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					                      South Fayette School District
                                          Regular Meeting

                                                Minutes

                                      Tuesday, January 23, 2007

                                                7:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. School Board Recognition Reception

The Regular Meeting of the South Fayette Township Board of School Directors was called to order at
7:00 p.m. in the South Fayette High School Conference Center by President Denise Ford with the Pledge
of Allegiance.

January is Board Recognition Month. The Board was recognized by the following departments: Pupil
Personnel, High School, Middle School, Elementary School, Curriculum, and Technology. Students
presented a PowerPoint display and Board members were given a gift from each department.

Present: Denise Ford, Bill Newcomer, Todd Petrillo, Alan Wood, Len Fornella, Lena Hannah, Vince
Lamberti, Chris Niemann

Absent: Tom Welch

Others: W. Theodore Brooks, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.; Dr. Linda Hippert, Superintendent; Dr. Mary
Ravita, Assistant Superintendent; Dr. Nanci Sullivan, Director of Pupil Personnel; Denice Allan, Director
of Human Resources; George Safin, Director of Finance; Shelly Belcher, Public Relations Director; Ann
Bisignani, High School Principal: Karen Labutta, Middle School Principal, Denise Beverina Moore,
Elementary Principal; Laurie Gray, Assistant Elementary School Principal; Bryan O’Black, Director of
Technology; Teachers Michael Houck, Scott Sundgren, Ginette Parenti, Debbie Kuntz; Paraeducator
Donna Meehan; Administrative Assistant Cynthia Geisler, District Greeter Cindy Lamberti; Kevin Biber,
Renatta Signorini; Joni Curl; Shirley Petrillo, Anna Marie Newcomer; Ken Barna; Darell Frank; Eric
Kreush; Jody Kreush; Cindy Hestad; Jeff Smith; Laurel Hitlan; Dane Marlo Hone; Dave Holmes; Jackie
Carr; Diana Grady; and Ruth Bell, Superintendent’s Assistant/Board Secretary

Minutes

Petrillo seconded Fornella to approve the minutes from the following Board Meetings:

           Committee Meeting of the Board                   Tuesday, November 21, 2006
           Regular Board Meeting                            Tuesday, November 28, 2006
           Reorganization/Regular Board Meeting             Monday, December 4, 2006

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes




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Financial Reports

Hannah seconded Newcomer on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
George Safin to accept the Earned Income/Delinquent Tax Report for November and the Property Tax
Collector’s Report for September, October, and November 2006.

       1. Earned Income/Delinquent Tax Report (Nov. 2006)           Jim Hunt, Berkheimer Associates
       2. Property Tax Collector’s Report (Sept. 2006)              Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer
       3. Property Tax Collector’s Report (Oct. 2006)               Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer
       4. Property Tax Collector’s Report (Nov. 2006)               Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

Newcomer seconded Petrillo on the recommendation of the Superintendent and the Secondary
Administration to accept the following Financial Reports for November and December.

       1. Aquatics Fund Report                              Bridget Kotar
       2. Middle School Activity Fund                       Carol Hunsinger
       3. High School Activity Fund                         Kathy Demnyan
       4. High School Athletic Fund                         Joe Farkas

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

       SUSPENSION OF BUSINESS TO HEAR FROM VISITORS

Laurel Hitland 316 Point View Drive had a concern about the 7 th grade having a substitute teacher in for
the entire year. Dr. Hippert indicated the teacher assigned to this class is on leave until the end of the
school year. The substitute teacher has been evaluated and we have recommended that she stay until
the end of the school year. If there are specific questions regarding the class Dr. Hippert suggested she
talk with Mrs. Labutta, Middle School Principal.

Jackie Carr 1291 Oakridge Road expressed concern of the wrestling program at the varsity level. Dr.
Hippert indicated the Board and the Administrators have not discussed the Varsity program at this time;
not because there isn’t going to be one but they would need to meet with the coach at the end of the
season.

Dave Holmes Cecil-Sturgeon Road expressed concern about the equipment for the Middle School
football team. The equipment is old and out-dated. Some of the equipment was not properly sized for
students at the Middle School level. Dr. Hippert explained as soon as she was aware there was a safety
issue the situation was remedied. Mr. Holmes indicated that uniforms they play the games in are the
same uniforms they practice in.

Eric Kreush and Jody Kreush 8404 David Drive asked why Coach Plack’s contract for the Varsity Head
Football Coach was not renewed. Solicitor Brooks indicated this was a personnel issue and by law can
not be discussed at a public meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Kreush indicated that Coach Plack had done a great
job as coach and felt it was a mistake to not renew his contract.

Diane Grady 186 County Line Road spoke about the equipment of the Middle School football team. She
indicated her son’s pants were held together by duct tape. She had concerns about the safety of the
equipment the students play in. Dr. Hippert indicated she was not aware of the problem with the pants.
She asked the parents check with the coach, the Athletic Director, and the Principal. If they feel they
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have not received an answer to please contact her. The Board indicated they would look into this. Ms.
Grady also said she had some concerns about the coaches for next year and praised the Middle School
Coaching staff. She asked what is discussed in an Executive Session. Solicitor Brooks sighted we are
governed by state law to have an Executive Session to discuss items such as personnel, real estate, and
litigation. There are additional reasons to hold an Executive Session; but these the main reasons why an
Executive Session is held.

Business Office

Dr. Hippert explained that prior to adjournment the Board will discuss Budget information as presented
on January 16, 2007, in preparation for the Special Meeting of the Board to pass a non-binding
preliminary budget on Monday, February 5, 2007. By law the Board must pass a non-binding preliminary
budget by February 14, 2007.

Solicitor Ted Brooks provided an explanation on the request from a taxpayer to have the penalty amount
from her school tax refunded. The envelope was not metered on the date prior to the tax being due. He
indicated if the District would decide to issue the refund he did not feel the Board would be setting a
precedent for other taxpayers to follow suit. If no action is going to be taken there is no need for a
motion.

Newcomer seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Solicitor Ted Brooks to
deny a LERTA Property Tax Exemption for K-C Family Limited Partnership/Application.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

Director of Finance George Safin explained the requirements of Act 1 and the questions for referendum.
The Tax Study Commission served for 3 months studying the tax structure of the district and gave their
recommendation to board as to whether the Board should impose an EIT or PIT. The Board must hold a
public hearing to authorize the referendum question and the deadline for this March 13, 2007. Resolution
authorizing the referendum question for the May 2007 primary seeking voter approval to levy, assess,
and collect an earned income and net profit tax under Section 321.B1 of ACT 1 for personal income tax
under Section 321C for the purpose of annually funding homestead/farmstead exclusion. The March 13 th
deadline is after our Committee Meeting scheduled for February 20th and the Regular meeting on
February 27th. We could have the public hearing on February 20th and then vote on February 27th.
Solicitor Brooks indicated we would have to legally advertise the Resolution and at the same time adopt
one of the ballot questions. We would have to advertise the Resolution for 3 consecutive weeks not
including the week of the vote. The mandated requirements are the ad must appear in the same
newspaper for the 3 consecutive weeks. It was suggested that in addition to the legal advertisement this
information appear in the South Fayette and Neighbors Magazine, Bridgeville News, and sent to the
parent email lists.

Petrillo seconded Newcomer on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Director of Finance George
Safin, and Tax Collector Kevin Biber to approve the attached list of Real Estate Refunds due to reduction
in assessment and to pay the interim delinquent tax collection fee as listed.

                             2005                             $583.84
                             2006                          $39,935.64
                             Total                         $40,519.48

Interim delinquent tax collector fee in the amount of $169.40 for 2004 delinquent taxes as per statement
submitted by Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer. Penalty payment extends from December 14 2006,
through December 28, 2006.
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Interim delinquent tax collector fee in the amount of $415.39 for 2005 delinquent taxes as per statement
submitted by Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer. Penalty payment extends from December 6, 2006,
through January 11, 2007.

Interim delinquent tax collector fee in the amount of $14,358.53 for 2006 delinquent taxes as per
statement submitted by Kevin Biber, Township Treasurer. Penalty payment extends from November 29,
2006, through January 15, 2007.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

       Informational Item

Director of Finance, George Safin discussed the responses to the recent RFP (Request for Proposal) for
architectural services related to a feasibility study associated with the elementary school. We received 10
responses. We are looking to move forward on the responses we have. Mr. Safin listed some items the
Board may want to consider on what are the next steps the Board wishes to take. Mr. Niemann
suggested that we look at the qualifications from each of the companies that responded. Mr. Niemann,
Mrs. Hannah, and Mr. Lamberti volunteered to form a committee to review the RFP’s and bring their
recommendation to the Board.

Personnel

       Informational items

       At the January 16, 2007, Committee Meeting the Board of School Directors approved the
       recommendation of the Superintendent and Administrative Team to accept the following
       resignations:

             Frank Kruth as Middle School Stage Crew and Set Construction for the Middle School
              Musical

             Retirement resignation from Chris Kosik as High School English Teacher effective
              January 5, 2007

             Retirement resignation Ray Bruno as Middle School Science Teacher effective June 7,
              2007

       At the January 16, 2007, Committee Meeting the Board of School Directors approved the
       recommendation of the Superintendent and Administrative Team to hire the following personnel:

             Daniel Bal as permanent substitute effective January 16, 2007, through the end of the
              2006-07 school year at the rate of $19,750 (1/2 of $39,500) Bachelor’s Degree, Step 1

             Natalie Leone as permanent substitute for the second semester of the 2006-07 school
              year at the rate of $20,500 (1/2 of $41,100) Master’s Degree, Step 1

             Maura Nicholls as Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher – Temporary Position effective
              January 17 through June 7, 2007, for 2 ½ hours per day at the amount of $6583.33



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           William Pfeifer, Jr. as Paraeducator effective December 12, 2006, at the probationary rate
            of $9.31 per hour. At the completion of a satisfactory probationary period the rate would
            be $11.64 per hour

           Charles Casuccio as Director of Transportation effective January 17, 2007, at the salary of
            $55,000 prorated

           Sherry Gronski as cafeteria worker effective November 20, 2006, at the probationary rate
            of $6.80 per hour. At the completion of a satisfactory probationary period the rate would
            be $8.50 per hour

           EPR Positions:

                            Scott Philipp         MS Stage Crew Sponsor        $360

                            Charlotte Packer      Mentor for Maura Nicholls
                                                  for the Second Semester      $320

                            Kristin LeBeau        Middle School Musical
                                                  Choreographer                $640

           Day-to-day substitutes (call as needed):

                         Karen Hrapczak - substitute administrative assistant
                         Alan Davidson – teacher certified in Elementary K-6, Mid-level Citizenship
                          Grades 7-9, and Mid-level English Grades 7-9
                         Justin McKean – teacher certified in Social Studies
                         Jessica Checketts – teacher certified in Elementary K-6
                         Timothy Irvine – teacher certified in English 7-12

           Everyday substitute

                         Amy McNerney for the second semester effective January 17, 2007. The
                          rate of pay is $77.00 for days 1-30, work day 31 and beyond the rate would
                          be $81.00 per day

           Sue Andrew after school tutor for Language Arts in the Middle School at the rate of
            $25.88 per hour per contract effective January 9 through March 15, 2007. The funds will
            be paid from the Accountability Grant

           Karalee Nelson after school tutor for Grade 2 Mathematics at the rate of $25.88 per hour
            per contract effective January 30 through April 26, 2007

Newcomer seconded Petrillo on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Administrators to
recommend the Board accept the following resignations:

              Charles Casuccio, Director of Transportation effective immediately.
              Brooke Balta as the Art Director for the Middle School Musical
              Retirement resignation of John Petersavage, High School English

                                                  Roll Call – All Yes
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Lamberti seconded Petrillo on the following recommendations:

For Lisa Stimpson to complete her Elementary Principal Internship during the summer of 2007. This
would be at no cost to the District,

To hire following day-to-day substitutes (call as needed):

                  Steve Damm – teacher certified in Biology 7-12
                  Diana Novak – teacher certified in Library K-12

To hire the following EPR positions:

                  James Hausman                     Mentor for Daniel Bal
                                                     for the Second Semester              $320

                  Melissa Meyer                     Co-Sponsors National Honor Society Advisor
                   Stephanie Gutshall                for the second semester, 2007     $192.50 each

To hire an after school Student Monitor for monitoring of the Commons areas in the high school after the
school day. Estimated cost for 2006-07, not to exceed $2,448.50;

To hire Greg Curl as Director of Transportation effective January 24, 2007, at the salary of $55,000
prorated.

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

Education

Newcomer seconded Hannah on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Elementary School
Principal Denise Beverina Moore to continue the summer library program for 2007, beginning Monday,
June 18, and ending on Friday, August 3, 2007. The library would be open Monday through Friday from
9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The cost of the program would be $1,300 with the School District contributing
$650 and the Elementary PTA contributing $650.

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

Hannah seconded Newcomer on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Elementary School
Principal Denise Beverina Moore to hold the Little Lions’ Academy for two weeks during the summer of
2007. Classes will be scheduled the week of July 23 and the week of July 30, 2007.

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

Hannah seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and the Assistant
Superintendent Mary Ravita to add Advanced Placement U. S. and Comparative Government and
Politics to the curriculum for the 2007- 2008 school year. Discussion followed regarding the cost of
adding this program to the curriculum. Ford asked this item be deferred until the end of the meeting after
the discussion of the budget, prior to adjournment. On the advice of Solicitor Brooks it was decided to
have a motion to table this item. Newcomer seconded Hannah to table this item until later.

                                                     Roll Call – All Yes

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Solicitor Brooks indicated if this item were to come up for discussion at the end of this meeting we would
need a motion to take this item off the table.

Hannah seconded Petrillo to approve the following trips:

Mrs. Terry Hart, FBLA Advisor, to travel to The Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for their annual
State Leadership Conference and State Competition. The group will leave South Fayette on Sunday,
April 29 and return on Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Mr. Michael Houck, Head Boys Baseball Coach to travel to Gaffney, South Carolina for spring training.
The group will leave South Fayette on Thursday, March 22 and return on Monday, March 26, 2007.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

Transportation

            There are not items to discuss.

Athletics

Petrillo seconded Newcomer on the following recommendations:
To hire the following Indoor Winter Track Volunteer Coaches:

                    Barb Heiser
                    James Spicer

To change the title of Head Track Coach to Track Coordinator and Head Varsity Track and Field Coach
and;

To amend the Act 195 Resolution of 1990 which was revised on January 20, 1994. The resolution
permits non-profit organizations to receive a small games of chance license. The amendment would
include the following clubs and/or booster organizations to be added to the resolution.

                      South Fayette Baseball Boosters
                      South Fayette Softball Boosters
                      South Fayette Hockey Club
                      South Fayette Track Club
                      South Fayette Track Boosters
                      South Fayette Youth Baseball/Softball Association
                      South Fayette Township Soccer Association
                      South Fayette Township Little Hooper Association
                      South Fayette Township Lady Lions Association
                      South Fayette Township Aqua Club
                      South Fayette Takedown Club
                      South Fayette Wrestling Boosters
                      South Fayette Elementary PTA
                      South Fayette Middle School Parent Advisory Council
                      South Fayette High School Parent Advisory Council

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes


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Hannah seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Athletic Director Joe
Farkas recommend Board approval to hire the following coaches for the 2007-08 season at the
negotiated rate as per contract:

                     Scott Sundgren                        Head Girls Volleyball Coach
                     Karla Schooley                        Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach
                     Juliana Howe                          Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach
                     Wayne Capra                           Head Girls Soccer Coach
                     Henry Behling                         Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
                     William Law                           Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
                     Don Maloney                           Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
                     Marci Jackley McClelland              Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
                     Becky Kuglar                          Volunteer Coach
                     Charles Roth                          Head Coach 7/8 Grade

After discussion the golf coaches were added to the list for approval.
Niemann seconded Fornella to amend the motion to include the golf coaches.

Motion to include the amendment.
                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

                   Joe Cochran                             Head Golf Coach
                   Kent Nichols                            Assistant Golf Coach

Motion to approve the hiring of the coaches with amendment.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

Construction

Petrillo seconded Fornella on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Solicitor Ted Brooks for the
Board to approve the settlement of all claims made by Limbach Corporation in connection with the
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning and Plumbing contracts in connection with the high school
building project for the total sum of $165,000.00 and the officers of the Board are authorized and directed
to execute such documents as are necessary to completely settle and release the District from all claims
which Limbach Corporation has raised or could have raised in connection with the said contracts and the
work performed thereunder.

After discussion, Solicitor Brooks indicated we would need 5 votes to pass this motion.

                      Roll Call – Niemann, Hannah, Wood, Petrillo, Newcomer, Wood, Ford – Yes
                                  Lamberti – No

Miscellaneous

Newcomer seconded Hannah on the recommendation of the Superintendent and High School Nurse
Kathy Macurak recommend Board approval of the first reading of revised Policy 209 “Pupils Health
Examinations”.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes


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At the Committee Meeting there was a discussion how we address comments related to procedures for
Board/Superintendent to answer emails. Mrs. Ford asked if the Board had any comment on to how they
felt this should be handled. Solicitor Brooks explained the need to be careful when sending emails as for
privacy matters. It was recommended that email answers be funneled through the Superintendent and all
Board members would be copied on the response. If appropriate the Board President would respond.

PSBA is reviewing all of our Board Policies. At the Committee Meeting last week, Mrs. Hannah agreed to
sit on the Policy Review Committee. Are there any additional Board Members who desire to sit on the
Policy Review Committee? Dr. Hippert suggested we could announce when the different sections will be
reviewed and invite all Board Members to attend.

   Solicitor’s Report – Mr. W. Theodore Brooks

Mr. Brooks had no report for the Board.

Expenditures

Petrillo seconded Newcomer on the recommendation of the Superintendent and Director of Finance
George Safin to authorize payment of monthly invoices. The Superintendent and Director of Finance
George Safin confirm these invoices have been reviewed and attest these expenditures represent value
for the items as indicated. Mr. Safin will provide an updated list of all Function Codes to the Board.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

Dr. Hippert announced we will not be able to use the Baseball Field for the 2007-2008 school year. This
item is in litigation.

Board Committee Reports

           A. Executive Committee Report                    President Denise Ford
                Nothing to report

           B. Legislative Committee Report                  Lena Hannah
                Nothing to report

           C. Parkway West                                 Bill Newcomer
                Nothing to report. They are not meeting in January.

           D. SHASDA                                     Todd Petrillo
                There is a meeting on Thursday, January 25th with PSBA presenting a discussion on
           Superintendents’ evaluation.

           E. Parks and Recreation                          Lena Hannah

                 Lena reported they will be reviewing the Athletic Bylaws on January 29 th at 7:00 p.m. and
           they have asked all of the youth sports to attend with 2 representatives. Parks and Recreation
           have started a Lacrosse program. Registration will be held followed by a learn-to-play clinic
           for all players – boys and girls ages 8-14. If older students are interested they will have a
           separate program. All equipment will be provided. At the February meeting they will have
           representatives from the Tennis community to try to setup a Tennis program for students in
           the community.

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Dr. Hippert gave an overview of the non-binding preliminary budget for 2007-2008. Dr. Hippert thanked
Mr. Petrillo for getting the CD on the assessments from the County. The County Assessments are
$110,000 less in our revenue then we had planned. The rate of growth is .8% for this year and for the
past 3 years it has been 3%. This is the first year of the county rollback taking effect on the 2002
assessments.

After discussion, the Board asked Dr. Hippert to meet with the Administrators to review their budget and
cut items and bring a new proposal to the Special Meeting on February 5, 2007.


Niemann seconded Lamberti to adjourn to Executive Session at 11:11 p.m.

                                                    Roll Call – All Yes

Niemann seconded Petrillo to adjourn the Regular Meeting at 11:12 p.m.

                                                    Motion carried.


                                                    ________________________________
                                                    Denise W. Ford, Board President


                                                    ________________________________
                                                    Ruth Bell, Board Secretary




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