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2010-08-16 Board Minutes


The Margaretta Board of Education met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday August 17, 2010 at the Administrative Offices.

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

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Myers, to approve the minutes from the July 19, 2010 Regular Meeting and the July 29 and August 4, 2010 Special Meetings; Roll Call: All ayes.

The Financial Report and Schedule of Bills

Mr. Hammond mentioned that the financial reports in the agendas reflect the first month of the new fiscal year and that all the information is as expected. He also mentioned that he has updated the format to include month-to-date from the previous fiscal year for comparative analysis.

Board and Staff Reports:

Mr. Kurt distributed the Disciplinary Report for the 2009-2010 School Year. He when on to tell the board that the state legislature has recently approved a bill that requires the district to implement student bullying and date violence education and awareness. Mr. Kurt also reported on the results of the random drug testing of students who participated in extra-curricular activities and/or were given a parking pass for the 2009-2010 school year. Mr. Hammond commented that the Safe and Drug Free Schools Federal Grant funds used to support the testing program is not available for this school year. The district will use the remaining funds available from the Healthy Students/Healthy Choices grant from Firelands Regional Medical Center to pay for the testing this school year.

Mr. Kurt showed the board and audience a new technology resource donated to the district from Shannon Hosti who was a Margaretta graduate and who works for InTel who developed the technology. This equipment will assist students with dyslexia and other reading impairments by reading the text to the student.

Public Participation:

Mr. Lippert opened the meeting for public comment. John Zang, teacher and union president, asked about the availability of an updated five-year forecast. Mr. Hammond told Mr. Zang the forecast will be presented to the Board at it's September Board meeting. Rick Gast, co-chair of the levy committee, thanked the Board and the business in the community for their support during the election campaign. Jan Jenkins and Diane Jacoby had questions about the drug testing program. It was explained to them that the district can only randomly test for drug and alcohol usage for participation of extra-curricular activities; the results of the test are confidential and are not routinely given to law enforcement; as part of the corrective action, a student who fails a test is advise to participate in counseling or education on substance abuse prior to re-instatement to the extra-curricular activity.

Introduction of Additional Items to the Agenda:

Mr. Kurt requested to modify the agenda by adding under new Business, item number 2, to approve the student handbook/faculty handbooks.

Treasurer's Report:

Mr. Hammond made a presentation to the Board and the audience on the conversion levy. He gave a handout which included facts and figures that he used to give the background on how school finance and property taxes work in Ohio. In summary, the conversion levy on the November 2, 2010 ballot will be similar to a renewal level for residential and agricultural property owners in the districts; commercial and industrial real estate taxes should fall slightly if the conversion levy is approved; the state has created some financial assistance to the district if the levy is approved; in the long-term, the residential/agricultural taxpayers will experience a tax increase on twenty mills on the growth of the property valuation every three years as opposed to 5.7 mills; that nearly all the school districts in the area are already at the 20 mill floor, except Margaretta, Perkins and Sandusky; if property values drop as a result of the reappraisal process, the school district would only lose tax revenue on the 5.7 mills, not the 20 mills.

Mr. Lippert commented that he believes that the biggest obstacle facing our voters and taxpayers is understanding the complexity of school finance, property taxation and specifically a conversion levy.

Superintendent's Report:

New Business:

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin, to amend Dana Belak's education from Bachelor to Bachelor's plus; Roll call: All ayes.

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Stark, to adopt Board Resolution 09-10-08, approving the 2010-2011 High School Student and Faculty Handbooks as presented; Roll Call: all ayes.

Personnel Actions:

Certified Staff:

Mr. Kurt distributed a memo that displayed that as a result of seven (7) teachers and one (1) educational aide leaving the district for the 2010-11 school year, he is recommending only replacing six (6) teaching positions, which is only possible thanks to the passage of the tax levy.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, seconded by Mr. Rankin to approve the employment contracts for:

Robert Hawn – High School Health & PE at Bachelor-0,
Eric Kaman – 1st Grade teacher at Bachelor-0,
Beth Hegemier – 2nd Grade teacher at Bachelor-0,
Kendra Orwig – 6th Grade teacher at Bachelor-2, and
Fran Warner – Curriculum Director/Gifted Coordinator for
113 day contract;

Roll Call: All ayes.

Mr. Kurt introduced Robert Hawn and Eric Kaman who attended the meeting.

Motion by Mr. Myers, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve the employment contracts for the following supplemental positions:

Robert Hawn – Assistant Athletic Director at Level 1,
Kevin Kremer – 60 extended days for Vo-Ag,
Heather Lott – 15 extended days for HS Guidance,
Carolyn Cook – 15 extended days for HS Guidance,
Jackie Yambert – 20 extended days for the libraries,
Heather Wiley – 5 extended days for Elementary Guidance,
Adam Reardon – 9 extended days for Instrumental Music,
Amanda Reardon – 6 extended days for Vocal Music, and
Rock Farlow – 8 extended days for Career Based Intervention;

Roll Call: All ayes.

Classified Staff:

Motion by Mr. Stark, seconded by Mr. Bodey, to approve the employment of Tracy Gibson as Lunchroom Substitute; Roll Call: All ayes.

Old Business:


Informational Items:

Mr. Kurt mentioned to the Board that the Levy Committee will begin having meetings in two weeks. He also mentioned that Friday August 27 will be an In-service Day and Monday August 30 will be a staff day. We will be having breakfast at the staff day and the Board members were invited to attend both days if they would like to attend.

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 8:13 p.m.

Motion by Mr. Bodey, second by Mr. Myers, the board returned from executive session at 8:54 p.m. Roll call: all ayes.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jude T. Hammond
Treasurer/Business Manager


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

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Castalia, OH 44824
Phone: (419) 684-5322
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