2015-12-05 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF DECEMBER 21, 2015.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday December 21, 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, and
Mr. Lippert: present.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the minutes from the November 16, 2015 Regular Board Meeting; 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 District's General Operating Fund financial performance is slightly better than last year's performance through November. He mentioned that the district is saving funds due to the lower fuel prices. Recently, we paid $1.49/gallon for diesel fuel at the bus garage which is lowest price for diesel fuel in a long time, at least since Mr. Hammond started in 2005.

Student Success in Action:

There was no Student Success in Action presentation due to the December meeting occurring while the District is on Winter Break. Student Success in Action presentations will resume in January.

Board and Staff Reports:

Pete Bartkowiak made a presentation on the status of Townsend Community School. He distributed an enrollment report showing the number of students attending Townsend. Mr. Bartkoviak stated that the anticipated completion date of the addition to the Learning Center will be in March 2016.

Public Participation:

Chris Leibacher discussed the week 6 Varsity Football Game for the 2016 Season. The team originally scheduled for week 6, Fostoria St. Wendelin, announced they would not be having football the next two season. A replacement game was scheduled on that Friday night with Columbus Bishop Riedy. The Administration then decided it would be safer for our students and better logistically for our transportation department to move the game from Friday night in Columbus to Saturday afternoon. Columbus Bishop Riedy agreed to move the date and time to accommodate the request. Mr. Leibacher has a son who is on the Football team. He and some of the football player's parents, with the Football Coaches came to the Board meeting to request that the game be played on Friday night as originally scheduled. Mr. Leibacher stated that playing on Friday night under the lights would be a positive experience for the players, that the parents and coaches would raise funds to pay for charter buses to transport the team members, that keeping the game on Saturday afternoon would disrupt the players and coach's routine. Mandy Lane stated that the Athletic Boosters would help support the Friday night game. Chris Hilton stated that he was disappointed that the parents had to come to a Board meeting to fix the problem. Mr. Lippert thanked the parents for their comments and that we will continue to look at all of our options and determine the best course of action. Mr. Leibacher requested that this be resolved sooner than later.

Mrs. McMahon addressed the two newly elected Board members, Andy Warner and Brian Sutorius, expressing what her years as a board member has meant to her. She stated that she hopes that the Board members will take advantage of the learning opportunites provided by the Ohio School Boards Association and to listen to the staff since they are the ones who work with the students and their best interest every day. She concluded her remarks by offering that she will always be available for consultation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

There were no additional items for the agenda.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mrs. McMahon, to approve Board Resolution number 15-16-27, to approve expenditures that have exceeded the $3,000 threshold of the "then and now" provisions of the Ohio Revised Code Section 5705.41(d); Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Hammond presented an analysis of the results from a formal bid process to purchase a conventional school bus. Mr. Hammond is recommending to acquire a 2017 conventional school bus from Myers Equipment Corporation from Canfield, Ohio having the lowest bid meeting all the specifications with a net purchase price of $76,599.00. Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve the purchase of a conventional school bus to replace bus number 17 from Myers Equipment Corporation, Canfield, Ohio; 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 Board Resolution number 15-16-28 to authorize the Treasurer to make an Inter-fund Advance; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: nay, Mr. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the statutes require the Board to conduct an organizational meeting within the first fifteen calendar days of the new year. After a brief discussion on what date and time the meeting should take place, it was decided to hold the Organizational meeting on Monday January 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. with the January Regular Meeting to occur later in the month of January.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to approve Board Resolution number 15-16-29 to set the Organizational Meeting on Monday January 11, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m.; Roll call: Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve Board Resolution number 15-16-30, to amend the original community school contract with Townsend Community School and extending the contract period from June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2021; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Hammond updated the Board on the progress of the Facilities Committee. The Committee will be interviewing five prospective vendors who can provide information and support for building new facilities, modifying our existing facilities, and/or maintaining our existing facilities.

Superintendent's Report:

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to amend the contract of Leroy Carroll from Support Services Director to Buildings, Grounds and Fleet Supervisor; 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 promote Courtney Parr from Administrative Assistant – Transportation to Transportation Supervisor; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Supplemental Contracts:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve the following supplemental contracts:

For the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee After School Intervention Program, 2 hours per day, for 2 hours per week beginning in January through March:

Certified: Mary Schaefer, Jason Gearheart, Lynsey Polley, Chrystal Liskai as tutors; and

Classified: Jackie Henline, Ashley Williams, Donna McGory, Jessica Avants and Sandra Ramicone as aides; and

Other Supplemental Contracts:

Certified:

Gregg Hedden – Varsity Baseball Head Coach,
Chris Miller – Junior Varsity Baseball Coach,
John Zang – Varsity Boys Head Track Coach, and
Cynthia Hedden – Varsity Girls Head Track Coach,

Classified:

Gary Brown – Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach,
Scott Dickman – Varsity Softball Head Coach,
Denny Bailey – Varsity Softball Assistant Coach,
Joe Fields – Junior Varsity Softball Coach,
Greg Siesel – Varsity Boys Track Assistant Coach, and
Scot Lehrer – Varsity Girls Track Assistant Coach;

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

Volunteers:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to approve the following volunteers:
Mike Marks – Junior High School Wrestling,
Mike Williamson – Softball,
Jason Caponi – Softball, and
Sarah Reynolds – Softball;

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

Old Business:

There was no old business to discuss.

Informational Items:

Mr. Schroer recognized Bob Toney for another generous donation to our District by donating funds to purchase technology at the Elmentary in the amount of a $1,097.81. Mr. Schroer updated the Board on the progress of the Business Advisory Group which recently attended various classrooms at the High School and had a lively discussion on educational outcomes resulting from the efforts of our faculty and staff.

Mr. Schroer made a presentation of a clock to Mrs. Kelble in recognition of her time served on the Board and a centerpiece given to JoAnn McMahon for this past four years as a Board Member. This was the last meeting for Mrs. Kelble and Mrs. McMahon as their terms expire at the end of the calendar year and neither of them sought re-election. There was an applause from all those in attendance.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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Elmer Lippert
Board President

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