September 27, 2011
The Board acknowledged the passing of Robert Steele, uncle of Rodney Steele, varsity football coach; John R. Florian, grandfather of Jena Bence, high school cheerleading coach; Richard M. Reiner, father-in-law of Sandy Reiner, Barrett secretary; George I. Green, owner of George Green Funeral Home; William Bohin Sr., father-in-law of Lynn Bohin, middle school food service worker; Thomas A. Douglass, former athletic trainer for Munhall and Steel Valley High Schools; and Stephen Baran, father of Therese Safko, middle school paraprofessional. It was moved by Mrs. Kubancsek and seconded by Mr. Olson place an appropriate selection of books into the Steel Valley School District Libraries in their memory.
Mrs. Cannon announced that State Representative Bill Kortz would be speaking tonight on the school district joining a class action lawsuit against Governor Corbett’s budget.
Student Representative’s Report
Senior Student Representative Taylor Szczepankowski reported that Charlie Batch delivered “Batchpacks” filled with school supplies to the students at Barrett and Franklin. He also gave classroom supplies to the teachers at Park School.
At the middle school, girls’ groups have begun discussing violence prevention.
Homecoming at the high school will be celebrated October 10-14. On Thursday, October 13, the annual Carnival and Powder Puff game will be held at Campbell Field.
Dr. Kinavey, Mr. Colebank and Mrs. Borges presented the 2011 PSSA scores for the school district. Park, Barrett and the Middle School met their performance targets in Math and Reading, and the high school is on a current improvement plan. Students in grades 3-12 will take the Keystone exams and the Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT) in Math, English, Social Studies and Science this year.
Representative Bill Kortz addressed the School Board stating that the state’s educational cuts to the Steel Valley School District are $699 per student and $17,475 per classroom compared to the Upper St. Clair School District at $79 per student and $1,975 per classroom. He stated that the educational cuts are discriminatory and hurt children. He asked the School Board to stand up against these cuts and proposed that the school district join a class action suit to restore educational funding.
The Board unanimously approved joining a class action lawsuit to restore educational funding cuts by Governor Corbett’s budget.
Dr. Kinavey reported that the Steel Valley Band Festival was well attended on September 24. The football game will be held on Saturday this week against Seton LaSalle at Chartiers Valley High School. A blood drive will be held on Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the high school.
Director of Pupil Personnel, Special Services and Elementary EducationMrs. Borges reported that the School Wide Positive Behavior Support program is operating in Barrett Elementary School for the 3rd year and for the 1st year at Park Elementary School.
Director of Academics, Information & Technology Report
Mr. Colebank announced that October 21 would be a teacher inservice day. The staff will be reviewing student assessment scores.
The Board authorized a real estate tax refund in the amount of $83,125.75, as a result of a change in assessment, to GAI Consultants, Inc., Lot & Block 130-B-275, for year 2010.
The Board approved the meeting minutes of July 26, August 9 (voting), August 9, and August 16, 2011.
The Board approved the following financial items:
The Board approved the facility rental requests as presented.
The Board approved the fundraising requests as presented.
Congratulations to Ben Bobick for finishing in the top 5 at the golf sectional qualifier. Ben will play in the Division II Championship on Monday at New Castle Country Club.
The Board approved the following items: