Regular Meeting

 May 29, 2012

7:00 p.m.


The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.  Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order.  Roll was called by the Treasurer.

Roll Call – Members present:  Mr. Loren Blackstone, Mr. Jeff Heck, Mr. Keith Stoner, Mrs. Karen Wilson, Mr. Robert Whitney  ------------------------5


Kathy Salimbene asked the Board if homeschooled and alternative school students are permitted to participate in extracurricular activities at Lexington. Mr. Whitney answered that the Board has a policy regarding this issue. Mr. Ziegelhofer said that in order to participate a child must be enrolled as a student in the Lexington Local School District. Students enrolled in online schools do not qualify as Lexington students but he will verify with the EMIS Coordinator.

Mr. Whitney read a note of thanks from Natalie Safdar for the Miss Lexington pageant.

Kaitlyn Swartzmiller, Student representative to the Board presented her report.


38-12   Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:             

     1.   The minutes from the April regular meeting and May special meetings were approved.             

     2.   The monthly financial report for April 2012 was presented.  

     3.  Approved the 5-year Financial Forecast.  

     4.  Accepted donations from:      

             1.  $400 from Techman Sales Inc., for after-prom      

             2.  $2,804 from Lexington Academic Boosters             

Roll Call – Yea: Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mr. Whitney----5         

                   Nay: None ----------------------------------------------------------------------------0                                     

                   Motion adopted.                    


39-12   Motion by Mr. Blackstone seconded by Mr. Stoner, to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Sue Weirich, high school assistant principal, effective July 31, 2012.

Employment:  Approved the recommendation of the following personnel:   

Evan Thomas  - Art teacher, Western & Central Elementary, effective August 27, 2012, 1 year contract, step 2   

Molly Morton  - Elementary music, Eastern Elementary, effective August 27, 2012, 1 year contract, step 2   

Kelly Holder  - High School summer PE, June 4-22, 2012   

Gary Hinton  - High School summer PE, June 4-22, 2012   

Becky Young  - High School summer PE, June 4-22, 2012   

John Watkins  - High School summer PE, June 4-22, 2012   

Jacque Daup  - Summer school co-director   

Kathy Dinkel  - Summer school co-director   

Jean Griebling  - Summer school substitute   

Melissa Hassmann - Summer school substitute   

JoAnn Maxey  - Summer school substitute  

Summer school teachers July 30 – August 16, 2012, with a stipend of $1,200.00:   

Deb Ray (Computer Lab) 

Cheryl Longnecker   

Michelle Shaffer  

Deb Lantz   

Tracey Heck   

Diana Wheaton   

Stephanie Saurers  

Michelle Smith   

Annette Rush   

Kayla Heimann   

Lynn Waterer   

Edwina Finley  

If summer school enrollment increases the following will be employed:   

April Ford   Amy Stewart   Missy Betscher

Maternity Leave:  Approved Melisa Stone-Watters’  maternity leave request for the 2012-2013 school year from approximately August 27, 2012 through January 11, 2013.

Salary Adjustment:  Approved the salary adjustment for Gary Hinton from BA to BA + 10.


Employment:  Approve the following:    

Jeanette Berick  - Food Service, 4 hour general help/cashier position at Central, effective 5/15/12    

April Kaufman  - Substitute athletic secretary, effective 5/24/12        

Coaching Recommendations:  Approve the following coaching recommendations:    

April Kaufman  - JV/Varsity cheerleading    

Denise Benson  - Varsity cross country    

Anne Petrie  - JV cross country    

Becky Vargo  - Junior High cross country    

Gary Hinton  - Varsity assistant football    

Ryan Knuckles  - Varsity assistant football    

Greg Nickoli  - Varsity assistant football    

Tim Scheid  - Varsity assistant football   

 Jeff Strickler  - Varsity assistant football    

Tom Brownell  - 8th grade football    

John Watkins  - 8th grade football    

Mike Hamman  - 7th grade football    

Doug Basham  - 7th grade football    

Ryan Zahn  - Varsity boys’ golf    

Troy Eichler  - JV boys’ golf    

Mike Kathrein  - Varsity girls’ golf    

Cheryl Longnecker - JV girls’ golf    

Buck Morton  - Varsity boys’ soccer    

Pete Them  - JV boys’ soccer    

Jay Porter  - Freshmen boys’ soccer    

Tyson Porter  - Volunteer assistant boys’ soccer    

Ron Schaub  - Varsity girls’ tennis    

Rob Michels  - Volunteer assistant tennis    

Bobbi Weaver  - Varsity girls’ volleyball    

Tiffany Daup  - JV girls’ volleyball    

Sue Subich  - Volunteer assistant volleyball    

Ellie Guth  - Summer employee to assist Athletic Dept.

In-Service Growth Project:  Approved a stipend payment of 4% of the base teacher salary, for a total of $1,216.96 to Michelle Lillo, Michelle Armstrong, Kayla Heimann and Sarah  Freundlich at Eastern for their NASA space in-service growth project.

Approved a one-year extension of the current Contract for the Shared Services of the  Treasurer with the Crestview Local Schools and Mrs. Tina Benentt.

Recommend approval of the enclosed new Board policy regarding certified employees  maintaining on file a valid educator’s license.

Recommendation to enter into a contract with John Stierhoff, LLC to maintain the land-  scaping at our High School, Junior High, Eastern and Central Elementary between now and  the opening of the 2012-2013 school year.  The total amount of this project is $5,091.00.

Summer Employees:  Approve the employment of Aaron Long and Isaac Banks  (effective 5/14/12) to be employed for this summer to work along with our maintenance  department, primarily outside upkeep of the building and grounds of our district properties.

Class of 2012:  Approve the graduating class of 2012, as presented by Mike Ziegelhofer  pending successful completion of graduation requirements.

Tuition Student

Approved the following tuition students for the 2012-2013 school year:    

Kaiya Payne  - New, grade 4, Central    

Kage Payne  - New, kindergarten, Central    

Payton Mills  - Continuing, High School, grade 10    

Samantha Basinger - Continuing, High School, grade 9    

Carson Dunn  - Continuing, Junior High, grade 8    

Sloan Taylor  - Continuing, High School, grade 9

Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy:  Approved the proposed changes to the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy.            

Substitute List:  Approved the Lexington substitute list & the complete substitute list dated 4/25/12 as presented by MOESC.

Approved the contract renewal with MOESC for the 2012-2013 school year.

Approved membership renewal with the Mansfield-Richland Area Chamber of Commerce for the period of May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013 at a cost of $149.

Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Whitney -------5                    

                   Nay: None --------------------------------------------------------------------------------0        

                  Motion adopted.


40-12   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Wilson to enter into executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee or official, or the investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual unless the public employee, official, licensee, or regulated individual requests a public hearing and negotiations.

Roll Call – Yea:  Mr. Heck, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney------5       

                  Nay:  None ------------------------------------------------------------------------------0         

                  Motion adopted.

Time entered:  7:55 p.m.  

Returned to regular session:  8:48 p.m.


41-12   Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mr. Stoner to hire Scott Hamilton as Varsity boys’ basketball coach for the 2012-2013 school year.

Roll Call:  Yea:  Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Whitney-------5       

                  Nay:  None -------------------------------------------------------------------------------0       

                 Motion adopted.


1.  The Treasurer presented a proposal from the accounting firm of Julian & Grube for preparation of GASB 34 reports.  The reports are required by the Auditor of State for districts who do not prepare GAAP conversion reports.  The cost proposal for one year is $2,000.  A 2-year cost is $1,900 per year and a 3-year engagement is $1,800 per year. In comparison, the GAAP conversion is about $4,900.  The Treasurer recommended a 3-year engagement.

2.  Mr. Ziegelhofer stated there are concerns about use of the athletic field house by individuals outside of the Lexington athletic programs, specifically a group who use the facility for cross fit.  The Athletic Boosters are still paying on the facility and expressed concerns about the wear and tear of equipment.  Another issue is the need to re-key the building and know who is in possession of keys.  The Board discussed at length issues relating to supervision,       liability, who can use the facility, rentals and the desire to maintain the facility and equipment in good working order for Lexington’s athletes.


42-12 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Wilson to approve a contract with Julian & Grube for GASB 34 report, 3 years, cost $1,800 per year.

Roll Call:  Yea:  Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mr.Whitney-------5      

                 Nay:  None ------------------------------------------------------------------------------0      

Motion adopted.


43-12 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Blackstone to reschedule the June Board meeting  to June 25.

          Roll Call:  Yea:  Mr. Stoner, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Wilson,  Mr. Whitney-------5       

                           Nay:  None --------------------------------------------------------------------------------0       

         Motion adopted.                       


44-12  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Wilson to adjourn.           9:25  p.m.

Roll Call – Yea:  Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mr. Whitney---------5       

                   Nay:  None ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------0       

Motion adopted.