7:00 P.M.






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 the 14th day of October 2003 at 7:00 P.M.


The following Board Members were present:  Mr. Alferd Hamblen, Mr. Guille Cox,

Dr. Joseph Minnis, Mr. Kenneth Schuster, Mr. Michael Tom, Mr. Mel Burks, and Mr. Gene Shike.


Pledge of Allegiance


Mr. Michael Tom led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Students and chaperones that traveled to Japan in the 7th Bi-Annual Japanese Exchange Program presented a brief overview of their visit to Tajami, Japan.


First Call for Citizens Comments


(No Comments Were Received)


Student Due Process Appeal Hearing


Four Board Members attended the Student Due Process Appeal Hearing (Student #6008004) held on Thursday, October 2, 2003.  The decision to uphold Board determination was as follows:  Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Cox, and Dr. Minnis voted “yes.” and Mr. Shike voted “no.”


Consent Agenda


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:


            1.            Minutes – Regular Meeting – September 22, 2003


            2.            Professional Leave Requests


            3.            Appointment of Dr. Karen Goeller to the Vigo County Juvenile Center

                        Advisory Center


            4.            Gifts


                        a.            Allen Memorial Planetarium - $800.00 donation from Vetron Energy

                                    Delivery to be used for the purchase of a laser light show entitled

                                    “Centennial of Flight”.


                        b.            DeVaney Elementary School – Playground Equipment – DeVaney

                                    Parent Teacher Organization at an approximate cot of $6,200.00.


New Business


Personnel Report


Mr. Tanoos presented the Personnel Report for approval.


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


Gifted/Talented Grant


Mr. Tanoos requested permission for approval of the Gifted/Talented Grant for the

2003-2004 school year from the Indiana Department of Education.


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




Second Call for Citizen’s Comments


Comments were received from Mr. Ron Spurgeon.


Information and Proposals From Board Members


Mr. Shike inquired about the reason for going with front engine buses vs. rear engine buses that had been purchased.  He also asked if thought had been given to using buses with storage underneath.


Mr. Tanoos responded that Mr. Danner would present the Board with a report in response to those issues.


Mr. Cox asked if the number of buses that will be advertised for are within the Capital Improvement Plan for buses.


Mr. Thornton responded that the buses would be purchased from the Bus Replacement Fund, which has never received state funding. Mr. Thornton stated that the Bus Replacement Fund is funded by local tax money.


Mr. Cox inquired if purchasing used buses has ever been considered.  Mr. Thornton responded no, because most school corporations, including our own, typically keep their buses beyond the time that other corporations would be interested in them.



Adjournment:   7:25 P.M.





______________________________President   _____________________________


______________________________Vice Pres  _____________________________


______________________________Secretary  _____________________________


______________________________Dep. Secy.