The Board met in regular session on Thursday, October 21, with President Kambic presiding.
A recording of the National Anthem performed by Cedar Cliff High School Orchestra Seniors Sydney Angus, Jonah Petruschke, and Adriana Salazar with Sophomore Kieran McNulty, was played.
The minutes of the meetings held September 9, and September 16, 2021, were approved.
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending September 30, 2021, showing invested and available funds of $70,105,180.39.
Legal Update and Central Treasury
Dr. Stoltz indicated the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office was available for Board members, and Dr. Argot shared the Central Treasury Reports for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools.
The Board approved the student disciplinary cases as recommended.
Mrs. Crocenzi provided an overview of the Board's recent visit to Red Land High School which included student presentations, information about their Adulting 101 day, and a special appearance by the school's therapy dog Rudder.
Mr. Stoltenburg shared that during the recent Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center
’s Joint Operating Committee meeting they were able to visit the new healthcare pathways classroom. Dr. Stoltz added that this school year, West Shore is the largest sending District at CPACTC, and that students in the healthcare pathway can earn a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification which can lead to expanded job opportunities upon graduation from high school.
Mrs. Schwager provided an overview of the recent District Advisory Council meeting and some of the events taking place in our schools.
Recently, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) honored Mrs. Tierney and Mr. Guistwhite. On behalf of PSBA, Dr. Stoltz recognized Mrs. Tierney for her eight years of service and Mr. Guistwhite for his twelve years of service to the District.
Dr. Leese shared that members of Student Services recently held a Parent Information Session for families of students in our Special Education program. She thanked those who attended to provide feedback and mentioned that future parent meetings are being planned. Dr. Leese also highlighted the District's partnership with Central Penn College and work being done by Mrs. April Smith and Mrs. Jennifer Hoff to support students in the West Shore Connect Program.
Recognition by the Board
Employees of the Summer Quarter
The Board recognized Stephanie Pague, Food Services Secretary, and Jessica Glasser, Fourth Grade Teacher at Washington Heights Elementary School, as the Employees of the Summer Quarter for 2021-2022.
Board Shout Outs
Mrs. Moyer thanked our First Student bus drivers for their continued support and our families for their flexibility during the nationwide driver shortage. Dr. Stoltz added that despite several vacancies, we have been able to limit disruptions and continue to provide transportation for students to after school activities.
Mr. Kambic mentioned that he enjoyed the New Cumberland Borough Halloween parade.
Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
No student comments were received. A public comment received electronically was shared with Board members prior to the start of the meeting.
Bills for Approval
The Board approved bills for the period September 16, 2021, through October 13, 2021, listing checks which totaled $3,703,368.10.
The Board approved one refund for $18,420.30.
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
The Board approved the budget transfers as presented.
Appointment of Additional Depository
The Board approved Pennian Bank as a new depository. Pennian Bank is offering the District an investment rate of .20% on an investment of $10,000,000. This rate is significantly higher than rates offered by other depositories at this time.
Rossmoyne Change Order
This business item was withdrawn at the request of District administration and no action was taken.
Staff Attendance at Professional Meetings
The Board approved requests for staff attendance at professional activities as presented.
Memorandum of Understanding – AFSCME Bargaining Unit Wage Adjustments
The District and District Council 89 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO wish to adjust the wage rates for all current bargaining unit employees to make wage rates for food service, custodial, and maintenance positions more competitive in the current job market. The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the parameters for adjusting the wage rates for bargaining unit employees effective November 1, 2021.
Classified Support Wage Rate Adjustments for 2021-2022
The Board approved wage rate adjustments for classified support employees effective November 1, 2021.
Non-Bargaining Support Personnel Wage Rate Adjustments for 2021-2022
The Board approved wage adjustments, including increases in the minimum and maximum rates, for non-bargaining support personnel effective November 1, 2021.
No information items were presented to the Board.
Opportunity for Student and Public Comments
A student comment and 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 November 18, Board Meeting.