VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

M I N U T E S

 

 

A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation was held at the Vigo County School Corporation Administration Building, 686 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.

 

The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Paul Lockhart, Ms. Alpa Patel, Mr. Mel Burks,

Mrs. Jackie Lower, Mr. Guille Cox, and Dr. Joseph Minnis.  Mr. Shike was unable to attend.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Mel Burks.

 

First Call for Citizens Comments

 

Comments were received from the following citizens:

 

            1.         Ms. Jami Griffin – In favor of the Facilities Report regarding West Vigo Elementary School

 

            2.         Mr. Pat Board – In support of the Facilities Report

 

            3.         Ms. Sheri Montgomery – Approves Facilities Report suggestion to move Washington H.S.

                        to South Vigo High School

 

            4.         Mr. Tony Butwin – North Vigo and South Vigo facilities need upgrading and possible

                        expansion

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Ms. Patel seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.         Minutes – Regular Meeting – February 23, 2009

 

            2.         Two Year Old Outstanding Warrants

 

            3.         Financial Summary of Extra-Curricular Account Activity for the period June 1, 2008 to

                        December 31, 2008

 

            4.         Stipend Authorizations

 

            5.         Professional Leave Requests

 

Discussion Items

 

Revised Policy ING (Animals in the School and School Events)

 

Mr. Klipple presented the revised Policy ING and responded to questions from Board Members.  Mr. Cox suggested that in #1 the wording must assume primary responsibility should be changed to should take reasonable steps.  He also suggested that in #3 the word must be changed to should.

 

Following additional discussion, the decision was made to bring this revised policy back to the March 23rd Board Meeting for “second reading.”

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Registered Sex Offenders Policy – Second Reading

 

Mr. Azar presented the Registered Sex Offenders Policy for second reading.  Ms. Patel suggested that the words whose victim was a minor be removed from the policy.  Considerable discussion took place regarding this.

 

Dr. Minnis asked if this policy should be enforced when other organizations rent school property.  Mr. Azar responded that in his opinion as long as the corporation owns the building we can manage who enters the facility.

 

This policy will be brought back as currently written to the March 23rd Board meeting for “third reading.”

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Presentation

 

Ms. Deb Kunce, Schmidt Associates, presented the final report on findings, as well as the Feasibility Taskforce Recommendations, and responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Mr.Cox moved to accept the Schmidt documents and turn them over to the administration for advisement.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Ms. Kunce’s final Feasibility Report and findings will be able to be viewed at the Vigo County School Corporation Administration Building.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Revised Policy GBLA and GBLA-R

 

Mr. Tanoos presented Revised Policy GBLA and GBLA-R for Board approval.  This revised policy was presented to the Board at the February 9, 2009 and February 23, 2009 Board meetings.

 

Mr. Cox moved for approval.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Grant

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the Professional Development Schools Grant at Fayette Elementary School.

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizens Comments

 

Comments were received from the following citizens:

 

            1.         Mrs. Leah Myers – Strongly opposes closing Chauncey Rose Middle School

 

            2.         Mr. James Flinn – In his opinion he found errors in the Schmidt Report

 

            3.         Dr. Muriel Ryan – Expressed her opinion on the Feasibility Taskforce

 

            4.         Christina Garcia – Expressed her concern that Chauncey Rose athletes transferred to

                        another school may not get the same opportunity to participate because of transportation

 

            5.         Ms. Carrie Roach – Supports Feasibility Study suggestions for improvements at South

                        Vigo High School

 

            6.         Mr. Todd Nation – Expressed his opinion that to take a school out of an urban area would

                        be a mistake

 

            7.         Mr. Tim Baynard – Asked that ‘Technical’ be put back in the name of school.  In his opinion

                        Chauncey Rose students will feel like throw away kids

 

            8.         Clara Garcia – Asked if grants could be obtained to build a new school on the Chauncey Rose

                        Site

 

Dr. Minnis stated that everything said was understood by the Board and their comments were appreciated.

 

Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of meetings and events that have taken place over the past two weeks.

 

ADJOURNMENT:   9:15 P.M.

 

Approved:

 

______________________________President   _____________________________

______________________________Vice Pres.  _____________________________

______________________________Secretary  _____________________________

______________________________Dep. Secy.