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					MERCER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT MINUTES OF AUGUST 20, 2007 BOARD MEETING

MEMBERS PRESENT:

JEFFERY BRANDES WALTER DARRAUGH ALISTAIR KELLY DAVID LENGEL LEAH ANN WILLIAMS

CEDRIC BUTCHY GEORGE GERHARDT MICHELE RHULE

MEMBERS ABSENT: OTHERS PRESENT:

LORI FOWLER DR. WILLIAM D. GATHERS, SUPERINTENDENT RONALD ROWE, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT CLAUDIA SIGMUND, ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL DR. HENDLEY HOGE, HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TIMOTHY DADICH, MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL GLORIA J. McELROY, BUSINESS MANAGER/BOARD SECRETARY MICHELE DIETRICH, SPECIAL ED. COORD/ASST ELEM PRINCIPAL

The meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. Cedric Butchy, at 8:00 p.m. in the High School Library. Eight members were present. MINUTES: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Al Kelly, the board approved the minutes of the July 16, 2007 board meeting. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. TREASURER’S REPORT, FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, & ALL BILLS AS LISTED: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Jeff Brandes, the Board approved the Treasurer’s Report, all bills as listed and the financial statements as presented. On a roll call vote, all members present voted yes. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Al Kelly, the Board approved the elementary school student – parent handbook. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. BUS ROUTES & DRIVERS: On a motion by George Gerhardt, second by Jeff Brandes, the Board approved all bus routes and drivers for the 2007-2008 school year as attached. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. VAN ROUTES, DRIVERS & SALARIES: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by George Gerhardt, the Board approved all van routes, drivers, and salaries for the 2007-2008 school year as listed on the attached. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. PERSONNEL: Resignations: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Jeff Brandes, the Board Accepteded the resignations as listed below. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. Accepted with regret the resignation of Michael Fitzgerald as Special Education Teacher. Accepted with regret the resignation of Jamie Klonowski as the Alternative Education Instructor. Accepted with regret the resignation of Deborah Burns as an Assistant Speech Coach.

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MINUTES OF AUGUST 20, 2007 – PAGE 2 Accepted with regret the resignation of Cheryl Duda as a Classroom Aide. Accepted with regret the resignation of Linda Glunt as Elementary Assistant Cook. Accepted with regret the resignation of Machelle Hoover as Van Driver. Accepted with regret the resignation of Tom Serge as Part-Time Custodian. Hiring On a motion by Walt Darraugh, second by Dave Lengel, the Board approved the hiring as listed below. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. Approved the hiring of Allison Godfrey as a part-time ESL Teacher beginning with the 2007-08 school year at the beginning salary of $26.00 per hour and no benefits. Approved the hiring of Jill McCracken as a part-time Speech Coach for the 2007-08 school year. Approved the hiring of Maryanne Stein as a Speech Coach for the 2007-08 school year. Approved the hiring of Luke Rust at a Secondary Math Teacher at the 1 step of the professional salary scale and full benefits. Approved the hiring of Stephanie Rau as the Part-Time Alternative Education Instructor at an st hourly rate (6 hours per day) based on the 1 step of the professional salary scale and no benefits. Approved the hiring of Anita Seidel Special Education Teacher at the fourth step of the professional salary scale and full benefits. Approved the hiring of Georgi Long as a Volunteer Junior Varsity Football Cheerleading Advisor for the 2007 season. All clearances must be provided. Approved the hiring of Linda Grundy, Tracey Mannozzi, and Brian Nespor as Volunteer Softball Coaches for the 2008 season. All clearances must be provided. Approved the hiring of Mike Williams (Head Coach) with Ed Berti, Marshall Nych, Jack Thorn, and Nathan Crooks as Assistant Boys Basketball Coaches for the 2007-08 school year. Approved the hiring of Tim Blose, Gregg McCandless, Mark Guiler, Matt Kulka and Jack Verigood as a Volunteer Boys Basketball Coaches for the 2007-08 season. All clearances must be provided. Approved the hiring of Deborah Hennegan as a Van Driver of the 2007-08 school year at the rate attributed to the assigned van route and no benefits. Approved the hiring Deborah Hennegan as a Part-Time Custodian at the rate of $7.30 per hour and no benefits. Approved all teacher, cafeteria, maintenance, custodial, and van driver substitutes as provided on enclosed sheets. FACILITIES: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Al Kelly, the Board approved the use of facilities as listed below. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. Granted approval for the Shenango Valley Wrestling Officials to use High School LGI on Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 16, 30, 2007 and Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 2008 for mandatory meetings. All aspects of the facilities policy will be followed. Granted approval for the Mercer Adult Basketball group to use the high school gymnasium on Sunday and Wednesday evenings during the school year. All aspects of the facilities policy will be followed.
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MINUTES OF AUGUST 20, 2007 – PAGE 3 Granted approval for the Mercer Adult Volleyball group to use the elementary gymnasium on Saturday evenings during the school year. All aspects of the facilities policy will be followed Granted approval for the Mercer Area School District to renew its facilities agreement with the American Red Cross to serve as a disaster/emergency site STAFF DEVELOPMENT: On a motion by Walt Darraugh, second by Jeff Brandes, the Board approved the requests for staff development as listed below. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. Granted approval for Bill Gathers to attend the 2 Annual National Superintendent’s Forum in Palo Alto, California on October 4, 5, and 6, 2007. All transportation and lodging costs will be paid by Zaner-Bloser, the forum sponsor. Granted approval for 3 teachers (TBA) to attend a Strategic Planning Institute for Science Its Elementary on September 17-21, 2007. All expenses will be paid for out of grant funds. Granted approval for Barb Hogue and Karen Handerhan to attend a PAThs Training Workshop at Midwestern IU IV on September 10, 2007. There will be no cost to the district. PLANCON PART D: On a motion by Jeff Brandes, second by Dave Lengel, the Board granted approval of a resolution which approves and authorizes the submission to PDE of Plancon Part D (Project Accounting Based On Estimates) and Plancon Part E (Design Development) for the Mercer Elementary School Project. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. DR. GATHERS AT YOUNGSTOWN: On a motion by Al Kelly, second by Michele Rhule, the Board granted approval for Dr. Gathers to teach classes for Youngstown State University during the 2007-08 school year. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES: On a motion by Al Kelly the Board granted approval for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to organize and work in conjunction with the coaches and students during the course of the 2007-08 school year. Michael Piddington will serve as the faculty advisor for this organization. On a roll call vote, members Brandes, Butchy, Gerhardt, Kelly and Williams voted yes. Members Darraugh, Lengel & Rhule voted no. Member Fowler was absent. BOOSTER GROUPS: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Jeff Brandes, the Board granted approval of the Mercer Boys Basketball Boosters, Mercer Girls Basketball Boosters, Mercer Baseball Boosters, Mercer Band Boosters, Speech Parent Boosters, Volleyball Boosters, and Elementary PEP Association Organizations for the 2007-08 school year. All requirements set forth by the Mercer Area School Board in policy 918 have been met. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. JUVENILE PROBATION On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Walt Darraugh, the Board granted approval for the Mercer Area School District to partner with the Mercer County Juvenile Probation Department concerning the community-based initiative, Experimental Education Program for the 2007-08 school year. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by Michele Rhule, the Board granted approval of an agreement of services between the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and the Mercer Area School District for the 2007-08 school year. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes.
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MINUTES OF AUGUST 20, 2007 – PAGE 4 REALTY TRANSFER TAX: On a motion by Jeff Brandes, second by Walt Darraugh, the Board Granted approval of a resolution enacting a realty transfer tax and other tax related provisions pursuant to Article XI-D of the Tax Reform Code of 1971, and authorizing the Department of Revenue and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to determine, collect and enforce the tax, interest and penalties. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. CAFETERIA BIDS: On a motion by Dave Lengel, second by George Gerhardt, the Board approved the bids for Cafeteria as listed below. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. Bread – Butter Krust Baking Company, Inc. Ice Cream – Perry's Ice Cream Milk – Dean Dairy SPANISH INDEPENDENT STUDY On a motion by Jeff Brandes, second by Leah Ann Williams the Board approved adding Spanish 5 as an independent study course for 2007-08. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes. ADJOURN: There being no other business, Al Kelly moved the meeting be adjourned, Walt Darraugh seconded. On a voice vote, all members present voted yes.

___________________________________________ Gloria J. McElroy, Board Secretary

___________________________________________ Cedric A. Butchy, Board President

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