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2016-02-15 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 15, 2016.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 15, 2016 at the Administrative Offices.

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

Mr. Miller: present,
Mr. Schoenegge: present,
Mr. Sutorius: present,
Mr. Warner: present,
Mr. Lippert: present.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting on January 29, 2016, and the Special Board meeting on February 8, 2016 as presented; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that by comparing the financial performance of the General Fund through January 2016 to the same period last fiscal year, the District is outspending revenues by $206,000. However, we will be receiving $69,000 from Townsend Community School for the purchase of a school bus, and $37,000 from the Athletic Funds to restore the expense to employ event workers. The net effect is the General Fund is approximately $100,000 worse off than last fiscal year when revenues exceeded expenditures by $130,000. The General Fund should experience another fiscal year where revenues will exceed expenditures, for the sixth consecutive fiscal year, however, the amount of excess could be less than $100,000.

Student Success in Action:

Mr. Schroer introduced this year's officers of Ruriteen, a sub group of Townsend Ruritan. Ruriteen has provided support for several fundraising and community service programs. This year, the Ruriteen officers and members have embarked on creating a Middle School Ruriteen organization. In March, they are holding two fundraisers for Relay for Life – a Dance-a-thon on Friday March 4th where students will raise funds to dance at the High School and a Dodge Ball Tournament comprised of students and adult teams competing for a trophy. The Dodge Ball Tournament has been well attended in the past and this year should be no exception. Mr. Schroer thanked the presenters – Molly Brownell, President, Kristen Yost, 1st Vice-President, Zach Schoen, 2nd Vice-President, and Logan Schroer, Secretary. Mr. Schroer then presented each student a book to sign that will be placed in the High School/Middle School 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 enrolled over seventy new students since January and they are currently have over 850 active students. Pete updated the Board about the status of the facility expansion project and stated that he anticipates that the expansion will be completed by the end of March. He hopes to have an Open House for the community in April.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Schroer requested to add under the Superintendent's Report, Personnel Actions – Classified to employ Cynthia Fisk as Substitute Bus Driver/Aide. Mr. Hammond requested to add Resolution #15-16-49 to enter into a depository agreement with First Merit Bank.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-47, to approve expenditures in excess of $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-48, to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Hammond introduced Board Resolution number 15-16-49 which intended for the Board to establish a depository agreement with First Merit Bank. The Board has participated in a Lease-Purchase Agreement with First Merit to secure the funds necessary to complete the building addition for Townsend Community School. Townsend has agreed to amend the Ground Lease with the Board to repay the Board the funds associated with the Lease-Purchase Agreement with First Merit. The establishment of the depository account was a condition of the Lease-Purchase Agreement.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to adopt Board Resolution 15-16-49 to enter into a depository agreement with First Merit Bank; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve the employment of Cynthia Fisk as a Substitute Bus Driver (pending her meeting all State and Local requirements) and Bus Aide for the 2015-16 school year; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business pending before the Board.

Informational Items:

Mr. Schroer thanked all those who participated in the First Annual Achievement Hall of Fame for Margaretta Schools recognition at the February 19th Basketball game. It was a special night. Mr. Schroer requested to move the March Regular Board Meeting to the Elementary to accommodate a presentation on the Science Fair. The Board agreed to move the March 16, 2016 meeting from the Administrative Office Building to the Elementary.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to enter into Executive Session to discuss the employment of a public employee; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Board entered into Executive Session at 7:28 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Warner to return to Open Public Session; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr, Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Board returned to Open Public Session at 7:48 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert
Board President

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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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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