2013-01-21 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING ON JANUARY 21, 2013.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in Regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday January 21, 2013 at the Administrative Offices.

Mrs. McMahon called the meeting to order and asked Mr. Hammond to take the roll:

Mr. Lippert: present
Mr. Bodey: present
Mr. Rankin: present
Mrs. Kelble: present
Mrs. McMahon: present

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Rankin, to approve the minutes from the December 17, 2012 Regular Meeting and the January 11, 2013 Organizational Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Financial Report/Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond reported that the financial position of the district as of December 31, 2012 is $120,000 ahead of last fiscal year for the same period.

Board and Staff Reports

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the progress being made with the Race to the Top program. He mentioned the process the district has been following preparing for the changes in the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on Townsend Community School. He stated that School has experienced a 91% graduation from their initial year of enrollees. Townsend Community currently has 329 students enrolled. Townsend School Board met on January 10th to go over the direction of their district. In their strategic planning session, there was a discussion on the facilities, locations and enrollment. Pete Bartkowiak, Superintendent of Townsend Community School, distributed a document that was shared with the Townsend Community School Board which demonstrated the number of students currently enrolled, by grade level and school district residency. He stated that a significant number of students are coming from students closer to Margaretta Township than Townsend Township. He stated that the focus of the strategic planning session was on the future of the district and how to best serve and promote the alternative education school. Mr. Kurt stated that Mr. Carroll, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Bartkowiak and a Board member from Townsend Community School will be meeting to go over facilities.

Mr. Kurt mentioned that he and Mr. Bohn will be attending a National Conference on Crisis Planning in Columbus. Mr. Kurt finished his comments by telling the Board that he and the Administrative staff are preparing for the Park Assessment, the new standardized testing initiative, to be in place for the 2014-15 School Year.

Public Participation

Mr. John Zang, Margaretta Teachers Association President, spoke about student safety. He updated the Board on his efforts to encourage the use of the National Guard to provide security in school buildings across Ohio. Mr. Kurt mentioned that he has met with Sheriff Sigsworth on securing the school buildings in the District. He also stated that Mr. Toney is preparing a grant request to the Erie County/Sandusky Community Foundation for upgrading our buildings to address student safety.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda

Mrs. McMahon requested to add Board Committees under Old Business.

Treasurer's Report

Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve Resolution No. 12-13-35 authorizing the Treasurer to pay certain bills that exceed $3,000 that have met the "Then and Now" provision of the statutes; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve Board Resolution number 12-13-36, to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Superintendent's Report

Personnel Actions

Classified:

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert to approve the following substitute bus drivers, pending their completion of all state and local requirements to be licensed:

Leonard DeCarmine – Substitute Bus Driver,
Kimberly Trimarche – Substitute Bus Driver,
Shaina Trimarche – Substitute Bus Driver, and
Jennifer Fultz – Substitute Bus Driver;

Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business

Mrs. McMahon distributed a list of all current committees of the Board and instructed the other Board members to let her know which committee the members are interested in joining. She will then update the committee members.

Informational Items/Correspondences

Mr. Roth and Mr. Bohn updated the Board on the current status of the Athletic League affiliation. Currently there are six schools committed to form a new league – Sandusky River League. These schools include Fremont St. Joe, Lakota, Tiffin Calvert, Old Fort, New Riegel and Sandusky St. Mary's. Two of these schools currently do not have football programs – Old Fort and New Riegel. There are other schools that have expressed an interest in joining the new league. Mr. Bohn stated that we would continue to explore the best possible situation for our student athletes.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Bodey to move into Executive session for the purpose to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of public employees; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board moved into Executive Session at 7:37 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to return to Open Session was made. Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board returned to Open Session at 8:17 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:19 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

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Joann McMahon
Board President

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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