MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

7:00 P.M.






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 23, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.


The following Board Members were present: Ms. Alpa Patel, Mr. Mel Burks, Mrs. Jackie Lower, Mr. Guille Cox, Dr. Joseph Minnis, and Mr. Paul Lockhart.


Pledge of Allegiance


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


Memoriam for Mr. Gene Shike


Mrs. Jackie Lower presented a Resolution of Memoriam for Mr. Gene Shike, former Member of the Board of School Trustees, followed by a moment of silence.  Mrs. Lower and Mr. Tanoos presented Mrs. Shike and her daughters with a rose in memory of Mr. Shike.


First Call for Citizens Comments


No comments were received.




Mr. Mick Newport introduced Terre Haute South Vigo freshman, Holden Smith, who was instrumental in saving a young boy’s life at the Holiday Inn pool.


Mr. Mick Newport also introduced Otter Creek Middle School Principal, Scott Moore, along with otter Creek staff, Debby Davis, Lorra Campbell, Diane Hayne, as well as Mr. Ray Azar and Officer Frank Shahadey who were instrumental in ensuring the safety of a student.


Consent Agenda


Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Dr. Minnis seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


The following Consent Agenda items were approved:


            1.         Minutes – Regular meeting – March 9, 2009

            2.         Accounts Payable Docket for March, 2009

            3.         Stipend Authorizations

            4.         Financial Status Report

            5.         Professional Leave Requests

            6.         Gifts


                        a.         Rio Grande Elementary school – Monetary Donation from Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron                                        in the amount of $300.00 – Indianapolis Zoo Field Trip for Students


                        b.         Woodrow Wilson Middle School – Monetary Donation of $1100 from

                                    Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hettlinger – Jazz Band Program.




Mr. Doug Tischbein, Energy Systems Group, presented a report on the West Vigo Middle School Phase II Project.   Mr. Tischbein responded to questions from Board Members, and was asked if the project could be completed this summer.  He responded that the rest of the renovation could be completed by the time school begins in August.


Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Energy Savings Group Contract.  Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


(See Proceedings)




Registered Sex Offenders Policy KDG


Mr. Azar presented the Registered Sex offenders Policy KDG as “third reading.”  This policy was presented to the Board at the February 23, 2009 and March 9, 2009 Board Meetings.


Ms. Patel moved to delete the wording “whose victim was a minor” from the policy.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.


Ms. Patel, Mrs. Lower, Dr. Minnis, and Mr. Lockhart voted “aye.’  Mr. Burks and Mr. Cox voted “no.”


Mr. Azar distributed to the Board an amended policy with the wording “whose victim was a minor” taken out.


The amended policy passed unanimously.


(See Proceedings)


Revised Policy ING


Mr. Azar presented Revised policy ING with changes made per Board Member request at the March 9, 2009 Board Meeting.  This policy will be presented to the Board as “third reading” at the April 13, 2009 Board Meeting.


(See Proceedings)


New Business


Personnel Report


Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.


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




Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the following Grants:


            1.         Out of School Youth Grant administered by Ivy Tech Workforce and Economic

                        Development, and WorkOne Western Indiana.


            2.         Professional Development Schools Grant for Chauncey Rose Middle School,

                        Deming Elementary School, Sarah Scott Middle School, and West Vigo

                        Elementary School.


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





Second Call for Citizens Comments


Comments were received from Mrs. Leah Myers in regard to the possibility of renovating Chauncey Rose Middle School.


Committee Reports from Board Members


No reports were presented.


Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos


Mrs. Lower noted she would like to have figures from the Energy Systems Group in regard to pool renovation at Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South Vigo High Schools.


Mrs. Lower stated she feels fortunate to be asked to serve on the parent committee for AdvancED at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.


Mrs. Lower requested information on the PALS Grant.  Dr. Goeller responded that there has been a one year extension on that grant.


Dr. Minnis stated that individuals interested in being appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Board should send a resume and letter of why they would like the position to Mr. Tanoos’ office no later than 4:00 P.M., Friday, March 27th.


Mr. Bauer noted that the vacancy needs to be filled 30 days after the vacancy occurs, and the individual must have resided in the district being filled for 1 year.  The individual must have no felonies, and must not be a teacher or certified employee of the Vigo County School Corporation.  Mr. Bauer also stated that there are no restrictions between current Board Members having conversation with interested candidates.


Dr. Minnis said the Board will meet in Executive Session before Spring Break to narrow the applicants to no more than three.


Adjournment:  8:05 P.M.




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