VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, JULY 13, 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, July 13, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.

 

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

Mr. Tom Thomas, Mrs. Jackie Lower, Mr. Guille Cox, and Dr. Joseph Minnis.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

 

Spotlights

 

1.         Driver Education Program

 

            Mr. John Newport recognized the following automobile dealers who have generously donated cars for

            use by our students in the Driver Education program:  Mr. Tom Lisella representing Sycamore Chevrolet

            Nissan Hyundai; Mr. Scott Jaeger representing Thompson’s Honda; Mr. Michael Tom of Vigo Dodge.

 

2.         Career and Technical Education

 

            Mr. Doug Dillion recognized the following students for their outstanding achievements in Career

            and Technical Education this past school year:  Abby Colwell, Rachel Helt, Amanda Metternich,

            Brennan Chung, Paul Bennett, Molly Klopstein, Josh Sullivan, Heavenly Mitchell, Cody Shaw,

            Gage Wilkinson, and Amber Bailey.

 

First Call For Citizens Comments

 

Comments were received from Mrs. Leah Myers, Concerned Citizens for Chauncey Rose Middle School, about Section G, Item 3 of the Agenda regarding temperature control system upgrades for Sarah Scott Middle School.

 

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 – June 22, 2009

 

            2.         Stipend Authorizations

 

            3.         Professional Leave Request

 

            4.         Gift – Terre Town Elementary School – Monetary gift to purchase an electronic projector

                        screen to be utilized in the gymnasium.

 

Report

 

Representatives from Energy Systems Group presented an update on the West Vigo Middle/High School project.

 

Discussion

 

Recommended Fee Change for Use of School Facilities (Second Reading)

 

Mr. Mick Newport presented the proposed Recommended Fee Change for Use of School Facilities as “Second Reading”, and noted that the requested wording change had been made in the first paragraph under Schedule of Fees.  This recommended policy change will be brought back to the Board at the July 27. 2009 meeting for “Third Reading”.

 

(See proceedings)

 

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)

 

Employment Agreement and Handbook Proposal

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the proposed salary and benefits area for the Vigo County School Corporation Secretaries Association.  The package includes a 3.3% increase for both salary and benefits effective January 1, 2009.  He noted that the results are within the parameters presented by the Board of School Trustees.

 

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

 

(See proceedings)

 

Permission to Advertise for Bids for Temperature Control System Upgrades

For Sarah Scott Middle School

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to advertise for bids for temperature control system upgrades for Sarah Scott Middle School.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)\

 

Vigo County Public Library Board Appointments

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to re-appoint Mrs. Patricia Minnis and Mr. James Brown to the Vigo County Public library Board of Trustees for an additional four years.  Their current terms expire in July of 2009.

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.  Mr. Lockhart, Ms. Patel, Mr. Burks,

Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Lower and Mr. Cox voted “aye.”  Dr. Minnis “Abstained”.  The motion passed.

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

Mrs. Leah Myers, Concerned Citizens for Chauncey Rose Middle School, thanked the Board for their discussion.

Committee Reports from Board Members

 

No reports were given.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mrs. Lower commented she attended the Indiana School Boards Association meeting recently and found it to be very worthwhile.

 

Mr. Thomas noted that he had recently attended a very informative meeting of the Recycling Committee.

 

Mrs. Lower commented that since the Wellness Committee has been in effect, the sale of soda pop has decreased in our schools within the last three years.

 

Mrs. Lower commented that there was some concern from parents that the Ambassador’s Club at West Vigo High School would no longer be in existence.  The program had been in existence for seventeen years, and has built up wonderful community support.

 

Mr. Newport stated that the program will continue as a Club this year, and will function again in the Fall of 2010 as a regular class.

 

Mr.Tanoos presented a brief overview of meetings that are taking place, and noted that Kelley Hopkins, a teacher at Lost Creek Elementary School had passed away.

 

Adjournment  7:40 P.M.

 

 

Approval:

 

 

______________________________President   ______________________________

 

______________________________Vice Pres.  ______________________________

 

______________________________ Secretary   _____________________________

 

______________________________Dep. Secy.