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NORTH PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
Board of School Directors
Action Meeting
November 20, 2014
The One Thousand twenty ninth meeting of the Board of School Directors of the North Penn School
District was held on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
The following members were present:
Vincent Sherpinsky
Joseph Sullivan
Frank O'Donnell
John Schilling
Timothy Kerr
Josephine Charnock
Carolyn Murphy
Cory Brown
Suzan Leonard
Also present were the following persons:
Curtis R. Dietrich
Diane Holben
Deborah McKay
Stephen Skrocki, Board Secretary
Jack Dooley, Esquire
Cheryl McCue
Christine Liberaski
Betty Santoro
Tom Schneider
The meeting was called to order by Vincent Sherpinsky at 7:30 p.m. Vincent Sherpinsky reminded
those in attendance that the meeting was being videotaped by the school district for the community
cable channel. Vincent Sherpinsky requested that members of the audience wishing to address the
board should come to the microphone, state their name and address, sign the audience of citizens log
book, and limit their questions and comments to permit time for all those who wished to speak to the
board.
Proclamations were awarded to the 2014-15 National Merit Scholarship students for Commended
Scholars and to the Semi Finalist Scholars.
Executive Session – Vincent Sherpinsky
The Board met in Executive Session tonight from 7:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to discuss matters of
personnel, potential litigation, and negotiations.
During the Audience of Citizens – William Patchell of Lansdale spoke to the Board regarding District
long term debt reduction; Joe Butka of Hatboro spoke to the board regarding basketball and Joy Lake of
Lansdale spoke to the regarding the 2015-16 school calendar.
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A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve the minutes from the
October 16th, 2014, Action Meeting, the October 27th, 2014, Special Action Meeting, and the Minutes
from the Work Session on November 11, 2014.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
Committee reports were presented as follows:
Education/Community/Policy – Suzan Leonard
The ECP committee met on November 10, 2014. Items discussed included 3 grants awarded to the
district; a new Board Policy 3640; the school calendar for 2015-16; an update on the Penndale change
in scheduling; and the School Performance Profile Summary.
The next meeting of ECP will be held in January of 2015.
Finance – Frank O'Donnell
The Finance met on October 27th, 2014. Items discussed included the revenues/expenses & balance
sheet; general fund financial reports; earned income tax revenue history; delinquent property tax
revenue; community education fund statements; extended care fund statements; nutrition services fund
statements, enterprise fund balances, bill payment process; budget timeliness process; and grant
updates.
The next meeting will be held on November 24th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Safe Schools – Carolyn Murphy
The Safe Schools Committee met on November 10th, 2014. Items discussed included a draft
Emergency Management Plan; NPSD Safe School web presence; the hazmat shelter in Hatfield
Township; the ability of Towamencin Police to view the district’s surveillance cameras in case of
emergency; an active shooter drill; and future potential safe school grants.
The next meeting of the Safe Schools Committee will be held on January 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
Personnel – Timothy Kerr
The Personnel Committee met in Executive Session on November 4, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to
discuss matters of personnel, negotiations, and potential litigation.
Support Services – John Schilling
The Support Services Committee met on October 27th, 2014. Items discussed included a presentation
by NP Baseball Coach regarding the construction of grandstands on the varsity field; a presentation
regarding the NPHS project; a change order for Hatfield Elementary; a change order for Pennfield
Middle School; a request to use PF gym for basketball; and an update on the current projects.
The next meeting of Support Services will be on November 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.
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North Penn Ed Foundation – Carolyn Murphy
The Foundation visited OP Elementary School for a presentation regarding grants that have been
Supported over the years; the Annual Appeal to donors was recently mailed; and the Foundation is
seeking mid-year grants at this time.
North Montco Technical Career Center –Timothy Kerr/Suzan Leonard/Frank O'Donnell
The NMTCC Committee met and discussed the bond refunding.
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit – Carolyn Murphy
The Board of MCIU met on November 19th at the IU in Norristown. Items discussed included
approval to appoint an on-line learning and professional development program administrator; the audit
for 2010-2012 that was “clean”; the 2015-16 special Ed budget; the basic Ed formula committee; an
application to Head Start; House bill 435 and the introduction of Dr. John George as Director of the
MCIU.
The next meeting of the MCIU will take place on January 28th, 2015 at MCIU.
Superintendent, Curtis R. Dietrich, announced that Item 6(n) under the Superintendent’s Report had
been removed from the Agenda tonight.
A motion was made by Joseph Sullivan, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve a Settlement Agreement
for student #112014-1 whose name is on file in the Office of the Superintendent.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Joseph Sullivan, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve expulsions for students
#112014-2 and 112014-7 whose names are on file in the Office of the Superintendent.
Students/parents/guardians have waived their rights to an expulsion hearing.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Carolyn Murphy, seconded by Josephine Charnock, to approve the changes to
the Program of Studies for Grades 9-12 for the 2015-16 academic year, per Item # 61-14 (A-G), affixed
hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages 17743 (A-G).
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Carolyn Murphy, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve increasing the per diem
substitute teacher rate from $110.00 to $115.00 per Item # 63-14, affixed hereto and made an official
part of these minutes; see page 17744.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
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A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Suzan Leonard, to approve the 2015-2016 school
calendar, per Item # 64-14 (A-B), affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages
17745 (A-B).
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Carolyn Murphy, to approve the designated Act 80
days for the 2015-2016, school year per Item # 65-14, affixed hereto and made an official part of these
minutes; see page 17746.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Josephine Charnock, seconded by Suzan Leonard, to approve accepting the
Dow Chemical CAC STEM Grant for the Springhouse Area for the 2014-2015 school year in the
amount of $30,000, per Item # 66-14, affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see
page 17747.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Josephine Charnock, to approve accepting the
Merck Foundation Grant in the amount of $50,000 for the 2014-2015 school year, per Item #67-14,
affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see page 17748.
—This motion was carried eight (8) ayes— and one (1) abstention—abstaining Cory Brown
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Suzan Leonard, to approve accepting the National
School Lunch Program-School Food Service Equipment Grant in the amount of $29,200 for the
purchase of a Combitherm Oven for School Nutrition Services, per Item # 68-14, affixed hereto and
made an official part of these minutes; see page 17749.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Joseph Sullivan, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve an Add Change Order
#GC-3 for Lobar, Inc., for the Hatfield Renovations Project. The change of contract amount is an
additional $4,844.87 to install concrete dowels in the boiler room floor slab, per Item # 70-14, affixed
hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see page 17750.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Josephine Charnock, to approve Change
Order # EC-1 for Electri-Tech, Inc. for the Pennfield Modular Classroom Project. The change of
contract is a deduction in the amount of $21,424.37 for service revisions and other miscellaneous items,
per Item # 71-14, affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see page 17751.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
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A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Frank O'Donnell, to approve allowing the
Pennfield Basketball Group use of the Pennfield Gymnasium to play basketball through the 2014-2015
school year in accordance with School Board Policy 1330, per Item # 72-14, affixed hereto and made an
official part of these minutes; see page 17752.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Carolyn Murphy, seconded by John Schilling, to approve adopting the
Comprehensive Plan for the North Penn School District for 2015-2018, per Item # 73-14 (A-E), affixed
hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages 17753 (A-E).
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Timothy Kerr, seconded by Suzan Leonard, to approve Sweet, Stevens, Katz &
Williams Fee Letter for the 2015-2016 Fiscal year; for routine matters, the standard hourly rate for
chargeable time is $150/hour for attorneys and $125/hour for legal assistants; for non-routine matters
the hourly rate for chargeable time is $195/hour for attorneys and $125/hour for legal assistants.
—This motion was carried six (6) ayes – three (3) nays – opposed Vincent Sherpinsky,
Frank O'Donnell and John Schilling – Polled Vote
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Carolyn Murphy, to approve acceptance of the
following gifts to the district:
SCHOOL/BUILDING
A.M. Kulp Elementary
Inglewood Elementary
Inglewood Elementary
North Wales Elementary
DONOR
Erik Huebner
131 Oxford Road –
Lansdale, PA 19446
Mr. Mark Perrone – 250
Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Inglewood Home and
School Association – 1313
Allentown Road – Lansdale,
PA 19446
North Wales Elementary
Home School Association –
201 Summit Street, North
Wales, PA 19454
GIFT
Two weatherproof resin garden benches
AMOUNT
$520
Memorial Fund in Memory of Shirley
Hoffman-Perrone former NPSD
Teacher – to be used for Scholarships,
Technology, books, professional
development
18 Classroom Rugs
$25,000
Canvas Photo of Mural
$200.00
$5000
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Carolyn Murphy, seconded by Joseph Sullivan, to approve Personnel per
Item # BA-6 (A-J), affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages 17754 (A-J);
North Penn School District Substitute List 2014-15, per Item # BA-7 (A-C), affixed hereto and made an
official part of these minutes; see pages 17755 (A-C); and Extra Duty Assignments, per Item # 74-14
(A-B), affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages 17756 (A-B).
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
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A motion was made by Josephine Charnock, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve student travel, per
Item #BA-8, affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see page 17757.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Timothy Kerr, seconded by Joseph Sullivan, to approve Contracts per
Item # BA- 9 copies of which are on file in the Office of Business Administration, affixed hereto and
made an official part of these minutes; see page 17758.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by John Schilling, seconded by Timothy Kerr, to approve Alternative Placements
per Item # BA-10, copies of which are on file in the Office of Special Education, affixed hereto and
made an official part of these minutes; see page 17759.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
The treasurer’s report for the month of November 2014 was reviewed by Stephen Skrocki, Director of
Business Administration, and ordered filed for audit. Said treasurer’s report is affixed hereto and made
an official part of these minutes. See pages 17760 A- J.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Frank O'Donnell, seconded by Cory Brown, to approve the disbursements to be
sanctioned for the month of October 2014 in the amount of $28,373,207.22, and disbursements to be
approved for the month of November 2014, in the amount of $3,635,765.03, The treasurer’s report for
the month of October 2014 was reviewed by Stephen Skrocki, Director of Business Administration, and
ordered filed for audit. Said treasurer’s report is affixed hereto and made an official part of these
minutes. See pages 17761 A- KKK.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Frank O'Donnell, seconded by Josephine Charnock, to approve the Maillie, LLP
Financial Audit and the Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year 2013-14 ending June 30, 2014, on
file in the Office of Business Administration.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
A motion was made by Joseph Sullivan, seconded by Carolyn Murphy, to approve authorizing the
Secretary to prepare, execute and file all documents necessary for self-reporting compliance under the
Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative.
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
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A motion was made by Frank O'Donnell, seconded by John Schilling, to approve the Resolution
approving penalty, interest and fee schedule for collection of delinquent real estate taxes, per
Item # BA-11 (A-B), affixed hereto and made an official part of these minutes; see pages 17762 (A-B).
—This motion was carried unanimously nine (9) ayes—
There being no further business to come before the board, the same was adjourned upon motion by
Timothy Kerr seconded by Frank O'Donnell, and unanimously carried at 8:30 pm.
SUSAN KRAUSE, ASST. SECRETARY
VINCENT SHERPINSKY, BOARD PRESIDENT
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