A REGULAR 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 28TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2002, AT 7:00P.M.

THE FOLLOWING BOARD MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: MR. MEL BURKS, MR. GENE SHIKE, MR. ALFERD HAMBLEN, MR. MARK MAY, DR. JOSEPH MINNIS, MR. KENNETH SCHUSTER, AND MR. MICHAEL TOM.

Pledge of Allegiance

Mr. Gene Shike led the Pledge of Allegiance.

First Call for Citizen Comments

(None)

Spotlight

Mr. Pierce, Director of Career Technology and Adult Education, reviewed the Instructional Safety Guide, and highlighted how the Career Technology Lab Based Programs are addressing Aim 6 of the Vigo County School Corporation’s Aims and Goals on Safety.

Consent Agenda

Mr. May moved that the Consent Agenda be approved. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

    1. Minutes – Organizational Meeting of the Board – January 14, 2002
    2. Minutes – Regular Meeting of the Board – January 14, 2002
    3. Accounts Payable Claims Docket – January 1, 2002-January28, 2002
    4. Professional Leave Requests
    5. Gift – Crawford Elementary School- Monetary award of $200.00 to be used

for literacy – Sam’s Club

Discussion

High School Athletic Program

Mr. Lisby noted that the High School Athletic Council approved the following changes to the high school athletic program on November 29, 2001: (1) to increase the number of assistant coaches in specific sports; (2) to reinstate the stipend for assistant athletic director (a bargaining unit position – not an administrative position); and (3) to add freshmen baseball and softball teams. He stated that these anticipated changes would occur over a four-year period beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

This item will be brought back to the Board at the February 11, 2002 Board Meeting.

 

Policy Revisions – Policy IKF and Policy IKFA

Mr. Lisby presented the recommendation that Policy IKF and Policy IKFA be changed so that the number of credits required for high school graduation be increased to 48 credits, beginning with students who begin grade 9 after August 1, 2002.

These policies will be brought back to the Board at the February 11, 2002 Board Meeting.

Policy Revisions – Policy IKFB and Policy IKFC

Mr. Lisby reported that Policy IKFB has changes in wording which will help clarify the policy. He also noted that there is a change to remove the 40-credit identification and replace it with language that works for whatever credit requirements might be in effect. He also presented the recommended change that Policy IKFC change the number of credits that need to be earned by a student involved in a foreign student exchange program. Mr. Lisby noted that the purpose of this is to match Policy IKFB.

These policies will be brought back to the Board at the February 11, 2002 Board Meeting.

New Business

Personnel Report

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

Mr. May moved that the Personnel Report be approved. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Board Policy Updates for Section D Fiscal Management (Second Reading)

Mr. Thornton noted that Section D of the Board Policy Manual has been reviewed for any changes and/or updates, and the changes are noted in the Board Packet in bold print or by strike-through.

This item will be brought back to the Board for Third Reading at the February 11, 2002 Board Meeting.

Policy Revision for Textbook Collections (Second Reading)

Mr. Azar noted that the proposed collection procedure would call for collections to begin on January 1 of each year, and this represents a change from past practice of beginning after May.

This Policy revision will be brought back to the Board for Third Reading at the February 11, 2002 Board Meeting.

 

Professional Development Schools Grant – Fayette Elementary School

Mr. Tanoos requested permission for approval of a Professional Development Schools Grant with Indiana State University and Educate Indiana. The amount of the grant is $4,300.00.

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

Comments/Correspondence/Information

Second Call for Citizen Comments

Comments were received from Mr. John Camp, Mr. Michael Misovich, Mrs. Georgia Mell, and Mr. George Amies.

Information and Proposals from Board Members

Mr. May asked for an update of the copier bid.

Mr. Bruce responded that the bid committee was convening tomorrow afternoon to review the final specifications. He noted that the target date was February 8th.

Mr. May inquired as the timeline being looked at for copiers.

Mr. Bruce responded that right now the administration has targeted three years.

Mr. May noted that he has some additional thoughts on the Trimester scheduling, and asked if other Board Members might also have thoughts on the subject.

Mr. Tanoos commented that this year he has received very few calls of complaint about the Trimester scheduling. He noted that it seems to be working pretty well right now, with a few flaws that need to be worked out.

Mr. Shike inquired how many years Trimester scheduling would have to be in place in order to use SAT scores to judge whether it has helped us, hurt us, or hasn’t made any difference.

Mr. Lisby responded that senior students usually take the SAT in the fall of the year. Since this is the third year of Trimester scheduling, the juniors are the only students who have had the Trimester the entire time they have been in high school. Mr. Lisby also commented that the only group where everyone was surveyed in regard to Trimester was the teachers.

Mr. Schuster asked Mr. Lisby if a seven period day in which a teacher teaches five classes and has an extra duty assignment would allow students to get the number of credits needed.

Mr. Lisby responded that to allow teachers to teach five classes on a seven period day, we would have to increase the teaching staff.

Dr. Minnis stated that it is his opinion that now would be a good time to look into this again, and perhaps ask the same people originally surveyed how they feel at this point. Dr. Minnis also noted that he thinks it would be interesting to see how many students get more credits and leave school early, how many students that stay are getting more credits, and information regarding the drop-out rate.

Mr. Tom commented that most of the students he has talked to like the Trimester scheduling because it enables them to take advantage of more classes.

Mr. Tanoos asked for direction from the Board regarding their thoughts on this subject.

Mr. Burks commented that it is his opinion Mr. Lisby should be allowed to continue on track with his plan, then he would re-evaluate and bring information back to the Board. The majority of the Board concurred with Mr. Burks.

Mr. Schuster asked if there could be a study done to see if it would be less expensive to contract out the corporation grass cutting instead of buying the equipment and doing it ourselves.

Considerable discussion took place regarding this issue, and Mr. Tanoos said he would have Mr. Danner look into this issue.

Mr. May made comments in reference to the Driver Education Program.

Mr. May said it was his understanding that the Day Care Program is anticipated to be expanded.

Mr. Tanoos stated that there is no recommendation from the administration to expand the Day Care Program at this point.

Mr. May commented that he would like for the Board to be thinking about the Warren School property. He noted that there may be a time in the future, whether it is now or fifteen or twenty years from now, there could be a Board that would like to have that property available to use.

Mr. Tanoos responded that the property has been advertised and bids have been opened. He noted that at the February 11th meeting the administration plans to present to the Board the bid for sale of that particular parcel.

Mr. Shike commented that it is his opinion that anything we can get back on the tax roll would help.

 

Future Meetings

Monday, January 28, 2002 – 7:00 P.M. – Administration Building

Monday, February 11, 2002 – 7:00 P.M. – Administration Building

Adjournment: 8:15 P.M.

 

Approved:

 

______________________________President ______________________________

______________________________Vice Pres. ______________________________

_____________________________ Secretary _____________________________

_____________________________ Dep. Secy.