PSSA scores show areas of growth at MCA
MOUNT CARMEL - Principals at Mount Carmel Area School District announced at Monday's meeting that some raw data from the 2013-14 school year Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams had arrived.
The principals said they have received individual scores for students but not overall values for each grade.
Susan Nestico, elementary school principal, said her staff has used the individual scores to draw rough estimates of the overall achievement. She said she found "a couple" areas of growth, including reading, math and discipline referrals for sixth grade.
Nestico pointed to a restructuring of the sixth grade learning environment as a reason for the score increase, and said other grades were organizing a similar restructuring.
Superintendent Bernard Stellar also announced the district had been granted Gold Award recognition through the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.
To earn this award, which is the second highest in its category, the district had to provide walking routes, promote walking programs and tracking tools and allow staff to wear athletic shoes on designated "sneaker days."
"It's a very nice designation of our school district," said Stellar. "Not only do we promote student and staff safety and achievement but also wellness."
Board member Raymond Kraynak was absent from the meeting.
In other business
Michael Rovito was elected school board treasurer for the 2014-15 fiscal year with a performance bond of $100,000.
Attorney Edward Greco was approved as solicitor at a retainer of $7,500 for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Union National Bank was selected as depository for the school district by an 8-0 vote.
The board voted 7-1 to approve the authorization of facsimile signatures of the board officers, high school principal and superintendent of schools for school related affairs for the 2014-15 school year. Joseph Zanella was the dissenting vote.
The board approved the re-enacting and continuation of the resolution providing for the 2014-15 fiscal year a tax at a rate of 40.47 mills on one dollar for Northumberland county and 19.21 mills on one dollar for Columbia County.
The board approved the 2014 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution in the amount of $1,639 for a reduction of $66.36 in real estate taxes for approved homestead properties.
The board approved the re-enacting and continuation of the following per capital taxes for general school purposes for the 2014-15 fiscal year: the $5 Act 511 tax, a $5 tax on each resident over eighteen years of age, an Act 511 occupation tax of $10, a one half of one percent Act 511 tax of salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation and net profits, a "Local Tax Enabling Act" school tax upon the privilege of leasing unimproved lands or portions thereof, a 180 percent Act 511 occupation tax, a "Local Tax Enabling Act" tax upon the transfer of an interest in real property, and a school tax on real property.
A motion to approve certified tuition rates of $5,905.30 for elementary and $7,032.04 for high school for the 2013-14 school term was passed 7-1. Board member Donna James was the dissenting vote.
The board approved the Safety Net Counseling Inc. agreement for the 2014-15 school year at no cost to the district.
The 2014-15 Northumberland County Career and Technology Center (NCCTC) budget was approved. The district's contribution will be $438,495.
The board approved the agreement for services with PA Treatment and Healing at a rate of $51 per day at the Bloomsburg facility and $56 per day at the Milton facility for the 2014-15 school year.
The use of one classroom by the CSIU for the Head Start Program with a rental fee of $300 per month was approved.
The board renewed the affiliation agreement with Alvernia University for one year.
The board voted 6-0 to award the district's insurance contract to Varano Insurance Agency in the amount of $173,120. Board president Thomas Ditchey and Rotivo abstained.
A two-year agreement with PSEA Health and Welfare Fund, the PA Pre-K Counts Partnership Agreement Guidelines between the district and Shamokin Area School District and the Section 356 agreement and memorandum between Berkheimer and the district regarding the inspection of information from state income tax returns were approved.
The agreement with New Story for the Extended School Year program was ratified. Currently, three students attend.
The PSBA for Policy Review Services and the Judicial Sale of Properties from the Northumberland County Tax Claims Bureau were approved as presented.
The board voted to exonerate a property located at 125 W. Girard St. from district taxes in the amount of $438.77 was approved.
The Asphalt Renovation Project from Eastern Industries, at a cost of $83,722, was approved.
The board approved the use of facilities by Anthracite Citizens Theater, an agreement between the district and the Northumberland County Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the use of facilities by Spirit of Atlanta, Drum and Bugle Corps.
The revision and first reading of board policies 138: Limited English Proficiency, 204: Attendance and 918 and 918 attachment: Title I Parental Involvement was approved.
The board approved leak testing of the Trane Chiler by the McClure Company at a cost of $2,800.
A motion to reclassify Tina Meredith as an administrative assistant with a job title of data quality coordinator at a salary of $28,083.22 with a six month probationary period was passed. Meredith's current salary is $25,583.22. After the six month probationary period the board will reevaluate the position.
A motion to adopt a maintenance and custodial restructuring plan and to adjust the salaries of these employees was passed 7-1. James was the dissenting vote. The salary increases are: David Fegley by $1,380 per year, Ronald Ryan by $7,462 per year, Frank Brosh by $2.50 per hour, John Matejick by $1.62 per hour, William Angelli by $1.50 per hour and Charles Koveleskie by $0.77 per hour.
The board hired Ed Amarose as a part-time tier two custodial staff member at a salary of $8.50 per hour for six hours per day.
The board approved the purchase of girls basketball uniforms from Ampro Sports at a cost not to exceed $3,200.
Purchasing five headsets and three wireless belt packs for the football coaches at a cost not to exceed $5,300 was approved by a vote of 5-0. Zanella, Ditchey and James were dissenting votes.
The board voted to tenure Christopher Cunningham, Dorothy Smith, Meghan Wasilewski and Marisa Yoder.
Lisa Harner, Diane Yoder, Jesse Wagner and Andrew Yaracz were approved to teach summer school at a rate of $20 per hour for three hours per day for a total of 10 days.
The board approved Brionne Dyszel, Jill Greco, Nicole Kiley, Kelly Lesko, Margaret Barnhardt, Dave Sanford, Christine DeLong, Jess Yerges and Nikki Cole as personnel for the ESY program at $20 per hour for six hours per day for a total of six weeks. Rachel Katinsky and Miriam Hine were approved as aides at a rate of $7.25 per hour.
An agreement with Charles J. Mannello, CPA, as business consultant, was approved.
Christine Zarko was hired as part-time van driver at $7.75 per hour.
A $.50 per hour salary increase for all non-administrative and non-bargaining unit staff was approved.
The board accepted the resignations of cafeteria employee Abbie Timmins, effective immediately, and RTII coordinator on the leadership team Kelly Crissman for the 2014-15 school year. Two maternity leaves were also approved.
Shaine Lepley was approved as a volunteer music and marching instructor with the band.
Members of the Elementary School Leadership Team for the 2014-15 school year were approved with stipends as follows: Elizabeth Geise, RTII data and assessment coordinator, $1,000; Amanda Stepanaskie, positive behavior intervention and support coordinator, $1,000; Meghan Danowski, special education team leader, $500; Cynthia Sinopoli, kindergarten team lead, $500; Lori Heath, first grade team lead, $500; Stefanie Samelko, second grade team lead, $500; Dorothy Smith, third grade team lead, $500; Ana Ditchey, fourth grade team lead, $500; Dawn Palewicz, fifth grade team lead, $500; and Michaelyn Reichwein, sixth grade team lead, $500.
A list of additional substitutes was approved and is available at the district office.