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 25TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2002, AT 7:00 P.M.
THE FOLLOWING BOARD MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: MR. ALFERD HAMBLEN, MR. MARK MAY, DR. JOSEPH MINNIS, MR. KENNETH SCHUSTER, MR. MICHAEL TOM, MR. MEL BURKS, AND MR. GENE SHIKE
Pledge of Allegiance
Mr. Alferd Hamblen led the Pledge of Allegiance
First Call for Citizens Comments
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School was chosen as the Distinguished Title I School for Indiana by the State Department of Education, Title I Division. Dr. Marge Simic, State Title I Director, presented information regarding Franklin’s prestigious award.
Mr. Shike moved that the Consent Agenda be approved. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The following Consent Agent items were approved:
Dr. Goeller presented the Personnel Report including an addendum for the resignation of the Director of Purchasing & Warehousing.
Mr. Hamblen moved that the Personnel Report and addendum be approved. Mr. Shike seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Policy Revisions – Policy Revisions – Policy IKFB and Policy IKFC (Third Reading)
Dr. Goeller requested permission to approve the revisions of Policy IKFB and Policy IKFC. These policies were presented as Third Reading.
Mr. Shike moved that the revisions of Policy IKFB and Policy IKFC be approved. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
2002 Masonry Work at Various Locations
Dr. Goeller requested permission to award a masonry contract to American Restoration Corporation for a cost of $170,000. She noted that this request comes after further research into the bidding concern discussion at the February 11th Board meeting.
Mr. May moved to award a masonry contract to American Restoration Corporation for a cost of $170,000. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. Mr. Hamblen, Mr. May, Dr. Minnis, Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom, and Mr. Burks voted "aye." Mr. Shike voted "no."
Purchase of Vocational and Applied Technology Equipment (Carl D. Perkins Grant)
Dr. Goeller requested permission to award contracts to fourteen (14) vendors for a total of $84,92.40 to be used for vocational and applied technology equipment.
Mr. Tom moved to award contracts to the fourteen vendors for a total cost of $84,925.40. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Dr. Goeller requested permission to accept the following Grants:
Mr. Burks moved to accept the above mentioned grants. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Second Call for Citizens Comments
Comments were received from the following citizens: Mr. John Camp, Mr. Michael Misovich, Ms. Georgia Mell, Mr. George Aimies, Mr. Robert Hellmann, Mr. Bob Clary, Mrs. Debbie Hills, Mrs. Ann Lee, Mrs. Amy Aimies, Mrs. Robin Plank, and Mr. Jeff Hills.
Information and Proposals from Board Members
Mr. Shike expressed concern with lighting in the auxiliary gyms. He noted that state recommendations say that new high schools should have 100 ft candles at floor level, and auxiliary gyms should have 50-60 ft. candles at floor level. Mr. Shike further stated that in the one school he checked the lighting was 28’ candles at floor level and that, coupled with dark walls, does not make it light enough for baseball teams to practice safely. Mr. Shike asked Mr. Danner to examine the situation, and bring a report back to the Board as to what can be done to lighten those areas.
Mr. May noted that he had talked with a professor at Indiana State University who indicated that he had been asked by the school corporation to share his thoughts on certain subjects. Mr. May commented that the professor stated he had research to show that at-risk students do better in smaller schools
Mr. May asked Dr. Goeller to find out if that meeting actually took place, and if so exactly what information the professor provided.
Mr. May stated that he thought it would be appropriate to have per diem pay for Board Members. Mr. Shike asked Dr. Minnis to have Mr. May poll the Board Members for their feelings on this subject.
Mr. May raised the question as to where the administration stands regarding the Terra Nova Testing program. Mrs. McLeish responded, and considerable discussion took place.
Mr. May stated it is his opinion that if the Board would have had a person outside the corporation do the investigation on a recent personnel concern the public would have had more confidence in the Board’s decision.
Mr. May commented that he is supportive of having free market regarding the yearbook pictures
Dr. Minnis stated that he would like to encourage anyone else who would like to change their mind on Crawford to let him know because he would very much like to see that school stay open.
Dr. Goeller noted that the Indiana Department of Education has selected Donna McLeish, Curriculum Coordinator of Program Evaluation, and Duane Miller, Grade 4 teacher at Fuqua Elementary School, to participate in the ISTEP+ pilot item review for mathematics for the 2002-2003 school year.
Mr. Shike received a question regarding a survey that was sent out at South Vigo High School. He said that after receiving a copy, and checking into Board Policy, this survey did not ask any questions dealing with the eight particular points that the Board is asked to review on questionnaires. He noted that he could see no reason why this survey should have been sent to the Board. Dr. Minnis concurred with Mr. Shike.
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