last year. A copy is made an official part of
the minutes.

      E. Mr. Martz reported on the sale of the Washingtonville School property.
Mr. Hunsinger is currently a buyer in writing. The Planning Commission met and
approved subdivision of the property; 4.78 acres is deeded to the Borough of
Washingtonville and 5.03 acres will be sold. The Zoning Commission needs to
approve the purpose of use – which is the responsibility of the buyer. The sale
should be final by June 30th at an agreed upon price of $120,000.

        F. Mr. Rick Engle reported on the demolition of the F. Q. Hartman Stadium.
The bleachers will be demolished by July 10th. An underground fuel tank will need to
be removed by the end of the summer. He is hopeful that the tank has not leaked
because that could create extra time and cost to the removal. The wastewater tank
will be emptied and filled with sand. The lights and the electrical work will need to be
removed, but the light poles are still structurally sound. Mr. Engle will be meeting
with PPL to see who is responsible for certain electrical systems.
                                     June 10, 2003


           Mr. Engle said the 63 year old Field House could be designated a historic
building by the state. If it is, the district won’t have the option of demolishing it with
the rest of the stadium. They are not making any plans on the demolition of any
other buildings until they hear back from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum
Commission. Mr. Engle will have more answers for the board after getting answers
from different agencies.

       G. Mr. Martz introduced Gwen Belding, Director of Curriculum and Instruction,
and Ricki Boyle, Director of Student Support Services. Both employees will be starting
with the district July 1, 2003.

       H. An Executive Session was held before the meeting starting at 5:45 p.m.
for a hearing on Grievance #4-14-03. An Executive Session was held last week
for DAEA negotiations.

PUBLIC COMMENT

      A. Mr. Ralph Schumaher, Coach for the Bloomsburg University Women’s
Rugby Football Club Alumni Association, said their group was still interested in
purchasing the old F.Q. Hartman football field. He asked for architectural and
engineering reviews.

       B. Mrs. Pat Donato asked about the status of the Head Start building.

      C. Mr. Ryan Geiger reported that it was his last official meeting as the Student
Board Representative.

CURRICULUM AND MANAGEMENT REPORTS

      A. Principals reported on the events being held in their buildings for the
month of June 2003.

       B. Mrs. Elaine Balum and some of her students reported on the “Read
Naturally” program at the Danville Middle School. The Read Naturally program
provides a method to improve reading fluency. Most struggling readers have fluency
problems and spend little time reading. This program combines three powerful
strategies for improving fluency: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress
monitoring. Mrs. Balum shared percentile results for the Sixth Grade Hurricane
Team which showed an improvement in Reading for all 59 students from Fifth Grade
to Sixth Grade using the Read Naturally program.

        C. Mr. Charles Eckenroth and Mr. Dan Rathfon reported on the Transitional
First Grade. These students weren’t totally successful in Kindergarten and did not
pass the test devised by the district to enter First Grade. 2002-2003 was the first year
for the Transitional First Grade which consisted of one-half day Kindergarten and
one-half day of structured studies. Six students from Liberty-Valley Elementary and
three students from Danville Elementary attended this grade. They reported that
this program was very successful and all of the students were ready for First Grade.
Students will attend the Transitional First Grade program in each of the elementary
schools next year.
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SCHOOL/COMMUNITY RELATIONS

        A. Mr. Martz reported on a Bloomsburg University Grant proposal to
incorporate technology into the student teaching experience at the Danville Area
School District. The grant will enhance the professional development of our
teachers and the experiences our students have. It will provide a Technology
Integration Facilitator who will work with preservice teachers and cooperating
teachers to integrate technology into the classroom learning environment. Action
research projects targeted at technology based assessments will be supportive as
the district implements the “No Child Left Behind” initiative. The technology
showcases will provide an opportunity for preservice teachers and cooperating
teachers to share current best practices with the educational community. The
activities of the grant will be sustained long beyond the three year funding period
of the grant.

FINANCE

Motion:

        A. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval of
the following Finance Reports:

             Financial Summary
             Treasurer’s Report
             Cash Status Report
             Temporary Investments -- General Fund

Mr. Randy Keister seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

Financial reports are made an official part of the minutes.

       B. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval
of the Bills for Payment list from May 8, 2003, through June 5, 2003, for
$3,444,174.21.

Mr. Steven Schooley seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy of the Bills for Payment list is made an official part of the minutes.
                                    June 10, 2003


        C. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval of
the following Finance items:

             Stadium Financial Status Report

             Granted the approval to have FNB Bank N.A. serve
              as the District Treasurer for the 2003-2004 school year

Mr. Randy Keister seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 8-Yes; 1-No (Kemberling); 0-Absent.

A copy of the report is made an official part of the minutes.

Motion:

      D. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval of the
2003-2004 Head Start Budget in the amount of $747,767.00.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy is made an official part of the minutes.

BREAK

       A. Mr. Randy Keister made a motion to adjourn for Executive Session
at 8:45 p.m. to discuss personnel issues.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by voice vote.

Meeting reconvened at 9:32 p.m.

PERSONNEL

Motion:

       A. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval
of the continuation of employment for Barbara Morgan as a long-term substitute
for Roxann Humphrey, a teacher at Head Start, through January 2, 2004.

Dr. Albert Quiery seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 7-Yes; 2-No (Gelbaugh, Quiery); 0-Absent.
                                     June 10, 2003


Motion:

      B. A motion was made by Dr. Albert Quiery to grant the approval of a
Family Medical Leave for Angela Lankford, a teacher at Liberty-Valley Elementary,
beginning August 20, 2003, through October 9, 2003.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy of her letter is made an official part of the minutes.

Motion:

        C. A motion was made by Dr. Albert Quiery to deny the request from Amy
Goodwin for an uncompensated leave of absence effective April 14, 2003, and
continue on to include a portion of the 2003-04 school year, returning the beginning
of the third semester of the 2003-2004 school year.

Mrs. Kathy Kemberling seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy of her letter is made an official part of the minutes.

Motion:

       D. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval of part
of Grievance #4-14-03 and disapprove part as follows: The suspension should only
be two days and the employee will be able to work an extra fifteen hours to make up
the other days of the five day suspension to make up for the loss of wages.

Mrs. Kathy Kemberling seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 7-Yes; 2-No (Quiery, Chapman); 0-Absent.

Motion:

      E. A motion was made by Mrs. Kathy Kemberling to grant the approval of
the employment of Nicole Wilson as a Mathematics Teacher at the Senior High
School, at a salary of $28,385, BS, Year 1, Step 1, effective August 20, 2003.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.
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Motion:

      F. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval of
a Family Medical Leave for Hope Hand, Middle School English Teacher, effective
August 20, 2003, through November 7, 2003, and to grant the approval of
uncompensated leave for the remainder of the 2003-2004 school year.

Mrs. Kathy Kemberling seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy of her letter is made an official part of the minutes.

POLICY & INSURANCE

Motion:

       A. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval for the
Danville High School Key Club to travel to a Key Club Conference in Lebanon,
New Jersey, on September 19 through September 21, 2003.

Mrs. Sharon Kashner seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.

A copy of the letter is made an official part of the minutes.

ATHLETICS

Motion:

       A. A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to grant the approval of the
correction on the salary to be paid to Carlene Klena for the 2003-2004 school
year as Head Coach of the High School Field Hockey team from $2,270, Level F,
to $3,403, Level F.

Mrs. Helen Hause seconded the motion.

Motion carried by roll call vote 9-Yes; 0-No; 0-Absent.
                                    June 10, 2003


TRANSPORTATION

Motion:

        A. A motion was made by Mrs. Sharon Kashner to grant the approval of
the following Bus Drivers:

             Cindy Metzger, 209 Grand Street, Danville, PA 17821
              for Joe and Jans

             David Huff, 2 Woodside Drive, Milton, PA 17847
              for Paul Bogart

Mr. Randy Keister seconded the motion.

Motion carried by voice vote.

OTHER

Motion:

      A. A motion was made by Dr. Albert Quiery to grant the approval of the
contract for Steven Keifer as Superintendent effective July 1, 2003.

Mr. Randy Keister seconded the motion.

Motion granted by roll call vote 8-Yes; 1-No (Kemberling); 0-Absent.

A copy of the contract is made an official part of the minutes.

       B. Mr. Randy Keister asked administrators if they were working on a strategy
to disseminate money to all clubs.

The administration was asked to develop a plan to meet this objective.

     C. Mrs. Kathy Kemberling asked about a report on uninsured losses and
damages. Mr. Engle will do a report at the June 24th board meeting.
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ADJOURN

Motion:

          A motion was made by Mr. Randy Keister to adjourn the meeting
at 10:10 P.M.

Mr. David Hoyes seconded the motion.

Motion carried by voice vote.




                                       ______________________________
                                            Richard B. Snodgrass
                                            Board Secretary



                                       ______________________________
                                            Elaine M. Gosciminski
                                            Assistant Board Secretary

								
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