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MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 17, 2014.
The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 17, 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. Lippert, second by Mr. Miller, to approve the minutes from the October 29, 2014 Regular Board 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 General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $497,510 after the first four months of the fiscal year. Last year during the same period, the General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $327,695. The difference can be attributed to two factors, with regard to revenues, the District received our Rollback and Homestead Exemption reimbursements in October as opposed to last fiscal year when we received these funds in November; with regard to expenditures, in October we experienced a three (3) payroll month, last fiscal year a three (3) payroll month was in November. The net effect of these two factors accounts for most of the difference in revenues exceeding expenditures in this fiscal year.
Student Success in Action
Mr. Schroer introduced Kathy Day, 5th Grade teacher, who spoke about the Ecosystem Tulip Garden program that was started last spring at the Elementary. This learning opportunity for students in the fifth grade is part of the science curriculum for this year and beyond. Mrs. Day introduced Jayla Caponi, Beau Shaffer, Phoebe Dreschel, Hailey Bauman, Kamry Gravenhorst, and Kenna Stimmel who are all fifth grade students this year. The students were given the opportunity to explain the project to the Board and those in attendance. Each of the students will receive a book to sign and to be placed in the Elementary library.
Board and Staff Reports:
Mr. Hammond distributed the Townsend Community School report. He mentioned that Pete Bartkowiak was out of town and unavailable for the meeting. Within the report was a graph showing student enrollment by district. Margaretta students represent less than 10% of the total Townsend Community School enrollees. Mr. Hammond mentioned that the building project has been making process and that the new electric transformer is scheduled to be installed the day after Thanksgiving by First Energy. We will be transitioning to the new transformer at the High School and replacing the existing transformers that have been there over sixty years.
Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the final year of the Race to the Top Grant initiative. Mr. Miller reported on his experience at the Capital Conference in particular the delegate session. Mr. Lippert expressed that he attended several good session at the conference including one on master facility plans. Mrs. McMahon spoke about several topics including social media, 1st Amendment rights, and Human Trafficking. Mr. Schroer spoke about a special Superintendent session wherein State Superintendent Dan Ross spoke. Mr. Hammond expressed that he attended the fiscal and legal tracks and that the best session he attended was on the last day of the conference from the Education Tax Policy Institute.
John Zang inquired about the status of the Common Core legislation that is being debated in Columbus. Mr. Schroer responded that the House Education Committee approved a bill to abolish the Common Core, however, it is not the opinion of the entire House or other members of the General Assembly, Governor or State Board of Education to support the bill.
Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:
There were no additions or amendments to the agenda.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-23, authorizing the procurement of a school bus; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve Board Resolution number 14-15-24, approved the expenditure of items that exceed $3,000 which have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Mr. Schroer introduced several policy changes for a first reading. He stated that if the Board has any questions or concerns regarding the changes, additions and deletions, to contract him. He would like to have the policy changes approved at the December Board meeting.
Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the amendment and extension of the employment contract with Deanna Faber as EMIS Coordinator, the amendment to be effective November 15, 2014 to approve increasing her work week from three days to four days, and to extend the contract two years through July 31, 2017; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the employment of the following substitutes:
Daniel Gearheart – Bus Driver and Custodian,
Bill Mohr – Bus Driver, and
Carrie Lewis – Lunchroom Monitor;
Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to approve Ted Ohlemacher as Junior High Wrestling Coach Volunteer; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to accept the resignation for the purposes of retirement from Rock Farlow, Physical Education teacher, effective May 31, 2015; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.
There was no business pending before the Board.
Mr. Schroer congratulated the Board and thanked the Levy Committee and the voters in the district who supported our campaign. Mr. Schroer told the Board that he is working with the Sandusky Register on a regular report "from the desk of the Superintendent," and he plans on having the first of many "Coffee Talks" with the community at the High School library on December 4th. Mr. Hammond reminded the Board that we have moved the time of the December Regular Board meeting ahead to 5:00 p.m. on Monday December 15, 2014.
Motion by Mrs. Kelble, 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 8:10 P.M.
Jude T. Hammond
School Board Members
Mr. Kent Miller, Vice President
Mr. Paul Schoenegge
Mr. Brian Sutorius
Mr. Andrew Warner, President
Mrs. Mandi Yetter
Mr. Dennis Mock, Superintendent
Mrs. Diane Keegan, Treasurer
Margaretta Board of Education
305 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-5322
Fax: (419) 684-9003