Regular Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 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, September 18, 2019.  Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order. Roll was called by the Treasurer.

Roll Call – Members present: Dr. Martin Gottsdchling, Mr. Dave Roberts, Mr. Keith Stoner, Mr. Robert Whitney --- 4

    Absent: Mr. Rob Schuster --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1



Mr. Whitney welcome visitors to the meeting and asked if any visitors would like to be recognized to address the Board. Mr. Whitney also made various publications and communications available.

 Student Representative Ben Hoffman provided an update regarding various activities throughout the District, including the following:

 Student Life and Academics

a. The Club Fair took place last Thursday which helps students see the various clubs available and assists in geting new members;

b. The Homecoming Court was also selected last week, and the top 5 are Skylar B., Gabby S., Tessa G., Alexi M., and Sarah M;

c. The Homecoming Assembly will take place on October 4th and the Homecoming Queen will be selected. The Homecoming Dance will be held on October 5th;

d. The National Honor Society introduction will take place on October 7th in the auditorium;

e. The OCC Leadership Program took place on September 18th at Ashland High School;

f. Both freshmen and sophomores will be going on field trips soon. The freshmen will be going to Ohio Health on September 23rd and 24th. The sophomores will be going to visit manufacturing companies on October 3rd;

g. Key Club is putting on a drive to collect necessary items to help those affected by Hurrican Dorian;

h. The school year is off to a very strong start, and the first six weeks ends on September 27th.

 Athletics and Student Activities

a. Football - The team has a record of 1-2, and they play their next game Friday, September 20,2019 at Mt. Vernon. During our win against Ontario, Kayden B broke the single game rushing record with an incredible 296 yards;

b. Cross Country - Both teams are midway into their season. The girls are ranked #1 in the State in Division II, and the boys are ranked inside the top 20.  Saturday, September 21st, the boys will race at the Malone Invitational and the girls will race at the Cedarville Night Invitational;

c. Girls' Soccer - The team has a record of 8-2, 2-1 in the OCC, and are currently ranked in the top 20 in the State. The next game is Saturday, September 21st at Olentangy;

d. Boys' Soccer - The team has a record of 8-1, 3-0 in the OCC, and are currently 8th in the State. The next game is Thursday, September 19th at West Holmes;

e. Golf - Both teams are doing well. The boys are top 3 in the OCC. The girls are placing within the top 3 at most matches they participate in;

f. Girls' Tennis - This year's girls' tennis team is very young and gaining valuable experience against some very good competition;

g. Girls' Volleyball - The team has a record of right around .500 right now, and they are doing very well with a young team;

h. Band of Gold - The Band of Gold is rehearsing every day for performances and upcoming competitions;

Facilities Visioning Session

Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the Visioning Session was held with TDA Architects as part of the facility planning and design process on Tuesday, September 17th, and was a great success with a lot of positive feedback. There were approximately 90 attendees, which included a cross-section of staff, community members, parents, students, etc. The session started at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 1:30 p.m. and included presentations and building examples from TDA as well as various hands-on activities by the attendees. The activities included developing and presenting strengths and weaknesses of the current buildings, listing and presenting wish lists in various departments and educational areas, and configuring and presenting a layout of the new building.  Each small group was provided an overhead map of the facility site along with cutouts of different spaces and presented to the group. TDA will take the information gathered from the day and develop a report to be used in the planning and design process.


39-19  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved permanent appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020 at the fund level.

    Roll Call – Yea:   Mr. Roberts, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney ----4

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

Absent: Mr. Rob Schuster -----------------------------------------------------1

               Motion adopted.  


40-19  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement: Accepted the request of Robin Barrett, Central Elementary, to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Resignation: Accepted the resignation of Karen Freeman, High School, effective September 9, 2019.

Salary Adjustments: Approved the salary adjustment for the following:

Missy Betscher - BS + 20 to ME

Trisha Kist- BS to ME

Dan Wittmer - BS + 10 to BS + 20

Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Kim Knapp - DRA/iReady assessment team

Gayle James - DRA/iReady assessment team

Kayla Heimann - Eastern Robotics Club Advisor

Sarah Freundlich - Eastern Robotics Club Advisor

Kristen McPeek - High School Leadership Council Advisor

Approve payment to the following teachers for mentoring teachers during the 2019-2020 school year: 

Year 2

Jane Goodall - mentoring Tina Parr - $250.00

Stephen Domka - mentoring Kay Hewetson - $250.00

Stephen Domka - mentoring Jacob Poiner - $250.00

Amy Gerhardt - mentoring Shelby Swart - $250.00

Year 3

Kayla Heimann - mentoring Summer Lamp - $250.00

Year 4

Joy Bowman - mentoring Ashton Cannon - N/A

Joy Bowman - mentoring Michelle Dreibelbis - N/A

Joy Bowman - mentoring Trisha Hughes - N/A


Employment: Approved the recommendation to employ:

Mindy Guegold - Substitute in Food Service in a long term capacity at the entry level step on the salary schedule

Lisa Sand - Substitute educational aide

Other Business:  

Coaching Resignation: Accepted the resignation of Mason Hoskins, junior high wrestling

Coaching Recommendation: Approved the following coaches for the 2019-2020 school year

Kevin Morrow - Freshman basketball

Derrick Shelenberger - 7th grade boys' basketball

Tuition Students: Accepted Nolah Kentosh and Fletcher Todd, pre-school students at Western, tuitioon waived per Board policy following working parents for the 2019-2020 school year.

Musical Accompanist: Approved Nate McFadden as the high school vocal music accompanist for the 2019-2020 school year at $20.00 per hour.

Substitute List: Approved the revised Lexington subsitute list dated 08/29/2019 as presented by MOESC.

In Lieu of Transporation: Approved payment for "In Lieu of Transportation" for Lexington students attending Discovery School and Foundation Academy.

Resolution:  Approved the Resolution Expressing Intent to Use Construction Manager at Risk (SMR) Project Delivery Method for Construction of School Improvements.

 Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Roberts, Mr. Stoner, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Whitney -------4

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

    Absent: Mr. Rob Schuster ------------------------------------------------------1

                   Motion adopted.     

Discussion Item

1.Tuition - Mr. Ziegelhofer discussed current tuition policies with the Board.  The Board asked that Mr. Ziegelhofer inquire with legal counsel for guidance on current policies and any potential changes to those policies.


      41-19  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling 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. Roberts, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Whitney ----- 4

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

Absent: Mr. Rob Schuster ------------------------------------------------------1

             Motion adopted.  

Time Entered –  7:40 p.m.

Returned to regular session –  7:53 p.m.

Mr. Schuster entered at 7:45 p.m.

Discussion Item

2.State Report Card - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared results of the State Report Card with the Board in each area within the District for this year as well as the two previous years. Mr. Ziegelhofer also provided a report of Report Card trends by building, by District within Richland County, and by District comparison for typical high performing schools. Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the results demonstrate that we continue to perform well and see improvements in various areas. He also shared that we will continue to dive deeper into the numbers and reach out to other districts to determine opportunities for further improvement.


42-19 Motion by Dr. Gottschling, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                               8:14 p.m.       

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