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					              South Fayette Township School District
                                     REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                             MINUTES
                                         Tuesday, August 24, 2004


The Regular Meeting of the South Fayette Township Board of School Directors was called to order at 7:04 p.m.
in the South Fayette High School Conference Center by President Tom Welch.

PRESENT:        Welch, Collins, Niemann, Fornella, Petrillo, Ford, Lamberti, Wood

ABSENT:         Mazza

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; Beth Kurta, Betty Sasfai, Natalie Miller, Gary
                Hirsch, Sharon Boynes, Jackie Carr, Cheryl McKnight, Linda Woodall, S. Lytle, Patty Morgan,
                Jacquie Smith, Kathy Ryan, Marilyn Schultz, Michelle Hillen Robson, Kevin Biber, Deputy
                Township Treasurer/Property Tax Collector; Terry Tuma, Board Secretary/ Superintendent’s
                Assistant

                MINUTES

    Motion:     Ford, seconded Niemann to approve Minutes of the following meetings:

                     Committee Meeting of the Board             -       Tuesday, July 20, 2004
                     Regular Board Meeting                      -       Tuesday, July 27, 2004

                                                                                Voice Vote - - All Yes

Motion:         Ford, seconded Petrillo to approve the Board Treasurers Report for November and December,
                2003 as prepared by Leonard Fornella, and the Earned Income/Delinquent Tax Report for July,
                2004 as prepared by Dorothy P. Ingersoll, District Manager, Berkheimer Associates. (Reports
                to be made part of the Official Minutes.)
.                                                                             Voice Vote - - All Yes

Motion:         Ford, seconded Niemann to approve the following financial reports for July, 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: 7:07 p.m.
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               Cheryl McKnight – Kingston Drive - Spoke in favor of the wrestling co-op program with
               Chartiers Valley High School. Mrs. McKnight stated that the athletes are very happy with the
               program.

               Sharon Boynes – Sygan Road, - Also spoke in favor of the co-op with Chartiers Valley. Mrs.
               Boynes stated that our wrestlers love the program. They have made new friends.

               Dr. Hippert commented that our wrestlers have had a chance to compete at a higher level by
               joining Chartiers Valley. The wrestling room is part of the renovation and can certainly be
               used, but we would continue to monitor the number of wrestlers.

               Mrs. McKnight stated that the wrestlers were traveling to Florida this year to compete and
               stated that they would be appreciative if the South Fayette School District would be able to
               contribute towards their trip.

               BUSINESS OFFICE

Motion:        Ford, seconded Lamberti on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Finance and
               Business Operations Bill Harper and Director of Facilities Alan Vezzi for Board approval to
               award the following bids:

               *Ryco, Inc., 1215 Market Street, McKeesport, PA 15132, for the Bus Garage Plumbing Project,
               in the amount of $56,000.00. Ryco, Inc. was the lowest bidder and submitted all required
               information.

               *Applied Coatings and Custom Constructions, Inc., P.O. Box 1347, McMurray, PA 15317, for
               the Bus Garage Insulation, for the amount of $34,281.00. This was the only bid received.

                                                                          Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Ford on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
               and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval of the following 2004-05 tuition rates
               for non-resident students who chose to attend South Fayette. This amount is determined by the
               Pennsylvania Department of Education in accordance with the requirements of Section 2561 of
               the Pennsylvania School Code.

                              Grades 7 through 12    -        $8,498.41
                              Grades K through 6     -        $7,044.73
                              Kindergarten (1/2 Elem.)        $3,522.37

                                                                          Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of
               Finance and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval to compensate the Deputy
               Township Treasurer $3,063.55 for interim delinquent tax collection for the period of
               June 25, 2004 through August 13, 2004.
                                                                      Roll Call - - All Yes
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Motion:        Ford, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Finance and
               Business Operations, and Deputy Tax Collector Kevin Biber for Board approval of the enclosed
               list of Real Estate Tax Refunds due to reduction in assessments.

                                    2001                       $5,074.50
                                    2002                       $5,951.34
                                    2003                       $5,516.37
                                    2004                       $1,359.80

                                    Total:                   $17,902.01

                                                                           Roll Call - - All Yes

               PERSONNEL

Motion:        Ford, seconded Petrillo on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Elementary School
               Principal Denise Beverina Moore for Board approval to accept the following resignations:

               (a)   Katharine Goff as Elementary School Music Teacher
               (b)   Zana Aebi, Elementary School Special Education Teacher
               (c)   Cheryl Eberle, Elementary Paraeducator
               (d)   Amy Keenan, Elementary Paraeducator
                                                                       Voice Vote - - All Yes

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Ford on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School
               Principal Ann Bisignani for Board approval of the request received from JoAnn Johnston for a
               medical sabbatical leave during the first nine weeks of the first semester of the 2004-05 school
               year. Mrs. Johnston meets all requirements for this leave.
                                                                           Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Petrillo, seconded Ford on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School
               Principal Ann Bisignani for Board approval of the request received from Nicole Marchinsky for
               a leave during the first semester of the 2004-05 school year. Mrs. Marchinsky meets all
               requirements for this leave.
                                                                          Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Ford on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School
               Principal Ann Bisignani for Board approval of Mary Quirk to continue as a permanent
               substitute teacher replacing JoAnn Johnston, through the end of the first nine-week period
               ending Friday, November 12, 2004.
                                                                       Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Ford, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Administrative Staff
               for Board approval to hire the following teachers:

               (a)   Barbara A. Brindle with an Emergency Certificate in Japanese as an 80% teacher of the
                     Japanese language, Masters Degree, Level 1. This employment is contingent upon Ms.
                     Brindle meeting all educational requirements as identified by the Pennsylvania
                     Department of Education to obtain an Instructional I Certificate by the end of the 2004-05
                     school year.    (Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University. Master of Arts from
                     University of Pittsburgh in East Asian Studies, Japan focus; Master of Business
                     Administration University of Pittsburgh).
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               (b)   Richard A. Menear II certified in Elementary Education and assigned to 6th Grade
                     Mathematics for the 2004-05 school year, Bachelors Degree, Level 1 (Bachelor of
                     Science Degree from California University of PA, Major: Elementary/Middle School
                     Education, Academic Dean’s List).

               (c)   James L. Hausman III certified in English and assigned as High School English Teacher
                     for the 2004-05 school year, Masters Degree, Level 1 (B.A. in English Literature from the
                     University of Pittsburgh; Master of Arts in Teaching English, University of Pittsburgh).

               (d)   Charlotte Rae Packer certified in Music and assigned to Elementary School Music for the
                     2004-05 school year, Bachelors Degree, Level 1 (Duquesne University, Music Education
                     Bachelors Degree Program, Dean’s List recipient every semester during college
                     education)

               (e)   Cari L. Shaffer, certified in Music and assigned to Middle School Music for the 2004-05
                     school year, Bachelors Degree, Level 1 (B.S. in Music Education, Indiana University of
                     Pennsylvania, Voice Major/Piano Minor)

               (f)   Andrew T. Gatti certified in Social Studies and assigned to High School Social Studies or
                     the 2004-05 school year, Masters Degree, Level 1. (Bachelor of Arts from University of
                     Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences Majoring in History and Economics; Graduate
                     School of Education from University of Pittsburgh – Masters of Arts in Teaching,
                     Secondary Social Studies).

               (g)   Allison E. MacDonald certified in English (7 to 12) and assigned as a first semester
                     Permanent Substitute High School English Teacher for the 2004-05 school year,
                     Bachelors Degree. (B.A. in English and Communications from Grove City College.
                     University of Pittsburgh, Secondary English Certification)

               (h)   Joseph Silhanek certified in Secondary Social Studies and assigned as a substitute teacher
                     in the high school for Mr. William Parton, as needed. (Bachelor of Arts from University
                     of Pittsburgh. Major: Economics/History. Graduated Cum Laude/Program Honors in
                     Economics. Enrolled in the Master of Science Program at Robert Morris University.
                     Expected completion August, 2005. Major: Instructional Leadership.)

               (i)   Kathleen C. Tinney certified in Elementary Education and Special Education and
                     assigned as a Special Education Teacher in the Elementary School. (Bachelor of Science
                     Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University)

                                                                                Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Ford, seconded Petrillo on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Elementary School
               Principal Denise Beverina Moore for Board approval to hire the following Student
               Lunchtime/Cafeteria Monitors at the rate of $6.56 per hour for the probationary period of 60
               working days, followed by the regular rate of $8.20 per hour following successful completion of
               the probationary period.
                                              Bonnie G. White
                                            Tamara L. Berkovitz
                                            Carla R. Thompson

                                                                     Roll Call - - All Yes
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Motion:        Niemann, seconded Ford on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
               and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval of the rates for School Crossing Guards
               and Substitute Employees as per the list submitted to the Board. The 2004-05 rate for
               Elementary School Greeters is recommended to be $6.00 per hour.

                                                                    Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Ford, seconded Niemann on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
               and Business Operations Bill Harper for Board approval to amend the South Fayette
               Educational Support Personnel Association (SFESPA) Collective Bargaining Agreement, to
               include wage rates for 9-passenger van drivers as per information submitted to the Board,
               pending Association approval.
                                                                  Roll Call - - All Yes

               For Minute purposes, the Superintendent proudly announced that tenure and a permanent
               teacher's contract had been earned by the Kristine Geraud, Middle School Math, who had been
               employed since July, 2001, and fulfilled all requirements as set forth in Pennsylvania School
               Code, Title 24, PS 11-1108.

               EDUCATION

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School
               Principal Ann Bisignani, for Board approval of the request from Choral Director, Mr. Kevin
               Maurer, to travel with the Chorus to Toronto, Canada from Friday, April 29 through Sunday,
               May 1, 2005 as per itinerary submitted to the Board.

                                                                    Voice Vote - - All Yes

Motion:        Niemann, seconded Lamberti on the Superintendent’s recommendation for Board approval of
               the 2004-05 Student/Parent Handbooks with the revisions attached as discussed and
               recommended at the Committee Meeting of August 17, 2004.

                                                                    Roll Call - - All Yes

.Motion:       Ford, seconded Collins on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Assistant
               Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Mary A. Ravita for Board
               approval of a Middle School Services Contract with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for the
               2004-05 school year. The funds for these services would be provided through the
               Accountability Grant. This program is no cost to the School District. (Information to become
               part of the Official Minutes)
                                                                    Roll Call - - All Yes

               ATHLETICS

Motion:        Ford, seconded Lamberti on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Athletics
               Joe Farkas and Head Football Coach T. J. Plack for Board approval to accept the resignation of
               Kirk McMullen as Volunteer Varsity Football Coach, and
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               The Superintendent and Director of Athletic Joe Farkas recommend Board approval of the
               following coaches for the 2004-05 season as per information submitted to the Board.

               (a)     Jim Talotta as Volunteer Assistant Football Coach
               (b)     Steve Dobis, Jr., as Assistant Boys Soccer Coach
               (c)     Mike Shuck Jr., as Volunteer Assistant Boys Soccer Coach
               (d)     Wayne Capra as Assistant Girls Soccer Coach.

                                                                Roll Call - - All Yes

               The Superintendent announced that the Varsity Football Team is playing at Heinz Field on
               September 3rd. Tickets are available at the South Fayette Shop ‘n Save or at the Athletic
               Office. Next Saturday night, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. there is a Pep Rally at the High School and
               there will be a spaghetti dinner offered for $5.00. The Superintendent publicly thanked Shop ‘n
               Save for donating all of the food for a fund raiser for all the groups who are participating. The
               organizations and Booster Clubs have worked together cooperatively to make this happen.

               CONSTRUCTION
      .
Motion:        Ford, seconded Niemann on the Superintendent’s recommendation for Board approval of the
               following list of change orders totaling $32,554.80. (Copies enclosed.)

               Vern’s Electric, Inc.                    EC-02                           $ 9,704.93
               Vern’s Electric, Inc.                    EC-03                           $ 3,436.31
               Vern’s Electric, Inc.                    EC-04                           $ 5,613.56
               Dixon Construction                       GC-12                           $13,800.00

               The Board requested that in the future, all change orders are to be thoroughly reviewed by an
               individual representing the School District, and confirm that they had been reviewed and attest
               that the change orders represent value for the items as indicated.

               Roll Call: Yes – Niemann, Petrillo, Ford, Lamberti, Fornella, Collins, Welch
                          No - Wood

               MISCELLANEOUS

Motion:        Ford, seconded Collins on the Superintendent’s recommendation for Board approval of the first
               reading of revised School District Policy 235 – “Pupil Rights.”
                                                                        Roll Call - - All Yes

Motion:        Fornella, seconded Petrillo on the Superintendent’s recommendation for Board approval to
               rescind Policy #214 “Class Rank” which was approved on June 22, 2004, and replace it with the
               revised policy for Class Rank based upon the information presented and discussed at the
               Committee Meeting of the Board on August 17, 2004 and is now contained in this revised
               policy.

               Roll Call: Yes – Niemann, Petrillo, Ford, Lamberti, Fornella, Wood, Welch
                     Abstains - Collins
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            Informational Note: The November 16, 2004 Committee Meeting of the Board would be held in a
            different location due to the Middle States Evaluation Team utilizing the Conference Room
            November 15th through November 18th during the High School Evaluation.

            Solicitor’s Report – Mr. W. Theodore Brooks, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

             Delinquent Tax Updates – Mr. Brooks reported that the total amount of delinquent tax collected
              under the program adopted by the Board, is $632,261.62 which represents a total of 28 cases; 17
              of which have paid in full.
             Site 63 Update – Mr. Brooks reported that a conference call is scheduled for August 31st. The
              Army has not been able to supply to us a full legal description of the property we are purchasing
              for the title search. They apologized for the delay.

            EXPENDITURES

Motion:     Ford, seconded Lamberti to authorize payment of monthly invoices from the General Fund in the
            amount of $3,003,318.63, and $492.95 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

            Dr. Hippert shared with the Board recent information from Allegheny County that indicated
            Mr. Vince Casciato, Assessor, is no longer working with South Fayette Township, and Mr. Mark
            Richard who was taking the lead with county assessments, is no longer working for Allegheny
            County.

            SUSPENSION OF BUSINESS TO HEAR FROM VISITORS – 8:11 p.m.

            Kevin Biber, Deputy Township Treasurer, - Mr. Biber informed the Board that there are about
            16 to 20 properties in the Township on which taxes have been paid by the property owners. Within
            the past three weeks, they became aware that owners have paid taxes on property that was not their
            property. There is confusion as to the actual property owner and the taxes being paid on that
            property. This is going to be difficult to resolve.

            Gary Hirsch – Battery Drive North – Expressed his opinion on the grading issue. Mr. Hirsch
            publicly thanked Dr. Hippert for the effort she had put into straightening out this situation in a
            manner that he feels, had addressed every issue that was brought to his attention about the original
            grading scale committee proposal, and done in a way that is going to benefit every one of our
            students positively, while still maintaining our integrity and reputation for our school district.
            Mr. Hirsch sincerely thanked Dr. Hippert.

            Betty Sasfai – Canongate Drive – Asked if there is a project manager on this project.

            Mr. Brooks replied that we have a owner representative from Hayes Large who works under a
            separate contract. He is on site every day. Alan Vezzi is also very much involved day to day with
            a great understanding of construction.

            Dr. Hippert commented that Larry Gaertner is our owner/representative who oversees the
            construction. We have a very good working relationship with Hayes Large. Dr. Hippert added
            that we need to be able to answer to the community detailed information relative to the project.
            We have done a very good job on that building and we believe it has gone very well.
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            Jacquie Smith – Hunting Ridge Trail – Inquired if the grading scale would be retroactive? What
            is the timeframe that the total weighted GPA would be available?

            Denise Ford – Only the final grade. The final grade is used for the GPA.

            Dr. Hippert – Now that the Board has approved the Grading Scale, the seniors, who will be done
            first, should be ready in about 2 weeks.

            Jacquie Smith – Asked if we were able to locate the time capsule that was buried behind the
            elementary school around the old softball field. The capsule was buried in 1976.

            Beth Kurta – Grant Circle – Asked about the walls being constructed, and were they a part of the
            original construction? Will there be fencing?

            The walls are being constructed in order to utilize the land in the best possible way.

            BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Executive Committee Report – President Thomas Welch

               President Welch presented information on the “Adequate Yearly Progress Summaries” No
               Child Left Behind, and provided the scores of the South Fayette students in grades 5, 8 and 11.

            Pathfinder – Chris Niemann

               Mr. Niemann had nothing to report.

            Parkway West – Alan Wood

               Mr. Wood stated that he would be unable to attend the Parkway West Board Meeting on the
               first Tuesday of September and requested that a substitute attend.

            SHASDA - Todd Petrillo

                 Nothing to report.

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

                 Nothing to report.

            Boys' Home Property - Denise W. Ford

                 The gym will be torn down. It is not feasible to save it. There is nothing more to report on
                 this property and this Committee will no longer meet.

            Zoning Steering Committee – Alan Wood

                 Nothing to report.
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            Negotiations - Leonard Fornella and Chris Niemann

                Mr. Niemann reported on the food service negotiations. They are waiting for the final sharing
                of analysis on the cafeteria.

                Mr. Fornella reported that the negotiations with the SFEA are moving along well. They will
                be meeting with the teachers on Thursday evening.

                President Welch announced that following adjournment, the Board would enter into an
                Executive Session to discuss personnel and negotiations.

Motion:     Ford, seconded Niemann to adjourn at 8:33 p.m.

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


                                                      ____________________________________________
                                                      Thomas A. Welch, Board President


                                                      ____________________________________________
                                                      Terry Tuma, Board Secretary

				
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