VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
OCTOBER 15, 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 October 15, 2002 at 7:00 P.M.
The following Board Members were present: Mr. Gene Shike, Mr. Alferd Hamblen, Mr. Mark May, Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Kenneth Schuster, Mr. Michael Tom, and Mr. Mel Burks.
Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Chris Kesner.
Mr. Mick Newport, Principal at North Vigo High School, introduced Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Con McDonald who presented a brief overview of the Air Force Junior ROTC program in the Vigo County School Corporation.
First Call for Citizen Comments
(No Comments Were 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. Schuster moved to approve the Personnel Report. Mr. Shike seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Clerical/Secretary to the Superintendent Agreement, Bus Driver Agreement, Food Service Agreement, Miscellaneous Classified Agreement, Technical/Managerial Agreement
Mr. Tanoos presented the Agreements for the following employee groups:
Administrative Clerical/Secretary to the Superintendent
Bus Driver Employees
Food Service Employees
Miscellaneous Classified Employees
Mr. Hamblen moved for approval. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Vigo County Elementary School Building Corporation Lease
Mr. Bauer requested permission to execute the lease between the Vigo County School Corporation and the Vigo County Elementary School Building Corporation.
Mr. Shike moved for approval. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Emergency Declaration for Terre Haute South Vigo High School Track
Mr. Tanoos requested permission to replace the track surface at Terre Haute South Vigo High School, noting that the track surface has delaminated from the asphalt base posing an unsafe condition for athletic events.
Mr. Tom moved for approval. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. Following discussion, the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Burks requested that parents of the South Vigo track team be notified that the team will not be using their home track this year.
Appointment of Architects/Engineers for 2003 Capital Projects Fund Projects
Mr. Tanoos requested permission to appoint the architects/engineers for the 2003 Capital Projects Fund Projects. He noted that the administration is recommending the following architectural/engineering firms for approval: Edifis Roofing Consultants, Construction Consultants, Inc., Access Engineering, Tudor Design, and RW Clinton.
Mr. Shike moved for approval. Mr. Burks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Formal Review of Educational Resources Committee
Mr. Tanoos requested permission for acceptance of the following individuals to serve on the Educational Resource Review Committee for 2002-2003: Karen Andrews, Scott Moore, Mark Lee, Cheryl Dean, Susan Eisman, Regina Conde, Tina Elliott, Verna White, Jamie Adams, and Brenda Allen.
Mr. Hamblen moved for approval. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Safe Haven Grant
Mr. Tanoos requested permission for the Safe Haven funds allocated for Vigo County for the 2002-2003 school year in the amount of $63,864.00
Mr. Tom moved for approval. Mr. Shike seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Grant
Mr. Tanoos requested permission to accept the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Grant federally funded under Title IV, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The total allocations for Vigo County for the 2002-2003 school year are $108,660.00.
Mr. Burks moved for approval. Mr. Hamblen seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Affirmation of Due Process Hearing
Mr. Bauer noted that it is necessary for the Board to publicly affirm their decision made at a recent student due process hearing to reinstate student #7303097.
Mr. May moved for approval. Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. Mr. Shike, Mr. May, Dr. Minnis, Mr. Schuster, and Mr. Tom voted "yes". Mr. Hamblen voted "no." Mr. Burks "abstained."
Second Call for Citizens Comments
(No Comments Were Received)
Information and Proposals From Board Members
Mr. May asked for discussion on the use of school mailboxes for political campaigning during election time.
Mr. Tanoos responded that in accordance with the VCTA Agreement, they have the authority to use school mailboxes in the mail system.
Mr. Tanoos asked Mr. Bauer to research this concern and render a legal opinion to the Board and the administration.
Mr. Shike commented that it has been brought to his attention that a large population of children ages 1-5 could cause some overcrowding in the Southwest part of the city. He stated that he would like for the Board to ask the administration to obtain these figures and come with a plan or program of how we would meet this situation.
Following additional discussion, Mr. Shike moved to ask the administration to do the following: (1) Study the Southwest quadrant of the city, (2) Study the possibility of using the Crawford School building to house the Washington Alternative High School, (3) Study the possibility of leasing the Crawford School building rather than selling it at the present time.
Mr. Schuster seconded the motion. Mr. Shike, Mr. May, Dr. Minnis, Mr. Schuster,
and Mr. Tom voted "yes." Mr. Hamblen and Mr. Burks voted "no."
Mr. Shike commended Dr. Minnis for attending enough Indiana School Boards Association training meetings to qualify him as a Master level Board Member. Mr. Schuster commended Mr. Shike for his attendance at the meetings, which qualified him as a Level Three Board Member.
Mr. Hamblen read a letter addressed to Mr. Tanoos and the Board of School Trustees from Elisha Hamblen, Chief of Operations, Terre Haute Fire Department thanking them and employees of the Vigo County School Corporation for the kindness and consideration shown the family of Captain Ralph Stott and the Terre Haute Fire Department during their time of sorrow and need.
As a member of the Stott family, Mr. Hamblen also personally thanked Mr. Newport, Colonel McDonald and his Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. for their Honor Guard at North Vigo High School during the time of procession, and Mr. Kirby and the staff and students at Otter Creek Middle School, as well as Mr. Tanoos and his staff for showing their respect as the procession passed by their areas.
Adjournment: 8:00 P.M.
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