VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006

 

 

M I N U T E S

 

 

A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation was held at the Vigo County School Corporation Administration Building, 686 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana on December 11, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Mr. Michael Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Spotlight

 

Mrs. Carolyn Roberts introduced the African American Male Mentors who shared information about their program and some of the events in which they have participated.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Tanoos presented a brief overview of meetings and events that took place during the past two weeks.

 

First Call for Citizens Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

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 – November 27, 2006

 

            2.            Year-End Transfers for Capital Projects Fund Projects

 

            3.            Year-End Transfers of Appropriations for General and

                        Transportation Funds

 

            4.            Payment of Interim Claims in December

 

            5.            Stipend Authorizations

 

            6.            Purchase of Equipment from Extra-Curricular Account

                        Funds

 

            7.            Professional Leave Requests

 

            8.            Gifts

 

                        a.            Fayette Elementary School – Monetary Gift of $1,000.00 –

                                    C.H. Garmong and Sons, Inc., to provide incentives for

                                    students with perfect attendance, good behavior, Bug Club,

                                    and Mayor Character nominees.

 

                        b.            High School Principals – Monetary gift of $2,000.00 – Vigo

                                    County Education Foundation as funding support for Project

                                    48.

 

                        c.            Hoosier Prairie Elementary School – Washer and Dryer for the

                                    Hoosier Prairie Health Room – Best U Foundation.

 

Special Presentation

 

Mr. Bruce introduced Mr. Josh Zuerner, JOINK, Inc., who provided an overview of the advantages of upgrading to a new district-wide telephone system.  Features, cost savings, and return on investment were presented.

 

Following discussion, the decision was made to present this item for discussion at the January 8, 2007 Board Meeting.

 

Report

 

Mr. Lisby presented a report regarding the Vigo County School Corporation Graduation Rate Data, and responded to questions from Board Members.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Discussion

 

Proposed Activity Trip Fee Increase & Policy EEAD-R Revisions

 

Mr. Danner reported that in order to alleviate the cash shortage within the Transportation Fund, the transportation advisory committee suggests that activity trip fee increase from the present rate of .30 to .50 per mile, eliminate the waiving of mileage charges for trips within the county, begin charging mileage to athletic groups, and setting a budget for mileage for music groups as noted in EEAD-R, item F.

 

Mr. Shike suggested that perhaps the General Fund could help support the Transportation Fund instead of raising fees.  Discussion took place, and Mr. Cox suggested that this item be tabled at this time.  The Board unanimously agreed.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

Employment Agreement and Handbook Proposals

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the proposed salary and benefits area for the following employee groups: (1) Administrative Clerical Employees (2) Managerial Employees (3) School Clerical Employees.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Vocational Area Renovation at Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo and West Vigo High Schools

 

Mr. Tanoos recommended that permission be granted for the administration to advertise for Requests for Qualifications for a Performance Based Energy/Operating Cost Reduction Program at Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo and West Vigo High Schools.  He noted that the advertisement for Requests for Qualifications is the initial step in the selection of a provider for the vocational area renovation for each of these facilities.

 

Following discussion, Mr. Cox moved for approval, and Mr. Burks seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)


 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Survey  (ATOD)

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to permit the Vigo County School Corporation to take part in the 2007 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Survey, which will include students in grades 8, 10, and 12.  He noted that participation is voluntary, completely anonymous, and there is not cost to the corporation.

 

Dr. Minnis moved for approval.  Mrs. Lower seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Criminal History Information

 

Mr.Tanoos requested approval of the revised Criminal History Information – Policy GCDF.  He noted that this Policy was presented to the Board as first reading on October 12, 2006, and as second reading November 13m 2006.

 

Considerable discussion took place, and Mr. Azar responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Mr. Tom moved for approval.  Mr. Lockhart seconded the motion.  Mrs. Lower, Mr. Cox, Mr. Lockhart, Mr. Tom, Mr. Burks, and Mr. Shike voted “aye.”  Dr. Minnis voted “no.”

 

Grants

 

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the following Grants:

 

            a.            Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Grant

           

            b.            Peace Grant – Dixie Bee Elementary School

 

            c.            Professional Development Schools Grant – Davis Park Elementary School

 

            d.            Economic Education Grant – Davis Park Elementary School

 

            e.            Economic Education Grant – Ouabache Elementary School

 

            f.            Economic Education Grant – Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary

                        School

 

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

 


Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizens Comments

 

Comments were received from Mr. Bernard Ridens, Executive Director of the Vigo County Taxpayers Association.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

A plaque was presented to Mr. Tom to commemorate his serving as a Member of the Board of School Trustees from January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2006.

 

Information

 

The Vigo County Public Library has recently received a Big Read Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.  They are offering free reader and teacher guides, along with book copies to any high school interested in participating.  This will take place in March 2007.

 

Adjournment:   9:00 P.M.

 

 

Approved:

 

______________________________ President   _____________________________

 

______________________________ Vice Pres.  _____________________________

 

______________________________ Secretary   _____________________________

 

______________________________ Dep. Secy.