VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, MAY 18, 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, May 18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The following Board members were present:  Mr. Guille Cox, Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Paul Lockhart,

Ms. Alpa Patel, Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Tom Thomas, and Mrs. Jackie Lower.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Jackie Lower.

 

Resolution of Memoriam

 

Ms. Alpa Patel presented a Resolution of Memoriam for Ms. Colleen Magnuson, former Elementary Teacher; Principal, Sugar Grove Elementary School, and Principal, Terre Town Elementary School.

 

Spotlight

 

Ms. Christi Fenton shared program highlights of the Reading Recovery Program during the 2008-2009 school year, and introduced the Reading Recovery teachers.

 

First Call for Citizens Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

Consent Agenda

 

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

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.         Minutes – Regular Meeting – April 27, 2009

 

            2.         Stipend Authorizations

 

            3.         Permission to pay interim claims in May

 

            4.         Professional Leave Requests

 

 

 

            5.         Gifts

 

                        a.         Rio Grande Elementary School – Monetary Donation from Dr. Diane Cargile in

                                    the amount of $100.00 to be placed in a student account.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

(See proceedings)

 

Bid for Computer Tables

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on April 23, 209 in regard to (330) computer tables.  He stated that the committee recommends that a contract be awarded to Thiemann Office Products in the amount of $174,989.00, as the lowest, most responsive and responsible bidder.

 

Mrs. Lower moved for approval, and Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Bids for 2009 Roofing and Masonry Projects at Various Locations

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids for 2009 Roofing and Masonry Projects at various locations were opened on February 5, 2009.  He noted that Michael Hamilton of Martin Riley Architect/Engineers recommended that contracts be awarded to Associated Roofing professionals, Inc in the amount of $1,265,386.00 for roofing projects, and to Zigler Masonry, Inc., in the amount of $127,300.00 for the masonry projects.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Recommended Change in Policy JF

 

Mr. Azar presented the proposed change to Policy JF as recommended by the legal services of the Indiana School Boards Association, and responded to questions and concerns of Board Members.  Mr. Cox commented that parents also need to be made aware of this policy and the consequences for misuse of cell phones by students.

 

All Board Members unanimously agreed to approve the recommended change, as recommended by the Indiana School Boards Association, in Policy JF, Rule XXIV.

 

(See Proceedings)

 


 

Special Education Social Studies Textbook Adoption

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the social studies textbooks listed in the Board packet for use with students who have mild disabilities.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Facility Name Changes

 

Mr. Cox made a motion to override the policy that states an individual must have been deceased three years before a facility can be named in their honor.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that the Principals at Otter Creek Middle School, North Vigo High School, and West Vigo High School have requested that facilities at their schools be named as follows:

 

            a.         Otter Creek Middle School gymnasium be named William Thornton Gymnasium.

                        Mr. Thornton served as Otter Creek’s first athletic director.

 

            b.         North Vigo High School football field in Carl S. Riddle Stadium be named after

                        Mr. Gene Shike.  Mr. Shike was the first Terre Haute North Vigo football coach.

 

            c.         West Vigo High School baseball field be named Dick Ballinger Field.  Mr. Ballinger

                        was baseball coach at West Vigo High School from 1971 to 1993.

 

Dr. Minnis moved for approval of the facility name changes.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Revised 2009-2010 Vigo County School Corporation Calendar

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission for approval of the revised Vigo County School Corporation Calendar for

2009-2010.  He noted that this calendar also includes graduation dates and times for 2010.

 

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

 

Grants

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the following Grants:

 

            a.         Math and Science Partnership Grant in the amount of $348,146.50.

 

            b.         Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Grant – Sugar Grove Elementary School - $1,500.00

 

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


 

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call For Citizens Comments

 

Sangeeth Jeevan, South Vigo High School student, spoke on recycling and asked if the school corporation has a plan to recycle plastic bottles.

 

Mr. Tanoos commented that the corporation had discussed having a recycling program and it can be quite expensive.

 

Ms. Patel asked if there were grants available for recycling.

 

Mr. Burks noted that perhaps students could be creative and come up with an idea to recycle.

 

Mr. Tanoos stated he would talk to Republic Services again in regard to the cost of recycling for the corporation, and would place this item on the agenda for a principals’ meeting when school resumes.

 

Leah Myers asked about a recycling partnership with Indiana State University.

 

Committee Reports from Board Members

 

No reports were given.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Tanoos thanked Board Members for their attendance at the academic banquets and various dinners honoring students this spring.

 

Mrs. Lower commended the Foreign Language Department at North Vigo High School for their “Dedication of Murals” display.

 

Adjournment:            7:55 P.M.

 

 

Approved:

 

______________________________ President   ____________________________

 

______________________________ Vice Pres.  ____________________________

 

______________________________ Secretary  _____________________________

 

______________________________ Dep. Secy.