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2015-03-16 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF MARCH 16, 2015.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday March 16, 2015 at Margaretta Elementary.

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

Mrs. Kelble: present
Mrs. McMahon: present
Mr. Miller: present
Mr. Lippert: present.

Mr. Schoenegge arrived late for the meeting.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the minutes from February 16, 2015 Regular Meeting and the March 2,2015 Special Meeting; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond told the Board that the financial position of the General Fund is performing better than expected. The revenues have exceeded expenditures by $1,541,832 through February 2015. Last fiscal year, revenues outpaced expenditures by $1,143,756. If this trend continues, the General Fund should end the fiscal year with over $2,500,000 in carry-over funds. Mr. Hammond mentioned that recently he has been informed that there has been an error in the natural gas consortium bills and the District has built up a credit balance. It appears that our natural gas cost will be improving throughout the remainder of this fiscal year.

Student Success in Action:

Mr. Schroer requested to move the meeting into the Elementary computer lab for a presentation. Mr. Schoenegge arrived as the meeting was moving to the computer lab. Once in the computer lab Mr. Schroer introduced Elementary Principal Mrs. Opelt and Technology teacher Mrs. Bogard. Mrs. Bogard introduced Kindergarten students Tyler Johnson and Natalie Avants who made a presentation using their I-pads. Then Mrs. Bogard introduced 5th Grade students Jacob Leibacher and Evan Mann who made a presentation using their Chromebooks. Mr. Schroer thanked the students, Mrs. Bogard and Mrs. Opelt on the presentations. Mr. Schroer then addressed the students and explained to them that they will have the opportunity to sign books to be placed in the Elementary library to honor their efforts during the presentations.

The meeting then moved to the newly constructed storage building adjacent to the Elementary gymnasium. Mr. Schroer introduced Mr. Earhardt from EHOVE Joint Vocational School who spoke about the building project. Mr. Schroer introduced a couple of the EHOVE students who participated in the construction project. The building will used to store equipment and furnishings. The electric stills needs to be installed and the building will be ready for use.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the status of the Race to the Top Federal Grant. The remaining funds will be used to purchase Student Learning Objectives software and to contribute to the purchase of a Chromebook cart of thirty units.
Mr. Bartkowiak, the Executive Director of Townsend Community School, distributed his monthly report to the Board. He stated that their District currently has approximately 650 active students. Mr. Bartkowiak updated the Board on the progress of the construction of the new learning center. The project is projected to be complete in early July. Mr. Bartkowiak mentioned that the Townsend Board is considering an expansion to the building and to begin the expansion at the conclusion of the construction project. Mr. Bartkowiak spoke about some of the proposed legislation to address charters schools and their possible impact on Townsend Community School. The Board had a discussion on the number of Margaretta residential students attending Townsend Community School. Mr. Schroer and Mr. Hammond will review the circumstances that may have contributed to the parents' decision to withdraw from Margaretta.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Schroer notified the Board of a correction on his report, specifically, under the Personnel Actions, Certified, Cyndi Hedden is the Varsity Girls "Track" Coach. Mr. Hammond introduced amended resolution 14-15-42 and the details to the Shared Services contract with Townsend Community School as part of resolution 14-15-45.

Treasurer's Report:

Mr. Hammond led a discussion on the status of the State's budget bill. He stated that the bill is pending in the House of Representatives. He anticipates the House will amend the original proposal before passing the bill on to the Senate in April.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller to adopt Board Resolution Number 14-15-42, 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.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution Number 14-15-43, to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the Erie County Budget Commission for the purpose of property tax collections in calendar year 2016; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-44 to approve a contract with NOECA for Internet Services for the 2015-16 school year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-45 to approve a Shared Services contract with Townsend Community School for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 school years; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller, Mr. Scheonegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller, to authorize the procurement of a conventional school bus which anticipated to exceed the $50,000 threshold requiring a competitive bid process; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the status of having the 2015-16 school calendar for Board approval. Currently, the Administration is proposing to extend the school days by one-half hour at the start of the school year through Thanksgiving break.

Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-47 approving the Class of 2015 pending completion of all State and Local requirements; 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 adopt Board Resolution number 14-15-48 to continue the Student Drug Testing policy for the 2015-16 school year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve a supplemental contract to Haylee Straus as Varsity Volleyball Coach for the 2015-16 School Year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve Mark Stacy as an On-Board Bus Driver Instructor; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve Sarah Reynolds as a Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to approve employment with John Mulgrew as Substitute Custodian and Substitute Bus Driver, pending completion of all State and Local requirements; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegee, to approve supplemental contracts for:

Cyndi Hedden – Varsity Girls Track Coach,
Sarah Roan – Varsity Girls Assistant Track Coach (shared),
Lindsay Miller – Varsity Girls Assistant Track coach (shared),
Erica Grahl – Special Education Unit Leader effective January 1, 2015,
Ann Ball – 6th Grade Class Trip Advisor (shared),
Jaclyn Scott – 6th Grade Class Trip Advisor (shared), and

To amend the Supplemental contracts for Christine Smith and Jennifer Bordner, reducing from one-half Supplemental to one-quarter supplemental to be 6th Grade Class Trip Advisors;

Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no pending business before the Board.

Informational Items:

Mr. Schroer reminded the Board of the Work Session on Wednesday March 18th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Mr. Schroer thanked the Board for their willingness to move the work session to the 18th due to a scheduling conflict on the original date of March 12th. On March 12th the Ohio School Boards' Association Northwest Region held their Spring Banquet at Sandusky High School and there were representatives of Margaretta being recognized at the event. The District's S.A.D.D. and Project Share were presented with awards.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert,
Board President

Jude T. Hammond,
Treasurer

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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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