VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

MONDAY, MAY 10, 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 10th day of May 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

 

The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Alferd Hamblen, Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Kenneth Schuster, Mr. Michael Tom, Mr. Mel Burks, and Mr. Gene Shike.  Mr. Tom noted that Mr. Cox was out of town and unable to attend this evening.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mr. Mel Burks led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of activities that took place during the past two weeks in the Vigo County School Corporation.

 

Spotlight

 

Mrs. Cinda Taylor, Title I Coordinator, presented the certified Reading Recovery teachers for the 2003-2004 school year.

 

First Call for Citizen’s Comment

 

(no comments were received)

 

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 – April 26, 2004

            2.            Professional Leave Requests

 

Discussion

 

Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion

 

Mr. Aballi presented the proposed Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion, specifically Rule II, for “Second Reading”.  The proposal will be brought back for “Third Reading” at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

 


New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

 

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

 

401(a) Plan Vendor Award

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that the Vigo County School Corporation Benefits Committee requests permission to change vendors for the 401(a) Plan.  He requested permission to change vendors from VALIC to Clifton Gunderson Financial Services/Principal Financial Group.

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Orr responded to questions from Board Members, and considerable discussion took place regarding the recommended change.

 

The vote was as follows:  Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Tom, and Mr. Burks voted “yes”.  Dr. Minnis, Mr. Schuster, and Mr. Shike voted “no”.  The motion did not pass.

 

Mr. Tom stated that this item would be brought back for a vote at the next Board Meeting.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Permission to Seek a Temporary Loan

 

Mr. Thornton reported that due to the late billing and collection of local property taxes, the General Fund would have a deficit balance by the end of May.  He noted that in order to meet the payrolls and other expenses for the General Fund with timely payments, it is necessary to seek a temporary loan in an amount not to exceed eleven million, five hundred thousand dollars.  Mr. Thornton stated that the proposed borrowing would be in the form of tuition support anticipation warrants.

 

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

 

Demolition of Buildings at Fayette Elementary School

 

Mr. Tanoos stated that since we have had no further contact with any organization interested in preserving the gymnasium and annex facilities at Fayette Elementary School, permission is requested to raze all facilities on the site per contractors request.

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mr. Schuster seconded the motion.  The motion passed


Carpet/Floor Covering Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on May 4, 2004, for carpet/floor covering replacement at various schools.  He requested that a contract be awarded to Carpet Decorators, Inc., for $130,000.00.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Miscellaneous Paving Bid

 

Mr. Tanoos stated that bids were received and opened on April 27, 2004, for Miscellaneous Paving Maintenance Projects.  He requested approval to award Wabash Valley Asphalt, Inc., as contractor for this project for a total cost of $415,594.00.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

 

Purchase of Classroom Furniture (Section 2, 3, 5, and 6)

for the

Three New Elementary Schools

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on March 22, 2004, for General Furniture (Section 2, 3, 5, and 6) for the three new elementary schools.  Mr. Tanoos requested permission for contracts to be awarded to nine (9) vendors for a total cost of $113,740.00.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

(no comments were received)

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Mr. Burks recommended that Chauncey Rose Middle School Gymnasium be renamed as the Howard Sharpe Gymnasium.  His recommendation will be brought to the Board at the May 24, 2004 Board Meeting.

 

Adjournment:  8:00 P.M.

 

 

Approved:

 

______________________________President   ______________________________

 

______________________________Vice Pres.  ______________________________

 

______________________________ Secretary  ______________________________

 

______________________________ Dep. Secy.