August School Board Work Session Notes

My notes from last night’s board meeting with all the standard misquotes and misspellings you’ve come to expect.

Dwayne Walton, Parkesburg Point's Executive Director, looks to Adam Straubel to weigh in during their presentation at Monday night's School Board work session.

OCTORARA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

WORK SESSION

August 13, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

  1. Lord’s Prayer
  1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
  1. Roll Call – All board members were present.  There were 6-8 community members in the audience
  1. Presentations
  1. Dwayne Walton – Parkesburg Point

Dr. Tom Newcome introduced Dwayne Walton, Executive Director of Parkesburg Point and Adam Straubel, Development Director at The Point and said The Point was “a shining star in the community.”

Dwayne Walton, spoke about his life growing up as an immigrant in New York City saying he was a troubled student.  He got into trouble every day. He forced teachers to become a baby sitter, social workers.  His family was poor, He had a thick accent.  By the time he was 10 years old his family was homeless.  As a teenager he saw two uncles and his father murdered.  Walton stated no school is prepared for a student like him. Its very difficult to plans for homelessness, drugs, violence.  He said he didn’t think it  is an easy task for public schools to address these issue.  Instead he sees this as a role the community can and should accept. To make sure these kids don’t fall through the cracks. 

Parkesburg  Point, Walton continued, is about collaboration with area churches and caring about those who are least among us.  Right in the middle of Parkesburg, Walton told school board members, The Point is a safe place for kids between 3:30 and 8:00 PM every day.  Kids can come to The Point and meet one of the 120 volunteers all from area churches, eat a good meal and have fun, even catch up on homework.  Walton stressed that The Point isn’t all serious. We also have recreation including basketball and a skate park.  When the kids came we push them encouraging them to go to college.  Walton spoke about the work of Adam Staubel who stepped in and reached out to Eastern University and convinced the University to let 5 students from The Point attend for half price.  Walton continued, we also want to teach the kids the value of hard work.  International service project to Haiti, Peru, and Mexico serving the needs of people who have it worse off than they do.  The Point leverages The Kahn Academy, an online learning center, to supplement and reinforce what the kids learn in school.  All students have to give an hour a week in Kahn.  We want to help the kids through service and hard work.  Walton finished by telling the stories of several kids The Point has helped. 

Board member Sheri Melton asked for more information about the Kahn Academy.

Board President Lisa Bowman asked how many students come out on a day-to-day basis and how many computers The Point had.  Walton responded by saying currently the point had 6 computers and one other used by the administration that could be pressed into action if a kid needed it.  Walton stated The Point’s original focus was on kids 10 to 18 but there was no way we could say stop coming when they hit 18.  On our book bag night next week where we hand out a book bag filled will school supplies is for school kids of all ages.

5. Visitors’ Comments – Agenda Items Only

Ken Knickerbocker followed Walton and Straubel’s presentation with additional background on the Point’s focus, fund raising capacity and ability to unite various congregations and groups behind their cause.  Called The Point the most exciting thing happening in Parkesburg.

6. Information Items:

A. Ms. Laura Fischer will transfer from a fourth grade teacher at the Octorara Elementary School to Reading Specialist at the Octorara Jr. High School.

7. Presentation of Agenda Items for approval at August 13, 2012 Work Session:

Resignation Approvals:

A. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept, with regret, Ms. Margaret Forchetti’s resignation as a Communication Arts teacher at the Octorara Area Jr. High School effective June 8, 2012 for the purpose of retirement. (Hired January 1, 1995)

B. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept, with regret, Ms. Tshela Dennis’s resignation as a Reading Specialist at the Octorara Area Jr. High School effective August 1, 2012.  (Hired August 22, 2007)

C. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept, with regret, Ms. Heidi Griest’s resignation as an instructional assistant at the Octorara Primary Learning Center effective July 30, 2012. (Hired August 27, 2007)

D. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Glenda Sue Derstler’s resignation as a cafeteria employee effective July 27, 2012. (Hired August 25, 2008)

E. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Kathleen Dikun’s resignation as an instructional assistant at the Octorara Elementary School effective August 6, 2012.  (Hired August 25, 2008)

F. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Kristine Woodall’s resignation as a lunch/playground aide at the Octorara Intermediate School effective August 1, 2012.  (Hired February 18, 2009)

G. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Mr. Chris Henley’s resignation as an ESL assistant at the Octorara Intermediate School effective August 5, 2012. (Hired April 7, 2010)

H. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Robyn Frye’s resignation as a Title I Math Assistant effective July 5, 2012. (Hired August 26, 2010)

I. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Barbara Whitworth-Roy’s resignation as an instructional assistant for the Alternative Education Program at the Octorara Area Sr. High School effective July 31, 2012.  (Hired August 15, 2011)

 Hiring Approvals:

J. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Ms. Tammy Anthony as a third grade teacher at the Octorara Elementary School effective August 20, 2012 pending completion of employee related documents required by law and the District. Ms. Anthony’s salary will be $48,160. (Replacing Beth Davis who retired.)

K. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Ms. Joan Miller as a fourth grade teacher at the Octorara Elementary School effective August 20, 2012 pending completion of employee related documents required by law and the District.  Ms. Miller’s salary will be $48,160. (Replacing Laurie Fischer who transferred.)

L. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Mr. Trent Zook as an instructional assistant at the Octorara Elementary School effective August 27, 2012 pending completion of employee related documents required by law and the District. Mr. Zook’s rate will be $11.65 per hour for 5.75 hours per day. (Replacing Alison Parry who resigned.)

8. Presentation of Agenda Items for the August 20, 2012 Regular Monthly Public Meeting:

M. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Policy 201 Admission of Beginners, second reading.

N. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the following lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school year:

Grades K-6      $2.30

Grades 7-12     $2.60

 Resignation Approvals:

O. That the Octorara Board of School Directors accept Ms. Nina Thwaites resignation as Variety Show Coordinator at the Octorara Area Jr. High School effective July 30, 2012. (Hired August 2011)

 Hiring Approvals:

P. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the recommendation to hire Mr. Jamie Bankert to a half-time position of Assistant Principal assigned to Athletics and Virtual Learning.  This position will be an Act 93 position at a salary of $50,418 [Mr. Bankert’s teaching duties will be half-time at a salary of $33,082 ($66,165÷2)]  Therefore, his total salary for the combined position of half-time teacher and half-time assistant principal will be $84,500.

Q. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the list of supplemental contracts for the 2012-2013 school year.

R. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the list of substitute teachers, substitute emergency permit teachers, and substitute support staff for the 2012-2013 school year pending proper certification verification.

S. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the following changes in     salary due to graduate credits earned:

Carol Dittoe From M+30 ($69,673) to M+45 ($72,458) Step 8
Nicholas Kluge From M+45 ($63,751) to M+60 ($66,778) Step 16
Kim Tercha From M ($53,941) to M+15 ($58,900) Step 16

T. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Ms. Ashlee DiRocco’s request for unpaid Family Medical Leave for the purpose of child rearing from approximately December 18, 2012 through March 18, 2013.  Ms. DiRocco is a third grade teacher at the Octorara Elementary School.

U. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve Ms. Ashley Ayers’s request for unpaid Family Medical Leave for the purpose of child rearing from approximately January 13, 2013 through March 18, 2013.  Ms Ayers is a fourth grade teacher at the Octorara Elementary School.

V. That the Octorara Board of School Directors approve the three year contract with Mr. Daniel Carsley to serve as Business Administrator from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

  1. Facilities Committee Report – by Board member Nelson Stolzfus

PTO in PLC and Elementary School has raised money for playground equipment.  The facilities committee appreciates the efforts of the respective PTO’s and approves the site and installation.  Both project will move ahead.

Carpet replacement in PLC will go forward.  Several attempts to find the the right carpet the succeeded and the work wrapped up last week.

Middle school roof project is now complete.  There will be a couple of small change orders coming through based on small adjustments that had to be made while the work was under way.

Boiler inspection in both the Senior and Junior high is ongoing

CCIU facilities staff is expecting to deliver a report in on how we can better manage our facilities in September

 HS renovation project is pretty much over

Water problem in intermediate has been identified and is in the process of solving

Water issues remain in Jr. High School

Wall extension in Sr. High School have been completed

Horse back riding request has been pulled

Trying to sell a generator

Request to sell the maintenance shed on the corner of Highland Road and Route 41.  Someone came to us with a request to purchase the property. There is a bidding process we must go through. 

Water treatment plant are being examined

ESCO program we talked for an hour prior to this meeting.  We decided to take more time before reaching a decision.  Expect more information in the Fall

 A board member asked about the floors at the High School.  They have been sealed and are especially shiny.  The school’s janitorial staff tried many different ways and finally hit upon the right approach. 

 10. Other Items/Concerns

11.  Visitors’ Comments – General

Ken Knickerbocker of Parkesburg spoke for a few minutes urging the School Board to pass a resolution that whenever possible, to buy locally and to track how much of the District’s $46 million dollar budget is spent locally.

 12. Administrator Comments/Announcements

13. Board Comments

Board Member Sam Ganow rejected the idea of a Buy Local motion by the School board saying the board under School Board Vice President Brian Norris’ direction was already focusing on buying local.  Several board members including Board President Lisa Bowman spoke up in favor of tracking and reporting the board’s local expenditures.  Board Vice President Brian Norris spoke about his efforts over the last several years to encourage local spending.  Board Member Sheri Melton voiced her support for buying locally whenever possible.

 14. Adjournment and announcement of upcoming meetings.

  • Facility Committee Meeting – Monday, August 13, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. in the District   Office Conference Room
  • Executive Session for personnel – Monday, August 13, 2012 – Following the Work Session in the District Office Conference Room
  •  Policy Committee Meeting – Monday, August 20, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. in the District     Office  Conference Room
  • Finance Committee Meeting – Monday, August 20, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. in the District Office  Conference Room
  • Next regularly scheduled Board Meeting – Monday, August 20, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. in          the Octorara Jr./Sr. High School Multi-Purpose Room  
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