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The district’s finances were discussed when the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education met in regular session on April 14, 2014

District Treasurer Scott Osborne presented a detailed account of the current status of the district finances and the report was positive. Osborne said that expenditures are less than they were two years ago and cited the personal salaries as an example through March 31, 2014.

“We’ve spent $3.8 million in salariess: last year at this time we were at $4.4 million and earlier $4.2 million - the reduction in force has had an effect on our general fund,”Oscorne stated. “We were expecting to end the year at $137,000 - we are at a negative balance now and although there are still some big payments coming at the end of the year - we have the second half homestead roll back payment yet to come in at $170,000 and the TIF agreement- income tax — expenses look a little high but the biggest variance are the spec ed costs are up a little bit this year - we have a big reimbursement coming back about $51,000) and should hit our books sometime before June.”

He noted the harsh winter resulted in high gas bills and last October. “We didn’t know what the pre school funding would be. It needs to be plugged into our forecast next month.”

Osborne estimates that 65- 66% of the district’s revenue comes from state foundation - part of which is tax reimbursement which is part of state funding base; income tax, etc. He broke down the GF expenditures by percentage noting that 85% of general fund are wages and benefits and supplies - and purchase services make up about 22%. He also reviewed the detailed revenue summary for the board.

The board approved this report.

Board members approved the payment of bills for March totaling $856,318.24 written on warrant checks 84143- 84316.

Also approved by board members was: the first reading of Cash Reserve Balance policy; a written post issuance compliance policy in connection with the issuance of tax exempt and tax- preferred obligations by the school district; the issuance of bonds in the amount not to exceed $3,080,000 for the purpose of currently refunding; and review of annual school district financial audit by the auditor of state.

Giving their reports were Scott Hardwick, elementary and intermediate principal; Joe Mills, junior high and high school principal and John Brehm, athletic director.

Hardwick, calling it the season for rejuvenation, said the Ohio Achievement testing will be done the last week of April and first week of May. He noted staff members had attended an educational symposium in Columbus.

Mills reported on the online assessment testings being taken by students and reviewed the events in which students will be involved beginning with the prom on April 25.

Brehm said the unencumbered balance in the athletic account is $14,988.60. He noted that new helmets are being purchased for the football squad, replacing very worn helmets.

Gates for all winter sports totaled $24,195 with boys basketball gates totaling $11,644 and girls’ basketball, $5,401.

Supt Brian Petrie gave a legislative report with reference to the OGT assessment testing. He also briefly discussed the House Bill 264 Energy Conservation Project report and reviewed the steps the district is taking to conserve energy including the heating and water systems.

Acting upon the recommendation of Joe Mills, Grades 7-12 principal, the board employed Jerry Williams, as dean of students for grades 7-12.

Also approved by board members was: the appointment of Scott Hardwick as Pupil Services Director/assistant principal for grades K-6 for FY 15; the administrative contract of Jennifer Zierden, director of digital learning for two years; the resignation of Evan Lopez-Stickney, Industrial Technology effective at the end of the current school year; and an amendment of a supplemental position title from Facility Manager to Assistant Athletic Director was approved.

The board agreed to cease sponsorship of operations of the Cardington-Lincoln Digital Academy effective June 30, 2014.

The appointment of Katie Porteus to the Cardington-Lincoln Library Board as a trustee for five years was approved. Her term will expire December 31, 2018. Also approved was the purchase service contract for consultation of special ed services by Jeannine Tupps at $300 a day - not to exceed 20 days.

A calendar change for the 2013-2014 school year, in accordance with amended house bill 416 the Calamity Day bill, was approved and amended the contingency day from June 3, 2014 to April 18, 2014.

A Grant Writing contract with McGuire and Associates was approved with payment contingent on the grant award.

Board members approved the following consent agenda:

Cindy Jordan, assistant cook, effective March 25, 3014; Norah Bowers, aide, effective August 12, 2014; and John Nippert, facilities and operations manager, effective July 1, 2014.

Supplemental contracts were approved for FY 14 ( effective through June 30, 2014 for the following: Tod Brininger, Head varsity softball (.52 FTE); Alan Adams, head varsity softball (.48 FTE); Levi Messmer, JV baseball, .25 FTE; Chris Pearl, varsity assistant baseball; Tim Edgell, JV baseball; Tammy Francis, junior high track, girls, Kirby Francis, junior high track, boys; Dalicia Minturn, varsity assistant softball; Lindsay Hamilton, JV softball, .50 FTE; Leah Doubikin, JV softball, 50 FTE; Bill Clauss, Athletic director, .70 FTE; Marty Barnett, Athletic director, .30 FTE and Barnett, assistant athletic director.

To be discussed on future agendas will be the required increase of school lunch and breakfast prices; approval of benefits consultation contract for medical, dental, vision and life insurance; and a K-6 principal/preschool director.

Supt Petrie noted that the last day of school will be May 29; senior night is May 31; and graduation is June 1. The annual alumni party will be held May 24.

The board entered into two executive sessions during this meeting, the first occurred within five minutes of the opening of the meeting and was based on ORC

Revised Code 121.22 (G) 1.2,3, 4, 5, and 6. The ten minute session concluded at 7:15

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the board again entered into executive session at 8:46 pm and concluded the session at 9:55 pm with no further action. This session was based on the same ORC.

The board will meet next on May 12, 2014.

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