2016-05-16 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF MAY 16, 2016.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday May 16, 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 April 18, 2016 Regular Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, and Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond reported that the District's General Operating Fund has generated $859,363 of revenue in excess of expenditures through April. Last Fiscal Year the General Operating Fund's excess was only $608,430 at the end of April, 2015. If this trend continues, the General Fund should have a carry forward balance in excess of $2,700,000 at the end of this fiscal year. He mentioned to the Board that he has prepared an amended five-year forecast which supports his statement.

Student Success in Action:

Mr. Schroer introduced High Principal Mr. Rod Smith who introduced four High School students. Each of the four students spoke about their experience at the High School/Middle School during the school year. Ambria Didion spoke about her experience as an officer of Margaretta's FFA. Rebecca Denman spoke about her experience as a student athlete and National Honor Society. Zach Schoen spoke about his experience with being part of the High School Leadership Class. Molly Brownell spoke about her experience attending Bowling Green State University at Firelands College as part of College Credit Plus program. Mr. Schroer congratulated the students stating that they have had a great senior year.

Mr. Schroer presented each of the students with a book to be signed and the book will be placed in the High School Library dedicated to these students as a testimony of their efforts and success.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Bartkowiak gave a brief update on Townsend Community School stating that Townsend has nearly 900 active students at the end of April. The Community School will be celebrating graduation on Tuesday June 14, 2016 at the Sandusky State Theatre. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that he anticipates over 200 students will be graduating this school year from Townsend. This year, there will be adult students receiving a High School Diploma as part of the Twenty-two and Over Program. Mr. Bartkowiak told the Board that it has been decided that an open house for the Learning Center will be in August prior to the start of the School Year. He intends to invite the community to attend.

Public Participation:

Mrs. Linda Fields had questions about the cost of the investigation into her sister-in-law Jennifer Morris' improper conduct as High School Secretary. Mr. Schroer responded that we are waiting on the bills from Pepple and Waggoner. Mrs. Fields then questioned the cost to conduct Treasurer interviews. Mr. Hammond explained that the District handled the interviews internally. The Board members will be paid to attend the Special Board meetings. The cost to pay the Board members will be less than $3,000. Mrs. Fields then started a conversation around bullying that is going on at the High School/Middle School. This led to discussion from many parents in attendance including Meghan Lenthe, Chris Leibacher, Leslie Griffin, Tom Johnson, and Jennifer Johnson. Comments were also made by Sallie Warner, Leslie Wiswell, High School Library Aid, Angie Tucker, High School/Middle School Physical Education/Health teacher, Kim Miller, High School/Middle School Study Hall Monitor, and Michael Young. The discussion was concluded that more needs to be done in an effort to reduce the number of bullying incidents, which should be a continuing effort to educate the students. In addition, it was suggested that the District should provide opportunities to educate our parents about what is bullying and the consequences that could occur as a result of bullying.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Schroer requested to add under his report, Personnel Actions, Classified staff to include the resignation for purposes of retirement Leslie Wiswell, Library Aid and the employment of seven student summer workers. Mr. Hammond requested to add Board Resolution numbers 15-16-73, a renewal of a contract with NOECA, 15-16-74, a renewal of a contract with Perkins School for placement of Special Education students, and 15-16-75 a renewal of a contract with AT&T for telecommunication services for the District.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-65 to approve the Instructional Budgets for the 2016-17 School Year; 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 15-16-66 to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year 2016; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-67 to renew a contract with Healthcare Process Consulting Inc. to provide School Medicaid Support Services for the 2016-17 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Hammond presented to the Board an amended Five-Year Forecast from the previously approved forecast in October, 2015. The forecast shows the financial position for Fiscal Years 2016 through 2020. The District financial position is in an acceptable position through Fiscal Year 2017. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, the forecast indicates that the General Fund will be vulnerable to having expenditures exceeding revenues through Fiscal Year 2020.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-68, to amend the district's five-year financial forecast for the period covering fiscal years 2016 through 2020; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-69 to renew a contract with NOECA to provide technology support for the 2016-17 School Year as our District's Information Technology Center; Roll Call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-74 to renew a contract with Perkins Local Schools to provide for the placement of handicapped children for the 2016-17 School Year; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution 15-16-75 to renew a two-year contract with AT&T to provide telecommunication services throughout the district through June 30, 2018 Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Personnel Action:

Mr. Hammond explained to the Board that he is making a recommendation to hire Logan Schroer to be a Lifeguard based upon a recommendation of Holly Miller as a trainer and the fact that Logan is the son of Superintendent Schroer. Mr. Hammond stated that he has been involved in this process and the process did not include the Mr. Schroer.

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Miller, to hire Logan Schroer as a lifeguard for the District; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution 15-16-69 to authorize the continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2016-2017 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-70 to approve the Out-of-State travel request for the Girls Basketball Team to attend a Basketball Camp at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida from June 17th through June 19th, 2016; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to adopt Board Resolution number 15-16-71 to approve the school calendar for the 2016-17 school year; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Schroer led a discussion on the next item on his report. He stated that there are several updates to Board policies that were sent out to the Board electronically. He stated that the policy changes are recommended by the Board's consultants Neola. The policies that were sent out are for the Board to review and to contact him if they had questions or concerns. These policies will be presented to the Board again at the June Board Meeting for adoption.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve the following employee contracts:

Cynthia Fisk – Swimming Instructor,
Matt Miller – Lifeguard,
Jake Kromer – Lifeguard,
Donovan Draper – Lifeguard,
Brent Balduff – Summer Custodian,
Stevie House – Summer Custodian,
Kyle Biglin – Summer Custodian,
Logan Brauer – Summer Custodian,
Toby Miller – Summer Custodian,
Eryn Spicer – Summer Custodian,
Tristan Homan – Summer Custodian,
Mark Freeh – Asst. Athletic Director 2016-17 School Year, and
To accept the resignation for purposes of retirement for Leslie Wiswell, Library Aid effective May 31, 2016;

Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: abstain, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the supplemental contract for Nicole Limberios, 7th Grade Volleyball Coach for the 2016-17 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve Volunteers, Vicki Meyers and Jodie Brunner for Junior High Volleyball in the 2016-17 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business pending before the Board at this time.

Informational Items:

Mr. Schroer mentioned to the Board that the Staff Day will be on Thursday June 2, 2016. Lunch will be served at the High School cafeteria beginning at 11:30 a.m. Baccalaureate ceremony will be Thursday June 2, 2016 at the High School commencing at 7:00 p.m. Graduation Commencement to be held on Saturday June 4, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Football Stadium. If there is inclement weather conditions, the ceremony will be moved to the High School Gymnasium. A one call notice will be provided to students on Saturday morning. A reminder that the next regularly scheduled will be on Monday June 20, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to enter Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of public employees; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Board entered Executive Session at 8:38 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner, to return to open public meeting; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

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

Meeting adjourned at 9:24 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Elmer Lippert
President of the Board

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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