VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES MEETING

MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2004

7:00 P.M.

 

MINUTES

 

 

A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation was held at the Administration Building, 686 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana on the 9th day of August 2004 at 7:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Mr. Gene Shike led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Superintendent Tanoos reported that he attended many meetings during the past two weeks, including a luncheon meeting with Mayor Burke.  Mr. Tanoos thanked the Board for allowing the administration to be involved in negotiations with the Teachers Association, which resulted in a tentative agreement that will be presented to our teachers on Monday, August 16th.

 

Resolution of Memoriam

 

Mr. Gene Shike presented a Resolution of Memoriam for Mr. Jerry Dewey, former Vigo County School Corporation school bus driver.

 

First Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

(No Comments Were Received)

 

Consent Agenda

 

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

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – July 26, 2004

 

            2.            Professional Leave Requests


 

            3.            Gift

 

                        a.            Mr. Terry Brownson – Roth Cello – Vigo County School Corporation

                                    for use in the string/orchestra program.  The estimated value of this

                                    gift is $600.00.

 

Reports

 

Three New Elementary Schools – Mr. Brian Kooistra

 

Mr. Brian Kooistra of Hannum Wagle and Cline presented a brief overview of the progress of the three new elementary schools.

 

Three New Football Fields

 

Mr. Mytron Lisby presented an update on the renovation of the three football fields, which has been going on during the last year and a half.

 

Discussion

 

Proposed Revision – Attendance Policy JED (Second Reading)

 

Mr. Azar presented the Proposed Revision of Attendance Policy JED for Second Reading, and responded to questions from Board Members.  It was unanimously decided to bring this proposed revision to the Board as “Third Reading” at the August 23rd Board Meeting.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

 

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

 

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers – Indiana State University

 

Mr. Tanoos recommended that the corporation enter into an agreement with Indiana State University to provide two (2) graduate assistant athletic trainers each for Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo High Schools and One (1) for West Vigo High School for the 2004-2005 school year.  He noted that the cost to the corporation would be $6,400.00 per graduate assistant for a total of $32,000.00.  Mr. Tanoos stated that Terre Haute Regional and Union Hospitals have agreed to provide the corporation with $22,700.00 to offset this cost.

 

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


 

Before and After-School Latch Key Program

 

Mr. Tanoos recommended that the Western Indiana Community Action Agency, Inc., be awarded the contract to provide care for Vigo County School Corporation students in grades K-5, and stated that all programs will utilize school facilities as required by law.

 

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

 

Elementary, Middle, and High School Student Handbooks

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the Elementary, Middle, and High School Student Handbooks.  He noted that the handbooks have been reviewed by the Executive Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education and contain the necessary and appropriate information.

 

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

 

Grant

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for West Vigo High School to participate in a $10,000.00 Service Learning Grant through the Indiana Department of Education.

 

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

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizen’s Comments

 

(No Comments Were Received)

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Mr. Hamblen shared an interesting article published in the April 1919 issue of the Terre Haute Tribune regarding attendance/work permit policies.

 

Mr. Tom asked Mr. Danner if there is a plan in regard to buses and parking at Dixie Bee Elementary School due to the heavy construction taking place in that area. 

 

Mr. Danner responded that he has been in contact with the Department of Transportation and they have assured him that Jessica Drive will be opened on August 16th.

 

Dr. Minnis remarked that he was unable to attend the last executive session, and requested information that was presented at that meeting.

 

Mr. Tom reminded Board Members and school personnel that the Back to School Rally would be held Monday, August 16, 7:30 a.m., at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

 

Adjournment:   7:40 P.M.

 

Approved:

 

______________________________President   ______________________________

 

______________________________Vice Pres.  ______________________________

 

______________________________Secretary  _______________________________

 

______________________________Dep. Secy.