7:00 P.M.




A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation, Vigo County, Indiana, was held at the Administration Building, 686 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana, on the 26th day of January 2004 at 7:00 P.M.


The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Kenneth Schuster, Mr. Michael Tom, Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Gene Shike, Mr. Alferd Hamblen, Mr. Guille Cox, and Dr. Joseph Minnis.


Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Gene Shike


Information from Superintendent Tanoos


Superintendent Tanoos presented an update of events that took place in the school corporation during the last two weeks, and also noted that Governor Kernan was at Fuqua Elementary School this past week to visit and talk about all day kindergarten.




Sarah Scott Principal Mark Miller, and teachers Tony Smodilla and Steve Lingenfelter shared information about the WSSM-TV news program at Sarah Scott Middle School.


First Call for Citizen’s Comments


Comments were received from Mr. Clark Cottom.


Consent Agenda


Dr. Minnis moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


The following Consent Agenda items were approved.


            1.            Minutes


                        a.            Public Hearing – January 12, 2004


                        b.            Organizational Meeting – January 12, 2004


                        c.            Regular Meeting – January 12, 2004


            2.            Finance Report


                        a.            Accounts Payable Docket – January 26, 2004


            3.            Professional Leave Requests


            4.            Gift


                        a.            Meadows Elementary School – Englehardt Cello, Monetary value of

                                    $750.00 – Ms. Karen Rutherford.




Attendance Districts – New Elementary Schools


Mr. Aballi, Mrs. Correll, and Mr. Danner presented information regarding the attendance districts for the new Sugar Creek Consolidated, Fayette, and Franklin Elementary Schools.  Considerable discussion took place with Board Members discussing student capacity of the new elementary schools, estimated enrollment, proposed attendance districts, and parental feedback.  It was the consensus of the Board to have the administration send parents a map of the proposed attendance districts, and a letter requesting their opinion of the proposed attendance districts.


Mr. Tanoos responded that the proposed attendance districts map would be sent to parents on January 27th, and he will bring this item, along with any feedback received from parents, to the Board at the February 9th Board Meeting.


New Business


Personnel Report


Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report and requested the following changes:


            Delete II-1


            Ms. Erin Baynard – Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 7th Grade Social Studies

            Teacher, Temporary Contract, effective for the 2nd semester of the 2003-2004

            school year. Replacing James Cottom.


            Delete VIII-2


            Mr. James Cottom – Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 7th Grade Social Studies

            Teacher, Leave of Absence, effective January 20, 3004 through the balance of

            the 2003-2004 school year. Military leave.


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


21st Century Community Learning Centers Program


Mr. Tanoos requested approval of a $10,000.00 supplemental grant for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.


Mr. Schuster moved for approval.  Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.




Second Call for Citizen’s Comments


No Comments Were Received


Information and Proposals from Board Members


Dr. Minnis asked for clarification as to why the paper published ISTEP scores from last year instead of this year.  Mr. Tanoos responded that the law states ISTEP scores are to be published from the previous year.


Dr. Minnis commented that we seem to be in the minority as far as offering algebra to our 8th grade students and asked if it were offered in the 8th grade.


Mr. Tanoos responded that Vigo County does offer algebra to 8th grade students.  He said he would inquire as to why the article did not include Vigo County and report back to the Board.


Mr. Burks congratulated the students at Honey Creek Middle School who qualified for the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge State Championship event.


Mr. Hamblen read the following excerpt from an editorial written by Dr. Randy Stevens that appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune Star regarding the hiring of Superintendent Tanoos:


“It sure is rewarding to realize that those months of meeting with other committee members, almost six years ago, has continued to have such positive impact on the community.  Thank you Danny Tanoos for your leadership, thank you, the present Vigo County School Board Members, for continuing to recognize the truly outstanding superintendent we have leading this school corporation.”


(Please See Proceedings For Entire Editorial)


Adjournment:  8:40 P.M.




______________________________President   ______________________________


______________________________Vice Pres.  ______________________________


______________________________Secretary   ______________________________


______________________________Dep. Secy.