Regular Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The Lexington Board of Education met in regular session in the boardroom at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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  introduced the Board, the Superintendent and the Treasurer ot the visitors in attendance, welcomed visitors

to the meetingand asked if any visitors would like to be recognized.

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

Arts:   Musical was a big success

May concert schedule: High School Orchestra, May 7 at 7:30; High School Choir, May 11, at 7:30; High School Band, May 16 at 7:30

Sports: Spring sports are half-way finished and nearing the end of the regular season

Saturday, April 29th, is the second half of Lexington Boys' Tennis Invitational

Saturday, May 6th, we host OCC Boys' Tennis Championship

Lexington hosts the regional track meet May 25th and May 27th

Baseball is 12 and 5 and second in the OCC

Softball is winding down its season, and has done better than expected for a young team

School: Juniors went to mock wreck on April 25th

This week winds down our state testing

The first two weeks in May will be AP testing

Prom is May 6th at Mid-Ohio Conference Center

High School Academic Awards ceremon is May 15th at 7:00 in the auditorium

Principal's Recognition Breakfast is Thursday, May 4th

3.5 Breakfast is May 11th

Students are getting petitions for next year's student council

National Honor Society will assist with, and Lexington will host the Special Olympics, Saturday, May 13th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

MD Prom is Friday, April 28th, from 7-10 pm in the cafeteria

Seniors: Last full day for seniors is May 19th

Senior exams are May 16th - May 19th

Last official day for seniors and the graduation priactice is May 22nd

Graduation is May 28th at 2:00 pm

Last day for K-11 students is May 25th

The Board recognized and thanked Anne as the outgoing student representative. High School Principal, Jeremy Secrist, informed the Board that Abigail Vincent has been selected as the incoming student representative for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Board recognized various District students including Rylee, Trey, Peyton, Lauren, Seth , Luke and Serena for their outstanding accomplishmentsthis school year as submitted by their building principals.


23-17 Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Mrs. Weirich, to approve the adoption of a resolution to honor Board President, Robert Whitney's fifty-three (53) consecutive years as a member of the Board of Education by naming the Board of Education meeting room, the Robert H. Whitney Board of Education Meeting Room.

Roll Call - Yea: Mr. Schuster, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Heck, Mr. Stoner -----------------------4

                 Nay: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------0

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


24-17   Motion by made Mr. Heck, seconded by Mrs. Weirich to approve the following financial items:

1. The minutes from the March regular meeting and April special meeting were approved.

2. The monthly financial report for  March 2017 was presented.

       3. Approved the enrollment in the Ohio SchoolComp Workers Compensaton Group Retrospective Rating Program for calendar year 2018; annual fee $3,320 and estimated savings of $31,889

       4. Approved the release of current funds in the Minuteman Alumni Scholarship Fudn in the amount of $2,007.26 to the Lexington Alumni Association to be combined with additional funds for the same scholarship use through the Lexington Alumni Association and Richland County Foundation.

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

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

          Motion adopted.  


  25-17  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to approve the following:

 Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of the following teachers effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year:

Jody Rutschilling - Eastern

Anne Reed - Western, 3rd grade

Becky Sarbach - Coordinator - Special Ed

Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of the following staff who are requesting to rehire:

Theresa Duffey - Central reading, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Kathy Weidig - Central Principal, effective July 1, 2017

Employment: Approved the employment of:

Mike Skelton - Help the high school and Student Services with ACT, End of Course, and Advanced Placement testing, up to 15 days at $100 per day from approximately March 20 through the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Becky Sarbach - Intervention Specialist, effective August 21, two year contract

Ashley Smith - Western, Intervention Specialist, for the 2017-2018 school year, one-year contract

Salary Adjustments: Approved the salary adjustments for:

Jennifer Cavalier - MA +20 to MA +30

Brittany Siringer - ME +20 to ME +30

Stephanie Blackstone - ME +20 to ME +30

Maternity Leave: Approved Brittany Siringer's request for maternity leave form the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year until approximately November 27, 2017.

Supplemental Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the following coaches due to lack of evaluations for spring sports:

Kevin Morrow - Baseball head coach

Troy Eichler - JV Baseball

Mike Hamman - Varsity softball

Michelle Smith - Varsity girls' track head coach

Denise Benson - Track Assistant

Austin Javurek - Trask Assistant

John Watkins - Track Assistant

Jennifer Moore - Track Assistant

Dan Wittmer - Track Assistant

Heidi Roush - Jr. High Track

Valerie Fraizer - Jr. High Track

Jeff Meyer - Jr. High Track

Dan Studer - Spring/Summer weight strength

Supplemental Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the following coaches who hold supplemental contracts, but are not employees of the district:

Alicia Bailey - Jr. High cheerleading

Ralph Baker - Jr. High boys' track; Varsity boys' track head coach

Gabe Benjamin - Jr. High Wrestlin

Matthew Dawson - Assistant marching band director

Shawn Gunnoe - JV girls' basketball

Scott Hamilton- Varisty boys' basketball

Rob Hassmann - 8th grade boys' basketball "B"

Andrew Heath - Freshman football; Varsity wrestling

Phil Leineweber - Jr. High cross country assistant

John Leskovich - Varsity assisant football

Roger Long - Varsity bowling

Elaine McQuillen - 7th grade girls' basketball

Ted Mutti - Varsity assistant football

Ryan Olvier - Varsity assistant football, Jr. High wrestling, Freshman baseball

Tim Raney - 7th grade volleyball co-coach

Genie Raney - 7th grade volleyball co-coach

Rob Roth - Assistant swim (diving)

Ron Schaub - Girls' tennis, Boys' tennis

Jay Schmidt - 8th grade girls' basketball, Jr. High Track

Brock Spurling - Varsity swim

Peter Them - Varsity Boys' soccer

Karyn Wade - Assistant swim, Jr. High swim

Katie Wagner - Varsity/JV volleyball co-coach

Viann Watkins - Varsity/JV/Freshman cheerleading

Teaching Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the following indifviduals who were employed to be long-term substitutes for the 2016-2017 school year:

 Ben Garrett - Eastern, long term sub, grade 4

Kristi Maurer - Eastern, long term sub, grade 4

Ralph Baker - Western, co-long term sub, grade PE

Lori Switzer - Western, co-long term sub, grade PE

Wil VanDyke - High School Math


Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of Diane Sublett, Transportation, effective June 1, 2017.

Retirement:  Accepted the retirement of the following staff who are requesting to rehire:

Debbie Wisenbarger - Central secretary, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Cheryl Callahan - Transportation, effective June 1, 2017

Linda Volz - Board of Educaiton/Superintendent Secretary, effective July 1, 2017

Resigntion:  Accepted the resignation of the following personnel:

Ranette Byron - Food Service, effective April 18, 2017

Lora Hamilton - Transportation, bus aide, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Ashley Whiting - Transportation, bus aide, effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

              Employment:  Approved the employment of the following:

Anne Reed - MH pre-school aide, Western Elementary, effective August 21, 2017

Ken Brenner - Substitute custodian, effective April 4, 2017

Lora Hamilton - Transportation driver, step 0, effective August 21, 2017, two-year contract

Ashley Whiting - Transportation driver, step 0, effective August 21, 2017, one-year contract

Joan Smith - Transportation, sub bus aide, effective May 1, 2017

Delmon "Junior" Rose - Transportation, sub bus driver, effective May 8, 2017, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

Other Business:  

Administrative Contract:  Approved a two-year contract for John Watkins, Junior High Dean of Students/Athletic Director

Coaching Resignation:  Accepted the resignations of the following coaches for the 2017-2018:

Tyson Porter - Varsity giirls' soccer

Jay Porter - JV girls' soccer

Nate Lautzenheiser - Varisty girls' basketball

Tuition Student: Approved the waiver of tuition for Shelby Jenkins, 12th grade for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, per Board policy regarding parent moving out of the district during senior year

Approved the following Choreographer and Pit Musicians from the Spring Musical, Grease:

Emily Doles - $1,000

Steven Brown - $450.00

Stephan Ryan - $450.00

David Wolbert - $480.00

Mil Sgambellone - $450.00

Derrick Sautter - $50.00

Total - $2,880.00

Substitute List:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 03/22/2017 as presented by MOESC.

Approved continued membership in the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce for the period of May 2017 through April 2018 at a cost of $166.00

Approved the contract with RC Therapy Services for physical therapy services for the 2017-2018 school year.

Roof Bid:  Approved the Worner Roofing bid for the high school roofing project.

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

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

            Motion adopted.  


1.  Retire/Rehire request for the following staff members:

Theresa Duffey - Reading teacher, Central

Kathy Weidig - Central principal

Debbie Wisenbarger - Central secretary

Cheryl Callahan - Transportation, bus driver

Linda Volz - Superintendent/Board Office Secretary

2.  Architect Interviews - Mr. Ziegelhofer asked the Board to review calendars for possible available dates in the first half of May to conduct interviews of architectural firms.

3.  Online Curriculm - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared with the Board that letters have been sent to the families of District students who are currently home schooled or attending a community school to inform them of Lexington's online curriculum now available as a possible option.

4.  Building Tours - Building tours for the Board previously scheduled for Saturday, April 29th, were rescheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 8:00 a.m.


     26-17  Motion by Mr. Heck, 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, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Heck, Mrs. Weirich, Mr. Whitney--------5

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

        Motion adopted.

Time entered:  9:10 p.m.

Returned to regular session:  9:25 p.m.


27-17 Motion by Mr. Heck, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                                9:29 p.m.               

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