Minutes 2012_05_03 Page 1
Council Rock School District
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Thursday, May 3, 2012
MINUTES Public Meeting of the Board of School Directors
I. Call to Order Mrs. Kyle McKessy, President presided over the public monthly meeting of the Council Rock Board of
School Directors. She convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Chancellor Center, 30 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA.
The meeting was recorded by the Council Rock School District and was broadcast live in all five municipalities. The
following individuals were present:
School Board Mrs. Kyle McKessy, President
Mrs. Wendi Thomas, Vice President
Mr. Richard Abramson, Esquire
Dr. Paul Anagnostakos (Absent)
Mr. Robert Donnelly
Mr. Jerold Grupp (Absent)
Mrs. Bernadette Heenan (Absent)
Dr. Bill Foster
Mrs. Patricia C. Vaccaro-Sexton
Mrs. Charlotte I. Walter, CEOE - Secretary
Derek J. Reid, Esquire - Solicitor
Staff: Mr. Barry Desko, Director of Secondary Education
Mrs. Joy McClendon, Director of Elementary Education/Curriculum Services
Mr. Robert Reinhart, Director of Business Affairs & Board Treasurer
Dr. Charles Lambert, Director of Special Services
Mr. Matthew Frederickson, Director of Information Technology
Mr. Doug Taylor, Supervisor of Operations
II. Routine Actions
Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by student Jessica Leaning, the Newtown Sound from Newtown Elementary School
directed by Mrs. Arner sang the National Anthem. The students sang another ensemble entitled We Are the World; a
Secretary Walter called the roll call and it was reported that the following board members were in attendance:
Present (6) Absent (3)
Mrs. McKessy Dr. Anagnostakos (Away on business)
Mrs. Thomas Mr. Grupp (Away on business)
Mr. Abramson Mrs. Heenan (Away/traveling)
Superintendents Report Mr. Klein reported that the budget forum will be held on May 16th
Mr. Klein introduced Dr. Lambert who recognized the following as Transition Partners with the district: Dr. Lambert
expressed his appreciation to these individuals for independent functioning and to see the joy in watching kids make
Bucks Co. Community College Marie Cooper & Marge Zipin
Bucks Co. Intermediate Unit #22 Charlotte Fennell & Allison Carroll
Minutes 2012_05_03 Page 2
Bucks County SPCA Nikki Thompson (Director of Education & Outreach)
Chartwells Kevin Bodo (South) & Beth Leber (North)
Skip Danio & Joe Twardowski
Churchville Nature Center Peg Mongillo (Education Director)
Council Rock Education Center Megan Cooper
Delaware Valley College (Parkhurst Dining Services) Tony Williams & Rachel Milburn
Goodwill Industries Maureen OShaughnessy & Jayne Vadenais
Hatboro Baptist Church Pastor Doug Stratton
Interfaith Housing Development Corp. of Bucks Co. Sandy Mullican
Ivins House Darletta Berry-Johnson
Jesus Focus Ministries Mary Dougherty (Director of Food Pantry)
Newtown Athletic Club Linda Mitchell (Director of Public Relations)
Newtown Parks & Recreation Kathy Pawlenko (Director, Andy Levine (Chairman)
On the Border Neshaminy Mall Jon Wolf
Phila. Biblical Univ. (now known as Cairn Univ.) Scott De Lair
Pine Run Retirement Community Kathleen Stewart (Exec. Director),
Sharon Smith, Mark Stein
St. Marys Hospital Lil Schoenewolf, Helen Gordon, Marie Triglia & Stacy
St. Marys Hospital Thrift Store Heidi Cekoric
UPS Robert Mayer & Rodney McDaniel
Miracle League The Miracle League of Northampton Township is holding its 2nd
Invincible Dinner on Thursday, May 10th
at 5:30 p.m. at Northampton Valley Country Club. This years honoree will be Rick Leonetti of Athletes Helping Athletes.
Anyone interested in attending, please contact Steve Bryer at (215) 407-7411. Tickets are $150.00 per person and must be
purchased in advance. All proceeds will benefit the Miracle League.
CR Jazz Night Council Rock School District will present its 13th
Annual Jazz Night at 7:00 p.m. May 11th
Middle School. There is no admission charge. Jazz bands from Council Rock High Schools North and South; Newtown,
Richboro & Holland Middle Schools; and Maureen M. Welch, Newtown & Hillcrest Elementary Schools will be performing.
CR Media Festival The Elementary Media Festival will take place on May 16th
at Newtown Middle School. There will be
a participant reception from 6:30 7:00 p.m. for all who submitted projects to this years festival. The award ceremony will
begin at 7:00 p.m. This year, all certificates will be distributed at the festival to those in attendance (the rest of the
certificates will be sent to the schools), and all participants will be recognized during the award ceremony. Recognition will
also be given to finalists in the various project and grade level categories as well as our logo contest winners and the Energy
Film Festival elementary winner. All in our school community are welcome to attend. Information is posted on http:
Allison MacGahan - Co-President of Council Rock Education Foundation - explained that the Foundation has two
opportunities coming up that allow us to recognize individuals who make a difference both in our schools and in our
On May 31st CREF will be hosting their 2
nd Outstanding Community Partner Award breakfast. They will be honoring Rick
Leonetti, Sr., founder of Athletes Helping Athletes and Dave Callahan, owner of Newtown Hardware. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Also, look for information coming soon on our webpage: www.crsd.org/cref.
Additionally, the Education Foundation is running their staff appreciation program throughout the year, but especially as the
school year comes to a close and parents seek ways to acknowledge staff members who have made a difference in their
childs lives. This is a gift that requires no wrapping or shopping and is a most appropriate show of appreciation. A donation
can be made to the Education Foundation in a staff members name and a student designed card will be sent to the staff
member of members acknowledging the donation. Staff members have very much appreciated this gift in the past. All
Minutes 2012_05_03 Page 3
proceeds go to funding grants for innovative education programs throughout the district. More information will be coming
soon to our webpage: www.crsd.org/cref. She thanked the community for their continued support of the Council Rock
Diana Nolan from P.A.R.E. spoke about the use of Clear Play and reported that the use of it is legal.
Nancy Carroll from Newtown Borough addressed the board relative to the technology transition program. She also spoke
about the following three policies to be discussed. She requested that the policies be put up on the screen so the audience
and public can see them when they are being reviewed.
Discipline Policies (First read) o Policy 218 Pupils/Student Discipline SO Policy 218 o Policy 218.3 Pupils/Drugs and Controlled Substances SO Policy 218.3 o Policy 218.10 Pupils/Bullying/Cyberbullying SO Policy 218.10
Much discussion arose regarding these policies. There is only a small change to Policy 218.10 and it was
explained that PA Statute requires us to review this policy every three years to be sure it is in compliance with the
Public School Code.
It was requested that conversation be deferred until the meeting of May 17, 2012.
IV. Items for Board Approval
A. Middle Bucks Institute of Technology 2012-2013 Proposed General Fund Budget Proposal BA RES
The administration recommends the authorization of the expenditures of the 2012-2013 Middle Bucks Institute of
Technology General Program for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 as set forth in the submitted Budget
Proposal as indicated in the attachments noted.
Mr. Abramson moved, seconded by Mrs. Thomas, passed unanimously with a voice vote, to authorize the
expenditures of the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology General Program for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30,
2013, as set forth in the submitted Budget Proposal, as contained in the above attachments.
B. 2012-2013 Textbooks and Resource Materials CU Listing Mrs. Thomas moved, seconded by Mr. Donnelly, passed unanimously with a voice vote, for the approval of the
2012-2013 Textbooks and Resource Materials as contained in the attachment, at a cost not to exceed $202,654.36,
subject to audit.
V. Committee Reports
Academic Standards Committee - Mrs. Thomas reported there was no meeting this evening prior to the board meeting. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the
Facilities Committee Mr. Taylor reported that discussion regarding moving forward with Holland Elementary School renovations was an item. Goodnoe Elementary is moving toward the design
phase of renovations. Also, repairs throughout the district were shared. The next scheduled meeting
will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at The Chancellor Center.
Finance Committee Mr. Donnelly referred to Mr. Reinhart to explain that discussion took place relative to the preparation for the preliminary 2012-13 budget. Discussion took place regarding the
hiring of an independent auditor. The Food Service (Chartwells) was discussed. The next meeting
is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at The Chancellor Center.
Bucks Co. Intermediate Unit #22- Mrs. Sexton spoke and reported that at the last meeting, discussion
Minutes 2012_05_03 Page 4
took place regarding the offering of virtual programs, a vision program for the future. The next
scheduled meeting will be held at the BCIU on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
MBIT- Dr. Foster reported that the next scheduled meeting will be held at MBIT on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
It was reported that graduation ceremonies for the high schools will take place on Monday, June 11, 2012
with CRHS-North being at 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine) and CRHS-South will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Solicitors Report Mr. Reid, Esquire reported that an executive session will be held after this meeting for
discussion of collective bargaining issues.
VI. Public Comments - None
VII. Board Comments - None
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Charlotte I. Walter, CEOE, Secretary
Council Rock Board of School Directors