KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
June 8,, 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 610-444-6602610-444-6602.

PERSONNEL    

The Board approved the following personnel items, as well as supplemental contracts for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years:

Retirements/Resignations

H. Wayne Anderson, part-time custodian, Greenwood Elementary, resignation effective May 11, 2015.

Angel Carcano Martinez, custodian, New Garden Elementary, retiring with a last day of employment of June 30, 2015. [11 years]

Anne Carroll, mathematics, Kennett High, retiring with a last day of employment of July 31, 2015. [29 years]

Carla Horn, principal, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, retiring with a last day of employment of August 7, 2015.  [11 years]

Sarah McCafferty, 3rd grade, Greenwood Elementary, retiring with a last day of employment of July 31, 2015.  [15 years]

Carmen Ortiz, administrative assistant, Bancroft Elementary, retiring with a last day of employment of June 12, 2015.  [17 years]

Jeanne Ortiz, special education, Kennett Middle, resignation effective June 16, 2015.

Diana Wildermuth, guidance counselor, Kennett High, resignation effective June 30, 2015.

Request for leave of absence

Kyle Scheuing, music, New Garden and Bancroft Elementary, an unpaid leave of absence for the 2015-2016 school year for the purpose of study in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Recommendations for employment

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Toby Chu, STEM, Kennett High, beginning August 24, 2015.  Harriton High School; Temple University (B.A. in mathematics; B.S. in education).  

SUPPORT STAFF

Shawn Purcell, maintenance, Kennett Middle, beginning June 29, 2015.

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES – The Board approved the employment contract between Anne L. Tischer, Director of Human Resources, and the Kennett Consolidated School District Board of School Directors for the two-month period July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015.

KHS PRINCIPAL – The Board appointed Jeremy Hritz as principal of Kennett High School beginning July 1, 2015.  Jeremy graduated from Bethlehem Center High School; Pennsylvania State University (B.A. in English); Lock Haven University (M.A. in liberal arts); Wilmington University (Ed.D. in Innovation and Leadership).

CURRICULUM SUPERVISOR – The Board approved the recommendation to employ Jessica Kilmetz as the Supervisor of Reading/Language Arts/Social Studies, District-wide, beginning July 6, 2015.  Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and art history from Rutgers University, her master’s in educational technology from the University of Missouri, and certification as a principal from Temple University.  She served as an assistant principal and director of student services at Mariana Bracetti Academy in Philadelphia and has eight years of experience as a teacher.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Board approved a two-year contract with Health Advocate to provide an EAP to the KCSD for $15,312 from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.  Health Advocate is a free-standing Employee Assistance Program specializing in providing quality consultative services to help retain valued employees, promoting a healthy work environment, and maximizing workplace productivity.  Health Advocate has agreed to continue providing EAP services that include 24-hour crisis intervention; evaluations and short-term counseling; work/life programs; referral services; management training; unlimited management consultations; workshops and seminars; monthly newsletters; and critical incident stress debriefings for a two-year period.

NEW COURSE OF STUDY

In accordance with Board Policy 107, Adoption of Guides for Planned Instruction, the Board approved a new course of study.  Literacy in Literature will be offered to Kennett High School students and is designed to expose all students to the Keystone eligible content in preparation for the upcoming Literature Keystone Assessment.  Students will be taught standards aligned content that focuses on establishing the groundwork for future study in our English curriculum.  At the present time, we will use existing textbooks and resources.

PLAN CON PART J

The Board approved submission of Plan Con Part J, Project Accounting Based on Final Costs, which is the closing accounting for the construction of Bancroft Elementary School and the last requirement under the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s prescribed process to qualify for State reimbursement on building projects.  Part J accounts for $28,489,765 worth of revenues and expenditures associated with Bancroft Elementary School.  As part of the fulfillment of Part J, we are required to acquire an Independent Auditor’s Report and Certificate of Architect to validate the financial and construction aspects of the project. 

CAPITAL RESERVE FIVE-YEAR PLAN

The Board approved the Capital Reserve Fund, which was established as authorized in 53 PS 1432 of the municipal code. This type of fund may consist of (a) “moneys transferred during any fiscal year from appropriations made for any particular purpose which may not be needed” or (b) “surplus moneys in the treasury of the municipality at the end of the fiscal year.” Section 1434 further stipulates specific purposes on the allowable expenditures of these funds. The moneys in this type of fund may be expended “only for capital improvements and for replacement of and additions to public works and improvements, and for deferred maintenance thereof, and for the purchase or the replacement of school buses, and for no other purpose.”  The Five-Year Capital Reserve Plan was presented at the February Finance Committee meeting.

CAPITAL PROJECTS BUDGET

The Board approved the Capital Projects Budget that is comprised of two separate fund accounts within the District’s operations.  The first is a Capital Project Settlement Fund that was created with the proceeds of successful litigation against the middle school general contractor.  The Settlement Fund has a balance of $223,364 and is restricted for capital improvements at the middle school.  The second designation within the Capital Projects Budget is the Capital Reserve Fund which is aligned with the previously approved Capital Reserve Five-Year Plan.  The expenditures designated for the 2015-2016 Capital Projects Budget are reflective of the projects outlined in the Five-Year Plan and amount to $2,242,500.

INTERNAL SERVICE BUDGET

The Internal Service Budget was established June 30, 2013 to help offset variances in the general operating budget associated with claims experience in medical, prescription, and dental healthcare programs.  The Internal Services Budget accounts for the financing of services provided by one department or agency to other departments or agencies of the District on a cost reimbursement basis.  The Internal Service Budget derives its revenue from allocations within the general operating budget that are transferred to the fund on a monthly basis.  Expenses are incurred based upon the claims associated with the healthcare services received by our covered employees and their eligible dependents.  The Board approved the Internal Service Budget in the amount of $6,909,580.

FOOD SERVICE BUDGET

The Food Service Fund was established to account for the financial operations of the District’s cafeteria operations, and the 2015-2016 budget reflects operations under a Food Service Management Company.  The Food Service Fund by definition in the Manual of Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pennsylvania Public Schools is an Enterprise Fund.  It accounts for operations that are financial and operated in a manner similar to private business, where the intent of the governing body is that the cost of providing goods and services to the students on a continuing basis be financed or recovered primarily or partially through user charges.   The Food Service Budget is self-sufficient and is not subsidized by the General Operating Budget or Tax Revenue.   The Board approved the 2015-2016 Food Service Budget in the amount of $1,750,699.

OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE 2015-2016 FISCAL YEAR

The Board approved the 2015-2016 Kennett Consolidated School District Operating Budget in the amount of $78,897,319 and submission of Form 2028 to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

TAX RESOLUTIONS

The Board adopted the following tax resolutions to support the 2015-2016 Operating Budget:

  • Earned Income Tax – a tax of 1% be levied on salaries and wages for the fiscal year 2015-2016
  • Real Estate Tax – a tax of 28.6017 mills be levied on real estate for the fiscal year 2015-2016
  • Act 544 Tax – a tax of 28.6017 mills be levied on interim real estate assessments for the fiscal year 2015-2016
  • Act 511 Tax – a tax of ½ of 1% be levied on real estate transfers for the fiscal year 2015-2016

HOMESTEAD/ FARMSTEAD EXCLUSION RESOLUTION

The Board adopted the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion Resolution.

2014-2015 BUDGET TRANSFERS

The Pennsylvania School Code permits budget transfers only in the final nine months of any budget year.  However, if the Board grants authorization for the administration to make 2014-2015 budget transfers after June 30, 2015, the state auditors will not cite the District for the transfers.  If such transfers are necessary, they will be presented to the Board for approval.  The Board granted authorization for the administration to make transfers in the 2014-2015 general fund budget after June 30, 2015, with subsequent ratification by the Board.

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