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September 8, 2021 Committee of the Whole/Voting Meeting Minutes



The Hollidaysburg Area School Board met Wednesday, September 8, 2021 for a Committee of the Whole/Voting Meeting in the Senior High Auditorium, 1510 N. Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg.  Dr. Sommer called the meeting to order at 7:13p.m. and opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag.

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

Also present were Dr. Gildea, Superintendent, Mrs. Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Koehle, Director of Special Education, Mrs. Fiscus, Business Manager/Board Secretary, (virtual), Mrs. Thomas, Director of Accounting Operations, Mr. Caldwell, Director of Human Resource/Transportation, Mr. Nihart, Director of Physical Plant, Mrs. Summerville, Data Management Administrator, Mr. Arthur, Director of Technology, Attorney Carl Beard, Sr. (virtual), Mr. Harrington (virtual), Mr. McCall, Mr. Hartline, Mr. DeLattre (virtual), Mr. Keagy, Dr. Letcher, Mrs. Snyder, Mr. Madden, Mrs. Albarano, and an Altoona Mirror representative.

A Moment of Silence was held for Dave Musselman, a 25-year employee of the district who passed away September 4, 2021.

Public Comment

The following individuals expressed their views to the board regarding the Order from the Department of Health regarding masking in the schools and a parental medical exemption form:

Steve Link, 216 Hunters Pass Drive, Duncansville
Andrew Wedel, 1512 Teds Way, Duncansville
Trent Miller, 2530 Blairmont Terrace, Hollidaysburg
Sheryl Imler, 1403 Robin Lane, Duncansville
Adam Anneski, 360 Brown Swiss Circle, Duncansville
Rick Imler, 1403 Robin Lane, Duncansville
Amber Lewis, 1574 Turkey Valley Road, Hollidaysburg
Jen Krug, 233 Edna Street, Hollidaysburg
Jami Prosser, 1118 3rd Avenue, Duncansville
Justin George, 3390 Colonial Drive, Duncansville
Tom Fedesco, 785 Eger Lane, Duncansville

Per Board Policy 004.2-Student Representatives to the Board, Reagan Farringer, Junior Representative and Riley Hensley, Junior Representative presented a report on district-wide activities.

Business Office Report / Mrs. Summerville

Announcements:  The board met in executive session Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 6:00pm for personnel.

All board and committee meetings will be held in-person and virtually for the public through the end of the 2021 calendar year.

Members of the public are welcome to register and join remotely. Registration links will appear on the district homepage at by 4:00p.m. the day of each meeting.  

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

Meetings for October, 2021:

Curriculum Committee
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Senior High Library
1510 N. Montgomery Street
Hollidaysburg PA 16648

Committee of the Whole/Voting
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Senior High Library
1510 N. Montgomery Street
Hollidaysburg PA 16648

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On motion of Mr. Nichols, seconded by Mr. Stephens, the board approved the following:

Financial reports for August, 2021.  The reports included Treasurer’s Report, List of Payments, and Investment Portfolio.  Exhibit 1

Per Board Policy 006 Meetings, the following contracts/agreements:  

  1. Addendum to Agreement with UGI Energy Services, LLC. effective September, 2022 through August, 2025 to purchase natural gas commodity Cost: Commodity price plus -$0.44 per Dth basis Exhibit 2
  1. Agreement for Use of a K-9 Unit with the Township of Logan, effective September 8, 2021 through September 7, 2023 for the use of the Logan Township Police Department K-9 Unit at district schools No Cost Exhibit 3
  2. Engagement Agreement with The Reschini Group effective the 2021 reporting year to assist in completion of the 2021 IRS reporting requirements for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Cost:  Deposit (non-refundable): $500; $6.25 per 1095 Form Exhibit 4
  3. Science in Motion Service Contract with Juniata College effective August 24, 2021 through June 30, 2022 to provide certain educational services to the school through the college's Science in Motion program Cost: $13,000 Exhibit 5

The motion carried on a roll call vote with eight yes votes and zero no votes.

Information Only:  The board was presented with an update on Plancon Part K: Project Refinancing

On motion of Ms. Frye, seconded by Ms. Hartman, the board approved the following:

Per Board Policy 706.1 Disposal of Surplus Property/Textbooks/Supplies, disposal of obsolete technology hardware and other various equipment. Exhibit 6

Per Board Policy 702, Gifts, Grants and Donations, the following donations:

Roaring Spring Paper Products for Junior High Students - Approximate Value: $2,500
300 - 5 subject notebooks
300 - planners/organizers
1,000 - pocket folders Exhibit 7

Information Only:
Blair Candy Donation of 1,008 individual hand sanitizers: $2,973.60

The motion carried on a roll call vote with eight yes votes and zero no votes.

Superintendent’s Report / Dr. Gildea

On motion of Ms. Hartman, seconded by Mr. Nichols, the board approved the Parent Medical Exemption Form.  The Parent Medical Exemption Form must be signed and submitted by a parent or legal guardian indicating a medical condition that prevents the ability to wear a face covering.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with five yes votes and three no votes.  Ms. Frye, Mr. Stephens, and Dr. Sommer cast the dissenting votes.  Exhibit 8

On motion of Ms. Hartman, seconded by Dr. Mitchell, the board approved the following:

2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) PAYS is a survey of youth in 6th, 8th, 10th, and/or 12th grades that assesses their behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence and other problems.  It is provided at no cost to districts.  The survey is voluntary, and student responses will remain anonymous and confidential.  The survey will be administered electronically in the fall of 2021 with results to be received no later than April 30, 2022.

Per Board Policy 105 Curriculum Development, Policy 106, Guides for Planned Instruction and Policy 107 Adoption of Planned Instruction, the following Curriculum Guide for instruction and revisions during the 2021-2022 school year: 

  • Culinary Specialty (Baking)
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature
  • Art II

The motion carried on a roll call vote with eight yes votes and zero no votes.  Exhibit 9

On motion of Ms. Frye, seconded by Mr. Gallagher, the board approved personnel items 1 through 90 dated September 8, 2021 REV September 8, 2021 at 1:58p.m.  The motion carried on a roll call vote with eight yes votes and zero no votes.  Exhibit 10

President’s Report / Dr. Sommer

On motion of Mr. Gallagher, seconded by Mr. Nichols, Per Board Policy 000 Board Policy/Procedure/Administrative Regulations the board approved the second reading of the following policies:




Policy 137

Home Education Students


Policy 137 - AR -1

Home Education Students- Participation in Interscholastic Sports and/or Activities


Policy 137 - AR -2

Home Education Students Participation in Academic Courses


Policy 150

Title I -Comparability of Services


Policy 204-AR




Policy 218.1



Policy 218.2

Terroristic Threats


Policy 236.1

Threat Assessment


Policy 236.1 - AR -0

Threat Assessment Intake Form


Policy 236.1 - AR -1

Threat Assessment Checklist


Policy 236.1 - AR -2

Threat Assessment Individualized Management Plan


Policy 247



Policy 247 - Attach. 1 Report Form



Policy 249



Policy 249 - Attach. 1 Report Form



Policy 309.1



Policy 800

Records Management


Policy 800-AR-1

Records Retention Schedule


Policy 805

Emergency Preparedness and Response


Policy 805 -Attach. Safe2Say Something Procedures

Emergency Preparedness and Response



Policy 805.3

School Security Personnel


Policy 810.1

School Bus Drivers and Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers


Policy 810.4


School Vehicle Drivers



The motion carried on a roll call vote with eight yes votes and zero no votes.

On motion of Mr. Gallagher, seconded by Nichols, the board nominated the following 2022 PSBA Officers & At-large Representatives:

President-Elect:  Sabrina Backer, Franklin Area School District
Vice-President:  Allison Mathis, North Hill School District
Forum Steering Committee:
Jennifer Davidson, Manheim Township School District
Bethanne Zeigler, Shikellamy School District
Deana Lancenese, Palisides School District

The motion carried on a roll call vote with seven yes votes and one abstention.  Mr. Stephens cast the abstention.  Exhibit 11

There being no further business to be brought before the board, Dr. Sommer declared the meeting adjourned at 8:00p.m.

Autumn Fiscus
Board Secretary