2013-04-15 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF APRIL 15, 2013.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday April 15, 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, seconded by Mr. Rankin to accept the minutes for the March 18, 2013 Regular Board meeting and the April 2, 2013 Special Board meeting as presented; 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 commented that he is concerned about the financial position of the Food Services Fund. Referencing page I Food Services Budget-to-Actual report, he stated that the Food Services Fund has experienced a deficit of $22,610 through March. In comparison to the prior fiscal, the fund experienced a $35,709 excess through the same period last year. The $50,000 swing in financial position for this fiscal year may require the Board to transfer funds from the General Fund to cover any short comings since the Fund balance at the beginning of the fiscal year was $47,635.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the progress being made in the areas of Race to the Top Federal Grant initiative, the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, and the recently approved grant received by North Point ESC to help with the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee. He introduced Pete Bartkowiak from Townsend Community School who updated the Board on the status of the district. Townsend Community has 384 students enrolled with 72 students graduating so far this year. He mentioned that they have been working with the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus to provide educational opportunities to students who reside in the hospital. Currently Townsend has enrolled five (5) students from the University Hospital.

Public Participation:

Rod and Kendra Smith addressed the Board with their concern about the weighting used in Elementary for student grading purposes. They presented a document which used three examples of how the weighting would be applied and how the student grades would change if there were no weighting. The Board was open to the objective discussion on the topic. The Board instructed Mr. Kurt to meet with staff to review the proposals and determine the best course of action moving forward.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt stated that he would like to add under Personnel Actions Certified staff, the hiring of Lauren Drossman as High School Science teacher for next school year and to accept the resignation from Becky Hoffman, Elementary teacher at the conclusion of this school year. Mr. Hammond distributed amended resolutions number 12-13-54 and 12-13-55 to replace the resolutions included in the agenda.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution Number 12-13-54 to authorize the Treasurer to make Inter-Fund transfers; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-55, to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2013; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-56, to enter into a three year contract with Julian and Grube, Inc. to assist in the preparation of the GAAP financial statements for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Bodey to approve the purchase of a conventional school bus from Myers Equipment from Canfield, Ohio for $79,671 resulting from the bid process; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mrs. McMahon questioned Mr. Hammond about the recently completed audit for fiscal year 2012. Mr. Hammond stated that the Auditor of State has determined that the audit was very clean and that the district's financial position continues to improve. Mr. Hammond then proceeded to go over the items in the Management Letter issued by the Auditor of State. Mr. Hammond recommended that the finance committee convene to go over the audit and discuss the financial position of the district moving forward.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-57 to enter into a Multi-agreement with the Educational Service Center of Lorain County for the 2013-14 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-58 to enter into a Multi-agreement with North Central Ohio Educational Services Center to provide hearing handicapped services for the 2013-14 school year; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

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

Leroy Carroll, Support Services Director for two years August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2015;
Deanna Faber, EMIS Coordinator, for two years August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2015;

Mark Freeh, Technology Coordinator, for two years August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2015; and

Sarah Ransom, Food Services Supervisor, for one year August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014;

Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to employ the following:

Trisha Simecek Kuhlman – Administrative Assistant – 2 years 2013-15;
Jennifer Morris – Building Secretary – 1 year 2013-14;
Courtney Parr – Administrative Assistant Transportation – 1 year 2013-14;
Rebecca Kuns – Cook – 1 year 2013-14
David Fultz – Assistant Mechanic Transportation – 1 yr. 2013-14;
Debra McEowen – Bus Driver – 1 Year 2013-14; and
Lois Young – Bus Driver – 1 year 2013-2014;

Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the employment of Mark Zorn as a Substitute bus driver, pending meeting all State and Local requirements; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Notion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve a supplemental contract for Kyle Meagrow, 9th grade Assistant Football Coach for the 2013-14 school year, and the following volunteers:

Brian Stimmel – Girls Track, and
Rick Meyer – JV Baseball;

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

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Bodey seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the following employment contracts for the 2013-14 School Year:

Dana Belak – 2 year 2013–2015;
Mollie Biehl – 1 year 2013-2014;
Janis Cheek – continuing contract;
Susan Deerhake – 3 year 2013-2016;
Jessica Kostura – 1 year 2013-2014;
Samantha Lane – 1 year 2013-14;
Brittany Pickett – 2 year 2013-15;
Keith Taylor – 3 year 2013-2016;

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 approve the hiring of Lauren Drossman as High School Science teacher for the 2013-14 school year; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: nay; Mrs. Kelble: nay; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to accept the resignation from Becky Hoffman, Elementary teacher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business pending before the Board.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt noted that within the agenda were two correspondences received, one from Yolanda Kaman thanking Mr. Stacy for his performance in helping her daughter; and a letter from Steve Simmons, III President of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation congratulating Don Adams receiving a Certificate of Achievement and Honorable Mention for the David E. Drum Award for School Bus Mechanic of the Year.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to enter into executive session to prepare for and review negotiations with the Certified and Classified staff bargaining units; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:52 p.m. with Mr. Kurt and Mr. Hammond present during the executive session.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, the board returned from executive session at 8:37 p.m.; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Joann McMahon
President of the Board

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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