Regular Meeting

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 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 and asked if any visitors would  like to be recognized.

Mr. Ziegelhofer recognized Mrs. Jennifer Berry, Eastern Elementary teacher. Mrs. Berry recognized

the accomplishments of various Eastern Elementary students and

Eastern Elementary principal, Mr. Buddy Miller, presentted framed letters of

recognition for their accomplishments. The following students were recognized:

Spelling Bee:

Tucker S. (2nd place tri-county bee) ~ Maggie S. (top 30 in Ohio, headed to State)

Math Counts

Team of Ethan H., Jadon W., Chayse W., and Vincent M. took 2nd place in regionals. Mrs. Berry noted

this was the only full 6th grade team to compete in the competition against middle school students

from other districts.  Ethan H. (1st place) and Jadon W. (2nd place) both qualified for State.

Academic Challenge

Team of Sydney E., Gavin D., Joanna H., and Emily G. finished in 1st place

out of 22 teams in tri-county competition.

Student Representative Joel Nirmalnath provided the student report to the Board, covering athletics,

music concerts/competitions, spring musical and academics.


10-15   Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mr. Heck to approve the following financial items:

                1. The minutes from the January 2015 organizational and regular meeting were approved.

2. The monthly financial report for January 2015 was presented.

3. Approved the updated 5-Year Financial Forecast for FY 15 through FY19.

4. Approved the following appropriation modifications for FY15:

019 9121 Central PTO Grant $2, 873.50

019 9122 Eastern PTO Grant $2, 974.16

019 9123 Western PTO Grant $5,874.17

300 9116 Choir $28,800

451 Network Connectivity Grant $4,500

506 Race to the Top $2, 054.22

5.  Approved a voluntary employee sponsored vision insurance program throught Anthem Blue Shield beginning May 1, 2015 as recommended by

Lexington LSD Insurance Committee

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

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

          Motion adopted 


11-15  Motion by Mrs. Weirich, seconded by Mr. Stoner,  to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement request of Steve Lifer, High School Math, at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year.

Employment:   Approved the employment of the following:

Lois Lasker - Administer the DRA tests for the 2014-2015 school year at the substitute teacher pay rate

Lori Switzer - Long term sub, Western Elementary, effective January 21, 2015, $100.00 per day

Ralph Baker - OGT Tutor, February 16, 2015 - March 13, 2015

Before/after school tutors at Eastern, $20.00 per hour, effective January 20, 2015 - April 10, 2015

Julie Detlef - Danielle Merritt

Ryan Burris - Cheryl Longnecker

Amanda Hopkins - April Ford

Stephanie Wilson - Jana Rhoad

Jennifer Berry - Joni Hassmann

     Continuing Contract: Approve the continuing contract for the following:

Eric Turlo - Eastern Elementary

Laura Wesserling - Eastern Elementary 


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Nancy Banks, school bus driver/office aid in the Transportation Department, effective, 02/28/2015.

            Employment: Approved the employment of :

Nancy Banks - Substitute bus driver/office aide during the 2015-2016 school year

Roy Rogers - Substitute bus driver, effective 01/15/2015

Erin Davis - Substitute custodian, effective 02/12/2015

Julie Wallace - Food Service substitute, pending successful completion of background check

Other Business:  

Transpotation Director:  Approved the recommendation of a $4, 000.00 increase to the annual salary of the Transportation Director, due to the addition of one hour per day to the work day of the Transportation Supervisor for additional office time to asnwer calls, address driver concerns as may come up and to assist with the required office work associated with the Maintenance Department.  This is due to not replacing the current two hour Transportation office assistant who is retiring.

        Tuition Students:   Approved the waiver of tuition for Bryant Martin and Ethan Taylor for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year per Board policy pertaining to a senior whose parent moves out of the district.

Coaching Recommendation:   Accepted the following coaching recommendations:

Denise Benson - Assistant track

Richard Dunn - Assistant track

Tim Scheid - Assistant track

Michelle Smith - Head coach girls' track

Valerie Fraizer - Jr. High track

Anne Petrie - Jr. High track

Jay Schmidt - Jr. High track

Jeff Meyer - Jr. High track

Ron Schaub - Head coach boys' tennis

Mike Hamman - Heach coach softball

Keving Morrow - Head coach baseball

John Watkins - JV baseball

Ryan Oliver - Freshman baseball

Dan Pike - Volunteer softball

Rob Michels - Volunteer tennis

Doug Basham - Volunteer baseball

Mike Schwechheimer - Volunteer baseball

Substitute Lists: Approved the revised Lexington substitute list & the complete substitute list dated 01/22/2015 & 02/09/15 as presented by MOESC.

Committee Appointments:   Tabled until March

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

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

            Motion adopted 


1.  Use of the farmhosue on SR546 - Mr. Ziegelhofer explained that a request had been received by the District for the use of the farmhouse for firefighter smoke training.  Mr. Heck asked for this to be run by legal counsel.  Mr. Blackstone asked that Lexington LSD be named as an additional insured and expressed concerns with the aggregate insurance limits and potential liability.  Mr. Blackston also added that the policy should be signed by Trustees.  Visitor Dick Watters asked why the District would enter into such an agreement. Mr. Whitney indicated the Board's desire to be good partners in the community and added that the volunteer firefighters to a great job. Additionally, the farmhouse is not used by the District.

2.  FY2014 Financial Audit - Treasurer Jason Whitesel shared that the Financial Audit of the District is complete and has been officially released by the Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost's office. The report contained only one comment pertaining to not filing GAAP financial statements.  Visitor Dick Watters expressed concern with the District not filing GAAP financial statements, and a discussion ensued regarding the related cost benefit associated with preparing GAAP financial statements.  The Board reiterated their position that preparing year-end financial statements on a cash basis of accounting will accurately reflect the District's financial position and allow for those resources previously spent on GAAP to be allocated to educational purposes.

3.  Board of Education Policy Updates -  Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that various policy updates have been suggested by legal counsel Pepple & Waggoner and that these updated policies would be provided to the Board. Visitor Pat Cannon asked whether working conditions are covered by negotiated agreement or Board policy.  Mr. Cannon specifically asked about meeting before and after school, noting that Board policy states such meetings, as deemed necessary, are to be held after school.  Mr. Whitney requested that Mr. Ziegelhofer obtain an opinion from Pepple & Waggoner when getting policy updates.


12-15 Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Stoner to enter into executive session to consdier the appointment, employment, dismissal, 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. 

The Board entered into executive session at 8:00.

The Board returned to open session at 8:27.


    13-15 Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                                  8:35  p.m              

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

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

                             Motion adopted.