KC board plans to split meetings
MILL HALL — A number of new developments are in store at Keystone Central School District.
At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Board President Charles Rosamilia announced an intent to split the monthly school board meeting night, currently set for the first Thursday of the month, into two: A work session that would stay on the first Thursday of the month, and a separate voting session on the second Thursday of the month.
That would give the board and the public more time for discussion, Rosamilia said.
The splitting was first mentioned in a reply to Elisabeth McCoy, a frequent public speaker before the board, who accused the board of being “unable to have an adult conversation with an agenda this big.”
Rosamilia quickly responded that plans were already in motion to fix that moving forward, and mentioned the intent to split the meeting into two.
Tentatively, he said the two meetings per month will begin in January 2019.
McCoy also brought up the return of the Citizens Task Force to assess district finances, which was not an agenda item, saying that she “had not yet received any email about it.”
Rosamilia and Dr. Alan Lonoconus, Keystone’s superintendent through the end of the school year, replied that emails had, in fact, been sent out to the members of last year’s task force, to which McCoy laughingly responded that she would “check her spam.”
Other significant developments include:
– The board hired a new director of the Career and Technology Center. Thursday night. The personnel item was added to the agenda by Dr. Lonoconus at the meeting, and saw Kurt Lynch, of Schuylkill County, hired at a salary of $94,760, pro-rated. He replaces Ken Kryder.
– Retirement of Barry Hackenberg, property services supervisor, with 19.4 years of service, effective July 31, 2019. At the end of the evening, Rosamilia addressed Hackenberg to publicly thank him and highlight Hackenberg’s “years of service,” saying, “if there is any more likable employee at the district, I don’t know who it is. He’s done a wonderful job and he’s going to be hard to replace. I wish all our employees had the same attitude that Barry has.”
– A future update to the district website, which is in the works by the IT department. There is no timeline on this, as they can only work on it when the district’s tech is running smoothly and they don’t have other issues to deal with.
– A look at the district’s temperature policy, recommended by Dr. Lonoconus. “We need to figure out at what temperature the schools (students) should be let out,” he said, responding to a concern issued by McCoy about how the thermometer at Central Mountain Middle School was reading 91 degrees Farenheit while class was in session.
– Potential changes to the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School charter. This item was immediately tabled by Dr. Lonoconus pending “further investigation and legal counsel.” Dr. Lonoconus went on to say that discussion needs to be held as to the “impact the change will have on us as a district.” During the voting session, Rosamilia mentioned that the change would have to do with the charter’s “renewal,” but no further information was made available.
– Dr. Lonoconus announced the district has applied for art grants through the First Community Foundation in Lycoming County to bring “speakers and entertainers into the schools.”
The school board also hired teachers and other key personnel actions as follows:
– Employment of David Leidholdt as drama club advisor for the 2018-2019 school year. Employment is contingent upon receipt of all necessary clearances.
– Resignation of Jenna Nevling, Title I reading teacher at Renovo Elementary School, effective Aug. 14.
– Employment of Jessica Bubniak, Title I reading teacher at Renovo Elementary, Masters, Step 3, at a salary of $50,561, effective the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. Position is the result of Jenna Nevling’s resignation.
– Employment of Gwen Cebulka, special education, learning support teacher at CMMS, Bachelors, Step 1, at a salary of $46,992, effective the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. Position is the result of Alyssa Coakley’s resignation. Employment contingent upon receipt of all necessary clearances.
– Employment of Danielle Wilson, special education, at Central Mountain High School, at a salary of $54,966, Masters, Step 4, effective the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. Position is the result of Amanda Kurtz’s resignation. Employment contingent upon receipt of all necessary clearances.
– Employment of Kristie Dion, elementary itinerant art-online learning art teacher, at a salary of $48,544, Bachelors, Step 3, for 2018-2019. Position is the result of Whitney Eck’s resignation.
– Employment of Sara Strouse, social studies teacher at CMMS at salary of $69,448, Masters, Step 13, for 2018-2019. Position is the result of Ryan Broughton’s transfer.
– Employment of Kayleen Sherman, long term substitute, 1st grade teacher, at Woodward Elementary, at a salary of $47,766, Bachelors, Step 2, for 2018-2019. Position is the result of Ashley Gilmore’s sabbatical.
– Employment of Kristin Lyons, long term substitute, family and consumer science teacher, at CMHS, at a salary of $50, 561, Masters, Step 3, effective Sept. 4 for 2018-2019 school. Position is the result of Katherine Dewing’s leave of absence.
– Involuntary transfer of Ryan Broughton, social studies-science teacher at CMMS to CMHS/CTC, auto/diesel tech, for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Michelle Hoy, from Bucktail Campus-CMHS to librarian, at Liberty Curtin Elementary, Renovo Elementary/Bucktail Middle-High School for the 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Jennifer Marquardt, librarian, at Mill Hall-CMMS-CMHS to librarian, at Mill Hall-Dickey-CMMS for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Stephanie Swinehart, online learning special education-elementary K-6, to online learning special education-elementary K-12 for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Nancy Worden, librarian, at Dickey-Liberty Curtin-CMHHS to CMHS librarian-special education-special education online learning K-12, for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Ryan Benis, 3rd grade teacher, at Dickey Elementary to special education, autistic support teacher at CMMS for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Beth Herrod, 2nd grade teacher, 1-year only, at Robb Elementary to 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary for 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of Leslie Brown, 3rd grade to 5th grade at Dickey Elementary for the 2018-2019.
– Involuntary transfer of MacKenzie McCain, kindergarten teacher, 1-year only, at Renovo Elementary to 3rd grade teacher at Dickey Elementary for 2018-2019.
– The administrative substitute rate of $25 per hour for the 2018-2019 school year.
– Employment of Donna Duma, as an administrative substitute, for the 2018-2019 school year upon her retirement.
– Resignation of Emily English, payroll-benefits secretary, business office, effective Sept. 4.
– Transfer of Rochelle Mann, administrative secretary, class A, at CMHS to payroll-benefits secretary, class B, at a salary of $26,354, effective Aug. 27. Position is the result of Emily English’s resignation.
In other business, the board approved:
– Leave of absence for Amber Leitch, custodian at CMHS July 2 through Sept. 4. A portion of the absence is uncompensated.
– Leave of absence for Todd Smith, maintenance-delivery at property services July 12 through Aug 22.
– Leave of absence for Connie Mitcheltree, general cafeteria worker CMHS on Aug. 13. Absence is uncompensated.
– Leave of absence for Tina Sikorskas, building assistant, at CMHS Sept. 18, 19, 20, and 21. Absence is uncompensated.
– Leave of absence for Samantha Berry, general cafeteria worker, at CMHS on Oct. 31. Absence is uncompensated.
– Employment of Jacob Yearick, housekeeper, 2nd shift, 8 hours a day, 210 days, at CMMS effective Aug 21. Position is the result of Ashley Karstetter’s resignation.
– Employment of Pattiann Merrifield, administrative secretary-elementary level at a salary of $23,371, pro-rated, at Dickey Elementary effective Aug. 27. Position is the result of Linda Kelley’s retirement.
– Employment of Charles C. Anderson, building assistant-personal care assistant, 6 hours a day, at Bucktail Campus, effective Sept. 4. Position is the result of Heather Lucas’ transfer.
– Employment of Dawn Bower, building assistant-learning support-autism support, 6.5 hours a day at CMMS effective Sept. 4. Position is the result of Rachel Eiler’s resignation.
– Employment of Jennifer Mellinger, building assistant-personal care assistant, 6.5 hours a day CMMS effective Sept. 11. Position is based on student need.
– Employment of Tasha Yost, building assistant-personal care assistant, 7 hours s day, at CMHS effective Sept. 11. Position is the result of Margaret Adams’ retirement.
– The following support staff substitutes for 2018-2019: Elaine Brown, Cynthia Caprio, Mary Dick, Polly Donahay, Jessica Gill, Kasandra Goodling, Melissa Guthrie, Tiffany Haines, Patricia Hartman, Diana Heaton, Marissa Hillyer, Mary Isenberg, Alexander Karchner, Elizabeth Kepler, Cynthia Leitch, Luke Linberg II, Dawn McCloskey, Diane McGill, Bonnie McKivison, Janet Miller, Kimberly Pierson, Kristina Powell, Sandra Ransdorf, Rodney Rupert, Kathy Shope, Doyle Smith, Misty Snook, Mary Tarantella, Amy Waltz, Gloria Winkelman, Marilyn Young.
– Employment of support personnel to work as student monitors and substitutes for 2018-2019: Donna Barner, Dawn Bechdel, Julie Frazier, Lois Gallagher, Donna Hardy, Barb Krupak, Chris Osterhoudt, Marjorie Reed, Bobbie Reeder, Susan Paula Smith, Kourtney Wooding.
– The following bus drivers and aides for Susquehanna Transit Co. for 2018-2019: Bob Bitner, Jeff Bitner, Bill Burkey, Shawn Carson, Dave Dreese, Alan Eckenroad, Lorie Eckenroad, Don Foster, Shirley Foster, Frank Frederick, Jeff Geist, Melissa Geist, Beth Hanley, Dennis Hanley, Gary Heverly, Stan Johnson, Jeffrey Kinley, Tammy Kinley, Levan Kolb, Kevin Litz, Bethany Probst, Dave Rossman, Wanda Sellinger, Dan Yeaney, Calvin Young, Deb Winslow, Barry Winslow.
– Transfer of Tiffani Renzo, general cafeteria worker, to head cook, at Dickey Elementary effective Aug. 13. Position is the result of Dezerea Bennett’s transfer.
– Transfer of Ronnie Kustenborder, custodian, 2nd Shift, at CMMS to custodian, 1st shift, at Robb Elementary, effective Aug 29. Position is the result of Gary McKivision’s retirement.
– Leave of absence for Katherine Dewing, family and consumer science teacher, at CMHS beginning Sept. 4 through the 2018-2019 school year. Absence is uncompensated.
– Leave of absence for Suzanne Rainey, kindergarten teacher, at Liberty Curtin, beginning Aug. 17 through approximately Sept. 10.
– Leave of absence for Taylor Thompson, 1st grade teacher, at Dickey Elementary beginning Sept. 13 through approximately Nov. 2.
– Childrearing leave for Katherine Bidwell, family and consumer science-health and physical education teacher, at CMHS Oct. 1 to Nov. 20.
– Childrearing leave of absence for Megan Heggenstaller, life skills teacher, at CMMS Nov. 20 through Dec. 14. Absence is uncompensated.
– Employment of professional personnel to work as student monitors and substitutes: Tyler Bardo, Kelly Deems, Donna Dufour, Carol Kunkel, Lisa Lucas, Beth Moore, Tracy Noll, Jachelle Vitko and Laura Weaver.
– Employment of the following to work as homebound instructors for the 2018-2019 school year: Deb Desmond, Teresa Miller, William Shetler, Tracy Showers.
– The following as volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year: Charles Barnum, Amy Bowman, Thelma Caris, Susan Confer, Rebecca Conklin, Robyn Croce, Carrie DeMarte, Francis DeMarte, Rossie Dotterer, Dena Falls, Emily English, Philip English, Roseann Eyer, Mary Gugliocciello, Marissa Hillyer, Kathy Kalafut, Candace Karstetter, Leslie Krouse, Terry Markle, Robin Emerick-Marton, Corey McCloskey, Marie Miller, Angelo Muck, Elizabeth Nace, Melissa Pentz, Patricia J. Peters, Anita Rathgeber, Sharon Reeder, Candace Redis, Stacie Rhine, Beth Seyler, Supaporn Shelter, William Shelter, Deb Smeltz, Robert Sparrow, Ashley Sparrow, June Strouse, Amber Stewart, Barbara Svederus, Amanda Wadsworth, Greg Walker, Beth Zener
– Resignation of Mandee Jenkins as assistant softball coach at CMHS-CMMS, effective Aug. 24.
– Employment of the following game workers for the 2018-2019 school year: Dawn Bechdel, Kasey Connor, Mitch Christensen, Alison Kramer, Bradley Moore, Christ Osterhoudt, Judy Walker.
– The following as athletic volunteers: Charles Brogdon, Lori Brogdon, Carol Charles, Mindy Fortescue, Joni MacIntyre, Heather Rossman, Kenneth Rossman, Cheer Kristie Dion, Ellison Porter, Erin Santonico, Mark Karichner, Bradley Moore, Brittany Koch, Matthew Lininger, Rebecca Huling, Thomas Zettle, Kasey Connor Moriah Lindsey, Kristina Onuskanich, Cheyenne Redcay, and Damon Wagner.