By Evelyn Long
November 25, 2013
There was a sense of euphoria in the room when the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met in regular session on November 11, just six days after the voters approved the .75% earned income tax levy.
Supt Brian Petrie thanked all who worked on the levy committee and those who voted for it and extended special appreciation to Troy Ruehrmund, who headed up the Cardington Clear Choice committee. Petrie said he was encouraged by what he saw on election day. Ruehrmund also thanked voters and expressed a hope that there can be found a better way to communicate with voters in the future.
Board member Chuck Jones thanked all who attended this board meeting.
“It’s encouraging to see the seats filled.”
He thanked all who supported the levy.
“While the margin wasn’t a huge margin, it only takes one vote to win or lose,” he said. “I appreciate the folks in the community and district stepping up. We wouldn’t have asked for it if we hadn’t needed it. It would have been very difficult if we didn’t get the support. Now we’re in a position where we can maintain what we have and continue to do what we need to do to educate our children. My hat’s off to the community.”
Tim Brake, board member, thanked the Clear Choice Committee for “getting the word out to the district so we can educate our kids.”
Board member Marilyn Davis said “Pirate Pride has been generated again.”
During the board’s meeting, the board treasurer, Scott Osborne, giving the October, 2013 financial report, said “We’re on target with everything. We will probably bring an update of the five year forecast to the next meeting since the passing of the levy.”
He also noted the food service is still doing better with revenues up $11,000 - more than at this same point last year.
The board approved payment of October bills totaling $1,089,827.23 written on Warrant checks 83496 - 83623.
Giving their reports were Scott Hardwick elementary and intermediate principal.
He reviewed activities in the schools since the last meeting, one of which was Harvest Day on October 26 when the Columbus Zoo brought animals to the school.
The FFA also conducted apple cider making and the hay ride. Among the Agility dogs, he said, was one owned by aide Jan Branham. He also said parent conferences were scheduled for November 12 and 19th. The Cardington-Lincoln Elementary School was designated for the second consecutive year as a School of Honor as reported by State Supt of Schools, Dick Ross.
Joe Mills, high school principal, also gave a review of activity. He said the “In the Know” team had competed with Watkins-Memorial High School in a taped program that was to be aired the day after this meeting on November 12. The CHS team was defeated by 10 points.
Cardington-Lincoln High School has been designated as a School of Promise by the state superintendent, in noting it is closing the performance gap between students.
John Brehm reported on the athletic department’s activities and said total gate receipts for all fall events totaled $25,770.50. Last year, 2012, the gates totaled $23,038.
In other matters the board approved a contract with Century Mechanical Systems for boiler installation in an amount not to exceed $150,000. This purchase is classified as emergency facility maintenance and is thus exempt from contract bidding per ORC 3313.
Also approved was the reimbursement rate for athletic mileage at the current IRS rate of $9.565 per mile effective October 18, 2013.
Supt Petrie reviewed a legislative update, giving special attention to House Bills 178, 198, 216, 237 and 59, the latter related to pre-school funding.
Under Personnel, board members approved the employment of exempt classified employee John Nippert as custodial supervisor effective December 1, 201.
Severance pay in the amount of $4,052.61 was approved for classified employee Mark Lemmon and severance pay in the amount of $8,393.88 was approved for retired certified employee Shelley Metze.
Medical leave of absence was approved for Rita Squires from November 5, 2013 to December 4, 2013.
Chelsea Brake was employed as seventh grade girls basketball coach at $1,932.00.
Board member Tim Brake abstained from this vote.
The board approved the Cardington Preschool handbooks and also approved a list of ‘in lieu’ payments for transportation.
Under the consent agenda, the board approved the following supplemental contracts: Ginger Holloway, junior high Spirit Club ($644); Tim Maceyko, varsity baseball ($3,219.00); J. P. Linkous, freshman boys basketball,( $2,146.00) Jay Hess, seventh grade boys basketball,( $1,932.00); Colin Hanson, eighth grade boys basketball, ($1,932.00); Tim Macyeko, eighth grade girls basketball, ($1,932.00); Jeremiah Wagner, J V wrestling, ($1,380.00); Kirsten Ebert, JV girls basketball, ($2,790.00); Shane Chapman, JV boys basketball, ($2,790.00); Bill Long, bowling (.5TE), ($812.50); and Tim Edgell, Bowling .5FTE) ($812.50).
Theresa Pickett was employed as an inventory clerk K-4 retroactive to October 25, 2013 and Michelle Thiervet was employed as a sub aide effective November 11, 2013.
The board held two executive sessions during this meeting. The first was at 7:10 pm and ended at 7:36 pm. The board resumed its regular meeting at that time and at the conclusion entered executive session at 8:14 pm. That session ended at 9 pm and the board adjourned at 9:01 pm. The executive sessions were based on ORC 121.22 (G ) 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.
The next board meeting will be held December 9, 2013.