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: Mike Ognosky, Jim Higgins, Gerald Grimaud, Don Kanavy, Jim Marcks, Jay Starnes and Mike Costanza
Advisors present included Jim Sabatini and Phil Latinski
ITEM 2 A motion was made by Tom Jenkins, seconded by Jeff Gregory, to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2011 meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 3 The treasurer’s report was presented by Frank Victor. Currently the total fund balance is $106,034.51 as compared to a starting fund balance for the year of $87,835.95. Included in the fund balance are total certificates of deposit of $72,181.21 and total savings and checking account balances of $33,853.30. Considerable discussion was held regarding the current revenue status for the district as well as cost reduction potentials.
Following the presentation of the treasurer’s report, a motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Vito Quaglia, to approve the report as presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Chairman Majikes distributed to the District II Committee a list of the new members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Included in that list are Representative Tarah Toohil (Luzerne), Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich (Lackawanna), Representative Gerald Mullery (Luzerne), Senator John Yudichak (Luzerne) and Senator John Blake (Lackawanna).
ITEM 5 Chairman Majikes reviewed a communication from State Senator Jane
Orie announcing that her office will be reintroducing Senate Bill 1135,
which would place the Right-to-Know-Law provisions regarding the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) within the School Code. The legislation would take the PIAA out of the Right to Know Law while requiring the PIAA to adopt a records-access policy consistent with the Right-t0-Know Law and approved by the General Assembly Athletic Oversight Committee.
ITEM 6 Chairman Majikes reviewed a news release from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) reaffirming its longstanding opposition to national championships in high school sports. At the January 4, 2011 NFHS National Council meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the 43 member state associations in attendance defeated the proposed amendment to Article 17 of the NFHS Bylaws, 21 opposed to 22 in favor. A two-thirds majority of the Council members in attendance is necessary to amend the NFHS Constitution.
ITEM 7Congratulations to Tim Honeywell, Athletic Director of Berwick High School, as the recipient of the 2011 NIAAA State Award of Merit for Pennsylvania. This award is given in recognition of meritorious service, leadership and special contributions to interscholastic athletics. It will be presented to Tim at the 2011 PSADA Conference on March 24th at the annual awards banquet. Congratulations Tim!
ITEM 8 Chairman Majikes presented information to the Committee regarding the 92nd annual NFHS Summer Meeting which is scheduled to be held in Philadelphia from June 28th through July 2nd at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The PIAA State Office is asking for each District to contribute to the overall success of the Summer Meeting by providing donations to be utilized at the conference such as hospitality bags, daily door prizes, gift baskets and silent auction items.
ITEM 9 Chairman Majikes reviewed the minutes of the January 11, 2011 Golf Steering Committee teleconference. During that teleconference, it was unanimously voted to recommend to the PIAA Board of Directors to implement two classes of team competition, effective 2012, in an 18 hole, stroke play competition on the Wednesday after the individual tournament at the same golf course. Teams will continue to qualify on a maximum 400 aggregate, stroke play score. Qualifiers will be based on the qualifiers to be presented in the new classification cycle with the largest districts qualifying their champion directly to states and the smaller districts entering into a sub-region at a mutually agreed upon site and time. Six teams will qualify based upon two classes and gender (24 teams total; 12 boys and girls; 6 per gender and class).
ITEM 10 SPORTS REPORTS: The District II Committee received reports on the following:
§ Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Chairman Majikes presented a slight change in the wrestling format regarding contact information as submitted by Jay Starnes, Wrestling Chairperson. A motion was made by Joe Farrell, seconded by Frank Victor, to approve the changes as submitted. All Ayes
§ Swimming (Jim Higgins): Chairman Majikes presented the format for the upcoming swimming and diving championships. A motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Danielle Adams, to approve the format as submitted. All Ayes. The format will now be sent to the Athletic Directors and posted on the website.
§ Basketball (Frank Victor): Basketball Chairperson Frank Victor reviewed the format regarding the upcoming basketball championships. A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Joe Farrell, to approve the formats as submitted. All Ayes. The format will now be sent to the Athletic Directors and posted on the website.
ITEM 11 Chairman Majikes reviewed some of the items of the latest PIAA State Board of Directors meeting held in Hershey on Thursday, December 16th and Friday, December 17th. Items included in that review were the following:
· Approved the withdrawls from PIAA membership, effective July 1, 2010 of Fell Charter High School and Saint Rose Academy Middle School, both located in District II.
· Approved, effective immediately, the recommendation of the Tennis Steering Committee to provide the PIAA-Appointed Team Tennis Tournament Directors with the discretion to use a 10 point match tie-break set in lieu of the standard six-game third set, if necessary, after one of the competing Teams has secured three wins.
· Approved, effective immediately, to modify the overtime procedure for all Regular Season and Postseason Soccer Tournaments to extend the two “sudden victory” overtime periods from 15 minutes each to 20 minutes each and discontinue declaring co-champions if a tie still exists at the end of regulation time and two sudden-victory overtime periods in the PIAA Soccer Championship (Final) Contests.
· Approved, effective immediately, to rescind the recently approved first round pool play format in Volleyball and return to the first round single elimination format.
· Approved, effective immediately, an interpretation of Article VI, Transfer, Residence, and Recruiting, of the PIAA By-Laws, to clarify that a student who has participated in a sport for one gender is deemed to have participated in the same sport for the other gender as well.
ITEM 12 Chairman Majikes informed the committee that a member school has submitted a report of alleged violations of Out-of-Season Rules and Regulations. Chairman Majikes will investigate the report with the member school and report back to the committee at our February meeting.
ITEM 13 A motion was made by William Schoen, seconded by Maureen Williams, to adjourn the meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m. Thanks to Frank Majikes for supplying the minutes for the meeting.
District II Secretary