KENNETT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Summary of School Board Meeting
June 12, 2017

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

PERSONNEL

The Board approved the following personnel items, as well as supplemental contracts for the 2017-2018 school year –

Resignations

Rachel Bowers, special education, Kennett Middle, resigning effective June 14, 2017.

Kimberly Guarneri, mathematics, Kennett High, resigning effective August 1, 2107.

Request for leave

Cassandra Allen, guidance counselor, Kennett High, a child rearing leave beginning August 21, 2017, and continuing through on or about November 30, 2017, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and applicable School Board Policy.

Recommendations for employment

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Dana Garcia, FLES, New Garden, Greenwood, and Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, beginning May 10, 2017 (LTS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year). John Dickinson High School; University of Delaware (B.A. – certified Spanish); Immaculata University (M.A. – ESL).

CREATION OF A POSITION

The Board approved the creation of a 12-month, full-time administrative position of Director of Curriculum and Math and Science Instruction and adopted the revised Table of Organization reflecting the new position.

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND MATH AND SCIENCE INSTRUCTION

The Board appointed Dr. Lydia Hallman as the Director of Curriculum and Math and Science Instruction effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Hallman will facilitate the writing of curricula and plan staff development for subject areas outside of the core subject areas.

SUPERVISOR OF LANGUAGE ARTS/ SOCIAL STUDIES

Judith Durante earned her bachelor’s degree in English and certification as a principal from Immaculata and her master’s in curriculum and instruction specializing in language and literacy from the University of Delaware. Since 1988, she has served the District as an English teacher at the middle school level. The Board appointed Mrs. Durante as the Supervisor of Language Arts/Social Studies, District-wide, beginning July 1, 2017.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT

The Board approved the contract between the Kennett Consolidated School District and Jane Pedroso for consulting and transitioning services during the term of the agreement, July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, at the rate of $99 an hour.

SUBSTITUTE STAFF PLACEMENT AGREEMENT

For the past two years, S4Teachers LLC (Source4Teachers) has provided the District with daily substitutes for certificated and non-certificated staff members with an 88% fill rate. The current rate for certificated staff substitutes is $100 a day and $120 a day for daily report substitutes. The Board approved the Substitute Staff Placement Agreement with S4Teachers LLC effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

West Health Advocate Solutions, Inc. (formerly Human Management Services, Inc.) is an Employee Assistance Program specializing in providing quality consultative services to help retain valued employees, promoting a healthy work environment, and maximizing workplace productivity. West Health Advocate Solutions, Inc. will provide 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. The Board approved the Amendment No. 1 to the original agreement for EAP services effective July 1, 2017.

ELECTION OF SECRETARY

The Board elected Mark T. Tracy as Secretary of the Kennett Consolidated School District for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2021.

ELECTION OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY

The Board elected Dominic F. Perigo, Jr. as Assistant Secretary of the Kennett Consolidated School District for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2021.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT

The District will continue providing extended bus transportation service to five local licensed child care centers, which will allow children attending these centers to be transported to their residential elementary school even though the child care center is located outside the attendance area. The licensed child care centers will reimburse the District for the actual cost of the extended bus service. The Board approved the Transportation Agreement between the Kennett Consolidated School District and the Licensed Child Care Centers for the 2017-2018 school year.

GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES

The Kennett Consolidated School District and the YMCA of Greater Brandywine have for years partnered to maximize the efficient use of their respective facilities. The District utilizes the Kennett Area YMCA’s swimming pool for swim team practices and meets and uses the parking lot north of the high school campus for student parking during the school year. The Kennett Area YMCA uses classrooms and gymnasium space in the District’s elementary schools to provide before- and after-school child care programs. This Agreement, as did its predecessor, will memorialize this relationship for the duration of the contract. The Board approved the General Agreement for Services between the Kennett Consolidated School District and the YMCA of Greater Brandywine dated June 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2022.

CCRES EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL SERVICES

The current agreement with CCRES Educational and Behavioral Services had a three-year term and will expire on June 30, 2017. The administration has evaluated CCRES’s ability to provide the District with highly qualified paraprofessionals on a consistent basis to meet our educational program requirements. The proposed Agreement is for a term of five years and has restructured the pricing configuration to benefit the District. The Board approved the agreement with CCRES Educational and Behavioral Services for the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022.

INDEPENDENT AUDITING SERVICES

The District is recommending Barbacane Thornton, and Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, to serve as independent auditors for the year ending June 30, 2017, with options for the years ending June 30, 2018, and 2019. Barbacane Thornton and Company has successfully audited the District over the past three years and specializes in governmental accounting and auditing for Pennsylvania public schools. The proposed fee structure for auditing services is $21,000 for year one with increases for subsequent years equal to the Act 1 index. The Board approved the engagement of Barbacane Thornton and Company, LLP, to serve as the District’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

2017-2022 CAPITAL RESERVE FUND

The Board approved the Capital Reserve Fund that 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.”

2017-2018 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 $193,393 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 2017-2018 Capital Projects Budget are reflective of the projects outlined in the Five-Year Plan and amount to $1,636,500.

2017-2018 INTERNAL SERVICE BUDGET

The Board adopted the 2017-2018 Internal Service Budget in the amount of $7,500,966. The Budget was established 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.

2017-2018 FOOD SERVICE BUDGET

The Food Service Fund was established to account for the financial operations of the District’s cafeteria operations, and the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 Food Service Budget in the amount of $1,727,126.

2017-2018 OPERATING BUDGET

The Board approved the 2017-2018 Kennett Consolidated School District Operating Budget in the amount of $84,211,359 and submission of Form 2028 to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

ADOPTION OF TAX RESOLUTIONS

The Board adopted the following tax resolutions to support the 2017-2018 Operating Budget –

Earned Income Tax – 1% on salaries and wages for the fiscal year 2017-2018
Real Estate Tax – 29.8789 mills on real estate for the fiscal year 2017-2018
Act 544 Tax – 29.8789 mills on interim real estate assessments for the fiscal year 2017-2018
Act 511 Tax – ½ of 1% on real estate transfers for the fiscal year 2017-2018

HOMESTEAD/ FARMSTEAD RESOLUTION

The Board adopted the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion Resolution for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

2016-2017 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 2016-2017 budget transfers after June 30, 2017, 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 2016-2017 general fund budget after June 30, 2017, with subsequent ratification by the Board.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Tuesday, June 13 Final Student Day – 9-12
Tuesday, June 13 K-8 In-Service Day
Wednesday, June 14 K-12 In-Service Day
Thursday, June 15 9-12 In-Service Day
Monday, July 3
Tuesday, July 4
DISTRICT CLOSED
Monday, July 10 School Board Meeting
7:00 p.m., Mary D. Lang K Center