Regular Meeting

Wednesday, June 24, 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, June 24, 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.

Curriculum Coordinator, Tucker Bacquet, provided the Board with an update on survery results from parents, students, and staff regarding the start of new school year. The Board had a lengthy discussion regarding the various options for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The options discussed included full-day instruction at school, alternating days instruction at school, half-day instruction at school.  Mr. Ziegelhofer also share with the Board the idea of delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year until after Labor DAy as this will provide two week of training for staff prior to the start of school and still meet ODE requirements for numbers of hours of instruction. 

Financial Items:

   34-20 Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling to approve the following finanacial items:

1.  The minutes from the May regular and May special meetings were approved.

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

3.  Approved temporary appropriations for Fiscal Year 2021 at the fund level set at 50% of Fiscal Year 2020 final appropriations.

4.  Approved the renewal of property, fleet and liability insurance with Ohio School Plan for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, cost $75,641.

        5. Approved a transfer from General Fund 001 to Food Service 006 in the amount of $180,000.

6.  Approved the following appropriation modifications for FY20:

002 Bond Retirement Fund $30,246.42

034 OFCC Project Maintenance $1,758.47

507 ESSER Fund $221,917.59

7.  Approved the donation of $2,627.94 as the final distribution from the Janet R. Kilgore Trust to be used for future student scholarships.

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

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


   35-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to approve the following personnel items:


Resignation: Accepted the resignation of Peter Henkels, 7-12 Vocal Music Director, High School Choir Director, Spring Musical and Auditorium Stage Manager effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Employment: Approved the employment of :

Heiden Eichorn - Summer academic mentor

2020 ESY/Wilson mentors at $20.00 per hour:

Tina Parr - Stephanie Blackstone

Jen Morris -  Amy Gerhardt

Shelly Sturts - Amy Cleland

Marsha Haas -  Heather Noland

Constance Jamieson - Chris Kmetz

Becky Sarbach -  Lindsay Them

Brittany Siringer - Suzy McBride

Beth Riegel -  Debbie Boggs


Resignations: Accepted the following resignations from the Transportation Department effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year:

Cheryl Wilson - Bus driver

Steve Boggs - Bus aide

Employment: Approved the employment of Herb Harkness as a 4-hour multi-handicapped Bus aide and a 2-hour pre-school aide, effective August 24, 2020, one-year contract.

Non-Certified Contracts: Approved teh 2020-2021 contracts for classified employees as listed:


Tuition Students: Approved the following tuition students for the 2020-2021 school year:

Lincoln Rice - New, grade 7, tuition waived per Board policy following a teaching parent

Harrison Rice - New, Central, grade 4, tuition waived per Board policy following a teaching parent

Training Pay: - Approved Brenda Welsh to be paid at her hourly reate, for up to 4 hours per day this summer for the purpose of training with Robin Boggs to be our new Transportation Director. Brenda's new contract begins August 1st.

Technology Summer Help: Approved Kayla Lynsky and Anna Pham as summer help for the Technology Department, effective June 4 - August 20, 2020.

Approved the FY '21 contract with NCOCC for the same technology services as previous years.

Approved the contract with Allerton Hill Consulting Services, effective July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

       Approved the FY '21 845 contract with MOESC.

Approved the continued membership in the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce for the period of May 2020 through April 2021 at a cost of $225.00

Blended Learning Declaration: Approved the Blended Learning Declaration.

District Charge Policy: Approved to adopt an updated district Charge Policy.

Neola Policy Updates: Approved twelve Board policy updates from NEOLA

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

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

                  Motion adopted


   36-20 Motion by Mr. Schuster, seconded by Mr. Stoner to change the start of the 2020-2021 school year to September 8, 2020.

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

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

                  Motion adopted


1. Facilities Project - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that the bidding process for the early site package of the project will be completed in the coming weeks. At the end of July, there will be a need for certain Board approvals of necessary project related resolutions and agreements. This timeframe also provides a good oppportunity for the Board to receive updates from TDA and Shook. The Board will attempt to have a special meeting on July 28th, subject to schedules of all involved.


37-20 Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Dr. Gottschling, 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: 8:50 p.m.

Returned to regular sesson: 9:10 p.m.


38-20 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Dr. Gottschling, to adjourn.            9:21 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 ____________________________