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2015-02-16 Board Minutes


The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 16, 2015 at the Administrative Offices.

Mr. Lippert called the meeting to order with roll call:

Mrs. Kelble: present,
Mrs. McMahon: present,
Mr. Miller: present,
Mr. Schoenegge: present,
Mrs. McMahon: present.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting on January 28, 2015; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the Food Services Fund had a better month in February and has improved its financial position. The General Fund has experienced an improvement in its financial position compared with the same period last fiscal year. This is primarily due to increased property tax advances.

Student Success in Action:

Mr. Schroer introduced Elementary Principal Chris Opelt. Mrs. Opelt proceeded to introduce Mrs. Liz Jacoby, 2nd Grade teacher, who spoke to the Board about a project on the five senses that was recently completed in her 2nd grade class. Mrs. Jacoby introduced Nolan Wiley, Tate Bailey, Ethan Thayer, Abby Miller, Grant Hall, and Eli Pumphrey, 2nd grade students who participated in the project. Each student made an oral presentation on the five senses and how the winter correlates to the five senses. Then each student presented to each Board member, Mr. Schroer and Mr. Hammond a personalized snow globe that the students made in class. The presentation was well received by the audience and the Board.

Mr. Schroer then presented each student a book to sign that will be placed in the Elementary library in honor of their presentation.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Schroer turned over the meeting to Pete Bartkowiak, Executive Director of Townsend Community School. Mr. Bartkowiak distributed to the Board an enrollment report. Townsend Community School continues to set new records for enrollment. Townsend has had forty-four students complete all the state and local requirements to graduate and it is anticipated that the total number of graduates from the Class of 2015 will exceed one hundred students. Pete updated the Board about the status of the new facility being constructed adjacent to the High School. It is anticipated that the building will be finished in July on schedule and under budget.

Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the process the Race to the Top Grant stating that the remaining funds will be used to purchase software for a Student Learning Objective application, partial payment toward additional Chromebooks at the Elementary and paying for the cost of sending staff to the E-Tech Conference later this month.
Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Schroer requested that under the Superintendent's Report, under New Business add an item to discuss Student Nurses shadowing at the Elementary.

Treasurer's Report:

Mr. Hammond led a discussion on the Governor's budget proposal. According to the information distributed by the Ohio School Boards' Association, Margaretta will experience an increase in State Aide over two years of $166,000. Mr. Hammond stated that the Governor's proposal will be introduced and sponsored in the House of Representatives and eventually approved out of the House with revisions to the Governor's proposal. Then the amended bill will be sent to the Senate. The House bill will probably be amended and the substitute bill approved by the Senate and then return to the House for concurrence and finally be ready to be forwarded to the Governor for signature and then become law. The process should conclude by the end of June. Mr. Hammond stated that he will periodically apprise the Board of the changes that may occur during the process.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-41, to approve expenditures in excess of $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mr. Schroer led a discussion on a request for approval of the Board to allow Lorain County Community College nursing students to shadow the Erie County Health Department School Nurses for the remainder of the school year. The Board advised Mr. Schroer to agree with the proposal.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve supplemental employment contracts with Joe Fields, JV Softball Coach, and Scot Lehrer, Junior High School Girls Track Coach for the Spring season; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller to approve volunteers Ryan Spicer, Baseball, and Matt Zahel, Baseball for the Spring season; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve supplemental employment contracts with Erika Crone, Junior High Girls Assistant Track Coach, and Mark Novak, Junior High Boys Track Coach for the Spring season; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business pending before the Board.

Informational Items:

Mr. Schroer addressed the Board on an event to be held at Sandusky High School on Thursday March 12, the Northwest Region of the Ohio School Boards' Association Spring Conference whereby the Margaretta S.A.D.D., Project Share and Treasurer Jude Hammond are up for three separate awards. The Board members were instructed to notify Trish if they were interested in attending. Mr. Schroer then requested that the Board Work Session was scheduled to occur that evening and would the Board mind moving the Work Session date. After some discussion, it was determined that the Work Session would be moved to Wednesday March 18, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Schroer introduced the idea of creating a Margaretta School Achievement Hall of Fame. He is working on a committee to work on establishing the esteem members of the Hall of Fame.

Mr. Schroer inquired that if the Board would not mind, could the Board meet at the Elementary at our March 16th Regular Meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. so as to accommodate a student presentation and a presentation from EHOVE on the storage building constructed by the students of EHOVE. The Board agreed to move the location to the Elementary building and to move the start time ahead to 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Schroer shared with the Board that due to the number of calamity days, seven thus far this winter, the administration and staff have been discussing extending the school day by one half hour in lieu of making up days in June. Mr. Schroer stated that if the unions accepted the concept that we would need a special meeting to take action of the changes in the school day and upon the changes in the teachers' collective bargaining agreement via a Memorandum of Understanding. The Board was in favor of the concept to extend the school day by a half hour to provide value added instruction time. Mr. Schroer told the Board that a letter was sent out regarding morning Pre-school days that have been cancelled due to weather delays. We will be adding three additional Friday morning only school days in April and May to make up for a portion of the lost school days. We will credit parents of the "typical" students who pay tuition for days not made up this year. Next year, we have discussed having Fridays in September and October added for morning Pre-school anticipating that there will be delays in the winter. The Board was accepting of the changes made for morning Pre-School.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert
Board President

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

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305 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-5322
Fax: (419) 684-9003

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