MINUTES OF MEETING
MOORESVILLE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL CORPORATION
May 9, 2006
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, May 9, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. The Chairman after calling the meeting to order noted the presence of the following: Mr. Randy Davis, Mrs. Beverly Viles, Mr. Dave Davis and Dr. Phil Wright. Mr. Ron Wright was not present. 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.
The Chairman asked if the board members had read the minutes of April 11, 2006. 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 Mr. R. Davis and seconded by Mr. D. Davis the minutes were approved. Motion carried 4-0.
The Board Members then examined the claims that were submitted for payment. After due consideration and upon motion by Mrs. Viles and seconded by Mr. R. Davis the following claims were approved for payment:
Payroll – April 14 & 28, 2006
Claim Nos: 8 (10426) & 9 (10482)
Warrant Nos: 59016-59292 DD# 46779-47092
59295-59576 DD# 47095-47409
Vendors – May 9, 2006
Claim Nos: 10437-10690
Warrant Nos: #1 –1565-1593
#2 – 14225-14440
Motion carried 4-0
Mr. Ward stated that the board had received in their folders this evening a finalized list of textbooks for adoption for this year. This is the miscellaneous year for books in the area of Art, Music, Business, Industrial Technology and Family and Consumer Science. The Textbook Committee has met and teachers have had a chance to review the textbooks and the list is the recommended list for the board’s approval. Mr. D. Davis made a motion to approve the list of textbooks, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that the board had previously approved the 2006-07 school calendar. Two items had been left off of that calendar. The first is the days at the bottom which would be make up days and the other was the date of August 17th which is the first day for Kindergarten students.
We have a proposed calendar for 2007-08 which is very similar to the 2006-07 calendar. This calendar has us starting a week later than we have been and felt since we changed for 2006-07 should stay with this for an additional year. One change is the Elem./MS had put their extra day at the beginning of the year and the H.S. put their records day at the beginning of second semester. The 2007-08 calendar has all teachers starting the same day in August. This is for the board’s information and will be put on the June agenda for approval.
Mr. Ward stated that the board had previously received the Curriculum Standards for Reading. We will be adopting a new reading series for next year. These standards match the state standards and he is recommending approval. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve the Curriculum Standards for Reading, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that the board received the changes to the Corporation Safe School Crisis Plan. He has distributed this to all public safety agencies and has meet with the School Safety Committee. He feels it is a very professional document and it is a prototype of a national plan. Mrs. Viles made a motion to adopt the new crisis plan, seconded by Mr. D. Davis. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that according to Indiana Law we must have a wellness policy in place by July 1, 2006. He asked Mrs. Connie Patrick, Food Service Director to direct a committee to come together with ideas for and prepare ideas for this policy. The board received a copy of the proposed policy in their folders this evening. Mrs. Patrick stated the committee was comprised of teachers, administrators, board members, community members. There was much discussion and input and they determined that they wanted goals that could be reached and they wanted to focus on physical education and nutrition. Mr. Freeman stated this was for information and it would be brought back to the board for approval at the June meeting.
The board received copies of each of the school buildings revisions of their school improvement plans. The MCTA will also be reviewing these and Mr. Freeman will bring them back to the board for approval at the June meeting.
Mr. Freeman stated he had sent the board the Student/Parent Handbook revisions in the mail. Mr. R. Davis made a motion to approve the changes, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Turner stated that he and Mrs. Patrick had met and she had checked with the area schools to see what they are charging for school lunches. After reviewing the budget he stated they feel they can maintain their profit margin with the lunch prices as they are and are not asking for an increase for 2006-07. Lunch prices for Elementary would be $1.80; MS/HS would be $1.90; Adults would be $2.60 and Breakfast would be $1.25. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve the lunch prices for 2006-07, seconded by Mr. D. Davis. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that after looking at the book rental rates they have determined that there will not need to be an increase for 2006-07 school year. The kindergarten fee would be $40.00 and the K-8 textbook rental would be $104.00. H.S. books are determined by the classes that the students take. Mr. R. Davis made a motion to approve the book rental rates for 2006-07, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Turner presented two lists of items from the high school that they want to declare salvage. These are items that are outdated or unusable. Mr. R. Davis made a motion to approve the items salvage, seconded by Mrs. Viles. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman stated that we have made many revisions to the Kindergarten Entrance Age Policy over the past 10 years. The state keeps changing the entrance age date so we must then change our policy. He is proposing that our policy wording change so it will adjust with the state law so we won’t have to keep coming back with a revision. He will be discussing this with MCTA and it will be on the June meeting for approval.
Mr. Turner stated that Sheryl Fyffe is requesting permission to take 65 students to Kings Island on May 31. Because this is an out of state trip it requires board approval. Mrs. Viles made a motion to approve the trip, seconded by Mr. R Davis. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Freeman presented changes to the Support Staff Handbook and Wage proposals to the board members in their folders this evening. He stated a meeting was held of administrators, directors and representatives to talk about changes in the handbook. Mr. Freeman stated this process seems to be working well for everyone. The support staff received the increase amount the corporation is paying for health insurance effective in January. They are proposing a 3% average increase in wages; an increase in life insurance from $35,000 to $50,000; language changes in regards to family illness and changes in the retirement language. He stated that the proposals will be brought back to the board for approval at the June meeting.
In personnel, Mr. Freeman stated we have received resignations from Lisa Sumpter, teacher at North Madison; Candice Due, teacher at the H.S. and Angel LaPlante, aide at Northwood. Also Jessica Youmans is requesting a leave at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year. Mr. Freeman also had information for the board for the high school cheerleader coaches for next year. Motion was made by Mrs. Viles to approve the personnel items, seconded by Mr. R. Davis. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Turner gave a brief update on the construction project at Neil Armstrong. He stated they are bricking the shaft and are very pleased to see that the brick is a very close match to the brick at the bottom of the building. They will begin more when school is out. Also the work at the high school will start as soon as school is out.
Mr. Ward stated that they have a committee that is studying the possibility of a new student software system. We currently have 7 different servers with WinSchool. We are looking at a system-wide server. It would give parents better and quicker access to the students grades, attendance, etc. They could possibly come back in the June meeting to ask for approval for new software.
Mr. Freeman reminded the board of upcoming events: May 15th – No school, snow day which was not used; May 24 – Senior Picnic; May 25 – Last Student Day; May 26th – Teacher Record’s Day and All Staff Celebration Picnic at HS; May 27 – Commencement and June 13 is the next board meeting.
Mr. Freeman also wanted to recognize Maureen Hofmann Wehmeier – HS Teacher who was chosen as the Hope Award Winner this year. He stated she does an excellent job as a teacher and is very involved in many areas with students and fellow teachers.
There being no further business to come before the board and upon motion by Mrs. Viles and seconded by Mr. R. Davis the meeting was adjourned. Motion carried 4-0.
Attest: Respectfully submitted,
President Randy Davis