February 2022

Board Meeting - February 10

The Board met in regular session on Thursday, February 10, with President Guistwhite presiding.
 
Communications
Superintendent's Report - Health and Safety Plan
Dr. Stoltz provided an update on the status of active COVID-19 cases in our schools and presented proposed revisions to the District's Health and Safety Plan. The proposed changes adjusted the thresholds and window of time period used to trigger a temporary requirement for masking in our schools. Following the meeting, Dr. Stoltz's presentation to the Board was posted on the District's Keeping Our Schools Open webpage.

Recognition by the Board
Board Shout Outs
Mr. F. Kambic congratulated the Cedar Cliff Girls Basketball Team for their championship success.

Mrs. Thomas highlighted winners of the Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored by James A. Danner VFW Post 537.  Dr. Stoltz thanked Mrs. Thomas for attending the awards ceremony and shared his best wishes for the winners as they advance to the next round of the competition.

Mrs. Crocenzi and Mrs. Tierney highlighted the upcoming free parent workshop, Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know, which is being sponsored by the West Shore Foundation.

Mrs. Tierney provided information about the West Shore Foundation's participation in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community fundraiser and invited the community to participate. 

Mrs. Crocenzi, Mrs. Tierney, and Mrs. Moyer provided an overview of the Board’s recent visits to Fishing Creek and Hillside Elementaries. Mr. C. Kambic shared that while visiting each of the District schools, administration and staff were very welcoming.

Mrs. Moyer gave a shout out to Mr. Uibel and Mr. Vogelsong for their help in providing a hands-on learning opportunity for Cedar Cliff High School technology students who served as technical support volunteers at the PA Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C).

Dr. Leese shared that the District was celebrating National School Counselors Week and that February is Children’s Dental Health Month. She and Mrs. Crocenzi also thanked our school nurses and social workers.

Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
Business Items
Public comments related to business items were shared with the Board. Those comments received electronically were shared with Board members prior to the start of the meeting. For a list of participants and topics discussed, please refer to the Board minutes which will be approved at the March 17, Board Meeting. 
 
Business Items
Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
 
2022-2023 Cumberland Perry Area Career and Technical Center Budget
Based on our average student enrollment over the previous five years, the 2022-2023 Cumberland Perry Area Career and Technical Center (CPACTC) Operating Budget shows an estimated cost for West Shore of $1,618,542. The Board approved CPACTC's proposed budget as presented.
 
Transportation Contract with Faithful Transportation 
The Transportation Department has been working diligently to secure services for special transportation routes for students in alternative placements, homeless students, and students with special transportation needs. The District has been unable to fulfill these requests in a timely manner with our existing transportation service providers. In response to these needs, the Board approved a supplemental agreement with Faithful Transportation, for the transportation of pupils for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Red Land High School FBLA Trip
The Board approved a trip for the Red Land High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to participate in the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey from Monday, April 11, 2022 through Wednesday, April 13, 2022. 
 
Interim Business Manager Services
The District is currently in the process of identifying and interviewing candidates for the Director of Business Affairs position. To ensure a cohesive transition and continued compliance with standard accounting procedures and government regulations, the Board approved an Independent Contractor Agreement for interim business manager services to be provided by William R. Gretton, III from February 14, until the new Director of Business Affairs begins employment.
 
Health and Safety Plan
The Board authorized revisions to the Health and Safety Plan as presented during the meeting.
 
Information Items
2022-2023 School Calendar
Dr. Whye reviewed the 2022-2023 School Calendar proposal and feedback received from parents, staff, and students during the calendar development survey.

Financial Updates
Financial information related to the 2022-2023 Budget, Investments, Assessed Value, Budget Status, Capital Reserves, Rossmoyne Project, and the 2020 Bond Issue were shared with the Board. Click here to view related files.

Revised Board Policies
Dr. Argot shared draft revisions to Board Policy 006: Meetings and Board Policy 812: Conflict of Interest. Mr. Guistwhite added that the revisions to Board Policy 006 will not result in any changes to our current procedures for public comment at Board meetings or the structure of meetings.

Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
General Items
A comment received electronically was shared with Board members prior to the start of the meeting. For more information, please refer to the Board minutes which will be approved at the March 17, Board Meeting.  No other public comments or student comments related to general items were shared with the Board.

Board Member Question
Mr. Fogel asked for clarification on mitigation efforts related to air filtration systems at Rossmoyne Elementary. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Guistwhite shared that while built during the pandemic, the design specifications for Rossmoyne were finalized prior to COVID-19, but that the District was looking to make possible revisions to future new schools as they relate to the nurses' suites. Dr. Stoltz indicated that information would be provided in the coming months on the current status of the Feasibility Plan and District demographics for the Board to review.

Board Meeting - February 17

The Board met in regular session on Thursday, February 17, with President Guistwhite presiding.
 
Cedar Cliff High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Seniors Francisco Santos and Levi Myers with Junior Benjamin Kruleski and Freshman Briana Stewart.

The National Anthem was performed by Senior Maggie Post from Cedar Cliff High School.
 
Minutes
The minutes of the meetings held on January 13, 2022, and January 20, 2022, were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31, 2022, showing invested and available funds of $53,077,636.17.

Communications
Legal Update & Central Treasury Report
Dr. Stoltz indicated the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office was available for Board members. Dr. Argot shared the Central Treasury Report for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools.

Superintendent's Report - Health and Safety Plan
Dr. Stoltz provided a short update on the status of the Health and Safety Plan and the current status of active cases in our schools.  

National Children's Dental Health Month
In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, Mrs. Murray, District Dental Hygienist, provided the Board with a summary of her efforts this school year to assist students and families. Click here to view her presentation.

Board Reports
Mrs. Tierney and Mr. F. Kambic provided an overview of the Board’s recent visit to New Cumberland Middle School.

Mrs. Crocenzi thanked Stock and Leader for their recent school law training and encouraged the public to take a moment to check out the student artwork from Cedar Cliff High School on display in the Board Room for the month of February.

Mr. Stoltenburg invited the Board and community members to sign up as a guest reader for Read Across America Day at Rossmoyne Elementary School.

Mr. C. Kambic provided highlights from the District Advisory Council meeting held on February 16.

Recognition by the Board
Employees of the Second Quarter
The Board recognized Victorious Shaffer, Red Mill Elementary Food Service Lead, and Brian Doll, Allen Middle School Social Studies Teacher, as the Employees of the Second Quarter for the 2021-2022 school year.

Student Speakers
Cedar Cliff Senior Annalisa Contri, an exchange student from Italy, and Red Land Senior Hope Kramer shared some of their experiences at their respective high schools and their future plans.

Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
Business Items
No comments related to business items were shared with the Board by students or the public.
 
Business Items
Bills for Approval
The Board approved bills for the period January 20, 2022, through February 9, 2022, listing checks which totalled $2,329,817.69. 

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
 
Amended Sponsorship Agreement of the Harrisburg Area Community College
The Board approved the new Amended Sponsorship Agreement of the Harrisburg Area Community College.

2022-2023 School Calendar
The Board adopted a calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar has a starting date for students of August 29, 2022, with all teachers beginning on August 23, 2022. The calendar also introduces trimesters for all students in grades K-5. To view the calendar, please click here.

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

Testing, Balancing, Commissioning Services – Intermediate Schools
The District worked with Fidevia to secure proposals for the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing, and Commissioning of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment to be installed at the new intermediate schools. The Board accepted the proposals as presented.

2022-2023 York Adams Academy Operating Budget
Based on the cost for 12 seats, the York Adams Academy (YAA) 2022-2023 Operating Budget for 2022-2023 shows an estimated cost for West Shore of $55,800. The Board approved the YAA's proposed budget as presented.

Proposal for WAN Contract for Windstream Communications
The District’s WAN (Wide Area Network) connects 12 buildings to allow for network and online resources to be accessed. The Board approved a proposal for WAN services from Windstream Communications.
 
Information Items
Financial Updates
Dr. Argot provided a summary of COVID related grants. His presentation included source of funding, amount received, usage, and additional spending details as they relate to last school year, this school year, and the future. To view his presentation, click here.
 
Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
General Items
Public comments related to general items were shared with the Board. Those comments received electronically were shared with Board members prior to the start of the meeting. Based on the number of comments related to proposed revisions to Board Policy 006, Mr. Guistwhite shared additional information regarding the revisions and process for updating Board policies. For a list of participants and topics discussed, please refer to the Board minutes which will be approved at the March 17, Board Meeting. No comments related to general items were shared with the Board by students.
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