VIGO COUNTY SCHOOL CORPORATION

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – 686 WABASH AVENUE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2007

 

 

M I N U T E S

 

 

A meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation was held at the Vigo County School Corporation Administration Building, 686 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, Indiana on February 12, 2007 at 7:00 P.M.

 

The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Paul Lockhart, Ms. Alpa Patel, Mr. Mel Burks, Mr. Gene Shike, Mrs. Jackie Lower, Mr. Guille Cox, and Dr. Joseph Minnis.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ms. Alpa Patel

 

Spotlight

 

The Academic Business Council was featured during the Spotlight.  The Vigo County School Corporation, along with the Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce formed this organization twenty years ago to support student learning about life skills and local business and industry.

 

Information from Superintendent Tanoos

 

Mr. Tanoos reviewed events and meetings that took place during the past two weeks.

 

First Call for Citizens Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

Consent Agenda

 

Mr.Burks moved for approval of the Consent Agenda.  Mr. Cox seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

 

            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – January 22, 2007

 

            2.            Stipend Authorizations

 

            3.            Permission to Purchase Items from Extra-Curricular Funds

 

            4.            Professional Leave Requests

 

            5.            Gifts

 

                        a.            Dixie Bee Elementary School – Dell D520 Dual Core Laptop                                        ($1685.70) and a Dell super DVD RW/CD ($131.18) – Dixie Bee

                                    PTO.

 

New Business

 

Personnel Report

 

Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Employee Agreement and Handbook Consideration

 

Mr. Tanoos stated that the Custodial/Maintenance employee group approved a tentative agreement on February 3, 2007 that conforms to the 2.84% package, and requested Board approval.

 

Mr. Shike moved for approval.  Dr. Minnis seconded the motion. Ms. Patel, Mr. Burks, Mr. Shike, Mrs. Lower, Mr. Cox, and Dr. Minnis voted “aye.”  Mr. Lockhart “abstained” because a relative is a member of this employee group.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Retainer

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to renew the annual school law retainer for the firm of Bose McKinney & Evans.  He noted that the five hundred dollar cost has remained constant for the past twenty-seven years.

 

Mr. Burks moved for approval.  Mr. Cox seconded the motion.

 

Dr. Minnis asked if the Board could receive a categorized list of expenditures for Bose McKinney and Evans.

 

Following discussion the motion passed unanimously.

 

Vocational Area Renovation Project

 

Mr. Tanoos recommended approval of Energy Systems Group (ESG) as the qualified energy savings provider for the Vocational area renovation project at Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, and West Vigo High Schools.  He also requested permission for the Administration to be granted permission to enter into a contract with ESG to complete this project within budgetary guidelines previously established by the Board of School Trustees.

 

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

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Property Transfer – Sandford Volunteer Fire Department

 

Mr. Tanoos requested permission to transfer the site of the former Sandford School that remains recorded as school property to the Fayette Township Volunteer Fire Department of Sandford.  He noted that the present fire department facility resides on this property, but the transfer was apparently never recorded.  Mr. Bauer has supplied the Quit Claim Deed to facilitate the property transfer.

 

Mr. Lockhart moved for approval.  Dr. Minnis seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

(See Proceedings)

 

Comments/Correspondence/Information

 

Second Call for Citizens Comments

 

No comments were received.

 

Information and Proposals from Board Members

 

Mr. Shike commended the Pizza Hut for the well-organized Pizza Hut Classic tournament.

 

Dr. Minnis noted that he would like to revisit the substitute teacher pay, and asked that the administration check with area corporations on their pay for certificated and non-certificated substitutes.

 

Mr. Cox commended the students involved in Math Counts.

 

Mr. Burks provided information on where individuals can purchase white band bracelets and noted that proceeds from the sales will go to the Travis Smith Foundation.  He also commended the North Vigo Girls Basketball team on their wins.

 

Mr. Tanoos announced that on February 23rd during half time at the North Vigo basketball game former student and athlete Steve Weatherford’s football jersey would be retired.  Steve is now playing professional football with the New Orleans Saints.

 

Future Meetings

 

Monday February 26, 2007 – 7:00 P.M. – Administration Building

Monday, March 12, 2007 – 7:00 P.M. – Administration Building

 

Adjournment:   7:33 P.M.

 

 

 

Approved:

 

______________________________President   _____________________________

 

______________________________Vice Pres.  _____________________________

 

______________________________Secretary   _____________________________

 

______________________________Dep. Secy.