VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION
BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
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, September 28, 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, and Mrs. Jackie Lower.
Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Mel Burks.
Mr. Tanoos noted that Mr. Thomas was unable to attend the meeting this evening due to a previously scheduled event.
Vigo County School Bus Driver, Ms. Karen Herrick, was presented a “Hero Award” by Sheriff Jon Marvel, Mr. Franklin Fennell, and Dr. Joseph Minnis because of the heroic job she did evacuating students from her bus when it caught on fire.
Kathy Deal, Media specialist at Riley Elementary School, was presented the 2009 Lewis C. Bose Scholarship award by Mr. Chuck Rubright, attorney for Bose, McKinney, and Evans LLP Attorneys at Law. Mrs. Deal was awarded a plaque and $2,000.00 toward her education.
Mrs. Linda Lambert, teacher at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, was awarded the “Making Democracy Work” award by the League of Women Voters of Vigo County.
First Call for Citizens Comments
No comments were received.
Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda. Mr. Cox seconded the motion. Dr. Minnis asked for clarification of the Resolution of the Board of School Trustees and the Vigo County Education Foundation.
Following discussion the motion to approve the Consent Agenda passed unanimously.
The following Consent Agenda items were approved:
1. Minutes – Public Hearing on 2010 Budget – September 14, 2009
2. Minutes – Regular Meeting – September 14, 2009
3. Encumbrance Report for Period Ending August 31, 2009
4. Stipend Authorizations
5. Financial Status Report – Month Ending August 2009
6. Accounts Payable Docket – September 28, 2009
7. Professional Leave Requests
8. 2010-2011 School Calendar
9. Resolution of the Board of School Trustees and the Vigo County Education Foundation
Mr. Azar noted that he had been in discussions with the Vigo County Board of Health and the Emergency Management Agency relative to the H1N1 vaccine, and it has been determined that school employees are a critical part of the infrastructure of the community which makes them a high priority for the vaccine. Mr. Azar stated that our school nurses have been requested to administer the vaccine, when it is available, to employees who desire to receive it. Considerable discussion took place regarding when and how the vaccine will be made available to students, and at risk groups. Mr. Azar said both Regional and Union Hospitals have been helpful with educational material and DVD’s.
Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.
Ms. Patel moved for approval of the Personnel Report. Mrs. Lower seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Refreshment Services Contract
Mr. Tanoos requested permission for the Vigo County School Corporation to enter into an exclusive agreement with Refreshment Services Pepsi.
Considerable discussion ensued with Board Members directing questions to Refreshment Services Pepsi representative, Mr. Bill Osborn. Concerns included the imbalance of reimbursement between selling the 18,000 case quota and not meeting the quota, having a penalty for not reaching the sale 18,000 cases, and clarification of the termination clause.
Mr. Lockhart moved for approval of the contract with Refreshment Services Pepsi. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. Mr. Cox, Mr. Lockhart, Ms. Patel, and Mr. Burks voted “yes.” Mrs. Lower, and Dr. Minnis voted “no.”
Mrs. Wilson presented an overview of the proposed 2010 Budget, which includes the following:
1. Appropriation Reduction Resolution – General Fund
2. Appropriation Reduction Resolution – Capital projects Fund
3. Appropriation Reduction Resolution – Transportation Fund
4. Resolution to Adopt the 2010 Capital Projects Fund Plan
5. Resolution to Adopt the Year 2010 Bus Replacement Plan
6. Resolution of Appropriations – Budget Form No. 4
7. Budget Submission Letter & Certificate and Resolution of Tax Rates Budget Form No. 5
8. Petition to Appeal - Shortfall Appeal
Following discussion, Mr. Cox moved for approval of the 2010 Budget and Items 1 through 8 as listed above.
Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Permission to Accept Property Transfer from the City of Terre Haute
Mr. Tanoos stated that it is recommended that the Board of School Trustees accept the City of Terre Haute’s donation of property located on Plum Street, across from Deming Elementary School, in exchange for three small property transfers at other sites. He noted that Attorney Bauer has reviewed all the necessary documents prepared by the City of Terre Haute and would be involved in the completion of the required paperwork for these transactions.
Mrs. Lower moved for approval. Ms. Patel seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Permission to Purchase Property Adjacent to West Vigo Middle School
Mr. Tanoos requested permission from the Board of School Trustees for approval of the purchase of 4 acres of property adjacent to West Vigo Middle School for $13,500.00. He noted that Mr. Bauer would complete the required paperwork for this property acquisition, and asked that he be granted the permission to act on the Board’s behalf in completing all required legal documents regarding the purchase.
Mr. Cox moved for approval. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Architect for Construction of Booker T. Washington High School
Mr. Tanoos requested permission to approve Steve Arnold, MMS-A/E, Inc., as architect for the construction of the Booker T. Washington High School which will be constructed on the campus of Terre Haute South Vigo High School.
Mr. Burks moved for approval. Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the Non-English Speaking Program Grant 2009-2010.
Ms. Patel moved for approval of the Grant. Mrs. Lower seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Second Call for Citizen’s Comments
No comments were received.
Committee Reports from Board Members
No Reports were received
Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos
Mrs. Lower and Ms. Patel remarked about the excellent presentation from our panel on Everyday Math at the Indiana School Boards Association meeting.
Mrs. Lower suggested that perhaps our corporation might investigate the STAR program for possible future use, and noted that Leslie Ballard is the new Director of North Central Association.
Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of meetings and functions he attended during the past two weeks, and noted that he would soon be able to provide the Board Members with a copy of the Official Enrollment.
Adjournment: 8:09 P.M.
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