Regular Meeting

August 20, 2014

7:00 PM  

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 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 welcomed visitors to the meeting, discussed a letter from Pepple and Waggoner,

as well as availability of various publications and a newspaper article regarding school officials attending a leadership conference.  

Mr. Whitney welcomed Joel Nirmalnath as student representative. Joel presented a student report regarding marching band,

band camp, parents’ night, athletics and other district events.

                   Mr. Whitney shared a commemorative plaque regarding those previous students who have lost their lives

serving our country in the armed forces.

The plaque will be included in the high school lobby or another location at the school deemed appropriate.  


58-14   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:

               1. The minutes from the July regular meeting were approved.

               2. The monthly financial report for July 2014 was presented.

(A member of the audience requested a copy of the 5 year forecast from the Treasurer after the Treasurer finished presenting the monthly financial report for July 2014. Specifically requested was the fiscal year 2014 actual financial information. The Treasurer indicated that the fiscal year 2014 financial information would be provided. Mr. Heck explained the 5 year forecast, noting that the requested information would not yet be on the current Board approved 5 year forecast but could be provided in a different format.)                  

              3. Accepted a donation of $1,000.00 from Therm-O-Disc Inc., and the Emerson Charitable Trust.

              4. Approved enrollment in the Ohio School Comp Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program for calendar year 2014; annual fee $2,985.

              5. Approved Memorandum of Agreement for deposit of public funds with Richland Bank for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019.  

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

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

          Motion adopted 


59-14   Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich, to approve the following personnel items:


            Resignation: Accepted the resignation of:

              Jeanna Godby - Junior High student council

    Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Dave Roberts - English as Second Language (ESL) service, purchase service agreement one (1) day per week, six (6) hours per day, for thirty-six (36) weeks of school at an hourly rate of $30.00 for a total of $6,480.00 

Connie Glenn Brown - 2nd grade, Western Elementary, one year contract, effective September 21, 2014, step 10, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements.  

Natasha Repp - Substitute teacher, Western Elementary, Grade 3, 2014.2015 school year, $100.00 per day

Amanda Hopkins - Substitute teacher, Eastern Elementary, Intervention Specialist, 2014-2015 school year, $100.00 per day, and 10 days of summer school, $100.00 per day

Linda Gooden - Substitute teacher, 2nd grade for a maternity leave, from August 25 through approximately October 20, 2014, $100.00 per day

Sue VanDyke - High School volunteer, MD class, one day per week, pending successful completion of a background check

Salary Adjustment: Approved the salary adjustments for the following: 

Eric Turlo - ME + 10 to ME + 20

Denise Benson - ME + 10 to ME + 20

Maternity Leave: Approve Tiffany Perry’s maternity leave beginning approximately August 26, 2014 through approximately October 17, 2014.     


Retirement: Accepted the retirement of Pam Penn, Eastern Elementary educational aide, effective December 27, 2014.

    Resignation: Accepted the resignation of the following educational aides:

Stephanie Heestand - Central Elementary, effective August 21, 2014

Pam Wisenbarger - Tranportation, four hour bus aide, effective August 21, 2014, two-year contract

    Leave of Absence:  Approved an unpaid leave of absence for Kim Olivieri, Eastern Elementary, from August 21, 2014 through  November 30, 2014.

    Employment: Approved the employment of the following personnel:

Pam Wisenbarger - Educational aide, Central Elementary, effective August 21, 2104, two year contract

Travis Lantz - 2nd shift custodian, Central Elementary, effective August 25, 2014

Jennifer Holtz - Substitute educational aide for the 2014-2015 school year, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

Lori Switzer - Substitute education aide for the 2014-2015 school year    

Other Business:  

       Coaching Resignation: Approved the resignation of Whitney Farrar as assistant high school swim coach for the 2014-2015 school year. 

      Coaching Recommendations: Accepted the following coaching recommendations for 2014 - 2015:  

                Jeffery Meyer - 7th grade football

                Ryan Oliver - Varsity assistant football              

Substitute Lists:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute and the complete substitute lists dated 08/11/14 as presented by MOESC. 

Nursing Services - Approved the nursing services of Lauren Grove and Penny Hayes as full time LPNs as needed at the hourly rate on their contract effective 08/25/2014.

Approved the contract for school nursing services with Richland Public Health for the 2014-2015 school year.

Approved the addendum to section 7.25 of the Board of Education policy, “Selection of Textbooks, Electronic Textbooks and Supplementary Materials”, Section B, “Procedure for Use of Non-District Materials”.          

Approved the addendum to the Epinephrine Autoinjector Board of Education policy, 6.361. (Mr. Ziegelhofer explained that school nurses will train those identified and willing to administer.)  

Bus Routes: Approved bus routes, subject to change, for the 2014-2015 school year. (A member of the audience provided information regarding a parent of a student having concerns of being on the bus for an hour to and from school. Mr. Ziegelhofer requested a name and address to review the specifics of the situation for possible adjustments to address any such concerns.)

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

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

            Motion adopted 

Discussion Items 

               1. Discussed that the cash audit has been completed by Julian & Grube for the transition of Treasurer.

2.  Mr. Ziegelhofer discussed the potential opportunity to select those items that were presented by Energy Optimizer at the July 23, 2014 Board meeting, which would have a payback of 5-7 years if the Board preferred to implement such items. The Board indicated further discussion will be conducted to assess and determine those items that may be most beneficial and feasible for the District’s short-term and long-term plans.


 60-14   Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Heck 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. Heck, Mr. Blackstone, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Whitney------------5 

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

             Motion adopted.

     Time entered: 7:44 p.m

     Returned to regular session: 8:40 p.m.   

Mr. Blackstone noted that he is aware of a company which will take down barns at no cost. Mr. Blackstone recommended he  make contact and have the company determine if the barn located on St. Rt. 546 can be removed at no cost.            

Mr. Blackstone also discussed the possibility of CDBG money available for removal of the house located on school property at the St. Rt. 546 location. Mr. Blackstone will look into the possibility of getting this property on the list with Richland County.


61-14 Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mr. Stoner to adjourn.                                   8:54 p.m 

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

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

            Motion adopted.