Regular Meeting
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the Robert H. Whitney Board of Education Meeting Room at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order. Roll was called by the Treasurer.

Roll Call – Members present: Mr. Keith Stoner, Dr. Martin Gottsdchling, Mr. Dave Roberts, Mr. Rob Schuster, Mr. Robert Whitney --- 5



                        Mr. Whitney welcome visitors to the meeting. Mr. Whitney also made various publications available. 

Lexington student Jonathan F. addressed the Board to discuss his letter sent to the Board in support of saving the red brick at Lexington Junior High when the District builds new buildings. Jonathan discussed the historical nature of the red brick and shared various pictures with the Board to accompany his letter. He also shared some ideas as to potential uses of the building. The Board expressed their appreciation to Jonathan for taking the time to write the letter and to meet with the Board, noting that it's great to see him take such an interest in history

Student Representative Rhiannon Miller provided an update regarding various activities, throughout the District, including the following:

 District Events

a. Each grade has finished scheduling for next year;

b. Juniors are preparing for the ACT that has been re-scheduled for March 12th;

c. Parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled for the 7th and 14th of March;

d. Physics finished up their main project for the year, consisting of building a mouse trap car that moves 12 feet and can launch a ping pong ball;

e. The Art Governor Show is coming up on March 2nd which is a regional competition;

f. Five students were selected to attend the Scholastics Art Awards for their pieces: Becca G., Kayla L., Gabriella M., Zoe S., and Hannah H.

g. Spring Break is March 25th - 29th and classes will resume on April 1st.

h. On February 21st, Seniors will receive their cap and gown.


 a. National Honor Society recently hosted a Science Family Night for elementary students and their families where elementary students were able to try out new and exciting experiments and were able to learn while having fun;

b. On February 25th, World Language National Honors Society inductions will be held in the High School Library at 6:30 p.m.


a. Winter sports are currently in tournament time and bringing home a number of titles;

b. Bowling competes in the Sectional tournament in Lima this weekend;

c. The boys' and girls' swimming teams are heading to the State Championship. The boys are looking very strong and are hoping to place in many different events;

d. The OMEA is this Friday at Granville;

e. Varsty girls' basketball has a Sectional tournament games at Bucyrus at 12:00 Saturday and will face Shelby;

f. Lexington hosts the Division III Sectional girls' basketball tournament at 6:00 on Saturday

g. Next Wednesday, the boys' basketball team begins their tournament trail at Willard at 8:00 pm against Edison. If they win, they will play Friday, March 1st, at 8:00 pm in Willard and will play the winner of Galion vs. Ontario.

David Conley, President of Rockmill Financial, provided the Board with a presentation providing a professional overview of his role as a Municipal Advisor as well as an overall update of the process moving forward as we await further information from OFCC.  Mr. Conley also provided the Board with a breakdown of the various individuals and organizations that will compromise the financing team.


13-19  Motion by Mr.Schuster, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following financial items:

1. The minutes from the January organizational, regular meeting and special meetings were approved.

2. The monthly financial report for January 2019 was presented.

3. Approved the following appropriation modification:

Title I Fund 572 9019 - $452.72 decrease

Title IV-A Fund 599 9019 - $9.43 increase

Roll Call – Yea:   Mr. Schuster, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Roberts, Mr.Stoner, Mr. Whitney ----5

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

                  Motion adopted.  


14-19  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Kelly Holder, High School, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Resignation: Accepted Jen Law's resignation of the Junior High ETR chairperson for the 2019-2020 school year.

Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Linda Gooden - Long term sub, Western Elementary, approximately February 21st to April 18th, $110.00 per day

Academic mentors, effective February 14 - May 2, $20.00 per hour:

Jennifer Hooper - Lindsey Brokaw

Katie Guy - Abbie Goodman

Julie Detlef - Christy Anthony

Marsha Haas - Trisha Hughes

Amy Gerhardt - Cindy Shasky

Amy North


Resignation: Accepted the resignation of the following:

Diane Arnold - High School educational aide, effective June 5, 2019

Ashley Whiting - Transportation,  effective February 12, 2019

Employment:  Approved the employment of the following:

Molly Arnett - Substitute educational aide, effective February 6, 2019

Janice Knox - Substitute Food Service, effective February 7, 2019

Ashley Whiting - Substitute Transportation

Other Business:  

Coaching Resignation: Accepted the resignation of Staci Hankins, JV softball coach.

Coaching Recommendation: Approved the following coaching recommendations:

Ryan Ball - Assistant football coach

Christen Mattia - JV Softball

Tuition Student:  Approved the following tuition students for the 2019-2020 school year:

Maya Alonso - Grade 12, tuition will be waived per Board policy regarding parent moving out of the district for the senior year

Robbie Tommelleo - New, grade 6,  tuition waived per Board policy following a working parent

Gemma Tommelleo - New, grade 4,  tuition waived per Board policy following a working parent.

Substitute Nurse: Approved the employment of Jennifer McCoy, substitute nurse, effective February 12, 2019.

High School Physical Education Waiver:  Approved the recommendation to adopt Board Policy 7.33 addition, high school physical education waiver. This policy meets the requirements of O.R.C. 3313.603 (L).

Bus Bids: Authorized the Treasurer to advertise for bids (if required) for two (2) 9 passenger shuttle buses, one (1) Maintenance truck with lift and tool boxes and one (1) gas conventional special education bus.

Rockmill Financial: Approved the agreement with Rockmill Financial as Municipal Advisor for the District's school facilities bond issue.

Substitute List: Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 01-15-2019 as presented by MOESC.

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

Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Roberts, Mr. Stoner, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Whitney-------5

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

                            Motion adopted.  


1. Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the District staff has provided feedback regarding the 2019-2020 calendar and that the proposed school calendar will be on the March agenda for Board approval

2. Speech/OT Services - Mr. Ziegelhofer provided an update to the Board regarding the District's Speech/OT Services. After meeting with Nationwide Children's and EJ Therapy Services, Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the recommendation to the Board will be to contract with EJ Therapy for these services moving forward. 

3. OCC Principal Meeting - Kevin Young shared that there will be an OCC Principal Meeting on February 25th.

4. OSBA Central Elementary Recognition - The Board discussed that Central Elementary will be recognized as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School at teh OSBA Central Region Spring Conference on March 13th.

5 Mid-Ohio ESC - The Board discussed that Kevin Kimmel was selected as the next Superintendent of the Mid Ohio ESC and want to offer special congratulations to Mr. Kimmel.  The Board discussed their belief that Mr. Kimmel is an excellent choice for the position.


10-19 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                                8:23 p.m.       

             Roll Call – Yea:   Mr. Schuster, Mr. Stoner, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Roberts, 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.                                                                               



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