PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Pat Patte, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Montrose Area JSHS District II
Secretary Coughlin High School
P. O. Box 1699 75
High School Road 544 School Road 80
N. Washington Street
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Montrose, Pa. 18801 New
Milford, Pa. 18834 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18701
MINUTES OF AUGUST 3, 2015 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Meeting was convened at 4:20
p.m. by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:20 p.m.
Absent, but accounted for: Danielle Adams and Joe
ITEM 2 Chairman Majikes began the meeting by welcoming the
following new members to the District II Committee: John Coyle, Principal of
Scranton High School; Mark Rinaldi, Athletic Director of Dunmore High School
and the new Athletic Director Representative from the Lackawanna League
schools; and, Mary Ruth Tanner, selected by PSBA to serve as the School Board
Representative to the District II Committee.
ITEM 3 Chairman Majikes also explained that Pat Sheehan will
be serving as an advisor to the District II Committee. Pat has been recently
named the Superintendent at Mid Valley and will be leaving the committee as a
ITEM 4 Chairman Majikes instructed the District II Secretary,
Mike Ognosky, to post to the web page an announcement regarding the vacancy on
the District II Committee of former Dallas Superintendent Frank Galicki. Frank
retired as of June 30th from his position. An announcement will be
placed on the webpage asking that an interested Wyoming Valley Conference High
School Principal who is interested in serving on the committee apply in writing
to Chairman Majikes by September 11, 2015. Please note that any principal from
a school that currently has a member on the committee is ineligible to apply
for the vacancy.
ITEM 5 A motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Pat
Patte, to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2015 meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 6 Frank
Victor, District II Treasurer, reviewed the “Statement of Financial Position
for Year Ended June 30, 2015” report to the committee. The District ended
fiscal year 2014-2015 with a balance of $228,892.59, as compared to the
beginning balance of $217,951.12, a net increase in the District II Treasury of
$10,941.47. During the course of the year, District II gathered $321,107.89 in
revenue and incurred net expenses of $310,166.42. It was also reported that
during the course of the 2014-2015 year, member schools received school shares
for participation in the football and basketball district playoffs totaling
$38,727. A motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Eric Emmerich, to
approve the treasurer’s report as given. All Ayes
ITEM 7 SPORTS
Baseball: Frank Majikes reported that the utilization of
PNC Field as a venue for the District II Baseball Championships was very
successful once again. All is set for the 2016 District II Baseball
Championships to be held at PNC Field on Memorial Day 2016.
Basketball: Frank Majikes reported that in very near
future a press conference will be held with officials from the Mohegan Sun
Arena announcing that the 2016 District II Basketball Championships will be
held at that location. Eight Championship games will be played at the Arena on
a Friday and Saturday. Details will be announced regarding the time schedule
for the games at a later date.
Cheerleading: Chris Gegaris announced that the 2015
District II Competitive Cheer Championships will be held at Crestwood High
School on Sunday, November 15th. Details will be distributed to the
school as that date approaches.
Cross Country: Bill King announced that the 2015 District
II Cross Country Championships will be held at Elk Lake on Wednesday, October
28th. Rain date will be Saturday, October 31st at the
Football: Mike Ognosky reviewed the three remaining
reclassification proposals for consideration by member schools. Schools will
review the proposed 4 classifications, 6 classifications, and Super 700
classifications at a meeting to be scheduled in the very near future. Member
schools will be asked to send both the Athletic Director and Principal to the
Girls’ Tennis: The scheduling for the 2015 Girls’ Tennis
Championships has been slightly altered as the Singles’ and Doubles’
Championships will be held prior to the Team Championships. This is the same
format as followed by the Boys’ Championships in the spring.
Volleyball: Maureen Williams asked if the format for a
District Championship can be altered in the middle of a two year cycle.
Although it is not usually done, it may be altered should circumstances dictate
such a change. Chairman Majikes asked that Maureen provide a review of any
proposed change at the next committee meeting for the committee’s review. It
will also be discussed with the conference Athletic Directors prior to any
Officials: Bill Schoen informed that committee that
commencing with the 2015-2016 Winter Sports’ Seasons all PIAA officials will be
required to provide copies of all three of their clearances – Pennsylvania
State Police Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance,
and the FBI Fingerprint Record Check. He asked that the PIAA announcement be
placed on the web page for officials’ information.
ITEM 8 The
Committee acted upon the following motions regarding student athlete
A motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Pat Patte, to approve
the immediate eligibility of Lucas Stage, Tunkhannock to Scranton Prep, in
accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Section 4,
Principal to Principal sign off, of the PIAA By-Laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Vito Quaglia, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Talia Kosierowski, Dallas to Holy Redeemer,
in accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Section 4,
Principal to Principal sign off, of the PIAA By-Laws. The approval will be
contingent upon the reception of follow up information required by the District
II Committee to be reported directly by the schools to District Chairman Frank
Majikes. All Ayes
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes reviewed the highlights of the most recent PIAA Board of Directors
Meeting held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Minutes of that meeting can be found
on the District II webpage.
Approved the PIAA Tennis Steering Committee request, end of match
procedures, that after a team secures 3 wins, the remaining matches will be
conducted using no-add scoring, effective the next game for District and
Inter-District competition, effective immediately.
Approved the recommendation of the Strategic Planning Committee
that PIAA count the member school submitted numbers for all home schooled
students, cyber-charter school students, magnet, technology, and alternative
school students and to add only 10 % of these submitted numbers to the
regularly enrolled student numbers for classification purposes, effective
Accepted the recommendation of Athletic Directors’ Steering
Committee, on a suspended protocol basis, to establish a fine of $100 per
season for member schools that do not submit their certificates of eligibility
within 14 days of their first contest, effective immediately.
ITEM 10 Chairman Majikes reviewed “thank you”
communications received from 2015 Scholar Athlete Award winners – Brian
Grodzki, Wyoming Valley West; Katie Miller, Scranton High School; Calib Madili,
Scranton High School; and, Tara Judge, Wyoming Valley West High School.
ITEM 11 Chairman Majikes provided each committee
member present with a 2015-2016 PIAA Calender.
ITEM 12 Chairman Majikes provided those principals
present with a copy of the PIAA Emergency Action Planning Guide. All member
schools will be provided with the guide at the upcoming Football
ITEM 13 A
motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to nominate Frank
Majikes as the 2015-2016 District II Chairman. A motion followed by Fred
Barletta, seconded by Chad Vinansky, to close those nominations. All Ayes.
Congratulations to Chairman Majikes!
ITEM 14 A
motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Jay Starnes, to nominate Bill King as
the 2015-2106 District II Vice Chairman. A motion followed by Chis Thomas,
seconded by Chad Vinansky, to close those nominations. All Ayes. Congratulations
to Vice Chairman King!
ITEM 15 A
motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Jay Starnes, to nominate Mike
Ognosky as the 2015-2016 District II Secretary and Web Master. A motion
followed by Chris Thomas, seconded by Pat Patte, to close those nominations. All
Ayes. Congratulations to Secretary Ognosky!
ITEM 16 A
motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to nominate Pat Patte
as the 2015-2016 District II Treasurer. A motion followed by Chris Thomas,
seconded by Chad Vinansky, to close those nominations. All Ayes. Congratulations
to Treasurer Patte!
Majikes thanked Frank Victor for all of his tremendous years of service to the
District II Committee as their Treasurer. Frank will be remaining as an
advisor to the Committee and work closely throughout this year providing much
needed guidance and assistance to Pat Patte as he moves into that position.
ITEM 17 Chairman
Majikes discussed the scheduling of meetings for the 2015-2016 school year.
Currently our meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month.
Following discussion, the committee members found that to be an acceptable
meeting date for this year. Our next meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, August
18th and information will be sent to committee members prior to the
meeting date by Chairman Majikes. At that time, Sports Chairs will be
finalized for the 2015-016 school year.
ITEM 18 A
motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Ron Collins, to adjourn the
Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
District II Secretary