VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
AUGUST 26, 2002
A 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 August 26, 2002 at 7:10 P.M.
The following Board Members were present: Mr. Kenneth Schuster, Mr. Michael Tom, Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Gene Shike, Mr. Alferd Hamblen, Mr. Mark May, and Dr. Joseph Minnis.
First Call for Citizen Comments
(No Comments Received)
Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The following Consent Agenda items were approved:
Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.
Mr. Burks moved for approval of the Personnel Report. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Tentative Master Agreement
Mr. Tanoos requested approval of the Two-Year Master Agreement between the Vigo County School Corporation and the Vigo County Teachers Association.
Mr. Hamblen moved for approval. Mr. Burks seconded the motion.
Dr. Minnis, Mr. Shike, Mr. May, Mr. Schuster, and Mr. Burks made comments in reference to the Agreement between the Vigo County School Corporation and the Vigo County Teachers Association. All comments were positive, with Dr. Minnis, Mr. Shike, and Mr. May cautioning about the need for the corporation to be very frugal in their spending this year.
Following discussion, the motion to approve the Agreement passed unanimously.
Change in Policy JCA-R Regulations (Permit Policy) Third Reading
Mr. Tanoos presented the recommended change in Policy JCA-R as "Third Reading". He commented that the recommended change will better inform students and parents of the need to meet Indiana High School Athletic Association, as well as Vigo County School Corporation standards.
Mr. May moved for approval, and Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. Mr. Schuster, Mr. Tom, Mr. Burks, Mr. Hamblen, Mr. May, and Dr. Minnis voted "yes." Mr. Shike voted "no."
Recommendation for Increase in GED Test Fee
Mr. Tanoos requested permission to increase the fee for the General Education Development (GED) test to $60.00 per exam effective October 1, 2002. He noted that with the introduction of the new GED 2002 test, the cost of purchasing test materials has increased thirty percent.
Mr. Tom moved for approval, Mr. Burks seconded the motion. Mr. Tom, Mr. Burks, Mr. Shike, Mr. Hamblen, and Mr. May voted "yes." Mr. Schuster and Dr. Minnis voted "no." During the Information and Proposals from Board Members segment, Mr. May changed his vote to "no."
Union Hospital Lease Agreement for Health Careers
Mr. Tanoos recommended that the Lease Agreement in the amount of $10,426.91 between the Vigo County School Corporation and Union Hospital be approved for the 2002-2003 school year. He noted that approval of this agreement would enable continuation of a program designed to prepare students for entry level employment or continuing education in a health care career.
Mr. Shike moved for approval. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Tanoos requested approval for the following Grants:
Mr. Shike moved for approval of the grants. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Second Call for Citizen Comments
Comments were received from Dr. John Olsen.
Information and Proposals from Board Members
Mr. Shike suggested that the corporation put a plan in place to do orientation on sexual harassment for our employees.
Mr. Tanoos responded that the administration has just completed plans to have Mr. Chuck Rubright and Mrs. Carolyn Roberts work together to make a presentation to the administrative team on sexual harassment. Mr. Tanoos also commented that last year there was a presentation to the Superintendent’s Cabinet on this issue.
Mr. Shike said it is very important that we follow through with this plan for all employee groups.
Mr. Tanoos said Mr. Shike’s advice would be taken and the administration will continue to in-service employees on this sensitive issue.
Mr. May asked if he could change his vote for the GED Test increase to "no".
Mr. Tom stated that it is his belief that "Roberts Rules" would not allow a change in vote after this length in time.
Dr. Minnis stated that the Board does not actually follow "Roberts Rules". He noted that the Board follows whatever rules they would like to follow. Dr.Minnis stated that unless somebody asks for "Roberts Rules" to be followed, the Board can make their own rules as they go especially since the change of vote does not change the outcome.
Mr. Tanoos announced that tomorrow there would be a Press Conference at 10:30 a.m. make one of the biggest announcements we have had in the Vigo County School Corporation. He noted that the announcement will be in regard to SAT Scores and invited everyone to attend and share in this glorious moment.
Adjournment 7:40 P.M.
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The entire proceedings of this meeting are on tape and available to be reviewed upon request in the office of the Superintendent
The entire proceedings of this meeting are on tape and available to be reviewed upon request in the Office of the Superintendent