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JUNE 2021 BOARD BRIEF
STEEL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
 

Memorial Books

The School Board acknowledged the passing of Donna Mussina, aunt of Shawn McCallister, Athletics/Activities Director; Dave Watkins, uncle of Becky O’Shell, 4th grade teacher at Park School; Michael Boback, brother-in-law of Robert Mangis, high school custodian; Amelia Tirpak, grandmother of William Blick, school board member; Robert A. Sedlock and Anna June Sedlock, Donald Fetzko’s daughter-in-law’s parents; and John T. Draganosky, father-in-law of Melissa Draganosky, 1st grade teacher at Park School.  It was moved by Mrs. Yuhas and seconded by Mrs. Ligeros to place appropriate books into the school libraries in their memory.

Board President’s Report

Mr. Bulger, reported that starting in the fall of the 2021-2022 school year, Steel Valley School District will be returning to five days a week, in-person instruction.  He talked about the new leadership for the 2021-2022 school year and thanked the retirees, Mrs. Borges, Mr. Keesecker, Dr. Johnson and Mr. Zenone, for their years of service. 

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Wehrer reported that the UPMC staff administered 200 vaccines to our students and residents of the Steel Valley area at the clinics held at the High School and Barrett Elementary School. UPMC did a wonderful job providing great service to all that attended. 

He gave a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Borges and Mr. Zenone for their service, and he welcomed Mrs. Emer ywho was shadowing Mr. Zenone to take over the position as Board Secretary.  

Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services’ Report

Mrs. Borges reported that the Extended School Year Program (ESY) would be held July 5 - 29 on Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

She expressed her sincere thanks and stated that it was a great pleasure working with everyone for 22 years. 

Director of Academics, Information & Technology’s Report

Mr. Colebank reported that they are still collecting iPads, but there is still about $101,000 of equipment out there that needs to be returned.  

Solicitor’s Reports\

The Board granted and conveyed an easement to Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC to install, maintain, repair, operate, inspect, and do other necessary acts as outlined in the Grant for Measuring & Regulating Station and Gas Pipeline Easement as set forth hereto, and the proper Officers of the School District are authorized to sign all and necessary documents to effectuate the grant and conveyance of these aforesaid right of ways.

Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the meeting minutes of:

  • May 17, 2021 worksession
  • May 20, 2021 regular meeting

Financial Management

The Board approved the following items:

 

  • General Fund invoices for June 2021 in the amount of $584,913.00
  • General Fund hand checks for May 2021 in the amount of $958,728.70
  • General Fund Revenue Report for May 2021
  • General Fund Expenditure Report for May 2021
  • General Fund Balance Sheet for May 2021
  • Food Service invoices for May 2021 in the amount of $20,984.49
  • Food Service Revenue Report for May 2021
  • Food Service Expenditure Report for May 2021
  • Food Service Balance Sheet for May 2021
  • Payroll Funding Transfers for May 2021
  • Athletics Fund Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2021
  • High School Student Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2021
  • Middle School Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2021
  • External Groups Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2021
  • Payment to Lugaila Mechanical, Inc., in the amount of $114,753.44 to be paid out of the 2019 Capital Project Fund for the HS/MS HVAC Project
  • Matthew Weber to serve as the signer of checks or as Treasurer
  • Food Service Budget for the 2021-2022 school year with Food Service Revenues projected at $1,127,781 and the Expenditures projected to be $1,138,817.  The deficit of $11,036 will be absorbed by the Fund Balance

Operations

The Board approved the following items:

  • Facility usage requests as presented
  • Honeywell’s quote to purchase and install a condense tank at Barrett Elementary School in the amount of $20,124.00.  The district is looking to install equipment prior to the fall/winter season.

Co-Curricular Leadership 

The Board approved the following items:

  • Fundraising requests as presented
  • Dr. Randolph Antoncic as the School Doctor for school years 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 at an annual compensation of $20,000 per year according to the terms of the contract

Operations

The Board approved the following items:

  • Facility usage requests as presented
  • Five-year contract with Honeywell Building Solutions in the amount of $175,473.88 for Year 1, $190,955.82 for Year 2, $196,684.49 for Year 3, $202,585.02 for Year 4 and $208,662.58 for Year 5 
  • Contract with VEBH Architects to view the feasibility of construction to existing space or building a new elementary center.  The contract will not exceed $10,000 in cost.
  • Authorized ALCOSAN to move forward with the construction design of the Transforming 12th Projectthrough the 90% completion phase at a cost of $26,922.56 to be paid out of Capital Reserve Fund

Special Assignments

The Board voted to maintain the current dress code policy for the 2021-2022 school year.

Educational Leadership

The Board approved the following items:

  • In-person Middle School Summer Program including English/Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies for the fifth and sixth graders and English/Language Arts for seventh and eighth graders from June 14 through July 1, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 to 11:00 AM to be paid out of the CARES Act fund 
  • Contract between the Steel Valley School District and Steel City Therapy, LLC, to provide occupational and physical therapy services as needed for school years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023
  • Educational Services Agreement between the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Steel Valley School District for the 2021-2022 school year and authorized the appropriate officials to execute said agreements
  • Mrs. Shelley Hiegel and Ms. Aysia Hunter as contracted Behavioral Health Consultants at a rate of $45.00 per hour, not to exceed $10,000 for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Contracts between the Steel Valley School District and Steel Valley Wellness Group, LLC, to provide Licensed Professional Counselors at a rate of $56.25 per hour (not to exceed $50,000) and a Behavior Specialist for $47,500 for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Certified School Psychologists’ contracts to provide school psychological services as needed
  • 2021-2022 A-TSI non-Title 1 School Plans for the Steel Valley Middle School/Steel Valley High School

Personnel

The School Board approved the following items:

  • Mr. Olando Dulin to the position of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at an annual salary of $60,000 effective on a mutually agreed upon date, contingent upon receipt of current clearances, passing the District’s mandated pre-employment screenings and compliance with Act 168
  • Ms. Sarah Hess as a districtwide paraeducator at a rate of $11.30 per hour plus $1.50 per hour for highly qualified status effective on a mutually agreed upon date, contingent upon receipt of current clearances, passing the District’s mandated pre-employment screenings and compliance with Act 168, which must be completed within 30 days
  • Mr. Kevin Clarke as a districtwide paraeducator at a rate of $11.30 per hour plus $1.50 per hour for highly qualified status effective on a mutually agreed upon date, contingent upon receipt of current clearances, passing the District’s mandated pre-employment screenings and compliance with Act 168, which must be completed within 30 days
  • Ms. Carmella Marzec as a districtwide paraeducator at a rate of $11.30 per hour plus $1.50 per hour for highly qualified status effective on a mutually agreed upon date, contingent upon receipt of current clearances, passing the District’s mandated pre-employment screenings and compliance with Act 168, which must be completed within 30 days
  • Mr. Bryan Macuga to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools for a term of four years commencing July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2025 with a base compensation of $112,500 according to the terms of the agreement
  • Annual salary of $100,000 for Mr. John Strom, High School Principal, effective July 1, 2021
  • Mrs. Gale Emery as Board Secretary with an annual stipend of $5,000 effective July 1, 2021
  • Mr. Ed Colebank to the position of Open Records Officer effective July 1, 2021
  • Applicants as presented to work the In-Person Summer Program at the Middle School, Barrett Elementary and Park Elementary
  • Mrs. Jennifer Perhac as a special education paraeducator for ESY 2021 at her hourly rate
  • Thomas Masley, Jamison Mays, Jason Panuccio, and Christy Scott to be added to our custodial substitute list and Linda Townsend to be added to our food service substitute call list, contingent upon receipt of current clearances, passing the District’s pre-employment screenings and compliance with Act 168
  • Temporary employment of six (6) student summer workers from the Steel Valley School District at the rate of $10.00 per hour, no benefits, to assist the district personnel in preparing the district for the 2021-2022 school year, from July 5 to August 12.  Hours will not exceed (6) hours per day without approval from the Director of Academics, Information and Infrastructure
  • Supplemental positions of High School Boys Head Varsity Coach for Justin Womer and High School Boys Assistant Varsity Coach for Connor Szczepankowski for the 2021-22 school year according to the CBA supplemental contract
  • Act 93 Administrative Compensation Agreement as presented for years 2021-2022 through 2024-2025 and authorized the proper officers of the District to affix their signatures on behalf of the school district

 

 

 

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