SVBriefs

June 2017 Board Brief

STEEL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Memorial Books

The School Board acknowledged the passing of Charles F. Seaman, father of William Seaman, high school teacher; Shawn E. Nieman, cousin of Ellen Kelly, high school secretary; and Robert Jandt, uncle of Sherri Titmus, middle school secretary. It was moved by Mrs. Steele and seconded by Mrs. Yuhas to place an appropriate selection of books into the school libraries in their memory.

President’s Report

Ms. Colette Youngblood reported that the 2017 Commencement ceremony went very well at Campbell Athletic Field.

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Wehrer announced there are several ways to register your child for kindergarten:

The Superintendent congratulated the Girls Varsity Softball Team and its coaches on a fine season qualifying for the Class 3A playoffs. Unfortunately the coaches and players were not able to be here tonight.

An Open House will be held to register students for Steel Valley Cyber School. Watch for an announcement on Facebook and the Steel Valley Website.

Summer Camp for students entering grades 1-5 is going well at Barrett Elementary School.

Mr. Wehrer reported that he visited the Geek Squad Summer Academy sponsored by The Best of the Batch Foundation and Best Buy on June 22. Students in 4th through 8th grades were controlling robots, programming, writing music using Garage Band, 3D design, Internet safety and website design.  Mr.

Wehrer was grateful to the Best of the Batch Foundation and the Geek Squad from Best Buy for this learning opportunity for our students.

The Food Service Department received a waiver from the Department of Education to offer 1% flavored milk instead of skim and the grain offerings only have to be 50% instead of the current 100%. We are excited to make these changes to help make the food more appealing to our students.

Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services Report

Mrs. Borges announced the Extended School Year program starts next week at Park School, Barrett School, Middle School and Senior High School.

Director of Academics, Information and Technology Report

Mr. Colebank reported that the district is expanding the network coverage to allow us to separate our devices.

Credit Recovery classes are being held this summer for students in grades 6-12.

Solicitor’s Report

The Board adopted a resolution to expel a minor student until May 18, 2018.

The Board approved John Zenone to act as a deputy tax collector for the Elected Tax Collector of the Borough of Homestead for the 2017 school realty tax duplicates not to extend beyond July 28, 2017.

Meeting Minutes

The Board approved the following meeting minutes:

  • May 22, 2017 worksession meeting
  • May 25, 2017 regular meeting

Financial Management

The Board approved the following financial items:

  • General Fund invoices for June 2017 in the amount of $766,999.65
  • General Fund hand checks for May 2017 in the amount of $400,097.98
  • General Fund Revenue Report for May 2017
  • General Fund Expenditure Report for May 2017
  • General Fund Balance Sheet for May 2017
  • Food Service invoices for June 2017 in the amount of $42,477.60
  • Food Service Revenue Report for May 2017
  • Food Service Expenditure Report for May 2017
  • Food Service Balance Sheet for May 2017
  • Payroll Funding Transfers for May 2017
  • Capital Projects Revenue Report for May 2017
  • Capital Projects Expenditure Report for May 2017
  • Capital Projects Balance Sheet Report for May 2017
  • High School Student Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2017
  • Middle School Activities Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2017
  • External Groups Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2017
  • Athletics Fund Balance Sheet and Disbursement Report for May 2017
  • Awarded bids to vendors with the respective athletic supply items as presented
  • Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion in the amount of $253.75
  • Final General Fund Budget for the 2017-2018 school year with a millage rate of 22.761, an increase of .7484 mill. General Fund Revenues are projected at $32,458,243 and the Expenditures are projected to be $34,898,944.  The General Fund’s Fund Balance will absorb the deficit of $2,440,701.

Operations

The Board approved the facility rental requests as presented.

Co-Curricular Leadership

The Board approved the fundraising requests as presented.

Educational Leadership

The Board approved the following items:

  • Accepted the 2017 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in the amount of $5,000 from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to provide charging stations in the high school
  • Adopted the School Improvement Plan for Barrett Elementary School

Personnel Management

The Board approved the following items:

  • Family Medical Leave of Absence for Susan Wilder retroactive to May 23, 2017, not to exceed 60 days in duration
  • Granted tenure to Dianne Furnival, Erin Dawso, Amy Selick and Brynn Ebbitt and authorized the Board President and Board Secretary to execute the Professional Employee Contracts
  • Renewed the agreement with Dennis Zabelsky as the school dentist for the 2017-2018 and 2018- 2019 school years
  • Certified school psychologists as presented to provide school psychological services as needed
  • Appointed Andrews & Price LLC to serve as human resource counsel at a rate of $125 per hour
  • Appointed Gary Goga to the position of Summer School Facilitator for the 2017 Summer School Credit Recovery program
  • Appointed Rachel Dindak to a full-time professional teaching position with a 2017-2018 assignment of districtwide special education teacher at Barrett Elementary School at a salary of Bachelor’s Step 2 ($45,432) plus benefits as per the SVEA collective bargaining agreement
  • Accepted, with regret, the supplemental resignations of Traci Churilla from Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach and Creating Value Project Leader, Erin Dawso from Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach, Chad Kanz from the position of Assistant Varsity Swim Coach, and Lauren Evans from the Co-Head High School Cheerleading Coach effective immediately
  • Appointed Justin Womer to the supplemental position of Middle School Soccer Coach for the 2017-2018 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearances
  • Intermittent Family Medical Leave of Absence for Dianne Cain, not to exceed 60 days in duration
  • Granted a disability leave to Deborah Woolley retroactive to June 1, 2017
  • Appointed Corey Keyes and Omar White to the supplemental positions of Assistant Varsity Football Coach for the 2017-2018 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearances
  • Rodney Euwer, Jeff Hruska, DeWayne Brown, John Murray and Paul Ciccone as Varsity Football volunteers for the 2017-2018 school year, contingent upon receipt of current clearances