Southern Fulton School District

3072 Great Cove Rd

Warfordsburg, PA 17267

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes – January 16, 2007

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Southern Fulton School District met for their regular board meeting at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2007, in the library of the high school at Warfordsburg.   The following members were present:

 

Allen Morton, Bill Whiteside, Donald Whiteside, Edgar Yates, John McKee, Kenny Wuertenberg, Patrick Bard, and Dwight Bard.

 

Also present were Ralph R. Scott, superintendent; Brett Gilliland, high school principal; Kendra Trail, elementary principal; Patrick Fanelli, solicitor; Michael Shaw, facilities manager; LuAnne Keebaugh, business manager; Doug Leisher, technology specialist; and Betty Feagley, board secretary.

           

Visitors present were:  Chanin Rotz Mountz from the Fulton County News, David Smith, Danny Crouse, Jessica Hull, Tammy Hull, Tim Hull, Lacey Beatty, Billie Jo Beatty, Logan Beatty, Annette Hull, Carolyn Hull, Calvin Barton, Cheryl Barton, Charlene Younker, Randy Younker, and Janet Blankley.

 

1. The meeting was opened with prayer by Mr. John McKee and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Dwight Bard.

 

2.      Student Recognition.  .  Mr. Brett Gilliland recognized Lacey Beatty as Junior High Student of the Month for December, Annette Hull as Junior High Student of the Month for January and Jessica Hull as Senior High Student of the Month for January.

 

3.      Citizens’ Participation.  Charles Frame from Boyer and Ritter made a presentation on the audit.  Calvin Barton talked to the Board about the situation on his bus 8 and asked if Board would reconsider its request that he not use Charlene Younker on Southern Fulton runs.  During this discussion about Bus 8, Janet Blankley several times mentioned a purportedly confidential board memo that she received somewhere, asking how she came to receive it.  Charlene Younker asked the Board not to do anything on this matter until she could bring her attorney to a meeting, since she was planning on suing the district.  Based on the threat of litigation, the Board decided to discuss the remainder of the matter in an executive session.  David Smith then gave a proposal for the activities run.  Edgar Yates then spoke to the Board about a request that he had made to get information on the cost of doing the district office and the life skills room, and about how he had called about the cost for permits in order to get costs himself.

4.      A motion was made by Mr. Bill Whiteside and seconded by Mr. John McKee to go into Executive Session for possible litigation dealing with the Calvin Barton/Charlene Younker bus situation. VOICE VOTE, All in Favor.  Motion carried.  Executive Session began at 9:20 p.m. and ended at 10:43. 

 

5.      A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg to uphold the Board’s prior action to direct bus contractor Calvin Barton to no longer use Charlene Younker on Southern Fulton bus routes, effective January 22, 2007.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – no

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 7 ” yes “ 1 ” member no.  Motion carried.

 

6.      A motion was made by Mr. Allen Morton and seconded by Mr. Patrick Bard to accept the proposal submitted by Mr. David Smith for the Activities Run.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside–abstain Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 7 ” yes “ 0 ” members no “ 1 ”  member abstain.  Motion carried.

 

Donald Whiteside abstained because he was not present when the activities run was discussed with David Smith during the work session.

 

7.      A motion was made by Mr. Allen Morton and seconded by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg to approve the minutes of the December 5, 2006 Reorganization Meeting. 

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

2.      Communications. A letter from Calvin Barton about addressing the board, a letter of resignation from Jennifer Keebaugh as junior varsity volleyball coach, and a letter about the induction of Angela Booth in the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers.

 

3.      A motion was made by Mr. Allen Morton and seconded by Mr. Patrick Bard to approve items 10 – 19.

 

4.      Accept with regret the letter of resignation of Jennifer Keebaugh as junior varsity volleyball coach, effective immediately.

 

5.       Authorize the administration to implement a boys’ junior high soccer program at an estimated cost of $9,939.00 beginning with the 2007 season. 

 

6.      Activities Transportation Committee report.

 

7.      Approve the first reading of Policy 240, Nontraditional Educational Opportunities, Pupils. 

 

8.      Approve the following substitutes for the 2006/2007 school year, pending completion of paperwork.

 

Substitute Nurse                                   Substitute Teacher

 

Cassie Scott                                         Stephanie Mellott

                                                            Brooke Francis

 

9.      Retroactive approval from January 2, 2007 of Dustin Fischer as long-term substitute for Wendy Ritz at a rate of $115.00 per day.

 

10.  Approve DeAnn Hawkins as part-time physical therapist at a rate of $75.00/hour for the 2006-2007 school year. 

 

11.  Approve the following conferences:

 

a.       Connie Mellott to attend the Child Accounting Conference on March 21 – 23, 2007 in Hershey, PA as budgeted.

 

b.      Matthew Quigg to attend the PA State Athletic Directors Association Conference on March 22-23, 2007 in Hershey, PA as budgeted.

 

c.       Julie Dickerhoff and Denise Conley to attend the PA Volleyball Coaches Association Clinic on February 9-10, 2007 in State College, PA as budgeted.

 

12.  Approve the following field trips:

 

a.       Math Club to go to Juniata College on February 23, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for a math competition. 

 

b.      Southern Fulton Cheerleaders to go William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA on March 16 – 18, 2007 for a cheerleading competition. 

 

13.  Approve the following use of the building as per board policy:

 

a.       Southern Fulton PTA to use the high school auditorium on May 3, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the elementary spelling bee.

 

b.      Southern Fulton Cheerleaders to use the high school cafeteria on February 11, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for a basket bingo fundraiser.

 

c.       Southern Fulton FFA to use the high school cafeteria, gym, and auditorium on January 20-21, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. for a Lock In.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

14.  A motion was made by Mr. John McKee and seconded by Mr. Bill Whiteside to approve the financial reports as presented. 

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

15.  A motion was made by Mr. Bill Whiteside and seconded by Mr. John McKee to approve the payment of bills as presented. 

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

16.  A motion was made by Mr. Patrick Bard and seconded by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg to approve the Act 1 Resolution. 

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

17.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Bill Whiteside to approve a new accounting system from Unifund at a cost of $36,369.00.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

18.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Patrick Bard to approve to dismiss school early at 1:30 p.m. on February 2, 2007, for school safety training by Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

19.  A motion was made by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg and seconded by Mr. Bill Whiteside to renew the contract for Superintendent, Ralph R. Scott for the period of July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010.

 

Allen Morton- yes               Edgar Yates – yes

Bill Whiteside – yes            John McKee - yes

Donald Whiteside -  yes     Kenny Wuertenberg  – yes

Dwight Bard  -  yes              Patrick Bard  –  yes

                                                     “ 8 ” yes “ 0 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

20.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Bill Whiteside to approve the administrative reports as presented.  VOICE VOTE, All in Favor.  Motion carried. 

 

21.  A motion was made by Mr. Bill Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Allen Morton to change the time of the February 20, 2007 board meeting from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the work session to begin at 8:30 p.m.  VOICE VOTE, All in Favor.  Motion carried. 

 

22.  A motion was made by Mr. Bill Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Allen Morton to adjourn the meeting.  VOICE VOTE, All in Favor.  Motion carried. 

 

 The meeting adjourned at 11:30 p.m.