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March 15, 2011

Boone eyes big tax hike, program cuts

Originally Published: 3/15/2011

Reading Eagle

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=294470

Last week’s state budget announcement was dire for some school districts but was actually better news than Daniel Boone School District officials expected, the school board learned Monday.

According to officials, Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget would provide $666,000 more in state money than the district anticipated.

But that and an agreement to cut kindergarten to half-day still leaves the district with a $5.9 million hole in its proposed $51 million budget, said Business Manager Danielle Penza.

The district hopes to narrow the gap by getting exceptions to its state tax-hike ceiling.

That would enable it to increase the property tax by 2.4 mills, which is 8.4 percent. The annual tax bill on a property assessed at $100,000 would increase to $3,080 from $2,842.

Such an increase would narrow the deficit to $3.5 million.

To close that, the district is looking at program cuts.

It has asked the state Education Department for permission to reduce or eliminate elementary band and the middle school foreign-language program. The board has not made a final decision on these proposals.

School board President Andrew Basile said Monday that the board also is asking employees to accept a voluntary pay freeze.

The board agreed 9-0 to offer an early retirement incentive for members of Daniel Boone Education Association, the teachers union, who have more than 25 years of teaching experience. If they agree by March 28 to retire, they will get an extra $20,000 in their retirement plans, board member Alan D. Ross said.

And the board’s revenue enhancement committee is creating a program in which people can donate to particular activities.

Meanwhile, a citizens group calling itself the Daniel Boone Public School Initiative is trying to raise $425,000 by the end of the month to keep full-day kindergarten. Group leaders have attended kindergarten registration to sign up potential donors. They’re asking for donations of up to $2,000 from kindergarten parents.

The school board last month agreed to reinstate full-day kindergarten if the group raised enough money to fund seven teachers.

The group is now asking the district to contact parents to learn more about next year’s kindergarten enrollment, which would affect the number of teachers needed.

The board agreed to place a link to the group’s web page on the district website, but it did not agree to contact parents.

Birdsboro resident Monica E. Hamill told the board she has been bombarded with fundraising requests in addition to a possible tax increase.

“I just feel like I’m being overwhelmed with what you’re proposing here,” she said.

Basile said Daniel Boone parents will have to pay higher fees and higher taxes.

Dr. Gary Otto, superintendent, said the district’s state funding was cut by 10 percent, or about $1 million.

“It’s bad,” he said. “Ten percent’s a lot of money.”

Contact Erin Negley: 610-371-5047 or enegley@readingeagle.com.

March 14, 2011

Notes from 3/14/10 Committee of the Whole Meeting

Committee of the Whole (3/14/11)

There were only about 30 people in attendance.

The meeting was recorded by the board.

The board has publicly asked ALL employees to accept a pay freeze for next year.

The board went over the Mid-Strategic Plan Review presented by Ann Marie Traynor. When the committee reviewed the current strategic plan, they felt that the district’s priorities and mission statement were met. Committee suggested adding another science class to the current graduation requirements. Regarding the waiver for gym classes by juniors and seniors who play sports: it is strongly recommended that it be an option for the next Strategic Plan.

Mr. Basile stated that he didn’t think the document faced the reality that we’re in. This is our 2nd year of cuts, and who knows what is coming in the next few years. The fear was that they were going to be accepting a Strategic Plan that goes against decisions the board has already made with cuts to the education program.

Technology portion of Strategic Plan: current plan goes through 2011-2012 school year. Currently they have budgeted $647k to reach the Strategic Plan goals. For the next three years, they have taken into consideration the financial struggles, and decreased that amount to $570k.

Report from Curriculum and Instruction Committee: Mr. Sheehan said that they have asked Dr. Otto what the benefits would be in going from a 9-period day to an 8-period day. He will be getting back to them on that. He stated they are NOT looking at block scheduling.

Buildings and Grounds Committee: Bids for a turnstile gate $5000 and swipe card system $5200 for stadium. This would be paid from Capital Funds. Also, it was suggested that they get a new hot water heater for the HS Cafeteria. The current hot water temperature does not get hot enough, and staff have been carrying buckets of hot water to where they are needed. This is a safety concern. There will be a voting meeting after this meeting to vote on both of these items.

Currently there is a $2500 limit on spending before it needs to be brought to the board. Mr. Basile said this is a concern for safety reasons such as the hot water heater. A $6800 water heater needs to be voted on by the board, but there is only a voting meeting once a month, and in the meantime, there are safety concerns. Building and Grounds Committee to come up with what they suggest should be proper procedure.

In December the board approved a new PA system for Birdsboro Elementary. Their old PA system did not work at all, and it is all tied into the bells, the announcement system, the fire station, etc. It was not for new phones for people, as some e-mails circulating have suggested. Mr. Basile asked that if anyone has questions about what money is being used for, to please come to a meeting and ask before sending out these false e-mails.

 Finance Committee: Governor Corbett released his preliminary budget for next year. The funding level is at the ’08-’09 level, and the board had figured on the ’07-’08 level. This will increase what the board was projecting by $828,422. However, what came as quite a shock was that the Governor stated that the state will no longer provide for the reimbursement of charter schools, and the district has $176k budgeted for that. So, the net increase of the budget that was presented in January is $665,886.

Original deficit – $6.9M

Deficit now – $6.3M

Deficit now (after reducing kindergarten to half-day) – $5.9M

They have applied for tax exceptions which could raise taxes $1.8M above the Act I index of $0.5M. There is a potential tax increase of $2.4 mills without needing voter approval.

Public comment: If the board were to increase the taxes $2.4 mills, where does that leave us?  Deficit now (after ½ day K) – $5.9M Potential tax increase – $2.4M Still leave us with a $3.5M deficit

Alinda Ferenz & Craig Brown – spent last 2 weeks at Kindergarten registration where surveys were completed. Only 200 students registered, but the $425k figure was based on 300 students registering. How do you know how much you’ll actually be saving if 100 less students registered than what you anticipated? Ann Marie Traynor – APC = 118 families registered, and they know of 21 families who have not registered yet. BEC = 47 registered, and they know of 14 families who have not registered yet. MEC = 47 registered, and they know of 35 families who have not registered yet. If all students who they are counting on actually do register, then they are very close to the 300 students. You need to keep in mind that families, for whatever reason, sometimes don’t register until the end of August. She thinks there will be the same enrollment for Kindergarten this year as there was last year. She also thinks that they’d have a 10% increase in enrollment if they kept full-day Kindergarten.

Alinda Ferenz – Can you call the parents who have not registered to find out if they are going to register? School board said no.

Bob Smith – Any word on sports? Nothing has been voted on, and probably will not be voted on until April, as the board is still looking at various options across the board.

Will an updated budget be posted on the website showing the new information learned from Governor Corbett? Yes, that is a very good suggestion.

Shane Kochel – With the possible tax increase, I think you need to look at the sports budget again. Sports cost the district approximately $1M per year. By raising the taxes, you are asking the tax payers to fund $1M in sports, which are not part of education. No comment from the board.

Next agenda item:

Personnel – Central office consolidated positions to reduce by one office position.

Programs – Enrollment has not increased. Graduation – this will be the first graduation at the new stadium. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 10, with a raindate of Monday, June 13.

Transportation: Mr. Sheehan met with the 2 busing companies, and they have come up with some great ideas. The ideas are still being worked out, so no details were told, but they will save money with more efficiency of some of the bus runs.

Also, as for mid-day transportation for Kindergarten, it was originally stated it would cost $57k to offer that run. Actually, if they use the same buses to pick-up and drop-off the students, the cost will only be about half that amount, so it is the recommendation of the Transportation Committee that the district offer that busing.

It was pointed out that our current contracted buses are never asked to bid for busing to extra-curricular events, and while the company that provides that transportation is doing it at a savings, they have a questionable safety rating. Suggest making a policy that there should be a minimum safety rating allowed and that our current transportation contracts should atleast be given the opportunity to bid.

New Business:

Mr. Ross – Meet & Discuss Committee would like to suggest an early retirement incentive for teachers of $20K deposited into their 43B accounts. Time is of the essence, so Letters of Interest would need to be received by the Superintendent by March 27. This will be voted on after this meeting.

Revenue Enhancement Committee – The school website has been cleaned up, and they have a sample survey they would like to put out there pertaining to donations.

Mr. Basile spoke about the referendum possibility. He said that in order to entertain the possibility of putting a referendum out to the voters to increase taxes for certain programs, we need to have a balanced budget, which we do not have. They will not be moving forward with the referendum.

Public Comment:

Shane Kochel – can anyone comment on the e-mail I sent about the current ineligibility policy? Currently, you have to be failing 3 subjects in order to be ineligible. I think this needs to be addressed. Mr. Basile and Mr. Sheehan said they have more important things to be considering right now, but it will be looked at when there is more time.

Jim Ferenz – Can a survey be put out on the district website, similar to the one being put out for donations? If the board does that, then doesn’t it go against what they have already voted on? In addition, we may be opening ourselves up then so that any group can have a survey put on the website. A compromise was made by the board to put a link on the school website to the Daniel Boone Public School Initiative website where they can have their own survey. The board also asked the press in the audience to publish the website for this group.

Note: If you haven’t already registered for Kindergarten and you plan on doing so, please visit: www.dbfulldayk.com or e-mail dbfulldayk@gmail.com.

Dr. Otto noted that just because what they showed us tonight with the budget looks good on paper, keep in mind it is still a 10% cut from this year’s budget. It’s not pretty. That’s almost a $1M cut from the state.

Alinda Ferenz – asked again to have staff call parents of students they are anticipating registering for kindergarten. She said the board is not doing it’s job. These teachers will be fired because the school board won’t call the parents. Mr. Basile said that he won’t have the staff making phone calls of this nature.

Meeting adjourned.

Voting meeting:

$68K for a new water heater for HS Cafeteria, taken from cafeteria funds – Approved.

Turnstile & Swipe card system, paid from Capital Reserves, not to exceed $11k – Approved.

Early retirement incentive: School Board to offer early retirement incentive of $20K to teachers 43B account if they have 25+ years of service and send letter of intent to Dr. Otto by March 28, and final paperwork done by April 4 – Approved.

Meeting adjourned.

Agenda for DB’s Committee of the Whole meeting tonight

Tonight’s meeting is at the Daniel Boone Middle School at 7:30 PM.

DANIEL BOONE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT BIRDSBORO, PENNSYLVANIA Board of School Directors Committee of the Whole Work Session March 14, 2011 ________________________________________________________________________ The Open Work Session By opening the work session to the public the School Board is providing an opportunity for interested citizens to become acquainted with issues under discussion by the directors. The School Board will provide the opportunity for audience participation and discussion section by section at this work session. The Board of School Directors will continue to offer two opportunities for comment on the regular monthly public meeting agenda. _____________________________________________________________________ AGENDA

1. Call To Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Announcements

Public Comment

5. Superintendent’s Report

     A. Mid Strategic Plan Review

6. Curriculum and Instruction

     A. Update for Curriculum and Instruction Committee 2

Public Comment

7. Buildings and Grounds

     A. Stadium Access/Security

     B. High School Kitchen hot water heater.

Public Comment

8. Finance

     A. Course and Credit Approvals

     B. Approve submission of Plancon Part K: Project Refinancing for the Issuance of the General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2011, which included the refinancing of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2001. (attachment #1)

     C. Approve Budgetary Transfers for March 2011. (attachment #2)

     D. Approve annual stipends to the following Local Fire Companies, Ambulance and Paramedics: 1) Amity Fire Company $100 2) Birdsboro/Union Fire Company $100 3) Monocacy Fire Company $100 4) Birdsboro American Legion and Southern Berks Paramedics $150 E. Budget Update for 2011-12

Public Comment

9. Personnel

     A. Retirements/Resignations 1) Classified Staff a. Debra Davis, Building Instructional Aide, Amity Intermediated Center, resignation effective March 18, 2011. 3

     B. Leaves 1) Professional Staff a. Besty Gaynor, Speech Therapist, Monocacy Elementary Center, Unpaid Leave of Absence on May 5 and 9, 2011. 2) Classified Staff a. Cynthia Mitchell, Cafeteria employee, High School, FMLA Leave of Absence beginning February 19, 2011. b. Laura Dickinson, Special Education Aide, Amity Intermediate Center, FMLA Leave of Absence from February 11 through February 25, 2011. c. Cheryl Baro, Secretary, Birdsboro Elementary Center, FMLA Leave of Absence beginning March 14, 2011 for approximately eight weeks.

     C. Appointments

          1) Professional Staff

          2) Classified Staff a. Lauri Barr, Transfer to Secretary to the Superintendent at $……….. effective May 9, 2011. (replaces L. Neiman) b. Mary Anne Price, Transfer to District Office Child Accounting/Data Entry Confidential Secretary at $…………, effective May 9, 2011. (replaces L. Barr)

          3) Extra-Curricular Staff a. Thomas Heffner, Head High School Boys Volleyball Coach for the 2010-11 school year at $3,700.00. (replaces D. Decker) b. James Angle, Middle School Track Coach for the 2010-11 school year at $2,900.00. (replaces J. Latimer) c. Caitlin Celia, Head High School JV Boys Volleyball Coach for the 2010-11 school year at $2,700.00. (replaces M. Schyterz) d. Tina Nightlinger, High School Winter Percussion Shared Instructor for the 2010-11 school year at $819.00.

          4) Substitute Staff

          5) Volunteers D. Appointment of Lauri Barr as School Board Recording Secretary, effective May 9, 2011 at a stipend of $……… (replaces L. Neiman)

     E. Approval of the following revised job descriptions: (attachment #3)

          1) Superintendent’s Secretary

          2) Secretary to the Assistant to the Superintendent

          3) District Office Child Accounting/Data Entry Confidential Secretary Business Office Secretary/Child Accounting Clerk

          4) Business Office – Human Resource/Assistant Payroll Clerk

          5) Business Office Secretary/Tax Clerk

          6) Business Office Accounts Payable 

Public Comment

10. Programs

     A. Monthly Enrollment (attachment #4)

     B. Set Graduation Date for the Class of 2011.

Public Comment

11. Policy

     A. The second reading/acknowledgement of revised Policy #114 Extracurricular, Co curricular Activities and Athletics.

     B. The first reading/acknowledgement of Policy #914 School Volunteers. (attachment #5)

     C. The first reading/acknowledgement of Administrative Guideline #909 Extra-Curricular Volunteer. (attachment #6)

Public Comment

12. Transportation

13. Old Business

14. New Business

     A. Discussion of Early Retirement Incentive for DBEA (Teachers).

15. Adjournment 

INFORMATION ITEMS

Conference Requests

Field Trip Requests

Fund Raising Activities

Use of Facilities

Other

March 11, 2011

District profits from allowing advertising

Originally Published: 3/10/2011

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=293332

Daniel Boone School Board members learned how much money the district is making through allowing advertising.

“As of this point we’ve been able to realize about $30,000 in income through advertising revenue,” technology director Mike Jacobs told a subcommittee of the school board working on increasing revenue.

“Most of the money is coming from advertising at the new stadium,” Jacobs told the revenue enhancement committee Wednesday night. “And hopefully, we can continue finding ways to generate more money for the district.”

Committee member Andrew Basile suggested that the district consider offering preferred parking spaces for a fee to people who attend sporting events and activities at the school.

“We have 103 spaces and if we can sell them for $100 each, that’s an extra $10,000 in revenue,” he said.

The committee also discussed soliciting donations from the community through an adopt-an-activity program.

The district would make it known that donations could be made towards a specific activity of the donor’s choice, which they hope would increase donations.

“Just asking for donations for the district might make some people choose not to give,” Basile said. “Knowing their money will go towards a chosen program should make them more likely to donate.”

- By Dan Andrews

March 8, 2011

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget totals $27.3 billion, adds no new taxes

Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 11:30 AM    

By Associated Press
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2011/03/corbett_budget_totals_273_bill.html

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his first budget today, calling for no new taxes but an array of spending adjustments that would combine modest spending increases in some areas with deep cuts in education and the elimination of hundreds of state jobs.

Corbett proposed $27.3 billion in spending for the fiscal year that starts July 1, a decrease of about 3 percent from this year’s budget. It assumes that improving state tax collections will produce a surplus of more than a half-billion dollars by the end of the current year and grow by 4 percent next year.

“The budget was crafted with honesty and restraint,” the authors of the nearly 1,200-page document write. “It is built in conservative estimates of revenue … and the spending needs and priorities to meet our responsibilities to citizens.”

The Republican governor, who took office in January, was scheduled to deliver his budget address to a joint session of the House and Senate late this morning.

In the Education Department budget, the governor proposes cutting about $550 million, or 10 percent, from money for instruction in K-12 public schools and eliminating all $260 million in grants that are being given this year to school districts to invest in learning, including pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.

He advocates spending cuts of about $625 million — more than 50 percent — for the 14 state-owned universities in the State System of Higher Education, plus Pitt, Temple, Penn State and Lincoln.

The budget calls for spending hundreds of millions more on state pensions and debt. Spending for social services also would increase due to the rising cost of health care and the recent economic downturn, according to Corbett’s budget authors.

More than 1,500 state jobs would be eliminated under the budget, bringing the total down from nearly 81,500 to fewer than 80,000.

This year’s $28 billion budget is supported by federal stimulus money and transfers of state surpluses that are not expected to be available next year, producing a potential shortfall next year that officials had estimated at $4 billion.

Corbett, the former state attorney general, promised during last year’s election campaign that he would balance the budget without increasing state taxes or fees.

March 3, 2011

Fundraising flurry for Boone’s full-day kindergarten program

Daniel Boone group quickly raises $32,000, but needs about $390,000 more – and soon
Originally Published: 3/3/2011
Reading Eagle
http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=291532
With less than a month remaining to raise $425,000 to restore full-day kindergarten in the Daniel Boone School District, a group of parents is planning fundraisers, passing out fliers and reaching out to other parents at kindergarten registration.

In two weeks, the Daniel Boone Public School Initiative has raised about $32,000 in pledges and heard from other parents who are in favor of donating, leaders of the new group said Wednesday.

“We’re open for business,” Alinda V. Ferenz said. “We’re open to accept donations.”

The group is raising money because Daniel Boone decided to cut kindergarten classes to half day from full day next year to reduce a $6.9 million budget deficit. Two weeks ago, the school board agreed to reinstate full-day kindergarten if the group can raise $425,000 in six weeks to cover the salaries and benefits of seven teachers, who will be laid off otherwise.

Ferenz and Craig Brown want kindergarten parents to donate up to $2,000 to the Daniel Boone Public School Initiative, the newly created nonprofit formed to preserve full-day kindergarten.

No family would be obligated to donate and if the drive succeeds, all kindergarten students would be eligible for full-day kindergarten regardless of which families donated.

The group has to raise the money by March 27 so the district can plan its kindergarten program.

Dr. Gary L. Otto, district superintendent, said the group’s passion is wonderful but some parents can’t afford to donate.

“I don’t really think it’s fair for parents to reach into their pockets to pay for something that previously was paid for with grants and curriculum money from the state,” he said.

The nonprofit group attracted about 20 people at each of its first two weekly meetings. More than a dozen showed up Wednesday in Douglassville for the third meeting. Afterward, parents Aaron Bell and Bob Dugan each said they plan to make $2,000 donations.

“I want my child to have the full day of education,” Dugan said.

Bell said the amount sounds like a lot but it’s less than what alternatives like day care or private kindergarten would cost.

“When you compare it to paying $6,000 to get private, it seems well worth it to me,” he said.

Over the past two weeks, several parents with the initiative have been distributing fliers and soliciting local businesses for donations.

“There’s a lot of disappointment that these children are in the position that they are,” Ferenz said of future kindergarten students.

Parents with the Daniel Boone Public School Initiative went to kindergarten registration at Monacacy Elementary Center on Tuesday to talk to other parents, gauge interest in donations and hand out information.

Only two of the 20 people registering their children said they didn’t want to donate, group members said. Others said they were interested and one parent even brought a donation check to the registration.

Some parents were worried that the district might not bus kindergarten students in the middle of the day – that morning students would only be bused to school and afternoon students would only be bused home, meaning parents would have to make arrangements in the middle of the day. The school board hasn’t made a decision about the midday busing, according to school board President Andrew Basile.

Contact Erin Negley: 610-371-5047 or enegley@readingeagle.com.

March 1, 2011

Boone board votes to ponder language, band cuts

Originally Published: 3/1/2011

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=290972

By David A. Kostival
Reading Eagle Correspondent

With a $7.3 million gap looming in its proposed 2011-12 budget. the Daniel Boone School Board agreed Monday to look at the possibility of cutting foreign language from the middle school as well as eliminating the elementary band program.

The board agreed 7-2 to look at cutting the band program only after a lengthy and often heated debate. Scott L. Potts and Alan D. Ross voted no.

Dr. Gary L. Otto, superintendent, explained that the proposed cuts to both programs are not final decisions.

“All this is doing is giving the board a tool to help balance the budget,” Otto said. “The nature of all cuts are distasteful, but the financial reality is that we have to deal with the possibility.”

The votes to cut the elementary band program and the middle school foreign languages simple authorized the administration to request permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to make the cuts, Otto said.

If the state approves, the board would then be able to consider cutting the programs from its budget.

Ross vehemently opposed the cuts.

“I know you are concerned about the taxpayer, but maybe we should think about the students at some point,” he said.

The board also discussed cutting the hours of the libraries in the middle and high schools by fifty percent, but that failed by an 8-1 vote.

Board President Andrew Basile voted to keep that option available.

“We have to look at the full spectrum of ideas right now,” Basile said.

The meeting was attended by about 100 angry parents who opposed cuts in student programing.

Lelonnie Pufrock, Birdsboro, told the board, “If we have substandard sports and music programs and bare bones academics, this will not be a very appealing school district.

Contact David A. Kostival: 610-371-5000 or news@readingeagle.com.

The board meeting made it on Channel 69 News

Filed under: Daniel Boone School District,News Article — by Jennifer Schorr @ 5:37 PM

http://www.wfmz.com/berksnews/27032381/detail.html

That’s my daughter, the 4th grader, speaking about hoping they consider keeping 5th grade band for next year.  :)

February 28, 2011

DB School Board Meeting Agenda for Tonight

Filed under: Daniel Boone School District,Meeting Agenda — by Jennifer Schorr @ 12:38 PM

http://www.dboone.org/schoolboard/Agendas/02-28-11%20School%20Board%20Agenda%20and%20Treasurer%27s%20Report.pdf

School Board meeting tonight at 7:30 in the Middle School Auditorium.  Please see the agenda below for tonight’s meeting.

DANIEL BOONE AREA BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS’

Daniel Boone Middle School

Auditorium

Douglassville, PA 19518

February 28, 2011

1. Call to Order

President, Andrew G. Basile2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Announcements

5. Procedures for Public Participation

6. Presentations by Public on Agenda Items

7. Recognition for February

A. 2011 Daniel Boone Area School District Spelling Bee Winners

Jennifer Smith(Champion) and Zion Perry (Runner-Up)

B. Eagle Scout Award

Matthew Zomolsky8. Routine Approvals

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the minutes of the January 10,

2011 Voting Meeting and the January 24, 2011 Board Voting Meeting.

B. It is recommended that the Board of Directors accept the following Financial Reports:

1) Cafeteria Statement

2)

Treasurer’s Report3) General Fund Statement

4) General Fund Budget Sheet

5) Student Activities

6) Capital Reserve Fund

7) Trial Balance

8) Construction Fund

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C. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve Payment of Bills for the month

of February 2011, as listed in the financial packet

10. Presentations by Board Members

A. Secretary’s Correspondence – Mrs. Fiset

B. Berks County Intermediate Unit Board Report

Mrs. HartzellC. Berks Career & Technology Board Report

Ms. TwardowskiD. Student Government Report (reports to be given in January and May)

E. Legislative Report

Mr. SheehanF. Other Reports

11. Building and Grounds

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the award of a contract to

Modular Technologies, Inc. for the Daniel Boone High School athletic and

extracurricular Events stadium modular restroom building project in the amount of

Fifty-three Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-Nine Dollars and 00/100 ($53,299.00)

conditioned upon the District Administration’s receipt and approval of the

performance bond, payment bond and certificate of insurance as required by the bid

documents. (to be paid from the Capital Project account)

12. Financial Approvals

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the attached Course and

Credit Requests. (attachment #1)

B. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve payment to the LandTek

Group Inc. in the amount of $100,000.00/application #7 for the High School Stadium

project.

C. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP to

perform an audit of the local tax collector for the year ending December 31, 2010 at

$1,100.00.

D. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve Budget Transfers for

February 2011.

E. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve advertising/bidding for the

following private bids: Art/General Supplies, Computer, Custodial and Athletic for

the 2011-12 school year.

F. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the 2011-12 Berks County

Intermediate Unit Mandated Services Budget at $1,837,804, with Daniel Boone’s

share at $38,049.21. (two votes)

G. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve exemption and refund of all

2010 property taxes for a district veteran per the Pennsylvania State Veterans

Commission.

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H. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve Type A Lunches and

Breakfast prices for the 2011-12 school year (a $.10 increase from 2010-11 school

year)

Breakfast- Lunch-

Elementary $1.15 Elementary $1.95

Secondary $1.20 Secondary $2.05

Adult $1.65 Adult $3.00

I. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve payment to Current

Connections and Mechanical Services, Inc. in the amount of $15,714.55/Application

#5 for the High School Campus-Additional Parking. (attachment #2)

13. Personnel Approvals

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the following

Retirements/Resignations:

1) Professional Staff

a. Kathryn Lessie, Long Term Substitute Music Teacher, High School,

resignation effective February 1, 2011.

2) Classified Staff

a. Tana Minich, Cafeteria, Middle School, resignation effective at the end of the

2010-11 school year.

b. Nancy Shirey, Cafeteria, Middle School, retirement effective at the end of the

2010-11 school year.

B. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the following Leaves:

1) Professional Staff

a. Celia Bowman, Music Teacher, Birdsboro and Monocacy Elementary Centers,

Unpaid Leave of Absence on February 9, 10, 11 and 14, 2011.

b. Tracy Berry, Kindergarten Teacher, Amity Primary Center, Unpaid Leave of

Absence on April 21 and 25, 2011.

c. David Bodolus, Physical Education Teacher, High School, Unpaid Leave of

Absence on February 16, 17, 18, 2011.

d. Nichole Woram, Grade 5 Teacher, Monocacy Elementary Center, Child

Bearing/Child Rearing Leave of Absence followed by an FMLA Leave of

Absence beginning on May 11, 2011 until approximately the end of the first

quarter of the 2011-12 school year.

2) Classified Staff

a. Jennifer Beltran-DelRio, Special Education Aide, Middle School, Child

Bearing/Child Rearing Leave of Absence, followed by an FMLA Leave of

Absence beginning approximately April 23, 2011 until the end of the 2010-11

school year and returning with the 2011-12 school year.

b. Cheryl Neal, Secretary, Middle School, Unpaid Leave of Absence on

February 1, 2011 (1/2 day).

c. John Murrary, Custodian, Amity Intermediate Center, FMLA/Medical Leave

of Absence beginning February 28, 2011 for approximately 3 months.

d. Bonnie Davis, Cafeteria, Amity Intermediate Center, FMLA/Medical Leave of

Absence from February 11 thru March 11, 2011.

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C. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the following Appointments:

1) Professional Staff

a. Katherine Moyer, Long Term Substitute Music Teacher, High School,

$42,785.00 pro-rated, effective February 3, 2011 until approximately March 7,

2011. (for LTS/K. Lessie

J. Stoltzfus)2) Classified Staff

3) Extra-Curricular Staff

a. Ryan Keiser, Winter Guard Instructor for the 2010-11 school year at

$1,110.00. (replaces L. Turner/J. Schmutz)

b. Kevin Keifrider, High School JV Softball Coach for the 2010-11 school year

at $2,800.00. (replaces B. Rothenberger)

4) Substitute Staff

a. Charles Manns

Guest Teacherb. Kiersten Marquart

Chemistryc. Kathleen Sheperd

Elem K-6, Bus-Computer, Tech K-12, Ment/PhysHandicapped

d. Abel Maldonado

Music Teachere. Andrew Gray

Social Studies Teacherf. Any Lee Mazzei-Diltz

Building Aide/Cafeteria/Custodial5) Volunteers

a. Andrew Petack, Volunteer High School Boys Lacrosse Coach for the 2010-11

school year.

b. Edward Lockowitz, Volunteer Wrestling Coach for the 2010-11 school year.

D. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the following substitute

classified (non-bargaining) rates, effective March 1, 2011:

1) Instructional Aides – $9.40 per hour

2) Level I Cafeteria – $8.72 per hour

3) Level II Cafeteria – $9.17 per hour

4) Level III Office – $10.29 per hour

(the following substitutes shall be excepted from this rate schedule and be frozen at

their current rate of $11.62 per hour: Deborah DiLanzo, Rosemary Puebla,

Josephine Stover)

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14. Programs

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the DB Winter Guard and

Percussion to Wildwood, N.J. on April 28, 2011 for TIA Circuit Championships.

(42 students/paid from 2010-11 activities account)

B. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the DB Winter Guard and

Percussion to Wildwood, N. J. on May 1, 2011 for TIA Circuit

Championships. (42 students/paid from 2010-11 activities account)

C. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the DBMS 8

th Grade Band andChorus to Jackson, N.J. on May 6, 2011 for Music in the Parks Adjudication. (125

students/paid by students)

D. It is recommended that the Board of School Directors approve the resolution

regarding curtailment/alteration of the World Language Program as presented by the

solicitor.

E. It is recommended that the Board of School Directors approve the resolution

regarding curtailment/alteration of the Library Program as presented by the solicitor.

F. It is recommended that the Board of School Directors approve the resolution

regarding curtailment/alteration of the Elementary Band Program as presented by the

solicitor.

15. Policy

A. It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve revised Policy #202 Eligibility

of Non-Resident Students.

B. The first reading/acknowledgement of revised Policy #114 Extracurricular,

Co curricular Activities and Athletics.

C. Discussion of Committee Meeting Minutes.

16. Transportation

17. Old Business

18. New Business

19. Presentations by Public on Issues

20. Adjourn

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INFORMATION ITEMS

Conference Requests

February 8, 2011 Jenna Knapp to Berks County Intermediate Unit for PASA.

March 21, 2011 Betsy Gaynor to Berks County Intermediate Unit for Meeting the

Literacy Challenges for the SLP.

April 1 -3, 2011 Tammy Hughes to King of Prussia for Pa School Nurse

Conference.

Use of Facilities

January 14, 15, 16, 2011 Blazer Mat Club to use High School gym and cafeteria for

Wresting Tournament. (fee)

Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, 2011 D.B. Theatre Boosters to use High School LGI for Meetings.

(no fee)

Jan 31, 2010 Amity A.C. Basketball to use Amity Primary Center caf for 2

ndGrade Basketball Pizza Party. (no fee)

March 5, 2011 D.B. Boys Lacrosse Team to use High School Field and Bleachers

for Youth Lacrosse Clinic. (no fee)

Mar 7

May 26, 2011 Birdsboro Memorial Community Center to use Birdsboro(Tues and Thurs)

Elementary Center gym for High School and Men’sLeague. (no fee)

March 12, 19, 2011 DBYS League to use the Birdsboro Elementary Center gym for

baseball evaluations. (fee)

March 15, May 17, Nov 8, Berks County Election Services to us High School Annex for

2011 Election Polling Location. (fee)

Aug 1 thru Sept 1, 2011 Blazer Midget Football and Cheerleading to use Middle School

outside grounds for cheerleading practice. (no fee)

Sept 6 thru Nov 3, 2011 Blazer Midget Football and Cheerleading to use Middle School

gym and aux. gym for cheerleading competition practice.

(no fee)

Sept 8, 9, 10, 11, 2011 D.B. Optimist Club to use Middle School Parking Lots and Fields

for Community Days. (no fee)

Oct 28, 29, 2011 Blazer Midget Football and Cheerleading to use High School gym,

caf, kitchen and parking lots for Cheerleading Competition.

(no fee)

Field Trip Request

February 8, 2011 Monocacy Elementary 5

th Grade Chorus and 4th Grade Select to HighSchool for Choral Festival. (68 students)

February 8, 2011 Birdsboro Elementary Select Chorus to High School for Choral

Festival. (55 students)

February 9, 2011 High School Life Skills Class to the Inn at Reading. (7 students)

February 18, 2011 High School Jazz Ensemble to Perk Valley Middle School for Jazz

Festival. (20 students)

February 18, 2011 Birdsboro, Monocacy and Middle School Chorus to Easton Middle

School for District 10 Song Fest. (26 students)

February 24, 2011

High School Announcer’s Club to RACC Miller Center. (20 students)February 26, 2011 DB Percussion Ensemble to North Penn High School for Winter

Percussion Competition. (25 students)

February 28, 2011 High School Special Education to Alvernia University for Transition

Academy Day. (4 students)

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March 1, 2011 Academic Challenge to Berks County Intermediate Unit for Academic

Challenge Berks County Championship. (15 students)

March 2, 2011 Amity Primary Center to High School for Dr. Seuss Day.

(440 students)

March 2, 2011 Immaculate Conception Students to High School for Dr. Seuss Day.

(71 students)

March 2, 2011 Birdsboro Elementary Center First and Second Grades to High School

for Dr. Seuss Day. (200 students)

March 2, 2011 Junior Achievement Students for Reading Crowne Hotel for Junior

Achievement Dinner. (8 students)

March 4, 2011 Middle School Chorus to Nazareth High School for District 10

Intermediate Songfest. (17 students)

March 5, 2011 High School Percussion Ensemble to Spring-Ford High School for

Winter Percussion Competition. (25 students)

March 8, 2011 High School Guidance/Students to Alvernia University for Spring

College Fair. (150 students)

March 9, 2011 Middle School Spanish Club to Alebrjie for Dinner. (69 students)

March 11, 2011 High School Jazz Ensemble to Spring-Ford High School for Jazz

Festival. (20 students)

March 12, 2011 High School Percussion Ensemble to Methaction High School for

Winter Percussion Competition. (25 students)

March 17, 2011

Interact Club to Birdsboro Senior Citizen Center for “Show A SeniorYou Care”. (30 students)

March 19, 2011 High School Jazz Ensemble to Boyertown High School for Jazz

Festival. (20 students)

April 2, 2011 High School Percussion Ensemble to Parkland High School for Winter

Percussion Competition. (25 students)

April 13-16, 2011 Technology Student Association to 7 Springs for State Conference.

(30 students)

April 14, 2011 Middle School Reading Olympics to Oley Valley Middle School for

Berks County Reading Olympics. (30 students)

April 16, 2011 High School Percussion Ensemble to Quakertown High School for

Winter Percussion Competition. (25 students)

Fund Raising Activities

January 24, Feb 1, 2011 Daniel Boone Music Boosters to sell fruit.

Feb

April 6, 2011 DB Field Hockey to sell field Hockey Clinic Slots.January 25

Feb 26, 2011 DB Music Boosters to sell chicken BBBQ tickets.Feb 2 -9, 2011 Class of 2012 to sell carnations and Valentine Greetings.

Feb 17

May 21, 2011 Relay for Life Team to sell Muddy Buddies and Hershey Kisses.Feb 18-20, 2011 Daniel Boone Track and Field to sell track equipment.

Feb 28

March 4, 2011 Fellowship of Christian Students to hold a food drive.March 5, 2011 Daniel Boone Lacrosse Team to hold Lacrosse Youth Clinic.

March 6, 2011 Daniel Boone Cross Country to hold a Pancake and Sausage

Breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant.

March 8, 9, 2011 French Club to sell Mardi Gras Beads.

March 9-15, 2011 Class of 2014 to sell Tag-Athon passes at Laser Quest.

March 16, 2011 Relay for Life Committee to hold a Vera Bradley Bingo.

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March 21

April 22, 2010 Interact Club to collect pennies for patients.April 1-19, 2011 French Club to sell raffle tickets.

May 20, 2011 French Club to sell baked goods.

February 23, 2011

Reductions to the Music Program in the DB School District

Filed under: Daniel Boone School District,Education,School Information — by Jennifer Schorr @ 1:30 PM

http://www.petitiononline.com/sa45ba/petition.html

The above link will take you to a petition.  “This petition seeks to request that the school board reconsider the depth/breadth of cuts laid upon the music program within Daniel Boone School District.”

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