2010-11-15 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 15, 2010.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday November 15, 2010 at the Administrative Offices.

Mr. Lippert called the meeting to order with roll call; all were present.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Rankin, to approve the minutes from the October 18, 2010 Regular Board Meeting; Roll call: all ayes.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that in the agenda were the budget-to-actual, energy cost analysis, and the Food Services budget-to-actual report for the Board to review. Mr. Hammond mentioned that we are on course for the year. The district is in the black at this point of the fiscal year as expected.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt discussed the status of the Race to the Top Grant application. The application is still pending State and Federal approval. Margaretta is the recipient of a $25,000 grant award for each of the next four years totaling $100,000. The grant funds will be used to close the achievement gap through data driven decision making models and alternative curriculum methodologies.

Public Participation:

There was no public participation.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt introduced an amendment to his report, specifically under the Classified Personnel section, item number 3, he would like to add Monica Starr as a student observing Abby Abernathy and item number 4, add Bryce Frederick and Kyle Kaman as Basketball Volunteers.

Mr. Hammond introduced item number 3 under his report to discuss the possibility of using a third party, eCollect Ohio, to collect non-sufficient fund checks.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve Board Resolution number 10-11-22, approved the expenditure of items that exceed $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: all ayes.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Myers, to adopt Board Resolution number 09-10-34, authorizing the procurement of a school bus; Roll Call: all ayes.

Mr. Hammond introduced the next item on his report by stating that the district has been approached by a company called eCollect Ohio to assist in the collection of Non-Sufficient Fund checks that the district periodically receives during the year. Mr. Hammond explained that currently we charge the individual who writes an NSF check a fee of $25 for each NSF the district receives from our bank. eCollect will attach the funds electronically from the banks from which the funds were to be drawn once the funds are sufficient. eCollect would withdraw automatically the amount of the check plus a fee. eCollect would remit the amount of the check, plus a $9 fee to the district.

There would be a notification process that would be sent to all homes in the district to let them know that we have this relationship and the process that would occur if an NSF check were given to the district. There was a long debate with questions arising from board members as well as those in attendance regarding the process being proposed.

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to authorize the Treasurer to enter into a six month agreement with eCollect to assist with the collection of NSF checks and for the Treasurer to report to the Board in three months with the pros and cons of using eCollect; Roll call: All present ayes, with the exception of Mr. Stark who voted against the motion.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Mr. Kurt distributed several proposed changes in addition to new Board Polices for the Board to review pending future action.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Myers, second by Mr. Stark, to employ the following:

Trisha Simecek – Administrative Assistant, effective November 15, 2010; and
Julie Guerrero – 4.0 per day Special Education Aide with 0 years experience, effective November 10, 2010;

Roll Call: All ayes.

Motion by Mr. Myers, second by Mr. Stark, to approve the following supplemental employment contracts:

Courtney Fitzgerald – 8th Grade Girls Basketball at Level 1,
Dean Koch – amend from Freshmen to 7th Grade Girls Basketball at Level 6, and

To approve the following Student Teachers:

Danielle Comparetta with Lisa Wurzel from January 11 through April 29, 2011, and
Monica Starr with Abbey Abernathy;

Roll call: All ayes.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to approve the following Volunteers:

Gary Borchardt – Girls Basketball,
Angie Tucker – Girls Basketball,
Bryce Frederick – Boys Basketball, and
Kyle Kaman – Boys Basketball, pending completion of all state and local requirements;

Roll call: All ayes.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt mentioned that for next month's board meeting under his report will be a proposed resolution to approve out-of-state travel for the band to attend a function in New York. The details were distributed to the Board for their review.

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to enter into executive session to discuss negotiations; Roll Call: all ayes.

The Board convened into executive session at 7:47 p.m.

Mr. Kurt and Mr. Hammond were requested to attend the executive session by the Board.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Myers, the board returned from executive session at 8:37 p.m. Roll call: all ayes.

Motion by Mr. Myers, second by Mr. Bodey to adjourn the meeting having no further business to come before the board; Roll call: all ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer/Business Manager

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