Regular Meeting

May 21, 2014

8:15 PM  

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 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
                                                                      VISITORS  /  COMMUNICATIONS  /  RECOGNITIONS

Student Representative Morgan Gongwer gave a report to the Board on student activities that included spring concerts, awards ceremony, job shadowing, Great Gatsby party, final exams, graduation activities, athletic awards, regional track meet, and summer gym.  

Mr. Whitney thanked Morgan for serving as Student Representative and acknowledged her accomplishments at Lexington Schools. 

High School Principal, Jeremy Secrist, introduced Joel Nirmalnath who will serve as Student Representative for 2014-2015.            

40-14    Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to approve the following financial items:
              1.  The minutes from the April regular meeting and the May 12th, May 13th and
                   May 19th special meetings were approved.
              2.  The monthly financial report for April 2014 was presented.
              3.  The updated 5-year financial forecast was approved.
              Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Blackstone, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Heck, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney-------5
                              Nay: None ----------------------------------------------------------------------------0
                              Motion adopted 

41-14    Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Stoner, to approve the following personnel items:
Resignation:  Approved the resignation of the following:
  Beckie Vargo  - High School math, effective May 23, 2014
  Diane Eifrid  - Junior High Yearbook, 2014-2014 school year
  Eric Turlo  - High School MFE chairperson, 2014-2015 school year

Leave of Absence:  Approved a one year leave of absence for Michelle Armstrong, 5th grade, Eastern Elementary for the 2014-2015 school year.
Salary Adjustments:  Approved the salary adjustments for the following:
  Kayla Heimann  - BS + 20 to ME
  Annette Rush  - BS + 20 to MA
  Jane Goodall  - BS + 10 to BS + 20  

Employment:  Approved the employment of Brent Rastetter as Junior High Athletic Director for the 2014-2015 school year.  

Resident Educators: Approved the payment of $350.00 to the following teachers for mentoring new teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:
  April Ford – mentored Jessica Duffey
  Katie Guy – mentored Danielle Merritt
  Edwina Brownell – mentored Michael Schwechheimer
  Mary Ann Hallabrin – mentored Stephanie Wilson
  Mary Haas – mentored Valerie Fraizer  
Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of Mr. Rick Boyd, custodian, effective May  21, 2014.
Approved the employment recommendation of Jason Whitesel as Treasurer of the Lexington School District, effective upon successful completion of pre-employment requirements.

Other Business:
Class of 2014:  Approved the graduating class of 2014, as presented by principal Jeremy Secrist, pending successful completion of graduation requirements.  

Diplomas: Approved Doug Swain, as selected by the senior class, to pass out diplomas at graduation.  

Tuition Student:  Approved the following tuition student for the 2014-2015 school year:
  Chloe Buchanan - Continuing, grade 12
Coaching Recommendations:  Accepted the following coaching recommendations for 2014-2015:
  Gary Hinton  - Assistant football
  Tim Scheid  - Assistant football
  Jeff Strickler  - Assistant football
  Ted Mutti  - Assistant football
  John Leskovich  - Assistant football
  Andrew Heath  - Freshman football
  Ryan Zahn  - Varsity boys’ golf
  Troy Eichler  - JV boys’ golf
  Mike Kathrein  - Varsity girls’ golf
  Kevin Morrow  - JV girls’ golf
  Peter Them  - Varsity boys’ soccer
  Scott Potter  - JV boys’ soccer
  David Hines  - Freshman boys’ soccer
  Roxanne Drueschler - Varsity girls’ soccer
  Nancy Shramko  - JV girls’ soccer
  Ron Schaub  - Varsity girls’ tennis
  Denise Benson  - Varsity cross country
  Anne Petrie  - JV girls’ cross country
  Austin Javurek  - JV boys’ cross country
  Bobbi Weaver  - Varsity volleyball
  Tiffany Perry  - JV volleyball
  Scott Hamilton  - Varsity boys’ basketball
  Mike Kathrein  - JV boys’ basketball
  Nate Lautzenheiser - JV girls’ basketball
  Brock Spurling  - Varsity swim
  Rob Roth  - Assistant swim (diving)
  Whitney Farrar  - Assistant swim (swimming)
  Brent Rastetter  - Varsity wrestling
  Roger Long  - Varsity bowling
  Mike Hamman  - 8th grade football
  Dave Kaple  - 8th grade football
  Paul Conry  - 7th grade football
  Ralph Baker  - Jr. High cross country
  Kelly Holder  - 8th grade volleyball
  Dani Merritt  - 7th grade volleyball
  Viann Watkns  - Jr. High cheerleading
  Elaine McQuillen - 8th grade basketball
  Jay Schmidt  - 7th grade basketball
  Greg Davidson  - Jr. High wrestling
  Kayla Heimann  - Jr. High swimming
  Troy Eichler  - Jr. High swimming
  John Harris  - Volunteer – Athletic Department
  Rob Michels  - Volunteer – girls’ tennis
  Sue Subich  - Volunteer – volleyball
  Dan Gerhardt  - Volunteer – high school football
  Ryan Oliver  - Volunteer – high school football
  Greg Nickoli  - Volunteer – high school football
  Dave Smith  - Volunteer – high school wrestling
  Brooke Baker  - Volunteer – high school basketball
  Brian Thompson - Volunteer – high school girls’ basketball
  Jim Hardman  - Volunteer – high school bowling  

Committee Appointments:  Tabled until June. 

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

Discussion Items:

1. 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 utilities with other school buildings in the state.  The cost is $900.00 for one year.

2.  The Treasurer suggested the Board consider a cash audit at the conclusion of the shared Treasurer arrangement before the new Treasurer assumes his duties.

3.  The Treasurer presented a proposal from Julian & Grube, Inc. to prepare a GAAP-basis financial statements.  The district currently prepared cash-basis financials and not accural basis according to requirements in State law. The Board would like further information about when it would be necessary to have GAAP-basis before a future bond issue.

4.  Mr. Ziegelhofer presented a proposal from Allerton Hill Consulting for communication services.  The consultants helped the district over the past six months with mailings and information to improve communication with residents and staff.  The proposal is for 12 moths at the same cost as the previous 6 months. The Board will review for consideration at the June meeting.

42-14 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Blackstone to approve the Ohio High School Athletic Association membership for the 2014-2015 school year. 

 Roll Call:  Yea:  Mr. Stoner, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Weirich -------4
                Nay:  Mr. Whitney ----------------------------------------------------1
                Motion adopted.  

43-14 Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to contract with Limbach, Inc. at $900.00 to monitor utility payments.
Roll Call:  Yea:  Mr. Heck, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney ----------4
               Nay:  Mr. Blackstone --------------------------------------------------1
               Motion adopted.

44-14   Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                                      9:17 p.m

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