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2016-09-28 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2016.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 28 2016 at the Administrative Offices.

Mr. Lippert called the meeting to order with roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner, to approve the minutes from the August 15, 2016 Regular Meeting; 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 the schedule of bills, Financial Report, Budget-to-Actual Reports and Energy Cost reports were included in the agenda. The reports reflect the first two months of the fiscal year. He mentioned that he had more to say about the financial position of the District in his report on the budget.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Mock introduced Chris Opelt, Elementary Principal who introduced the new certified staff at the Elementary for the 2016-17 school year; Ashley Williams, 5th Grade teacher, Tela Yetter, Speech Pathologist, Keri Vela, School Psychologist, and Keven Wise, Assistant Principal. Rod Smith, High School/Middle School Principal introduced the new certified staff at his building; George Hossler, Intervention Specialist, Jenna Kline, Language Arts teacher, and Brett Kneeskern, Vo-Ag teacher.

Mr. Mock introduced Courtney Dresser, Transportation Supervisor who introduced Kim Trimarche, Bus Driver. Mrs. Trimarche was being recognized for her actions and performance when she was involved last school year with a vehicle/bus accident. Mrs. Trimarche was sighted in a letter of commendation from Laura Alkire, Law Director for the City of Huron.

Ryan Bohn, Assistant Principal for Townsend Community School distributed the Townsend School Report. Mr. Bohn stated that the current active students enrolled at Townsend is just under 1,000. He anticipates that by the end of the week, they will have exceed a 1,000 active students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year. Townsend hosted an Open House on September 21st and the event was a great success and well attended.

Public Participation:

Kim Miller asked a question about the College Access Advisor that we contract with Terra State Community College. Mr. Mock and Mr. Hammond answered her questions.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Mock presented a document to the Board identifying the additions to the agenda. Under the Treasurer's Report, Mr. Hammond provided an alternative version of Board Resolution number 16-17-12 adding an additional expenditure; provided an alternative budget as part of Board Resolution number 16-17-13 then the one furnished within the Board Agenda; Mr. Hammond proposed to add item number 3 to his report to introduce Board Resolution number 16-17-15 to renew a depository agreement with Civista Bank for five years.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-12, to approve expenditures that exceed $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.

Mr. Hammond presented to the Board a proposed Official Budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. He stated that the General Fund budget is up 7.38% from last year's budget at $15,590,294. He explained that this fiscal year we are budgeting for the debt payment for the Townsend Educational Learning Center. The debt payments to be made in fiscal year 2016-17 is approximately 2.5% of last fiscal year's General Fund budget. Taking into consideration the additional debt, all other General Fund appropriations are up by 4.88% when compared to last fiscal year.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-13 to approve the official budget for fiscal year 2017; 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 16-17-15 to renew a depository agreement with Civista Bank for a five year period commencing September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2021; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-14 to approve an out-of-state field trip for the Margaretta FFA class to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 19 through October 22, 2015; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Mock presented the Board an analysis on the 2016 Ohio Department of Education Report Card. Mr. Mock converted the grades by category into a composite grade of a C+. The District performed above the average when compared with other school districts in the area.

Mr. Mock distributed a correspondence from the State Superintendent Paulo DeMaria, wherein the Superintendent discussed the Report Card results. Mr. Mock stated that the test results from the 2016 Report Card was the product of the third consecutive year of changes in testing procedures and second attempt at an on-line testing process. In addition, this the third consecutive year where the standards established by the department have been increased. The one area that nearly all districts in the State failed was a category called Gap Closing whereby the Special Needs students, Gifted students and students from Economically Disadvantaged households are being compared for their year-over-year progress.

Mr. Mock stated that the administrators and staff will take the results, analyze where we performed well and the areas where we need improvement and we will come up with strategies to improve our test results.

Mr. Mock then distributed a District Data Portfolio which compares our district to similar size districts on multiple criteria. One statistic that stood out was the District comparison on the cost per pupil. Mr. Hammond commented that many of the districts that fit our profile are not operating in Erie County. The labor market is different in Erie County then some of the rural counties that meet our district's profile. Another factor may be that the statistic of cost per pupil is not taking into consideration students who are enrolled and are attending school in the District but they reside outside the boundaries of the district through Open Enrollment process. If you add in the Open Enrollment students, the cost per pupil would be reduced.

Mr. Mock discussed the District's participation in the Emerging Trends. Former State Superintendent Lonnie Rivera will be meeting with staff during the school year to discuss the concepts of what other districts are doing in our nation to improve student achievement.

Personnel Actions:

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner, to approve the following Supplemental contracts:

James Foreman, Drama Club Advisor,
Vicki Meyers, Resident Educator Mentor,
Susan Miller, Preschool Coordinator,
Tranette Novak, Medicaid Services Provider,
Ann Strean, Resident Educator Mentor, and
Tela Yetter, Medicaid Services Provider;

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

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Warner, to amend the supplemental contract of Heather Wiley from ten (10) extended days as previously approved to five (5) extended days; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to employ the following:

Tom Barnes, Custodian II,
Shantelle Brant, Transportation Aide,
Allison Dreschel, Assistant Cook, and
Denny Faber, Attendance Officer;

Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve the employment of the following Substitutes:
Annette Hamilton, Transportation Aide, Lunchroom and Custodian,
Sally Hammersmith, Bus Driver,
Rhonda Fultz, Transportation Aide,
Karen Gearheart, Custodian,
Dan Gearheart, Custodian,
Bethany Protzman, Transportation Aide,
Sandy Todd, Custodian, and
Shaina Trimarche, Lunchroom;

Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve Kent Miller as a Volunteer for the FFA; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: abstain, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve Andy and Sarah Warner as Volunteers for the FFA; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: abstain, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to approve Brian Sutorius as a Volunteer for the FFA; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: abstain, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve the following volunteers:

Frances Kremer – FFA, Tim Niemeyer – FFA,
Randy Day – FFA, Mandi Yetter – FFA,
Cindi Orshoski – FFA, Mike Jarrett, Sr. – FFA,
Janet Jarrett – FFA, Mike Myers – FFA,
Kelli Hendricks – FFA Emily Bailey – FFA,
Samantha Kneeskern – FFA Ann Foreman – Drama Club;

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

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to amend the contract of Johnnie Turner, previously approved as a continuing contract, to a one year contract for the 2016-17 school year; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no pending business to be brought forward by the Board.

Informational Items:

Mr. Hammond reminded the Board members that the Legal Update Workshop provided by Pepple and Waggoner is scheduled for Thursday October 13, 2016. If any Board would like to join Mr. Mock and Mr. Hammond, contact Carrie Keller at the Board Office and we will make arrangements. Mr. Hammond also stated that the Ohio School Board's Association Capital Conference is scheduled for November 13th through 16th. Registration has been made and hotel rooms are booked for those attending. Mr. Hammond told the Board members he will inform them with the arrangements.

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

The Board entered executive session at 7:56 p.m.

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

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Miller, 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 9:13 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert
Board President

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

Agendas/Minutes

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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