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2017-01-07 Board Minutes (Special)

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING OF JANUARY 7, 2017.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in special session immediately following the 2017 Organizational meeting which adjourned at 10:26 A.M. on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Administrative Offices.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to forgo the Roll Call of the Board given that all Board members present in the Organizational Meeting remained in attendance during the Special Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-34 approving expenditures that have exceeded the $3,000 threshold of the "then and now" provisions of the O.R.C. Section 5705.41(d); Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Work Session Agenda

Mr. Mock Mr. Hammond led a discussion on the following topics:
• District Finances
• Communication
• Curriculum & Technology
• Staffing & Programming
• Facilities
• Miscellaneous

District Finances: There were several items discussed with regard to the District's Finances including Permanent Improvement Levy, Negotiations with the Teacher's Union, and the impact of a developing natural gas pipeline.

Communication: The issues discussed with respect to Communications included the creation of a newsletter "Bear Facts," weekly updates from the Superintendent and Principals, and Website and Facebook updates.

Curriculum & Technology: Under this topic, there was a discussion on the continuing expectation of the Ohio Department of Education with regard to Sponsoring Townsend Community School, development of a 3 to 5 year Technology Plan, and the possibility of integration of technology in the classroom in the Middle School and High School to mirror the process being down in the Elementary.

Staffing & Programs: The topics for this category included making improvements in the Middle School/High School Master Schedule, review the teacher to student ratio in the Middle School/High School, and the need for the expansion of nurse services in the Middle School/High School.

Facilities: The facilities remain an important part of our strategic planning process. The priorities included replacing the Stadium Track, update the Master Plan from the Ohio School Construction Commission which the original assessment was completed in 2004, and the implementation of the use of the science labs in the Townsend Learning Center.

In the middle of the discussion on the Facilities, Joe Steager from Heiberger Paving, Inc. informed the Board of the current status of the track and surface area options. Dennis Lidke, Athletic Boosters President participated in the discussion on the track.

Miscellaneous items: Other items discussed with the Board included updating Board Policies and employee job descriptions, next School Year Calendar proposals, and reviewing start and end times for the buildings.

At the conclusion of the discussions, priorities were established by the Board, Mr. Mock and Mr. Hammond. Mr. Mock stated that he will share the priorities with management at the January 9, 2017 Leadership meeting. Mr. Mock stated that he will use the priorities as a guide to implementing the strategies discussed at the meeting.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to enter executive session to discuss the employment of public employees and to discuss the status of the teacher's union contract negotiations with no action to follow; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Board entered executive session at 2:48 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to return from executive session into open public meeting; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.
The Board entered open public meeting at 5:17 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge 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 5:18 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Elmer Lippert
Board President

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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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Castalia, OH 44824
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