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2012-11-19 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 19, 2012.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 19, 2012 at the Administrative Offices.

Mrs. McMahon called the meeting to order with roll call:

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 October 23, 2012 Regular Board Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond stated that the financial reports reflect the first four months of the fiscal year and everything appears to be in-line with the budget.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt led a discussion on the Ohio School Boards' Association Capital Conference. Ed addressed that he attended a session with the State Board of Education and the State's Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction about the Evaluation model being developed for teachers and administrators to be released this school year. He also commented on the State changing from the Ohio Graduation Test to a standardized test similar to the SAT, called a College and Career Readiness Test. Mr. Lippert and Mrs. McMahon spoke about a number of sessions revolving around the shared services concept. In one particular session, two rival schools received a State Grant to explore the possibility of shared services between the two schools. However, although the agreement was created between the districts, no shared services had been implemented to date. Mr. Rankin spoke about a Post Secondary Grant initiative, that the theme from the Legislative session focused on allowing public schools to keep their funding rather than shifting funds into for profit charter schools, and he mentioned that he attended a session on natural gas extraction and thought this would be an ideal time to create a science program within Vo-Ag to educate our students in the new technologies being introduced in Ohio.

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the progress being made in the Race-to-the Top Federal Grant program. There will be a District Team meeting on Thursday December 13. Mr. Kurt then introduced Pete Bartkowiak from Townsend Community School who reported to the Board an update on Townsend Community School.

Public Participation:

Kim Miller, SADD Advisor, stated that the SADD students were selling Polar Blankets for a fundraiser.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mrs. McMahon stated that she wished to add two items to the agenda, one on the Superintendent's evaluation and one regarding the Monroeville Local School District Board of Education. Mr. Hammond stated that he would like to have added under the Treasurer's Report a discussion on cameras at the High School.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve Board Resolution number 12-13-21, approved the expenditure of items hat exceed $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; 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 adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-22, authorizing the procurement of a school bus; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Hammond led a discussion on replacing the cameras and recording devices at the High School. He stated that during the installation of the wiring necessary to implement the wireless connectivity at the High School a couple of months ago, we included the capability to have cameras and an additional data line for phones in the forty-eight locations in the High School. We have received a proposal from Vasu Communications to install and upgrade our camera system. Mr. Hammond recommended that the Permanent Improvement Committee to meet to discuss the priorities of the district moving forward and that the camera system could be a part of the discussion. It was agreed to convene the Board's Permanent Improvement Committee on Tuesday December 4th.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mrs. McMahon told the Board that she had been contacted by a Board member from Monroeville Schools inquiring on how Margaretta's Board meetings operate. She offered to have one or more of their Board members attend a Margaretta meeting to observe the process. She stated that she will let the other Board members know if this concept comes to fruition.

Mrs. McMahon stated that she has been working with Jean Smith, Board President of Townsend Community School, on modifying the Superintendent's performance evaluation and she believes that they have a well crafted performance evaluation form to use. She is also interested in doing something with the Treasurer's evaluation as well. She thanked Jean for all her work and her expertise in this area. Mrs. McMahon also stated that she would like the Superintendent's evaluation be part of the Work Session to be held on Thursday December 6th. She also said that she wants to review several Board policies that have not been changed in many years at the Work Session.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Mr. Kurt told the Board that with the retirement of Doug Schoewe as Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, the District was going to have Leroy Carroll, Transportation Supervisor, become Director over both departments in an effort to control costs.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to amend the employment contract for Leroy Carroll to become the Support Services Director for District effective December 1, 2012; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert, Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to employ Courtney Parr as Transportation Secretary effective October 15, 2012; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve the resignation of Larry Bales as Assistant Mechanic effective December 31, 2012; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to approve the employment of the following substitutes:

Sandi Stout – Food Services
Audra Rooker – Food Services
Traci Sutorius – Food Services
Robin Koch – Food Services
Allison Dreschel – Food Services
Gary Windau – Custodian, and
Tom Crawford – Custodian;

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

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve the employment of Sarah Ransom as Food Services Supervisor effective December 3, 2012; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business:

Mrs. McMahon reminded the Board that there will be another Work Session to be held on Thursday December 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room. She said that agendas will be sent out after the Thanksgiving break and that if the Board members had any items to be included in the agenda, to contact her.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt mentioned that the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has contributed $1,200 to provide mulch and wood chips for the Elementary playground area in an effort to eliminate a wasp problem.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to enter into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:53 p.m.

Mr. Kurt and Mr. Hammond were requested to attend the executive session by the Board.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Rankin, the board returned from executive session at 8:23 p.m. Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, 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 8:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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Joann McMahon
Board President

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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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