Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 20, 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, November 20, 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.

The Board recognized junior high science students who participated in hands-on learning projects as part of the junior high physics unit in which students created working gumball machines and created a car that used energy to propel itself forward. Junior High Science teacher Anne Petrie explained the project and introduced each of the students. The students explained their individual projects and demonstrated how they worked. Students also explained what their initial vision was and how the projects evolved throughout the process through trial and error. Mrs. Petrie emphasized that students used various items that they could find for their project, inlcuding cardboard, tubing, plastic cups, etc., and it was interesting to see how each student created a unique project. By the end, each gumball machine worked and provided a single gumball. Students attending that were recognized and presented included Jake, Ivan, Andrew, Darcy and Piper.

The Board recognized the girls' and boys' varsity cross country teams. Coach Benson introduced members of the team, including Coach Petrie, Coach Javurek, Coach Shramko, Tessa G., Halle H., Lily W., Joanna H., Natalie D., Kaydence H., Kris H., Emma W., Ben H., Chayse W., Ethan H., Reece M., Kenton M., Lucas M., Ethan P., and Cooper S. Coach Benson spoke of the overall success of the season as each team once again qualified for State. On the girls' side, the girls' team won their 3rd consecutive State Championship in addition to finishing 1st in the OCC's, Districts, and Regionals. The girls' team has now finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, and 1st at the State Championships over the last five years.  On the boys' side, the boys's team finished as OCC runner-up, District runner-up, and Regional runner-up to once again qualify for State as a team. Each team is young and only graduating one Senior from the Varsity teams that competed as State this year. The teams were congratulated on such a successful season and for their continued dedication and hard work.

Ben Hoffman, Student Representative to the Board, presented his report regarding various activities throughout the District, including the following: 

Athletics/Student Activities

a. Girls' Cross Country - Girls' cross country won the DII State Champtionship for the third year, placing 1st iwth 83 points while 2nd place had double the points at 170. Halle H. finished 3rd overall and Lily W. finished 7th overall, both making the podium;

b. Boys' Cross Country - Boys' cross country qualified for State once again with their runner-up finish at the Regional Championships and finished 19th at the State Championship;

c. Boys' Soccer - Boys' soccer won their Region and made it all the way to the Final Four, losing a very cloase match to Warren Holland;

d. Golf - Trevor D. and Amanda R. both qualified for the State Championships with Amanda R. finishing 6th overall;

e. Band of Gold - The Band of Gold competed in the State tournament and scored a 2, which is the 2nd highest score you can receive;

f. Boys' Basketball - The 1st game for boys' basketball is November 29th at Clear Fork;

g. Girls' Basketball - The 1st game for girls' basketball is November 26th;

h. Wrestling - Wrestling competes in the Blackstsone Insurance Invitiational on December 6th at 6 p.m.;

i. Bowling - The bowling teams have their 1st match on November 26th at Galion;

j. Swimming - Swimming has their first meet on December 7th;

k. Student Council - Student Council is planning a Powder Puff game vs Ontario. Also Gobble Grams will be handed out at lunch allowing an opportunity to write to someone and tell them you are thankful for them.

l. Leo's Club - Leo's Club is teaming up with Kiwanis Club and putting on Breakfast with Santa this winter.  Leo's Club is also purchasing items to give to local nursing homes, and after Thanksgiving Break, they plan to collect toiletries for the Harmony House;

m. Winter Music Concerts - The winter music concerts are fast approaching; Sumphonic Concert - December 5th at 7:30 pm; Band Concert - December 10th at 7:30 p.m.; Choir Concert - December 17th at 7:30 pm.

m. Orchestra - Orchestra has their State performance this weekend.

Student Life and Academics

a. Junior job shadowing will take place on November 21st .

b. Mid-term exams will take place from December 16th through December 20th;

c. The semester and 3rd six weeks will end on Friday, December 20th.


47-19  Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved renewal with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for medical, Rx, and dental insurance administrative services for Calendar Year 2020 at the following rates:

Medical/Rx/Stop Loss Administrative fees of $43.38 per employee per month;

Dental Administrative fees of $4.89 per employee per month;

Specific Stop Loss coverage at a premium of $236.01 per employee per month;

4. Approved the 2020 medical, dental, and vision insurance funding rates, representing a 1.74% increase for medical, a 6.24% increase dental, and a 0% increase for vision.

5. Approved the 5-Year Financial Forecast for FY20 through FY24.

6. Approved the following appropriation modifications:

Fund 499 Ohio School Safety Grant - $10, 607.48 increase

Fund 590 Title I - $293.71 Decrease

Fund 590 Title II-A - $1,248.84 Increase


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

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

               Motion adopted.  


48-19  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following personnel items:


Bus Supervisor: Approved the suspension of morning bus supervisor duty/stipend for Tom Brownell effective August 21, 2019 while he is out on sick leave.

Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Courtney Steele - Long term sub, Central PE, effective October 28, 2019

Drew Jeffries - Behavioral specialist, effective October 24, 2019 through end of the 2019-2020 school year, 3 hours per day, $25.00 per hour

Sandra LaLiberte - Substitute teacher, effective October 28, 2019

Stephanie Blackstone - Mentoring Tina Parr, 2 year resident educator for the 2019-2020 school year (replacing Jane Goodall due to scheduling conflicts) $250.00

Salary Adjustment: Approved the salary adjustment for Jonathan "Tad" Davis from BS to Bs + 10.


Employment Approved the recommendation to employ Lindsay Franzen as a substitute in Food Service and a substitute educational aide, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements

Other Business:

Coaching Resignation:  Accepted the resignation of the following coaches:

Cindy Ogle - Junior High 7th grade cheerleading co-advisor, effective November 5, 2019

Lora Hamilton  Junior High 7th grade cheerleading co-advisor

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

Cindy Ogle - Junior High 7th grade cheerleading advisor

Nate Temple - Varisty Assistant wrestling

Ambrose Adams - Junior High Wrestling

Jeff Strickler - Varsity assistant baseball

Vinny Sansalone - Freshman baseball

Zach Sterry - Volunteer assistant baseball

Joe Swartzmiller - Volunteer assistant baseball

Tuition Student:  Accepted Johnathyn Pagani, high school senior, as a tuition for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Tuition waiver per Board policy regarding parent moving out fo the district during student's senior year.

Substitute List:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 10/23/2019 as presented by MOESC.

Nutrition Compliance: Accepted the report of nutrition compliance pursuant to Board Policy 10.20 and ORC 3313.814.

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

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

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

               Motion adopted

Discussion Item: 

1. Facilities Updates - Mr. Ziegelhofer provided the Board with a facilities update regarding the current progress in the planning and design phase of the project. This past Tuesday the core team had preliminary meetings with the short-listed CMR firms and interviews will occur on December 10th. Mr. Ziegelhofer also shared various preliminary designs showing the location, layout, flow and initial design of the 7-12 building based on initial design and communications with TDA.  Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that tours of various schools continue, including a recent tour that included staff from each department of the high school and junior high.


49-19 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                               9:05 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.                                                                               



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