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PV School Board rejects MCTI Articles of Agreement

Published September 30. 2011 05:02PM

The Pleasant Valley School District board of directors voted to not approve the Proposed Amendment to the Monroe Career and Technical Institute Articles of Agreement dated Aug. 2011 with a 7-0 vote. Directors Harvey Frable and Russ Gould were not in attendance.

According to Susan Kresge, board president, there were four proposed changes to the MCTI Articles of Agreement and they were to be voted on as a package. The changes included Capital Expenditures, Sharing of Capital Expenditures, Operating Payments-Current Expenditures and Operating Payments-Withdrawal of Participating School District.

"The way the change was written for notice for withdrawing from MCTI is not in keeping with Section 4.35 of the PA State Board of Education regulations. So we were not in agreement with this. As for Operating Payments-Current Expenditures, we were not in agreement with the proposed changes since some sort of minimum payment would not be required from each school district. We believe that there should at least be some minimum payment for schools that are serviced by the career and technical school," said Kresge.

Rresident June O'Neil asked the board to take a look at the Procedures and Policies for next school year and to consider going off site of campus for banquets because when banquets are held on school premises, there is the added expense of paying the custodian.

Dr. Douglas Arnold, Pleasant Valley School District superintendent, said that there would be enrollment numbers available at the next school board meeting, scheduled Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at the PV Administrative building.

Other noteworthy items from Dr. Arnold:

*2009 PV graduate Kelly Leyman received a $750 scholarship from PASR. She is currently a student at East Stroudsburg University majoring in early education.

*Eldred Township resident Madeline Washington donated several school supplies to PVE.

*Carla Sheldon's daughter was a 2011 graduate and she sent a very complimentary note thanking the district and its teachers for the excellent education her daughter received.

*Ms. Bobbi J. Mika donated three student back packs for three students in need at PVE.

*The Growing Place sent the district a "Thank you" note for the visit from Dewey, the district's bookmobile.

*He attended a breakfast with PVHS's six foreign exchange students. They are from Vietnam, Germany, China and Italy. "They all said that everyone is so nice here and that there is a focus on human beings here at PV. It was very nice to hear."

*Senator Pat Browne wrote a citation for the great success of PV's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration events.

The board approved with one "No" vote from director James Spinola:

*recommendations for monitors effective Sept. 26 at an hourly rate of $8.92-Kathleen Browne, high school, replacement for Rhonda Beers; Barbara Ejk, PVE, replacement for Lillie Daddea; Sarrie Mattson, PVE, replacement for Victoria Garrido; Kristen Pierri, PVHS, effective Oct. 3, replacement for Colleen Starnadori; Mary Provinciali, PVHS, replacement for Tammy Cannon; Susan Springer, PVE, replacement for Kelly Lynch.

*hiring substitutes- Kristine Delmas as paraprofessional (retroactive to Sept. 7; Melissa Dennis, paraprofessional; Kristen Pierri, secretary, monitor, paraprofessional; Joan Weimmer, custodian.

The board approved, 7-0:

*transfers of custodians-James Garr from PVI to PVE; Robert Pini from PVMS to Polk Mark Sandt from PVE to PVMS/district office; Robert Siglin from PVE to PVMS, effective Oct. 2; Deborah Wadiak from PVMS/district office to PVI; Colleen Yaple from Polk to PVE.

*Tenure to Vivien Kloss and Kristin Ortiz.

*hiring Erika Wolf as substitute elementary teacher retroactive to Sept. 15; Lucille Rhock as substitute in Special Education/Early Childhood/ESL.

*Jacqueline Coursey as 7th grade winter cheering adviser; Vivien Kloss as 8th grade winter cheering adviser; Miranda Ford and Theresa Sinisko as Senior Honor Society advisers; Chad Snyder and Courtney Munier as volunteer marching band advisers

*the resignation of Laura Andriulli, PVI part-time paraprofessional associate, effective Sept. 9, 2011.

The board approved the following contracts (7-0):

*Wireless Generation for a renewal subscription for software for the CIRCLE Assessment for incoming kindergarten students from Dec. 1, 2011-Nov. 30, 2012 for $2,235. No increase from last year. Will be paid using Title 1 funds.

*Mechanical Service Company for $5,175 for boiler maintenance for 2011.

*The Palace Center for the 2011-2012 high school prom. The cost is approximately $20,000 to be paid by attendees and high school class funds.

*Mikayla's Voice assemblies at Polk (Oct. 6) and PVE (Oct. 7) for $1,200.

*Title I Services through Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 at a cost of $7,488 for instructional, parent involvement and professional development; $100 for administrative costs. The agreement is for the term from Aug. 31, 2011-May 30, 2012. There is an increase in expenses from last year due to the number of low-income nonpublic school students living in eligible attendance areas. To be paid from ESEA Title I Fund.

*Title I Services through Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 for services for St. John Neumann at a cost of $2,289 for instructional, parent involvement and professional development. The term of this agreement shall commence on the first day of nonpublic instruction for the 2011-2012 school year and terminate on the last day of instruction for nonpublic school students school year 2011-2012.

*Integra One at a cost not to exceed $269,539.65 to be financed for four years at $67,384.91. It is for Nortel switch replacements.

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