2017-04-17 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2017.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday April 17, 2017 at the Elementary Cafeteria.

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 March 20, 2017 Regular Board meeting and the March 28, and April 13, 2017 Special Board meetings 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 stated that the General Fund is performing slightly better than over the same period last fiscal year. He expects the General Fund to finish the fiscal year with a carryover balance in excess of $2.8 million.

Student Success in Action

Mr. Mock introduced Christine Opelt, Elementary Principal. Mrs. Opelt pointed out the recently completed mural in the Elementary cafeteria. The mural depicts various animals in a polar environment. The mural featured polar bears. The students and parents raised funds from a "Color Run" fundraiser earlier in the school year and Beth Sage painted the mural.

Mrs. Opelt then presented fifth grade students and teachers who participated in the 5th Grade Science Fair. Mrs. Kathy Day, 5th Grade teacher and Mrs. Melissa Kuns, Gifted Specialist, discussed the Science Fair objectives and goals, then introduce five 5th graders to who presented their science projects while standing in front of their projects. 5th Grader Danica Denman's project was an experiment on which fruits were able to transmit electricity through them. Grace LaFollette's project was on the use of baking soda in the recipe for making cookies. Cassidy Ward created Lava Lamps. Avviana Pickle preformed an experiment using Play dough. Miles James project was on the effects of adding Mentos in various soda drinks. All the presentation where well received and the students describe their projects to those in attendance.

Board and Staff Reports:

Pete Bartkowiak presented a Townsend Community School enrollment report to the Board. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that, to date, 623 students have graduated from Townsend Community School since the school's inception in 2011. Townsend's Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday June 9, 2017 at the Sandusky State Theatre. It is anticipated that approximately 233 students will graduate during this school year. Mr. Bartkowiak stated that Townsend is in the process of hiring an additional twelve staff members to start next school year based upon anticipated student enrollment.

Public Participation:

Kim Miller asked the Board if they are considering having the students wear uniforms. Mr. Mock stated that it has not been discussed since he was hired last August. Jennifer Moore asked about the policy to limit the use of cell phones in the High School/Middle School. Specifically, are cell phones allowed to be used in Study Hall. Kim Miller, Study Hall Monitor, explained to Mrs. Moore the limitations for the students to use their cell phones during study hall. Gary Borchardt asked why the Board Meeting time was changed to 6:00 p.m. instead of the traditional 7:00 p.m.? Mr. Warner stated that the Board discussed the dates and the time of the Regular Meetings for this year in the January Organizational meeting. The decision was to move up the time was in part to allow students attending the meetings to be home at an earlier time. John Zang inquired about Swim Lessons for our students and for children in the the area using the High School pool. He stated that hundreds of children have benefited from the Summer Swim programs and encouraged the Board to allow the process to continue. Kim Miller also spoke up about the importance of continuing the Summer Swim program. Candi Haynes stated in response that the Swim Club provides a swim program for younger students.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Mock requested to add items under New Business Resolution number 16-17-52 to approve staff members attending a "Math Strong" professional development opportunity in Chicago on May 11th and 12th; Resolution number 16-17-53 amending Resolution 16-17-45 approved at the March Regular Board meeting; under Personnel Actions Classified, to approve an amended Salary Schedule for Secretaries and Central Office personnel; a recommendation to approve a 2% raise for supervisory personnel effective August 1, 2016; to hire Diane Keagan as Assistant Treasurer on a limited contract for 40 work days; under Personnel Actions Certified to approve a 2% raise for Administrators effective August 1, 2016.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to adopt Board Resolution Number 16-17-48 to renew a contract with North Point Educational Services Center to provide various shared services for the 2017-18 School Year; Roll Call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Warner, to adopt Board Resolution Number 16-17-49 to renew a contract with the Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association to provide technology support services for Fiscal Years 2017-18; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge, to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-50, to approve the 2017 Senior Class for Graduation pending the completion of all State and Local requirements; 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 Board Resolution number 16-17-51 to approve a contract with Ashland University an Education Exchange Program beginning with the 2017 Fall Semester whereby Teachers who assist in the Field Experience will receive a voucher that can be used toward tuition to take coursework offered through Ashland University; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: abstain, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Mock stated that after further discussion on the 2017-18 School Calendar, it is his recommendation to amend the previously approved calendar by moving a teacher in-service day from February 16th to September 11th and making February 16th a school day. Motion by Mr. Schoenegge, seconded by Mr. Warner, to amend the 2017-18 School Calendar as recommended; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-52, to approve a professional development opportunity by attending a Math Strong Conference in Chicago, Illinois on May 11 and May 12, 2017; Roll Call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Mock presented the next item discussing that the Ohio School Facilities Commission has requested that the Application for a School Assessment be modified. The Board approved Resolution number 16-17-45 at the March 20, 2017 Regular Board Meeting. Mr. Mock is requesting the Board to modify the resolution to reflect the changes recommended by the Commission;

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller to adopt Board Resolution number 16-17-53 to amend previously approved Board Resolution number 16-17-45 by accepting the recommended changes to the Application for a School Assessment; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Mock presented the Board a copy of the Sponsor's Report for Townsend Community School. He stated that we are working on complying with the next deadline for an upload of documentation due on April 30, 2017.

Mr. Mock reminded the Board that we will be on the ballot on Tuesday May 2, 2017 to renew our 1.50 mill Permanent Improvement Levy. Information regarding the levy was included in the recently released "Bear Facts" newsletter. We are attempting to renew this levy for a "continuing period." Currently, the Permanent Improvement Levy is a five-year levy and has been in place since 1982.

The conversation on the renewal levy led into a discussion on the possibility of the District building a new High School/Middle School. Mr. Mock explained that if we build a new school building and we receive State funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission, then we will be required to have at least a 0.50 mill Permanent Improvement levy to maintain the new building. If the voters approve the renewal levy for a continuing period, then we would not need to have an additional Permanent Improvement Levy approved by the voters.
Mr. Zang questioned the status of the proposed natural gas pipeline which will be bifurcate the District. It is anticipated that the pipeline will be installed and put into production within two years. If the projections for tax revenue resulting from this project is accurate, the District is to begin to receive $6.2 Million in additional tax revenue. Mr. Lippert stated that the Board would use these additional revenues to improve the District's facilities. It has been a desire of Board members for many years. Gary Borchardt and Joanne McMahon, former Board members were in attendance and affirmed that it has been a goal of the Board's in the past and that it would be wonderful if we would be able to have a new school for our kids and community.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to approve the Classified Staff Contracts for the following:

Deanna Faber – EMIS Coordinator – two years 2017-19,
Dennis Faber – Attendance Officer – one year 2017-18,
Mark Freeh – Technology Coordinator - two year 2017-19,
Carrie Keller – Admin. Assistant – two year 2017-19,
Leroy Carroll – Maintenance & Fleet Supervisor – two years 2017-2019,
Jessica Avants – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Nicole Blair – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Jason Gearheart – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Julie Guerrero – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Jacqueline Hineline – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Mandy Hilditch – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Bradley Hoffman – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Leah Kelley – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Treena Kihlken – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Denise Knipp – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Justin Liskai – Educational Aide – one year 2017-18,
Sandra Ramicone – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Sheri Ross – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Ann Taylor – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2017-18,
Margaret Young – Special Ed. Aide – one year 2016-17,
Andrea Cullen – Cook – continuing period,
Misty Hermes – Assistant Cook – one year 2017-18,
Allison Dreschel – Assistant Cook – one year 2017-18,
Thomas Barnes – Custodian II – one year 2017-18,
Courtney House – Custodian II – one year 2017-18,
Larry Bales – Bus Driver for one year 2016-17,
Shantelle Brandt – Bus Aide one year 2017-18,
Ross Jenkins – Bus Driver – one year 2017-18,
Carrie Lewis – Bus Driver – continuing period,
Natasha McGowan – Bus Driver – one year 2017-18,
Johnnie Turner – Bus Driver – continuing period; and
Mark Zorn – Bus Driver – continuing period;

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

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Warner to accept the resignation of Courtney Balduff effective June 30, 2017; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to approve a substitute employment contract with Daniel Cousino as a Substitute Custodian; Roll call: Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius, to approve a Supplemental contract to Eric Kochendoerfer, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 Season; Roll call: Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: nay, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Sutorius to approve a 2% raise for Supervisors effective August 1, 2016, a 2% raise for the next two contract years, and increase the maximum severance payment from 70 days to 75 days; Roll call: Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to modify the Secretaries and Central Office Staff Salary Schedule by raising the wage rates by 2% effective July 1, 2016, raise the schedule an additional 2% for 2017-18 and 2018-19, in addition to approve an increase in Severance pay for Secretaries and Central Office staff from 70 sick days to 75 sick days; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Mr. Mock presented the next item on his agenda by stating that the Board has decided on a replacement for the Treasurer. Diane Keagan will begin as an Assistant Treasurer and will be working with Mr. Hammond for a 40 work day contract to complete the process of obtaining her Treasurer's License. At the conclusion of the 40 work day contract, Mrs. Keagan will be offered a Treasurer's contract through July 31, 2020.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Schoenegge to approve a 40 day limited contract to Diane Keagan as Assistant Treasurer; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: abstain, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Warner, to approve the following contracts for the 2017-18 school year:

Melissa Kuns – Gifted Specialist – two years 2017-19,
Jacqueline Yambert – Library Specialist – two years 2017-19,
Dana Belak - Elementary teacher – two years 2017-19,
Mary Jane Bible – PreSchool Itinerant teacher – two years 2017-19,
Mollie Biehl – Special Education teacher – continuing period,
Heather Campana – Elementary teacher - continuing period,
Kristi Frank – High School Math teacher for one year 2017-18,
George Hossler - Special Ed teacher for one year 2017-18,
Kristine Jensen – Elementary teacher for two years 2017-19,
Jenna Kline – High School Language Arts teacher for one year 2017-18,
Brett Kneeskern – Vocational Education teacher for one year 2017-18,
Kaitlyn Kurt – Elementary teacher for one year 2017-18,
Samantha Lane – Special Education teacher for two years 2017-19,
Chrystal Liskai – Elementary teacher for one year 2017-18,
Kelsey Lotycz – Elementary teacher for one year 2017-18,
Scott Manuella – Special Ed teacher for one year 2017-18,
Angela Miller – Elmentary teacher for one year 2017-18,
Chris Miller – High School Language Arts teacher for three years 2017-2020,
Susan Miller – PreSchool teacher for two years 2017-19,
Mark Novak – Special Education teacher for two years 2017-19,
Mary Schaeffer – Special Education teacher for one year 2017-18,
Michael Simonton – Special Education teacher for two years 2017-19,
Janet Skaggs – Elementary Art teacher for three years 2017-2020,
Jessica Temari – Elementary teacher for a continuing period,
Ashley Williams – Elementary teacher for one year 2017-18,
Andrea Yaussy-Higgins – High School Physical Ed teacher for one year 2017-18, and
Tela Yetter – Speech Pathologist for one year 2017-18;

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

Motion by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Warner to approve a 2% raise for Administrators effective August 1, 2016, a 2% raise each of the next two contract years, and an increase in severance pay maximum from 70 sick days to 75 sick days; 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:

Mr. Hammond stated the Governor's State of the State Address was at the Sandusky State Theatre on Tuesday April 4, 2017. Members of the General Assembly and the Governor's Cabinet members were in the area and meeting with local officials and community members. Representative Brenner, the Chair of the House of Representative Education Committee, visited Townsend Community School. Mr. Mock, Mr. Hammond and Mr. Bartkowiak were in attendance at the Address and it was a very special evening for Sandusky and the surrounding communities.

Motion by Mr. Warner, seconded by Mr. Miller, to enter into 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 convened into executive session at 7:47 p.m. with Mr. Mock and Mr. Hammond present during the executive session.

Motion by Mr. Sutorius, seconded by Mr. Miller, the Board returned from executive session at 8:19 p.m.; Roll call: Mr. Sutorius: aye, Mr. Warner: aye, Mr. Miller: aye, Mr. Schoenegge: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye.

Motion by Mr. Miller, second by Mr. Warner 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 8:20 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

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Elmer Lippert
President of the Board

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Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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