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2012-07-23 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF JULY 23, 2012.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday July 23, 2012 at the Administrative Offices.

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

Mr. Lippert: present,
Mr. Rankin: present,
Mrs. Kelble: present,
Mrs. McMahon: present.

Mr. Bodey was excused from attending the meeting.

Mr. Hammond mentioned that he received a phone call last month from a resident who read the minutes for the May 21, 2012 meeting on-line and noticed that Mr. Myers had made a motion on a board action. In reviewing his notes, Mr. Hammond stated that Mr. Rankin had actually made that motion and that an amended version of the previously approved minutes are included in the agenda.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, second by Mrs. Kelble, to approve the minutes from the June 18, 2012 Regular Meeting and the July 2, and July 13, 2012 Special Meeting and to approve the amended minutes from the May 21, 2012 Regular meeting; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond stated that fiscal year 2012 ended on June 30 and for the second consecutive fiscal year the General Fund received more funds than were expended. The ending cash balance grew by $477,945, from $605,931 to $1,083,873. This is primarily due to the additional property tax levy approved by the voters in August, 2010 and that the district's utilities costs were significantly less than the prior fiscal year.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt reported that the United Auto Workers Local 1216 donated significant amount of fitness equipment to the district, estimated to be worth over $100,000. The equipment has been placed inside the fitness center behind the high school and will help the students, athletes, staff and community members who use the facility. The Board expressed their appreciation of the donation from the UAW and it was agreed to send a thank you note from the Board.

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the progress the district is making in the areas of Ohio Improvement Process and Race to the Top. He reported that a special meeting will take place for teachers and administrators to discuss the program initiatives on August 3, 2012.

Mr. Kurt gave an update on Townsend Community School as they finish their first school year. He stated that the Community School started the year wondering if or when they might have the mandated number of enrolled students of twenty-five (25) to finishing the year with over three hundred (300) enrolled students. The Community School has exceeded their own expectations on achieving their goals of converting children at risk of graduating from high school to over 45 students having graduated thus far.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Hammond requested that item number 4 on his report be removed pending further review.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution Number 12-13-02 to approve expenditures that exceed $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Rankin to adopt Board Resolution number 12-13-03, to declare the impracticality of transportation services and approval of payment in lieu of transportation for families attending Bellevue Immaculate Conception School and/or Norwalk St. Paul High School for the 2012-2013 school year; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Hammond then presented a resolution that could potentially place the Permanent Improvement levy on the November 6, 2012 ballot. Mr. Hammond stated that the filing deadline to place a tax levy on the November election is August 8, 2012. The Board must first request the Erie County Auditor to certify the revenue and state the property tax valuation of the district prior to the Board resolving to place a property tax levy on the ballot. The purpose of this resolution is to request the Auditor to certify the renewal of the District's 1.50 mill Permanent Improvement levy. Mr. Hammond explained that if the Board approves this resolution, it does not put the levy on the November ballot, a subsequent resolution would need to be approved by the Board.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution 12-13-04 to request the Erie County Auditor to certify the amount of revenue to be generated from a renewal of a 1.50 mill Permanent Improvement property tax to be placed on the November 6, 2012 election; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Hammond presented two resolutions for the Board to consider, both of which are contracts with Townsend Community School. The first resolution is to enter into a lease agreement with Townsend Community School to lease two areas at the High School and the Townsend Elementary building. The total lease would be for $92,000 per year for two years and would require Margaretta to provide maintenance, custodial and courier services. The second contract is for shared services provided by Margaretta to Townsend in the amount of $40,000. Margaretta will also receive 3% of the state aid received by Townsend Community School on an annual basis. Margaretta recently received payment for the first school year an amount in excess of $33,000. We expect to see a larger share next year based upon the expected enrollment numbers.

Motion by Mrs. Kelbe, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution 12-13-06, to enter into a lease agreement with Townsend Community School for a two-year period beginning August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2014; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution 12-13-07 to renew a Shared Services contract with Townsend Community School for the 2012-13 School year; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Hammond told the Board that the AT&T T-1 phone line to the Board office is being terminated by AT&T. We have been contacted by NOECA that Buckeye Telesystems has been contracted to provide a fiber-optic solution to replace the T-1 service. In order for the Board office to receive connectivity to NOECA's infrastructure, Buckeye Telesystems needs an easement to be granted to gain access to our points of entry. The District has gone through this process a few years ago to upgrade the High School and Elementary buildings.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution 12-13-08 to grant an easement on Board owned property to Buckeye Telesystems to install a new fiber-optic line to the Board Office; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve a request to the Ohio Department of Education to waive the Body Mass Index (BMI) standard applied to the District's students for the 2012-13 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. Kelble, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to adopt Board Resolution 12-13-09 to renew a contract with One Call Now to continue to provide telecommunication services to parents and students for the 2012-13 School Year; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to approve the Athletic Handbook and the Student Athlete Handbook as presented for the 2012-13 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to employ Brad Hoffman as a Special Education Aide for the 2012-13 School Year; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to amend the Supplemental Contract with Thomas Crawford from Freshman Football Coach to Varsity Assistant Football Coach, and to approve entering into Supplemental contracts with the following:

Kyle Homerick – 7th Grade Assistant Football Coach,
Bryce Frederick – 8th Grade Football Coach,
Kim Miller – SADD Advisor,
Kim Miller – Yearbook (Polaris) Advisor, and
Dana Freeman – Drill Team Advisor;

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

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to employ Arnold Hamilton as Mail Route Courier for a one year contract 2012-13, and to employ Jonathan Selka as a Summer Worker for the remainder of the summer; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve the employment of Dennis Bailey as a Substitute Bus Driver, Lori Arnold as Substitute Mail Courier, Gary Smith as a Volunteer for the Golf team, and to accept the resignation of Rob Watson as 7th Grade Football Coach; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mrs. McMahon, to employ Rebecca Hegemeier as an Elementary Teacher in compliance with the Recall provision of the teachers' collective bargaining agreement; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to enter into Supplemental contracts for the following:

Steve Gravenhorst – Freshman Football Coach,
Adam Reardon – Marching Band Director,
Amanda Reardon – Assistant Band Director,
Amanda Reardon – Vocal Music Director,
Angie Tucker – 8th Grade Class Trip Advisor,
Ann Strean – 7th Grade Class Advisor,
Ann Strean – Detention Supervisor,
Ann Strean – Science Department Chair,
Sarah Roan – Academic Challenge Advisor,
Jackie Yambert – Library Media Coordinator,
Jamie Drossman – National Honor Society Advisor,
Kevin Kremer – Adult Education Young Farmers,
Lisa Wurzel – Language Arts Department Chair,
Lisa Wurzel – Sophomore Class Advisor,
Paul Schoenegge – International Club Advisor,
Paul Schoenegge – Play Director,
Paul Schoenegge – Student Government Advisor,
Tim Tucker – 8th Grade Class Advisor,
Vicki Meyers – Math Department Chair,
Kathy Hall – Special Education Coordinator,
Marnie Hallet-Szymanski – Lead Mentor,
Jennifer Bordner – 6th Grade Class Trip Advisor (shared),
Christine Smith – 6th Grade Class Trip Advisor (shared);

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

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to amend the Supplemental contract with Matt Schwan from 8th Grade Football Coach to 7th Grade Football Coach, and to employ Teal Balduff as Summer School teacher at the Elementary building; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business:

None to report.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt informed the Board that on Thursday night July 26, 2012 the High School Band barbeque will be held at the High School cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. and that the Ohio High School Athletic Association meeting with students and parents will be held the same evening starting at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Mrs. Kelble questioned Mr. Bohn about the process to contact parents who do not show up for OHSAA meeting. Mr. Bohn explained that although attendance is encouraged, 100% participation is not likely. The coaches then follow up with athletes and parents to get them the information provided at the meeting. Athletes and parents are only required to attend one meeting per year, so student who participate in multiple sports throughout the year are not required to attend another meeting for the Winter or Spring sport seasons.

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the Board that the Ohio School Board Association annual conference will be held on November 11 through November 14, and if they are interested in attending to let him know by next month.

Mrs. McMahon reminded the Board that their will be a special planning session to held on Thursday September 6, 2012.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to enter into executive session to hear a grievance from the Margaretta Teachers Association and to discuss pending litigation; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mr. Lippert: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:37 p.m. with Mr. Kurt, Mr. Hammond and Mr. Zang (MTA Union President), in attendance.

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

Motion by Mr. Rankin, second by Mrs. Kelble to adjourn the meeting having no further business to come before the board; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Rankin: aye; Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Joann McMahon
President of the Board

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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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