By Lois Mittino Gray
Do you ever wonder where the money goes when you spend the extra $25 to buy a Kids First personalized license plate to support local schools? It goes right into the school coffers as long as you put the number 6590 for Mount Vernon Schools on the paperwork explained Loren Evans, Director of Business and Technology for the Mount Vernon School Corporation at its April 1 Board Meeting.
“We get the money from the state and when it builds up to $1,500 we give it to a building in our corporation in a cycle of rotation”, he said. “Right now Farmersville School is spending the license plate money on their students”
He also reported that sealed bids were accepted from Arc Construction and Sterling Boiler for resurfacing and repair of the MVHS track. This will also include infrastructure work to correct the problem on the inside lane and redoing the chain link fence. More information is needed on the different prices so the Board was not ready to take action as yet to approve a bid.
The meeting held on April Fool’s Day, was a productive one as Board President Kathy Weinzapfel smiled and warned “this is not a fool’s meeting tonight”. Board member Brain Jeffries was absent due to travel.
In other business, the board:
–announced there will be an active shooter drill on April 25 at the junior high school during after school hours involving only faculty and staff and not students. There are no activities slated during this time and the neighborhood will be notified.
–entered an agreement with Youth First to continue funding programs and services of the two corporation social workers until May 30. The grant that was paying for their services ran out March 31 and the Board voted not to exceed $7,500 to finish up the school year
Board Member Higgins pointed out that any student can use these services, not just special needs students
–adopted a tentative 2015-2016 school calendar acknowledging that snow dates and holidays may change since it is three years off. “We just want to lock in the big dates so families can plan vacations and holiday breaks,” said Superintendent Tom Kopatich. School starts for staff on Monday, August 10 and school bells will ring Tuesday, August 11 for students. The first semester ends with a full two week Christmas Break from school dismissal on Friday, December 18 to January 4. Spring Break is March 21 to 28.
–adopted a resolution to refinance pension bonds through the Indiana Bond Bank. This action should save the district about $250,000 due to lower interest rates now available and will not cost anything extra. The bond will be paid off by 2016.
–The board recognized student achievements in girls and boys’ basketball, swim/dive competitions and wrestling this year. The MVHS Dance Cats won first place at the state dance team competition. “We have a large group of students who are so talented and excel in academics and athletics and oftentimes, a mixture of both”, said Kopatich.
–approved travel opportunities for five staff members and Sunday use of facilities for Mt. Vernon Cub Baseball from April 7-May 12. Student travel on Sunday April 28 was approved for MVHS DECA students going to California and art students to Tennessee.
The Board asked Kopatich to arrange for both groups to report on their trips at a May meeting.
–entered into a one year agreement with Brown and Brown of Indiana as a group consulting firm on health insurance, not to exceed a fixed fee of $24,000. Board Member Nelson asked if this money could be recouped in potential savings and was assured of that with employees getting the benefit of this consulting work.
–approved reports and meeting dates. The next meeting is Monday, April 15 at 5:45 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Junior High School Library. The meeting scheduled for Monday, May 20 was changed to Tuesday, May 21 so board members could attend a Spring Region 9 ISBA meeting in Huntingburg. June 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. was set as an all day board workshop at MVJHS.
By Lois Mittino Gray
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