VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

MONDAY, MAY 24, 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 24th day of May 2004 at 7:00 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.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mr. Mel Burks led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

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

 

Spotlight

 

Dr. Goeller introduced Principals Mark Miller, Dr. Tammy Roeschlein, and Tim Vislosky who highlighted the “Awesome 20” program.  The summer camp held at Sarah Scott, Chauncey Rose, and West Vigo Middle Schools is part of the 21st Century Learning Communities Grant.

 

First Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

Comments were received from Mr. Tom Hunt, Mr. Steve Higham, Mr. Dennis Taparo, and Mr. Arley Andrews regarding naming the Chauncey Rose Middle School Gymnasium after Howard Sharpe, former educator and basketball coach

 

Mr. Burks moved to name the Chauncey Rose Middle School Gymnasium the Howard Sharpe Gymnasium.  Mr. Shike seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Shike moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Schuster seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – May 10, 2004

            2.            Minutes – Special Meeting – May 14, 2004

            3.            Accounts Payable Docket – May 24, 2004

            4.            Encumbrance Report – Period Ending April 30, 2004

            5.            Financial Status Report – Month Ending April 2004

            6.            Professional Leave Requests

            7.            Gifts

 

                        a.            Vigo County School Corporation Health and Nursing Services

                                    Hearing Aid Fund - $100.00 – Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

 

                        b.            Vigo County School Corporation Adult Education GED Program –

                                    Monetary Gift of $500.00 – Terre Haute Rotary Foundation.

 

                        c.            Fayette Elementary School – Monetary Gift of $500.00 – Clinton, IN

                                    Wal-Mart.

 

                        d.            Terre Haute North Vigo High School’s Tennis Complex – Sound

                                    System Installed with the Following Equipment:  Bogen Amplifier,

                                    Peavey Speakers, Wireless Microphone, and a Wired Microphone –

                                    Anonymous Donor.

 

Report

 

Mr. Brian Kooistra, Hannum Wagle and Cline, provided a construction update on the three new elementary schools.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

 

Mr. Cox moved for approval of the Personnel Report.  Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Policy Revision – Rule II of “Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion”

 

Mr. Tanoos presented, as “Third Reading”, the proposed revision of Rule II of “Grounds for Suspension or Expulsion”.  Considerable discussion took place, and Mr. Aballi responded to questions from the Board.

 

Mr. Hamblen moved for approval of the Rule II Policy Revision.  Mr. Schuster seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom, and Mr. Hamblen voted “aye.”  Dr. Minnis, Mr. Burks, Mr. Shike, and Mr. Cox voted “no.”  The motion did not pass.

 

Purchase of General Furniture and Loose Equipment (Sections 4, 7, 8, and 9) for the

Three New Elementary Schools

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that bids were received and opened on March 22, 2004 for the General Furniture and Loose Equipment for the three new elementary schools.  He requested permission to award contracts to fourteen (14) vendors for a total cost of $245,425.18, and that all other bids be rejected.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Appointment of Architect/Engineer and Construction Manager

Meadows Elementary School Project.

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission for the administration to begin planning for the Meadows Elementary School renovation using the services of Lorenz Williams Clinton as architect/engineers and Hannum Wagle & Cline as construction manager.  The project is budgeted at a total of $2,800,000.

 

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

 

FACS/Science Lab Renovations – Otter Creek Middle School

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on May 13, 2004 for FACS/Science Lab renovations at Otter Creek Middle School, and requested permission to accept the bid by C.H. Garmong & Sons, Inc. for the project.

 

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

 

Wall Covering Bid – Various Locations

 

Mr. Tanoos reported that bids were received and opened on May 20, 2004 for the bid of wall covering replacement at various locations.  He requested permission to award C.H. Garmong & Sons, Inc., as contractor for this project for a contract totaling $306,000.00, and that all other bids be rejected.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Tuition Support Anticipation Warrants – CIBC World Markets

 

Mr. Thornton reported that the Board of School Trustees granted permission to the Chief Financial Officer to seek a temporary loan to cover anticipated cash flow deficits in the General Fund during the 2004 budget year.  He requested approval of the sale of Tuition Support Anticipation Warrants for the General Fund in the amount of $11,500,000 to CIBC World Markets, New York, NY at a coupon rate of 2.25% with a premium of $48,540.00 for an effective rate of 1.5348%.  He noted that the loan would be closed on or before May 28, 2004 with repayment due on December 30, 2004.

 

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

 

Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board Grant

 

Mr. Tanoos noted that the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board has received a $400,000 grant through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Energies Indiana Funds to fund programs that are identified by the Governor’s Office as key to the economic growth of our state.  Mr. Tanoos said the Vigo County School Corporation will receive a portion of these funds, and requested approval.

 

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

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

Comments were received from Ms. Jan Hawkins, Principal at Meadows Elementary School.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Dr. Minnis said he had been told by some county officials that they are able to give slight preferences financially to local concerns and asked if the corporation has that ability.  Mr. Thornton responded that the question has come before the administration on several occasions, and he has discussed it with Mr. Bauer.  Mr. Thornton stated that he has never been given that authority.

 

Adjournment:  8:30 P.M.

 

 

Approved:

 

______________________________  President  ______________________________

 

_______________________________Vice Pres  ______________________________

 

_______________________________ Secretary  ______________________________

 

_______________________________ Dep. Secy.