2010-10-18 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 18, 2010.

The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday October 18, 2010 at the Administrative Offices.

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

Mr. Stark mentioned that within the minutes from the September 28, 2010 Regular Meeting, that Mr. Bodey abstained on a vote for the Classified Staff volunteers and the minutes as presented reflect that he voted affirmatively. Mr. Hammond concurred with Mr. Stark's findings.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Myers, to approve the minutes from the September 28, 2010 as amended Regular Meeting; Roll call: all ayes.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the revenues in the General Fund are up from the same period of time last fiscal year. Some of the increase is attributed to the change in accounting for Open Enrollment, but property tax collections are up $120,000 from last fiscal year and that is encouraging.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt updated the Board on the Race to the Top Federal Grant that the State has received. The State's motto is 5th to 1st referring to the most recent national ranking of Statewide K-12 education wherein the State of Ohio is positioned 5th compared to other states in the nation; and the goal of implementing the Race to the Top Grant is to move Ohio from 5th to 1st in the nation. Margaretta will receive $100,000 over four years, $25,000 each of the four years. The planning team is meeting to develop and apply for Margaretta's portion in the upcoming weeks. Mainly the focus of the funds will be in modifying or enhancing curriculum and providing professional development opportunities to coincide with the implementation of the curriculum.

Mr. Kurt presented a document received from a coalition of public schools who may become adversely affected by the phase out of the reimbursement of Tangible Personal Property taxes resulting from the changes which occurred in the 2007 biennial budget bill – House Bill 66. Margaretta currently receives nearly 20% of the district's General Fund revenue from the reimbursement from the Commercial Activity Tax. The amount of funding at risk of phasing out is over $1.7 million annually. Without the state reimbursement, the district would need to cut expenditures or find alternative revenue sources to replace the loss of these funds. The coalition has created a Political Action Committee committed to lobbying the State legislature in an effort to make them aware of the affects of the phase out and to look alternative solutions as the phase out period approaches. The phase out is set to begin in the 2013-2014 School Year. At this point, Ed suggested that we keep abreast of the actions of the PAC without providing financial support.

Public Participation:

Sheila Heimlein questioned the Board about the recent hiring of an Assistant Principal at the Elementary Building as well as the hiring of other staff members. She is concerned now that the district passed the 6.9 mill property tax levy, it appears that the district is spending the money frivolously. Mr. Lippert and Mr. Kurt responded to the inquiries by stating that the district hired a part-time Assistant Principal at the Elementary, last year Fran Warner was Assistant Principal and Curriculum Director for the district. This year, Fran is a part-time Curriculum Director and Bob Toney, hired through North Point Educational Services Center, is a part-time Assistant Principal. The district also hired six new teachers, however, we had eight teachers and a classroom aide leave the district by retirement or by taking another job. The net effect is that we have less staff this year than last year, and in many cases, the new teachers we hired are paid at lower salary than the teachers who retired.

Diane Jacoby asked if we were going to be sending out newsletters, because many residents, particularly the senior citizens, don't have access to the website to receive information that used to be mailed out in the newsletters. Mr. Lippert expressed to Diane that the Board and staff are always looking for ways to engage our residents. He mentioned that the district paid for an upgrade to the website and to justify the expense, it was decided to reduce the number of newsletters that the district would send out to our residents.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

No additional items were added to the agenda.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve Board Resolution number 10-11-18, approved the expenditure of items that exceed $3,000 that have met the "then and now" statutory requirements; Roll Call: All ayes.

Mr. Hammond mentioned to the Board that we have a family in the district who has decided to enroll their two children at North Central Academy in Fremont. Since this school is a chartered school district as recognized by the Ohio Department of Education and since the time to transport the children one way in a school bus is within 30 minutes, we are required to provide transportation services. Currently, the district is picking up the two children in the morning bus run, then sending a bus or van to Fremont so that they can attend North Central Academy and in the afternoon, we are sending a bus or van to pick the two children up from the academy and transporting them home. This process is cost prohibitive to the district. We would like to offer a payment in lieu of transportation to the family based upon the state rate per child. When we approached the family prior to the start of the school year, the family was not interested in a payment in lieu of transportation services. We can attempt to force the issue by formalizing the process, ultimately resulting in a hearing with the Ohio Department of Education to make a decision on whether to force a payment in lieu or to continue to provide transportation services. The first step to this process is for the Board to resolve that the transportation of these two students is impractical.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Stark, to approve Board Resolution number 10-11-19, determining the impracticality of transporting community school students to North Central Academy; Roll Call: All ayes.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Rankin, seconded by Mr. Stark, to approve board resolution number 10-11-20, to approve the Title I Parent Involvement Policy effective with the 2010-2011 School year; Roll Call: All Ayes.

Personnel Actions:

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to enter into a supplemental employment contract with the following:

Gary Wahl – Girls Basketball Varsity Assistant, and
Dean Koch – Girls Basketball Freshman Coach at Level 6;

Roll Call: All ayes.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to employ Donald Barlow as Transportation Substitute, pending all state and local requirements; and Tom Kennedy as a Volunteer for the Girls Basketball program;

Roll Call: All ayes.

Old Business:

There was no Old Business discussed.

Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt mentioned to the board that the district is hosting a Senior Citizens Gathering event at the High School on Tuesday where attendees will receive brunch, listen to the band and choir, a video presentation and a discussion on the proposed conversion levy. All Board members were welcomed to attend.

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

The Board convened into executive session at 7:52 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 8:31 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 8:32 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer/Business Manager

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