Meeting was convened at 4:30 p.m. by Chairman Majikes

ITEM 1            Chairman Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. 

                        Absent but accounted for:  Jim Higgins, Maureen Williams, Joe Lalli, Don Kanavy, Phil Cappellini, Ross Scarantino, Rich Walton, Frank Victor and Ray Lowery

                        Advisors Present: Phil Latinski and Jim Sabatini

ITEM 2            A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Dino Galella, to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2008 Meeting.  All Ayes

ITEM 3            The reading of the Treasurer’s Report was waived in Frank Victor’s absence.

ITEM 4            Chairman Majikes reviewed an email received regarding the District II Junior High Track and Field meet.  A number of concerns were reviewed regarding the track condition, etc.   

ITEM 5            The Committee also reviewed an email received from a parent raising concerns of recruiting by a District II member school.  The email has been forwarded to the Athletic Director and Principal of the member school.

ITEM 6            Chairman Majikes reviewed an incident that occurred in the Old Forge/Valley View baseball game played on April 10th at Valley View.  During the course of the game there was an altercation involving the teams.  The Committee reviewed reports submitted by the Valley View Athletic Director, Umpire in the game, and Old Forge Varsity Baseball Coach.  At the completion of the review of the materials, A motion was made by Jim Marcks, seconded by Tom Jenkins, instructing the Chairman to request the presence of both schools at the next regular meeting of the District II Committee in order to thoroughly investigate and address this incident.  All Ayes

ITEM 7Chairman Majikes updated the committee on the potential for corporate sponsorship of the 2009 District II Basketball Championships. Chairman Majikes will continue to furnish updates on the possibility at future meetings.

ITEM 8            Chairman Majikes reviewed the schedule for the PIAA Advisory Committee Meetings on June 18th – 20th at the PIAA State Offices:

                        Wednesday, June 18th              2 P.M.             Parents Advisory 

                        Thursday, June 19th                  8 A.M.             Coaches Advisory

                        Thursday, June 19th                  10 A.M.           Tennis

                        Thursday, June 19th                  10 A.M.           Track

                        Thursday, June 19th                  Noon               Volleyball

                        Thursday, June 19th                  Noon               Girls’ and Boys’ Lacrosse

                        Thursday, June 19th                  2 P.M.             Baseball/Softball

                        Friday, June 20th                       8 A.M.             Officials

                        Friday, June 20th                       10 A.M.           Girls’ Athletics

                        Friday, June 20th                       10 A.M.           Sportsmanship

                        Friday, June 20th                       Noon               Junior High

                        Friday, June 20th                       2 P.M.             Athletic Directors

ITEM 9            Chairman Majikes reviewed a proposal received from MMI requesting consideration for an open tournament in the A classification for Girls’ Volleyball.  The request will be forwarded to Maureen Williams, District Volleyball Chairperson, for consideration.  A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Tom Jenkins, to table any action on this request until the recommendation from the Volleyball Chairperson is received.  All Ayes

ITEM 10          Chairman Majikes announced a vacancy on the District II Committee for the 2008-2009 year with the retirement of Rich Walton, Berwick High School Principal.  He instructed Mike Ognosky to place an announcement on the District II webpage and send an announcement to all Wyoming Valley Conference schools regarding the vacancy.  The vacancy will be filled by a WVC Principal.  Interested candidates are asked to send a cover letter and brief resume to Chairman Majikes no later than Friday, June 6th.

ITEM 11          Chairman Majikes reviewed an email received from Bob Coleman, Scranton Athletic Director, advising the committee that Scranton has no desire to rescheduling the hearing regarding a wrestling eligibility concern.   The Committee members present discussed the communication and a motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Mike Costanza, to table a decision on the continuation of an investigation of the concerns raised by Scranton.  All Ayes.

In the interim, Chairman Majikes will continue communication with all schools involved and update the committee at a future meeting.

ITEM 12          The Committee reviewed the recent PIAA District II Annual Meeting/Banquet and is encouraged by the increased attendance last year. 

ITEM 13          A motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Tom Jenkins, approving a cooperative sports agreement between Montrose and Elk Lake in Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Swimming beginning with the 2008-2009 year.

ITEM 14          Jay Starnes, District Soccer Chairperson, updated the committee on a recent state teleconference regarding a potential 5 minute stay in the penalty box for any yellow card infraction.  As discussed and agreed upon during the teleconference,  The Soccer Chairs are recommending that a yellow card infraction will result in a 5 minute stay in the penalty box for the violator with a substitute entering play maintaining an 11 on 11 situation.  The State Committee will review that recommendation at an upcoming meeting.

ITEM 15          A discussion was held regarding the recently conducted Track and Field Championships at Scranton High School.  A review of site concerns was conducted with the aim of providing a continuation of the event at Scranton.

ITEM 16          At 5:07 p.m., the District II Committee moved to an eligibility hearing requested by Delaware Valley High School for one of their students, Gerardo Luttke.  Delaware Valleywas requesting a waiver of Article 1, Section 1 of the PIAA By-Laws, Age.  Gerardo will be 19 prior to June 30, 2008 and is ineligible for participation in the 2008-2009 year.  Delaware Valley requested that the hearing be conducted in an Open forum.  The Committee reviewed the following materials submitted by Delaware Valley:  a report from Guidance outlining Gerardo’s transition from Paraguay to Delaware Valley; a letter from Gerardo on the same subject; a review of Article 1 of the PIAA By-Laws; an eligibility request form submitted by the Principal of Delaware Valley; academic and attendance records submitted by Delaware Valley; academic records from Paraguay; and an affidavit of land ownership from Delaware Valley.  The Committee also heard the testimony from Tom Finan, Principal; Al Holtzer, Athletic Director and Pat Burns, Soccer Coach.  Following the testimony, the Committee members asked a number of questions and then adjourned to deliberation at 5:23 p.m.  Tom Finan, Principal of Delaware Valley and a District II Committee member, was excused from deliberations.

                        At 5:32 p.m. the District II Committee returned from deliberations and a motion was made by Jim Marcks, seconded by Mike Costanza, denying eligibility to Gerardo Luttkein accordance with Article 1, Section 1, “Age”, of the PIAA By-Laws.  All Ayes (Finan Abstain)

ITEM 17          A motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Danielle Adams, to adjourn the meeting.  All Ayes

Meeting was adjourned at 5: 42 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Ognosky

Mike Ognosky

District II Secretary