VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

ADMINISTRATION BULDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 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, December 14, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.

 

The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Tom Thomas, Mrs. Jackie Lower,

Mr. Guille Cox, Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Paul Lockhart, and Ms. Alpa Patel.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Paul Lockhart.

 

Spotlights

 

            1.         Ouabache Elementary School was commended for being selected by the U.S. Department

                        of Education as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School.  Ouabache was among seven schools in Indiana

                        chosen for this distinguished Blue Ribbon Award because of gains in student performance that

                        support closing gaps in achievement among students.

 

            2.         Terre Haute North Vigo High School student, Tapring Goatee, led her team to a 9th place

                        finish in the 2009 IHSAA State Cross Country Meet this past fall, and placed 1st individually.

                        Tapring is only the 4th freshman in the State of Indiana to win the state in cross country.

 

First Call for Citizens 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.         Payment of Interim Claims in December

 

            2.         Year End Transfers of Appropriations – General and Transportation Funds

 

            3.         Year End Transfers for Capital Projects Fund Projects

 

            4.         Stipend Authorizations

 

            5.         Acknowledgment of Gifts and Permission to Purchase Equipment

 

            6.         Professional Leave Requests

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

 

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

 

Employment Agreement and Handbook Proposals

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for compensation increase of 1.3% for 2010, and 1.6% for 2011.  This includes an increase of the Board share of the health insurance premium rate increase, which will maintain the same dollar ratio for the following employee groups of the Vigo County School Corporation:  Administrative Clerical Employees, Administrative Employees, Deputy Superintendent, Executive Secretary, Food Service Employees, Managerial Employees, Miscellaneous Classified Employees, Superintendent’s Contract, Technical Service Employees, and Transportation Employees.  Education Assistant Employees will also receive a compensation increase of 1.3% for 2010, and a 1.6% compensation increase for 2011.

 

Mr. Tanoos stated that the custodians and school secretaries are in the process of finalizing their handbooks and they will be brought to the Board after the first of the year.

 

Mr. Cox moved for approval of the Employee Agreement and Handbooks as listed above, as well as the changes to the Superintendent’s written contract as reviewed by the Board of School Trustees.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

 

Mr. Tanoos requested that the Board of School Trustees approve establishment of a 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan for the benefit of the employees of the Vigo County School Corporation.  He noted that the purpose of this plan is to encourage employees saving for retirement by offering salary reduction contributions, and that this would be at no cost to the Vigo County School Corporation.

 

Following discussion, Mr. Cox moved for approval of the 457(b) Compensation Plan.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Yearly Schedule for Bidding Board Policy DJAC

 

Mr. Tanoos requested that the following list of items be approved for bidding purposes for the calendar year of 2010:  General Furniture and Equipment, Administrative Equipment, Vocational Equipment, Surplus Property Sales, School Bus Units, Cafeteria and Miscellaneous Food Items, Computer Equipment, Classroom Furniture and Loose Equipment, Vehicles, Custodial Supplies and Paper Products, Imaging Supplies, Library Books, and Xerographic Paper.  Mr. Tanoos noted that this request is in accordance with Board Policy DJAC that requires the Administration to submit to the Board of School Trustees an annual calendar of items to be purchased for Board approval.

 

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

 


 

Recommendation for 2009 School Bus Units

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that bids were received and opened on December 7, 2009, for the purchase of 2009 school bus units, and requested permission for a contract to be awarded to Midwest Transit in the amount of

$1,777,531.00.  He further recommended that all other bids be rejected.  (See Proceedings for Bid Tabulations)

 

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

 

Grants

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the following grants:

 

            1.         Professional Development Schools Grant – Terre Haute South Vigo High School

 

            2.         Professional Development Schools Grant – West Vigo Elementary School

 

            3.         Professional Development Schools Grant – West Vigo High School

 

            4.         Department of Education Safety Academy Grant

 

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

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizens Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

Committee Reports from Board Members

 

No reports were given.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members and Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Burks commented that he would like to have a Student Advisory Board formed which would include students, Mr. Tanoos and the Board Members.  Mr. Cox noted that it is his opinion that the administration should form this student advisory committee.

 

Following discussion, Mrs. Lower moved that the administration form a student advisory for the Board.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of events that have recently taken place.

 

Adjournment:            7:50 P.M.