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 13TH DAY OF MAY, 2002, AT 7:40 P.M., FOLLOWING THE 1028 AND PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION HEARING.

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

Spotlights

Reading Recovery

Mrs. Cinda Taylor introduced Mrs. Polly Lee and Mr. Paul Allen, Reading Recovery leaders. Mrs. Lee and Mr. Allen highlighted the accomplishments of this year’s Reading Recovery class and introduced the twenty-five newly trained teachers.

Sarah Scott Middle School’s Literacy Project

Mrs. Brenda Allen introduced Mr. Mark Miller, Principal at Sarah Scott Middle School. Mr. Miller highlighted Tales By the Schoolside, a unique compilation of stories and art work by the Sarah Scott School community.

First Call for Citizen Comments

(No Comments Received)

Consent Agenda

Mr. Shike moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Consent Agenda items approved were as follows:

    1. Minutes – Regular Meeting – April 22, 2002
    2. Financial Status Report – Month Ending April 2002
    3. Encumbrance Report for Period Ending April 30, 2002
    4. Professional Leave Requests

New Business

Personnel Report

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.

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

 

Revised Policy CC (Administrative Organization Plan)

Mr. Tanoos presented the Revised Policy CC. He noted that there is no change in the policy. The revision updates exhibits of line and chart.

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

Revised Policies KMA and KMAA (Second Reading)

Mr. Tanoos reported that the revisions in Policies KMA and KMAA will make it possible to include parents and families in meaningful ways as schools work toward improved student learning. The revisions will be presented to the Board for approval at the May 28th Board meeting.

Purchase of Modular Technology Equipment for West Vigo High School

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to award a contract to Depco, Inc., in the amount of $133,127.00, and to reject all other bids.

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

Pool Renovation Bid

Mr. Tanoos requested approval to award a contract to Shamrock Enterprises for a contract total of $163,259.95, and to reject all other bids. Mr. Danner and Mr. Marlin Smith of Access Engineering responded to questions from Board Members.

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

Everyday Mathematics – Pilot Grades 2 and 5

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to approve Everyday Mathematics as a pilot program in selected classrooms at grades 2 and 5 for the 2002-2003 school year. He noted that this pilot is in alignment with the Indiana Math Initiative that is presently being implemented in the middle grades.

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

Grants

Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the following grants:

    1. Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) Remediation Grant
    2. Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Program
    3. Title II Eisenhower Professional Development Grant
    4.  

    5. Four Block Balanced Literacy Mini-Grant for DeVaney and

Crawford Elementary Schools.

Mr. Burks moved for approval. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion

Passed unanimously.

Comments Correspondence/Information

Second Call for Citizens Comments

(No Comments Received)

Information and Proposals from Board Members

Mr. Shike thanked Mr. Lisby for sending him the report on weighted grades. He noted that, at this point and time, he would be by his side on the determination, but would like for the information to remain available for future reference if there would be a need.

Mr. Shike noted that he met with Mr. Hamblen and Dr. Minnis to go through the Policy Handbook. He expressed a concern that the Indiana School Boards Association Code of Ethics is apparently not included in our handbook. Mr. Shike suggested that someone research this, and present a copy to the Board for inclusion in our handbook.

Mr. Tanoos responded that he would work with Indiana School Boards Association and present the Board with a copy.

Mr. Shike commented that he has received a number of calls possibly resulting from a recent athletic transfer from one of our schools. He said he has always felt that the people in this county have paid for our schools, and if they had a valid reason to send their children to another school to become more successful, he understood that. He noted that he feels our policy has worked well for elementary school students, but would like for the administration to review our transfer policy regarding the secondary schools and our consistency. Mr. Shike said that according to the calls he has received, we seemed to have lost our consistency, and in his opinion that could cause problems.

Mr. Tanoos commented that in regard to the issue of Lawrence North High School, the administration has been working with Mr. Freese, Principal at South Vigo High School, Mr. Lisby, and the Principal at Lawrence North High School. He noted that the administration will continue to work to get clarification on the procedure Lawrence North uses to contact students from Vigo County, as well as students from other areas in the state. He commented that locally he will chair a committee and include Mr. Lisby, members of the Athletic Committee, and parents to review our policy.

Mr. Tanoos expressed thanks to the Board for their support of all the great things going on in our school corporation.

Mr. Tanoos commented that 2002-2003 is a textbook adoption year for language arts, and the Special Education Language Arts Adoption Committee has made recommendations for the adoption of new textbooks selections. He noted that the recommendations will be included as part of the May 28th Board packet, and he will ask for approval at that time. Mr. Tanoos said the textbooks are on display and available for review at the Covered Bridge building.

Mr. Tanoos stated that the School Improvement Plans from each of our schools are also on display and encouraged the Board to look at every book. He noted that approval of the plans will be requested in two weeks.

Dr.Minnis recognized Boy Scout Trop 200 in attendance at the meeting this evening.

Adjournment 8:40 P.M.

 

Approved:

______________________________President ______________________________

______________________________Vice Pres. ______________________________

______________________________Secretary ______________________________

______________________________Dep. Secy.