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2017-02-20 Board Minutes


The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday February 20, 2017 at the Margaretta Elementary Gymnasium.

Mr. Lippert asked a person in the audience if they were recording the meeting. The person identified herself as a representative of the Sandusky Register. She answered Mr. Lippert's question by stating that she was live streaming the meeting on the Sandusky Register's Facebook page. Mr. Lippert thanked her for answering his question and reminded the audience that the events were going to be recorded by the Sandusky Register.

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.

Mr. Schoenegge stated that in the minutes that Trae Cullen's name was misspelled.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve the minutes from the Regular Board Meeting on January 30, 2017 as amended to reflect the correct spelling of Trae Cullen, and the Special Board meeting on February 13, 2017 as presented; 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 by comparing the financial performance of the General Fund through January 2017 to the same period last fiscal year, the District is outspending revenues by $124,100 more than the District spent last year. However, we have not received as much in the way of Real Estate advances from the county auditors. Tax revenue year to date is down by $437,333 when compared to the same period as last fiscal year.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Bartkowiak distributed to the Board an enrollment report. Townsend Community School continues to set new records for enrollment. Townsend has had 595 graduates since their initial school year in 2011-12. Townsend currently has 1,063 active students and over 24,000 exams turned in by students this school year. There has been 67 new students enrolled this year than the number of students enrolled through January last school year. Townsend has over eighty percent of their students identified as being at risk of dropping out and 55% of these students have been identified as having more than one risk factor. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that he is meeting with the Ohio Department of Education to discuss the status of Dropout Recovery Schools across the state. Mr. Lippert asked how many students who have met the requirements to graduate this year compare to last year. Mr. Bartkowiak replied that there are 54 students who have graduated so far this school year, up six from last year. Mr. Bartkowiak anticipates that there will be over two hundred graduates in total this year.

Public Participation:

There were five individuals who requested to be on the agenda to bring their concerns to the Board. Prior to turning the meeting over for public participation, Mr. Lippert made a statement to the audience that the Board wants to give those who are speaking the opportunity to express their concerns, however, the Board is limited by policy to extend the Public Participation process. He stated that he may need to take a motion from the Board to extend the public participation. He went on to say that he request that anyone wishing to make public comment, to please come up to the podium and introduce yourself for the record. He stated that he expects that proper decorum will be adhered to and he requested that the members in the audience to respect those who are speaking.

Sarah Pooch Opfer spoke about leadership and the examples of leadership that Coach Tucker demonstrated as her girls basketball coach. Sarah supports the Lady Bears and the Lady Bears were founded by Coach Tucker.

Laura Hahn Pierson is 2001 graduate of Margaretta Schools and currently is the head girls basketball coach at Western Reserve High School. Laura stated she was speaking on behalf of former Assistant Coach Gary Borchardt. She stated that forcing Coach Tucker into retirement is an embarrassing event. She went on to say that the process was completely mishandled.

Courtney Kennedy Fitzgerald is a 2001 graduate and has been on the girls basketball coaching staff. Courtney spoke referenced sections of the 2016-17 Coaches Handbook. She implied that the process of removing Coach Tucker from his head coaching position was not in accordance with the policies of the Handbook. She stated that she will continue to fight for Coach Tucker.

Addie Hahn has been a resident of the Margaretta community for 33 years. She stated that she was there to protest the developments occurring around the removal of Coach Tucker from his head girls basketball coaching position. These actions have caused a conflict between her support for the Lady Bears and the Margaretta Board and Administration. She stated that these actions that blind-sided Coach Tucker and for treating him like a criminal were completely uncalled for.

Courtney Kennedy Fitzgerald read a letter prepared by Jessica Van Ness who could not make the meeting. Jessica was a 2000 graduate of Margaretta and a loyal Lady Bear. She referenced two large group of citizens in the audience concerned about the decisions being made by the Board and Administration. She referred to the Team Tucker supporters and the members of the Margaretta Teachers Association. She stated that the Board and Administration should admit to there mistakes, and prepare a formal apology to the community.

Sandy Kennedy graduated from Margaretta in 1974. She expressed her displeasure with the parents. In her experience, when she had a problem with coaches or teachers she would address her concerns directly with the coach or teacher. She didn't bad mouth the coaches and complain to others. She called for a public apology to Coach Tucker.

Angie Tucker spoke to the audience to thank them for their support of Coach Tucker and her family. She stated for the record that Coach was not treated like a criminal. However, Mr. Hammond lied to the paper that Coach Tucker initiated the settlement.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Mock requested to add the retirement of Coach Tucker from Girls Basketball and Girls Golf under his report.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-41, to approve expenditures in excess of $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 discussed the Governor's proposed budget for the State. Mr. Hammond distributed to the Board a summary document showing that Margaretta will lose 4.1% in State funding in the first year of the proposed two year budget. The District will recover 1.1% in the second year of the budget. The district will lose $178,000 in the first year from this fundamental change in the formula for distributing State aid to the District and will lose an additional $309,000 in the second year of the budget.
Mr. Hammond stated that in addition to the loss in State formula aid, the District is scheduled to lose reimbursement of the tangible personal property tax loss of $108,000 per year for each of the two years of the budget from current law. The combined loss over two years is in excess of $811,000 when compared with the current year state revenue sources.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mr. Mock discussed the return of the "Bear Facts." Within this publication will be reports on students, programs, district projects and financing. It is one of the priorities established as an outcome of the strategic planning session in January. The goal is to distribute the Bear Facts on social media and the District's website and perhaps a district wide mailing.

Mr. Mock discussed the changes in Federal law resulting from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed by congress last fall. This congressional act replaced the No Child Left Behind Act which was adopted in 2001. The Act calls for more State and Local control in addressing the expectations from the Federal Government as it relates to the education of students in the country. It retained the standardized testing and the goals of approving student success in particular students who are economically disadvantaged and/or students with handicaps.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to accept the resignation for purpose of retirement from Christine Bohn, High School Secretary, effective June 1, 2017 and from Tim Tucker Girls Head Basketball Coach and Girls Golf Coach; Roll Call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to re-employ Christine Bohn as High School Secretary effective June 2, 2017 on a one year contract; 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 accept the resignation from Jude Hammond, Treasurer effective August 1, 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. Schoenegge, to employ Gail Teschner as a Substitute Custodian; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business pending before the Board.

Informational Items/Correspondences:

There were no items or correspondences presented to the Board.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller to enter into Executive Session to discuss negotiations with the Teachers and the employment of a public employee; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

The Board entered into Executive Session at 7:07 p.m.

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

The Board returned to Open Public Session at 8:10 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:11 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Elmer Lippert
Board President

Jude T. Hammond


School Board Members

Mr. Kent Miller, Vice President

Mr. Paul Schoenegge

Mr. Brian Sutorius

Mr. Andrew Warner, President

Mrs. Mandi Yetter

Mr. Dennis Mock, Superintendent

Mrs. Diane Keegan, Treasurer

Margaretta Board of Education
305 S. Washington St.
Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-5322
Fax: (419) 684-9003

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