Regular Meeting

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 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

and noted various publications for review.


   39-15   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved to pay the invoice from Spectrum Behavioral Solutions for services April - June 2015, cost $9,925.

4.  Approved  agreements with American Fidelity for Worxtime and eligibility tracking services and IRS From 1094 and 1095 reporting services for compliance with ACA requirements.

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

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

          Motion adopted 


      40-15  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Blackstone, to approve the following personnel items:


Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of April Ford, Eastern Elementary, effective at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year.

        Employment: Approved the employment of the following personnel pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements:

 Valerie Fraizer - Junior High Art Club advisor for the 2015-2016 school year

 Kim Ferrell - Long-term sub, Western,  effective August 21, 2015 to approximately October 9, 2015

 Lisa Zupan - Western IAT chairperson, (1/2) for the 2015-2106 school year

Trisha Hughes - Long-term sub, Central Elementary, from August 21, 2015 through approximately mid-October, $100.00 per day

Katherin Radford - Substitute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year

Mary Shreffler - Substitute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year

Jo Ann Maxey - Substitute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year

Administering the DRA tests for the 2015-2016 school year at the substitute teacher pay rate:

Barb Durchik          Michelle Lillo

Heiden Eichron      Trisha Hughes

Lois Lasker            Shelly Barber

Kathy Wallace

    Salary Adjustments:  Approve the salary adjustment for:

    Emily Donahue -  MA to MA +20

    Tucker Bacquet - BA +20 to ME

    Julie Detlef - MA +20 to MA +30

    Joy Bowman - ME +20 to ME +40

   Michelle Olecki - BS +20 to ME


Resignation:  Approved the resignation of the following:

   Lora Hamilton - Food Service, 2 hour general help, effective at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year

   Amy Stewart - Western IAT chairperson for the 2015-2016 school year

            Employment: Approve the employment of:

Lora Hamilton - Transportation, Pioneer bus aide, two year contract,  effective August 21, 2015

Amy Stewart - Western IAT chairperson (1/2), and ETR (MFE) chairperson for the 2015-2016 school year

Silas Clay - Transportation Mechanic, contract for 2015-2016, effective August 17, 2015, pending successful completion of pre-employment requirements

Elizabeth Brandt - Substitute educational aide, pending successful completion of pre-employment requirements

Janice Dahlinghaus - Substitute educational aide, pending successful completion of pre-employment requirements

Tracy Pinkelman - Educational aide long-term sub for as long as necessary for the 2015-2016 school year

Tutor:  Approved Sherilyn McCarther as a tutor for high school student, 10 hours per week, effective July 1st through August 1, 2015, $20.00 per hour

Other Business:  

Coaching Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of Alyssa Crist, freshmen girls' soccer, due to lack of numbers

Tuition Student:  Accepted Aashtha Shah as a tuition student for the 2015-2016 school year with the tuition fee waived per Board policy regarding a senior student whose parent moves out of the district.

Substitute Lists:  Approved the Lexington substitute list & the complete substitute list dated 08/17/2015 as presented by MOESC.                      

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

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

            Motion adopted 

Discussion Items:

1. Overview of quarterly Self Insurance financial information through June 2015 – Mr. Whitesel provided an update on the District’s Self Insurance program through June 2015 after meeting with Chip Knoop from CBIZ, the District’s insurance consultant. Mr. Whitesel reviewed the activity through the half of the year noting a loss ratio of 108.3%, meaning claims and other costs associated with the program exceed revenues by 8.3%. Mr. Whitesel noted that the indication from CBIZ at this point is that it is too early to determine an expected premium impact for next year. 

2. Summer Help – Mr. Ziegelhofer provided an update on student help during the summer, noting it was a great experience with the students that were hired. Reports back regarding  the students and their work were all positive. 

 3. Permanent Improvement Projects – Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that most of the major permanent improvement projects are completed with the exception of the cafeteria  floor at Eastern Elementary. There was a delay and J&B Acoustical has gotten involved to ensure completion of the floor. 

4. High School Curtains – Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that over the summer the fire marshal came through the District for inspection and expressed concerns that the curtains in the auditorium were most likely not flame retardant. In response, the District did hire a company to take samples of the curtains to test and ensure they are properly flame retardant. Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that we  recently received the results from this testing which indicated the curtains were flame retardant. 

5. Apex Learning Digital Curriculum Solutions – Mr. Ziegelhofer discussed an agreement with Apex Learning for online learning opportunities for students. This opportunity will provide credit recovery and other future potential online learning experiences for our students. Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that Apex Learning meets all NCAA clearinghouse requirements, aligns with common core, provides rigorous curriculum, and allows for flexibility dependent on the individual student’s comprehension of a particular subject. The software also offers tutorials for teachers to help kids understand what is being taught in class. Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that the program will be modeled similar to the program offered at Olentangy Schools, which was visited by the Board, Mr. Ziegelhofer, Mr. Whitesel, and Mr. Secrist. The Board noted that this will be a great opportunity for District students who may need such an alternative to be successful.  


41-15 Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                               7: 54 p.m              

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

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

                             Motion adopted.                     

Certificate Section 5705.412, Ohio Revised Code

It is hereby certified that the Lexington Local School District Board of Education, Richland County, Ohio, has sufficient funds to meet the contract agreement, obligation, payment or expenditure for the above, and has in effect for the remainder of the fiscal year and succeeding fiscal year the authorization to levy taxes which, when combined with the estimated revenue from all other sources available to the district at the time of certification, are sufficient to provide operating revenues necessary to enable the district to operate an adequate educational program on all days set forth in its adopted school calendar for the current fiscal year and for a number of days in the succeeding fiscal year equal to the number of days instruction was or is scheduled for the current fiscal year.                                                                               



Superintendent ____________________________