Board of Education Meeting Notes
Monday, May 6, 2013 6:00 P.M.
I. Call to Order, Roll Call, Pledge of Allegiance, Greetings to Visitors
II. Public Participation
III. Additions/Deletions/Changes to Agenda
IV. Reports/Presentations/Discussion Items
A. Teacher Appreciation Week (Ref. Item) – John Scheu, Superintendent
John Scheu read a statement for Teacher Appreciation Week
B. What’s Happening at Longfellow? – Pet Therapy, Tonya Slonaker and Gunner
Principal Fran Dembski introduced a special part of the Longfellow environment – their pet therapy dog, Gunner, as well as Gunner’s owner, Tonya Slonaker. Tonya talked about Gunner’s role at school, serving as a good listener while students practice their reading-aloud skills, being there to comfort students during troubled times, setting a good example for the students, and allowing the students the opportunity to learn to care for and interact with a pet.
C. New Plato Contract – Tom Clark, SVLA CoordinatorTom Clark gave a review of the new Plato contract, highlighting many of the benefits.
D. Levy Update/PowerPoint Presentation – John Scheu, SuperintendentJohn Scheu presented the informational powerpoint presentation to the board and visitors. He also introduced Renee Davis, Dave Rose, and Bill Warner, the levy committee co-chairpersons. After the presentation, he entertained questions. Visitor Tim Gleason asked why the district was only asking for a 1% income tax over a 5 year period and not for a continuous tax. John explained that the district still has some making up to do with the public and we need a chance to prove ourselves. Also, this is a new taxing method for Sidney and so we want to give residents the chance to see how it works for them. If it is well received, maybe we’ll try for a continuous at some point in the future.
E. First Reading New/Revised/Replacement Policies (Ref. Item)
Policy 1520 Employment of Administrators (revised)
Policy 1530 Evaluation of Principals and Other Administrators (revised)
Policy 2270 Religion in the Curriculum (revised)
Policy 2431 Interscholastic Athletics (revised)
Policy 2623.02 Third Grade Reading Guarantee (revised)
Policy 3120.08 Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities (technical correction)
Policy 3131 Reduction in Staff (revised)
Policy 3220.03 Evaluation of Teachers on Limited Contract (delete)
Policy 5630.01 Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited Use of Restraint and Seclusion (new)
Policy 6110 Grant Funds (revised)
Melanie Cook noted that these revisions and replacement policies come from the state and the board has to approve them; this will be done at the next board meeting.
V. Treasurer’s Report
A. Acceptance of Donations
Motion to gratefully accept the following donations to the Board/Administration Scholarship Fund:
Kevin Boerger - $100.00 Dave Fogle - $100.00
Michael Epperly - $100.00 Jon Geuy - $100.00
Melanie Cook thanked them for their generosity.
B. Assistive Technology Agreement (Ref. Item)
Motion to enter into an agreement with the Auglaize County Educational Service Center for participation in the West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center Consortium to provide equipment for hearing impaired students during the 2013-2014 school year at a cost of $900.00.
Mike Watkins noted that this is something we do each year.
VI. Superintendent’s Report
A. Retirement (Ref. Item)
Motion to accept the following resignations due to retirement:
Charles Hoying, auxiliary services guidance counselor, with last day of employment being May 31, 2013
Cyndie Johnson, kindergarten teacher, with last day of employment being May 31,2013
Barbara Kinninger, speech & language pathologist, with last day of employment being May 31, 2013
Margaret Williams, physical education teacher, with last day of employment beingOctober 31, 2013
Conelia Dixon, effective June 1, 2013
Donna Witt, effective June 1, 2013
B. Resignation (Ref. Item)
Motion to accept the resignation of Melissa McDougle, assistant cook, effective April 29, 2013.
C. Leave of Absence (Ref. Item)
Motion to approve an unpaid leave of absence for Michelle Schneider, cook, for the period May 1, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
D. Employment – 2012-2013 School Year
Motion to employ the following on one-year limited, as-needed contracts:
Lisa Meiners, home instruction tutor, effective 4/29/13 @ $23.55/hr.
Linda Kerns, substitute cook, effective 4/23/13 @ $8.81/hr.
Motion to approve the following personnel actions for the 2013-2014 school year as recommended by the superintendent, per the adopted salary schedule, proper certification, previous employment verification, and successful BCI/FBI report, where applicable:
1. Certified - Employ the following on one-year limited contracts effective 8/16/13:
Molly Cline, orchestra director @ Bachelors, Step 0, $33,884 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $33,518)
Alysha Hasken, MD teacher @ Bachelors, Step 0, $33,884 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $33,518)
Laurie Jordan, middle school ELA teacher, @ Masters, Step 7, $50,487 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $49,941)
Jennifer Lichty, high school math teacher, @ Masters, Step 7, $50,487 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $49,941)
Megan Moore, middle school ELA teacher @ Masters, Step 0, $36,934 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $36,535)
Nathan Short, high school math teacher @ Bachelors+, Step 1, $36,595 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $36,199)
Aaron Wright, physical education teacher @ Bachelors, Step 0, $33,884 (less 2 unpaid days per SEA agreement $33,518)
2. Classified – Employ the following on one-year limited contracts effective 8/21/13:
Madge Connelley, alternative school aide @ Step 6, $13.76/hr.
Kevin Stapleton, alternative school aide @ Step 15, $14.55/hr.
3. Change of Assignment – Approve a change of assignment for Rich Engelken from alternative school aide to SMS Alternative School Transition Coordinator, on a one-year limited, 184-day, 7.5 hrs. per day contract @ $17.64/hr.
F. Appoint Public Records Training Designee
Motion to appoint Michael Watkins as the Board of Education’s designee for Public Records Training retroactive to January 1, 2013.
G. OHSAA Membership
Motion to continue membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Sidney Middle School and Sidney High School. These schools agree to conduct their athletic programs in accordance with the Constitution, Bylaws, Regulations, Interpretations and Decisions of the OHSAA for the 2013-2014 school year.
VII. U.V.C.C. Report – Steve Smith and Darrell Spangler
VIII. Motion to Adjourn to Executive Session - NO EXECUTIVE SESSION
IX. Motion to Adjourn – Meeting was adjourned
Monday, May 20, 2013
Board of Education Building