South Knox School Corporation

6116 East State Road 61 Vincennes, Indiana 47591 Phone: (812) 726-4440 Fax: (812) 743-2110

 
 

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June 14, 2016

2017 School Corporation budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2017 school budget. The public hearing for the 2017 budget will be held on September 12 and the adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for October 10.

Knox County Special Education 2016-17 Budget
Approved the special education budget for 2016-17 school year. South Knox works with North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for special education students in Knox County.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • FFA students to FFA state convention at Purdue on June 14-17
  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on July 26-28
  • Boys' basketball team to Scottsburg Shoot-out June 10-11
  • Girls' basketball team to University of Louisville team camp June 17-19
  • Girls' soccer team to Indiana Wesleyan team camp July 11-13
  • Boys soccer team to Indiana Wesleyan team camp July 13-16 and to Columbus July 23
    Personnel
    Accepted resignations from:
  • Dusti Kinnett as SKMS cheer coach
  • Laura Wagoner as SKE cheer coach
  • Bob Swank as high school mathematics academic team coach
  • Dana Robbins as junior class co-sponsor
  • Kathy Holscher as part-time instructional assistant
  • Mary Jo Washington as special education assistant
  • Jamie Neal as co-Spartanette coach
  • Ian Battles as high school boys track assistant coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Alexis Rusch as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Milaina Goodman as SKE cheer coach
  • Laura Wagoner as SKMS cheer coach
  • Diane White as 5 1/2 hour cafeteria worker
  • Jolie DeLisle as middle school volleyball coach
  • Amanda Haag as middle school volleyball coach
    Approved:
  • Compensation for teaching through preparatory period for Betsy Couchenour to reduce size of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Transfer of bus route number 21 from Robert French to Cody Hendershot
    Other
  • Approved texbook fees for 2016-17
  • Approved bonds for individuals who regularly handle corporation funds, including Tammy Asdell, Julia Ketchem, Cindy Ray, David Couchenour, Alan Drew, Scott Staggs, Matt Toothman, Chris Lancaster, Kristy Mayles, Cindy Russell and Annette Wallace
  • Approved corporation high ability program
  • Approved agreement between SKSC and Pro-Rehab for athletic training services
  • Approved clinical affiliation agreement between SKSC and Vincennes University Nursing program

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting is on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the SKM/HS cafeteria.


 

 

May 16, 2016

Good News Report
Mrs. Sparks shared information about a recent STEM conference that she and five SKE female students attended in Indianapolis.

Employment of Architect for potential renovation/remodel project
Approved the selection of Schmidt Associates for the SPARTA 2018 project, should it go forward.

Summer School for 2016
Approved the following summer school transportation contracts (14 days):

  • Route #1-56.2 miles  Brian Downen   $166.00 per day
  • Route #2-44.8 miles  Chad Hansen    $167.50 per day
  • Route #3-57.6 miles  Patrick Mischler $172.50 per day
  • Route #4-48.8 miles  Jessica Hansen   $160.00 per day

2016 Summer Capital Projects

Approved projects to upgrade/migrate phone system to new managing system to eliminate data/communication congestion. Project cost ofr SKSC is $10,293 to switch Kerauno system with Axia TP providing the work. 

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Nicole Stokely as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Ashley Gonzalez as 7th grade volleyball coach
  • Scott Staggs as 5th grade boys basketball assistant coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Ann Carie for homebound instruction for student recovering from surgery
  • Jaycee Parke as SKM/HS PE health teacher
  • Corbin Carie as summer school instructional assistant
  • Myron Cole Chanley as SKM/HS custodian
  • Laura Bird as 1st grade instructional assistant
  • Kristina Sanders as 3rd grade instructional assistant
  • Cody Hendershot as substitute bus driver for Rob French
  • Krista Griffin to provide transportation for her special needs child to Riley Elementary School
    Approved:
  • Teia Ray as SKHS girls track volunteer assistant coach for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Tim Grove as Indiana Public Schools Trust representative from South Knox School Corporation
  • Additional compensation for Chase Rohleder for teaching throught his preparatory period for the 2016-17 school year
  • Increase in hourly rate for nurses as follows: 1st year-$18.36/ 2nd year-$19.26/3rd year-$20.16/4th year $21.06/substitute nurse-$12.00
  • Splitting boys varsity soccer coach stipend per request from soccer coach Tim Goodwin. Stipend will be shared with Boris Vanjicki with half goaing to Coach Goodwin and half going to Coach Vanjicki.

Other

  • Approved student/parent handbook changes for SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball, programs are a total of 90 hours for each, and for strength and conditioning for SK athletes for 56 hours.
  • Approved the re-adoption of mathematics textbooks for grades K-6. The textbook selected is published by Saxon.
  • Approved the adoption of mathematics textbooks for special education. The texbook selected is published by Curriculum Associates. This text will also be piloted in grades Kindergarten and grade 4.
  • Approved the adoption of mathematics textbooks for SKM/HS. The books selected are as follows: Grade 7, Grade 8, Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry published by Pearson;
                 Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and Calculus published by National Geographic Learning.
  • Second reading and adoption of SKSC Criminal Gang Activity Policy
  • Second reading and adoption of SKSC Internal Controls Policy
  • Approved overnight field trip in July for girls high school cross country team
  • Announcement by Dennis Carnahan that after five terms and 19 1/2 years, he will not seek re-election to the South Knox School Corporation Board of School Trustees
  • Sent get well care from Corporation to Vincennes Community Schools teacher who was recently injured.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the administration building.


 

April 11, 2016

Good News Report
Mrs. Steffy, HS agriculture teacher, gave a presentation on the Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program.

Facilities Assessment
Representatives from Schmidt Associates presented their report on the facilities assessment that was conducted over the past few months. The presentation reflected information gained from meetings with staff, the SPARTA 2018 committee and from walk throughs in the buildings.

Clerk of the Works
The board agreed to employ The Stenftenagel Group as the Clerk of the Works for the SPARTA 2018 project, should it be approved

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Replace the computers in the 3rd/4th grade wing at a cost of $53,291.54 from Think Tank.
  • Remodel room A-7 in SKM/HS at an estimated cost of $6,000 with work to be done by SKSC personnel.
  • Remodel faculty restrooms at SKM/HS at an estimated cost of $10,000 with work to be done by SKSC personnel.
  • Update water backflow preventers at SKM/HS at a cost of $25,265 with work to be done by Hi-Tech Sheet Metal.

Summer School for 2016
Approved the employment of most summer school teachers for 2016. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 6 and run through June 23.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Lori Blann as SKSC treasurer
  • Alan Kaiser as 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator
  • Annette Wallace as summer custodian
  • Tammy Asdell as SKE treasurer
  • Cindy Ray as Title I Instructional assistant

Approved employment of:

  • Alan Kaiser as fourth grade teacher
  • Amy Steininger as SKE school nurse
  • Tammy Asdell as SKSC treasurer
  • Cindy Ray as SKE treasurer
  • Blake Marsee as summer custodian
  • Jayla Wagoner as 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator
  • SKM/HS PE/Health teacher with confirmation of candidate at May meeting

Other

  • Heard second reading and approved new policy on threshold for material loss, shortage, or theft of school funds or property
  • Heard first reading of handbook changes for 2016-17 for SKE and SKM/HS
  • Heard first reading of policy on gangs and gang-related activity
  • Heard first reading of policy on internal controls

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the administration building.

 

March 9 & March 14, 2016

Good News Report
SKE 5th grade teacher Debbie Kirk and some of her students shared information on the Shurley English curriculum at the March 14 meeting. This strategy uses a question and answer flow to recognize the role of each word in a sentence.

Approval of Resolutions (March 14)
Approved resolution to appropriate additional funds for our self-insurance fund as a result of an approzimately $400,000 refund from our carrier Anthem. Approved a resolution to appropriate $25,000 from Rainy Day Fund to pay for facilities assessment being conducted by Schmidt Associates.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects on March 14:

  • Televisions for SKE conference room and group room and coaxial cable to Mr. Staggs' office.
  • HP Intelligent Management Center for both SKE and SKM/HS to enhance internet connectivity/capabilities
  • Rubber mulch for SKE playground
  • Painting middle school gymnasium walls
  • Replace five HVAC units at SKM/HS

Summer School for 2016
Approved the 2016 summer school programs March 14. Programs will be very similar to previous years and summer school will begin June 6 and run through June 23.

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Dana Robbins as middle/high school instructional assistant-March 14
  • Amber Burkhart as girls varsity volleyball coach-March 14
  • Janelle Burkhart as girls softball assistant coach-March 14

Accepted letters of retirement/resignation from:

  • Sue Harrell as kindergarten teacher. Sue has taught in the SK schools for the past 35 years-March 14
  • Susan Chattin as elementary school nurse. Susan has served in this role in the SK schools for the past 12 years-March 14
  • Carolyn Pieper as physical education and health teacher. Carolyn has taught in the SK schools for the past 41 years-March 14
  • Jennifer Bilskie as girls softball assistant coach-March 9
  • Dana Robbins as middle/high school cafeteria worker-March 14
  • Judy Doane as middle/high school custodian-March 14
    Approved volunteer coaches:
  • Autumn Asdell, Kyle Evans and Haven McBride as volunteer assistant tennis coaches-March 14

Other

  • Approved support staff policy on accumulated sick leave/family illness leave time-March 14
  • Approved Memorandum of Agreement with Teaching and Mentoring Communities center-based full-day Head Start provider for migrant children-March 14
  • Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Ivy Tech to provide dual credit classes for SK students-March 14
  • First reading of policy for Threshold for Maaterial Loss, Shortage, or Theft of School Funds or Property-March 14
  • Approved overnight student trip for Spartan Pride Marching Band to Chicago in October-March 14

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the administration building.


 

February 9, 2016

Good News Report
The principals shared the recent and upcoming activities in their respective buildings.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer projects:

  • Painting of the ceiling in the main gymnasium by Junod Painting at a cost of $35,400.
  • New dugouts, concrete work, drainage work and storage building at the softball field by Clodfelter Concrete, Bosecker Masonry, Black Excavation and SKSC personnel at a cost of $42,813.

Proposed 2016 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the dates of summer school June 6-June 23, review and discussion of summer school plans-2/8, school board approval of recommended summer school plans-3/14, employment of summer school teacher-4/11, bid opening for summer school bus routes-5/3, and bus route contract awards/hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and/or staff-5/9.

Approval of update/revisions to SKSC policy/guidelines per NEOLA
Various policies/guidelines previously adopted by the SKSC Board of Trustees were in need of updating and/or revision. The board approved these changes.

Personnel
Approved employment of Brandi Harrison as special education instructional assistant at SKE.
Approved maternity leave for 6th grade teahcer Brooke Hendrix from March 18-May 9.
Accepted resignation of SKE instructional assistant Jeni Patrick.
Accepted resignation of SKM/HS instructional assistant Samantha Byers.
Approved employment of Brendon Hardin as JV baseball coach pending criminal history check.
Approved Jeff Rode as vocational/fine arts department chair.

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2016. The budget reflects a general fund shortfall of $419,045, and a capital projects reduction of $772,166 from emergency allocations, but does show an increased AV ($567,107,371) and a new tax rate for our patrons (.6656 up from .6626)
  • Accepted a $717.92 donation from the Knox County Adult Leadership Class of 2013 to be used to enhance school safety.
  • Accepted a donation of $250.00 from Dr. Gregg for the SKM/HS Art Club.
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14. A fourth day will be added if necessary.
  • Approved Letter of Assurance with SKCTA concerning distribution of State Performance grant.
  • Approved State Performance Grant stipends per letter of assurance.
  • Approved stipends for classified and administrative personnel who were employed for all of 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the administration building.


 

January 11, 2016

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2016
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2016:
President-Eric Carter
Vice-President-Gary Holscher
Secretary-Jesse Watjen
Treasurer-Lori Blann

Establishment of Monthly Meeting Dates and Times
Established that regular meetings of the Board of School Trustees would be the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with possible exceptions that would be announces well in advance.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Toothman and
Mr. Drew

Personnel
Approved:

  • Homebound instruction for an SKE Kindergarten student who will be out 4-6 weeks following surgery. Primary instructor will be Sue Harrell with Twyla Flint filling in as needed. Instruction will be delivered in one-hour sessions two days per week.
  • Phyllis Sweeney as South Knox/North Knox County Library Board representative for four year term.
  • Taylor Morrison as 3rd grade IREAD instructional assistant.

Summer 2016 Capital Projects
Superintendent Grove reviewed the Summer 2016 Capital Projects list.

Selection of Firm to Conduct Facilities Assessment
Following facilities assessment proposal presentations by three architect/engineering firms in December, Schmidt Associates was selected to conduct the assessment.

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finance and approved investment procedures for the 2016 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $5,724.63 in interest during calendar year 2015.
  • Approved resolutions to transfer funds from 2015 Transportation fund to Rainy Day Fund ($100,000.)
  • Approved the transfer of funds within accounts and between accounts for the 2015 budget year to balance all accounts.
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the qualified publication in which the SKSC would publish notices.
  • Declared old welders from the agriculture department obsolete to enable disposal.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the administration building.


 

December 14, 2015

Good News Report
SKSC School Safety Specialist gave an update on the school safety program at SKSC, including the fact that SKSC received a Secured School Safety Grant for FY 2016 from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The SKSC received the Gary A. Sandifur Award from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention/Cessation Association presented by ITP/CA representative Krystle Russell

Personnel

  • Approved maternity leave for Morgan Schutter beginning April 18 and continuing through the last student day of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Matt Lemon as 8th grade volleyball coach. His service in this role is greatly appreciated.
  • Approved an increase in time of fifteen minutes per day (from 5 to 5 1/4 hours) effective November 11, for Corbin Carie due to an increased caseload of special education students.
  • Approved Louis Murphy as boys' varsity basketball volunteer assistant.
  • Approved medical leave of absence for Nancy Stader.
  • Approved Mike Bezy as head baseball coach.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Tracy Harper as first grade instructional assistant.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Amber Burkhart as varsity volleyball coach.

Summer 2016 CPF
Superintendent Grove presented the following projects from the 2016 Summer CPF list for Approval.

  • Stripping and re-finishing hallway floors in SKE and SKM/HS (annual projects) Cost TBD
  • Wiring, installatin of shelving, groundwork and fencing in and around new storage building at SKE (built in 2015). Estimated cost is $15,000.
  • Installation of handrail on ramp at track/soccer pitch. Ramp built in 2015. Cost is estimated at $7,716.
  • Refinish gymnasium floors cost at $2,500 per floor.
  • Fertilizer program for athletic fields (annual project) Cost at $5,600.
  • Replacement of two welders in agriculture shop Total cost at $8,594.56
  • Replacement of bleachers in main high school gym Cost at $211,566.80. (final payment of $111,567 due in 2016. Bleachers were installed in 2015)
  • Installatin of new speakers and sound equipment in the gymnasium at SKE at cost of $17,941.
  • Moving light poles and finishing dirt work/irrigation at baseball field at estimated cost TBD.
  • Extension of back wall of bus barn to more easily accommodate the buses at a cost of $17,628.

Selection of Bond Consel for Project Financing
Approved the hiring of Ice Miller to provide bond counsel for potential upcoming project.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security FY16 Secured School Saafety Grant
Accepted IDHS matching secured school safety grant of $13,308.48 to be used for equipment and SRO salary.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting of Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 

November 9, 2015

Good News Report
SKM/HS Principal Dave Couchenour and eighth grade students Mykayla Couchenour and Kendall Mayall shared a PowerPoint presentation of their recent trip to Washington. D.C.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Maternity leave for Keary Wilson to begin February 17
  • Leave of absence for Kathy Holscher through January 3

Employed:

  • Laura Wagoner as middle school cheer co-coach
  • Scott Staggs as 5th grade boys basketball assistant coach

Acknowledged:

  • Resignation of Greg Kroeger as varsity baseball coach

Other

  • Approved summer 2016 capital projects list
  • Approved purchase of 8 chrome book carts and 256 chrome books
  • Approved substitute teacher pay as follows: retired teacher - $75 per day; individual with 60 or more college credit hours - $65 per day; other individuals - $60 per day.
  • Approved overnight trip for Sound Konnection to attend choral competition in St. Louis April 20 - May 1.
  • Approved United Way-sponsored tutoring program for kindergarten students.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Adminstration building.


 

 October 12, 2015

2016 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2016 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transportation, capital projects, and bus replacement funds. Final tax rates for the 2016 budget will be set at a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2016-18 Capital Projects Plan, the 2016 Bus Replacement Plan, the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate and to authorize the reduction of advertised tax levies on the 2016 budget is necessary.

Good News Report
Mrs. Jennifer Steffy, SKHS agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, and her FFA officers, shared highlights of the past year for the SK FFA club as well as outlook for 2015-16.

Overnight Trip
Approved overnight trip for:

  • Senior Class Trip to New York City in April. Exact dates to be determined at later date.
  • SKHS Student Council State Convention November 7 and 8, 2015.

Superintendent Contract
Approved new contract for the superintendent from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

Health Insurance Plan
Superintendent Grove reviewed health insurance plan and the board approved renewal of SKSC health insurance plan with no premium increase.

Personnel
The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Middle School Cheer Coach Dusti Kinnet
  • Varsity Boys Assistant Basketball Coach David Burkett
  • 6th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Les Martin
  • 5th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Tim Nash
  • Elementary Girls Basketball Assistant Coach Dawn Sparks
  • Payroll consultant Darlene Small as needed in absence of payroll administrator
  • Part-time custodian at SKM/HS Tina Ramey

Other

  • Approved a request to declare a number of library books, textbooks and desks obsolete to allow for their disposal.
  • Approved 2016-17 school calendar.

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administation Building.

2016-2017 School Calendar
South Knox School Corporation

Wednesday, August 3 - Bus Drivers' Organization Day
Monday, August 8 - Organization Day - Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, August 9 - Opening Day of School - Pupil Enrollment
Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Friday, October 7 - End of First Grading Period - 43 days
Tuesday, October 11 - SKE - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 12 - SKE & SKMS-HS - Evening Parent-Teachers Conferences
October. 14 - October 17 - NO SCHOOL-Fall Break
November 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, Noevember 24 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, November 28. (3days).
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - End of Second Grading Period - 47 days/End of 1st Semester - 90 days
Dec. 21 - Jan. 2, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Christmas Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, December 20 and will convene at the regluar time on Tuesday, January 3. (Nine days).
Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 17-Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Vacation/President's Day. School will be dismissed at regular time on Thursday, February 16 and convene at the regular time on Tuesday, February 21.
Friday, March 10 - End of Third Grading Period - 46 days
March 20-27 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break. School will be dismissed at the regluar time on Friday, March 17 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, March 28.
April 14-17 - NO SCHOOL-Good Friday and Easter Break-School will dismiss at regular time on Thursday, April 13 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, April 18.
Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School/End of Fourth Grading Period-44 days/End of Second Semester - 90 days.
Saturday, May 27 - SKHS Commencement

Student Days  
August 17
September 21
October  19
November 19
December 14
January 20
February 18
March 17
April 18
May 17
Total Days 180
Make-up Days
#1-January 16
#2-February 17
#3-February 20
#4-April 17
#5-March 27
#6-May 24
#7-May 25
#8-May 26
#9-May 30
#10-May 31
#11-June 1
#12-June 2
#13-June 5
#14-June 6
#15-June 7
#16-June 8
#17-June 9
#18-June 12
#19-June 13
#20-June 14

 

September 14, 2015

2016 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2016 budget. Adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for the October 12 meeting.

ECA Treasurers' Reports
A review of financial reports from SKE ECA treasurer Tammy Asdell and SKM/HS ECA treasurer Julia Ketchem was done by SKSC treasurer Lori Edwards.

Personnel
The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • Varsity Boys Basketball Assistant Coach Mike Wagoner
  • Middle School Cheer Coach Kaci Obermeyer

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Middle School Boys Track Coach Travis Herb
  • Elementary Math Bowl Coach Juan Fuller
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Austin Sievers
  • 6th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Justin Marchino

The School Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

  • SKSC ECA Bus Drivers Juan Fuller, Jeff Rode and Dane Cantwell
  • Compensate SKSC Speech/Language Pathologist Julie Toothman for working with students through her preparatory period.
  • Volunteer Elementary Volleyball Assistant Coach Erica Ellermann
  • Special Needs Student Transporation to Vincennes by Tracy Alton
  • After-school English and math tutoring program at SKM/HS

Other

  • Renewal of property, casualty, liability and workman's compensation insurance with Selective Insurance.

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 

August 10, 2015

Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreement between SKCTA and SKSC
Approved the new Master Contract ratified by the SKCTA on August 10. This agreement is for the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 school years. There will be a base increase at each step on the teachers' salary schedule of $1,400. Teachers will remain at their current respective steps in 2015-2016. Teachers will move up a step for 2016-2017.

Approval of increase to classified personnel wages
Approved a 3% increase to the hourly rate for classified personnel.

Approval of increases in administrative contracts for 2015-2016
Approved administrative raises for 2015-2016 school year.

Approval of New School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding with the Knox County Sheriff's Department
Approved new agreement which supersedes existing agreement. SKSC will now have two full time SROs on campus, Cameron Carr at SKM/HS and Jordan Lee at SKE.

2016 Budget
Authorized the advertisement of the 2016 budget. Budget advertisement will be published in the Vincennes Sun-Commercial on August 25 and September 1. A public hearing for the 2016 budget, 2016-2018 CPF Plan and 2016-2027 Bus Replacement Plan will be held during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 8. Adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for October 12.

Other

  • Approved drivers for special education students for 2015-2016
  • Approved and signed individual teacher contracts and contracts for extra-curricular positions.
  • Reviewed progress of summer building projects.
  • Confirmed employment of Chase Rohleder as SKM/HS history and health teacher.
  • Confirmed employment of Denise Hendrix as part-time choral musci teacher.
  • Confirmed Becky Jones as custodian at SKE.
  • Approved overnight trip to Purdue Band Day September 5-6 for Spartan Pride Marching Band.
  • Approved agreement with PACE for Pre-Kindergarten education services.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from

  • Lisa Garrett as 2nd grade instructional assistant
    Employed:
  • Denise Hendrix as high school musical director
  • Jennifer Arnold as 2nd grade instructional assistant
  • Mary Jo Washington as middle/high school special education instructional assistant
  • Sue Harrell, Shelly Lamb, Mary Jean Gardner, Robin Schutter, Jan Stangle, Ian Battles, Mark Gray and Andrea Perrott as grade level chairs for SKE
    Approved:
  • Substitute/ECA school bus driver list
  • Reduction of hours for computer tech assistant Jennifer Page
  • Extra pay for teaching during their respective prep periods for C.J. Carie and Matt Lemon to cover social studies enrollments
  • Leave of absence for cafeteria work Cheri Chanley
  • Michelle Brothers as volunteer 8th grade volley ball coach
    Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next regular meeting on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 pm. at the SKSC Administration Building at which there will also be two public hearings related to budget.

 

July 13, 2015

2016 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2016 school budget. The public hearing for the 2016 budget will be held on September 8 and the adoption of the 2016 budget is planning for October 12. The meeting with the DLGF representative is scheduled for August 24 at 2:00 at the Knox County Courthouse.

Annual Financial Report
SKSC Treasurer Lori Edwards reviewed the annual financial report for the corporation. This report will be submitted for publication.

2015-2016 Title I Application
Approved the application for the Title I program at South Knox elementary to fund the Title I teacher salary and a portion of the title I instructional assistant salary.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Scott Henwood as high school health/world history teacher
  • Misty Mosby as middle/high school choral music teacher
  • Millard Freeman as SKE custodian
  • Justin McBee as sixth grade boys basketball coach
    Approve employment of
  • Bob Swank as middle school academic scholars coach
  • Travis Herb as middle school boys soccer coach and weight room supervisor
  • High school health/history teacher, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • Part-time choral music tacher, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • Elementary custodian, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • Part-time midde/high school custodian, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • School resource office, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
    Approved:
  • Extension of administrative and superintendent contracts
    Other
  • Update on 2015 summer capital projects at SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved overnight trip for girls varsity cross country team and Coach Jennifer Page
  • Authorized the registration of school, board members and administrators for professional organizations and meetings
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the official newspaper of publications of SKSC notices
  • Delcared televisions that have been replaced at SKE as obsolete so that they may be disposed of
    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at the adminstration building

 

June 9, 2015

2016 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2016 school budget. The public hearing for the 2016 budget will be held on September 7 and the adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for October 12.

Knox County Special Education 2015-16 Budget
Approved the special education budget for 2015-16 school year. South Knox works with North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for special education students in Knox County.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • FFA students to FFA state convention at Purdue on June 15-18.
  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on July 21-23.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Brad Case as girls sixth grade basketball coach
  • Jennifer Byrd as girls fifth grade basketball coach
  • Matt Toothman as weight room supervisor
  • Amy Leighty as senior class co-chairperson
  • Jan Stangle as elementary math bowl coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Renee' Cramer as middle/high school science/chemistry teacher
  • Jon Travis Herb as middle/high school PE/health teacher
  • Tonya Thomas as junior class co-sponsor
  • Jennifer Page as girls varsity cross country coach
  • Kara Street as senior class co-chairperson

Approved:

  • Maternity leave for Kristi Leser from last week of October through December 18.
  • Increase in work time for SKE special education aide Brenda Bloebaum from 6.75 to 7 hours.

Other

  • Approved textbook fees for 2015-16
  • Approved bonds for corporation treasurers Lori Edwards and Tammy Asdell
  • Approved corporation high ability program

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting is on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Darlene Small Board room at the SKSC Administration building.


 

May 11, 2015

Good News Report
Mason Gay and Cameron Robinson, students in Mrs. Couchenour's Chemistry II class, shared a presentation detailing their recent experience of conducting experiments for SKE third graders.
Superintendent Tim Grove shared that SKSC Athletic Director Chris Lancaster has recently completed the process and attained the designation of Certified Athletic Adminstrator.

Summer Projects
Approved the following 2015 CPF projects for the summer:

  • Painting of SKE cafeteria 
    Cost is approximately $750.
    Work to be done by SKSC staff
  • Replace televions in SKE group room and conference
    Cost TBD
    Work to be done by SKSC staff
  • Remodeling of SKM/HS classrooms A-25 and A-28
    Cost is $25,000
    Work to be done by SKSC staff

Summer School for 2015
Approved the following summer school transportation contracts (14 days).

  • Route #1 - 56.2 miles  Gloria Loudermilk  $177 per day
  • Route #2 - 43.6 miles  Jessica Hansen       $180 per day
  • Route #3 - 56 miles     Brian Downen         $189 per day
  • Route #4 - 48.8 miles  Dave McCrary         $170 per day

Personal
Accepted resignations from:

  • Alan Hutchens as middle school academic scholars coach and 7th grade boys track coach
  • Cathy Yochum as junio class co-chairperson
  • Elizabeth Couchenour as varsity girls cross country coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Matt Toothman as SKM/HS Assistant Principal for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years
  • Sheryl Schaefer-Jones as Knox County Special Education Cooperative Director
  • JaLyn McClure as 1st grade instructional assistant
  • Matt Lemon as co-SKHS student council sponsor
  • Starla Burkhart as full-time SKM/HS English teacher for the 2015-16 school year (an increase from her half-time English position during the 2014-15 school year.)
  • Troy McCrary as substitute bus driver for Paul Mouzin
    Approved:
  • Mark Gray as SKHS girls varsity golf volunteer assistant coach for the 2015-16 school year
  • Mike Turner's request to split the sponsorship of the SKHS student council with Matt Lemon

Other

  • Approved student/parent handbook changes for SKE and SKM/HS.
  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball. Programs are a total of ninety hours for each.
  • Approved the re-adoption of social studies textbooks for grades 1-3. The textbooks selected is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Approved the adoption of social studies textbook for grade 6. The textbook selected is Pearson.
  • Approved the adoption of social studies textbooks for SKM/HS. The books selected are as follows:
    Grade 7: My World Geography, Eastern Hemisphere published by Pearson
    Grade 8: American History 2016 published by Pearson
    United States History: United States History published by Pearson
    World History: World History published by Pearson
    Economics: Economics published by Pearson
    Government: American Government published by Magruders
    Psychology: Psychology published by Prentice Hall
  • Declared several out of date reference books from the SKM/HS library obsolete to allow for their disposal
  • Declared several computer desk from A-25 and A-28 obsolete to allow for their disposal.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the administration building.


 

April 14, 2015

Good News Report
Collin Fausnaugh and Luke Marchino, high school English students, shared information about a research project in Mrs. Kunkler-Laake's 9th grade English class.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Replace softball dugout roofs/paint dugouts. Total cost of project is approximately $1,700.00
  • Conversion of SKM/HS internet to wireless. Total cost of project is $45,539.95.
  • Upgrade uninterruptible power supply for corporation. Total cost of project is $23,395.41.
  • Upgrade Lightspeed firewall server. Total cost of project is $10,076.64.

Summer School for 2015
Approved the employment of most summer school teachers for 2015. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 8 and run though June 25. 
Passed resolution to fund summer school out of Rainy Day Fund should that become necessary.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • C.J. Carie as boys basketball 7th grade coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Abby Linneweber as first grade teacher
  • Kayci Dycus as third grade teacher
  • Morgan Schutter as fourth grade teacher
  • Carrie Staggs as full-time middle school guidance counselor. She had been 1/2 time middle school English teacher and 1/2 time middle school guidance counselor.
  • Dusti Kinnett as elementary secretary
  • Alan Kaiser as 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator
  • Kelly McCarter as elementary custodian
    Approved change in position/responsibility for:
  • Tim Marsee as SKSC Director of Maintenance
  • Lisa Wilson as Curriculum Director/Corporation Test Coordinator/Grant Writer
    Approved:
  • Shawn Lamb as volunteer boys golf coach
    Other
  • Approved corporation plan to extend twelve school days (Wednesday, April 22, 2015 through thursday, May 7, 2015) by thirty minutes (8:10 AM to 3:40 PM) to make up snow day.
  • Approved reimbursement for transportation of three foster children who are South Knox students currently placed out of county. Cost of transporation through end of the school year will total $3,927.32

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the administration building.


 

February 10, 2015

Good News Report
The good news special report was presented by students from Alan Hutchens' science class. Sophie Thomas and Kamryn Brown shared a video of the class' bridge-building project.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer projects:

  • Purchase of a floor scrubber for SKE from Gem Chemicals at a cost of $14,101.85
  • Addition of bay to tractor shed at SKM/HS by ELLCON at a cost of $19,965.

Proposed 2015 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the dates of summer school June 8-June 25, review and discussion of summer school plans-2/9, school board approval of recommended summer school plans-3/9, employment of summer school teachers-4/13, bid opening for summer school bus routes-5/5, and bus route contract awards/hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and/or staff-5/11.

Resolution to Appropriate Self-Insurance Funds
Adoption of resolution to appropriate $500,000 for the Self-Insurance Fund. This will allow for the spending of refund monies from the insurance provider.

Personnel
Approved employment of Robin Lindsay as cafeteria worker at SKE.

Accepted resignation of girls golf co-coaches Chris and Kara Westfall

Mowing Contract
Awarded mowing contract for 2015-2017 (three years) to Weston's Lawn Service at a cost of $32,000 per year.

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2015. The budget reflects a general fund shortfall of $417,022, and a capital projects reduction of $724,416 from emergency allocations, but does show an increased AV ($560,691,147) and reduced tax rate for our patrons (.6626 down from .7547)
  • Declared as obsolete equipment a 40 ft. single person lift, 2 Miller welders, 1 bench drill press and 3 cash registers.
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for March 24, 25, and 26. A fourth day will be added if necessary.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the administration building.

 


 

 January 12, 2015

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2015
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2015:
President-Alicia Houchin
Vice-President-Eric Carter
Secretary-Gary Holscher
Treasurer-Lori Edwards

Establishment of Monthly Meeting Dates and Times
Established that regular meeting of the Board of School Trustees would be the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Dhonau and Mr. Drew. A special report was presented by students from Mr. Toby Like's Biology II Class. Audra Cleveland and Johnna Snider talked about "Frozen" experiments that the class conducted with elementary classes.

Personnel
Accepted resignation from:

  • Pamela McIntire as part-time custodian at SKM/HS

Summer 2015 Capital Projects
Approved the following projects from the Summer 2015 Capital Projects list:

  • Concrete pad in courtyard on east side of SKE. Work extimated at $6,400 with concrete by Clodfelter
  • Purchase of a floor burnisher for SKM/HS. Cost of machine is $6,395 from Jasper Equipment
  • Relocation of throwing cages for track due to ditch work. Work extimated at $8,700.
  • Replacement of maintenance truck. Cost of truck is $24,407 from Uebelhor and Sons and replacement of snow plow is $5,622 from Meyer and Son.
  • Replacement of computers in SKE in 5/6 lab plus half of office and SKM/HS in A-16 lab and 15 teacher units at a total cost of $61,215.85 from Hewlett-Packard

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finanace and approved investment procedures for the 2015 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $5,434.03 in interest during calendar year 2014.
  • Approved resolutions to transfer funds from 2014 CPF ($150,000) and 2014 Transporation Fund to Rainy Day Fund ($200,000).
  • Approved the disbursement of State Performance Grant stipends per SKCTA/SKSC School Board Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Approved the disbursement of stipends to classified staff and administrators from Rainy Day Fund.
  • Corrected minutes from May 23, 2014 meeting.
  • Declared old computer equipment obsolete to enable disposal.
  • Approval of School Bus Turn Around maintenance agreement with Knox County

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the administration building.

 


 

December 8, 2014

Good News Report
SKE Counselor Dawn Sparks shared information from the recent STEM Conference at St. Mary of the Woods College which was attended by SKE 6th grade girls.

Personnel

  • Accepted a letter of retirement from Nwyla Ellerman, effective the last student day of the 2014-15 school year, after 25 years of service.
  • Accepted a letter of retirement from Jeff Dhonau, effective June 30, 2015 after 5 years of service to SKSC.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Kelsey Strong as 3/4 grade wing computer lab coordinator. 
  • Approved an increase in pay, effective November 20, SKSC Speech and Language Pathologist Julie Toothma for compensation for working through her preparatory period due to an increase caseload.
  • Approved the employment of Greg Laake as SKM/HS mathematics department chair effective immediately.
  • Approved the employment of Sondra Hudson as computer lab coordinator at SKE.

Summer 2015 CPF
Superintendent Grove presented the following projects from the 2015 Summer CPF list for approval:

  • Stripping and re-finishing hhallway floors in SKE and SKM/HS (annual projects) Cost TBD
  • Waster Water Treatment Plant on-going maintenance (annual project) Cost TBD
  • Permanent wiring/remodel of temporary computer lab in Kindergarten/Special Education wing at SKE. Cost estimated at $17,982.
  • Refinish gymnasium floors cost at $2,500 per floor
  • Fertilizer program for athletic fields (annual projects) cost at $5,600.00
  • Replacement of two welders in agriculture shop, total cost at $8,447.38
  • Replacement of bleachers in main high school gym, cost at $311,566.80 (cost to be spread over 2014, 2015 and 2016 CPF budgets.

    Adoption of NEOLA Policies
    Adoption of NEOLA policies to update verbiage on existing policies and adot policies resulting from legislative action in Indiana.
     

Next Meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 


 

November 10, 2014

Good News Report
SKM/HS Guidance director Sara Hutchens shared information about dual credit via a Powerpoint presentation. Classes offered, state law and enrollment numbers were among the items shared.

Awarding of 2015-19 Transportation Contracts
Superintendent Grove presented recommendations on bus route awards for approval. All twenty-one routes were awarded to bidders per the recommendation of the school bus route bid committee. A recommendation to charge drivers 35% of the average daily rate for the use of school-owned buses was also approved. Drivers using school-owned buses will be responsible for fueling the bus and expected to return the bus clean.

Health Care Clinic Presentation
Representatives from two separate wellness clinics in Vincennes, GSH Wellness Matters and Tommy Wolfe Wellness Center, made presentations about their clinics.

Insurance Plan Review
Superintendent Grove reviewed the health insurance plan provided through the Indiana Public Schools Trust which is administered by Benefits 7. The level monthly premium will increase by 8% for the coming year. There is an increase in our re-insurance costs, as well as a slight increase in administrative costs. These increases are being impacted as well by a projected increase in anticipated claims. Superintendent Grove recommended that 5% of the increase be passed on to the employees while the corporation will increase its contribution by 3%.
The board also approved three insurance premium holidays for 2015. These holidays will be 4/10/15, 8/14/15, 12/4/15.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Volunteer coaches Craig Kirk-6th grade girls basketball; David Burkett-varsity boys basketball; and Rick Carpenter-baseball
    Employed:
  • Ashley Ruppel as middle school dance coach
    Acknowledged:
  • Resignation of Mindy Ritchie as cafeteria worker at SKE

Other

  • Approved 2015-16 school calendar
  • Approved summer 2015 capital projects list
  • First reading of NEOLA policies changes and new policies

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 2015-2016 SKSC School Calendar

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Bus Drivers' Organization Day
Monday, August 10, Organization Day - Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, August 11, Opening Day of School - Pupil Enrollment
Monday, September 7, NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Friday, October 9, End of First Grading Period - 43 days
Tuesday, October 13, SKE - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 14, SKE & SKMS-HS Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 16, - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
November 25-27, NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Vaction. School will dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, November 24 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, November 30. (3 days)
Friday, Dec. 18, End of Second Grading Period-46 days/End of 1st Semester-89 days.
December 21-January 1, 2016, NO SCHOOL-Christmas Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Friday, December 18 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, January 4, 2016 (Ten days).
Monday, Jan. 18, NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 12-Feb. 15 NO SCHOOL-Winter Vacation/President's Day. School will be dismissed at regular time on Thursday, February 11 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, February 16
Friday, March 6 End of Third Grading Period-47 days
March 14-18, NO SCHOOL-Spring Break- School will be dismissed at the regular time on Friday, March 11 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, March 21. (Five days)
March 25-28, NO SCHOOL-Good Friday/Easter Break-School will dismiss at regular time on Thursday, March 24 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, March 29.
April 22-25, NO SCHOOL-April Break-School will dismiss at regular time on  Thursday, April 21 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, April 26.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Last Day of School
End of Fourth Grading Period-44days/End of Second Semester-91 days
Saturday, May 28 SKHS Commencement

Student Days
August 15
September 21
October 21
November 18
December 14
January 19
February 19
March 16
April 19
May 18 = Total Days=180

MAKE-UP DAYS

#1-January 18
#2-March 28
#3-April 25
#4-February 12
#5-April 22
#6-February 16
#7-May 26
#8-May 27
#9-May 31
#10-June 1
#11-June 2
#12-June 3
#13-June 6
#14-June7
#15-June 8
#16-June9
#17-June10
#18-June 13
#19-June 14
#20-June 15

Adopted by the South Knox Board of School Trustees on November 10, 2014.
 


 

November 3, 2014

Bid Opening for Transportation Contracts
Bids were opened for transportation contracts for school bus drivers for the four year 2015-2019 contract period. Bids were received on each of the 21 bus routes. Buds will be taken under advisement and will be considered for awarding at the next school board meeting on Monday, November 10, 2014

2015-2016 School Calendar
The proposed 2015-16 school calendars were reviewed by the school board. The 2015-16 school calendar will be considered for approval by the school board on Monday, November 10.

Personnel

  • Approved Jamie Neal and Corbin Carie as co-coaches of the Spartanettes with pay to be split 50-50.
  • Approved Dawn Hitt as after-school secondary English tutor.
  • Approved Juan Fuller as one-on-one instructor for emotionally handicapped before school/during prep period.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, November 10 at SKMS/HS Cafeteria.


 

October 13, 2014

2015 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2015 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transportaion, capital projects, and bus replacement funds. Final tax rates for the 2015 budget will be set at a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2015-17 Capital Projects Plan, the 2015 Bus Replacement Plan and the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate.

Good News Report
Eight grade students Parker McCray and Hannah Coffman gave a presentation on the recent 8th grade field trip to "A Day in the Life" at Fort Knox.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • Senior Class Trip to New York City in April. Exact dates to be determined at a later date.

Personnnel
The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Homebound Instructor for Special Needs Student Donna Roehm
  • Homebound Instructor for Incapacitated Student Dawn Hitt
  • SKHS Drama Production Co-Directors Dawn Hitt and Ann Carie
  • Middle School Cheer Coach Kacie Obermeyer
  • Sixth Grade Boys Basketball Coach Justin McBee
  • Elementary Boys Assistant Basketball Coach Rob Marchino
  • SKSC Administration Building cleaning person Beth Cooper

The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • Tina Perry as SKSC Administration Building cleaning person

The School Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding to explain the distribution of stipends resulting from the receipt of a Performance grant from the IDOE.

Other

  • Second reading and adoption of policy for regulation of home-schooled student participaton in SKSC athletics.
  • Approved a request to declare a number of library books obsolete to allow for their disposal.
  • Approved a request to advertise bids for new mowing contract for corporation grounds.

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, November 10th 7:00 p.m. at the SKM/HS Cafeteria. Special meeting to open 2015-19 school bus route bids on Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the SKM/HS Cafeteria.

 


 

September 8, 2014

2015 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2015 budget. Adoption of the 2015 budget is planned for the October 13 meeting.

Good News Report
SKE Teacher Millie Giltner presented a report of the Title I reading lab at SKE.

First Reading of Policy Addressing Home-Schooled Students' Participation in Athletics at SKSC
The first reading of a policy written to deal with those students in the district who are home-schooled but wish to participate in education-based athletics at the SKSC. The policy was written with the IHSAA by-law regarding same as a template.

2015-2019 School Bus Route contracts
The school board approved the bus route descriptions for the 2015-2019 contract period. also, the school board authorized the publication of the bid notices for bus contracts.

Personnel
The school Board accepted the following resignations:

  • Varsity Boys Basketball Assistant Coach Justin Ruff
  • Middle School Dance Coach Kara Street
  • 6th Grade Cheer Coach Julie Edwards
  • Middle School Cheer Coach Laura Wagoner
  • Middle/High School ECA Treasurer/Principal Secretary Debbie Patton

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Varsity Girls Basketball Assistant Coach Jalayna Page
  • Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Matt Lemon
  • Social Studies Academic Coach Dawn Hitt
  • Special Education Autism Spectrum Disorder One-on-One Aide Nicole Horrall
  • 6th Grade Cheer coach Laura Wagoner
  • Varsity Boys Basketball Assistant Coach Mike Wagoner

The School Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

  • Stipend for licensed library/media specialist of $2,294.00 to  Keary Wilson
  • Increase hours for special education instructional assistant Cathy Dhonau from 5 to 6 hrs.
  • Extended contract for Director of Athletics Chris Lancaster throught 2016-2017 school year.
  • Employment of Spartanettes Coach, Middle School Dance Coach, and Middle School Cheer coach upon the indentification of the best candidates for the respective positions. the School board will confirm the hires at the October 13 regular meeting.

Other

  • The School Board approved a resolution to contribute approximately $1,185.00 to the Fix-it Coalition out of Rainy Day funds. the Fix-it Coalition is group of school districts interested in encouraging the Indiana Legislature to address inequities in school funding, particularly per-pupil amounts.
  • The School Board approved an overnight performance trip to Nashville TN October 24-26, 2014 for the choir department under the direction of Misty Mosby.

Next meetings of South knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 


 

August 11, 2014

Property and Casualty Liability Insurance Contracts
Awarded property, liability and workmen's compensation insurance coverage contract to Selective Insurance per recommendation from Burkhart Insurance.

2015 Budget
Authorized the advertisement of the 2015 budget. Budget advertisement will be published in the Vincennes Sun-commercial on August 26 and September 2. A public hearing for the 2015 budget, 2015-2017 CPF Plan and 2015-2026 Bus Replacement Plan will be held during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 8. Adoption of the 2015 budget is planned for October 13.

Other

  • Reviewed building treasurers' extra-curricular reports for 2013-14.
  • Approved substitute and extra-curricular school bus drivers for 2014-15.
  • Approved drivers for special education students for 2014-15
  • Approved and signed individual teacher contracts and contracts for extra-curricular positions.
  • Reviewed progress of summer buildiing projects.
  • Approved Adminstrative contracts for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Approved overnight trip to Purdue Band Day September 5-6 for Spartan Pride Marching Band.
  • Approved overnight trip to Orland March 15-20, 2015 for Spartan Pride Marching Band to perform at Disney.
  • Presented proposed school bus routes for the 2015-19 school bus route contract period.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Tim Salters as high school social studies teacher
  • Jamie Neal as Spartanette coach

Employed:

  • Joe Keller as high school math teacher
  • Matt Lemon as high school social studies teacher
  • Starla Burkhart as 1/2 time English teacher and 1/2 time instructional assistant
  • Elizabeth Couchenour as SKM/HS school improvement team co-chair and senior class co-sponsor
  • Matt Lemon as 8th grade volleyball coach
  • Joe Keller as assistant softball coach
  • C.J. Carie as 7th grade boys basketball coach

Approved:

  • Substitute/ECA school bus driver list
  • Adoption leave for Jenna Branch
  • Maternity leave for LaRie Adams

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building at which there will also be two public hearings related to budget.


 

July 14, 2014

2015 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2015 school budget.  The public hearing for the 2015 budget will be held on September 8 and the adoption of the 2014 budget is planned for October 13. The meeting with the DLGF representative is scheduled for August 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Knox county courthouse.

Annual Financial Report
SKSC Business Manager Darlene Small reviewed the annual financial report for the corporation. This report will be submitted for publication.

2014-15 TItle I Application
Approved the application for the Title 1 program at South Knox Elementary to fund the Title I teacher salary and a portion of the Title I instructional assistant salary

2015-19 School Bus Route Bid Specifications
Approved the bid specifications for driver qualifications and equipment and methods of awarding school bus route contracts and Superintendent Grove reviewed the school bus route bid process timeline.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Joe Patton as high school mathematics teacher, middle/high school mathematics department chairperson and seventh grade boys basketball coach
  • Teresa Mansfield as library/media specialist, senior class co-sponsor and school improvement team co-chairperson
  • Brianna Witsman as high school business teahcer and BPA sponsor
  • Emily Brown as girls assistant cross country coach
    Accepted employment of:
    Justin McBee as school resource officer. His employment is made possible as a result of the SKSC receiving and IDHS grant and will be administered per a Memorandum of Understanding between the SKSC and the Knox County Sheriff's Department.
  • Mike Turner as high school student council sponsor
  • Toby Like as middle/high school science department chairperson
  • Morgan Schutter as SKE Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade computer lab aide
  • Corbin Carie as autistic student one on one aide
  • Jeff Rode as high school business teacher and BPA sponsor
  • High school mathematics teacher, to be confirmed by board as August meeting
  • Part-time English teacher, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
    Approved
  • Julie Ketchum to provide temporary transportation to summer school for a student who does not have transportation and cannot access bus transportation
  • Extended administrative contracts
  • Approved the elimination of an instructional assistant position at SKM/HS, necessitating the termination of Brian Downen as welding assistant. He will continue in his role as bus maintenance coordinator.
    Other
  • Approved increase in the cost of the Class A (tray) lunch at SKE and SKM/HS for students from $2.00 to $2.75 and for adults from $2.60 to $3.00. Breakfast will increase from $1.35 to $1.50
  • Update on 2014 summer capital projects at SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved open gym contracts for girls basketball coaches
  • Approved the purchase of bonds for corporation treasurers, including SKSC treasurer Lori Edwards, SKE treasurer Tammy Asdell and SKM/HS treasurer Debbie Patton
  • Authorized the registration of schools, board members and administrators for professional organizations and meetings\
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the official newspaper of publications of SKSC notices
    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.

 

June 9, 2014

2015 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2015 school budget. The public hearing for the 2015 budget will be held on September 8 and the adotion of the 2015 budget is planned for October 13.

Knox County Special Education 2014-2015 Budget
Approved the special education budget for 2014-2015 school year. South Knox works with North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for special education students in Knox County.

Summer 2014 Capital Projects
Approved the installation of new guard rails in the main gymnasium to meet with property, casualty and liability insurance company recommendations. New rail and installation will be at a cost of $29,000 with work to be done by Vincennes Welding.

Out of District Transfer Student Application and Elimination of Out of District Kindergarten Fee
Eliminated the tuition amounts for out-of-district cash transfer Kindergarten students ($300) and approved application form. Also, re-confirmed grade level capacities (K-6: 100; 7-12: 106) and application deadline for transfer students (May 20) per new Indiana legislation (HEA 1381).

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • FFA students to FFA state convention at Purdue on June 16-18.
  • Girls' cross country camp at Claypole Pond in Decker Chapel on August 4-6.
  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on August 4-5.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Brooke Hendrix as girls junior varsity basketball coach
  • Tony Burkhart as assistant softball coach

Approved employment of

  • Donna Roehm as National Junior Honor Society sponsor
  • Amy Leighty as high school newspaper sponsor
  • Brooke Hendrix as 8th grade girls basketball coach
  • Juan Fuller as 7th grade girls basketball coach
  • Joe Patton as SKM/HS mathematics department chairperson
  • Michelle Stafford as part-time personnel/benefits coordinator for SKSC
  • Nicole Stokeley as middle school soccer coach
  • Approved distribution of boys summer basketball stipends

Other

  • Approved textbook fees for 2014-2015
  • Approved collaborative agreement with PACE Community Action Agency
  • Approved consultation agreement with Burkhart Insurance for property, casualty and liability insurance procurement services
  • Approved clinical affiliation agreement with Vincennes University Nursing Department
  • Declared miscellaneous computer equipment obsolete
  • Declared old, unused textbooks obsolete
  • Discussed the timeline for school bus route bid process

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

May 22, 2014

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Hollie Anson as girls varsity basketball coach.
  • C.J. Carie as middle school social studies academic team coach
  • Jalayna Page as middle school girls cross country coach.
  • Carrie Staggs as middle school student council sponsor.
    Accepted resignations from:
  • Brianna Witsman as girls varsity assistant basketball coach.
  • Annette Walace as co-sponsor of the BPA.
  • Brianne Marsee as 8th grade volleyball coach.
    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting on Monday. June 9, 2014 at the administration building.

 

May 12, 2014

Good News Report
Kierra Melenthin put together and Tanner Snider shared a power point presentation of the recent senior trip to New Your City.
Superintendent Tim Grove shared that SKSC Business Manager Darlene Small was honored on May 8 as the IASBO Indiana Business Official of the Year at the IASBO Conference in French Lick.

Property, casualty and liability insurance presentation
Presentation by current Property, Casualty and Liability insurance provider Tony Burkhart and Teri Goodwin of Burkhart Insurance about aspects of the PCL Insurance process.

Summer Projects
Approved the following 2014 CPF projects for the summer:

Pending Indiana Department of Homeland Security School Safety grant, replacement of burglar alarms and installation of keyless/buzzer entry system for the buildings (SKE, SKM/HS and SKSC Administration Building).

  • Grant would pay for half of cost of project which totals $17,062 and SKE, $22,559 at SKM/HS and $3,165 at SKSC Admin.
  • Work to be done by Felts Lock
  • Installation of emergency gas shut-off valves in SKM/HS science labs
  • Cost is $6,566
  • Work to be done by Peters Mechanical
  • Painting and rehabilitation of water tower
  • Cost is $79,700
  • Work to be done by Preferred Tank and Tower

Summer School for 2014
Approved the following summer school transportation contracts (14 days)

  • Route #1 - 56.2 miles - Gloria Loudermilk - $176 per day
  • Route #2 - 45.6 miles - Chad Hansen - $177.50 per day
  • Route #3 - 56 miles - Brian Downen - $189.00 per day
  • Route #4 - 62.8 miles - Jessica Hansen - $174.50 per day

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Scott Staggs as middle school soccer coach
  • Brayton Lamb as 6th grade boys basketball assistant coach

Approved employment of:

  • Emily Morris as elementary general music teacher for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Kalissa Wagoner as 5th grade teacher for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Hailee Daniel as 4th grade teacher for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Jennifer Byrd as 1/2 time 6th grade teacher and 1/2 time special education aide
  • Kaci Obermeyer as SKM/HS guidance secretary
  • Abby Scott as volleyball junior varsity assistant coach
  • Emily Morris as 6th grade volleyball coach
  • Joe Patton as the 7th grade boys basketball coach
  • Keary Wilson as middle school spell bowl coach
  • Tina Perry as SKSC Administration Building cleaning matron
  • Zach Abel as summer school middle school math teacher
    Approved:
  • Amendment of summer school teaching contract of Joe Patton to 34.5 hours

    Other

  • Approved student/parent handbook changes for SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball. Programs are a total of ninety hours for each.
  • Approved the adoption of English texbooks for grades 5-6. The texbook selected for English is published by Person and are the grade-appropriate Scott Foresman books.
  • Approved the adoption of English textbooks for grades 7-12. The books selected are as follows:
  • English 7-12: Grammar/Compostions-Writing with Power published by Perfection Writing
  • English 7&8: Reading/Literature-Ready Common Core Instruction published by Curriculum Associates
  • English 9-12: Literature-Collections published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Alternative English 9-12: Literature/Grammar/Composition-Edge published by National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning
  • Approved the adoption of Spanish textbooks for Spanish I-IV. The texbook selected was ASi se Dice published by McGraw-Hill
  • Declared several computer/electronic items obsolete to allow for their disposal. These items have been replaced by newer itesm per earlier board approval of 2014 CPF funds.
  • Approved SKM/HS Art Club day field trip to St. Louis on Sunday, May 18, 2014

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the administraton building.

 


 

 April 24, 2014

Personnel
Elected to not renew coaching contract of girls varsity basketball coach Scott Henwood
Accepted resignations from:

  • Milaina Goodman as high school student council co-sponsor.
  • Annette Wallace as high school student council co-sponsor.
  • Milaina Goodman as middle school National Junior Honor Society sponsor.
  • Milaina Goodman as middle school spell bowl coach.
  • Dawn Hitt as high school newspaper sponsor.
  • Dawn Hitt as high school drama production co-sponsor.
  • Ann Carie as highs school drama production co-sponsor.
  • Dawn Hitt as middle school social studies academic team coach.
  • Cathy Yochum as middle school student council sponsor.
  • Annette Wallace as SKSC Administration Building cleaning matron.
  • Bob Shields as SKSC caretaker.

Other

  • Approved addendum to athletic training services contract with ProRehab to include coverage at home soccer matches for $1,000.00.
  • Approved trip to Holiday World on May 30, 2014 for middle school student council and National Junior Honor Society members.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees
Next meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the administration building


 

April 15, 2014

Good News Report
Amy Leighty, high school English teacher, shared information about the dual credit English classes offered.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Replace computers in Library, Title I Lab, Art Room and Music Room at SKE and in A-25, Credit Recovery Lab, and TEacher Units in SKM/HS. Total cost of projects is $57,876.
  • Conversion of SKM/HS internet to wireless. Total cost of projects is $27,047.
  • Replace remaining interior locks in SKM/HS. Total cost is approzimately $4,000.
  • Install custodian mop sinks in SKM/HS. Total cost of project is $3,000.
  • Remove retaining wall and replace landscaping at SKSC administration building. Total cost of project is $12,161.
  • Upgrade email system for corporation. Total cost of project is $4,200.
  • Upgrade servers and migrate data into virtual servers. Total cost of projects is $62,126.
  • Upgrade internet switch hardware throughout buildings. Total cost of project is $12,574 for SKE and $30,962 for SKM/HS

Summer School for 2014
Approved the employment of most summer school teachers for 2014. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 9 and run through June 26.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Brianna Vinson as girls volleyball 6th grade coach.
  • Jennifer Page as girls middle school cross country coach.

Approved employment of:

  • Elizabeth Like as full-time 6th grade teacher. She had been 1/2 time 6th grade teacher and 1/2 time special education aide.
  • Dawn Sparks as elementary guidance counselor. She had been K,1,2 computer lab aide.
  • Carrie Staggs as 1/2 time middle school guidance counselor. She had been 1/2 time middle school English teacher, a role she will continue to fill.
  • Joe Patton for one additional period to teach advanced mathematics the remainder of the school year.
    Accepted letters of retirement from:
  • Cynthia Marphy as high school chemistry and algebra teacher. Ms. Murphy has taught at South Knox for the past 40 years.
  • Darlene Small as SKSC Business Manager. Mrs. Small has served the SKSC for the past 42 years and business manager and corporation treasurer.
    Other
  • Approved change in 2014-15 calendar to make April 3, 2015 (Good Friday) the 4th snow make-up day.
  • Had first reading for changes to the school handbooks.
  • Approved amended athletic code of conduct.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the Adminstration building.


 

March 11, 2014

Good News Report
Superintendent Grove reported that the South Knox Education Foundation had comtributed $20,000 to the two schools to help with cost. $3,000 was given to the library in each school to help pay for books and $7,000 was given to each school to help with the purchase of toner, laminating film and other supplies as well to help teacher acquire individual supplies for their classrooms.
SKE 1st Grade Teacher Jonell Harlow shared her classroom experience with the IPad project she is utilizing.

Approval of Resolutions
Approved resolution to oppose the elimination of the business personal property tax without a corresponding full replacement revenue stream by the State of Indiana.
Approved resolution to appropriate funds in the self-insurance fund in the amount of $450,000 and authorize three premium holidays for April 11, August 1, and December 5.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Strip and refinish hallway floors in SKE and SKM/HS
  • Ongoing maintenance of the WWTP
  • Remodel remaining restrooms in SKM/HS. Total cost of project is $52,712.44
  • Replace carpet in SKM/HS auditorium at cost of $3,600.00
  • Remodel four classrooms in SKM/HS at cost of $20,700
  • Replace 60 student desks in SKM/HS at cost of $7,410

Summer School for 2014
Approved the 2014 summer school programs. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 9 and run through June 26.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Dawn Mikiska as girls volleyball varsity assistant coach.
  • Sandy Dunham as girls basketball 8th grade coach.
  • Bob Dunham as girls basketball 7th grade coach.
  • Laura Wagoner as middle school cheer coach.
    Approved employment of:
  • Jennifer West as girls softball assistant coach.
  • Milaina Goodman as homebound instructor for recovering SKHS students
    Approve maternity leave:
  • Elizabeth Like has been granted maternity for February 24 through March 28
    Accepted letters of retirement from:
  • Rebecca Nowaskie as 6th grade teacher. Becky has taught in the SK schools for the past 37 years.
  • Candace McCarty as middle/high school guidance secretary. Candy has served in a variety of positions in the SK schools for the past 29 years.
  • Debra Cary as 5th grade teacher. Deb has taught in the SK schools for the past 40 years.
  • Amy Cardinal as 5th grade teacher. Amy has taught in the SK schools for the past 29 years.
  • Cheryl Thorne as 2nd grade teacher. Cheryl has taught in the SK schools for the past 39 years.
  • Sharon Carie as general musci teacher. Sharon has taught in the SK schools for the past 40 years.
  • Jo Ellen Bailey as elementary guidance counselor. Jodi has served as a guidance counselor in the SK schools for the past 20 years.

Approved work schedule/pay adjustments for:

  • Due to weather-related school cancellations and one of the subsequent make up days falling on the Good Friday holiday, it is necessary to make adjustments to the work schedule/pay of employee groups.
    Other
  • Declared an old juke box and a change machine obsolete.
  • Had first reading for amended athletic code of conduct.
  • Authorized administration/transporation director to order new Spartan Acitivity Bus.

    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting of Monday, April 14, 2014 at the adminstration building.


 

February 10, 2014

Good News Report
Heard well-done presentation from Mrs. Milaina Goodman that was put together by Mr. Zach Abel and Mrs. Goodman on middle school ISTEP prep.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer projects:

  • Installation of security doors in the Middle/High School lobby for $10,187.96 by D&H and Felts Locks.
  • Refinishing and repainting of the middle school gym floor for $17,995.00 by Haflich Hardwood.
  • Replace carpeting in the fifth and sixth grade wing at SKE for $32,009.53 by Niehaus Lumber.
  • Fertilizer program for all athletic fields for $5,603.08 by Tenbarge Seed

Proposed 2014 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the dates of summer school June 9-June 26, review and discussion of summer school plans-2/10, school board approval of recommended summer school plans-3/10, employment of summer school teachers-4/14, bid opening for summer school bus routes-5/5, and bus route contract awards/hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and/or staff-5/12.

Overnight Student Field Trip
Approved request by BPA co-sponsor Annette Wallace to take three students to BPA STate Convention and Contest in Indianapolis.

Resolution to Transfer Funds
Adoption of resolution to transfer $100,000 from the 2013 Capital Projects Fund and $300,000 from the 2013 Transportation Operating Fund to the Rainy Day Fund. This was possible when it was discovered that the excess tax settlement occurred because of delinquent property tax payments and therefore the funds will not have to be tranferred to the Levy Excess Fund.

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Kelly Jo Fields (8th grade) and Jalayna Page (7th grade) as Middle School Girls Track Coaches.
  • Brianna Witsman and Annette Wallace as Business Professionals of American Co-Sponsors

Approved payment to bus drivers for two days for January 6 and 7. School was cancelled and the state has approved a waiver request to excuse these days from the calendar.

Approved special transportation contract for parent to take child to CCC two to three days per week. Students' father was approved as a substitute driver.

Approved Adoption Leave for SKE 4th grade teacher jenna Branch.

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2014. The budget reflects a general fund shortfall of $700,000, but does show an increased AV ($509,885,106) and reduced tax rate for our patrons (.7547 down from .8193).
  • Declared as obsolete equipment an analog soundboard that was replaced with a digital soundboard and an old electronic keyboard that has been replaced.
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for March 25, 26 and 27. A fourth day will be added if necessary.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the adminstration building.


 

January 13, 2014

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2014
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2014:
President - Dennis Carnahan
Vice - President - Don Page
Secretary - Gary Holscher
Treasurer - Lori Edwards

Establishment of Monthly Meetings Dates and Times
Established that regular meetings of the Board of School Trustees would be the second MOnday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Dhonau and Mr. Drew. A special report on My Big Campus was shared by Keary Wilson, SKM/HS English Teacher.

Personnel
Accepted resignation from:

  • Matt Houchin as assistant softball coach
    Approved:
  • Family medical leave for Mark Gray from January 2 - January 31 to care for his wife.
    Employed:
  • Justin Ruff as boys basketball varsity assistant coach
  • Darrell Walters as substitute bus driver for the South Knox School Corporation
  • Jessica Flynn as girls varsity tennis coach

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finance and approved investment procedures for the 2014 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $6,891.70 in interest during calendar year 2013.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the administration building.


 

December 9, 2013

Good News Report
South Knox School Corporation School Safety Specialist Designee Scott Staggs presented an update on the safe school activities that have taken place at South Knox Elementary and South Knox Middle/High School over the past twelve months, including the corporation's plan to apply for the IDHS grant for safe schools.
Also, SKE fourth grade teacher Jenna Branch shared the computer program Study Island and the various educational activites available with it.

Personnel

  • Accepted a letter of resignation from girls tennis coach Jodie Carie-Neukam.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on MOnday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Adminstration Building.


 

November 11, 2013

Good News Report
SKM/HS Assistant Principal Dave Couchenour invited two 8th grade students to share information about their recently completed trip to Washington D.C. Lauren Parker and Collin Fausnaugh provided a Powerpoint presentation highlighting the sites visited.

Insurance Plan Review
Superintendent Grove reviewed the health insurance plan provided through the Indiana Public Schools Trust which is administered by Benefits 7, formerly Vincennes Insurance. The level monthly premium will remain the same for the coming year. There is an increase in our re-insurance costs, as well as a slight increase in administrative costs. These increases are being offset by a projected decrease in anticipated claims. Initial data indicated an increase in level monthly premiums of 8.7%, but subsequent checks resulted in the current status quo. Therefore, the board agreed to renew the plan with no increase for the employees.
The board named Superintendent Grove as the SKSC representative trustee for the Indiana Public Schools Trust. The board also adopted a resolution releasing any administrative employee from responsibility in the case that the corporation is found to be in violation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Retirement of Kyla Newton as SKE 3rd/4th grade computer lab aide

Employed:

  • Kelsey Strong as SKE 3rd/4th grade computer lab aide
  • Dana Robbins as music department aide for 1 1/2 hours per day in addition to her work as a cafeteria employee
  • Jayla Wagoner as assistant Spartanette coach, per head coach Jamie Neal's request

Acknowledged:

  • Resignation of Lee Ann Vieck as instructional assistant at SKM/HS

Other

  • Dennis Carnahan and Don Page volunteered to serve on Capital Projects committee
  • Approved overnight trip for the SKHS Student Council to Indianapolis for the IASC State Convention
  • Adoption of Protected Health Information Policies to ensure compliance with HIPPA regulations
  • Adoption of Resolution for Use of gift cards
  • Adooption of Administrative Guidelines for job-related expenses

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Adminstration Building.

 


 

October 14, 2013

2014 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2014 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transporation, debt service retirement severance, capital projects, and bus replacements funds. Final tax rates for the 2014 budget will be set as a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2014-16 Capital Projects Plan, the 2014 Bus Replacement Plan and the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate.

Good News Report
Tim Marsee led a tour of the completed Waste Water Treatment Plant and showed the upgrades to the system. The guided tour took place at 6:30 p.m. before the regular board meeting.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trip for:

  • Jazz choir to travel to Nashville, TN to perform/learn February 14-17

Personnel
The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Substitute Bus Driver for Route #12 William Steininger
  • Varsity Volleyball Coach Amber Burkhart to finish 2013 season
  • Fifth Grade Boys Assistant Basketball Coach Levi Salters
    The School Board accepted the following resignations:
  • Fifth Grade Girls Assistant Basketball Coach Hollie Anson
  • Varsity Volleyball Coach Michelle Cummins effective 9/26/13
    The School Board approved an increase in the amount of the per day special transportation for a student to $42.37

2014-15 School Calendar
Approved the 2014-15 school calendar. A copy is attached

Other

  • The School Board voted to approve an insurance premium holiday on the last pay of October.
  • First reading of resolution on policy for issuance of gift cards.
  • First reading of resolution to save harmless any adminstrative employee for the amount of any penalty assessed against such employee as a result of the School Corporation to comply with the performance standards or requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and/or the Helth Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
  • First reading of administrative guidelines on job-related expenses

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

2014 - 2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR
SOUTH KNOX SCHOOL CORPORATION

Wednesday, August 6 - Bus Drivers' Organization Day
Monday, August 11 - Organization Day - Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, August 12 - Opening Day of School - Pupil Enrollment
Monday, September 1 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Friday, October 10 - End of First Grading Period - 43 days
Tuesday, October 14 - SKE - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, Oct. 15 - SKE & SKMS-HS - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 17 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
November 26-28 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, November 25 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, December 1 (3 days)
Friday, Dec. 19 - End of Second Grading Period - 46 days/End of 1st semester (89 days)
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2, 2015 - NO SCHOOL. Christman Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Friday, December 19 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, January 5 (ten days).
Monday, Feb. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Vacation/President's Day. School will be dismissed at regular time on Friday, February 13 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, February 17.
Friday, March 6 - End of Third Grading Period - 44 days
March 16 - 20 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break. School wil be dismissed at the regular time on Friday, March 13 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, March 23 (5 days)
Friday, April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday/Easter Break-School will dismiss at regular time on Thursday April 2 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, April 6.
Wednesday, May 20-Last day of School - End of Fourth Grading Period (47 days) - End of Second Semester (91 days)
Saturday, May 23 - SKHS Commencement

Student Days  
August 14
September 21
October 22
November 17
December 15
January 20
February 19
March 17
April 21

May

14
Total Days 180

 

  Make-up Days
#1 February 16
#2 May 21
#3 May 22
#4 May 26
#5 May 27
#6 May 28
#7 May 29
#8 June 1
#9 June 2
#10 June 3
#11 June 4
#12 June 5
#13 June 8
#14 June 9
#15 June 10
#16 June 11
#17 June 12
#18 June 15
#19 June 16
#20 June 17

Approved by the South Knox Board of School Trustees on October 14, 2013.


 

September 9, 2013

2014 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2014 budget. Adoption of the 2014 budget is planned for the October 14 meeting.

Good News Report
SKE Teachers Mary Jean Gardner, Jan Stangle and Jenna Branch presented a report on the summer activities program conducted during June.

NEOLA Policies Adoption
The sedond reading and subsequent adoption of two policies, one regarding mileage reimbursement for authorized travel and one regarding teacher prticipation in parent-teacher conferences, was done by the School Board.

Personnel
The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • Varsity Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach Matt Houchin
  • 5th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach Chase Marchino
  • 5 1/2 hour high school caferteria worker Anita Kolehouse

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach Levi Holscher
  • Middle School Golf Coach Malcolm Dubbs, III
  • Homebound Student Instructor Dawn Hitt
  • Girls Middle School Cross Country Coach Emily Brown receive 25% of current coach Jennifer Page's coaching salary (Coach Page will receive the remaing 75%)
  • High School Newspaper Sponsor Dawn Hitt
  • 5 1/2 hour High School Cafeteria Worker Dana Robbins
  • 4 hour High School Cafeteria Worker Cheri Chanley
  • Substitute Bus Driver Bennye Brammer
  • High School Musical Director Philip Walthall

Other

  • The School Board approved a request to replace two faulty HVAC units at the SKM/HS with work to be completed by Peters Mechanical Systems at a cost of $22,500.00
  • The School Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding that corrects language in the Master Contract that was approved at the August 12, 2013 SKSC Board of School Trustees meeting.
  • Due to the opening of two slots in kindergarten at SKE, a drawing was held to determine which students on the waiting list would be admitted into the class, per state law.

Next meetings of South KNox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

August 12, 2013

Property and Casualty Liability Insurance Contracts
Awarded property and liability insurance coverage contract to Selective Insurance represented by Burkhart Insurance. Awarded workmen's compensation insurance coverage contract to Eastern Alliance Insurance represented by German-American Insurance.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Between SKSC and SKCTA
Approved collective bargaining agreement that had been ratified by the South Knox Classroom Teachers Association. The agreement is a two year contract that includes an stipend for eligible teachers for the 2013-2014 school year.

2014 Budget
Authorized the advertisement of the 2014 budget. Budget advertisement will be published in the Vincennes Sun-Commercial on August 27 and September 3. A public hearing for the 2014 budget, 2014-2016 CPF Plan and 2014-2025 Bus Replacement Plan will be held during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 9. Adoption of the 2014 budget is planned for October 14.

Adoption of Resolutions

  • Approved resolution for reductions when finalizing budget.
  • Approved resolution for tax neutrality.
  • Approved resolution for tax neutrality calculation of 50%.
  • Approved resolution for emergency allocation of Rainy Day Fund.

Other

  • Reviewed building treasurers' extra-curricular reports for 2012-13
  • Approved substitute and extra-curricular school bus drivers for 2013-14
  • Approved drivers for special education students for 2013-14
  • Approved and signed individual teacher contracts and contracts for extra-curricular positions.
  • Reviewed progress of summer building projects.
  • Reviewed items being added to administrative guidelines, including vacancies and transfers, reduction in force, incentive pay and stipend for classified school nurses and speech clinicians.
  • Approved administrative contracts for the 2013-14 school year. Also approved stipends for administrators and administrative staff for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Approved stipends for classified staff for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Approved overnight trip to Purdue Band Day September 6-7 for Spartan Pride Marching Band.
  • Approved overnight trip to New York City April 23-26 for senior class.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Mark Gray as MS golf coach
  • Carrie Staggs as MS girls track coach

Employed:

  • Alician Scheirmann as 1st grade teacher
  • Debbie Kirk as 5th grade teacher
  • Elizabeth Like as 1/2 time 6 grade teacher and 1/2 time special education aide
  • Dawn Sparks as SKE spell bowl coach
  • Toby Like as HS science academic team coach
  • Gave approval to AD Chris Lancaster to name MS golf coach

First Reading of Policies
Had first reading of policies

  • Mileage-Reimbursement for authorized travel shall be at Internal Revenue Service rate per approved mile.
  • Parent-teacher conferences-Addresses expectation of teacher attendance at parent-teacher conferences to be held after the completion of the first grading period.

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building at which there will also be two public hearings related to budget.


 

July 17, 2013

Personnel
Accepted retirements from:

  • Linda Witshork as Title I Instructor. Ms. Witshork has been employed as a teacher at South Knox for forty-one years. We thank her for her years of dedicated service.
  • Doug Reynolds as fifth grade teacher. Mr. Reynolds had been employed as a teacher at South Knox for thirty years. We thank him for his years of dedicated service.

Approved employment of:

  • Jennifer Steffy as agriculture and FFA sponsor at SKM/HS
  • Madison Lee as girls varsity soccer coach
    Approved
  • Reduction of hours worked by SKM/HS instructional assistants Peggy Lafferty and John Ryder from five to four and one half per day and LeAnne Vieck from five and one fifth to five per day.
  • Increase of hours worked for SKM/HS instructional assistant Cathy Yochum from five to six and one half per day.
  • Mr. Drew to reassign staff to fill vacant teaching positions and hiring committee to employ individuals to fill any remaining teaching positions.

Next meeting of South KNox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.

 


 

June 10, 2013

2014 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2014 school budget. The public hearing for the 2014 budget will be held on September 9 and the adoption of the 2014 budget is planned for October 14.

Cash Transfer Tuition Application and Amounts for 2013-14
Approved the tuition amounts for out-of-district cash transfer students ($300 for kindergarten, $0 for grades 1-12 applying by deadline) and approved application form. Also, set grade level capacities (K-6: 100; 7-12: 106) and application deadline for cash transfer students (February 14, 2014) per new Indiana legislation (HEA 1381).

Knox County Special Education 2013-14 Budget
Approved the special education budget for 2013-14 school year. South Knox works with the North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for special education students in Knox County.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • FFA students to FFA state convetion at Purdue on June 18-20.
  • Girls' cross country camp at Boulders Lodge in Brown County on August 6-8.
  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on August 6-8.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Darrell Walters as bus route #8 driver.
  • Jessica Peterson as corporation bus route #18 driver
  • Milaina Goodman as middle school newspaper sponsor and middle school girls track coach.
  • Matt Turner as high schhol agriculture teacher
    Approved employment of:
  • Jessica Peterson as bus driver for route #8 for the 2013-14 school year per irrevocable assignment of Darrell Walters' contract for the remainder of the contract period, 2013-2015
  • Mary Anna McClure as girls varsity soccer coach
  • Darlene Small as SKSC business manager
  • Lori Edwards as SKSC treasurer

Approved

  • Overtime compensation contract addenedum for Darlene Small to cover work done over the weekend of September 1-3, 2012 (Labor Day Weekend)
  • Increase in work day hours for SKE cafeteria workers Mindy Ritchie (+1) and Cecilia Rusch (+1.5) to 6.5 hours.
  • Request to advertise for four hour cafeteria worker at SKM/HS
  • Extension of administrative contracts due to expire June 30 indefinitely (until administrative contracts are settled)

Other

  • Approved handbook changes for 2013-14
  • Approved textbook fees for 2013-14
  • Declared miscellaneous reading books and computer equipment obsolete
  • Approved agreement to extend athletic training services from ProRehab
  • Approved the acquisition of ECA credit card for SKE
  • Approved the renewal of the memorandum of understanding with the Knox County Sheriff's Department to provide a school resource officer.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

May 13, 2013

Good News Report
Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris shared with the board activites that the county police department is working on, including recent training sessions on various scenarios in the South Knox Schools.

Summer Projects
Approved remaining 2013 summer CPF projects, including: remodeling three classrooms in the middle/high school by SKSC staff at a cost of $9,000.00; replacing flooring, ceiling and repainting the main office/guidance area of the middle high school by SKSC staff at a cost of $25,000; renovating the lobby restrooms by SKSC staff at a cost of $40,096; purchasing a reel-type mower for mowing Bermuda-grass fields from Scotty's of Haubstadt at a cost of $5,800; and constructing a concrete retaining wall/walkway on third base side of girls softball field at a cost of $5,800.

Summer School for 2013
Summer school programs will be very similar to previous years with 14 half-days from June 10 to June 27. High school math/English will include instruction beyond June 27 via MyBig Campus.

Personnel
Accepted resignation from:

  • Alexis Rusch as girls varsity soccer coach

Approved employment of:

  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Couchenour as biology teadcher for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Brianna Whitsman as business teacher for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Caroline (Carrie) Staggs as part-time English teacher for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Tonya Thomas as fine arts academic team coach for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Brianna Whitsman as girls basketball varsity assistant coach.

Approved:

  • Family leave time for SKE second grade teacher Kristi Leser who will be having a baby in July.
  • Increased in contract summer teaching hours from 49 to 59 for Joe Patton and Keary Wilson.
  • Tabled action on transfer tuition costs for out-of-district students for 2013-14 as well as action on application. Further study in light of recently passed legislation is needed.
  • Approved 2013 summer school transportation contracts including: Route #1 - Gloria Loudermilk; Route #2 - Chad Hansen; Route #3 - Brian Downen; and Route #4 - Margaret Steininger.
  • Reviewed student/parent handbook changes for SKE and SKM-HS.
  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball. Programs are a total of ninety hours for each.
  • Approved the adoption of reading textbooks for grades K-6. The textbook selected for reading is published by Pearson and are the grade-appropriate Scott Foresman - Reading Street books.
  • Approved the advertisement for bids for property/liability insurance coverage, with Terry Hoke approved as consultant.
    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the administration buildling.

 

 April 8, 2013

Good News Report
South Knox High School studewnt, Tanner Snider made a great presentation on Down with Depression, a project by the Knox County Youth Leadership.

Summer Projects
Approved the installation of a new gas water heater to replace the old electric water heater at SKM\HS. The old unit is down to three working elements of nine.
Approved the installation of additional security cameras at SKM\HS. This will provide for more coverage in the building.
Approved the replacement of carpeting in the Grade 1/2 wing of SKE. Corpet is original from the building's construction.

Summer School for 2013
Approved the employment of most of the summer school teaching staff for the 2013 summer school programs. Programs will be very similar to previous years with 14 half-days from June 10 to June 27

Purchase of School Bus
Approved the purchase of a 2012 72-passenger Maxx Force DT to replace Corporation Bus #18 as per the 2013 bus replacement plan.

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Tony Burkhart as assistant girls softball coach.

Other
Approved the amendment of the 2013-14 calendar to reflect the switching of snow days (February 17 becomes the fourth snow day and February 14 becomes the second snow day.)

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, May 13, 2013 at the administration building.
 


 

March 11, 2013

Good News Report
Superintendent Grove reported that the South Knox School Corporation achieved Riley Corporation status for the current school year due to the amount of money raised for Riley Children's Hospital in 2011-2012

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • New corporation phone system. System will be installed in late June/early July. Bid of $13,060 from AXIATP was accepted.
  • Top dress soccer fields. Bid of $2,666.00 from Tenbarge was accepted.

Final Report on the 2013 SKSC Budget
Superintendent Grove reviewed the final 2013 budget figures as received from the Department of Local Government Finance.

Summer School for 2013
Approved the 2013 summer school programs. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 10 and run through June 27.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Tony Burkhart as girls basketball varsity assistant coach.
    Approved employment of:
  • Allison McKinnon as corporation secretary-receptionist/accounts payable person effective March 25, 2013.
  • Will Isler as junior varsity baseball coach for the 2013 season, as long as numbers warrant the position.
  • Pam McIntire as four hour cleaning person at SKM/HS effective as soon as possible.
    Accepted letters of retirement from:
  • Steve Tevebaugh as high school science teacher. Steve has taught at the SK Schools forthe past 37 years.
  • Brad Watjen as high school business teacher. Brad has taught in the SK Schools for the past 15 years.
    Other
  • Declared an old Mita copier and a Wenger music shell obsolete.
  • Re-validated our health insurance provider enrollment with the Indiana Health Coverage Program to ensure continued participation in "level-of-care" and Right Choices programs for our potential members.

    Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
    Next meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the administration building.