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JUNE 2019 BOARD BRIEF
STEEL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
 

 

Memorial Books

The School Board acknowledged the passing of Sydney N. Vasilevich, Steel Valley Graduate, Class of 2013; Gary Parenti, uncle of Jamie Dolton, middle school and high school family consumer science teacher; Miranda C. Scott, sister of Mariann Reilly, high school English Language Arts teacher; and Joseph T. “Tony” Kampe, father of Sharon Kampe, secondary music teacher.  It was moved by Ms. Youngblood and seconded by Mrs. Ligeros to place a selection of appropriate books into the school libraries in their memory.

Board President’s Report

Mr. Bulger announced that the Legislature is working on the Pennsylvania state budget, and they discussed not giving more funding to charter schools.  Governor Wolf should be able to strike these line items, if necessary.

The 2019 commencement ceremony was outstanding.  Dr. Armani Davis, our commencement speaker, gave one of the best messages.  Since he has been out of high school for less than 10 years, his message was on point and will be hard to top. 

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Wehrer congratulated the Boys Varsity Baseball team and its coaches for winning the 3A WPIAL Championship. The Ironmen went 13-­‐9 overall and won the title as a no. 4 seed in the WPIAL playoffs.  Congratulations to Coach Loughran for winning a WPIAL title in his first season as head coach.   In addition, the TribLive HSSN “Head of the Class” named Andre Good as the Player of the Year and named Patrick Loughran as Coach of the Year in Class 3A.

Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services’ Report 

Mrs. Borges reported that the Extended School Year program would be held July 8 through August 1 from Monday through Thursday.  

Director of Academics, Information & Technology’s Report

Mr. Colebank reported that a storm knocked out the Internet, and we are trying to get it working again. 

Solicitor’s Report 

  • The Board authorized the proper officers of the School District to sign the deed transferring the title of the Franklin Street realty to Hunter Steven Wallace for the successful auction bid of $4,500.00 held on June 8, 2019, and record the deed in the Allegheny County Recorders’ Office
  • The Board hired Gary Bodnar to perform the appraisal of M & P property, which used to be the Macy’s store, not to exceed $3,200.00.

Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the following meeting minutes:

  • May 20, 2019 worksession
  • May 23, 2019 regular meeting

Financial Management

The Board approved the following financial items: 

  • General Fund invoices for June 2019 in the amount of $723,144.69
  • General Fund hand checks for May 2019 in the amount of $1,252,508.41
  • General Fund Revenue Report for May 2019
  • General Fund Expenditure Report for May 2019
  • General Fund Balance Sheet for May 2019
  • Food Service invoices for May 2019 in the amount of $33,852.10
  • Food Service Revenue Report for May 2019
  • Food Service Expenditure Report for May 2019
  • Food Service Balance Sheet for May 2019
  • Payroll Funding Transfers for May 2019
  • External Groups Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2019
  • High School Student Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2019
  • Middle School Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2019
  • Athletics Fund Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2019
  • Capital Projects Balance Sheet for May 2019
  • Capital Projects Revenue for May 2019
  • Capital Projects Expenditures for May 2019
  • Food Service Fund Budget for the 2019-­‐2020 school year in the amount of $1,077,801 in Budgetary Revenues and Budgetary Expenses of $1,111,493. The budgetary shortfall of $33,692 will be absorbed by Cafeteria Fund Equity balance.
  • Sixty-­‐month (60) lease with PNC Equipment Financing to finance the purchase of Xerox copiers. The monthly lease payment is $2,039.48 at an interest rate of 3.54%.
  • Contracted with Maher Duessel to perform the financial and single audit compliance and three real estate audits in the amount of $24,140 plus $300 for reimbursement expenses

Operations

The Board approved the following items: 

  • Facility rental requests as presented
  • Designated MacBook and iMac 20” computers as surplus equipment and approved the disposal of equipment as presented

Co-Curricular Leadership

The Board approved the following items:

  • Fundraising requests as presented
  • Creation of a new student activity entitled Fearlessly Girl to boost girls’ self-­‐esteem and transition to middle school with Mrs. Katie MacDonald and Mrs. Meghan Fitzgerald as volunteer sponsors
  • Primetime Shots, Inc., as the student photographer for the 2019-­‐2020 and 2020-­‐2021 school years at student expense

Special Assignments

Mr. Bulger reported for Mr. Olson that the graduation ceremonies at Mon Valley School and Steel Center for Career and Technical Education went very well. 

Educational Leadership

The School Board approved the following items: 

  • 2019-­‐2020 Middle School Academic Handbook as presented
  • Accepted the donations as presented for the Class of 2019 Senior Breakfast
  • Accepted the donations as presented for the Wonder Theatre program
  • Accepted a $1,000 Let’s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools grant for “Cooking in the Garden” at Park Elementary School
  • Accepted a $1,000 Let’s Move Pittsburgh Champion Schools grant from the Science Education Foundation at Phipps Conservatory for students to prepare healthy foods and create a recipe book as an after school program
  • Accepted a grant of $375 to purchase the curriculum to begin a new student group Fearlessly Girl.

Ms. Youngblood thanked everyone for their donations to the students in the school district.

Personnel Management

  • Accepted, with regret, the retirement of Dr. Mary Cay Rojtas-­‐Milliner from the position of secondary librarian effective August 19, 2019, under the terms and conditions of the 2019-­‐2024 collective bargaining agreement
  • Rescinded the appointment of Maureen Fagan as a speech language teacher for the 2019 Extended School Year Program
  • Appointed Marissa Haddad as a special education teacher for the 2019 Extended School Year (ESY) at a rate of $32.00 per hour, appointed Elizabeth Hanson as a special education teacher for ESY at the rate of $22.00 per hour and appointed Jennifer Perhac as a substitute special education paraeducator for ESY at her hourly rate
  • Cindy Delehanty, Melissa Dilla, Sarah Thompson and Rachel Gutmann as contracted certified school psychologists to provide school psychological services as needed
  • Shelley Hiegel and Aysia Hunter as contracted behavioral health consultants at a rate of $45.00 per hour, not to exceed $10,000 for the 2019-­‐2020 school year •    Accepted the resignation of Matt Janov from the supplemental position of Varsity Head Softball Coach effective immediately
  • Accepted the resignation of Terri Lynn Brown-­‐Hutchison from the supplemental position of Head Middle School Cheerleading Coach effective immediately
  • Appointed Natalie Konish to the supplemental position of High School Junior Varsity Cheerleading Coach effective with the 2019-­‐2020 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearances
  • Appointed Ryan Dunmire-­‐Kuftic to the supplemental position of secondary associate webmaster effective July 1, 2019, according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Appointed Jason Mamajek to a full-­‐time professional teaching position with a 2019-­‐2020 assignment of Technology Education Teacher in the Middle School/Senior High School at a salary of Master’s Step 4 ($50,213) according to Policy No. 328.1 plus benefits as outlined in the current SVEA collective bargaining agreement effective at the start of the 2019-­2020 school year.

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