Southern Fulton School District

3072 Great Cove Rd

Warfordsburg, PA 17267

 

 

Board Meeting Minutes – January 20, 2009

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Southern Fulton School District met for their regular board meeting at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in the library of the high school at Warfordsburg.  The following members were present:

 

Danny Crouse, Donald Whiteside, Edgar Yates, John McKee, Kenny Wuertenberg, Timothy Mellott, and Dwight Bard.

 

Also present were Ralph R. Scott, superintendent; Kendra Trail, elementary principal; Meredith Hendershot, high school principal; Michael Shaw; facilities manager; Doug Leisher, technology specialist; Debra Schetrompf, business manager; and Betty Feagley, board secretary.

 

Visitors Present:  Chanin Rotz Mountz from the Fulton County News, David Smith, Seema Bhatt, Weston Ernst, and Carolyn Mottern.

 

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

 

2.      Citizens’ Participation.  Mrs. Mottern addressed the board about the field trip taken by seven gifted students to Goddard Space Center.  She presented a powerpoint slide show created by Noah Smartt.

 

Richard Mosemann arrived at 8:05 p.m.

 

3.      A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. John McKee to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2008, Board Meeting.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

4.      Communications. Two letters of resignation:  one from George Kuhne as Head Track and Field Coach and one from Tom Brambley as Jr. High Assistant Soccer Coach, two letters for FMLA leave: one from Valerie White for intermittent FMLA leave for the 2008-2009 school year and one from Rebecca Mosemann for FMLA leave starting tentatively February 25, 2009, to the remainder of the 2008-2009 school term, and two thank you cards for the $100.00 bonus; one from Sandy Crouse and one from the elementary cafeteria staff. 

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5.      In reference to a presentation made during the work session by Seema Bhatt and Weston Ernst, a motion was made by Mr. Danny Crouse and seconded by Mr. Edgar Yates to authorize the Board President to sign a Preliminary Analysis Letter of Interest with T. A. C. to conduct a preliminary energy and facility audit at no cost to the district. 

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

6.      A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Danny Crouse to accept the following letters of resignation:

 

a.       George Kuhne as Head Track and Field Coach.

b.      Tom Brambley as Jr. High Assistant Soccer Coach.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

7.      A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. John McKee to hire the following coaches as per the Professional Staff Contract:

 

a.       Herbert Brambley as Varsity Soccer Coach

b.      Joseph Hollenshead as Head Track Coach.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

8.      A motion was made by Mr. Danny Crouse and seconded by Mr. Richard Mosemann to accept the quote of $9,310.00 from Knisely and Sons, Inc. for repairs to the condensing unit and replacement of the condensing coil at the elementary school.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

 

9.      A motion was made by Mr. John McKee and seconded by Mr. Donald Whiteside to approve the following substitutes for the 2008-2009 school year pending completion of paperwork:

 

a.       Via Shaw as a substitute aide

b.      Beverly Williams as a substitute cafeteria worker

c.       Lisa Gartner as a substitute cafeteria worker

d.      Debbie Hiller as a substitute teacher

e.       Joan Mellott as a substitute teacher.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

10.  A motion was made by Mr. Timothy Mellott and seconded by Mr. Danny Crouse to approve the request for permission to schedule an Act 80 day for March 30 for professional development purposes.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

11.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. John McKee to approve the first reading of the following policies: 

 

a.       Policy 249, Pupils, Bullying/Cyberbulling.

b.      Policy 800, Operations, Records Management.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

12.  A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. Donald Whiteside to approve the Board Secretary/Superintendent’s Secretary as Open Records Officer retroactive to January 1, 2009.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

13.  A motion was made by Mr. John McKee and seconded by Mr. Timothy Mellott to approve an unpaid leave of absence under the FMLA of 1993 pursuant to the law and regulations for Rebecca Mosemann, starting tentatively February 25, 2009, to the remainder of the 2008-2009 school term. 

 

Richard Mosemann - abstain             Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

            Mr. Richard Mosemann abstained, as he is Mrs. Mosemann’s father-in-law.

 

14.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Timothy Mellott to approve the unpaid leave of absence under the FMLA of 1993 pursuant to the law and regulations for an intermittent unpaid leave for Valerie White for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

 Richard Mosemann - yes                  Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

15.  A motion was made by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg and seconded by Mr. Richard Mosemann to approve the Board to hereby authorize the transfer of $700,000.00 from the PLGIT Plus account to the Tax Stabilization Fund for the purpose of meeting the District’s increased debt service obligations in the years 2009-10 through 2017-18.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

16.  A motion was made by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg and seconded by Mr. Donald Whiteside to approve the Board to hereby designate $500,000.00 of funds in the PLGIT Plus account for the purpose of meeting an anticipated increase in the District’s PSERS costs in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

17.  A motion was made by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg and seconded by Mr. Donald Whiteside to approve the financial reports as presented. 

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

 

18.  A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. John McKee to approve the payment of bills as presented.  

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

19.  A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Danny Crouse to approve Linda Smith as a long-term substitute teacher for Tammi Ifert for approximately six weeks, beginning January 20, 2009.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

20.  A motion was made by Mr. Danny Crouse and seconded by Mr. Richard Mosemann to authorize the reinvestment of a certificate of deposit recently acquired by Branch Banking & Trust in the amount of $96,000.00 plus any accrued interest, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.      Certificate of deposit is insured by FDIC;

2.      New interest rate is higher than that currently offered by Branch Banking & Trust; and

3.      The solicitor confirms the legal right of Branch Banking & Trust to unilaterally lower the interest rate upon acquisition.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

2.      A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. Kenny Wuertenberg to cancel the February board meeting.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – no

Danny Crouse - no                              John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

                                                     “6” yes “ 2 ” members no.  Motion carried.

 

3.      A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. John McKee to authorize the Superintendent to write a letter to the commissioners to express dissatisfaction that the district was given little time to respond and no input into a recent tax assessment appeal which resulted in a loss of more than $16,000.00 per year in tax revenue to Southern Fulton.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

4.      A motion was made by Mr. Richard Mosemann and seconded by Mr. Timothy Mellott to lower the eligibility age from twenty-five to twenty-two for the Diploma Recovery Program.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

5.      A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Danny Crouse to approve the administrative reports as presented.

 

Richard Mosemann - yes                    Edgar Yates – yes

Danny Crouse - yes                             John McKee – yes

Donald Whiteside – yes                     Kenny Wuertenberg – yes

Dwight Bard - yes                                Timothy Mellott – yes  

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

 

6.      A motion was made by Mr. Donald Whiteside and seconded by Mr. Richard Mosemann to adjourn the meeting.  VOICE VOTE, All in Favor.  Motion Carried. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.