SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

Per the Governor's announcement all schools in West Shore School District are closed. 
Tenatively, students will return on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. 

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Updates from Dr. Stoltz, Superintendent

February 2020

Board Meeting - February 13

The Board of School Directors met in special session on Thursday, February 13, with President Crocenzi presiding.

Recognition by the Board
Board Shout Out
Mr. Wilson highlighted student success in the 2020 Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy competition. District winners included Eliah Houck and Jackson Green from Cedar Cliff; Devon Polulak and Madeline Peffer from Red Land; and Kayleigh Thompson, Hailey Salada, and Drew Scheib from Crossroads. 

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

Agenda Items
No community members addressed the Board.

Business Items
Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.

AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement
The Board approved a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which will be in effect from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, as negotiated with AFSCME District Council 89.

Baseball Improvements - Red Land High School
The Board approved tabling an agreement with Lobar Associates Construction for a series of improvements to the varsity baseball field at Red Land High School until February 20, 2020.

Information Items
Files related to the following information items may be downloaded from the Board agenda. Click here.

Capital Projects List
Mr. Sanders shared the current Capital Projects List.

PFM Financing Update
Mr. Zach Williard, Director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, led a presentation and discussion reviewing funding options for Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the Feasibility Study. 

2020-2021 Summary of Budget Revisions
Mrs. Stuck provided the Board with an update on the work being done on the 2020-2021 preliminary general fund budget and outlined budget revisions which have been made.

Finance Updates
Mrs. Stuck provided the Board with written reports on 2019-2020 Investment Updates, Assessed Value Spreadsheet, Budget Status Reports, Capital Reserve Summary, and Rossmoyne Project.

2020-2021 School Calendar Discussion
Dr. Stoltz highlighted community feedback received via the 2020-2021 school calendar survey.

Revised Board Policy 206 & 217.1
Dr. Argot shared proposed revisions to Board Policies 206: Assignment within District and 217.1: Diploma for Wartime Veterans.  He also previewed the February 20, Board Policy Committee agenda.

Board Meeting - February 20

The Board of School Directors met in regular session on Thursday, February 20, with President Crocenzi presiding.

Cedar Cliff High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Senior Caleb Roadcap, Junior Abigail Delligatti, Sophomore Khoi Ngo, and Freshman Ryan Everett. 

Thomas Kuhns, a Junior from Cedar Cliff High School, performed the National Anthem on his trumpet.

The Board approved adding Item 7.n Resolution for Charter School Funding Reform to the agenda.

Minutes
The minutes of the meetings held January 9 and 16, 2020, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31, 2020, showing invested and available funds of $38,118,807.93.

Communications
Dr. Stoltz distributed a copy of the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office. 

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

The Board approved student disciplinary actions as recommended.

Board Reports
Mrs. Tierney invited Board members to join West Shore Foundation Board members at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16, 2020. She also provided an overview of the Board’s recent visit to Washington Heights Elementary School.

Mr. Kambic provided a summary of items discussed during the District Advisory Council Meeting.

Recognition by the Board
Mrs. Laura Santos, Secretary to the Assistant Principal at New Cumberland Middle School, was recognized as the Support Employee of the Second Quarter.

Mrs. Jennifer Wharton, English Language Development Teacher at Lower Allen Elementary School, was recognized as Professional Employee of the Second Quarter.

Senior Joshua Weber, Cedar Cliff High School, highlighted opportunities he has had in and outside of the classroom during his high school career. More specifically, Joshua spoke about his experience in JROTC and plans after graduation.

Caleb Roadcap, also a Senior from Cedar Cliff High School, was invited by Dr. Stoltz to share his experience as a student in the District’s Aquaponics program and member of the Aquaponics production team.

Board Shout Outs
Mrs. Crocenzi commended the cast and crew of Chicago at Red Land High School on their performace.  She also recognized the student art on display from Highland and Red Mill Elementary 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 January 16, 2020, through February 12, 2020, listing checks which totaled $2,990,882.38.

Refunds
The Board approved three refunds totaling $210.20.

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.

Budgetary Transfers
The Board approved the budget transfers as presented.

Reimbursement Resolution - Allen Middle School 
As the District proceeds with the Allen Middle School renovation project included in the Feasibility Study, certain expenses are incurred and paid for from the General Fund and Capital Reserve Fund prior to the issuance of debt.  The IRS permits districts to receive reimbursement from bond proceeds for capital expenditures made in connection with the project.  The Board adopted a resolution giving the District the option to reimburse itself for project payments made from the General Fund or Capital Reserve Fund.

2020-2021 School Calendar
After careful review of the comments, concerns, and questions received, the Board adopted a calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for more information.

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

Track Concessions Site Work - Red Land High School
The Board approved an agreement with Lobar Associates Construction for upgrades to the concessions area at the Red Land High School track.

Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement - Crossroads Middle School 
Crossroads Middle School has had historical challenges with humidity and temperature control, suffers from outdated/obsolete lighting, and is operating equipment that is at the end of its life cycle. Based on the timing of potential renovations, the needs of the building, and the potential for energy savings to help fund the project, a major mechanical system upgrade is recommended for the building. The Board approved a Performance Based Energy Agreement Amendment for work at Crossroads Middle School to be completed during the summer of 2020.

Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2020
The District has continued the process of planning and developing designs for the projects contained in the Feasibility Study and has reached the point in time when it is appropriate to issue bonds for the purpose of funding capital projects of the District. The Board authorized the issuance of the General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2020 in an aggregate principal amount that shall provide net sale proceeds available for capital project expenses no greater than $71,500,000 in accordance with the District’s resolution dated May 11, 2017.

Medard's House Exoneration of Real Estate Tax for 2018-2019 
The Board granted Medard’s House exoneration from the payment of school taxes for the 2018-2019 school year for a total tax at penalty of $8,006.42.

Baseball Improvements - Red Land High School
The Board approved a proposal from Lobar Associates Construction for a series of improvements to the varsity field at Red Land High School.

Contract for Services - Licensed Private School 
West Shore provides special education services for the majority of students with disabilities within District operated programs. In certain circumstances, the District may contract with other programs and schools to provide education services for those students whose needs cannot be met in a regular school setting. The Board approved a contract with New Story for an additional student for the 2019-2020 school year at an estimated base cost of $30,020.00.

Resolution for Charter School Funding Reform
The District’s charter school expenditures since 2009-2010 reflect extraordinary costs that were borne by its taxpayers. The Board adopted a resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Click here for more information.

Information Items
Dr. Argot shared an update on the proposed revisions to Board Policy 226: Locker Searches.

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

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