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Regular Meeting, December 13, 2010
Secondary Campus Media Center
Open Forum 7:00pm
Regular Meeting 7:30pm


The Finneytown Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 13,
2010 in the Media Center of the Finneytown Secondary Campus, 8916 Fontainebleau
Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Mr. Wright, Mrs. Horn, Ms. Ruffin, Mr. Ahlrichs and Dr.
Brown were present. The president called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

96-10 Mrs. Horn moved, seconded by Ms. Ruffin, the Board approved the minutes from
      the Regular Meeting of November 15, 2010.


Finneytown Local School District Recognition:
    Superintendent, Dr. Alan Robertson, recognized the Finneytown Marching Band,
      Rick Canter (Band Director) and Michael Kennedy (Asst. Band Director) for an
      excellent season, its Superior Rating at the State Contest and its continuity of
      excellence.

Dr. Alan Robertson, Superintendent, discussed the following items:
    Rehearsals for the early March production of “Anything Goes” have begun.
    The 7th and 8th grade LEGO Robotics team finished 3rd in regional competition on
       December 4th and 5th.
    73 senior citizens attended the Finneytown Senior Citizen Brunch and Concert on
       December 10th.
    Congratulations to Tim Ovia, who has been selected to perform in the 2011
       Grammy Jazz Ensemble in February and, who will be honored by Springfield
       Township on December 14th with its Talented Artist award.
    Springfield Township Senior Inc., represented by Ms. Alston and Ms. Denoma, has
       donated a large amount of student supplies for needy students in the district.
    Congratulations to the 5 high school and 13 middle schools students selected to the
       OMEA Honor Bands.
    Calamity days – Ohio Schools are allowed up to 3 days for weather-related
       calamities in the 2010-11 school year. Student and staff safety is the major concern
       in making the decision to cancel or delay the start of a school day.
    Financial Forecast/Budget Reduction Plan – Finneytown is proactively preparing
       for an anticipated 15% - 20% state funding cut beginning in July 2011. Forecasts
       and plans to implement a one-half million dollar budget reduction in the
       Finneytown general fund operating budget are being studied now. All aspects of
       the district’s operation including facility maintenance, use and ownership are being
       scrutinized. Framework details of the plan will be discussed at a Special Board
       meeting in January and at a District in-service meeting on January 18th. The district
       is committed to its promise of making the levy last 3 years.
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       Long Range Facilities Committee – This repurposed committee is scheduled to
        meet on January 12th to address the maintenance, use and ownership of district
        facilities.

Public Address
   None

Amanda Kavanaugh, Student Representative, gave the following report:
   Student Council is planning an end of year picnic/concert.
   “Anything Goes” had its first rehearsal today.
   The Finneytown Chorale will appear on Star 64's Holiday Carols once again this
     year. The program was recorded on Fountain Square and will be broadcast in
     December.

Board Coordination Matters:

Dr. Brown, discussed the following items:
    Public Service Announcement – Requested we each do our part to look out for, and
      check on, senior citizens during periods of extreme cold and drastic weather
      change.

Mr. Ahlrichs, discussed the following items:
   No report.

Mrs. Horn, discussed the following items:
   Tonight’s board meeting artwork, self portraits, is provided by Julie Ficke’s
      Secondary Campus ART II students.
   Parent Communication Council –
         o The Secondary Campus recognized its “Students of the Month” for
             December.
         o It is exam week on the Secondary Campus.
         o Lynn Volz has been requested to speak about the Community Service
             Learning Program at an upcoming meeting.
         o Matt Moore, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Miami
             University, will speak at 7:00 p.m. on January 13th in the Media Center
         o Mr. Fisher has discussed plans to host a college fair during future schedule
             sign-ups.
         o Teachers are required to update Progress Book at least one time per week.
         o The Middle School Washington D.C. trip and High School Senior Retreat
             were both very successful events.
   Elementary PTA –
         o A Whitaker Elementary concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 16th
             in the Performing Arts Center.
   Hall of Fame –
         o Is sending out a fundraising letter to help underwrite the cost of the next
             banquet.
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Ms. Ruffin, discussed the following items:
    Whitaker Family Involvement –
          o Last met on November 22nd
          o Beech Acres is presenting a Parent Enrichment program on January 24th at
              7:00 p.m. in the Whitaker Library.
          o The 5th grade’s Camp Campbell Gard event was a big success.
    Secondary PTA –
          o Next meeting is January 25th @ 7:30 PM in the HS media Center.
    Finneytown Music Parents –
          o No meeting in December
          o December music programs
                    HS/MS choral - December 9th.
                    Whitaker Voices – December 16th.
          o Light Up Finneytown –
                    Is scheduled for December 19th
                    Luminary kits can be purchased from FMPA until December 16th.
    Capital Conference Sessions –
          o Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning by Dr. Alan November
              emphasized the power, importance and necessity of critical thinking, web
              literacy, immediate feedback and vertical and horizontal relationships to
              learning.
          o Nice Bike by Mike Schrarenbroich discussed the importance of being able
              to acknowledge, honor and connect with people and the four components of
              great schools.
          o Vince Lombardi, Jr. gave a presentation that discussed excellence, saying
              that while it may be hard to get to the top, it’s even harder to stay there.

Mr. Wright, discussed the following items:
   No report.

Board Policy Discussion
    Professional Development
          o Ms. Ruffin distributed a professional development policy amendment for
             consideration by the board, which included a “Matrix for Approval for
             Professional Development”.
          o Members discussed balancing the need versus the cost of board member
             professional development.
    Board Compensation
          o Ms. Ruffin distributed Finneytown Board Policy, Ohio Revised Code
             language, projected cost data and a survey of compensation from selected
             Cincinnati area school districts in support of increasing compensation for
             Finneytown Board of Education members. The proposal would compensate
             board members the $125 maximum allowed by law for all meetings
             attended rather than limiting compensation to one meeting per month.
          o Mrs. Horn distributed an additional survey of Cincinnati Hills League and
             Hamilton County district board compensation in support of maintaining
             compensation where it currently stands. The data showed a wide range in
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               board compensation levels with many district boards below the state
               maximum and some receiving no compensation.
             o Discussion included consideration of the time requirements, complexity of
               issues and responsibility, alignment with regional compensation norms,
               budget considerations and community service aspect of board service.
             o Generally, most members felt comfortable keeping board compensation at
               the current level.
             o State law requires that no board resolution to increase board compensation
               may take effect during a sitting board member’s term of office.


97-10     Mrs. Horn moved, seconded by Mr. Ahlrichs, that the Board adopt the “Consent
          Calendar” as follows:

           Action by the Board of Education in adoption of the “Consent Calendar” at
           this point of the agenda means that all items appearing with an asterisk (*) after
           the title which constitutes the “Consent Calendar” are adopted by one single
           motion, unless a member of the Board of Education or the Superintendent
           requests that any such item be removed from the “Consent Calendar” and voted
           upon separately.


     a) Monthly Financial Report*


     b) Depository and Investment Balances as of November 30, 2010*

          U.S. Bank                            0.13%        $ 2,420,710.13
          State Treasury Assets Reserve        0.13%        $ 1,257,263.34
          Key Bank CD                          3.15%        $    99,017.09
          Nationwide Bank CD                   1.83%        $ 200,000.00


     c)   Interest Earned on Depository and Investment Accounts as of
          November 30, 2010*.

                           General Fund        $510.50

     d) Approval of Payment*- FY11

          The Board approved payment of the following invoice representing purchases
          that were made prior to the issuance of a valid purchase order of the district:

          DATE             VENDOR                           AMOUNT INITIATOR
          11/8/10          YMCA Camp Kern                   $5,128.00 Barb Osborn
                           (Senior Retreat for 79 students)
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      e)   Adoption of Resolution* - Requesting the County Auditor to Make Advance
           Payments of Taxes

           The Board approved the following resolution:

           WHEREAS, the Ohio Revised Code allows a taxing authority to request
           payment from the County Auditor, funds derived from taxes or other sources to
           the County Treasurer, which may be held on account of a local subdivision;
           Therefore, be it resolved by the Finneytown Local School District, Ohio:
           Section 1. That the Auditor and the Treasurer of Hamilton County in
           accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 321.34, be requested to draw and
           pay to the Finneytown Local School District Board of Education upon the
           written request of David Oliverio, Treasurer, to the County Auditor, funds due
           in any settlement of 2011 derived from taxes or other sources, payable to the
           County Treasurer, to the account of the Finneytown Local School District, and
           lawfully applicable for purposes of the current fiscal year.
           The County Auditor is further requested to determine and separately identify
           that portion of the total amount requested which is payable to the general fund,
           bond retirement fund and permanent improvement fund on the payment advice.
           Section 2. That the Treasurer of the Finneytown Local School District shall
           forward to the County Auditor a certified copy of this Resolution.

RC:        Dr. Brown, yes; Mrs. Horn, yes; Ms. Ruffin, yes; Mr. Wright, yes; Mr. Ahlrichs,
           yes. The president declared the motion passed.


98-10      Mr. Ahlrichs moved, seconded by Mrs. Horn, that the Board adopt the “Consent
           Calendar” as follows:

           Action by the Board of Education in adoption of the “Consent Calendar” at this
           point of the agenda means that all items appearing with an asterisk (*) after the
           title which constitutes the “Consent Calendar” are adopted by one single motion,
           unless a member of the Board of Education or the Superintendent requests that
           any such item be removed from the “Consent Calendar” and voted upon
           separately.


           a) Approval of Membership – OSBA*

                The Board approved Membership in OSBA for 2011:

                Membership Dues                        $5,990.00
                OSBA Briefcase Electronic Subscription $     free

                Membership Total                            $5,990.00
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          b) Memorandum of Understanding – Incentive for Early Notification of
             Retirement*

                The Board approved the following Memorandum of Understanding:

                                 Incentive for Early Notification of Retirement
                WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Finneytown Local School District
                (Board) and the Finneytown Education Association (FEA), an affiliate of the
                Ohio Education Association, are parties to a Negotiated Master Contract, the
                effective dates of which are August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2011; and
                WHEREAS, both parties agree that, for planning purposes, it is beneficial for
                the Board to know the number of retiring teachers as soon as possible,
                particularly for the 2011-2012 school year, considering the current uncertainty
                surrounding future financial support from the State of Ohio and the effects of
                reduced state support on the District's Fiscal Responsibility Plan; and
                WHEREAS, both parties agree that it would be beneficial for retiring teachers
                to be able to resign effective May 31, 2011 without jeopardizing Severance Pay
                and/or Retirement Assistance Plan benefits under the Negotiated Master
                Contract; and
                WHEREAS, the parties desire to help the planning process for the 2011-2012
                school year by providing teachers with an incentive to provide the Board with
                early notification of retirement, while protecting the benefits of retiring teachers,
                by entering into this Memorandum of Understanding;
                NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED as follows:
                      1. Any certified staff member who submits their letter of resignation for the
                      purpose of retirement, effective May 31, 2011, to the Superintendent on or
                      before February 15, 2011 shall be deemed to have retired "after the end of
                      the school year" under Paragraph 5.0401(B) and "at the end of the school
                      year" under Paragraph 5.1103(E) of the Negotiated Master Contract.
                      2. Any certificated staff member who takes advantage of the terms and
                      conditions set forth herein shall not be paid for any work days scheduled
                      after May 31, 2011 and shall have their annual salary adjusted by a per diem
                      rate for those days.
                      3. All other terms and conditions of Paragraphs Nos. 5.04 and 5.11 of the
                      Negotiated Master Contract remain in full force and effect.
                      4. This Memorandum of Understanding applies to the 2010-2011 school
                      year only.
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          c)    Memorandum of Understanding – Bonus for Early Notification of
                Resignation*

                The Board approved the following Memorandum of Understanding:

                                     Bonus for Early Notification of Resignation
               WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Finneytown Local School District
               (Board) and the Finneytown Education Association (FEA), an affiliate of the
               Ohio Education Association, are parties to a Negotiated Master Contract, the
               effective dates of which are July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011; and
               WHEREAS, both parties agree that, for planning purposes, it is beneficial for the
               Board to know the number of returning teachers, as soon as possible, particularly
               for the 2011-2012 school year, considering the current uncertainty surrounding
               future financial support from the State of Ohio and the effects of reduced state
               support on the District's Fiscal Responsibility Plan; and
               WHEREAS, the parties desire to help the planning process for the 2011-2012
               school year by providing teachers with an incentive to provide the Board with
               early notification of their intent not to return by entering into this Memorandum
               of Understanding;
               NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED as follows:
                     1. Any certified staff member who submits their letter of resignation for any
                     purpose other than retirement, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school
                     year, to the Superintendent on or before February 15, 2011 shall be eligible
                     for a cash bonus of $1,000.00 if currently a full-time employee, and $500.00
                     if currently a part-time employee. The cash bonuses shall be paid upon the
                     acceptance of the resignation by the Board.
                     2. This Memorandum of Understanding applies to the 2010-2011 school
                     year only.


          d) Approval of Contracts – Supplemental 2010-2011*

                The Board approved the following supplemental contacts for the 2010-2011
                school year:

                Kellen Campbell            Head Coach, Varsity Wrestling           $3,867.00
                Donald Crawford            Head Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball    $2,656.00
                Phil Hesselbrock           Asst. Coach, Varsity Wrestling          $2,021.00
                Eric Muchmore              Head Coach, Freshman Boys Basketball $2,197.00
                Sean Whelan                Head Coach, Middle School Wrestling     $1,494.00
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          e)    Approval of Contract – Home Instruction Tutor*

                The Board approved the following Home Instruction Tutor contract:

                Jeremy Pflug, effective December 13, 2010, at the rate of $20.00 per
                hour for one student, $30.00 per hour for two students and $40.00 per hour
                for three students


          f)    Approval of Substitutes - Classified *

                The Board approved the following as classified substitutes for the 2010-
                2011 school year:

                Tonya Byrd            educational assistant, secretary, library aide,
                                      extended care attendant
                Tammy Eads            educational assistant
                Hadrian Johnson       educational assistant, custodian


          g) Approval of Substitutes - Certified *

                The Board approved the following as certified substitutes for the 2010-2011
                school year:

                Diane Frick
                Dale Miller
                Deborah Connelly
                Rachal Nye


          h) Acceptance of Donation*

                The Board accepted the following donation:

                $6,000.00 to be used toward the purchase of Promethean Interactive
                Whiteboards, received on November 29, 2010 from the Weist Foundation;
                1548 Selby Rd.; Naperville, Illinois 60563


RC:       Mrs. Horn, yes; Ms. Ruffin, yes; Mr. Wright, yes; Mr. Ahlrichs, yes; Dr. Brown,
          yes. The president declared the motion passed.
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The Finneytown Board of Education will hold its annual Organizational Meeting and
Budget Hearing on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 5:00pm in the Administrative Office
Conference Room, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

The next regular meeting of the Finneytown Board of Education will be held on Tuesday,
January 18, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Media Center of the Finneytown Secondary Campus,
8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Open Forum will begin at 7:00pm.


99-10     There being no further business, Mrs. Horn moved, seconded by Mr. Ahlrichs,
          that the meeting be adjourned. The president declared the meeting adjourned at
          8:55pm.




                                             _____________________________________
                                                    James Wright, President



                           ATTEST:           _____________________________________
                                                    David Oliverio, Treasurer

				
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