2012-02-27 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 27, 2012.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 27, 2012 at the Administrative Offices.

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

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

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to approve the minutes from the February 27, 2012 Regular Board Meeting; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond reported that the district is performing as expected for the first seven months of the fiscal year. Open enrollment has increased from last fiscal year. The District's General Fund should have another year whereby revenues exceed expenses even though we have twenty-seven (27) pay periods this fiscal year.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt introduced Mrs. Hurd, Elementary Principal who reported on the new Standards Based Report Card for Kindergarten through 1st grade beginning in the 2012-2013 School Year. The new standards have been rolled out by the Ohio Department of Education. The new grade card will identify students as "proficient or non-proficient" as opposed to the traditional letter grading system.

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the status of the Ohio Improvement Process and the Race to the Top initiatives. Mr. Bohn, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director commented on the teacher observations that have occurred at the High School and Junior High this year.

Mr. Kurt introduced Pete Bartkowiak, the Superintendent of Townsend Community School who updated the Board on the progress being made this year in the Conversion School. Mr. Bartkowiak distributed a handout on the number of students enrolled, 223 as of February 23, and he stated that nine students have completed their coursework and will graduate this June and eight more students have less than two courses to complete to be eligible for graduation. He anticipates that as many as forty students could graduate this school year from the district.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt requested that under the Superintendent's Report, Personnel Action to change Tim Folger from a student teacher to Student Observer from Bowling Green State University.

Mr. Kurt then presented the Board a Margaretta Teachers Association (MTA) Grievance that has reached step four. Since the grievance has not been resolved to the union's satisfaction, step four is to allow the MTA to bring their grievance before the Board. Mr. Kurt was not sure where to add the step four grievance hearing on the agenda. It was determined that the Board would hear the grievance at this time.

Mr. Zang, MTA President spoke on behalf of the MTA membership. He stated that his written response within the documents presented to the Board were all that he was prepared to present at this time. He had hoped that the Board would look favorably on the request. The grievance was predicated upon the teachers employed by the Townsend Community School as to their membership within the MTA. Mrs. McMahon stated that they will review the documentation and answer the grievance in a timely manner.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. Kelble to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-43, to approve expenditures in excess of $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-44, to accept the Amounts and Rates established by the Erie County Budget Commission for Tax Year 2012; Roll call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-45, to authorize the Treasurer to make Inter-fund Transfers of funds; Roll Call: Mr. Lippert: aye; Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye; Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mrs. McMahon to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-46, to authorize the Treasurer to make budget modifications and supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year; Roll Call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-47, to modify the salary schedule for substitutes, summer workers and lifeguards to comply with the State of Ohio's minimum wage law effective January 1, 2012; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Mr. Rankin asked Mr. Hammond to explain the difference between a fund and a scholarship. Mr. Hammond explained that we have an Endowment Fund comprised of several scholarship accounts. Mr. Rankin questioned the limitation of fundraisers as they relate to the accounts held within a fund. Mr. Hammond explained that the Auditor of State and Ohio Administrative Code limits the use of the public funds, for example a student activity fund is limited to expend funds relative to the specific activity, an endowment trust fund is limited to the request of the donors to the scholarships held within those funds, for example the Board has held a scholarship account for many years for the Alice Kurt memorial scholarship which under the terms established by the family rewards a graduate of Margaretta High School a scholarship to a college or university of the students choice. The FFA has a student activity account which limits the use of the funds raised by the students to activities that further the FFA program.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mrs. Kelble, to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-48, to approve the 2012-2013 School Calendar as presented; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-49, to continue the current inter-district open enrollment policy #5113 for the 2012-2013 school year; Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mrs. McMahon, to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-50, continuing the current Drug Testing Policy for extra-curricular activities into the 2012-2013 School Year; Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-51, approving the 2012 Senior Class for graduation pending completion of all state and local requirements; Roll call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mrs. McMahon, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to adopt Board Resolution number 11-12-52, approving the graduation of Michael Schwanger with the Class of 2012 effective January 2012 having completed all state and local requirements; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve Tim Folger as a Student Observer for the 2nd Semester at the High School and employ Robert Anderson as a Substitute Bus Driver, pending meeting all the state and local requirements; Roll Call:
Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve a supplemental contract with Sarrah Palmer as Varsity Volleyball Coach for the 2012-2013 School Year, and to approve the following volunteers:

Eric Kaman – Baseball Coach,
Justin Homerick – Baseball Coach,
Sandy Hamann – Baseball Coach, and
Ed Keller – Track and Field Coach;

Roll call: Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Certified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to approve supplemental contracts for Rock Farlow as Varsity Football Coach for the 2012-2013 School year and Sarah Roan as Special Mentor for the remainder of the 2011-2012 School Year to mentor a Long-term Substitute; Roll Call: Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

Old Business:

No pending matters to be reported.

Informational Items:

Mrs. McMahon expressed her sympathies for the Chardon School District following the tragic shooting which occurred on the day of the meeting. She instructed Mr. Kurt to prepare a letter to be sent to the Board of Education of Chardon relaying our support at this difficult time. Mr. Hammond mentioned that on Friday February 24, he attended the Tax Commissioner's Public Hearing on the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program for tax year 2012. Mr. Hammond attended the meeting with Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffrey and had lunch with Sandusky County Auditor Bill Farrell. Mr. Hammond reported that CAUV values will increase approximately 83% from the values currently being used for farmland throughout the State.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Lippert, to enter into executive session in order to prepare for a response to a complaint against public employees, and to confer about pending court action; Roll Call: Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:57 p.m. with Mr. Kurt and Mr. Hammond present during the executive session.

Motion by Mr. Lippert, second by Mr. Rankin, the board returned from executive session. Roll call: Mr. Lippert: aye, Mr. Bodey: aye, Mr. Rankin: aye, Mrs. Kelble: aye, Mrs. McMahon: aye.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:46 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer

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