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Monroe Local Schools Board Meeting Minutes for Feb 28, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011 5:40:54 PM - Monroe Ohio

 

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
MONROE LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
Minutes of February 28, 2011 Regular Meeting
 
The Board of Education of the Monroe Local School District in the County of Butler, State of Ohio, held its regular meeting on the 28th day of February 2011 in the Monroe Elementary Cafeteria, located in Monroe, Ohio.
Mr. Mike Lane, President, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
The Treasurer, Mrs. Kelley Thorpe, recorded the minutes.
 
Roll Call — showed the following members present: Mr. Mike Lane, Mr. Brett Guido, Mr. Chris Snyder, Mr. John MacDonald, and Mrs. Leslie Stone. Also present were Superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Lolli, Treasurer, Mrs. Kelley Thorpe, and guests as listed in Appendix ―A‖, which is attached and becomes an official part of these minutes.
A recording of this meeting on Compact Disk is available in the Treasurer’s Office for review, reference tape #022811.
All presentations/documents presented to the Board are available in the Treasurer’s Office, as referenced in the body of these minutes.
 
Resolution No. 11-035 Approval of Consent Agenda
Mrs. Stone moved and Mr. Guido seconded the motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Presentations
Bob Leahy, High School Principal, introduced Ellen Short, Student Council President. Ms. Short explained Homecoming Week to the board and shared how the Student Council generates interest among the students. Diana Mueller, High School Art Teacher, and student yearbook photographers Doug Flick and Courtney Forkner shared a video created using photographs of the Homecoming Week activities.
 
John Wilhelm, High School English Teacher, gave a presentation on blogging. The Sports Literature course, taught by Mr. Wilhelm, uses blogging as an additional educational tool that encourages student collaboration and incorporates 21st Century skills into the classroom environment. Mr. Wilhelm demonstrated the blog by posting a topic to the blog. Students at home replied to the blog and addressed the topic in a real-time demonstration for the board.
 
Broc Bidlack, Director of Personnel and Business, gave a PowerPoint presentation outlining the work of the joint MEA/Administration Step Research Committee. The committee was formed as part of the most recent negotiated agreement to research, review, and analyze financial issues impacting the Monroe Local School District. The committee meets weekly and is comprised of administration, board members, union members from each school building, and OEA representative Marla Bell. The committee has been comparing Monroe data to the 20 similar districts identified by the ODE as comparable and to districts local to Monroe geographically. A final report will be presented to the board later this spring and will be used in the next MEA negotiations. A copy of this presentation is available in the treasurer’s office as an attachment to these minutes.
 
The next presentation for the evening was made by Debbie Sander, Director of Curriculum. Mrs. Sander proposed a Title I Kindergarten program to be established in the Monroe Primary School next fall if the district continues to receive the same amount of Title I funds. The program would pull out 24 of the most academically-challenged students for inclusion. These students would attend the normal Kindergarten classroom for the half-day program then would receive intensive intervention for the remainder of the day. If funds are available, the program will be offered for board approval prior to the start of school in fall 2011. A copy of this presentation is available in the treasurer’s office as an attachment to these minutes.
 
Kelley Thorpe, Treasurer, completed the evening’s presentations with a summary of the January Financial Report. A copy of this presentation is here: February 2011 School Financial Report
 
Discuss on the Voice: February School Financial Report
 
Resolution No. 11-036 Treasurer’s Business
Mrs. Stone moved and Mr. MacDonald seconded the motion to approve the Treasurer’s Business as follows:
 Minutes of the Work Session / Regular Meeting February 14, 2011.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Resolution No. 11-037 Superintendent’s Business
Mr. Snyder moved and Mr. Guido seconded the motion to approve the Superintendent’s Business as follows:
Approve certificated supplemental contracts as listed:
John Wilhelm Head Boys JH Track V 5 $ 3,058.06
Sam Soete Asst. Boys JH Track VI 2 $ 1,698.92
Krista Doan Asst. Varsity Softball Coach III 0 $ 2,378.49
Emily Hendrickson Jr. High Girls Track Coach V 3 $ 2,378.49
Kelly Kaiser Asst. Girls JH Track VI 2 $ 1,698.92
 
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Resolution No. 11-038 Superintendent’s Other Business
Mr. Snyder moved and Mr. MacDonald seconded the motion to approve the Superintendent’s Other Business as follows:
 Approve the Open Enrollment Policy for the school year 2011-2012.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Resolution No. 11-038 Superintendent’s Other Business
Mr. Guido moved and Mrs. Stone seconded the motion to approve the Superintendent’s Other Business as follows:
 Approve the Resolution to seek a waiver to delay the implementation of all day kindergarten for FY 2012 and 2013 due to financial and facility constraints.
WHEREAS, the Monroe Local Schools Board of Education hereby declares that providing all-day, every-day kindergarten during state fiscal years 2012 and 2013 in accordance with the requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 3321.05 will present a hardship (financial and facilities) to the school district; and
WHEREAS the Monroe Local Schools Board of Education understands that the waiver is only for the delay of all-day, every-day kindergarten for state fiscal years 2012 and 2013: Therefore, Be it
RESOLVED, that the Monroe Local Schools Board of Education hereby authorizes the district Superintendent to submit to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction this resolution and justification for requesting a delay of the implementation of all-day, every-day kindergarten for state fiscal years 2012 and 2013, and to submit a phase-in implementation plan of all-day, every-day kindergarten.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Informational
 Dr. Lolli shared the following upcoming dates:
o Jr. High Winter Sports awards, March 1, 6:00 p.m.;
o Band Spaghetti Dinner/Concert, March 3, 4:30 dinner, 6:00 concert;
o Baseball Mattress Sale, March 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
o High School Concert Band competition, March 11
o High School A Cappella Choir competition, March 12
o High School Winter Sports awards, March 15, 6:00 p.m.
 
Discussion Items
Legislative – Mr. MacDonald stated the Senate Bill 18, which would permit schools to have up to five calamity days per year, has been approved by the senate and will be heading to the house for approval.
 
Student Achievement – Mrs. Stone shared that Monroe’s Men’s Honor Chorus performed over the weekend.
 
Butler Tech – Mr. Guido stated that Butler Tech held a 5.5 hour board retreat last weekend. Discussion items included their strategic plan, communications, and staffing needs. Butler Tech is ready to move forward with construction of a new building for their biomedical school near I-75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Butler Tech anticipates moving into the new facility in fall of 2013.
Finance – None
 
Facilities – Mr. Bidlack distributed copies of a spreadsheet to the board outlining expenses over the recent years that would have been eligible for payment from a permanent improvement fund had such fund existed. The included expenses were paid from the general fund.
 
MEA – Mike Stanger, MEA President, shared the MEA’s concerns over Senate Bill 5. SB5 would affect everyone involved in education by changing salaries and benefits, such as sick days allowed. Mr. Stanger shared that passage of this bill could prevent good students from pursuing a career in education. He stated that the union would like to know the board members’ views on the proposed bill. Dr. Lolli expressed concern that the bill is an education issue that affects everyone and that it is an unsettling time to be waiting for a budget bill to be released.
 
Resolution No. 11-040 Executive Session O.R.C. 121.22
Mr. MacDonald moved and Mrs. Stone seconded the motion to adjourn to executive session at 8:26 p.m. for the purpose of considering the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, demotion, compensation of an employee or official of the school district.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
 
Resolution No. 111-041 Adjournment
Mr. MacDonald moved and Mr. Snyder seconded the motion to adjourn at 9:56 p.m.
ROLL CALL: AYES: (5) Mr. Guido, Mr. Lane, Mr. Snyder, Mrs. Stone, Mr. MacDonald
NOES: (0)
The president declared the motion carried.
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President Treasurer
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