- Category: Board Minutes
MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 29, 2014.
The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 29, 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, second by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the minutes from the September 29, 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 the district can expect an increase in our natural gas bills this year due to the harsh winter last year. He pointed out that the natural gas payments made this year are nearly triple when compared to the amount paid last fiscal year over the same period of time. The General Fund continues to operate in the black. We ended the first quarter of the fiscal year as of September 30, 2014 with revenues exceeding expenses by $950,939.
Student Success in Action:
Mr. Schroer introduced Ryan Bohn, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director who introduced four High School student athletes who attended the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Leadership Conference in August. Each of the students made oral presentations on their individual experience at the conference. They each referenced a speaker and the message that the speaker conveyed.
Mr. Schroer then introduced Cross Country Coaches John Zang and Greg Cecil who spoke about the Elementary Fun Run and the effects of Crohn's Disease and Achromatopsia, a rare hereditary vision disorder. Mr. Zang introduced four Cross Country performers who participated in the presentation.
Mr. Schroer then presented each of the students a book that he requested each of the students to sign. The books will be placed in the High School library.
Board and Staff Reports:
Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the progress of the Race to the Top Federal Grant program. This is the final year, actually a carry-over of the final year of the Race to the Top Grant, of the grant. The District has less than $5,000 remaining in Grant Funds that will be used to provide instructional support services. Mr. Schroer and Mr. Hammond updated the Board on the progress of the Townsend Community Schools facility. Mr. Schroer stated that Townsend officials and staff had a successful "ground breaking" ceremony last Wednesday October 22, 2014. Townsend anticipates that the Learning Center will be open next June if the construction stays on course. Mr. Hammond mentioned that Townsend continues to enroll new students at a record pace. At the rate they are growing, Townsend will exceed 700 active students this school year and graduate in excess of 100 students.
John Zang addressed Mr. Bohn and Mr. Roth questioning the impact of the changes in the treatment of community school students on the classification of Margaretta High School. He is concerned that Margaretta may move up in classification for our sports teams whereby Margaretta will need to compete with larger school districts. Mr. Bohn answered that the OHSAA has not determined how they will count the community school student who now can participate on athletic teams in their residential district. He believes that since every school will be affected by this issue, that there may not be a significant change in our division positions. Mr. Zang then addressed the Board about the amount of time that teachers are busy replying to social media requests from students and parents. He wants the Board to know that the teachers may not be as quick to respond to request because they are busy in their own lives in the evenings, weekends and over lunch time. Mrs. McMahon expressed that the Board is aware of the changes that have occurred resulting from the expansion of social media. She went on to say that there is an increase in the number of problems of misconduct resulting from the teacher to student relationship via social media. It is something that the Board, administration and staff will have to manage as technology evolves.
Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:
Mr. Schroer requested to change his report under the Personnel Action Classified Staff section. He asked to delete Josh Ackerman from the Volunteer list and Tanner Shoen as an FFA volunteer.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve Board Resolution number 14-15-20, to approve the expenditure of items that exceed $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Mr. Hammond presented to the Board a Five Year Forecast for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2019. He mentioned that the district should experience a fifth consecutive year where General Fund revenues will exceed expenditures in the current fiscal year. However, next year the State legislature will develop a new two year budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The biggest financial risks to the district are if one of or both of our operating levies aren't renewed and/or the State continues to phase out or eliminate the Tangible Personal Property Tax Loss Reimbursement. Currently, the reimbursement from the State into the General Fund is $1,305,706. The five year forecast presented recognizes the renewal of the two operating levies and assumes the phase-out of the reimbursement. As a result, the five year forecast shows that the General Fund will be deficit spending in fiscal year 2016 through 2019. The expected cash balance at the end of fiscal year 2019 is a negative $2,230,625.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-21 approving a five-year forecast for fiscal years 2015 through 2019 as presented; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-22, to approve the graduation of Hunter France, having completed all state and local requirements with the Class of 2015; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: abstain, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the employment of Beverly Nicholson as a substitute bus aide; 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 approve the employment of the following:
Erica Rock – Special Education Aide, effective November 3rd,
Kaitlyn Orshoski – Special Education Aide, effective October 14th, and
Debra Allen – Special Education Aide, effective October 20th;
Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve Tanner Shoen, FFA Volunteer; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
There was no pending old business items discussed.
Mr. Hammond reminded the Board members of the Ohio School Boards' Association Capital Conference to be held November 10 through November 13, 2014 in Columbus. Mr. Miller is the district's delegate. Mr. Schroer presented to the Board a copy of the newsletter that was prepared and mailed to all the residents in the district. He updated the Board on the action of the levy committee and thanked all those who participated.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller to adjourn the meeting having no further business to come before the board; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Meeting adjourned at 8:48 P.M.
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