A regular 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 10th day of March 2003, at 7:05 P.M.


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


Resolution of Memoriam


Mr. Shike presented a Resolution of Memoriam for Mr. Paul Thomas, former teacher, counselor and principal in the Vigo County School Corporation.




Dr. Goeller noted that four educators in the Vigo County School Corporation have been awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship for 2003 from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Educators that received fellowships are Mr. Mark Kirby and Mr. Brad Hammersley from Otter Creek Middle School, Mrs. Mary Ley from Sarah Scott Middle School, and Mrs. Susan Clements from Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Mrs. Clements, and Mrs. Ley, presented brief overviews of their projects.


First Call for Citizens Comments




Consent Agenda


Mr. Shike 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 Regular Meeting February 24, 2003

2. Financial Status Report February 28, 2003

3. Encumbrance Report February 28, 2003

4. Payment of Interim Claims in March

5. Professional Leave Requests

6. Gift Farrington Grove Elementary School Snow Blower Farrington

Grove P.T.O.


New Business


Personnel Report


Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.


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


Temporary Loan Interest Expense


Mr. Thornton stated that resolutions will be presented at a future Board meeting for the approval of a temporary loan to cover the cash flow shortfall expected from delays in local tax distribution at mid-year and the delay in state support. He asked that the Board of School Trustees grant permission for the Chief Financial Officer to work with Therber, Brock, and Kramer, Ice Miller, and Attorney Fred Bauer to make arrangements to pay $200,000 of the scheduled lease payments for 2003 from the cash created by the bond refinancing


Following discussion, Mr. Tom moved for approval. Mr. Shike seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.




Second Call for Citizens Comments




Information and Proposals from Board Members


Mr. Cox expressed congratulations on behalf of the Board to Washington High School for being awarded the statewide Alternative Education Exemplary Program Award for alternative education.


Mr. Tom asked if the administration was going to apply for a waiver for the day missed due to inclement weather.


Mr. Tanoos replied that a waiver has been requested. He noted that at the State Board meeting last week he asked that they reconsider and not have makeup days for those corporations who just missed a day due to inclement weather. Mr. Tanoos said that we have not heard back as to whether the waiver request was approved or denied.


Mr. Hamblen highly commended the Washington High School alternative program, and Principal Dr. Karen Andrews.


Dr. Minnis recognized the new Executive Director of the Vigo County Taxpayers Association, Marian Ramsey Ford.


Adjournment: 7:30 P.M.




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