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2013-11-18 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 18, 2013.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 18, 2013 at the Administrative Offices.

Mrs. McMahon called the meeting to order with roll call:

Mr. Lippert: present
Mr. Bodey: present
Mr. Rankin: present
Mrs. Kelble: present
Mrs. McMahon: present.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Rankin, to approve the minutes from the October 21, 2013 Regular Board Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond stated that the General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $327,695 after the first four months of the fiscal year. Last year during the same period, the General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $706,663. The reasons for the $378,968 difference are primarily due to a delay in the receipt of the State's reimbursement of Rollback and Homestead Exemption funds and an increase in purchased services for special education and preschool.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the progress being made in the Race-to-the Top Federal Grant program. This year the Ohio Department of Education has issued over twenty new initiatives in education. The District has benefited from the implementation of the Race to the Top Grant program, assisting administrators and teachers with the implementation of the initiatives.

Pete Bartkowiak presented the Townsend Community School report. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that Community School has 439 active students as of November 18, 2013. He also said that the Community School Board has entered into a contract with an architect, Scott Mularoni, to prepare plans for a 12,000 to 15,000 square foot educational facility for their district.

Mr. Kurt informed the Board that the District has participated with other local schools in the area on two different Straight A Grant applications. One of the applications is being led by Edison Local Schools and involves technology training and program development. The other application is being led by Perkins Local with an emphasis on the blended learning experience and integration of technology.

Mrs. McMahon led a discussion on the Ohio School Boards' Association Capital Conference. Joann expressed her learning more about bullying and social media issues while spending most of her time in the legal educational tracks. Mr. Bodey mentioned the shift in educational platforms from seat time to the integration of technology and the emphasis on hours rather than days of educational instruction. Mr. Lippert mentioned the emphasis on the blended learning model. Mr. Kurt spoke about the safety and security issues for students. Mr. Hammond followed the fiscal tracks and spoke about the changes coming in the costs for electrical services and some options available for schools.

Public Participation:

John Zang inquired about the safety and security of buildings in the District. Mr. Kurt updated Mr. Zang on the applications for grants to assist in the safety and security of buildings. There are a couple of statewide grants and local grants that we are pursuing. Mrs. Kelble was concerned about the Weber/Wightman grant application from last year. Mr. Kurt stated that we did not receive all the cost estimates in time to meet last year's application deadline; however, we are planning to apply for the grant this year. Lonnie Siesel questioned why we were not submitting our own Straight A Grant application as opposed to joining other schools in the area. Mr. Kurt explained that he met with the Superintendents in the area who believed that the collaboration of schools had a better chance of receiving grant funds than one district on their own. Leslie Wiswell stated for the record that she never said she was a librarian. She is a library aide. Her statement that she has not received a raise in four years came from one of her fellow union employees.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt requested that within his report, under classified personnel actions, to add item 3, to hire Alejandro Calderon as a substitute bus driver and custodian and Andrea Cullen as substitute custodian; item 4, to accept the resignation of Sherry Bodey as Varsity Cheerleading Advisor; item 5, to promote Beth Ballard to Varsity Cheerleading Advisor; item 6, to approve Sherry Bodey as Volunteer for Cheerleading.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve Board Resolution number 13-14-22, approved the expenditure of items that exceed $3,000 which have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to adopt Board Resolution number 13-14-23, authorizing the procurement of a school bus; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Bodey recommended that the District continue to make an effort to keep up with the bus fleet. We currently have 25 buses in the fleet and if we replace one per year, logic would indicate that you will be maintaining buses for twenty-five years which would be beyond their useful lives. Last year, Townsend Community School agreed to reimburse the District for the purchase of an additional bus. We will continue to monitor the fleet and periodically we will need to replace more than one bus per year. The cost to replace a bus is now in excess of $80,000, replacing more than one from the General Fund will be a challenge.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution number 13-14-24, to grant an easement to Buckeye Cable System to expand the access to our High School in order to accommodate the broadcasting of sporting events; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to amend the Secretaries and Central Office Salary Schedule effective October 1, 2013, July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015 with a one percent (1%) increase at each interval; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: nay, Mr. Lippert: abstain, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. McMahon, to approve modifications to the non-bargaining personnel medical insurance plan design effective January 1, 2014; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve a one percent (1%) salary increase for Administrators and Supervisors effective October 1, 2013, August 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: nay, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

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

Greg Wiedenheft – 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach,
Holly Miller – Varsity Assistant Swim Coach shared (1/2),
Joe Groscost – Varsity Assistant Swim Coach shared (1/2),
Joe Miller – Junior High Wrestling Coach shared (1/2),
David Siesel – Junior High Wrestling Coach shared (1/2),
Denny Bailey – Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, and
Gary Wahl – Varsity Assistant Girls Basketball Coach;

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

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to approve Joe Bias Jr. as Volunteer Junior High School Girls Basketball Coach, and Kevin Lindsley as Volunteer Junior High School Girls Basketball Coach; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert to employ Alejandro Calderon as a substitute bus driver and substitute custodian, and Andrea Cullen as a substitute custodian; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the resignation of Sherry Bodey as Varsity Cheerleading Advisor effective November 18, 2013; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: abstain, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to approve the promotion of Beth Ballard to Varsity Cheerleading Advisor; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, second by Mr. Rankin, to approve Sherry Bodey as a volunteer Varsity Cheerleading Advisor; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: abstain, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Certified:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the following supplemental contracts:

Angie Tucker – 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach,
Lauren Drossman – Varsity Swimming Coach shared (1/4),
Teal Balduff – Resident Educator,
Sandy Carroll – Resident Educator, and
Gregg Hedden – Varsity Baseball Coach;

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

Old Business:

Mrs. McMahon reminded the Board that there will be another Work Session to be held on Thursday November 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room. She said that if there are items that the Board members would like to address to let her know so that she can add the items to the agenda.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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Joann McMahon

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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


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