Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8-26-2013 East Penn School Board Meeting Summary

Last night's meeting was relatively uncontentious and civil. Here's a rundown of the agenda and how the votes went.

1.) Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance

2.) Requests to Address the Board- Willow Lane Parent Jonathan Berger of Macungie spoke about how the first day of school went with the new busing situation. As can be expected, there were a few hiccups and Lower Macungie Township has yet to put up school zone signage, but things seemed to go relatively well.

3.) Approval of Minutes- This item was approved unanimously

4.) Report of the Superintendent-
   1.) Presentation: Educational Effectiveness Model and School Performance Profile- This item was merely informational but I would request that next time, the administration provide handouts to go along with the presentation. This has been common practice in the past and I'm not sure why it was not the case last night.
   2.) District Update- Superintendent Seidenberger has done some digging on a policy change submitted by Ms. Donches earlier this year and pushed by me in the past referable to allowing for more public comment. This item will be discussed in further detail at the September 23rd Board meeting.
   3.) Personnel- We hired a new assistant principal for Emmaus High School to fill a vacancy. The entire agenda item was approved unanimously.
   4.) Revision to the EHS Discipline Code- This item was approved unanimously
   5.) American Red Cross Authorized Provider Agreement- This item was approved unanimously
   6.) Contract for In School Nursing Services- This item was approved unanimously
   7.) Contract with the Borough of Emmaus (for the EHS Rifle Team)- This item was approved unanimously

5.) Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit: Special Eduction Services Agreement- This item was approved unanimously.

6.) Policy
   1.) Final adoption Board Policy 116.1 Exceptions to Academic Sequence- This item was approved unanimously.
   2.) Second Reading Board Policy 206, Assignment Within District- This item will be voted on at the September 9th meeting.

7.) Business Operations
   1.) Approval of Bill List- This item was approved 8-0 with Ms. Donches abstaining. Though I had heretofore abstained with her as she requests to find out more information such as account codes, I decided that I have made my point and will, except in case of extraordinary circumstances, vote in favor of this item from here on out.
   2.) SunGard K-12 Education Master Software License, Maintenance, and Services Agreement- After myriad questions from Ms. Donches, this item was approved unanimously.
   3.) Retirement Plan Compliance and Administration Services Agreement- This item was approved unanimously.
   4.) Disbursement of Funds- This item was approved unanimously.

8. Announcements

9. Adjourn- This item was approved unanimously

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