MONDAY, APRIL 27, 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, April 27, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.


The following Board Members were present: Mrs. Jackie Lower, Mr. Guille Cox, Dr. Joseph Minnis,

Mer. Paul Lockhart, Ms. Alpa Patel, Mr. Mel Burks, and Mr. Tom Thomas.


President Minnis welcomed newly appointed Board Member, Mr. Tom Thomas.


Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Guille Cox.


Resolution of Memoriam


Ms. Alpa Patel presented a Resolution of Memoriam for Ms. Darlene Wilford, former Teacher at Sandison Elementary, Grade 4; Deming Elementary, Grade 4/5/6; DeVaney Elementary, Grade 4/5; Deming Elementary, Grade 3; and Davis Park Elementary, Grade 4.




Teacher representatives from Terre Haute North Vigo and Terre Haute South Vigo High Schools highlighted the use of the eInstruction technology in their buildings and provided a brief demonstration.


First Call for Citizen’s Comments


No comments were received.


Consent Agenda


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


The following Consent Agenda items were approved:


            1.         Minutes – Regular Meeting – April 13, 2009


            2.         Accounts Payable Docket – April 27, 2009


            3.         Financial Status Report – Month Ending March 2009


            4.         Stipend Authorizations


            5.         Professional Leave Requests

New Business


Personnel Report


Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.


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


(See Proceedings)


Indiana Easement Water Company Easement Request


Mr. Tanoos stated that the Indiana American Water Company has requested that the Vigo County School Corporation grant them easements in order to complete the Maple Avenue Water main improvement projects. 

He noted that the easements will not affect the operation of General Services or any current structure.


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


(See proceedings)


Reading First Summer Supplemental Grant


Mr. Tanoos stated that the Vigo County School Corporation has been awarded a Reading First Summer Supplemental Grant in the amount of $87,519.00.  He noted that this funding will support Reading First Programming at Davis Park, Deming, and West Vigo Elementary Schools.  Dr. Goeller responded to questions from Board Members.


Mrs. Lower moved for approval of the Reading First Summer Supplemental Grant.  Ms. Patel seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


(See Proceedings)


Social Studies Textbook Adoption


Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the social studies textbooks listed in the board packet.  He noted that all Social Studies teachers had the opportunity to preview and evaluate textbook samples to select textbooks and supplementary materials for their classes.


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


(See Proceedings)




Second Call for Citizen’s Comments


Comments were received from Mr. Ron Hensley regarding his opposition to closing Chauncey Rose Middle School.


Committee Reports From Board Members


No reports were received.


Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos


Mr. Cox commended the fantastic work and awards earned by the JETS team, Mathcounts team, and Science team.


Mrs. Lower commented that we are proud to have two presidential scholars, and Dr. Minnis noted that we also have two Academic Allstate winners.


Mr. Burks asked that the public have faith in the administration and Board to do their work in regard to Chauncey Rose.  He assured the public that the Board and administration will take time to research materials given to them.


Mr. Lockhart commented on the Building Trades program and noted that the 2008 and 2009 houses are both for sale with good prices.


Dr. Minnis asked if the houses are not sold, will that impede the building of a house for next year.


Mr. Lockhart responded that would have to be considered by the Building Trades Board which operates of funds generated by the sale of past houses.


Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of activities that have taken place recently and thanked Doug Dillion and John Newport for the nicely framed Aims and Goals mission statement.  Other activities noted were as follows:


            The Vigo County School Corporation was honored by Indiana State University for being a partner with

            them and received one of their top four awards.


            The Vigo County School Corporation was contacted by Unison and the Police Department asking

            to be involved in the mentoring program.


            Mr. Tanoos attended the Vigo County Taxpayers luncheon where several of our students were presented

            Awards for their work.


            Mr. Tanoos attended a very nice Arbor Day Celebration at DeVaney Elementary School.  Mr. Thomas     also attended the event.


            Mr. Burks and Mr. Tanoos visited a program at Ben Davis high School.  At that meeting the Vigo

            County School Corporation was commended for programs and for the cash fund balance.


            The money collected throughout this year by the school corporation for Hospice will be presented

            at a News Conference on Monday, May 11th, and at that time an announcement will be made as to

            what group we will donate to next year.


            The school corporation is in the middle of a canned food drive involving all schools and the

            Administration Building.  Chicken will be fried and sent to 235 families with the canned goods.


In response to Mr. Hensley’s statement during citizen’s comments, Mr. Tanoos noted that Chauncey Rose did not make their AYP scores this year and state law indicates that those students will have the opportunity

to go to Otter Creek or Woodrow Wilson if they choose to do so.


Dr. Minnis announced that the next Board Meeting will be May 18th instead of May 11th so that Board Members can attend an Indiana School Boards Association Regional Meeting.


Dr. Minnis asked about the Stimulus money.  Mr. Tanoos responded that Title I and Covered Bridge will receive funds.


Mrs. Wilson noted that she is not aware of any money available from Stimulus money for facilities.


Mr. Thomas thanked everyone for their vote of confidence in appointing him to fill the vacant School Board position.


Adjournment:  7:50 P.M.





____________________________________President   ______________________________


____________________________________Vice Pres. ______________________________


____________________________________Secretary  ______________________________


____________________________________Dep. Secy.