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2013-12-16 Board Minutes


The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday December 16, 2013 at the Administrative Offices.

Mrs. McMahon called the meeting to order with roll call:
Mr. Lippert: present,
Mr. Bodey: present,
Mrs. Kelble: present, and
Mrs. McMahon: present.

Mr. Rankin arrived at 5:40 p.m.

Mr. Lippert found an error in the minutes from the November 18, 2013 Regular meeting on a Board vote whereby he abstained and the proposed minutes stated that he voted in favor of the motion.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Lippert, to approve the minutes from the November 18, 2013 Regular Board Meeting as amended, the November 21, 2013 Work Session, and the November 27, 2013 Special Meeting; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the District's General Operating Fund financial performance is below last year's performance through November, however, December's financial report should improve with the additional Open Enrollment dollars being recognized in the state bi-monthly payments.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt gave Board an update on Race to the Top. He told them that with the carry-over funds the District will be using some of the funds to purchase Chromebooks for the Middle School to help with curriculum delivery and testing. Pete Bartkowiak updated the Board on the status of Townsend Community School which now has 458 active students. Mr. Bartkowiak distributed to the Board an email from Townsend Board President Jean Smith which contained an update on their District.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation, however, Kent Miller and Paul Schoenegge, board elect members were in the audience.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt requested to add to his report under personnel actions for classified staff, item #1 to hire substitutes Johnnie Turner as a substitute custodian in addition to substitute mail carrier. Mrs. McMahon requested from the Board and the Board-elect members if they would be available to meet on Monday January 20, 2014 in a work session that would include a presentation from the Board's legal counsel, Pepple and Waggoner. It was determined that the date and time would work for all and that a Work Session will be held on Monday January 20, 2014 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Administrative Offices.
Treasurer's Report:

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the statutes require the Board to conduct an organizational meeting within the first fifteen calendar days of the new year. This Organizational meeting is unique in that Mr. Hammond will call the meeting to order and swear into office the three newly elected Board members, Mr. Lippert, Mr. Miller and Mr. Schoenegge. Once sworn in, Mrs. McMahon will conduct the meeting. After some discussion on what date and time the meeting should take place, it was decided to hold the Organizational meeting on Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with the January Regular Meeting to occur immediately after the conclusion of the Organizational meeting.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Rankin to approve Board Resolution number 13-14-27 to set the Organizational Meeting on Wednesday January 15, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve Board Resolution number 13-14-28 authorizing the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year 2014; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the employment of Johnnie Turner as a Substitute Mail Courier and Custodian; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Bodey to approve the following teaching contracts:

Janet Skaggs – 2 year contract (2013 – 2015),
Keven Wise – 2 year contract (2013 -2015), and
Susan Miller – 1 year contract (2013 – 2014);

Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business:

There was no old business to discuss.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt told the Board that the district received a donation of $1,480.44 to purchase computers from Bob Toney, Curriculum Director/Assistant Principal. Mr. Toney has been a great addition to the team and has been very generous in the giving of his time and money.

Mr. Kurt informed the Board that the two Straight A Grants that Margaretta had partnered with other Erie County Schools were not approved by the Ohio Department of Education. We will continue to apply for grants at the next opportunity.

Mrs. Kelble inquired about the protocol of canceling practices. The swim team showed up for practice on Saturday afternoon only to find out later that all events were cancelled due to inclement weather. Mr. Kurt explained the protocol and told Mrs. Kelble that he will discuss the situation with Mr. Bohn to make sure that proper procedures are being followed.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Rankin, to adjourn the meeting having no further business to come before the board; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Meeting adjourned at 5:56 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond

JoAnn McMahon
Board President


School Board Members

Mr. Elmer Lippert, President

Mr. Kent Miller

Mr. Paul Schoenegge, Vice President

Mr. Brian Sutorius

Mr. Andrew Warner

Mr. Denny Mock, Superintendent

Mr. Jude Hammond, Treasurer

Margaretta Board of Education
305 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-5322
Fax: (419) 684-9003

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