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2013-02-25 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 25, 2013.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 25, 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 approve the minutes from the January 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 in the previous fiscal year, the District received a $1,000,000 advance from Erie County in January 2012. This year, the District received only a $500,000 from Erie County in January. Given the difference of $500,000 the District's General Operating Fund is ahead of last fiscal year's pace by $135,000. We are on target to improve upon our financial position from last year.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt introduced Mr. Kevin Kremer, FFA Advisor and Vocational Agriculture teacher. Mr. Kremer presented to the Board a project that the FFA students have been working on with the Erie County Fair Board. The swine barn at the Erie County Fairgrounds is in need of an upgrade. All other livestock barns have been improved over the years with the exception of the swine barn. The FFA is taking a lead on generating financial support to do the project in time for the 2013 Fair in August. The FFA students would like to use a portion of the surplus funds held in their account and contribute $15,000 to the project, which would be approximately half of the estimated costs. The Board was supportive of the project and the role the FFA students were taking. The Board approved the $15,000 expenditure of the FFA funds.

Mr. Kurt presented to the Board the Mid-year Discipline Reports stating that there was nothing out of line for the District. Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the status of the Race to the Top initiatives.

Mr. Kurt introduced Pete Bartkowiak, the Superintendent of Townsend Community School who updated the Board on the progress being made this year in the Conversion School. Mr. Bartkowiak distributed a handout on the number of students enrolled, 360 as of February 13, and he stated that seventy (70) students have completed their coursework and will graduate this June and an additional sixty-three students have six (6) or less credits to complete to be eligible for graduation. He told the Board that the Townsend Community School Board approved expanding the transportation services offered through the Shared Services agreement with Margaretta. Mr. Hammond stated that the amendment to the contract is on the Board's agenda.

Mr. Kurt stated that he has been approached by the Administration at the High School and they are recommending that the Board increase the number of credits to graduate to twenty-two (22) credits effective with the 2015 School Year. Mr. Bohn updated the Board on the Athletic Conference discussion going on amongst schools in the area. He stated that Sandusky St. Mary's has decided to leave the Sandusky Bay Conference to join five (5) other schools in forming the Sandusky River League. He recommends that Margaretta remain part of the SBC but to keep our options open to other leagues depending on how the SBC changes with the loss of St. Mary's.

Public Participation:

Mrs. McMahon stated that the Board will not allow a public discussion on the discipline of students or employees. She stated that if those in the audience wanted to wait and make their concerns heard by the Board, the Board will allow time in Executive Session for discussion on sensitive subject areas.

Mr. Zang inquired about the status of security systems at the buildings. Mr. Kurt said that we were waiting to hear back from our vendor on an estimated cost to put in cameras and secure all points of entry at the buildings. Mr. Schoenegge announced that there will be a Cold Creek Festival again this year and that he will be bringing requests for the use of facilities for various events on School property.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt requested that under the Superintendent's Report, Personnel Action Classified to add Hali Berger as Junior High Assistant Track Coach. Mrs. McMahon requested to add under Old Business to schedule the next Work Session of the Board.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-37, to approve expenditures in excess of $3,000 that 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. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-38, to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year; 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 12-13-39, to amend the Shared Services agreement with Townsend Community School to address the expansion of transportation services; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-40, to authorize the procurement of a new school bus; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-41, to enter into a depository agreement with Key Bank; 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 adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-42, accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the Erie County Budget Commission for the 2013 Tax Year; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Hammond stated that earlier this month the Governor released the 2013-2015 State Budget and has been introduced to the House of Representatives as House Bill 58. This is the first step to establish an important piece of legislation that will have an impact on the District beginning this July. There are many details to the budget that will be reviewed and interpreted to determine the budget's impact on our District. The initial interpretation is that the District will not receive an increase in State Aide over the two year period. Yet to be determined will be the reimbursement of Tangible Personal Property taxes moving forward. Currently, the reimbursement amount is around $1.1 million to Margaretta Schools. Mr. Hammond will keep the Board apprised of the status of the Budget bill.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. McMahon, to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-43, to approve the 2013-2014 School Calendar as presented; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-44, to approve the High School Band to attend a variety of musical presentations in Chicago, IL from March 26 through March 28, 2013; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: abstain, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-45, entering into a contract with Jefferson County Educational Services Center to provide Virtual Learning Academy for select students for the 2012-13 School Year; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Margaretta Teachers' Association regarding stipends for teachers who complete the work assignments through the Student Learning Objective (SLO) initiative; 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 Mrs. Kelble, to approve Substitute Mail Courier Deb McEowen, and Johnnie Turner as Bus Driver effective February 4, 2013; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

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

Sarrah Palmer – Varsity Softball Coach,
Courtney Parr – Assistant Varsity Softball Coach,
Greg Siesel – Assistant Varsity Boys Track Coach,
Larry Lippert – Assistant Varsity Girls Track Coach,
Tom Crawford – Junior High Boys Track Coach,
William Beck – Varsity Girls Soccer Coach,
Hali Berger – Assistant Junior High Girls Track Coach, and
Michael Rankin – Junior High Assistant Boys Track Coach;

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

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve Troy Hansen as Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to employ Jason Gearheart as Kindergarten Teacher effective February 26, 2013; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

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

Chris Miller – Junior Varsity Baseball Coach,
Eric Kaman – Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach,
John Zang – Varsity Boys Track Coach,
Shannon Bramel – Varsity Girls Track Coach, and
Brittany Pickett – Junior High Girls Track Coach;

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

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to accept the resignation of Shawn Moses High School Science Teacher effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Old Business:

Mrs. McMahon asked the Board members to check their calendars to determine when the next work session should occur. It was decided that the next Board Work Session will occur on Tuesday April 2, 2013 beginning at 5:30 in the Board Room.

Informational Items:

There were no informational items raised.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to enter into executive session in order to discuss matters required to be kept confidential by federal law; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:47 p.m. with Mr. Chris Hilton, Mr. Kurt and Mr. Hammond present during the executive session.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, second by Mr. Rankin, the board returned from executive session. Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The returned into regular open session at 8:48 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, second by Mr. Bodey, 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 8:52 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

Joann McMahon
Board President

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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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