Regular Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 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 and thank you notes available for review.  Mr. Whitney recognized Mr. Cannon and asked

that he address the Board after the presentation of information by Student Representative Cameron Kindred.


Student Representative Cameron Kindred provided an update regarding District activities, including the end

of the 1st six weeks, band and music, athletics, homecoming, student pictures, PSAT and ASVAB testing,

parent teacher conferences, blood drive, senior college applications, graduation and ACT testing.


Mr. Cannon was then recognized and indicated that he believes seven teachers should be provided two year

contracts as opposed to one year contracts retroactive to the start of the school year.  Mr. Cannon explained

that nine teachers were previously provided two year contracts as opposed to one year contracts contrary to language

within the collective bargaining agreement. Based on these other nine teachers receiving two year contracts,

Mr. Cannon requrested teh Board to approve two year contracts for the other seven similar teachers

retroactively to the beginning of the school year.  Mr. Heck asked if the proper rememdy would by to

modify the two year contracts to one year contracts.  Mr. Cannon noted he believes it would be too late

as the contracts for the nine teachers in question have already been signed and delivered.

Mr. Whitney indicated the Board would review the language of the negotiated agreement and

the specific circumstances of the 16 teachers and get back to Mr. Cannon.


   44-15   Motion by Mr. Blackstone, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:

                1. The minutes from the August  regular and special meetings were approved.

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

3.  Approved permanent appropriations for Fiscal Yeat 2016 at the fund level.

4.  Accepted the following donations: $200 from the Robert L. Castor Post #5101 of the VFW for the purchase of needed school supplies for the students of Central Elementary; a Selmer clarinet from Lora Hamilton valued at approximately $150; $1,000 from Therm-O-Disc Inc. and the Emerson Charitable Trust; and $300 from the Gorman-Rupp company for student programs and activities.

5.  Approved resolution to waive the 45 day notice for the Next Generation Films, Inc. tax abatement.

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

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

          Motion adopted 


      45-15  Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement:  Accepted Jean Worley's retirement as Central music teacher, effective May 31, 2016.

Salary Adjustments:  Approved the following salary adjustments:

Edwina Brownett - ME +20 to ME +30

Tracey Heck - ME to ME +10

Amy Ferguson - MA +30 to MA +40

        Employment: Approved the employment of:

Cheryl Longnecker - IAT co-chairperson, Eastern

Ralph Baker - OGT tutor, September 28 - October 30, 2015


            Employment: Approve the recommendation to employ the following:

Marqua Myers - Substitute food service, effective 9/8/15

Lori Wheeler - Substitute food service, effective 8/31/15

Amy Tallman - Substitute food service, effective 8/25/15

Mandy Oswalt - Substitute food service, effective 9/9/15

Leann Adams - Substitute food service, effective9/1/15

Amy Tallman - Food Service, 2 hour general help at Eastern, contract for the 2015-2016 school year, effective 9/8/15

Julia Jungeberg - Substitute educational aide

June Eckard -Sub van driver & sub bus aide, effective 10/5/15, pending successful completion of all paperwork & certifications

Shelly Sturts - Substitute educational aide, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

Other Business:  

Coaching Recommendation:  Approved Sarah Jones as the assistant Jr. High cross country coach for the 2015-2016 school year

In Lieu of Transportation:  Approved payment for "In Lieu of Transportation" for Lexington students attending Discovery School, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Gilead Christian & Foundation Academy.

(Visitor Dick Watters asked for an estimate of the cost associated with the payments for in lieu of transportation.  Treasurer Jason Whitesel indicated this is a range established by the State with the minimum per student amount established at $250 per student.)

Substitute Lists:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 9/9/15 as presented by MOESC.     

Approved the Resolution for a waiver from ODE regarding providing Career-technical education classes for grades seven and eight for the 2015-2016 school year. (Visitor Dick Watters asked why these career-technical education classes would be waived.  Mr. Ziegelhofer explained that this would be a one year waiver to allow for such classes to be identified and established for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Board Policy Updates: Approved the Board of Education policy updates.                 

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

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

            Motion adopted 

Discussion Items:

1. Online Program Update - High School Principal, Jeremy Secrist, provided an update on the newly established APEX Learning digital curriculum at the high school.  APEX Learning provides digital curriculum solutions for secondary education and related services.  Mr. Secrist discussed the teachers' review of the program, Curriculum Director Tucker Bacquet's role in the program, the current enrollment of 13 students utilizing the program and the guidance counselors actively providing the lists of students who would benefit from the use of the program.  Mr. Secrist also shared the goal to enroll more students in the program once an assessment of the current sutdents is available.  Mr. Secrist also noted the the prescriptive nature of the program works extremely well within the software, allowing students to move at their own pace based on their mastery of a particular subject area.  Mr. Secrist also shared various other goals of the program, the student referral process and marketing of the program to prospective students and their families.

2. Emergency operating levy renewal - Mr. Ziegelhofer provided an update on the timeline of the upcoming levy renewal for placement on the March ballot.  The first resolution to the County Auditor is due December 4, 2015, while the second resolution ot the Board of Elections is due December 9, 2015.  The Board discussed and determined on a term of 10 years for the renewal levy as opposed to 5 years consistent with the term of the previously passed renewal levy. The required resolutions will be included on the October and November agendas, respectively.

3. District survey – Mr. Ziegelhofer discussed completing a community survey to obtain input on the community's opinion on the operation of the District, including academics, finances, facilities, etc. Mr. Heck asked Mr. Ziegelhofer to obtain a proposal of the overall costs associated with performing such a survey.  The survey, as in the past, would be random sampling with the number selected to be surveyed set pursuant to the size of the District. 


 46-15  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Weirich, 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, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, Mr. Whitney----------5 

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

             Motion adopted

Time entered: 8:01 p.m.

Returned to regular session: 8:35 p.m.


47-15 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn.                               8:36 p.m              

             Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck, 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 ____________________________