April 2021

Board Meeting - April 8

The Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 8, with President Kambic presiding.

Recognition by the Board
Board Shout Outs
Dr. Stoltz shared that students would be moving into the new Rossmoyne Elementary on Monday, April 12, 2021, and took a moment to recognize the existing Rossmoyne building which served our District and community well since it opened in 1958.  
 
Mrs. Tierney and Mrs. Crocenzi shared their excitement for students to see their new school and learning spaces. Mrs. Moyer thanked the maintenance department, teachers, and all involved in relocating classrooms from one school to the other.
 
Lastly, Mrs. Tierney and Mr. Kambic took the opportunity to remind families that building a new school on the Rossmoyne site is the first project of many to be completed, and that the District's feasibility plan is designed to benefit our entire school community.

Recognition of the Public

Opportunity for Students to Speak 
Comments received electronically from students related to learning in-person four days a week, standardized testing, graduation, and prom were read to the Board.

Agenda Items
Comments received electronically from members of the public related to plans for next school year, learning in-person four days a week this school year, quarantine procedures, and the inability for the public to attend Board meetings were read to the Board.

Business Items

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
 
Memorandum of Understanding – AFSCME Four-Day Work Week
The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with District Council 89 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO for the purpose of establishing a four-day work week from June 14, 2021, through August 13, 2021.

Information Items

Files related to the following information items may be downloaded from the Board agenda, click here.

Finance Updates
Mrs. Stuck provided the Board with reports on the 2021-2022 Budget, 2020-2021 Investment Update, Assessed Value Spreadsheet, Budget Status Reports, Capital Reserves Summary, and Rossmoyne Project.
 
2021-2022 School Calendar
Dr. Stoltz provided an overview of the proposed 2021-2022 School Calendar.
 
K-5 STEAM Program
Dr. Trevino provided the Board with an update on the District's K-5 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program including details on materials purchased with PAsmart Grant funds.

Board Policies
Board Policy 218.3 Discipline of Students Convicted/Adjudicated of Sexual Assault, 103: Discrimination/Title IX Harassment Affecting Students, and 233: Suspension and Expulsion were discussed with the Board.

Recognition of Public

General Items
Public comments received electronically related to curriculum and the return to learning in-person four-days at the secondary level were read to the Board.

Board Meeting - April 15

The Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 15, with President Kambic presiding.

A recording of the National Anthem performed by the Cedar Cliff High School Chamber Singers comprised of Seniors Lilliane Campbell, AJ Frownfelter, Lauren Giovagnoli, Alexander McQuade, Jordan Pacella, and Isabella Reeser was played to start the meeting. 

Minutes
The minutes of the meetings held March 11 and 16, 2021, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending March 31, 2021, showing invested and available funds of $37,814,409.34. 
 
Communications
Dr. Stoltz indicated the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office was available for Board members.

Dr. Argot shared the Central Treasury Reports for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools.

Board Reports 
Mrs. Tierney provided details about the West Shore Foundation's support of All Kids Bike, a national movement to place learn-to-ride programs into schools. She also mentioned the Foundation's plans for the Sixth Annual Gala on October 2, involvement with the Highmark Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community, senior scholarship opportunities, and partnership with Cedar Cliff student Madison Passmore to transform one of the courtyards at Allen Middle School.
 
Mrs. Tierney also provided a summary of items discussed at the last District Advisory Council (DAC) Meeting and highlighted the ways in which our schools and PTOs are providing virtual opportunities for students and their families. 

Mrs. Moyer shared that Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS) will be holding an outdoor awards night on May 25, 2021, and that the school will beginning construction on their new health occupations area in May. 
 
Mr. Kambic announced that the public and visitors will be welcome to attend Board meetings in-person starting on May 6, 2021. Although we are returning to public participation and attendance, Mr. Kambic shared that meetings will continue to be livestreamed and public comments accepted electronically. 

Recognition by the Board
Employees of the Quarter
The Board recognized Mrs. Amy Gross, District Social Worker, and Mrs. April Myers, Red Land High School Attendance Secretary, as Employees of the Third Quarter.

Recognition of the Public
Opportunity for Students to Speak
Comments received electronically from students related to learning in-person four days a week, prom, and a petition started by students were read to the Board.

Agenda Items
No members of the public addressed the Board.

Business Items
Bills for Approval
The Board approved bills for the period March 18, 2021, through April 7, 2021, listing checks which totaled $2,021,650.85.

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.

Budgetary Transfers
The Board approved the budgetary transfers as requested.

Refunds
The Board approved three (3) refunds totalling $15,906.18.

Bond Refinancing Parameter Resolution
Due to current market conditions, the District has the opportunity to reduce its debt expense by refinancing the General Obligation Bond Series of 2016. The Board approved a resolution authorizing the incurrence of non-electoral debt by the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2021. Mr. Steven Hovis, Attorney with Stock and Leader, and Mr. Zach Willard, PFM Financial Advisor, provided the Board with additional information regarding potential savings from the refinancing. 

New Board Policy
The Board approved new Board Policy 622: Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 34.

Math Textbook Adoption
The Board approved the adoption of enVision Mathematics textbooks for next school year for grades 6-8.

Cedar Cliff Elevator Upgrade 
The Board accepted a repair proposal from Penn Elevator Company for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the elevator at Cedar Cliff High School to be completed over summer break to minimize downtime.

2021-2022 Calendar 
The Board adopted a school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year with a starting date for students of Monday, August 30, 2021.

Information Items
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 
Dr. Stoltz and Dr. Whye presented the District’s work to date and plans for the future to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the District. More specifically, they shared why DEI is important to us, our theme of Stronger Together, and our three-year plan which involves students, staff, parents/caregivers, the Board, local businesses, and community organizations.

Revised Board Policies
Dr. Argot shared proposed revisions to Board Policies 104: Discrimination-Title IX Sexual Harassment Affecting Staff, 615: Payroll Deductions, and 803: School Calendar.

Food Service Department Update
Dr. Argot highlighted this year’s food services department challenges and successes before providing a review of next year’s food service budget proposal.

Recognition of Public

General Items
Public comments received electronically from parents related to transportation at the secondary level and a request to allow the public to attend Board meetings in-person were read to the Board. 
 
Additional Information Item
Dr. Stoltz asked for the Board's permission to use the Capital Reserve Fund to purchase trailers to transport the bikes being provided by the West Shore Foundation and an outside donor for the All Kids Bike program.  The Board approved the request and Dr. Stoltz indicated additional information would be forthcoming related to the purchase.
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