Summary of School Board Meeting April 2015
KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Summary of School Board Meeting
April 13, 2015
The following is a summary of the actions taken at the meeting of the Board of School Directors. To review the full minutes and any attachments, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 610-444-6602.
Thomas Best, 6th grade science, Kennett Middle, retiring with the last day of employment being the final teacher day of the 2014-2015 school year. [22 years]
Jane Pedroso, supervisor of reading/language arts and social studies, retiring with a last day of employment of July 3, 2015. [10 years]
Janet Ruggieri, speech/language, New Garden Elementary and Kennett Middle, retiring with the last day of employment being the final teacher day of the 2014-2015 school year. [28 years]
Scott Hammel, custodial/maintenance, Kennett High, resignation with a last day of employment of April 8, 2015.
Request for leave
Kristin Selover, 1st grade, New Garden Elementary, a maternity/child rearing leave beginning on or about May 9 and continuing through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.
Recommendations for employment
Kimberly Wheedleton, 2nd grade, Greenwood Elementary, beginning March 16, 2015 (LTS through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year). Allegany High School; Pennsylvania State University (B.S. in elementary education); Loyola College (M.Ed. in English).
The Board approved the employment contract between Michael A. Barber, Assistant Superintendent, and the Kennett Consolidated School District Board of School Directors, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.
REAL ESTATE TAX COLLECTION
The Board approved the Agreement with Keystone Collections Group for real estate tax collection services contingent on the approval of the solicitor and the Assistant to the Superintendent – Business Affairs. Keystone Collection Group has an existing relationship with the District as it is the common collector for earned income taxes through the Chester County Tax Collection Committee. The Agreement is for standard services associated with the production of tax notifications, collection of real estate taxes, preparation of monthly reports, and production of the lien file. The fee structure is $1.50 per tax duplicate plus postage and an additional $0.50 for installments and delinquent notices. Keystone will provide enhanced services over the current process including telephonic assistance and bills written in Spanish, credit and debit card payment options, and enhanced cash-flow.
REMOVAL OF TAX LIENS
The Board approved the removal of property tax liens as requested by the Chester County Tax Claim Bureau. The subject property is a mobile home that has since been removed because of a catastrophic loss in 2014. The District filed liens for the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 fiscal years. The total outstanding lien inclusive of tax, interest, and penalties is $249.05.
2015-2016 PROPOSED FINAL BUDGET
Act 1 of 2006 requires school districts to approve a Proposed Final General Operating budget at least 30 days prior to adoption of the Final General Operating budget. The Board approved the Proposed Final Operating budget that totals $79,062,067 and will require a real estate tax increase of 2.67% or $149 per average residential property.
2015-2016 CCIU BUDGET
The Intermediate Unit provides services to school districts; non-public schools; the state, federal, and county governments; and several foundations and privately owned businesses. These services are divided into Core, Marketplace, and Categorical Services areas for budget purposes. The section the School Board is asked to approve is the Core budget. These services are paid for by all 12 County school districts and can be used by all without restriction. The 2015-2016 proposed Core budget amounts to $22,101,632, an increase of $3,633,012 compared to the 2014-2015 original Core budget. The Kennett Consolidated School District’s 2015-2016 projected contribution to the Core section of the Chester County Intermediate Unit budget will be $35,078, the same as the actual contribution to the 2014-2015 Core budget. The Board approved the proposed Chester County Intermediate Unit Core budget for 2015-2016.
2015-2016 OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION BUDGET
The Occupational Education budget proposed for 2015-2016 amounts to $25,659,433, an increase of $1,084,603 from 2014-2015. Occupational education is the one Marketplace Service whose budget must be approved by a majority of the school boards in Chester County. Occupational education programs are supported primarily by district tuition for students attending the school and a prorated charge for maintaining the buildings. Kennett’s 2015-2016 charge for occupational education will be $1,554,396, which is based on Kennett’s 3-year full-time equivalent enrollment average of 76.349 at the vocational technical school. The Board approved the 2015-2016 Occupational Education budget.
GREENWOOD APR RENOVATIONS
The Board awarded the bids for renovations to the APR at Greenwood Elementary as follows: General Construction to BSS Contractors, LLC; HVAC to Air Control Technology, Inc.; and Electrical to Cook’s Service Company, Inc.
The Board approved a pilot STEM camp for rising 5th graders. The camp will be held at the middle school from July 6 to 17, 2015, at a cost to parents of $150. The estimated cost to the District is $9,000, and teacher training for the program will be funded by Title II.