Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 21, 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, July 17, 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.

David Conley, President of Rockmill Financial, provided the Board with an update on the final fnancing results for the District's recent bond issue for new facilities. The bond issue closed on July 17th and Mr. Conley shared that the outcome was exceptional. Mr. Conley provided the Board with a handout with details of the bond issue and shared that the interest rate at the time of the bond sale allowed the District to save the community $28 million over the life of the bonds. Mr. Conley made special note of the incredible community effot to approve the bonds, the strong committment by District administrators and staff as well as community members, and the effort and support from the Board as key factors that all contributed to such a successful outcome. Emily Canon, Bond Underwriter from PNC accompanied Mr. Conley and provided the Board with framed covers of the Official Statement to commemorate the successful bond sale. The Board thanked Mr. Conley and Ms. Cannon for their expertise and assistance throughout the process.

 Student Representative Ben Hoffman provided an update regarding various activities throughout the District, including the following:

 Student Life and Academics

a. First day of school was today, August 21st, and many students are readingto continue Lexinton's pride, spirit, and lexcellence!

b. CCP - Additional classes offered for CCP through BGSU, including BG speech, BG English 11 + 12 and BG Stats;

c. Student Encouragement - Encouraging posters and signs have been added along the halls of the high school to encourage students as the 2019-2020 school year begins;

d. Track and Field is off and running hoping to maintain the pace with the Division I schools. We recently hosted 19 schools on April 3rd for the 46th Annual Lexington Track and Field Invitational. ON May 10th, the team will travel to Ashland University for the OCC Championship;

 Athletics and Student Activities

a. Football - First game is August 30th vs Ontario at home, where they will introduce new head coach, Tim Scheid;

b. Cross Country - Both varsity boys and girls competed in their first meet on Saturday, August 17th, where the girls finished 2nd and the boys finished 5th.  On the girls' side, Joanna H., Halle H., and Lily W. each finished in the top 5 individually;

c. Soccer - The boys' and girls' soccer teams won their first games of the season against Ontario, with the boys currently standing at 1-1 while the girls are 1-0.

d. Golf - The boys' and girls' golf teams are well into their respective season and finishing well in the matched they have played to date. A big congratulations to Alyssa T. who hit a hole-in-one during a match;

e. Clubs - Clubs are starting up for the new school year and looking to recruit new members. The club fair will take place very soon.

f. NHS and Student Council - Both were able to help with Freshman orientation;

g. Homecoming - The Homecoming Court vote will be taking place the first week of September.



36-19  Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to approve the following financial items:

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

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

3. Approved a transfer from the LFI Building Fund 004 to Classroom Facilities Construction Fund 010 in the amount of $45 million.

4. Approved the resolution authorizing the extension of the Ohio School Consortium as electricity provider effective May 2020 through June 2022

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

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

               Motion adopted.  


37-19  Motion by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Mr. Stoner to approve the following personnel items:


Employment: Approved the employment of the following:

Stephen James - High School English, one year contract, effective August 19, 2019

Kay Heweston - Assistant Marching Band Director for the 2019-2020 school year

Assessment Team:  to assist with Development Reading Assessment (DRA2) and the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP) and/or iReady Reading Assessment:

Barb Durchik - Christina Rose

Michelle Lillo - Margaret Martin

Heiden Eichorn - Olivia Smith

Jody Rutschilling - Diane Arnold

ESL Tutoring:

Oliva Smith - Heiden Eichorn

Salary Adjustments: Approved the salary adjustment for the following:

Jeffery Meyer - BS + 20 to ME

Becky Sarbach- ME + 10 to ME + 20

Summer Lamp - BS + 10 to BS + 20

Linda Collins - ME + 30 to ME + 40

Lindsay Them - MA to MA + 10

Jaime Chambers - ME + 10 to ME + 20

Mike Hamman - BS + 10 to BS + 20

Heidi Roush - ME + 20 to ME +30

Janelle Wyant - ME + 20 to ME +30


Resignation: Accepted Courtney Smith's resignation from the Food Service Department, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Employment: Approved the employment of the following for the 2019-2020 school year pending successful completion of per-employment requirements:

Cheryl Young - Substitute educational aide

Theresa Clingan - Substitute educational aide

Jaclyn Dodson - Food Service, 2 hour general help, one year contract, effective August 20, 2019

Diane Arnold - Substitute educational aide

Laura Boehm - Substitute teacher for the 2019-2020 school year

Other Business:  

Career Coach: Approved a contractural agreement regarding career coach services for the 2019-2020 school year.

Spring Musical Stipend: Approved the stipend of $750.00f or Sheila Holloway and $500 for Kayla Duryea for the spring musical.

Athletic Handbook: Approved the adoption of the 2019-2020 Athletic Handbook

Tuition Students: Accepted the following as tuition student for the 2019-2020 school year:

Natalie Tanchevski - New, Grade 10

Ohio Heartland CAC Head Start: Approved the agreement and Memorandum of Understanding with Ohio Heartland Head Start for the 2019-2020 program year.

Mid-Ohio ESC SPARC:  Approved a contract with Mid-Ohio ESC for the District to utilize Mid-Ohio ESC's SPARC funds of $2,186.19 for career coach costs.

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

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

                   Motion adopted.     


1. Facility Visioning Session - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that a Visioning Session will be held with TDA Architects as part of the facility planning and design process on September 17th.    

2. Core Team and Design Meetings - Mr. Ziegelhofer shared that members of the administration and Board have been meeting and will continue to meet with TDA architects each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. as we proceed with planning of the new 7-12 building.  Mr. Ziegelhofer also shared that TDA attended the District all staff day and provided a presentation to staff on the planning and design process, timeline, and other details to expect through the process. TDA will also be visiting District buildings during session and meeting with each department in the coming weeks. Mr. Ziegelhofer also provided the Board with a document showing a preliminary footprint of the new athletic fields for soccer, baseball and softball, noting that a number of changes would most likely occur during the planning and design process.

3. First Day of School - Mr. Ziegelhofer noted that today was the first day of school and overall everything went smoothly for the first day.


38-19 Motion by Mr. Stoner, seconded by Mr. Schuster to adjourn.                                               8:18 p.m.       

Roll Call – Yea: Mr. Roberts, Mr. Stoner, Mr. Schuster, Dr. Gottschling, 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 ____________________________