January 2020

school board

Board Meeting - January 9

The Board of School Directors met in special session on Thursday, January 9, with President Crocenzi presiding.

Recognition by the Board

Board Shout Outs
Mrs. Moyer recognized two Cedar Cliff High School students who placed at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.  Alicia Hussain received third place for her patio planter, and Holly Straney received a second place for her terrarium and a fourth place for her strawberry pot.

Dr. Stoltz shared a letter he received from a community member commending Cedar Cliff students and music department on their outstanding performance during the Mosaic Concert. 

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.

2020-2021 Budget Resolution
The Board adopted a resolution indicating the District will not raise property taxes by more than the 3.0% adjusted index for 2020-2021.

Red Land Track Change Order
As the District worked through the Red Land track resurfacing project, an opportunity to improve drainage conditions was identified. As a result, the Board accepted a credit in the amount of $6,000 from American Athletic Courts, Inc. for Change Order #3.

Allen Site Due Diligence Services
The Feasibility Study includes additions and renovations to Allen Middle School. As part of our continued design development for Allen, the District must complete a boundary and topographical survey, subsurface utility investigation, wetlands investigation, ordinance review, and sketch plan preparation. The Board approved an agreement with K & W to complete these site due diligence services. 

Fairview Additional Services Authorization
The Board approved an agreement with K & W for additional traffic analysis, site design, and evaluation of sight distances at Fairview Elementary. These services are necessary to move forward with the design of a new intermediate school on the existing Fairview Elementary site.

Information Items

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

Introduction to the 2020-2021 Preliminary General Fund Budget
Mrs. Stuck provided the Board with an update on the work being done on the 2020-2021 preliminary general fund budget.

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.

Crossroads Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement
Mr. Sanders with Mr. Christopher Stultz and Mr. Shayne Homan of McClure Company, led a presentation and discussion on the potential of updating multiple systems at Crossroads Middle School through a Guaranteed Energy Saving Agreement. The Board shared their support, but requested more time to study the cost proposal before being presented with a contract for the full project.

Administration Center Renovations
Mrs. Erin Hoffman and Mr. Christopher Linkey from RLPS Architects presented building concepts and cost estimates for renovations at the Administration Center. These renovations are designed to address the building's mechanical and staffing needs.

Board Meeting - January 16

The Board of School Directors met in regular session on Thursday, January 16, with President Crocenzi presiding.

Red Land High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Senior Grayson Stanley, Juniors Christina Waller and Ryan Michener with Freshmen Patrick Sisca. 

Eloise Billus, a seventh-grade euphonium player from Allen Middle School, performed the National Anthem.

Minutes

The minutes of the meetings held December 5 and 12, 2019, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending December 31, 2019, showing invested and available funds of $44,361,269.40.

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 the disciplinary recommendations as presented.

School Director Recognition
In honor of School Director Recognition Month, Dr. Stoltz thanked the Board for their volunteer service throughout the year and presented each Board member with a token of the District's appreciation.  Additionally, Mr. Granger and student representatives from Allen Middle School presented each Board member with thank you notes, handwritten by students at Allen. 

Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS) Presentation
Mr. Justin Bruhn, Administrative Director at CPAVTS, introduced Cedar Cliff/CPAVTS Seniors Lilly Archeval and Alexia Santana. Lilly and Alexia spoke to the Board about their experience in the Dental Assistant Program and their community service project for the Dental State Leadership Conference. This project allowed them to return to their former elementary school (Hillside Elementary) and teach second grade students in Mr. Laudenslager’s class about dental health. Lilly and Alexia were joined by their teacher, Ms. Michelle Foland, who shared how proud she is of both students and the growth they have shown during their time at CPAVTS. Mrs. Foland is also a West Shore parent and was asked by Dr. Stoltz to provide the Board with an update on her own daughter’s success since graduation.

Board Reports
Mrs. Tierney, Mr. Saar, and Mrs. Moyer provided an overview of the Board’s recent visit to Highland Elementary School.

Mr. Kambic provided a summary of items discussed during the December 18, 2019, District Advisory Council Meeting.

Mr. Guistwhite provided an overview of the Board Policy Committee meeting held earlier in the evening and discussed the policies currently under review.
 

Recognition by the Board
On behalf of the Red Land Boys and Girls Soccer teams, Coach Arvey with Juniors Ella Beshore and Dacey MacMinn and Seniors Jacob Cubbler and Jakob Nagy, presented a check for $2,000 to Mickey Minnich with Vickie's Angel Foundation. 

Seniors Mandee Halbrook, Red Land High School, and Jocelyn Heredia, Cedar Cliff High School, each highlighted opportunities they have had in and outside of the classroom during their high school career. More specifically, Mandee spoke about her experience in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Jocelyn shared her experience taking college in the high school courses.

Dr. Stoltz commended the transportation department and First Student bus drivers who went above and beyond to ensure students made it home safely following the snow fall on January 7, 2020.

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 December 9, 2019, through January 8, 2020, listing checks which totaled $1,992,779.89.

Personnel
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.

Budgetary Transfers
The Board approved the budget transfers as presented.

Budgetary Transfers 2018-2019
The Board approved the budget transfers for 2018-2019 as presented.

Agreement for Stop Loss Insurance Renewal through Sun Life Financial
Specific Stop Loss is excess risk coverage that provides protection for the District against a high claim on any one individual. An RFP was sent to 20 carriers, including a request for renewal from Sun Life. The two proposals received were from Avalon/Capital and Sun Life Financial.  It was determined that Sun Life Financial offered the best proposal. The Board approved Sun Life Financial’s renewal agreement in the estimated annual amount of $714,544.76.

Cedar Cliff Baseball Trip
Mr. John Kosydar, Athletic Director at Cedar Cliff High School, has requested the Cedar Cliff baseball team attend a spring training event in Shelby, North Carolina, from Thursday, March 5, 2020, through Sunday, March 8, 2020.  The purpose of this trip is to provide a fair-weather venue for the players during their pre-season preparation period, as well as fostering team unity, camaraderie, and confidence. The trip was approved by the Board.

Cedar Cliff Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference and Competition
Miss Amy Dando, Technology Student Association (TSA) Advisor at Cedar Cliff High School, has requested the Cedar Cliff TSA students attend the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association Conference at Seven Springs Resort in Champion, Pennsylvania from Wednesday, April 15, 2020, through Saturday, April 18, 2020.  Students will be competing against students from other high school chapters across Pennsylvania. The trip was approved by the Board.

Crossroads Chesapeake Bay Trip
Mrs. Patricia Boscaccy, social studies and language arts teacher at Crossroads Middle School, and Ms. Desiree Fox, science teacher at Crossroads, have requested permission for a group of sixth through eighth-grade students to participate in a three-day field trip to the Chesapeake Bay to study the ecology of the bay and its tributaries.  This trip will provide students with a meaningful watershed experience that connects classroom research and knowledge with inquiry-based field investigations, standards-based activities, and authentic assessments of learning. The trip was approved by the Board.

Red Land Baseball Trip
Mr. Nathan Ebbert, head baseball coach at Red Land High School, has requested the Red Land baseball team participate in the National High School Invitational Tournament at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from Tuesday, March 31, 2020, through Sunday, April 5, 2020.  This offers a premier forum in which student athletes can compete. The trip was approved by the Board.

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

Agreement for School Based Mental Health Services
In order to enhance services provided to students in the Emotional Support program, the Board approved an agreement for school-based therapy to be provided by Laurel Life Services in the amount of $81,000.00 to be prorated for the 2019-2020 school year.

Crossroads Notice to Proceed
Crossroads Middle School has historically faced 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 Notice to Proceed with McClure Company for engineering services in support of potential equipment replacement.

Information Items
Student Success Video
Dr. Whye and Mrs. Fourhman produced a video showcasing "Stories of Student Success" to update the Board and community on student and school performance during the 2018-2019 school year. The video includes student interviews arranged by Mrs. Sayre, highlighting the many reasons we are #WestShoreProud of our students, staff, and community.

The six-minute video was shared with the Board and is posted on the District website along with specific information about the Future Ready PA Index which is used by the state to assess school performance.

2020-2021 School Calendar Draft
Dr. Stoltz shared a draft of next year’s school calendar. The proposed calendar for 2020-2021 shows a starting date for students of Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and school is session on Monday, November 30, 2020. In the past, the Monday following Thanksgiving has been a day off for students and staff. Feedback on the calendar will be collected from parents, students, community members, and staff through Monday, February 10, 2020.

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


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