Regular Meeting

Wednesday, October 16, 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, October 16, 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. Rob Schuster, Mr. Keith Stoner, Mr. Robert Whitney --- 5



 Mr. Whitney welcome visitors to the meeting and asked if any visitors would like to be recognized to address the Board.

Ben Hoffman, Student Representative to the Board, presented his report. 

 Student Life and Academics

a. The school year is going very well as half of the first semester is now complete. The 2nd six weeks ends on November 8th;

b. Veteran's Day Walk - Lexington High School will be putting on the annual Veteran's Day Walk on November 11th at 2 p.m. All veterans are welcome to attend as students and staff honor our veterans.

Student Club/Activities

a. Leo's Club - Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, Leo's Club is face painting at Wayne's Country Market. They have also revamped our reccycle program, are planning a sock drive for the Area Agency on Aging, and are planning the Haunted Hallways on October 23rd. They are also planning to run the district-wide Leo's Club Meeting that will include 12 other Leo's Clubs;

b. Chess Club - Chess Club meets every Friday after school in Mr. Davis' room and currently have approximately 15 members;

c. National Honor Society - National Honor Society inducted 61 new members during the NHS Induction Ceremony last Monday. The NHS has partnered with the Red Cross and are planning to have a blood drive on November 8th at the high school. They have also been cleaning up the home football stadium after every home game;

d. Math Club - The Math Club just started for the year, and there are approximately 140 high school that compete against each other from October through March;

e. Student Council - The Student Council put on a successful homecoming and will be help Leo's Club with the Haunted Hallways. They have already gathered nearly 60 sponsors for the event. They have recently finished petitions for Freshmen representatives and officers;

f. Spanish Club - Spanish Club met at Rancho Fiesta in September;

g. Nintendo Switch Club - Nintendo Switch Club is meeting every Wednesday.


a. Cross Country - Cross Country is having a very strong Fall. Last weekend, the girls finished 1st in the OCC's with Halle H. finishing 1st to win OCC Runner of the Year while Lily W. finished 2nd and Joanna H. finished 3rd. The boys finished as the OCC runner-up. Both teams ran at Districts on Saturday in Galion;

b. Football - The football team is currently 2-5 and won their last game against West Holmes 28-24. The play Ashland this Friday;

c. Boys' Soccer - The boys' soccer team is looking very strong ending their season with a 15-1 record and are the outright OCC champions. They defeated Mansfield Senior 11-0 in the opening round of tournament play. Ryan P. won OCC Player of the Year.

d. Girls' Golf - The girls' golf team had a successful fall as the team advance to the District tournament  and Amanda R. qualified for State as an individual;

e. Volleyball - The volleyball team ended the regular season with a 13-9 record and finished 3rd in the OCC. They play Ontario in the opening round of the SEctional tournament;

f. Girls' Tennis - The girls' tennis team finished 5th in the OCC's  and Gracie P. is a District Champion and will play in the State tournament;

g. Boys' Golf - The boys' golf team finished 2nd in the OCC's and the team qualified for Districts.  Trevor D. qualified for the Golf State Championship competition;

h. Girls' Soccer - The girls' soccer team finished the season with a 12-3-1 record and were 4-1-1 int he OCC's to earn 3rd place honors. They begin tournament play on Saturday versus Vermillion at noon here at Lexington.

 Visitor Danielle Bussell provided an update on Lexington PTO fundraising activities and clarified information to be sent out regarding the anticipated uses of funds at various elementary schools. 


43-19  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Roberts to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved the following appropriation modification:

Student Wellness and Success Fund 467 - $33, 072.28 increase.

4. Approved an invoice from Ohio Northern University in the amount of $6,380 for football camp held at the university.

3. Accepted a donation from Therm-O-Disc/Emerson Charitable Trust in the amount of $1,000 for student academic and cultural activities.

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

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

               Motion adopted.  


44-19  Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following personnel items:


Resignation: Approved the resignation of Kristen McPeek as High School IAT co-chairperson effective September 19, 2019.

Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Kristen McPeek - High School IAT chairperson for the 2019-2020 school year

David Carter - Long-term substitute, Guidance Counselor for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, effect October 8th, base salary

Kathy Gesing - High School Academic Mentor, October 2 - November 26, 2019, 5 days per week, substitute teacher daily rate

Susan Brafford - Long-term sub, High School Art, approximately 6-8 weeks, effective September 27, 2019, $110.00

Maternity Leave: Approved a maternity leave request for Shelby Swart, Eastern, from approximately December 20, 2019 through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.


Employment Approved the recommendation to employ:

Mallory Westerheide - Educational aide sub, effective September 30, 2019

Janice Knox - Substitute in Food Service in a long-term capacity at the entry level step on the salary schedule, effective September 6, 2019

Other Business:

Eastern Running Club:  Approved the recommendation to add Eastern Elementary Running Club to the list of clubs/activities effective August 21, 2019.

Coaching Resignation:  Accepted Gabe Benjamin's resignation of JV Wrestling Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Melisa Watters - Junior High Swim

Libby Nickoli - Junior High Swim

Pat Cannon - Assistant High School Swim

Bobby Meyer - Volunteer Wrestling

Kevin Morrow - Varsity Baseball

Todd Galownia - Varsity Softball

Ralph Baker - Boys' head track

Michelle Smith - Girls' head track

Gabe Benjamin - Volunteer wrestling

Josh Hassmann - Junior High wrestling

Substitute List:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 09/25/2019 as presented by MOESC.

College Credit Pluss (CCP): Approved the adoption of the enclosed agreement language regarding a stipend for teachers who teach College Credit Plus (CCP) courses at the High school, during the school year. This stipend would be retroactive to August 21, 2019.

Approved Resolution for Establishing a Community Partner for Student Wellness and Success Funds.

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

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

               Motion adopted

Executive Session:  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Roberts, to enter into executive sessions 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. Roberts, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Whitney ----5

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

               Motion adopted

The Board entered into executive session at 7:34 p.m.

The Board returned to open session at 8:36 p.m.

Discussion Item: 

1. Board Policy Updates - Mr. Secrist provided the Board with an update and anticipated timeline of Board policy updates that are being reviewed and updated through NEOLA. The current timeline goals include various section of the Board policy to be presented to the Board throughout November through January with possible adoption in Febuary. Review of Administrative Guidelines is anticipated to begin in January.


46-19 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                               8:47 p.m.       

Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Stoner, Mr. Schuster, 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.                                                                               



Superintendent ____________________________