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MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF JULY 14, 2014.
The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday July 14, 2014 at the Administrative Offices.
Mrs. McMahon called the meeting to order with roll call:
Mrs. Kelble: present,
Mr. Lippert: present,
Mr. Miller: present,
Mr. Schoenegge: present,
Mrs. McMahon: present.
Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the minutes from the June 30, 2014 Regular Meeting; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills
Mr. Hammond stated that fiscal year 2014 ended on June 30 and for the fourth year in a row, the General Fund received more funds than were expended. The ending cash balance grew by $670,542, from $1,672,797 to $2,343,339.
Board and Staff Reports:
Mr. Roth, High School Principal, made a presentation on allowing students to receive physical education credit for participating in certain extra-curricular activities. There was a discussion on how this program could be put into place for the 2014-15 school year. Mr. Roth proposed that the 2014-15 school year would be a pilot year and the program would be evaluated at the end of the school year to determine whether to allow students to earn credit through extra-curricular participation. There was a discussion on students open enrollment, students who are cut from the team, what would happen if the student was injured during the season, how students could return to physical education if they no longer participated in extra-curricular activities. Mr. Roth, Mr. Bohn and Mr. Kurt answered all of the questions from the Board and the audience. Mr. Roth was hoping for a decision at the meeting so that the administration at the High School can prepare for the changes. Mr. Kurt proposed adding an item to his report for the Board to take action.
Mr. Kurt gave a brief presentation on the changes in the Ohio Department of Education School Report card. He stated that the biggest change in the 2013-14 report card is that all students needed to pass their assessment tests by a score of 80% or higher in order for the district to meet the standards established by the Department. In previous years, 75% or higher was the standard used. As a result, preliminary indicators are that the District received a grade of D in one of the ten indicator reported on the State report card. If the criteria did not change, the District would have achieved a grade of A for the second year in a row. Mr. Kurt stated that we have good students and a good system in place. We will work hard to improve the results in the 2014-15 school year and beyond. We have always approached the report card as a benchmark to improve upon each year.
Mr. Kurt presented to the Board an update on enrollment of Townsend Community School which indicates that the Community School had 182 graduates and approximately 515 active students. He mentioned that Townsend continues to have students working on their courses during the summer months. He mentioned that recent changes from State legislation created a special program for adults aged 22 to 29 who do not have a high school diploma to attend a credit recovery school, like Townsend, to achieve their diploma and the State will pay the community school $5,000 per year for this targeted population. The goal is to improve the chances for career or college readiness for young adults who dropped out of school in the past. Included in the change in legislation was a provision to allow high school aged students who are enrolled in charter schools to also participate in extra-curricular activities in the residential district. This would mean that if a Margaretta resident student enrolled in Townsend they could also participate in extra-curricular programs at Margaretta High School. Mr. Kurt mentioned that the Townsend Board of Education is meeting on July 18 to interview prospective project manager to manage the construction of their facility which would be schedule to begin this fall.
Mr. Zang had a couple of questions regarding the physical education/extra-curricular activity proposed pilot program for the upcoming school year.
Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:
Mr. Kurt requested to add under his report, item #2 approval of the extra-curricular activity pilot program for the 2014-15 school year; and under Personnel Action – Classified, add employ Anna Taylor as Special Education Aide.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-01, to declare the impracticality of transportation services and approval of payment in lieu of transportation for families attending Bellevue Immaculate Conception School and/or Norwalk St. Paul High School for the 2014-2015 school year; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution 14-15-02 to renew a Shared Services contract with Townsend Community School for the 2014-15 School year; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-03, to renew the lease agreement with Townsend Community School for areas located at the High School and at Townsend Elementary school buildings for one year effective August 1, 2014; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Mr. Hammond presented the next resolution for the Board to consider, which would place a renewal of an existing 7.00 mill property tax levy on the November 4, 2014 election. The levy is in place for the 2014 tax year, tax bills will be due in calendar year 2015. This is the first opportunity for the Board to place the renewal of the levy before the voters. If the levy is not approved, the Board has the opportunity to place the same levy on the ballot up to three more times in 2015. The levy provides $1,205,950 into the District's General Operating fund to support educational programs.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-04, determining to proceed with the submission to the Electors of the District the question of a renewal of an existing 7.00 mill Emergency property tax levy commencing with tax year 2015; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution 14-15-05 to renew a contract with One Call Now to continue to provide telecommunication services to parents and students for the 2014-15 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the Extra Curricular Activity/Physical Education credit pilot program for the 2014-15 school year as presented by Mr. Roth; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the Supplemental Contract for Kelsey Day, 8th Grade Volleyball Coach and Steve Kinder, volunteer for the Junior High Football team for the 2013-14 School Year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to employ Anna Taylor as Special Education Aide for one year; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to accept the resignation of Ashley Kwiatkowski, Intervention Specialist effective July 10, 2014; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: abstain, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to employ Mark Novak, Intervention Specialist for the 2014-15 school year; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the following Supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year:
Tranette Novak – Medicaid Services Provider,
Susan Miller – Preschool Coordinator,
Adam Reardon – nine (9) extended days – Instrumental Music,
Amanda Reardon – six (6) extended days – Vocal Music,
Carolyn Cook – fifteen (15) extended days – H.S. Guidance,
Heather Lott – fifteen (15) extended days – H.S. Guidance,
Heather Wiley – five (5) extended days - Elem Guidance, and
Kevin Kremer – sixty (60) extended days – Voc. Ag/FFA;
Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
There was no pending business before the Board.
Mr. Hammond informed the Board that the Ohio School Boards' Association Capital Conference will be held this November. He requested that the Board members let him know their intention to attend and for how long. He also requested that the Facilities/Permanent Improvement committee convene to discuss the status of various projects to report back to the Board. It was decided that the Committee would meet prior to the Athletic Council meeting on Wednesday July 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Kurt stated that Student Handbooks have been sent electronically for the Board to review. The Board will have the handbooks on the August meeting to take action. If there are any issues, please notify Dan or the Administrators. Mr. Roth mentioned that the most significant change at the High School/Junior High is that book bags will have to be retained in the student's locker not carried to and from class.
Mrs. McMahon thanked Ed Kurt for his twelve (12) years as Superintendent of the District, this was Ed's final Board meeting. He will be missed by Board and staff. All in attendance wished him well at Findlay Schools.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adjourn the meeting having no further business to come before the board; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Meeting adjourned at 6:42 P.M.
President of the Board
Jude T. Hammond
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