Regular Meeting
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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, January15, 2020.  Mr. Robert Whitney, President, called the meeting to order. Roll was called by the Treasurer.

Roll Call – Members present: Mr. Keith Stoner, Dr. Martin Gottsdchling, Mr. Dave Roberts, Mr. Rob Schuster, Mr. Robert Whitney --- 5



The Board recognized and congratulated boys' golfer Trevor D., for his accomplishments during the 2019 golf season. Trevor finished 2nd in the OCC's 3rd at Sectionals, 3rd at Districts, and was a State Qualifier. Trevor's State Qualifing effort marked the first time in over 30 years that a Lexington boys' golfer qualified for the State Compeition. 

The Board recognized and congratulated the Lexington boys' soccer team for their many accomplishments during the 2019 season. The team finished with an overall record of 21-2, finished undefeated in OCC's to finish as Conference Champions, and made the Final Four of the State Tournament, which marks only the third team in school history and first team since 2011 to make the Final Four.  Overall the team scored 130 goals and had 11 shutouts on the season. The team has 2 players earn Player of the Year honors, Ryan P., (offense) and Mason B (defense). Trevor C. finished his career 4th in career saves and Gavin G. finished his career 2nd in career goals. Ryan P. was also named a High School All-American.                       

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 regarding various activities throughout the District, including the following: 

Student Activities

a. Leo Club - Leo Club has completed a Sock Drive for the Ohio District 5 Agency on Aging. They were able to raise 1,150 pairs of socks. Mrs. Long's class wond the drive and received a home-cooked breakfast. They will also be running the District Leo Club convention. There will be 10-15 Leo Clubs in attendance. The Convention is planned to be contered on eyesight;

b. Chess Club - Chess Club meets once a week and is averaging around 10-14 members;

c. Nintendo Switch Club - Nintendo Switch Club meets once a week and is planning to hold a school tournament. They are also averaging 10-14 members;

d. Informed Teens - Informed Teens are working on the "Escape the Vape" campaign. The goal is to inform Lex teens about the effects of vaping. They are focusing on both High School and Junior High students.  Before prom, they will be having elementary students write to high school students about being safe at Prom:

e. Key Club - Key Club teamed up with Kiwanis Club to put on "Breakfast with Santa". They also brought wrapped gifts to Lexington Court Care over the holiday season:

f. French Club - French Club will be inducting 2 members into French National Honor Society in the Board of Education Room;

g. National Honor Society - National Honor Society will host a blood drive on January 27 from 2:00 - 7:00 in the cafeteria. They also have partnered with the Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring program, and many of the members will be mentoring children in Richland County on a weekly basis;

h. Drama Club - Musical rehearsals begin this week. The show dates are April 2nd through April 5th;

i. Orchestra - The past Saturday, six student competed in the annual Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. These students included Mikinzi P., Thomas S., Avery C., Daniel D., Joseph L., and Katie S. Daniel D won the competition and will solo with the orchestra at the Renaissance Theatre on Sunday, May 3rd. Orchestra will also be competing in the OMEA solo/ensemble on February 8th at Mansfield Senior High;


a. Bowling - The boys' bowling team is currently 8-2 and the girls are 6-4. The girls' team is very young this year and the main goal is improvement, while the boys' goal is to make it to State which will be difficult but we have a very talented team;

b. Boys' Basketball - The boys' basketball team is currently 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the OCC;

c. Wrestling - The wrestling team is preparing for OCC's and the OHSAA tournament. Senior Hayden H is leading the way, making it all the way to semifinals in teh JC Gorman Invitational;

d. Swim - Both boys' and girls' swim teams finiahed 2nd in the OCC meet. They are now preparing for the OHSAA tournament. Diver Max R set a new OCC diving record and was named OCC male swimmer of the year;

Student Life and Academics

a. Scheduling for next year will start next week with juniors;

b. CCP night will take place on January 28th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Representatives from OSU, Bowling Green and Ashland will all be here;

c. On January 29th, sophomores will be visiting Pioneer as they do every year.

Visitors Benjamin and Amie Mutti addressed the Board and shared concerns regarding the practice of yoga in District classrooms. Mr. and Mrs. Mutti shared various supporting e-mails and documents regarding the issue for the Board's review. Mr. Whitney thanked Mr. and Mrs. Mutti for the information and for sharing their concerns and indicated the Board and Superintendent would review the information and get back to them on the issue. 


07-20  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved the fiscal year 2021 Tax Budget

4. Accepted a donation of furnishings for Central Elementary from Tom, Julie and Graham McCready of McCready Interiors totaling approximately $4,900.

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

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

                  Motion adopted.  


08-20  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to approve the following personnel items:


Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Josh Hassmann - Substitute teacher, effective January 7, 2020

Academic mentors, effective January 13 - April 2, $20.00 per hour:

Stephanie Blackstone - Tina Parr

Carla Jones - Jane Goodall

Tracey Pinkleman - Elizabeth Savka (sub)

Academic mentors, effective January 20 - April 3, $20.00 per hour:

Krystin Kentosh - Justine Yunker

Junior High morning monitors for the 2019-2020 school year:

Rita Stoll - Ken Kreis

Salary Adjustment: Approved the salary adjustment for Pam Conover from BS +20 to MS.


Resignation:  Approved the resignation of the following:

Rachel Kastran - Transportation bus aide, effective January 10, 2020

Katie Glaze - Educational aide, effective June 1, 2020

Amy Stewart - High School Student Services secretary, effective January 17, 2020

Employment:  Approved the employment of the following:

Darla Baker - Morning bus duty at the Junior High for the 2019-2020 school year

Lora Hamilton - Transportation office cleaning, one day per week, retroactive to October 19 - December 5, 2019, 3.25 hours

Elizabeth Vallance - High School Substitute Student Services secretary effective January 14, 2020 through the end of the 2019-2020 school year

Other Business:  

Coaching Resignation: Accepted Mark Hunter's resignation as High School assistant track coach, effective January 8, 2020

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

Mason Willeke - Volunteer assistant varsity boys' basketball for the 2019-2020 season

Tricia Brown - Athletic Department assistant, $15.00 per hour

Substitute List: Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 11-20-2019 as presented by MOESC.

OHSAA: Approved the resolution for the Ohio High Scool Athletic Association membership for 2020-2021.

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

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

                            Motion adopted.


09-20 Motion by Mr. Schuser, seconded by Mr. Stoner, 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, Mr. Stoner, Dr. Gottschling, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Whitney----5

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

Motion adopted.

Time entered: 7:56 p.m.

Returned to regular sesson: 8:38 p.m.



10-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to accept Mr. Millers' resignation as principal of Eastern Elementary, effective June 30, 2020.

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

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

Motion adopted.


11-20 Motion by Mr.Schuster, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to adjourn.                                                8:41 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 ____________________________