VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2004

7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

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 May 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Mr. Kenneth Schuster.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Superintendent Tanoos presented a brief overview of the many different events and activities that took place during the last two weeks.

 

Spotlight

 

Ann Chi, Terre Haute South Vigo student, and Michael Munson, Terre Haute North Vigo student, were recognized by the Indianapolis Star as Indiana All-Stars.  This award is given to Indiana’s top 40 high school students.

 

First Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

(No Comments Were Received)

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Cox moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion.  Mr. Shike, Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Cox, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom and Mr. Burks voted “Aye.”  Dr. Minnis “abstained.”

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – April 12, 2004

            2.            Accounts Payable Docket – April 26, 2005

            3.            Encumbrance Report – Period Ending March 31, 2004

            4.            Financial Status Report – Month Ending March 2004

            5.            Permission to Purchase Equipment from Extra-Curricular Funds

            6.            Professional Leave Re            quests

           


            7.            Gifts

 

                        a.            West Vigo High School – Two Gateway computers – Wal Mart and

                                    Frito Lay.

 

                        b.            Hoosier Prairie Elementary School –Monetary donation of $250.00 –

                                    Mr. Doyle Piety.

 

Report

 

Mr. Brian Kooistra, of Hannum, Wagle and Cline, presented a construction progress update of the three new elementary schools.  He noted that everything is on schedule, and demolition of Fayette and Sugar Creek Consolidated is due to begin June 14th.  Mr. Kooistra also reported that approval has been received from the city to name the street in front of the new Franklin Elementary School “Dr. Iverson C. Bell Drive”.

 

Discussion

 

Cellular Phone Policy for Students

 

Mr. Azar presented the suggested revision of the Cellular Phone Policy for students.  Following considerable discussion, Mr. Cox moved to approve the revised policy.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Cox, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom, and Mr. Burks voted “aye”.  Mr. Shike “abstained”, and Dr. Minnis voted “no”.

 

Mr. Tannos asked for an effective date for the Cellular Phone Policy

 

Mr. Burks made a motion for the revised Cellular Phone Policy to go into effect in two weeks.  Mr. Cox seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Rule II – Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion

 

Mr. Aballi presented the proposed changes for Rule II – Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion.  Considerable discussion took place including the type of punishment for over the counter medication vs. other medication or drugs.

 

Mr. Tom stated that this revision will be brought back for action at the May 10, 2004 Board Meeting.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

 

Mr. Hamblen moved for approval.  Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  Mr. Shike, Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Cox, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom, and Mr. Burks voted “aye”.  Dr. Minnis voted “aye” for all items in the report, except item number 10-7.  Dr. Minnis voted “no” on item 10-7.


Kitchen Renovation Bid – Rio Grande Elementary School

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on April 12, 2004, for the kitchen renovations at Rio Grande Elementary School.  He requested that the bid by C.H. Garmong, Inc., be accepted for this work for a contract total of $164,900, and that all other bids be rejected.

 

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

 

Ceiling Replacement Bid

Terre Haute South Vigo High School and West Vigo Middle School

 

Mr. Tanoos stated that bids were received and opened on April 12, 2004 for ceiling renovation/replacement at Terre Haute South Vigo High School and West Vigo Middle School.  He requested that Commercial Interiors, Inc., be awarded contractor for this project for a total amount of $230,135, which includes the base bids and alternate #1 for each project.

 

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

 

C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth Grant – Franklin Elementary School

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that Franklin Elementary School requests approval of a C.H.A.N.C.E.S. for Youth Grant in the amount of $900.00 to help facilitate a community celebration for the closing of the present building.

 

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

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

Comments were received from Miss Laura Hale.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Dr. Minnis requested that the Technical Managerial Handbook be reviewed.

Mr. Tanoos responded that he has asked Mr. Orr to review all employee handbooks.

 

Adjournment:  8:15 P.M.

 

Approved:

_________________________________  President   ______________________________

 

_________________________________  Vice Pres.  ______________________________

 

__________________________________Secretary   ______________________________

 

__________________________________Dep. Secy. ______________________________