SVBriefs

JULY 2017 BOARD BRIEF

STEEL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Memorial Books

The School Board acknowledged the passing of Joyce E. Forrest, mother of Sandy Reiner, accounts payable secretary; Colleen Flynn, sister of Patty Semenko, substitute secretary; Vernita Flynn, mother of Patty Semenko, substitute secretary; Beverly Carol Masek, cousin of Diana Borges, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services, Helen P. Kline, retired elementary teacher; and Peggy Price, former substitute secretary and member of the Veterans Day Committee. It was moved by Mrs. Steele and seconded by Mrs. Ballas to place an appropriate selection of books into the school libraries in their memory.

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Wehrer announced that the staff is gearing up for the new school year.

Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services Report

Mrs. Borges announced that the Extended School Year program ended today with a lively party. She introduced Katie Hruska and Melinda Fedoris of Steel Valley Wellness, a mental health practice in the Steel Valley area. They are hoping to be a catalyst for change in the three boroughs and for the people who live here.

Director of Academics, Information and Technology Report

Mr. Colebank reported that the elementary summer camp and summer credit recovery programs also finished today.

Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the following meeting minutes:

  • June 26, 2017 worksession meeting
  • June 29, 2017 regular meeting

Financial Management

The Board approved the following financial items:

  • General Fund invoices for 2016-2017 being paid in 2017-2018 in the amount of $253,469.17
  • General Fund invoices for June 2017 in the amount of $162,415.98
  • Food Service invoices for July 2017 in the amount of $472.00
  • General Fund hand checks for July 2017 in amount of $121,644.16
  • High School Student Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for June 2017
  • Middle School Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for June 2017
  • External Groups Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for June 2017
  • Athletics Fund Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for June 20, 2017
  • Exonerated the Homestead Borough real estate tax collector for the 2016 real estate taxes

Operations

The Board approved the following items:

  • Facility rental requests as presented
  • Agreement with Extreme Restoration to provide maintenance for a better airflow within the HVAC system at Barrett Elementary School in the amount of $18,320.00. These funds will be transacted within the Capital Project Fund.

Co-Curricular Leadership

The Board approved the following items:

  • Fundraising requests as presented
  • Primetime Shots, Inc., as the student photographer for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years
  • Increased adult meal prices to $3.50 for lunch and $2.00 for breakfast

Educational Leadership

The Board approved the following items:

  • Accepted a $150 donation of gardening equipment and supplies from Lowe’s Home Improvement store to be used in the Steel Valley Grows Garden
  • Elementary Student and Parent Handbook and Elementary Faculty Handbook for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Secondary Student and Parent Handbook for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Middle School Faculty Handbook and the High School Faculty Handbook for the 2017-2018 school year

Personnel Management

The Board approved the following items:

  • Appointed Natalie Czerwinski to a full-time professional teaching position with a 2017-2018 assignment of Middle School Art teacher at a salary of Bachelor’s Step 1 ($44,483) plus benefits as per the SVEA collective bargaining agreement, contingent upon receipt of current FBI clearance, compliance with Act 168, health examination and the screening for controlled substances
  • Employment of substitute teachers and nurses as presented for the 2017-2018 school year at the approved daily rate
  •  Appointed Dr. Rudolph Antoncic as the school doctor for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Contract between the school district and Steel City Therapy, LLC, to provide occupational and physical therapy services as needed for school years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019
  • Shelley Hiegel as a contracted Behavioral Health Consultant for the 2017-2018 school year at a rate of $45 per hour
  • Supplemental positions as presented for the 2017-2018 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearances
  • Hired Deborah Lyles to the 4.5 hour position in food service at Barrett Elementary School at the rate of $12.00 per hour, with a probationary rate of 90% or $10.80 per hour for 90 calendar days and all benefits per the collective bargaining agreement. This appointment is contingent upon receipt of current Act 34, 114, 151 clearances, compliance with Act 168, and passing physical and drug screening exams, which must be completed within 30 days
  • Hired Alexandra Wagner and Amy Konesky as substitute food service workers to be paid at the rate of $8.25 per hour, contingent upon receipt of current Act 34, 114 and 151 clearances, compliance with Act 168 and passing physical and drug screening exams, which must be completed within 30 days
  • Increased the substitute rate for clerical and food service workers by $.25 to rates of $9.00 per hour for substitute clerical workers and $8.50 per hour for substitute food service employees
  • 2017-2018 salary increases and annual salaries for the two confidential secretaries as presented retroactive to July 1, 2017
  • Job description for Health Services Aide as presented
  • Accepted, with regret, the retirement of Michael Mulligan from the position of custodian with all benefits of the collective bargaining agreement effective September 29, 2017
  • Accepted, with regret, the resignation of Jamie Dolton from the position of Head Varsity Swim Coach effective immediately
  • Joseph Sedlak as a Varsity Football volunteer for the 2017-2018 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearance
  • Contract between the Steel Valley School District and Steel Valley Wellness, LLC, to provide behavioral and counseling services for identified students for the 2017-2018 school year at a rate of $56.25 per hour, not to exceed $45,000