November 2019

Board Meeting - November 14

The Board of School Directors met in study session on Thursday, November 14, with President Crocenzi presiding.

2018-2019 Audit Report

School districts are required to conduct an independent local audit of their financial statements each year. Mrs. Deb Kelly from Greenawalt & Company provided an overview of the 2018-2019 Audit Reports. Click here to view the reports.
 
CPAVTS Health Occupations Program Expansion
Dr. Stoltz provided information about Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School’s proposed plans for expansion of their Health Occupations Program (file below).

Board Meeting - November 21

The Board of School Directors met in regular session on Thursday, November 21, with President Crocenzi presiding.

Red Land High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Juniors Christina Waller and Ryan Thomas with Freshmen Maya Jovic and Kelsey Cleveland.

New Cumberland Middle School seventh grade students Kaiya Jaco and Max Monroe with eighth grade students Avery Drayer, Caroline Groff, Gavin Powell, and Valerie Weigner performed the National Anthem.

On behalf of the District and Board, Mrs. Crocenzi thanked outgoing Board member Mrs. Williamson for her time and dedication to West Shore students and staff. A Board Resolution recognizing her eight years of service and two floral arrangements, one prepared by the students at CPAVTS, were presented to Mrs. Williamson.

Minutes
The minutes of the meetings held October 10 and 17, 2019, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending October 31, 2019, showing invested and available funds of $57,345,932.22.

Communications
Dr. Stoltz distributed a copy of the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office and Dr. Argot shared the Central Treasury Report for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools. The Board approved the disciplinary recommendations as presented.

Since 2005, the District has raised over $550,000 dollars for the American Heart Association. As a token of appreciation, Teresa Devono, Vice President for Youth Markets, presented the District with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Board Reports
Mr. Kambic provided an overview of the Board’s visit to Cedar Cliff High School.

On behalf of the West Shore Foundation, Mrs. Tierney thanked staff and members of the community for supporting the annual Foundation Gala. She also shared that this year’s Gala raised over $72,000.

Recognition by the Board
The Board recognized the West Shore Marching Band on its first place honors at the USBands Pennsylvania State Championship, fourth place at the USBands Mid Atlantic Regional Championship, and sixth place at the USBands National Championship.

The Board recognized Heather Wolfe, Red Land High School Math Teacher, and Michael James, District Warehouse Manager, as the Employees of the First Quarter.

Seniors Raegan Buxton, Red Land High School, and Anthony Shires, Cedar Cliff High School, each highlighted recent academic and athletic events from their respective schools, and opportunities they have had in and outside of the classroom during their high school careers. 

Board Shout Outs
Mrs. Williamson thanked her family, the community, school staff, students, and her fellow Board members for their support during her time as a Board member. In turn, Dr. Stoltz thanked Mrs. Williamson for her service and involvement on numerous District committees while serving the Board.

Dr. Stoltz commended the Food Service Department for their work preparing the annual turkey day meal and District volunteers who helped make it possible for families to join their students for lunch. He also highlighted Children’s Grief Awareness Day and reminded families that resources are available for grieving children and their families. Next, Dr. Stoltz thanked the organizers and business partners who made the Adulting 101 demonstrations and activities possible at Red Land High School on November 20. Lastly, Dr. Stoltz thanked Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 for awarding $32,500 to West Shore schools.

Recognition of the Public
Opportunity for Students to Speak
No students addressed the Board.

Agenda Items
No community members addressed the Board.

Business Items
Bills for Approval
The Board approved bills for the period October 17, 2019, through November 13, 2019, listing checks which totaled $2,909,442.15.

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.

Budgetary Transfers
The Board approved the budget transfers as presented.

United Concordia Dental Insurance Agreement for Administrative and Claims Payment Services
The Board approved an agreement for administrative and claims payment services with United Concordia Companies, the District’s current dental insurance carrier, beginning January 1, 2020.

Transfer to Capital Reserve
The Board recognizes that the maintenance of a fund balance is essential to the preservation of the financial integrity of the District and is fiscally advantageous for both the District and the taxpayer. Maintaining a desired level of fund balance mitigates financial risk that can occur from unforeseen revenue fluctuations, unanticipated expenditures, and similar circumstances.

Insofar as there are substantial capital projects that need to be addressed within the District and limitations on the amount of unassigned fund balance, the Board approved the transfer of $3,825,000 from the General Fund’s fund balance to the Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of funding capital expenses and/or the payment of debt services.

Revised Board Policy 223: Use of Bicycles, Skateboards, and Motor Vehicles
Board Policy 223 was last revised in March 1995. Proposed revisions to the policy recognize changes in technology and legal requirements, streamline language, and provide more administrative flexibility based on the needs of individual schools. The Board approved these revisions.

Music Department Trip to Florida
The Board approved the music department’s request to take members of the high school marching band, choirs, symphonic orchestras, and wind ensembles to Orlando, Florida from Saturday, November 28, 2020, through Wednesday, December 2, 2020, to perform at Walt Disney World Resort. 

Course Selection Offerings 2020-2021
The Board approved revised Course Selection offerings for the 2020-2021 school year. All new and modified courses have been reviewed with respect to PA Academic Standards, PA Core Standards, technology innovations, Instructional Design, departmental meetings, and through mini-curriculum research.

Staff Attendance at Professional Meetings
The Board approved staff attendance at professional meetings as presented.

Testing, Balancing, and Commissioning Services at Rossmoyne
The District worked with Fidevia to secure proposals for the testing, adjusting and balancing, and commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment installed at Rossmoyne Elementary. The Board approved the agreement for these services as presented.

Special Education Settlement Agreement
The Board authorized execution of a settlement agreement as presented.

Capital BlueCross Benefit Plan Renewal
The Board approved the fee summary and premium equivalents effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The 2020 equivalent rates include an approximate 11.5% premium increase for PPO and HSA Plans. Capital BlueCross will continue to offer a wellness credit of $10,000 for use in the 2020 contract year.

Information Items
Dr. Argot shared draft revisions to Board Policy 335: Family and Medical Leaves.

Recognition of Public
General Items
No community members addressed the Board.



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