1.) Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance
2.) Requests to Address the Board- John Donches spoke to request that Superintendent Dr. Seidenberger attend an August CEPTA event to debate Dr. Peg Luksik on Common Core. Former East Penn School Board President Ann Thompson spoke out against a comment John Donches made at a polling place on election day. While it was nice to see Ms. Thompson, I question the propriety of her making a statement against a private citizen at a public meeting while she is serving as district trustee to Lehigh Carbon Community College.
3.) Approval of Minutes- This item was approved unanimously
4.) Report of the Superintendent
1.) District Update
2.) Personnel- This item was approved unanimously
3.) Modification to School Calendar- This item was approved unanimously
4.) Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Tracking Software Contract- This item is mandated by the state (though funding is NOT provided) as a result of a bill introduced by State Senator Pat Vance of Cumberland County. This item was approved unanimously.
5.) Agreement for 2014 Edition of Emmaus HS Alumni Directory- This item was approved unanimously.
6.) Grant Acceptance- This item was approved by 8-0 with one abstention (Ms. Donches)
7.) Informational Letter from the Secretary of Education
5.) Other Educational Entities
6.) Legislative Update
7.) Business Operations
1.) Bid Opening Report
2.) Bid Awards- This item was approved unanimously
3.) Bill List Approval- This item was approved by a vote of 7-0 with 2 abstentions (myself and Ms. Donches)
4.) Parent/Guardian Transportation Contract- This item was approved unanimously
5.) Budget Transfers- This item was approved unanimously
6.) District Insurance Policies- This item was approved by a vote of 8-0 with one abstention (Ms. Donches)
8.) Proposed Policies
1.) Proposal for the Administration to Prepare an Amendment to District Policy 903 (Requests to Address the Board)- This item passed with a vote of 7-2 with Directors Fuller and Ballard voting no
2.) Proposal to Request the Administration Create a Policy to Bid Out All Professional Services- This item failed by a vote of 6-2-1 with myself and Ms. Donches voting in favor and Director Policano abstaining