By Pam Robinson
At the Monday, Feb. 4, meeting, the Mount Vernon School Board accepted bids from low bidder Goebel Mechanical, Inc., for the replacement of the Mount Vernon High School, or MVHS, boilers. The base bid from Goebel is in the amount of $258,700 and the company’s Alternate #1 bid is in the amount of $8,200 for the removal of the second boiler to total $266,900. The project will be funded by the Capital Projects Fund.
Near the end of the meeting, the board voted to advertise for the resurfacing and repair of the MVHS track. Bids will be taken on March 7, 2013, with work expected to be completed this summer. Superintendent Tom Kopatich added that the bleachers at the football stadium will receive attention at the same time. After the meeting, Kopatich confirmed that the last surfacing of the track occurred 10 years ago.
In other business:
The board confirmed the employment of Susanne Hayden as Information Systems Specialist and Toni Solis as Speech/Language Pathologist. Supt. Kopatich said the school district is “very happy and very pleased” with the employment of Hayden, who is working with her predecessor, Jim Valentine, before he reports to his new position. Likewise, Kopatich said officials are very pleased Toni Solis will serve as the speech/language pathologist at Marrs for the remainder of the school year.
The board accepted the resignation from Susanne Hayden as Technology Integration Specialist effective Feb. 4, 2013. Supt. Kopatich noted the position had been posted on the district website the same day.
As required by law, the board approved voiding seven checks that have been outstanding for two years or more as of Dec. 31, 2012. Supt. Kopatich pointed out that all seven checks were issued from extracurricular accounts; the checks had been given for reimbursements, but were never cashed. It was added that the bank charges no fee for the voiding of the checks.
Supt. Kopatich noted that representatives from Indiana University will tour MVHS and representatives from Jasper will tour the junior high and elementary schools to see the use of technology in the classroom. In addition, he said K-8 teachers would again be applying for CF Industries’ grants to fund special classroom projects.
Supt. Kopatich announced that 100 percent of buses owned by the school district passed state inspection in January. Kopatich praised the bus drivers and maintenance employees who keep the buses in such good condition. It was noted that Nix contract buses have not yet been inspected.
Supt. Kopatich presented each board member with two booklets, previously submitted to Board President Kathy Weinzapfel. Board members will review the booklets as they decide on the evaluation process for the superintendent. The evaluation process is done in executive session of the board whereas salary matters are discussed in public school board meetings.
The Mount Vernon School Board will meet again Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 5:45 p.m. in the junior high media center although school will not be in session that day.
By Pam Robinson
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