2016-10-17 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 17, 2016.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday October 17, 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. Sutorius, to approve the minutes from the September 28, 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 stated that the District's General Fund is behind last fiscal year's performance-to-date primarily due to the reimbursement of Tangible Personal Property Tax Loss from the State which occurred in August last fiscal year but won't be received until November this fiscal year. The reimbursement amount was $550,483 last August. This fiscal year, revenues exceed expenditures by $226,698 less than last fiscal year.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Mock introduced Mrs. Opelt, Elementary Principal. Mrs. Opelt presented 5th grade students Olen Barcus, Jordan Luzader, McKenzie Gebard, Gabby Holzmiller and Kellen Moore who made a presentation about the Socktober program. Socktober program was designed to collect socks for the homeless shelter. The 5th grade collected nearly 1,000 socks in various shapes and sizes. Mrs. Opelt mentioned that there was an infomercial running on Buckeye Cable Sports Network about the Socktober program.

Pete Bartkowiak, Superintendent from Townsend Community School made his monthly report to the Board. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that Townsend has over 1,000 active students enrolled. So far this year, the Townsend students collectively have turned in 7,541 exams. Since it's inception in 2011, Townsend Community School has now graduated 545 students. Pete mentioned that he and a handful of staff members had the opportunity to visit Archway Academy in Houston, Texas. Archway Academy is an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery High School. Archway has an educational system designed to help High School aged students are in recovery pursue a diploma. Pete mentioned that the Alcohol/Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board for Erie and Ottawa Counties is pursuing a Federal Grant to open a Recovery School in Erie County and Townsend has participated in the planning stages. Currently there is only one Recovery High School in Ohio in Kenton, Ohio. There is an increasing number of high school aged students who are in recovery. On Monday November 14, 2016 Townsend is hosting a public meeting to discuss the status of the Recovery High School.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Hammond requested to present an amended Five-Year Forecast and supporting documentation under his report.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to approve Board Resolution number 16-17-16, to approve the expenditure of items 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 Five Year Forecast for Fiscal Years 2017 through 2021. He mentioned that the district experienced its sixth consecutive year where General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures in the 2015-16 fiscal year. This fiscal year, 2016-17 may end that streak. Pressure on wages and benefits and an expanding number of special education students has led to rising anticipated expenditures in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The reduction for the loss in Tangible Personal Property Taxes will have an impact in future fiscal years. It is anticipated that the phase out will continue through fiscal year 2021. The replacement will be completely phased out by fiscal year 2026. The original reimbursement amount established in 2005 was greater than $1.6 million. It will be difficult for the District to lose this revenue source without having the voters approve an additional tax initiative.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-17 approving a five-year forecast for fiscal years 2017 through 2021 as presented; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mr. Mock introduced High School/Middle School Principal Rod Smith, Bob Toney, High School/Middle School Curriculum Director, and Kathy Hall, School Psychologist/Special Education Supervisor. Mr. Smith distributed a Tutor Plan to address Junior Class students who are struggling in Math. The plan will be to provide Math Tutors after school beginning in October until the end of course exams are given. The presentation led to a discussion from Board members and administrators. The Board's position was that they collectively support the academic achievement of the students as a primary objective.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to approve the Tutor Plan for Mathematics as presented; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Personnel Actions:

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to accept the resignation from Michael Yantz as Junior High Head Swim Coach; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Classified Staff:

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

Justin Liskai – Educational Aide, and
Courtney Balduff – Special Education Aide, pending all State and Local requirements;

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

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to approve Audra Rooker, as a Substitute Bus Aide, and Kimberly Storch as a Substitute Kitchen worker; 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 approve Nicole Heath as a volunteer for Cheerleading; Roll Call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no pending old business items discussed.

Informational Items:

Mr. Hammond reminded the Board members of the Ohio School Boards' Association Capital Conference to be held November 14 through November 16, 2016 in Columbus. Mr. Warner discussed the presentation to the Ruriteen Organization at the Northwest Ohio School Boards' Association Fall Awards Banquet which will be held on Thursday October 27, 2016 at EHOVE. It was discussed that Mr. Lippert will also be recognized at the event for his fifteen years of service on the Margaretta Board of Education.

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

The Board entered Executive Session with no business to follow at 7:52 p.m.

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

The Board retuned to Open Public Session at 9:17 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 9:18 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert
Board President

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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