Regular Meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 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, March 18, 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



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

No student representative report.

Financial Items:

   17-20 Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following finanacial items:

1. The minutes from the February 2020 regular meeting and the March 2020 work session were approved.

2. The monthly financial report for February 2020 was presented.

3. Approved the "Resolution Accepting the Amounts and Rates as Determined by the Budget Commission and Authorizing the necessary Tax Levies and Certifying Them to the County Auditor".

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

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

                  Motion adopted


  18-20 Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following personnel items:


Resignation: Accepted Amy Parker's resignation as 6th grade teacher, Eastern Elementary, effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Maternity Leave: Approved maternity leave for Kayla Heimann from approximately August 18 - November 30, 2020.

Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Eastern Academic Mentors, effective  March 16 - April 30, $20.00 per hour:

Jaime Chambers     Michelle Dreibelbis     Jessica Duffey

Kim Garver            Marsha Haas                Kayla Heimann

Summer Lamp    

Western 2nd Grade Academic Mentors, effective  March 16 - May 18, $20.00 per hour:

Justine Yunker       Makalya Snively          Cindy Shasky

Central 2nd Grade Academic Mentors, effective  March 16 - May 14, $20.00 per hour, 2 hours/week:

Elizabeth Savka    Tina Parr                       Ferrol Rinehart    

  Whitney Eibon - High School guidance counselor, effective at the start of the start of the 2020-2021 school year, one year contract


Resignation: Accepted the resignation of Robin Boggs, Transportation Director, effective August 1, 2020.

Employment: Approved the following:

Jessica Brokaw - High School Educational Aide, effective at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, one year contract

Abby Adams - Substitute custodian, effective March 13, 2020

Tessa Mowry - Substitute custodian, effective January 21, 2020

Kayla Danko - Substitute aide

Other Business:

Retroactive to Friday, March 13, 2020, approval was given to pay the hourly or daily rate, depending on the position, through this unprecented state-wide school closure for RenHill Educational aides, full time nurses and Board-approved long term substitutes within any employee category ( up to the date originally established for the return this school year of the person for whom the substitute is working).

Tuition Student: Accepted Earl Etzel, new grade 9, as a tuition student for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Calendar - Approved the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year as enclosed.  

Coaching Resignation: - Removed the resignation of  Cindy Ogle resignation as junior high winter cheerleading advisor pending further review.

Coaching Recommendation: - Approved Mark Hunter as volunteer high school track assistant.

Nursing Services:  - Approved the nursing services of Brigit Brown as full-time LPN to care for a wheelchair-bound high school student, per the hourly rate on her contract, effective March 30, 2020.

Substitute Nurse:  Approved the the employment of a substitute nurse, Amber Crain, pending successful completion of all pre-employment requirements.

Substitute List:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 02/196/2020 as presented by MOESC.

Tax Incentive Review Council:  Appointed Keith Stoner to the Tax Incentive Review Council for the 2020 fiscal year.

Front and Center Turf:  Approved the proposal from Front & Center Turf to maintain high school football and soccer fields.

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

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

                  Motion adopted

Discussion Items: 

1. Yoga Follow-Up - Mr. Whitney inquired regarding follow-up in regards to previous concerns expressed to the Board with regards to yoga.  Mr. Ziegelhofer indicated discussions had occurred with building administration and he would conduct follow up.

2. Google Docs - Mr. Schuster inquired regarding the status of Google Docs at the District. Mr. Ziegelhofer indicated that preparation was continuing in this area with anticipation of being up and running for the next school year.

3. Student Lunches - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that approximately 100 students were provided lunches on Monday. He shared that Tricia Volz had the great idea to provide 5 full lunches on Monday so students have lunches for the week. This will continue each Monday. To date, approximately 125-130 students have received lunches. Many volunteers are helping with the distribution, the process has gone very smoothly, families have been very appreciative.

4. Laptop Distribution - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that distribution of laptops to families who need them has gone smoothly. Our District laptops are programmed to only work under our internal WIFI, so our tech team spent most of Monday and Tuesday reprogramming to allow for WIFI access. This work reprogramming is continuing by the tech team to prepare laptops for distribution to families who need them. So far, approximately 60 laptops have been provided.  Name, grade, phone numbers and tag numbers of each device are being tracked.

5. Instruction Plan - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the administrative team has worked to develop an instructional plan over the course of 3 days to prep for a potential long haul. Letters are being sent to parents and communications sent to teachers describing the plan beginning March 30th. Links to educational resources have been provided in the meantime. Many teachers have certain links that they currently use during the course of the year to supplement even while in session. Teachers have been very receptive to the idea and are collaboration already for organization of the plan moving forward. Reception has been amazing from the teachers. 

6. Future 1 to 1 Technology - Mr. Schuster inquired and the Board discussed the potential of 1 to 1 technology in the future.

7. EJ Therapy - Mr. Secrist shared that EJ Therapy has been great to work with, they are attempting to have up and running by March 30th a plan for reaching out to families to discuss possible options to provide therapies for kids. 

8. Facilities Project - The Board discussed the overall facilities project, including the role of OFCC, the budget related to the 7-12 project, and the relation to the plan and design of various aspects of the building. 


19-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster, to adjourn.            8:18 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 ____________________________