Meeting was convened at 4:15 p.m. by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
Absent, but accounted for: James Marcks, Danielle Adams, Dick Orlowski, Jay Starnes, Vito Quaglia, Mike Costanza
ITEM 2 A motion was made by Tom Jenkins, seconded by Jim Higgins, to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2009 meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 3 Frank Victor reviewed the auditing procedures that are in place for the review of both the District II audit and the PIAA State Treasury. He also reported that there has been no activity in the Treasury since the last meeting.
ITEM 4 Frank Victor reviewed the time line for the completion of the local audit
explaining that it was due by September 24th. He explained that the audit
procedure will incur an additional cost to District II as it is now required
that each district complete an independent audit at their own expense.
ITEM 5 Frank Victor reviewed the 2008-2009 Financial Overview of the PIAA State Championships as provided by the PIAA State Office. For the Fall Championship Season the PIAA had net receipts of $177,543.90 as compared to the budgeted amount of $259,900. For the Winter Championships the net receipts were $506,626.60 as compared to the budgeted amount of $566,500. For the Spring Championships the net receipts were $63,025.59 as compared to the budgeted amount of $119,500. Overall, the net receipts for all championships were a total of $748,196.09 as compared to the budgeted amount of $945,500.
ITEM 6 After discussion, a motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Maureen Williams, to appoint Joseph Farrell, Principal of Carbondale Area Junior-Senior High School, to the PIAA District II Committee as the Junior High Representative. All Ayes
ITEM 7 Michael Cole, Principal of Old Forge High School, updated the committee
regarding recent procedures and plans put in place by the Old Forge School District as a result of the April PIAA District II hearing regarding an incident at a 9th grade basketball game in February. Upon the
completion of his report a motion was made by Tom Jenkins, seconded by
Bill King, to accept the report as submitted and to thank the Old Forge
administration for the conscientious efforts put forth in addressing the
District Committee’s concerns.
ITEM 8 Chairman Majikes updated the committee on the request made by Triboro
Academy regarding a cooperative sponsorship with Old Forge for Boys’
and Girls’ Basketball. That request has been pulled back and Triboro has
completed an application for PIAA membership for both Boys’ and Girls’
Basketball. That paperwork is in order and a motion was made by Mike
Ognosky, seconded by Jeff Gregory, to approve the request for PIAA membership by Triboro Academy. All Ayes
ITEM 9 Chairman Majikes informed the committee that he is attempting to schedule an eligibility hearing for a student attending Freeland MMI. He will establish a hearing date and get back to the Committee.
ITEM 10 A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Tom Jenkins, to approve a cooperative agreement in Girls’ Tennis between Hazleton Area and Marion Catholic (District XI). All Ayes
ITEM 11 A motion was made by Jeff Gregory, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve eligibility for Breanna Neff, Arizona to Wallenpaupack, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, principal to principal sign off, effective immediately. All Ayes
ITEM 12 A motion was made by William Schoen, seconded by Frank Victor, to approve eligibility for Jordan Okun, Wyoming Seminary to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, principal to principal sign off, effective immediately. All Ayes
ITEM 13 Chairman Majikes presented correspondence to the committee from Dr. Jack O’Malley, University of Scranton, regarding the potential for an in-service District II program on the topic of sportsmanship. After discussion, the committee requested that the Chairperson continue discussions with Dr. O’Malley with the goal of providing an effective program for all District schools in the near future.
ITEM 14 Chairman Majikes presented a letter to the committee from Jack Morton with concerns encouraging the PIAA to develop a separate Private School Playoff Competition.
ITEM 15 Chairman Majikes reviewed the highlights of the most recent PIAA Board of Directors meeting, including the following:
· Discussed the recent amendments to the PIAA Constitution as they pertain to the utilization of Regional Panels;
· Reviewed the 20 amendments to the PIAA By-Laws;
· Announced that Girls’ Spring Soccer will be moved to the Fall effective July 1, 2010;
· Football will continue to operate for sixteen weekends and will continue to have four enrollment classifications;
· First winter sports practice date was advanced from Monday, November 23rd to Friday, November 20th and the first inter-school practice or scrimmage date was moved from Saturday, November 28th to Friday, November 27th.
· Reviewed the sites for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Wrestling, Basketball and Swimming and Diving Championships;
· Announced that the AAA Girls’ Track and Field 400 meter dash qualifying standard has been changed from :58.72 to :59.56;
· Reviewed the recent PIAA memorandum sent to all schools regarding the student participation in organized, contact football camps and the negative effect on eligibility;
· Reviewed the changes in the entry requirements for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships;
· Reviewed the changes in the “ladder system” utilized by the PIAA in their Team Tennis Championships;
ITEM 16 Chairman Majikes led a discussion regarding pep bands and reminded the
Committee that Pep Bands are not allowed at PIAA State Playoff contests. The PIAA allows local schools and districts to govern the attendance and
participation of pep bands at the school and district level.
ITEM 17 Chairman Majikes reviewed the results of the PIAA participation with “Team IP” as the supplier of clothing items at PIAA sponsored events.
ITEM 18 Chairman Majikes informed the committee that District III had presented an item for consideration at the last PIAA Board of Directors meeting asking that the PIAA endorse a “no activities” regulation for the week that includes the 4th of July. That item was rejected by a 17-12 vote. District II voted against the item as it is our stance that the 4th of July is outside of our jurisdiction and whether or not a family decides to allow their child to participate in a sports’ camp, etc. is not a concern of the PIAA.
ITEM 19 After discussion, the Committee favors the stance that the current football and soccer disqualification forms and notifications should be utilized in all sports.
ITEM 20 Chairman Majikes updated the committee on the current status of the newly required Officials’ Background Checks and reviewed the program conducted by Bob Lombardi prior to this meeting. Dr. Lombardi met with representatives from many District II schools to discuss the issue and addressed questions and concerns.
ITEM 21 A motion was made by Jeff Gregory, seconded by Jim Higgins, to approve the District II Girls’ Tennis Championship Format as submitted by Mike Ognosky, Girls’ Tennis Chairperson. All Ayes
ITEM 22 A motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Frank Galicki, to approve the District II Field Hockey Championship Format as submitted by Jeff Gregory, Field Hockey Chairperson. All Ayes
ITEM 23 Chairman Majikes reviewed with the committee correspondence he received from Frank Passetti, Abington Heights Track and Field Coach, and Paul McGrane regarding the recently completed District II Track and Field Championships, both Junior High and Varsity, and suggested changes for next year. The information will be reviewed by the Track and Field Committee with a report back to the District II Committee with recommendations.
ITEM 24 A motion was made by Tom Jenkins, seconded by Mike Ognosky, to accept the written report submitted by Lakeland High School Principal, Joseph P. Hanni, regarding the steps taken by Lakeland Junior-Senior High School as a result of the PIAA District II Committee hearing held on March 18, 2009. All Ayes
ITEM 25 A motion was made by William Schoen, seconded by Maureen Williams, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:19 p.m.
District II Secretary