The Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 12, with President Guistwhite presiding.
Red Land High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Juniors Maya Jovic, Dylan Knouse, and Zoe Rozzell, and Sophomore Xavier Zarza.
Under the direction of Mr. Michael Evans, Band Director, the National Anthem was performed by Jackson Allen, Samuel Herbert, Addison Groff, Reagan Henninger, Milton Hoke, and Kevin Zebrowski from New Cumberland Middle School.
The minutes of the meetings held on April 14, 2022, and April 21, 2022, were approved.
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending April 30, 2022, showing invested and available funds of $36,517,484.30.
Legal Update & Central Treasury Reports
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 active cases in our schools.
The Board approved the student disciplinary cases as presented.
On behalf of the West Shore Foundation, Mrs. Tierney announced that the Foundation's Class of 2022 scholarship award winners would be recognized at their respective high schools. She also shared that the Foundation is working with Lamar Advertising to have a billboard near the Hillside Cafe which will be used to thank District staff and then will later congratulate the class of 2022. Upcoming West Shore Foundation events were also highlighted by Mrs. Tierney.
Mr. Stoltenburg highlighted several student-made items which would be available for purchase and/or bid during the CPACTC Community Day on May 14. Mr. F. Kambic added information about the upcoming CPACTC Board Visit, Awards Night, and Middle School Camps.
Mrs. Crocenzi reminded the community of the District's need for Junior Achievement volunteers and shared how much she enjoys volunteering in the schools through this program. Interested parents can contact their child's schools in August to volunteer.
Mr. Guistwhite thanked the Cedar Cliff High School Girls Lacrosse team for inviting Board members to Senior Night. He attended and enjoyed watching the team play and be recognized.
Dr. Stoltz highlighted several noteworthy student and staff accomplishments since the last board meeting.
- Cedar Cliff High School revealed its mini-THON efforts. So far this year they have raised $109,446.07.
- On May 9, Newberry Elementary hosted students from Fairview, Fishing Creek, and Red Mill for a friendly Math 24 Competition among the southern elementary schools of the District. Math 24 is a tournament style competition that provides students with a fun way to showcase their math skills. Two teams brought home ribbons from the event. Congratulations to the team from Newberry which earned first place and Red Mill’s team which took home second.
- Two District students received the Tom Buskey Student Achievement Award this year. Congratulations to Alexis Hammond from Cedar Cliff, and Nelly Vazquez from Red Land. This annual award, which is sponsored by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Transition Council, recognizes graduating seniors from local school districts for their “hard work and dedication in overcoming personal challenges, leading towards successful transition to life after high school.”
Mr. F. Kambic thanked the Cedar Cliff High School Class of 1966 and Mr. Beshore for donating cedar trees at the high school.
Recognition by the Board
Future Business Leaders of America State Convention
The Board recognized Red Land High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members on their recent success at the FBLA State Convention. Junior Kylee Shane was honored for her eighth place finish in the Business Ethics competition. Seniors James Carlisle and Landon Henline were recognized for their fourth place finish in the Banking and Financial Systems event.
West Shore Connect
Ms. Shari Brenizer, Special Education Teacher, three students in the West Shore Connect program, and two parents spoke to the Board about their experience in the program. West Shore Connect is made possible thanks to a partnership between the District and Central Penn College. It provides students with disabilities who are of college age with age-appropriate experiences designed to enhance their academic and functional independence. Click here to view the presentation made to the Board which further outlines components of the program and its success.
Red Land Valedictorian Kajal Mehta and Cedar Cliff Valedictorian Soloman Khan shared some of their experiences at their respective high schools and their future plans.
Dr. Stoltz shared that we recently learned Kajal was chosen by PennLive as one of the Best and Brightest for 2022. Kajal was featured on PennLive.com Thursday, May 19.
Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
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 June 16, Board Meeting.
Bills for Approval
The Board approved bills for the period April 21, 2022, through May 4, 2022, listing checks which totalled $2,057,499.91.
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
Appointment of Depositories
The Board appointed PNC Bank, Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund, Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust, AmeriChoice, New Cumberland Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, Members First, Pennian Bank, and Susquehanna Valley Credit Union as depositories for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022.
Appointment of Solicitor/Labor Counsel
The Board reappointed Stock and Leader as Solicitor/Labor Counsel for the year beginning July 1, 2022.
Election of a Treasurer
The Board elected Stevie Boone, the District's incoming Director of Business Affairs, as Treasurer for one year beginning July 1, 2022.
2022-2023 Calendar of School Board & Committee Meetings
The Board approved dates and times for Board Meetings and Board Policy Committee Meetings to be held during the 2022-2023 school year.
Purchase of a New Food Service Box Truck
The Board awarded a bid for a new Food Service Box Truck to Apple Chevrolet, the lowest bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $73,711.
Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Proposal
The District received $446,088 from the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The Board approved the use of these funds to purchase Chromebooks for the 2022-2023 school year.
Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools Music Trip
The Board approved a trip for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools Music Ensembles to perform at Walt Disney World from Thursday, April 27, 2023, through Monday, May 1, 2023.
Staff Attendance at Professional Meetings
The Board approved requests for staff attendance at professional meetings as presented.
Financial information related to Investments, Assessed Value, Earned Income Tax, Budget Status, Capital Reserves, Bond Fund, and the Rossmoyne Project were shared with the Board. Click here to view related files.
Social Emotional Learning and CharacterStrong
Dr. Stoltz and Dr. Whye provided an overview of District efforts surrounding Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The presentation included explanation of terminology, how lessons can help reduce bullying and improve school climate, and benefits of these skills for students during their education and in the workforce.
Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
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. For a list of participants and topics discussed, please refer to the Board minutes which will be approved at the June 16, Board Meeting.