The Board of School Directors met in regular session on Thursday, September 19, with President Crocenzi presiding.
Red Land High School’s JROTC Color Guard presented the colors for the evening. JROTC members included Senior Damian Heidingsfelder, Juniors Ryan Michener and Christina Waller, Sophomore Sarah Van Dyke, and Freshman Maya Jovic.
Red Land Seniors Trinity Bailey and Kati Rodgers, Juniors Mayson Bryant, Isaac Emlet, Timothy Seiferth, Sophomore Zoe Nester, and Freshmen Caleb Hill with Grace Michelsen sang the National Anthem.
Minutes of the meetings held August 8 and August 15, 2019, were approved by the Board.
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending August 31, 2019, showing invested and available funds of $37,012,484.09.
Dr. Stoltz distributed a copy of the latest legal update from the solicitor’s office and Dr. Argot shared the Central Treasury Report for Cedar Cliff and Red Land High Schools.
Mr. Wilson requested an update on progress at the Red Land track. Mr. Sanders shared that the asphalt is being finished and will need to cure for approximately 28 days before the track surface can be placed on. He also shared that a sink hole was discovered at the site which resulted in some delays.
Mrs. Moyer summarized the Board Policy meeting and Mr. Kambic shared highlights from the Hillside Elementary Board visit. Mrs. Tierney invited the community to attend the West Shore Foundation Gala on Saturday, October 26. Tickets may be purchased online. She also shared that sponsorship opportunities for the Gala and at the stadium are both still available.
Recognition by the Board
The Board recognized Mrs. Brinley Sanders, Administration Center for Education, and Mr. Justin Weaver, Cedar Cliff High School, as the Employees of the Summer Quarter.
Seniors Jacob Cubbler, Red Land High School, and Hajar Abusief, Cedar Cliff High School, each highlighted recent academic and athletic events from their respective schools, and opportunities they have had outside of the classroom including dual enrollment, pathways internships, and summer volunteer activities. Due to a scheduling conflict, Jacob shared his report via a prerecorded video.
Board Shout Outs
Mr. Kambic highlighted the pancake breakfast fundraiser hosted by ProjectASK to benefit the District and thanked West Shore student and staff volunteers who participated in the event.
Dr. Stoltz thanked the Walmart Supercenter in Etters for their donation of thousands of seeds which District staff can use in a variety of hands-on learning exercises, and for their most recent donation of school supplies including crayons, glue, pencils, dry erase markers, and more.
Recognition of the Public
Opportunity for Students to Speak
No students addressed the Board.
No community members addressed the Board.
Bills for Approval
The Board of School Directors approved bills for the period August 15, 2019, through September 11, 2019, listing checks which totaled $2,931,884.13.
The Board approved all personnel items as presented.
PSBA Officer Elections
Based on an evaluation of the candidates for elected positions within PSBA, the Board directed the Board Secretary to register a unanimous vote with the PSBA Credentials Committee for the following PSBA candidates:
- Art Levinowitz, President-elect
- David Hein, Vice President
- Julie Preston, Central At Large
- Sabrina Baker, Section 1 Advisor
- Ron Cole, Section 3 Advisor
- Marsha Pleta, Section 5 Advisor
- Trivia Steiner, Section 7 Advisor
- Kathy Swope, PSBA Insurance Trustee
- Mark B. Miller, PSBA Insurance Trustee
ASUS Non-Disclosure Agreement
The District has been authorized to be a repair facility for ASUS Chromebooks. This allows us to maintain device warranties and expedite repairs; however, before West Shore technicians can begin repairs, the District and ASUS must enter into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). The Board authorized that agreement.
The Board approved a trip for Cedar Cliff High School students to visit the Karen Noonan Center in Dorchester County, Maryland, from Tuesday, October 15, 2019, through Thursday, October 17, 2019.
The Board also approved a trip for Red Land High School students in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to participate in a workshop at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, from Sunday, November 3, 2019, through Monday, November 4, 2019.
Staff Attendance at Professional Meetings
The Board approved staff attendance at professional meetings as presented.
Digital Survey Scanning and 3D Model
The District Feasibility Study developed educational programs for our building designs and evaluated our existing schools. The Administration Center for Education was not included in the plans developed. The District has developed a detailed inventory of the systems and assessed the building conditions. A digital survey and 3D model would be the next step in evaluating potential renovations to the building.The Board approved a service proposal for Digital Survey Scanning and 3D Modeling from RLPS architects.
Agreement for Substance Abuse Prevention Services
The District recognizes the need to provide Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Services, specifically group counseling, to students. Diakon Family Life Services has provided Student Assistance Program Substance Abuse Liaison Services to our students residing in Cumberland County for several years. The Board approved an agreement with Diakon Family Life Services to provide counseling, pending review by the Solicitor.
The District worked with K & W Engineers to create design documents and specifications for improvements to the water service at Red Mill Elementary School. Six bidders responded. The Board accepted the bid from Waterline Improvements, submitted by MacMor Construction, LLC. as the lowest bidder meeting specifications and directed Dr. Stoltz to execute any required contracts and agreements, pending review by the Solicitor.
Dr. Argot shared proposed policy revisions for Board Policies 226: Searches and 830: Breach of Computerized Personal Information.
Dr. Stoltz shared that all District residents will be receiving the newsletter Points of Pride in the mail later this month. The newsletter highlights a variety of District initiatives including the aquaponics program.
Mrs. Erin Hoffman and Mr. Christopher Linkey from RLPS Architects shared updates on construction of the new Rossmoyne building and progress made on the new grade 5-6 plans.
Recognition of Public
On behalf of the Aquatic Club of the West Shore, Mrs. Liisa Temple and her daughter, Riley, thanked Dr. Argot and Dr. Jones for their support and named them honorary members of the aquatic club.