Regular Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on September 21, 2016

Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order. Roll was called by the Treasurer. 

Roll Call – Members present: Mr. Jeff Heck, Mr. Rob Schuster, 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 also made available various publications.

Student Representative, Anne Olecki, provided an update regarding District activities including the following;

Mr. Wilkins is the new band director; first band competition was cancelled due to inclement weather; Festival of Champions

is scheduled for October 8th; Elementary Music Appreciation Day is September 30th; Senior Night is Friday, Sept. 24th;

boys' cross country is currently ranked 1st in the State; Homecoming is October 15th; freshmen visited Ohio Health on Sept. 13th and 14th;

sophomores are visiting various manufacturers on October 7th; school pictures are scheduled for October 27th;

end of the first six weeks is September 30th; parent/teacher conferences are October 13th and 18th;

PSAT is October 19th for sophomores and juniors; seniors will be taking the SAT in October;

and seniors are being encouraged to apply for their first choice colleges in October.


  43-16   Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to approve the following financial items:

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

2. The monthly financial report for August 2016 were presented.

3. Approved permanent appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017 at fund level.

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

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

          Motion adopted 


  44-16  Motion by Mrs. Weirich, seconded by Mr. Schuster, to approve the following personnel items:


                Resignation:  Approved the resignation of Sally Giefer as CACY co-advisor.

                Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Cindy Strader, HIgh School tutor, effective March 1, 2017.

        Employment: Approved the employment of the following personnel:

Karen Freeman - IAT co-chair for 2016-2017

Sally Giefer - Informed Teens co-advisor for 2016-2017

Suzy McBride - Informed Teens co-advisor for 2016-2017

Mike Skelton - Substitute high school guidance counselor, MA +10, step 10 daily rate, effective September 6, 2016

Mary Shreffler - Substitute teacher for the 2016-2017 school year

Dawn Morton - OGT tutor - October 10-28

Continuing Contract:  Approved a continuing contract for Christine Berger

   Salary Adjustments:  Approve the salary adjustment of Janelle Wyant from ME +10 to ME +20


                Retirement:  Approved the retirement of:

Katie Glaze - Educational aide, Eastern, effective June 1, 2017

Diane Arnold - Educational aide, High School, effective June 1, 2017

Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of Janet Griffety, Transportation bus aide, effective September 6, 2016.

Employment:  Approved the recommendation to employ the following pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements:

Sandra LaLiberte - Substitute educational aide for the 2016-2017 school year (listed on MOESC sub list)

Rebecca Avery - Substitute Food Service & substitute educational aide

   Kyle Trittschuh - District website coordinator   

Other Business:  

Coaching Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of the following coaches:

Anne Petrie - Jr. High track

Tad Davis  -  Freshman boys' basketball (pending employment as boys' JV basketball coach

Coaching Recommendations:  Approved the coaching recommendations for the 2016-2017 school year:

Tad Davis - JV boys' basketball

Ken Kreis - Freshman boys' basketball

Michael Grist - Volunteer boys' basketball

Substitute Lists:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute lists dated 09/14/2016 and 08/18/2016 as presented by MOESC.    

In Lieu of Transportation - Approved payment for "In Lieu of Transportation" for Lexington students attending Discovery School, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Gilead Christian and Foundation Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.           

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

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

            Motion adopted 


45-16 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Heck, 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.

Time entered: 7:25 p.m.

Returned to regular session: 7:55 p.m.

Discussion Items:

1. Close Up Program - Mr. Schuster discussed the Close Up program with the Board and provided informational materials on the program, which includes taking students to Washington D.C. to see the inner workings of our federal government. The program provides financial aid for students who qualify. The total cost to take part is approximately $1,400 per student and a free adult is offered for every 10 students who participate.

2. State Report Card - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that he has been meeting with each of the District buildings to discuss the State report card.  He also shared with the Board that he compiled a list of 35 school to compare, including local Districts as well as a number of larger suburban districts in Columbus and Cleveland.  Of this list, there were only 4 school with a higher grade point average when taking all grades into account and developing an average grade point using a standard 1 through 4 scale. Additionally, Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the Plain Dealer recently published a story using the same grade point average data and only 56 districts in the State had a higher grade point average than us.  Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that his message to staff is that despite the methodology used to develop the State report card which continues to be ever-changing, this analysis reflects what we already know; that our District and our staff continue to do a great job educating our students.

3. Rockmill Financial -  Mr. Stoner asked about next steps regarding the District's professional relationship with Rockmill. Mr. Ziegelhofer and Mr. Whitesel are scheduled to meet with David Conley, President of Rockmill, on Friday, September 23rd.


46-16 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to adjourn                                                   8: 17 p.m              

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