December 1, 2021 Reorganization and Special Voting

Last Updated: 1/31/2022 9:00 PM

HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

MINUTES

The Hollidaysburg Area School Board met for a Reorganization and Special Voting Meeting on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in the Senior High Library, 1510 N. Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg.  Dr. Sommer called the meeting to order at 6:05p.m. and opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag.

Roll call was taken by Mrs. Fiscus with seven members present.  Attending were Dr. Sommer, President, Mr. Brenneman, Vice-President, Ms. Hartman, Mr. Stephens, Ms. Frye, Mr. Snyder and Mr. Nichols.  Dr. Mitchell and Mr. Gallagher were absent.

Also attending were Dr. Gildea, Superintendent, Dr. Palazzi, Substitute Director of Curriculum, Mrs. Fiscus, Business Manager/Board Secretary, Mrs. Thomas, Director of Accounting Operations, Mr. Caldwell, Director of Human Resource/Transportation, Mr. Nihart, Director of Physical Plant, Attorney Carl Beard, Sr., Solicitor, Ms. Bilek and Ms. Costanza.  Mrs. Summerville participated virtually.

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

Dr. Sommer read the list of board members:

Holdover Board Members
Lonna Frye
Nicole Hartman
Emmanuel Nichols
Kenneth Snyder
Douglas Stephens

 

Re-Elected Board Members
Ronald Sommer
Scott Brenneman

 

Newly Elected Board Members
Carmen Bilek
Jennifer Costanza

Board Reorganization

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, Dr. Sommer opened the floor to nominations for Temporary Board Chair. Dr. Sommer nominated Mr. Stephens, seconded by Mr. Snyder.  There being no further nominations, Dr. Sommer declared nominations closed.  The motion carried on a voice vote with seven yes votes and zero no votes.

Mr. Stephens assumed the position of temporary board chair.
 

Reading of Certificates of Election

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, Mr. Stephens read the Certificates of Election for newly elected and re-elected members, Carmen Bilek, Scott Steven Brenneman, Jennifer Costanza and Ronald P. Sommer    Exhibit 1
 

Administer Oaths of Office

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, Mr. Stephens administered the Oaths of Office to newly and re-elected board members. 

Re-Elected Board Members
Ronald Sommer
Scott Brenneman

Newly Elected Board Members
Carmen Bilek
Jennifer Costanza

Election of 2022 Board President

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, Mr. Stephens opened the floor to nominations for Board President who shall serve for one year.  Mr. Nichols nominated Ms. Hartman.  Ms. Frye nominated Dr. Sommer.  There being no further nominations, Mr. Stephens declared nominations closed.  Ms. Hartman was declared Board President on a voice vote with five votes for Ms. Hartman and four votes for Dr. Sommer.

 

Ms. Hartman assumed the position of Board President for 2022.

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, Ms. Hartman opened the floor to nominations for Board Vice-President who shall serve for one year. Ms. Hartman nominated Mr. Nichols.  Mr. Stephens nominated Mr. Brenneman.  There being no further nominations, Ms. Hartman declared nominations closed.  Mr. Nichols was declared board Vice-President for 2022 on a voice vote with five votes for Mr. Nichols and four votes for Mr. Brenneman.

Mr. Nichols assumed the position of Board Vice-President for 2022.

Ms. Hartman presented the list of newly constituted Board Membership.
 

Hollidaysburg Area School District Board Membership - 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Title

Term Expires

Twshp./Boro.

 

 

 

 

Scott Brenneman

Board Member

12/2025

Frankstown Township

Lonna Frye

Board Member

12/2023

Hollidaysburg Borough

Nicole Hartman

Board Member

12/2023

Frankstown Township

Carmen Bilek

Board Member

12/2025

Frankstown Township

Emanuel Nichols

Board Member

12/2023

Allegheny Township

Jennifer Costanza

Board Member

12/2025

Frankstown Township

Kenneth Snyder

Board Member

12/2023

Allegheny Township

Ronald Sommer

Board Member

12/2025

Blair Township

Douglas Stephens

Board Member

12/2023

Blair Township

 

Mr. Stephens made a correction to the township/borough that he resides in.  He is currently residing in the Hollidaysburg Borough.

Business Office Report / Mrs. Fiscus

The board met in executive session Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5:30p.m. for personnel.

The December meeting of the Board of School Directors will be held in person and virtually for the public as follows:

Committee of the Whole/Voting
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Senior High Library
1510 N. Montgomery Street
Hollidaysburg PA 16648

Members of the public are welcome to register and join remotely. 

Registration links will appear on the district homepage at www.tigerwires.com by 4pm the day of each meeting.  

*Public comment will be open to in-person participants only.

All board meeting agendas are available in detail for public viewing (3) days prior to each meeting date on BoardDocs. BoardDocs web address is https://www.boarddocs.com/pa/hasd/Board.nsf. Interested parties should enter the public site.

Discussion of Act One Index, Timeline, and Budget Process.
Special Session Act 1 of 2006

Each year in December/January, school districts must choose between adoption of either a preliminary general fund budget or a resolution stating that taxes will not be raised above the school district’s adjusted index. 

School district taxes may be increased up to the school district’s adjusted index without approval from PDE.  A school district that adopts a preliminary budget with real estate taxes that exceed its index may seek approval for referendum exceptions to increase tax rates by more than its adjusted index.  SS Act 1 contains four exceptions that, if approved by PDE, would allow a school district to increase taxes above the index without voter approval. 

The Hollidaysburg School District adjusted index for 2022-23 is 4.2% or approximately 0.3962 mills.  If the Board chooses to stay within this index for budget 2022-23, then a resolution must be adopted to not exceed the index.  If the Board chooses to exceed the index and increase taxes above the index, then a preliminary budget must be prepared and adopted by February 16, 2022. 

On a show of hands, the board agreed to pass a resolution not to exceed the Act 1 index.  Mrs. Fiscus will prepare the resolution for the December, 2021 meeting.

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, on motion of Mr. Nichols, seconded by Ms. Bilek, the board approved Option 2 of the 2022 Board Meeting Calendar with one change to the December, 7, 2022 meeting.  The December 7, 2022 meetings will be a Finance Committee at 5:00p.m. and Reorganization, Committee of the Whole and Voting at 7:00p.m.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with nine yes votes and zero no votes. 

Superintendent’s Report / Dr. Gildea

There was no report from the Superintendent.

President’s Report / Ms. Hartman

Per Board Policy 000 Board Policy/Procedure/Administrative Regulations, on motion of Ms. Frye, seconded by Dr. Sommer, the board approved the second reading of Policy 622, Capital Assets. Mrs. Fiscus noted that a change was made from the first reading to the capitalization amount which was raised to $5,000 on the advice of the auditor. The federal government raised their amount to $5,000.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with nine yes votes and zero no votes.

Per Board Policy 005, Local Board Procedures, board members will prioritize their committee choices and the board president will assign board members to committees.

New Business

Dr. Sommer and Mr. Brenneman were recognized for their years of service as president and vice-president of the board.

There being no further business to be brought before the board, Ms. Hartman declared the meeting adjourned at 6:28p.m.

Autumn Fiscus
Board Secretary