VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

CHAUNCEY ROSE MIDDLE SCHOOL – 1275 3RD AVENUE

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2006

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 Chauncey Rose Middle School, 1275 3rd Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana, on the 8th day of May 2006 at 7:00 P.M.

 

The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Guille Cox, Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Paul Lockhart, Mr. Michael Tom, Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Gene Shike, and Mrs. Jackie Lower.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Dr. Tammy Roeschlein led the Pledge of Allegiance, and welcomed those in attendance to Chauncey Rose Middle School.

 

Spotlights

 

Terre Haute North Vigo High School was recognized for being selected as the Indiana recipient of the 2005-2006 Siemens Awards for Advance Placement.

 

Charles Smithson, 8th grade student at Woodrow Wilson was honored for his artistic achievements during his three years at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

 

Reading Recovery teachers were recognized for their participation in the Reading Recovery Program during the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of activities that took place over the past two weeks.

 

First Call for Citizen Comments

 

Comments were received from Mrs. Sanae Glendening.

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Tom seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – April 24, 2006

 

            2.            Stipend Authorizations

 

            3.            Professional Leave Requests

 

Discussion

 

Revised Policy GBK – Smoking and Other Tobacco Use

 

Revised Policy GBK – Smoking and Other Tobacco Use was presented for discussion.  Considerable discussion took place.  A decision was made to bring back the proposed policy, as written, for a vote at the May 22nd Board Meeting.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Board Policy Proposal

 

Mr. Azar presented the proposed Wellness Policy.  Considerable discussion took place and a decision was made to bring this back, with changes, for 2nd reading at the May 22nd Board Meeting.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

Capital Projects Fund transfer

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that State law and regulations require that all Capital Projects Fund project accounts must balance within each site.  He recommended that the Chief Financial Officer be authorized to make transfers within the various budget centers of the Capital Projects Fund as per listing. 

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Paving Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that bids were received on May 2, 2006 for paving projects.  He recommended that contracts be awarded as follows:

 

                        Wabash Valley Asphalt, Inc                  $159,954.29

                        White Construction, Inc.                  $236,235.00

                        ST Construction, Inc.                              $267,695.86

 

Mr. Tanoos also recommended that contracts be awarded as listed for these projects to include all base bids and alternate A1.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Fire Alarm Replacement Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were opened on March 23, 2006 for fire alarm system replacement at various schools.  He recommended that the bid by NRK, Inc. be accepted to include all base bids for a contract totaling $254,900, and that all other bids be rejected.

 

Mr. Etling and Mr. Burkett responded to questions from the Board.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Casework & Classroom Door Replacement Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were opened on May 2, 2006 for casework and classroom door replacement, and stated that these bids involve classroom cabinet and sink base replacement at Meadows and West Vigo Elementary, and classroom door/hardware replacement at Booker T. Washington High School.  Mr. Tanoos also recommended that bids be awarded to the following to include all base bids and alternates M-1, M-2, V-1, V-2, V-3, V-4, V-5, and W-1 and that all other bids be rejected:

 

                        Lee Company, Inc.                          $410,550

                        Hannig Construction, Inc.                  $41,700

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Carpet/Floor Covering Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were opened on May 1, 2006 for carpet/floor covering replacement at Lost Creek Elementary, Deming Elementary, and West Vigo High School.  He recommended that a contract be awarded to Carpet Decorators, Inc., in the amount of $149,216.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Mr. Cox attended and participated in Terre Haute North Vigo’s auto racing show and commented that racing is an entire industry that involves specialists in mechanics, computers, engineers, marketing, business administration and expertise in technology,  He commented that this is something to keep in mind when looking at our vocational program.

 

Mr. Lisby thanked Mr. Cox for attending the Auto Racing Show at North Vigo, and for interacting with students in attendance.

 

Mrs. Lower thanked Dr. Roeschlein, Mrs. Marchese, and the staff at Chauncey Rose Middle School for hosting the Board meeting this evening.

 

Mrs. Lower also congratulated Bob Pell, Band/Orchestra teacher at Otter Creek Middle School, for receiving what is the equivalent of our Golden Apple Award from the State of Illinois.  A former student who had moved to Illinois nominated Mr. Pell for the award.

 

Mr. Shike asked Mrs. Wilson where we stand on revamping our accounting system as mandated by the state.  She noted that it is her opinion that we are at 65% or near that percentage.

 

Mr. Shike asked if our corporation is equipped to handle all-day kindergarten if that decision should be made by the state.  Mr. Tanoos replied that with the leadership of the Board each time the corporation renovated or built new schools additional space was added in anticipation of the possibility of all-day kindergarten.  He noted that our corporation was thinking about all-day kindergarten even before the state began to consider it.

 

Mrs. Lower asked if Mr. Lockhart had an update or additional information regarding the vocational program.

 

Dr. Minnis again voiced his opinion that the school corporation should be giving their input regarding the local government’s consideration of the TIF program.

 

Adjournment:  8:20 P.M.

 

 

Approved:

 

 

_______________________________President   ______________________________

 

_______________________________Vice Pres.  ______________________________

 

_______________________________Secretary   ______________________________

 

_______________________________Dep. Secy.