Regular Meeting

April 30, 2014

7:00 PM  

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  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. Sue Weirich, Mr. Robert Whitney ------5

                Mr. Whitney thanked Board members for changing the meeting date, and he shared several publications with the other members.  Mr. Whitney shared that he was contacted by Fire Chief Compton, who expressed an interest in using the old house on the school’s property for safety training.  The house sets on property adjacent to the High School.  The Fire Department doesn’t intend to burn the house, rather to use for training in dealing with smoke. Board members were agreeable to the training but would like the Fire Chief to inspect the house for safety reasons before conducting any training.  Mr. Blackstone suggested the district obtain a hold harmless agreement from the Township.  

   Student Representative Morgan Gongwer gave a report to the Board on student activities that included athletic events, the Senior Talent Show, Mock Crash,
                     election of class officers and student council officers, prom, orchestra concert, final exams and 17 days remaining for Seniors. 

26-14    Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:
              1.  The minutes from the March regular meeting were approved.
              2.  The monthly financial report for March 2014 was presented.
              3.  Authorized the Treasurer to advertise for bids to purchase one or more school buses.
              4.  Accepted donations of furniture and educational supplies from School Speciality
                   and a donation of field tile from Wayne’s Country Market.
              5.  Authorized $50,000 repayment of advance from 003 0000 Permanent Improvement
                   Fund to 001 0000 General Fund.
              6.  Approved that the $32,000 inter-fund cash advance made in Fiscal Year 2013 from
                   001 0000 General Fund to 006 0000 Food Service Fund be reclassified as a
                   permanent transfer to the Food Service Fund.
              Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Heck, Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Blackstone, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Whitney-------5
              Nay: None ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------0
              Motion adopted.  

27-14    Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich, to approve the following personnel items:
 Employment:  Approved the employment of the following:
                       Anne Reed  - Third grade Western Elementary, 2014-2015 school year, effective August 20, 2014, step 5
                       Shelly Getz - Long-term sub, Eastern Elementary, through end of 2013-2014 school year, $100.00 per day, effective March 21, 2014
                       Brianna Scherer  - Long-term sub for maternity leave, Central Elementary, August 25 – October 20, 2014, $100.00 per day  

Salary Adjustments:  Approved the salary adjustments for the following:
  Rachel Smith  - ME + 20 to ME + 30
  Megan McCammon - BS + 20 to MA
  Carla Pasheilich  - BS to BS + 10
  Joy Bowman  - ME + 10 to ME + 20
  Stephanie Saurers - BS to BS + 20
  Kellie Ritchey  - ME to ME + 10
  Julie Lamp  - ME + 10 to ME + 30  

Continuing Contracts:  Approved continuing contracts for:
 Michelle Smith  - Eastern Elementary
 Debbie Lantz  - Eastern Elementary  

Supplemental Non-Renewals (Attachment “A”):  Recommended non-renewal of the following individuals due to lack of evaluations for spring sports:
  Kevin Morrow  - Baseball head coach
  John Watkins  - JV baseball
  Michael Schwechheimer Freshmen baseball (1/2)
  Mike Hamman  - Varsity softball
  Gary Hinton  - Boys’ track head coach
  Michelle Smith  - Girls’ track head coach
  Richard Dunn  - Track assistant
  Denise Benson  - Track assistant
  Tim Scheid  - Track assistant
  Ralph Baker  - Track assistant
  Austin Javurek  - Track assistant
  Anne Petrie  - Junior High track
  Valerie Fraizer  - Junior High track
  Buck Morton  - Junior High track
  Grant Weaver  - Junior High track  

Supplemental Non-Renewals (Attachment “B”):  Recommended non-renewal of the following due to lack of evaluations for spring sports:
  Ted Mutti  - Varsity assistant football
  Andrew Heath  - 7th grade football - Jr. High wrestling
  Paul Conry  - 7th grade football
  Peter Them  - JV boys’ soccer
  Jay Porter  - Freshmen boys’ soccer
  Nancy Shramko  - JV girls’ soccer
  Ron Schaub  - Girls’ tennis - Boys’ tennis
  Becca Hile  - Varsity/JV cheerleading
  Amanda Secrist  - Junior High cheerleading
  Scott Hamilton  - Varsity boys’ basketball
  Michael Grist  - JV boys’ basketball
  Nate Lautzenheiser - JV girls’ basketball
  Elaine McQuillen - 8th grade girls’ basketball
  Jay Schmidt  - 7th grade girls’ basketball
  Brock Spurling  - Varsity swim
  Rob Roth  - Assistant swim (diving)
  Brian Faust  - JV wrestling
  Brian Bowman  - Jr. High wrestling
  Ryan Oliver  - Freshmen baseball (1/2)
  Ralph Baker  - Assistant track
  Randy Heidlebaugh - Assistant marching band
  Michelle Newmeyer - High School yearbook   
  Sheridan Hanson - Color Guard advisor  

 Teaching/Extended Service Contracts (Attachment C): Approved the teaching / extended service contracts for 2014-2015 as listed:  

  Three Year Limited 
  Melissa Betscher                            Jessica Kunz  
  Sandy DeLuca                               Jana Rhoad
  Richard Dunn                                Jeff Strickler
  Julie Frye                                      Dan Studer
  Jackie Gaither                                Dan Wittmer
  Jane Goodall                                  Ryan Zahn
  Mike Kathrein                                Ken Kreis   

Two Year Limited
  Pam Conover                               Michael Schwechheimer
  Valerie Fraizer                              Christy Thomas
  Danielle Merritt                            Janelle Wyant   
One Year Limited
  Jessica Duffey
  Howard Hoffman (part-time, 4 periods)
  Kristen Jones
  Margaret Martin
  Stephanie Wilson 

 Extended Service
  Jennifer Cavalier - Guidance
  Bill Ellsworth  - Guidance
  Emily Donahue  - Librarian
  Kristen McPeek  - Guidance
  Bobbi Weaver  - Guidance
  Betsy Youse  - Guidance  

 Supplemental Activities (Attachment “D”):  Approved supplemental activity contracts for 2014-2015 as listed:

                                   HIGH SCHOOL
 Danielle Basham - Senior Class advisor 
 Rebecca Bigley  - Student Council advisor/Prom co-advisor/Jr. Class advisor co-advisor
 Paul Dawson  - H.S. Choir director
 Emily Depew  - Prom co-advisor - Jr. Class co-advisor
 Stephen Domka  - Co-ass’t. instrumental music director
 Richard Dunn  - Drama Club, Fall Play, Spring Play, CACY advisor
 Sally Giefer  - National Honor Society - Academic challenge co-advisor
 Ron Graham  - Marching Band Director/ Instrumental Music director
 Randy Heidlebaugh - Co-assistant marching band
 Ryan Knuckles  - LEOS Club advisor
 Kristen McPeek  - IAT co-chairperson
 Molly Morton  - Co-assistant marching band
 Anne Mutti  - Yearbook advisor
 Michelle Olecki  - Mock Trial
 Allison Parsons  - Key Club advisor
 Rick Ruth  - Ass’t marching band director - Co-ass’t. instrumental music director
 Sara Thorburn  - High School Yearbook advisor - Academic Challenge co-advisor
 Eric Turlo  - MFE coordinator
 John Watkins  - Leadership Council advisor
 Bobbi Weaver  - IAT co-chairperson
 Ryan Zahn  - Math Club advisor                                            

                                  JUNIOR HIGH 
 Jen Cavalier  - CACY co-advisor - MFE chairperson
 Jen Dewald  - CACY co-advisor
 Stephen Domka  - Jr. High Orchestra
 Diane Eifrid  - Yearbook
 Jeanna Godby  - Student Council co-advisor
 Marissa Lunt  - Power of Pen advisor
 Tommie Roseberry - IAT chairperson - Spelling Bee 
 Brittany Siringer - Student Council co-advsior                                   

 Bus Supervisors
            Central  - Tom Brownell (AM)  
                            Stephanie Blackstone 
           Western  - Amy Stewart
           Eastern  - Mary Sue Davis (AM & PM)    

          Central     Tracey Heck         
          Western   Amy Stewart  (co-chair)  -  Bill Ellsworth  (co-chair)
          Eastern     Marsha Haas (co-chair) - April Ford  (co-chair)

         Central  - Tracey Heck
         Western  - Sandra DeLuca
         Eastern  - Cheryl Longnecker

Math Counts – Eastern
       Jennifer Berry
Spelling Bee – Eastern
      Jennifer Berry
Academic Challenge – Eastern
      Jennifer Berry  

 Non-Certified Contracts (Attachment “E”):  Approved contracts for classified employees for 2014-2015 as listed:
             Connie Pritchard - 2 year  

             Lora Hamilton   - 2 year

             Craig Clever   - 1 year
             Mark Olivieri  - 1 year
             Buddy Essick   - 2 year
             Todd Scheiber   - 2 year 
             Pam Hertzler   -  2 year
            Deb Ray  - 2 year  

           Steve Boggs  - 2 year
           Wendy Kleinknecht  - Continuing
           Rick Vestal  - 2 year
           Brenda Welsh  - 2 year  

 Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of:
                     Chris Dudte  - Food Service, effective April 30, 2014
                     Bonnie Keeney  - Food Service, effective April 30, 2014  

 Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of:
                     Brandee Callis  - Food Service, effective end of 2013-14 contract year
                     Karen Worley  - Food Service, effective end of 2013-14 contract year

Employment:  Approved the employment of:
                    Brandee Callis  - MH aide, High School, step 0, effective August 21, 2014, two year contract
                    Karen Worley  - MH aide, High School, step 0, effective August 21, 2014, two year contract  

 Other Business:
 Authorize $100.00 stipend to the following for completing the Wilson Fundations/ Reading Grant Literacy Workshops:
               Theresa Duffey          Dawn Lohr
               Jacki Gaither              Carla Pasheilich
               Patty Hayes                Cara Pelphrey
               Shelly Knapp              Stephanie Saurers
               Julie Lamp                 Rachel Smith  

 Tuition Students:  Approved the following tuition students for the 2014-2015 school year:
              Trevor Bowman - Continuing, grade 8
              Andrew Iten  - Continuing, grade 11  

Substitute Lists:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list & the complete substitute lists dated 4/8/14 as presented by MOESC.  

Student Summer Employment: Approved the employment of Elizabeth Volz, Kelly Rhodes, Isaac Banks and Brian Long as summer employees to assist the Maintenance Department with care and upkeep of our buildings and grounds and Brayson Ramirez, Nick Chirico and Dustin Lumadue to work with the Technology Department.  

Substitute Pay Schedule:  Approved the substitute pay schedule as follows:  

2014-2015 School Year Substitute Pay
Substitute Teacher                               $70.00 per day
Substitute Aide                                    Step 0 of Educational Aide Salary Schedule
Substitute Bus Driver                           Step 0 of Bus Driver’s Salary Schedule
Substitute Custodian                            Step 0 of Custodian Salary Schedule
Substitute Maintenance                        Step 0 of Maintenance Salary Schedule
Substitute Mechanic                            Step 0 of Mechanic Salary Schedule
Substitute Cafeteria worker                  Minimum Wage
Substitute Treasurer’s Office Clerk       Step 0 of Treasurer’s Clerk Salary Schedule
Power Reading Tutor                           $23.00/hour
Homebound/Intervention Tutor             $20.00/hour     
Bus Washer                                        $9.00/hour
Office Help- Bus Garage                      Minimum Wage
Class Coverage                                   $23.89/period
Summer Help                                     $9.00/hour 
Athletic Office Assistant                      $15.00 (tabled until May)  

Approved renewal of the membership with Mansfield-Richland Area Chamber of Commerce for the period of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 at a cost of $149.00.  

Committee Appointments:  Tabled until May.  

           Roll Call – Yea:  Mr. Blackstone, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Heck, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney------------5
                          Nay:  None ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------0
                          Motion adopted.  

 Discussion Items:
 1.  Property Valuation Complaints – The Treasurer presented applications for reductions in property valuations filed with the Richland and Morrow County Auditors.  The Board has 30 days in which to challenge the reductions.  Mr. Heck noted that the reductions should be based on facts such as an appraisal or arms-length sale.  The Board asked that the district’s attorney review and applications and, if warranted, file a counter complaint. 

 2.  Utility Monitoring – The Treasurer presented a proposal from Limbach Company to monitor and review the district’s electric and natural gas utility bills and consumption. Limbach will benchmark Lexington’s utilities with other school buildings in the state. The cost is $900 for one year.  The Board will consider and discuss at its May meeting.  

 3.  Renewal Levy Update – The Superintendent stated that Tuesday is Election Day and Lexington has a renewal levy on the ballot.  Three informational mailings have been sent to every household, and one more will arrive this weekend.  Now the district wants to remind residents to vote.  Teachers will be calling parents over the weekend to remind them to vote.  The Superintendent said the district has worked hard to get information to residents about the levy.  

 4.  Food Service – The Superintendent stated that Food Service Supervisor, Tricia Volz, was asked in March to research ways to save $125,000 next year in the food service fund.  The fund is supposed to be self-sufficient but continues to experience a declining cash balance. Mrs. Volz prepared three options, which listed savings in personnel costs by reducing staff. The options are as follows:
 Option 1 – Satellite food from Eastern to Western and Central; save $116,522 in 2014-15
 (RIF 6)
 Option 2 – Satellite food from Eastern to Western and Central; save $126,750 in 2014-15
 (RIF 7)
 Option 3 – Satellite only baked goods; save $112,851 in 2014-15 (RIF 5)  

 Mrs. Volz visited a number of schools that successfully satellite food to other buildings.  The district will perform a trial run of the satellite option yet this year.  In order to satellite there would be a need to purchase a truck, but the district could use Permanent Improvement funds to purchase.  Board members noted that it is very difficult to discuss reducing staff.  Mrs. Volz shared that two employees have recently retired, two are taking other positions within the district, and one person still will be employed but with reduced hours.  Board members stated their appreciation for the efforts of the entire food service department to work on this challenge.  The Superintendent will take care of care of contractual issues with LSA.  

28-14   Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Blackstone 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. Stoner, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Whitney------------5
                            Nay:  None -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0
                            Motion adopted.  

 Time entered:  8:03 p.m.
 Returned to regular session:  8:39 p.m.

29-14   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                                      8:40 p.m.  

            Roll Call – Yea:  Mr. Heck, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Blackstone Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney----------------5
                           Nay:  None-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0
                          Motion adopted.