MINUTES OF MEETING
MOORESVILLE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL CORPORATION
July 8, 2008
A regular meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation was held in the Education Center Auditorium, 11 W. Carlisle Street, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. The Chairman after calling the meeting to order noted the presence of the following: Mr. Ron Wright, Mrs. Beverly Viles, Mr. Dave Davis, Mr. Randy Davis and Dr. Phil Wright. The Chairman noting the presence of a quorum declared the meeting duly constituted.
Mr. Freeman led the board members and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Denise Hilton, Notary Public, administered the oath of office to re-elected members Ronald Wright and Randy Davis.
The Chairman then opened the floor for nomination of officers for the school board for the 2008-09 school year. Mr. R. Wright made a motion to keep the officers the same as they were for the past school year, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 5-0. The officers for the school board for the 2008-09 school year are:
Dr. Phillip Wright – President
Ronald Wright – Vice President
Randall Davis – Secretary
Beverly Viles – Member
David Davis – Member
The next item was to appoint the school attorney. Mr. R. Wright made a motion to retain Steve Harris as the school attorney for the 2008-09 school year, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 5-0.
The Chairman asked if the board wanted to change the meeting date and time for the board meetings. The board decided the keep the meeting times at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Mr. R. Davis made a motion to keep the meeting date and times, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 5-0.
The Chairman asked if the board members had read the minutes of June 10, 2008 and June 19, 2008. Noting that all members had read the minutes the Chairman asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes. There being no additions or corrections to the minutes and upon motion by Mrs. Viles and seconded by Mr. R. Davis the minutes were approved. Motion carried 5-0.
The board members then examined the claims that were submitted for payment. After due consideration and upon motion by Mr. R. Davis and seconded by Mr. R. Wright, the following claims were approved for payment:
Payroll – June 20, 2008 & July 3, 2008
Claim Nos: 12 (17686) - 13 (17751)
Warrant Nos: 73888-74028 DD# 12976-13325
73714-73885 DD# 12610-12973
Vendors – July 8, 2008
Claim Nos: 17658-17895
Warrant Nos: #1 –2704-2749
Motion carried 5-0.
The first item under new business was the review of Smoking Cessation Programs. Mr. Freeman introduced Jennifer Walker, Project Coordinator for Ready-Set-Quit-Tobacco, a program of Healthier Morgan County Initiative. He stated that a review had been done regarding tobacco policies of all schools of Morgan County and Ms. Walker was asked to present information to the board regarding the revision of the tobacco policy of Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation. Ms. Walker presented hand-outs to the board and reviewed the hand-outs with the board. She stated that she felt like tobacco should be the same as alcohol and be banned from the corporation’s campus and that Ready-Set-Quit-Tobacco is working toward a tobacco-free Morgan County. Mrs. Viles stated that she had done a nice job on the presentation and wanted to know where the corporation would start regarding promoting the program for the staff. Ms. Walker told the board to call her and she would contact the appropriate people. Ms Walker thanked the board for allowing her to give her presentation at the board meeting.
Mr. Johnson, Asst. Superintendent, stated that July 1 begins the budget process. He is asking the board for permission to advertise for the 2009 budget, Form 3, 12-Year Bus Replacement Schedule, and the 3-Year Capital Projects Plan. The publication dates will be August 13 and 20 with the budget hearing scheduled for August 26. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve advertising for the 2009 budget, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Mr. Johnson stated that it will be a challenge for schools to transition into the 12-year bus replacement schedule. He also stated that 2009 will be different because the general fund will be off the property tax roles so the school will see a lot lower tax-rate because the general fund will come off of that. He also stated that it will be a challenge for everyone because he had never put together a budget that did not have the general fund on a property tax bill. Dr. Wright asked how many miles were driven by each bus per year. Mr. Freeman stated that 360,000 miles were driven by 50 busses each year and the special ed busses would be the biggest problem because they travel all over. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman presented the Holiday Work schedule for the twelve-month employees. He stated this schedule changes a little from year to year, but still has the 10-day Holidays. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve the Holiday Work Schedule for 2008-09, seconded by Mr. R. Wright. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman explained the Student Due Process Expulsion Hearings and that last year the board voted to not hear any expulsions. He stated that the law states if you hear one case, you must hear them all. This has been considered annually and in the past it has been voted to not hear the expulsions. He stated that the board is given a brief summary of the hearings which is now part of the corporation’s routine. Mr. Freeman recommended that the board continue the current policy to not hear the expulsions. Mr. R. Wright made a motion that the board does not hear the expulsions for the 2008-09 school year, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman gave the board an update on the SR 144 closure. He stated that he has spoken with INDOT and Jim Patrick has talked with Poindexter on-site to see if the school could have an influence on the timeline to encourage them to do everything they can to get the project completed quickly. Mr. Freeman stated that after speaking to several people, the best case scenario would be completion by Labor Day weekend. Mr. Freeman stated he will have a meeting with the engineer on-site on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. if any of the board members would like to attend. Dr. Wright proposed a letter be written to the legislators regarding the loss of fuel and the extra expenses because of the timeline on this project.
Mr. Freeman stated that he also checked on the road work in front of Neil Armstrong and that they are anticipating one-lane road closures sometime later in the fall.
Mr. Freeman asked for approval from the board for the memberships for the corporation in the following organizations: ISBA, AASA, IAPSS, ASBO, IASBO, ASCD, IASCD, NAPT, STAI, NCA, Chamber of Commerce, Morgan County Leadership Academy, South Central Study Council, Kiwanis Club, and Rotary Club. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve memberships in the organizations as presented, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman presented the following personnel items:
Retirements: Linda Winks, Neil Armstrong Cafeteria Manager – effective June 30, 2008
Resignations: Sarah Lux, Newby – 2nd Grade Teacher – effective May 29, 2008
Wendy Dollarhide, High School – Special Education Teacher – effective May 29, 2008
Brian Gamble, PHMS – 7th Grade Volleyball Coach
Scott Frye, Northwood – High School Soccer Coach
Severance Pay: Henry Brooks
Other Items: Introduction of Bob Sendelbach, Director of Technology
List of Contracts to be stamped
Change of Employee Information Sheet
Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve the personnel items and contracts, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 5-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that the board had received in their packets a paper from DOE that shows the school corporation has not gained a lot as far as dollars per student and is ranked 284th in the state. He also stated that he felt like the corporation was providing a good education for the students at half the cost of what some school corporations were receiving.
Mr. Freeman stated that at the August board meeting, he will have the cash transfer tuition students list as well as the tuition rate for 2008-09 He also stated that since the state has taken over the general fund obligation, there will be an impact on the tuition rate.
Mr. Freeman stated that upcoming events are August 11 – Elementary/MS Teacher Work Day, August 12, All Staff Orientation Day, and the next school board meeting will be August 12, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Ed Center.
There being no further business to come before the board and upon motion by Mr. R. Wright, seconded by
Mr. D. Davis, the meeting was adjourned. Motion carried 5-0.
Attest: Respectfully submitted,
President Randy Davis