June 19, 2000
The June meeting of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board was held on Monday, June 19, 2000 in the High School LGI.
Dr. Corinne Sweeney, President, called the meeting to order at 7:45 P.M. and requested the group stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Dr. Sweeney explained that the Board had been in a pre-session.
The following members were present: Corinne Sweeney, Jeff Hellrung, Anne F. Michelini, Herbert Brown, Joseph Campbell, Stephen McClaskey, Bruce Swayze, David Walton , Ed Wandersee and David Salvo, student representative. Also present were Stephen Gring, Superintendent, Brenda O'Hern, Marv Shapiro, C. Richard Merryman, Ed Spang, Bruce Vosburgh, Tom Marinelli, Joyce Reeves, Rick Hostetler, Bob Bertrando, members of the press, community residents and Patricia Fiske, recording secretary.
It was moved by Mr. Wandersee and seconded by Mrs. Michelini to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2000 School Board Meeting. Motion carried (9-0).
The following financial reports were reviewed:
These reports were filed per Dr. Sweeney's request.
It was moved by Mr. Swayze and seconded by Mr. Hellrung to aprove the attached bill list in the amount of $1,583,267.18. Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mrs. Michelini and seconded by Mr. Brown to approve the attached Budget Transfers. Motion carried (9-0).
Mr. Shapiro and the building principals then made presentations to the following staff members who are retiring at the end of the 1999-2000 school year: Mr. Shapiro indicated that they represented 140 years of service to the school district.
Mr. Stanley Allen of East Marlborough read the attached statement supporting the fifth grade Health Education Curriculum.
Kathy Adams, East Marlborough resident, stated there is a lot of support to keep the Hillendale Elementary Health Education Curriculum as it is.
Dr. O'Hern explained that a Fifth Grade Task Force is being formed to collect data. Members on the Task Force will include parents. They plan to report back to the Board in October.
It was moved by Mrs. Michelini and seconded by Mr. Wandersee to give conditional approval to grant easements to Philadelphia Suburban Water Co. in exchange for supplying water service as explained on the attached letter from William C. Ross. Motion carried (9-0).
Mrs. Michelini stated that we received approval from Pocopson Township for the Pocopson Elementary School - this afternoon they met with PennDot. We are waiting for final HOP approval - but we have the approvals we need to start construction. We can work on our land but not on the highway. If we waited for final HOP approval, we would probably have to rebid the project which could prove very costly. After the Pocopson project is underway, we will be interviewing architects for the Chadds Ford Elementary renovations. The changes at Hillendale Elementary will be handled through Buildings & Grounds.
Mr. Wandersee commended Mrs. Michelini for her work on getting the easements needed for the Pocopson Elementary construction project - it was a lot of work. He also thanked the people who granted the easements.
It was moved by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Wandersee to adopt the textbooks as listed on the attachment for the 2000-2001 school year. Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Campbell to grant the administration approval to apply for federal funding for the 2000-2001 school year as listed:
Total - 53,038.00
Mr. Brown stated that the Task Force on the 5th Grade Health Curriculum will be meeting on Wednesday, June 21, grade level benchmark groups will be meeting on June 26th and 27th. The Act 48 Plan will be discussed at the August Work Session. The Abacus System is currently in the planning stage.
Mr. Wandersee stated that Budget Meetings were held on May 8 and 10 and the Preliminary Budget was adopted on May 15.
Mr. Walton commented that the population growth of 3 - 4% has driven the overall budget increase.
Mr. Hellrung commented that the Taxpayers Association expressed incorrect information that this budget does include some spending for the elementary project.
It was moved by Mr. Wandersee and seconded by Mr. Campbell to approve the attached budget resolutions which provide for the adoption of the proposed 2000-2001 Budget with total appropriations of $39,439,314.00 and real estate taxes at 15.05 mills in Chester County and 13.11 mills in Delaware County. A roll call vote was taken:
Mr. Brown - yes
Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Wandersee and seconded by Mrs. Michelini to approve submission of Project Accounting Based on Final Costs (Plancon Part J) on the Charles F. Patton Middle School addition/renovation project (#98-2196). Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mr. McClaskey to approve attendance at Professional Conferences as on the attachment. Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mr. Wandersee to approve creating the position of Coordinator of Secondary Education. Motion carried (8-1). Mr. McClaskey voted nay.
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mrs. Michelini to approve the following Reclassifications:
Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mr. Wandersee to approve the following Personnel Items:
Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mr. Campbell to approve the following personnel items:
Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Walton and seconded by Mrs. Michelini to approve the 2000-2001 salaries and compensations as on the attachment for all service, professional, and administrative personnel. Motion carried (9-0).
It was moved by Mr. Campbell and seconded by Mr. Brown to approve the attached Memorandum of Understanding between the Pennsylvania State Police and the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Motion carried (9-0).
Mr. McClaskey, reporting for the Chester County I.U., commented on their meeting of May 17 where they approved purchasing software and a contract with Krapf. It was announced that some students from Unionville were chosen for the Governor's School for the Arts.
Mr. Hellrung, reporting for Legislation, stated that the PSBA Legislative Platform will be developed now for next year. He also reminded taxpayers of the opportunity to receive up to a $100 refund.
Dr. Gring congratulated the High School staff on the 2000 graduation ceremony. He thanked the Board for passing the 2000-2001 budget. The proposed Goals for 2000-2001 are included in the board members packet along with a deadline for suggestions. Dr. O'Hern has a busy summer planned with many varied workshops scheduled. The Administrative Retreat will be held August 14-17 at the Oberod conference Center and the District Office. The following subjects will be addressed: Covey Update, K-5 Schedule, Legal Issues, and Technology. The Redistricting Committee is in full operation - they are currently studying the survey results. During July they will be looking at the configuration - they will continue meeting throughout the summer. Information about the Redistricting Committee can be found on the Web Page. A safety initiative has been initiated through TIPLINE sponsored by the Chester County I.U. - will make us the first High School in Chester County to provide cell phones in the High School classrooms. He then thanked the board members and the administrators for their cooperation during his first year as Superintendent.
Dave Salvo, Student Representative, commented on the issue of overcrowding in the High School.
Kirsten Fulton questioned us paying the bill from a Charter School. Dr. Gring stated we have to according to state mandate.
Joanne Eisley commenting on the Middle School Talent Show stated that no one knows how to be an audience - which is learned from the parents.
Ms. Cole of East Marlborough questioned what would happen to the Hillendale Elementary band when we go to the K-5 configuration.
Mr. Walton commented that the best way to learn to be a good audience is to be on stage and get booed.
Mr. Wandersee welcomed Dave Salvo and commented on how impressive the high school graduation was. He then commented on a Conference on Teacher Accountability he attended and found very interesting. It is not a simple issue.
Mr. Hellrung also expressed positivbe comments on the high school graduation ceremony. He then commented on the article in the Indian Post where it was suggested that students should have a role in evaluating teachers. - Mr. Hellrung suggested that maybe we should consider to use this as a factor.
Mrs. Michelini welcomed Dave Salvo to the Board . She commented favorably on graduation anbd the PTO reception.
Mr. Brown stated that graduation was special - many achievements were noted. He then welcomed Dave Salvo to the Board.
Anne F. Michelini, Secretary
School Board Brief, published by the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, is an unofficial report of school board action.