Regular Meeting

Monday, April 25, 2011

   7:00 p.m 

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:11 p.m.

on Monday, April 25, 2011.  Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order. 

Roll was called by the Treasurer.


             Roll Call – Members present:  Mr. Jeff Heck, Mr. Keith Stoner, Mrs. Karen Wilson,

            Mr. Robert Whitney  -------------------------------------------------------------------4

            Mr. Loren Blackstone arrived at 7:33 p.m.



                                   VISITORS  /  COMMUNICATIONS  /  RECOGNITIONS

                              Abby Kuhn, Student representative to the Board presented her report.


                            District parent, Mrs. Kathy Salimbene asked that the district make sure that  the Board of Education meeting dates are kept current on the district’s website. She stated that she was unaware of the changed date for the April meeting because it wasn’t listed on the website.  Mrs. Salimbene also questioned why there were no community members and/or parents included on the committee to select the new Junior High Principal.  Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that there was a rather large group of individuals involved in the interview, representing various departments from the Junior High as well as a member of the Board of Education. Further, he stated that Lexington has not typically included community members in interviews or hiring decisions in the past.                      


30-11   Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial


               1.    The minutes from the March regular meeting.

               2.    The monthly financial report for March 2011 was presented.

                                               3.    Treasurer approval of Appropriations Modifications.

                                               4.     Approval  for 2011-2012 membership in OSBA.


             Roll Call – Yea: Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Whitney----------------------4

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

                                      Absent:  Mr. Blackstone -------------------------------------------------------------1

                                    Motion adopted.


31-11   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Wilson to enter into executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of charges or complaints against a public employee, or official, or 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.

Time entered:  7:35 p.m.

Returned to regular session:  9:14 p.m.


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

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

                 Motion adopted.


32-11   Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Stoner, to approve the following personnel



Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of the following for the 2011-2012 school year:

                        Becky Vargo                              -           High School Key Club advisor

                        Claudia Ruihley                       -           MFE Chairperson, Western Elementary

Reinstatement:  Approved the recommendation to reinstate contracts for certified staff Listed, subject to assignments to vacancies by the superintendent:

                                                            Jennifer Berry

                                                            Julie Lamp

Maternity Leave:  Approved maternity leave for Holly Rice from April 12, 2011

through June 10, 2011.

Employment:  Approved the recommendation of employment for:

                       Jeremy Secrist              -           Jr. High Principal, 2 year contract, salary per administrative salary schedule

                       Brent Rastetter              -           Jr. High Dean of Students, 2 year contract, 10 days extended time - salary same as

                                                                            current teaching salary (no additional salary costs to the district).  Mr. Rastetter’s current

                                                                            teaching position will be eliminated

                        Howard Linscott          -           Long-term sub for High School World History,April 12, 2011 through June 10, 2011, $100.00 per day 


Supplemental Non-Renewals (Attachment “A”):  The individuals listed below are recommended for non-renewal until spring sports are completed and proper evaluation procedures have been followed:

Jeff Strickler                -                       Varsity Baseball

John Watkins              -                       Freshman Baseball

Mike Hamman            -                       Varsity Softball

Ken Kreis                     -                       JV Softball

Michelle Smith            -                       HS Girls’ Head Track

Dan Wittmer                -                       HS Boys’ Head Track

Denise Benson          -                       Asst. HS Track (distance)

Richard Dunn              -                       Asst. HS Track (jumps)

Gary Hinton                  -                       Asst. HS Track (sprints)

Jay Schmidt                  -                       Jr. High Track

Anne Petrie                   -                       Jr. High Track

Brent Rastetter             -                       Jr. High Track

Austin Javurek              -                       Jr. High Track

Kayla Faudree              -                       7th Gr. Volleyball

                        Dan Studer                    -                       Weight/Strength

Non-Teacher Non-Renewals (Attachment “B”):  The following individuals hold supplemental contracts, but are not employees of the  district.  It is necessary to non-renew these positions for the 2010-2011 school year and to post these vacancies before considering re-issuing contracts.


Doug Basham              -                       JV Baseball & JV Wrestling

Rob Schaub                  -                      Varsity Boys’ & Girls’ Tennis

Scott Hamilton              -                       JV Boys’ Basketball

Aaron Brokaw                -                      Varsity Asst. Football

JordanLucal                  -                       Freshman Football

Bob Juengst                  -                       Varsity Girls’ Soccer

Humberto Rosas         -                       Freshman Girls’ Soccer

Pete Them                    -                       JV Boys’ Soccer

Jay Porter                      -                       Freshman Boys’ Soccer

Whitney Fanello           -                       Freshman Volleyball

April Kaufman               -                      Varsity/JV Cheerleading

Amanda Riggenbach    -                     Jr. High Cheerleading

Jamie Feick                  -                       Varsity Boys’ Basketball

Daryl Uhde                   -                        Varsity Girls’ Basketball

Rob Hassmann           -                       8th Gr. Girls’ Basketball

Dave Watters               -                       Varsity Asst. Swimming

                        Andrew Heath                -                              Junior High Wrestling

                        Brock Spurling             -                                Junior High Swimming

                        Randy Heidlebaugh     -                              High School Marching Band

                        Michelle Newmeyer     -                               High School Yearbook

Teaching/Extended Service Contracts (Attachment “C”:  Approve teaching/extended

service contracts for 2011-2012 as listed :

                                                                      Three Year Limited                                                    

                              Melissa Betscher                                 Debbie Lantz                                                                         

                              Peggy Cohen                                        Jana Rhoad                                         

                              Sandra DeLuca                                   Jeff Strickler

                              Richard Dunn                                       Dan Studer                       

                              Barb Durchik                                         Dan Wittmer

                              Susan Foster                                        Betsy Youse   

                              Julie Frye                                               Ryan Zahn

                             Jackie Gaither                                      Jane Goodall

                              Katie Guy                                              Ed Hughes                                                      

                              Mike Kathrein                                             

                              Ken Kreis


                                                            Two Year Limited                             

                        Michelle Armstrong                  Gary Hinton                            

Emily Depew                           Austin Javurek

Kayla Faudree                          Kristen McPeek          

April Ford                               Dianne Wheaton

Ron Graham                                       

                        One Year Limited

                                                            Elaine Clapper                                                                                                                                    

                                                           Tim Henderson

                                                           Margaret Martin


                                                            Extended Service                   

                                    Jennifer Cavalier         -           Guidance

                                    Bill Ellsworth               -           Guidance

                                    Kristen McPeek           -           Guidance

                                    Sharon Starr                 -           Librarian

                                    Bobbi Weaver              -           Guidance

                                    Betsy Youse                -           Guidance


Continuing Contracts (Attachment “D”):  Approve the recommendation for the following

continuing contracts:

Edwina Finley              -           Central             Mary Long                   -            High School

Tracey Heck                 -           Central             Rita Stoll                      -           High School

Michelle Rastetter        -          Central             Sara Thorburn              -         High School

Heather Remy              -          Central             Bobbi Weaver              -           High School

Michelle Shaffer          -           Central             Tim Bacquet                -           Jr. High

Danielle Thompson     -         Central             Jennifer Cavalier         -          Jr. High

Teresa Weaver             -         Central             Linda Collins               -           Jr. High

Jennifer Berry              -           Eastern             Emily Donahue          -           Jr. High

Jaime Chambers          -        Eastern             Troy Eichler                 -           Jr. High

Julie Detlef                  -           Eastern             Constance Jamieson    -       Jr. High

Marsha Haas                -         Eastern             Anne Petrie                  -           Jr. High

MaryAnn Hallabrin      -           Eastern             Grant Weaver              -           Jr. High

Tianna Keinath           -           Eastern             Kevin Young               -            Jr. High

Kelly Pentello              -           Eastern             Melissa Hassmann       -      Western

Jody Rutschilling         -           Eastern


Teaching Non-Renewals (Attachment “E”):  Teaching non-renewals for 2011-2012:

                        Patrice Castillo

                        Josh Hirschman


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

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

                 Motion adopted.           


  • Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Blackstone to approve the following supplemental



            Rebecca Bigley                      -           Student Council advisor          

             Prom co-advisor

            Jr. Class advisor

            Paul Dawson                -                      H.S. Choir director

            Emily Depew               -                        Prom co-advisor

            Stephen Domka                       -          Co-ass’t. instrumental music director

            Richard Dunn              -                       Drama Club

                                                                            Fall Play

                                                                           Spring Play

                                                                          CACY advisor

            Sally Giefer                 -                       National Honor Society

            Ron Graham                -                     Marching Band Director

                          Instrumental Music director

            Suzanne Hall               -                     Color Guard advisor

            Ryan Knuckles             -                    LEOS advisor


           Steve Lifer                   -                       Math Club advisor

            Kristen McPeek          -                       IAT co-chairperson

            Tracy Montgomery      -                      Newspaper co-advisor

                                                                         Senior Class advisor   

            Anne Petrie                  -           Destination Imagination advisor                                                                                                 

            Rick Ruth                    -             Ass’t marching band director

                                                               Co-ass’t. instrumental music director

            Rebecca Sarbach         -           MFE coordinator

            Sharon Starr                 -           Academic Challenge co-advisor

            Sara Thorburn              -           High School Yearbook advisor

            Becky Vargo                -           Academic Challenge co-advisor

            John Watkins               -           Leadership Council advisor

            Bobbi Weaver              -           IAT co-chairperson

            Sue Weirich                 -           Newspaper co-advisor

            Open                            -           Mock Trial advisor

            Open                            -           Key Club advisor



      Peggy Cohen                -           Math Counts

      Linda Collins               -           Academic Challenge advisor

     Stephen Domka          -           Jr. High Orchestra

     Diane Eifrid                 -             Yearbook

     Tommie Roseberry      -          IAT chairperson (2nd semester only)

                                                          Pacesetter (2nd semester only

                                                         Spelling Bee (2nd semester only)

       Allison Schuster           -         MFE chairperson

                                                         CACY co-advisor

                                                        Student Council advisor

        Brittany Siringer           -       IAT chairperson (1st semester only)

                                                        Pacesetter (1st semester only)

                                                       Spelling Bee (1st semester only)

        Jen Smith                     -       CACY co-advisor

                                                        Power of Pen advisor



Bus Supervisors

      Central                        -           Tom Brownell (AM)  

  • Edwina Jellison (PM co-supervisor)
  • Stephanie Blackstone (PM co-supervisor)

      Western                      -           Amy Stewart

      Eastern                       -           Mary Sue Davis (AM & PM)



      Central                        -           Tracey Heck        

      Western                      -           Amy Stewart         (co-chair) 



      Central                         -           Tracey Heck        

      Western                      -           Amy Stewart         (co-chair)

                                            -           Bill Ellsworth       (co-chair)

      Eastern                       -           Marsha Haas         (co-chair)

                                          -           Jaime Chambers   (co-chair)


      Central                        -           Tracey Heck

      Western                      -           open

      Eastern                       -           Cheryl Longnecker


District 504 Chairperson

Bill Ellsworth

Title I Reading Coordinator


Math Counts – Eastern


COACHING CONTRACTS – 2011 – 2012 (Attachment “F”)

            Denise Benson             -           Varsity Cross Country

            Anne Petrie                    -           JV Cross Country

            Becky Vargo                   -           Jr. High Cross Country

            BJ Payne                        -           Varsity football

            Aaron Brokaw               -           Varsity Assistant football

            Gary Hinton                   -           Varsity Assistant football

            Joshua Hirschman       -         Varsity Assistant football

            Tim Scheid                     -          Varsity Assistant football

            Jeff Strickler                   -           Varsity Assistant football

            Dan Studer                    -            Volunteer Assistant football

            Jordan Lucal                -           9th grade football

            Blake Dickson             -           9th grade football

            Tom Brownell              -           8th grade football

            John Watkins               -           8th grade football

            Mike Hamman             -           7th grade football

            Brent Rastetter             -           7th grade football

            Ryan Zahn                     -           Varsity boys’ golf

            Troy Eichler                   -           JV boys’ golf

            Michael Kathrein          -           Varsity girls’ golf

            Cheryl Longnecker      -           JV girls’ golf

            Buck Morton                  -           Varsity boys’ soccer

            Peter Them                  -           JV boys’ soccer

            Jay Porter                     -           Freshmen boys’ soccer

            Ron Schaub                 -           Varsity girls’ tennis

            Rob Michels                -           Volunteer assistant tennis

            Bobbi Weaver              -           Varsity girls’ volleyball

            Ken Kreis                     -           Jr. High Athletic Director

Roll Call – Yea: Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Blackstone, Mr. Heck-----------------------4

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

                 Abstain: Mr. Whitney ------------------------------------------------------------------1

                 Motion adopted.


34-11   Non-Certified Contract:  Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Heck to deny

            a recommendation to re-hire Mark Olivieri.

            Roll Call – Yea:  Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Blackstone---------------------------------------------------2

                              Nay: Mr. Heck, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney-------------------------------------------3

                              Motion was not adopted.

Non-Certified Contracts (Attachment “F”):  Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Heck

to approve contracts for classified employees as listed in Attachment “G” without Mark Olivieri:


Craig Clever                 -           1 year


Steve Arnold                -           2 year

Chris Donahue             -           2 year


Brandy Callis               -           Continuing

Laura Carter                 -           Continuing

Lisa Kiger                    -           Continuing

Jannie Sorrenti             -           Continuing


Nancy Banks (Trans. Aide)     Continuing

Don Calhoun               -           2 year

Wendy Kleinknecht     -           1 year

Dominic Milano           -           Continuing

Pam Wisenbarger         -           2 year

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

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

                 Motion adopted.

Employment:  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Wilson to approve the employment

of Pam Wisenbarger as a substitute in the Food Service Department.                                

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

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

                 Motion adopted.

            OTHER BUSINESS

37-11   Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded Mrs. Wilson to approve the following:

Tuition Students:  Approve the following tuition student for the 2011-2012 school year:

                        Andrew Iten                 -           Continuing, 8th grade           

Substitute List:  Approved the Lexington substitute list and the complete substitute list

dated April 13, 2011 as presented by MOESC.

In-Service Growth Project:  Approved the stipend payment of 1% of the base teacher

salary to the following for their in-service growth project.  Six Accelerated Reader quizzes

have been created, with reading levels and point values attached.

                        Deb Lantz – 6 hours

                        MaryAnn Hallabrin – 4.5 hours

                        Lois Lasker – 5.5 hours

Summer Employment:  Approved the following summer employees to assist the

Maintenance Department with the care and upkeep of our buildings and grounds, $9.00 per


                        Jennifer Rhodes                   Aaron Long

                        Alex Boyd                               Jessika Volz

Athletic Office Summer Employment: Granted permission to employ student Tim Ritchey

to assist in the Athletic Department.

Substitute Pay Schedule:  Approved the 2011-2012 Substitute Pay Schedule as follows:

                        Substitute Teacher       -           $70.00 per day

                        Substitute Aide              -           Step 0 of the Educational Aide Salary Schedule

                        Substitute Bus Driver   -           Step 0 of Bus Driver’s Salary Schedule

                        Substitute Custodian    -          Step 0 of Custodian Salary Schedule

                        Substitute Maintenance -         Step 0 of Maintenance Salary Schedule

                        Substitute Mechanic     -           Step 0 of Mechanic Salary Schedule

                        Substitute Treasurer’s -           Step 0 of Treasurer’s Clerk Salary Schedule  Office Clerk             

                        Power Reading Tutor   -           $23.00/hour

                        Homebound Tutor       -            $14.14/hour

                        Bus Washer                 -              $9.00/hour

                        Office Help – Bus       -               $7.40/hour (not to be included in overtime

                          Garage                                        calculations for drivers/aides

Approved adoption of the resolution supporting the teaching of financial literacy and college and career readiness in grades 7 and 8 in high school.

Accepted the decision of the Ohio Department of Education to transfer the territory of Springbrook and Rosedale Drives from the Mansfield City Schools to the Lexington Local Schools.

Approved the contract with MedCentral Sports Medicine for Athletic Trainer for the 2011- 2012 school year.

Approved payment for “In Lieu of Transportation” for Lexington students attending FoundationAcademy and Mt. Vernon Academy for the second half of the 2010-2011 school year.                

Approved to change the date of the June 2011 Board Meeting to Monday, June 20th.

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

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

                  Motion adopted.        


38-11   Motion by Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Stoner to adjourn.                                    9:37 p.m.

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

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

                              Motion adopted.