Regular Meeting

Wednesday, March 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, March 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. Whitney shared that the students of Eastern Elementary filed a petition regarding lunches served.

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

music concerts/competitions, spring musical, academics, paarent/teacher conferences and spring break.


      14-15   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Accepted a donation of $100 from Sharon Hamrick (Hershner - Class of 1963) in memory of her brother, Roger Hershner (Class of 1960), for the Lexington High Scholarship Fund.

4. Accepted a donation of $100 from Dr. Christ Ticoras for the Junior High Breakfast Club.

5. Approved enrollment in the Ohio SchoolComp Workers' Compensation Group Ratin Program for the calendar year 2016; annual fee $3, 075 and estimated savings of $14, 385.

6. Approved "Resolution Accepting the Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the necessary Tax Levies and Certifying them to the County Auditor".

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

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

          Motion adopted 


15-15 Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich 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. 

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

                  Nay: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0

The Board entered into executive session at 7:24.

The Board returned to open session at 8:10.


16-15  Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mr. Stoner,  to approve the following personnel items:


Leave of Absence:  Approved a one year leave of absence for Jody Rutschilling, Eastern Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

Maternity Leave:   Approved the maternity leave request for Jessica Kunz, High School Spanish, to begin approximately April 13, 2015 through the remainder of the 14-15 school year.

       Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of Michelle Armstrong, Eastern Elementary 5th grade, effecitve at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

       Employment: Approved the employment of:

Ralph Baker - Extend OGT tutoring through March 20, 2015

Angela Rietschlin - 3rd Grade Western Elementary, 2015-2016 school year, one year contract, step 12

     Salary Adjustment:  Approve the salary adjustment for Constance Jamieson from MA to MA +10.

     Administrative/Supervisors/Coordinators/Director Contracts:  Recommend the approval of the following contracts:

Genelle Eggerton - Western Elementary Principal, 3 year

Robin Boggs - Transportation Director, 3 year

Levi Mowry - Technology Director, 3 year

Tucker Bacquet - 7-12 Curriculum Coordinator, 3 year

Joy Bowman - K-6 Curriculum Coordinator, 3 year

Joe Roberts - Athletic/Activity Director, 3 year


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Nick Carroll, 2nd shift custodian at Western Elementary, effective April 3, 2015.

Resignation: Accept the resignation of Rhonda Miller as bus adie, effective February 27, 2015.

             Employment: Approved the employment of :

Rhonda Miller - Bus driver, two year contract, effective 03/02/2015

Lora Hamilton - Substitute bus aide, effective 03/09/2015

Julie Wallace - Substitute educational aide, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

Tiffany Windbigler - Substitute bus aide, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

 Approved a one year contract for Craig Clever, Assistant Maintenance/Buildings & Grounds Supervisor

Other Business:  

Approved the purchase of up to two (2) 78 passenger school buses from Cardinal Bus Sales.  Purchase price included trade-in and extended engine warranty, $91, 985.00 each.

Front & Center Turf:  Approved the proposal from Front & Center Turf to maintain high school football and soccer fields.

        Board Policies:   Approved the Board of Education policy manual updates, with the exception of policy 7.18, which will be assessed and held for future discussion.

Wellness Policy:  Approved the revision to the Wellness Policy.

Substitute Lists: Approved the revised Lexington substitute list & the complete substitute list dated 02/25/2015 & 03/10/15 as presented by MOESC.

Committee Appointments:   Tabled until March

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

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

            Motion adopted 


1.  Online Curriculum - Mr. Stoner discussed online curriculum offered by Olentangy Schools for families interested in home schooling, as well as other students potentially in need of such curriculum for one reason or another.  Mr. Stoner noted that this curriculum has allowed Olentangy to recoup the loss of students who previously enrolled elsewhere. Mr. Stoner noted there is an opportunity to travel to Olentangy to review the system used at Olentangy. Mr. Zieglehofer indicated he could put a team together to attend the review. Each Board member also indicated for their desire to attend. 

2.  Troy Township Fire Department Contract - As an update to the potential contract with Troy Township discussed a previous meetings, Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that the draft contract has been reviewed by District legal counsel Andrew Burton andn Mr. Burton is in the process of drafting a revised contract.

  3.  Future Buidling -  A visitor asked about future building plans at the District. Mr. Whitney shared that past meetings were held with representatives from Columbus but there are no immediate building plans based on the results of those meetings. Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that according to representatives from the Facilities Commission, the timeline for new buildings is 3 to 5 years once the bond issue is approved by the voters. A discussion then ensued regarding the condition of current buildings regarding the status of various roofs, water leaks at District buildings, and mold and air quality concerns. Mr. Ziegelhofer indicated that a portion of the District’s permanent improvement monies will be used to address the various concerns at the District buildings.

 4. Staff Meetings - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that staff meetings will continue to occur as they have in the past and pursuant with Board policy after consultation with legal counsel.


    17-15 Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                                  9:00 p.m              

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

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

                             Motion adopted.