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					                     SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP
                           Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
                        OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS
                                   March 17, 2009

                                                               Springfield Township High School
                                                                              Technology Lobby
                                                                         1801 E. Paper Mill Road
                                                            Erdenheim, Pennsylvania 19038-7099

1.   Mr. Gran called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

2.   Mr. Gran led the Board of School Directors and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

3.   Ms. Inderwies read the Mission Statement of the School District of Springfield Township.

4.   Members Present:      Mr. Alviti
                           Mr. Amuso
                           Ms. Inderwies
                           Ms. Kolodner
                           Mr. Pickens
                           Mr. Quinn
                           Ms. Thompson
                           Mr. Gran

     Members Absent:       Mr. McDowell

     Also Present:         Dr. Nyiri, Superintendent of Schools
                           Mr. Roy, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
                           Mr. Sultanik, Solicitor
                           Mr. Orlando, Secretary

5.   Mr. Gran announced that the meeting was being conducted in accordance with Policy No.
     010, Broadcasting of Meetings:

     “The Board, at its discretion, may videotape all or any portion of public Board Meetings
     subject to the limitations set forth in Policy 010, Broadcasting of Meetings.”

6.   Mr. Mancini & Mr. Pace asked to speak about the elimination of Middle School sports.

     Mr. Gran informed them that comments are on agenda items only.

7.   Ms. Inderwies commented on community involvement regarding the budget process.
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March 17, 2009
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8.     Mr. Pedley spoke about the budget in light of a move to the Bicentennial League.

9.     Mr. Andris commented on the sale of the bus garage.

       Mr. Amuso commented that a report will be given later in the meeting.

10.    Mr. Amuso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Alviti, to approve the minutes of the Regular
       Meeting of February 17, 2009, and the Interim Meeting of March 3, 2009.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

11.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amuso, to approve the Treasurer’s Report,
       the period end Check Register, the Check Register, the Budget Report, the Series of 2006
       Bond Payment of Bills, the Report on the Student Activity Funds, and the Athletic Funds
       Report.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

12.    A Student Council Report was reported.

13.    A PTA/PTO Report was presented.

14.    Mr. Thompson presented the School Board with a rendering of the new Erdenheim
       Elementary School.

       Mr. Jonathan Thomas, Hayes Large Architects, provided an update on the LEED
       Certification Process.

       Dr. Nyiri commented.

15.    Mr. Amuso reviewed the recent Property Committee Meeting agenda. Mr. Amuso provided
       details of the sale of the Bus Garage.

16.    Mr. Pickens reviewed the recent Finance Committee Meeting agenda, in particular, the Bond
       refunding and Budget.

17.    Ms. Jamie Doyle, PFM, reviewed the refunding opportunity of the 1998 Bond.

       Mr. Orlando reviewed the motion.

       Mr. Pickens commented that since the motion would have a minimum net savings of
       $400,000, it should be revisited if market conditions change.

       Mr. Sultanik suggested removal of the word “minimum” from the motion.
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March 17, 2009
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       The Board agreed to this wording change in the motion.

       Mr. Quinn requested clarification on the determination of the net savings and costs.

       Ms. Doyle will provide weekly updates on the refunding savings of the 1998 issue.

18.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Alviti, to approve the Administration to
       work with Public Financial Management, as Financial Advisor, Fox Rothschild, LLP, as
       Bond Counsel, and the Local Solicitor, in conjunction with the issuance of General
       Obligation Bonds, Series of 2009, for the purpose of refunding the Series of 1998 Bonds at a
       net savings target of $400,000.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

19.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amuso, to authorize and direct the proper
       officers of the Board to execute the Stormwater Best Management Practices Operations and
       Management Agreement between the School District and the Township of Springfield, and
       the Site Improvement Security Agreement between the School District and the Township of
       Springfield (including an Account Agreement, if required, involving the School District,
       PLGIT, and the Township of Springfield) in substantially the form as the documents attached
       hereto, subject to final review and approval by the School District’s administration and
       Solicitor.

       Mr. Quinn commented on the changes that were discussed previously.

       Dr. Nyiri responded.

       Mr. Quinn commented.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

20.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amuso, to approve the following Personnel
       Items:

       B.     SUPPORT PERSONNEL

              1.      Resignation

                              Ms. Chris Veghte, Instructional Aide at Erdenheim Elementary
                              School, for personal reasons, effective March 24, 2009.
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March 17, 2009
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              2.     Employment

                            Ms. Lesley Jenkins, as a Lunch/Recess Aide at Enfield Elementary
                            School, replacing Ms. Kimberly Bray, at a rate of pay of $12.09/hour,
                            effective March 18, 2009.

       C.     CONFERENCE / WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE

                     a.     Ms. Virginia Wexler, Network Administrator, to attend the Dell
                            Products/ Solution Seminar, on March 19, 2009, at Delaware County
                            Intermediate Unit, sponsored by DELL. There is no registration fee
                            for this seminar.

                     b.     Ms. Diana Weaver, Ms. Kathy Evans and Ms. Deb Zawilla, Enfield
                            Elementary School Teachers, to attend the Urban Forestry Workshop
                            for Teachers, on April 22, 2009, at University of Pennsylvania’s
                            Morris Arboretum. There is no registration fee for this workshop.

                     c.     Ms. Robin Cottone, Ms. Suzie Held, Ms. Corinne Scioli, Mr. David
                            Love, Ms. Nancy Lunney, Ms. Celeste Ashmeade and Ms. Rebecca
                            Rogers, Erdenheim Elementary School Teachers, to attend a
                            conference entitled, “Using Guided Reading to Accelerate the Success
                            of All Your Readers,” on March 26, 2009, in Fort Washington, PA,
                            sponsored by the Bureau of Education & Research. There is a $189.00
                            registration fee per person for this conference, funded by Title I Funds.

                     d.     Ms. Joyce Valenza, Springfield Township High School Librarian, to
                            attend the PSLA Conference, from April 30, 2009 to May 2, 2009, in
                            State College, PA, sponsored by Pennsylvania School Librarians
                            Association. There is no registration fee for this conference.

                     e.     Ms. Kelly Yoder, Mr. Shaun Okawa and Ms. Sharon Murphy, Enfield
                            Elementary School Teachers, to attend a conference entitled, “Using
                            Guided Reading to Accelerate the Success of All Your Readers,” on
                            March 26, 2009, in Fort Washington, PA, sponsored by the Bureau of
                            Education & Research. There is a $189.00 registration fee, per person,
                            for this conference, funded by Federal Programs.

       D.     EXTRA PAY FOR EXTRA RESPONSIBILITIES

                     a.     Mr. Robert Bond, as Assistant Baseball Coach, Category V, 3 years
                            experience, at a salary of $2,990.00. Mr. Bond is not a member of the
                            regular teaching staff.
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March 17, 2009
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                     b.      Ms. Melissa Eife, as 8th Grade LAX Coach, Category IV, 8 years
                             experience, at a salary of $3,358.00.

                     c.      Ms. Deborah Buckley, as 7 th Grade LAX Coach, Category IV, 8 years
                             experience, at a salary of $3,358.00. Ms. Buckley is not a member of
                             the regular teaching staff.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

21.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amuso, approve the following consent
       agenda items:

       a.     The purchase of softball Dugouts from Anthem Sports LLC in the amount of
              $9,899.00

       b.     A Budgetary Transfer

       c.     To authorize and direct the proper officers of the Board to execute the Agreement of
              Sale between the School District, as seller, and Springfield Township, as buyer, and
              the Lease between Springfield Township, as landlord, and the School District, as
              tenant, both for the bus garage property, in substantially the form with those
              modifications recommended by the Property Committee, and subject to final review
              and approval by the School District’s administration and Solicitor.

       d.     GASB-45 Actuarial Services

       e.     An Overnight Field Trip for members of the Youth and Government Club to travel to
              Harrisburg, PA from April 17, 2009 to April 19, 2009

       f.     Approval and Adoption of Policies: 003, Functions and 004, Membership

       g.     Change Orders

       h.     The authorization of Agency to Employer Admin. Services, Inc. (EAS) to sign on
              behalf of the School District any forms or agreements required by Vanguard as an
              approved vendor under the District’s 403(b) plan.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.

22.    Ms. Inderwies made a motion, seconded by Mr. Amuso, to approve the Memorandums of
       Understanding between the Springfield Township Education Association and the Springfield
       Township Educational Support Association.

       On the poll of the Board, the motion carried unanimously.
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March 17, 2009
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23.    Mr. Quinn recommended removing the topic of Middle School extracurricular activities from
       the Budget discussion.

       Mr. Alviti commented on the responses from the public regarding Middle School Athletic
       programs.

       Dr. Nyiri gave an overview of the Budget and reviewed the summary of potential cost
       savings.

24.    Mr. Wagman reviewed the technology program and the replacement cycle.

25.    Dr. Nyiri provided an overview of the field trips.

       Mr. Gran asked how many field trips are taken annually.

       Dr. Nyiri replied that approximately 330 field trips are taken annually.

26.    Dr. Nyiri commented on class size.

       Mr. Amuso requested clarification on staff reductions.

       Dr. Nyiri responded.

27.    Dr. Nyiri discussed the Federal Stimulus Funding estimated to be approximately $800,000
       earmarked for the District over the next two years. Dr. Nyiri cautioned that further
       clarification is needed.

       Ms. Inderwies distributed a handout concerning the stimulus funds.

28.    Mr. Hackney reviewed staffing and class size at the High School.

29.    Mr. Gran stated that the Superintendent Search Team suggested that goals be set at the
       beginning of each year for the School District.

30.    Mr. Pickens made two suggestions on rearranging items that are on the reduction list.

31.    Dr. Nyiri requested the Board provide a target for the Administration to shoot for, and she
       suggested a 2% tax increase.

       Mr. Pickens expressed support for Dr. Nyiri’s suggestion.

32.    Ms. Kolodner referred to the handout, and suggested the stimulus funds could be used for
       future pension obligations.

       Mr. Sultanik stated his understanding that the stimulus funds are not eligible for this use.
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March 17, 2009
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       A discussion ensued regarding future pension obligations.

       Mr. Pickens inquired about the impact of gambling funds.

       Dr. Nyiri responded.

       Mr. Orlando responded.

33.    Ms. Inderwies commented on capping the tax increase to 2%, and urged the Board to keep
       working toward a zero tax increase.

       Mr. Quinn commented on class size and conference costs.

       Mr. Quinn also stated that he does not support a 2% tax increase. Mr. Quinn further
       commented that the Board discusses a tax cap to be instituted every year, yet it does not
       happen, and they always pass a higher tax increase.

       Mr. Pickens responded.

       Mr. Hackney responded.

34.    Mr. Mancini, Erdenheim, stated his concerns with moving to the Bicentennial League.

35.    Mr. Pedley stated his concerns with moving to the Bicentennial League and the impact on
       swimming.

36.    Ms. Betty DeStefano expressed her concerns with the bicentennial league, and she
       questioned the process.

       Mr. Quinn shared his understanding that Mr. Kell held a meeting regarding this issue.

       Ms. DeStefano stated that only a select group of individuals were invited to this meeting.

       Mr. Amuso stated that it is an administrative discussion and the Board supports the
       Administration.

       Mimi Hacking, Oreland, stated her concerns with the Bicentennial League.

       Ms. Inderwies applauded the student in how she handled herself.

       Mr. Pickens agreed with Mr. Amuso in supporting the Administration, but welcomed
       community involvement.

       Ben Mancini, Erdenheim, commented on the move to the Bicentennial League.
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March 17, 2009
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       Steven Honeywell, Flourtown, expressed his support of moving to the Bicentennial League.

       Mr. Amuso commented.

       Mr. Quinn questioned what the solution was.

       Mr. Honeywell stated other tournaments outside the league can be scheduled to fill the
       schedule.

       Ms. Rose Avera commented on moving to the Bicentennial League.

       Mr. James Barraclough stated the reason for the move to the Bicentennial League, and he
       expressed his support of the Administration’s decision.

       Ed Trainer, Flourtown, commented on the move to the Bicentennial League.

       Toby Fleming commented on the success of the girls lacrosse team and suggested a hybrid
       section.

       Mr. Kell responded.

       Mr. Roy provided information about the past football exemption.

       Ms. Inderwies commented on the football exemption and possible gender bias, and she
       requested an accounting of participants in each sport by number and sex.

       Mr. Roy responded.

       Mr. Davner, Wyndmoor, commented on the topic.

       Mr. Amuso commented.

       Dr. Nyiri commented.

       Mr. Kell commented.

       Ms. Inderwies commented on the scholarship impact to students.

       Mr. Quinn asked if there was a solution that would make everyone happy.

       Mr. Kell responded.

       Mimi Hacking commented on the solution.
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March 17, 2009
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       Ms. Rosemary Pedley commented on competitive sports teams and water polo.

       Ms. Lisa Santangelo, Flourtown, commented on her children’s experience in the athletic
       programs.

       Ms. Inderwies provided final comments.

37.    Mr. Gran reviewed future meeting dates:

       Interim Board Meeting
                                    Tuesday, April 7, 2009
                                    High School Technology Lobby
                                    Board Meeting--7:30 p.m.

       Regular Board Meeting
                                    Tuesday, April 21, 2009
                                    High School Technology Lobby
                                    Board Meeting--7:30 p.m.

       Policy Committee Meeting
                                    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
                                    Administration Building Board Room--7:30 p.m.

       Property Committee Meeting
                                    Thursday, April 16, 2009
                                    Administration Building Board Room--8:30 a.m.

       Academic Affairs Meeting
                                    Monday, March 23, 2009
                                    Administration Building Board Room--9:00 a.m.

38.    Mr. Gran asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Amuso made the motion.

       The meeting adjourned at 11:00 p.m.

       Respectfully submitted,




       Victor J. Orlando
       Business Administrator

       VJO/bmc