Regular Meeting

Wednesday, April 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, April 15, 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:

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

1.  The minutes from the March 2020 regular meeting were approved.

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

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

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

                  Motion adopted


21-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster, 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: 7:10 p.m.

Returned to regular sesson: 8:01 p.m.

Discussion Items:

1. Mr. Whitney and the Board commended District staff during this unprecedented time as they have done exemplary work educating our students, providing lunches, and showing our students how much they care for each one of them. Mr. Ziegelhofer provided the Board with an update on lunches served for the week each Monday. Mr. Ziegelhofer also shared with the Board a slide show of emails of appreciation and pictures and communications of District staff loving and serving our students during this uncertain time


  22-20 Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following personnel items:


Retirement: Accepted Tom Brownell's retirement as physical education teacher at Central effective June 1, 2020.

Resignation: Accepted Shelby Swartz's resignation as an Intervention Specialist, at Eastern, effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Employment: Approved the employment of Jody Rutschilling, 3rd grade, Western effective August 21, 2020, step 12, one year contract.

Salary Adjustment: Approved the salary adjustment for Jonathan Davis, from BS + 10 to BS + 20.

Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the following long-term substitutes:

David Carter - Courtney Steele

Kim Garver - Carlos Villa

Other Business:

Administrative Contracts: Approve the following administrative contracts:

Kathy Weidig - Principal, Central Elementary, 1 year contract (retire/rehire)

Kyle Trittschuh - Technology Assistant Director, 3 year contract

Justin Smith -  Head mechanic, 3 year contract

Michael Grist - Principal, Eastern Elementary, 2 year contract

Coaching Recommendation: - Approved Janelle Wyant, as head volleyball coach for the 2020-2021 school year

Supplemental Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the following coaches due to lack of evaluation of spring sports:

Kevin Morrow - Baseball head coach

Jeff Strickler - JV Baseball

Vincent Sansalone - Freshman Baseball

Michelle Smith - Girls' track head coach

Jennifer Moore - Track Assistant

Dan Wittmer - Track Assistant

Jeff Meyer - Junior High Track

Buck Morton - Junior High Track

Heidi Roush - Junior High Track

Emily Patterson - Spring/Summer Weight strength

Supplemental Non-Renewals: Approved the non-renewal of the coaches who hold supplemental contracts but who are not district employees:

Alicia Bailey - Freshman cheerleading

Ralph Baker - Junior High cross country, Head boys' track

Ryan Ball - Varsity assistant football

Gabe Benjamin - 8th grade football

Aaron Brokaw - Varsity assistant football

Jessica Brokaw - Varsity girls'basketball

Todd Galownia - Varsity softball

Scott Hamilton - Varsity boys' basketball

Josh Hassmann - Junior High wrestling

Matt Hill - JV boys' golf

Allie Hostetler - Junior High cross country assistant, High school track assistant

Roger Long - Varsity bowling

Christen Mattia - JV softball

Annamarie Mauric - Varsity volleyball

Libby Nickoli - Jr. High swim

Cindy Ogle - Jr. High cheer

Rob Roth - Assistant swim (diving)

Ron Schaub - Girls' tennis, Boys' tennis

Jay Schmidt - 7th grade girls' basketball, Junior High track

Derek Shelenberger - 8th grade boys' basketball

Greg Smith - Varsity boys' golf

Jeff Soliday - Varsity assistant football

Brock Spurling - Varsity swim

Misty Taylor - Varsity cheerleading

Nate Temple - Varsity assistant wrestling

Pete Them - Varsity boys' soccer

Katie Wagner - Assistant volleyball

Melisa Watters - Junior High swim

Denny West - High schoool track assistant

Laurie Whitman - 8th grade girls' basketball

Hannah Wise - Color guard, Winter guard

Substitute List:  Approved the revised Lexington substitute list dated 03/18/2020 as presented by MOESC.

Bus Bid:  Approved the purchase of up to two (2) 84 passenger school buses from Cardinal Bus Sales totaling $194,198. This includes all spare parts, warranties, and the trade-in deductions.

School Facilities Resolution:  Approved the Resolution Approving the Program of Requirements (POR) and Schematic Design (SD) Phase Submissons for the new 7-12 School.

Resolution Approving the Program of Requirements (POR) and Schematic Design (SD) Phase Submissions for the New 7-12 School

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Lexington Local School District (Board), in conjunction with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) as part of the Expedited Local Partnership Program, is

engaged in planning for the construction of a New 7-12 School building project (Project):


WHEREAS, Then Design Architecture, the Board’s Architect for the new high school, prepared program of requirements (POR) and schematic design (SD) documents for the Project, and Shook Construction,

the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the Project, reviewed the POR/SD documents, including estimated costs for the work, and provided comments on the documents, which the architect has reviewed

and considered in preparing the documents;


 WHEREAS, the POR/SD documents include the Locally Funded Initiative Memorandum of Understanding (LFI MOU) which tracks costs associated with the locally funded improvements included in the Project and

was updated by Regency Construction Services, Inc., the Regional Planning Consultant (RPC) for the Project;


WHEREAS, all of the comments have been reviewed and resolved with respect to the POR/SD documents, and the CMR has prepared a phase submission for the project, abiding to OFCC phase submission

requirements, including the LFI MOU documents;


WHEREAS, the Board wishes to approve the POR/SD phase submission for the New 7-12 School building project.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Education of the Lexington Local School District resolves as follows:

1. The Program of Requirements and Schematic Design phase submission for the New 7-12 School project is approved by the Board.

2. The Superintendent and Treasurer are authorized to sign the phase submission and the LFI MOU documents.

3. The Architects and CMR are authorized to proceed with the subsequent Design Development (DD) phase documents for the new 7-12 school.


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

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

                  Motion adopted


23-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to accept the retirement of Superintendent Mike Ziegelhofer effective August 1, 2020. The Board noted that they are accepting Mr. Ziegelhofer's resignation with regret and thanked him for his many years of leadership at Lexington Schools for the past 32 years. 

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

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

                  Motion adopted.


24-20 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 ____________________________