The Board of Trustees of the Oak Hill United School
Corporation met in the Administration Office on
Tuesday, February 14, 2006. All Board Members were
present. Also present were Superintendent James W.
Smith, Business Manager Jill Morphew, Recording
Secretary Norma Sweeten, Terry Renbarger, Bill
Bishop, Joel Martin, Greg Perkins, Patti Lehman,
Ruth Davies, and Mike Keaffaber. Representing the
news media were Donna Burchick of the Oak Hill Times
and Casey Mellady of the Peru Tribune.
1. CALL TO ORDER
Mr. Toby Middlesworth, President, called the meeting
to order at 7:00 p.m..
2. MOMENT OF REFLECTION
Mr. Brian Middlesworth opened the
meeting with reflection and prayer.
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Middlesworth led the Pledge of
4. MINUTES APPROVED
The minutes of the regular meeting and
the Executive Session of January 24, 2006, were
approved as submitted.
Smith made the following personnel recommendations
for Board consideration:
Varsity Softball Coach
Brian Middlesworth moved to approve the
personnel recommendation as presented. Kevin
Pearson seconded the motion, and it carried 7 ayes
and 0 nays.
6. CONTINUING BUSINESS
There was no continuing business.
7. NEW BUSINESS
A. Consideration of Permission to
Advertise Bus Bids
Mrs. Morphew asked the Board for
permission to advertise for bids for three buses,
two regular buses and one special use bus. Dennis
Messersmith made a motion to advertise for bids, and
Dana Biggs seconded the motion. It carried 7 ayes
to 0 nays.
B. Election of Board of Finance
Mrs. Morphew asked the Board to reform a
Board of Finance from the existing School Board to
review school investments. President Toby
Middlesworth and Secretary Mark Johnson will serve
as those officers, respectfully, on the Board of
Finance. Dennis Messersmith made a motion to permit
this reformation. Brian Middlesworth seconded the
motion which passed 7 ayes to 0 nays.
C. Consideration of Permission to Place
Mr. Smith explained that the Swayzee
Lions Club and the Town of Swayzee were asking
permission to place a statue of Garfield in front of
Swayzee Elementary School. Garfield would be
dressed in a Number 9 basketball uniform. Kevin
Pearson made a motion to permit the statue on school
property. Dana Biggs seconded the motion. It
passed 7 ayes to 0 nays.
D. Consideration of Acceptance of
Mr. Smith noted that two donations of
technology were made to Oak Hill. Ceres Midland of
Sims donated seven monitors, and an anonymous donor
gave two monitors and seven printers. Dana Biggs
moved to accept these donations, Scott Dubois
seconded the motion which carried 7 ayes to 0 nays.
E. Consideration of
Out-of-State/Overnight Field Trips
Mr. Smith announced that there were four
field trip requests. The first was from the Junior
High to take the 8th grade Algebra class
to a Math/Science Day at King’s Island in May. The
second was for an out-of-state trip for the FFA to
attend the national Farm Machinery Show in
Louisville, KY, on February 16th.
Another request was from the High School Spanish
department to sponsor a trip to Costa Rica during
the 2007 spring break. The last request was for the
Speech Team to stay in a hotel on two Friday nights
before two meets on early Saturday mornings. Mark
Johnson moved to accept all the field trip
requests. Dana Biggs seconded the motion. It
carried 7 ayes to 0 nays.
F. Consideration of Appointment to
Mr. Smith said that the Swayzee Library
Board wanted to re-appoint John Key. Dana Biggs
moved to accept this re-appointment, Scott Dubois
seconded the motion, and it passed 7 ayes to 0 nays.
Dennis Messersmith moved to accept
regular claims # 1157 through # 1327, lunch and
textbook claims # 711 through # 738, and lunch
payroll checks #6465 through # 6517. Brian
Middlesworth seconded the motion. It passed 7 ayes
to 0 nays.
9. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS
Mr. Smith announced that the building
project is on schedule.
Oak Hill High School
Joel Martin, Principal
Praised Ana Baracaldo for being selected as
Indiana’s top high school volunteer of the
year. She received a $1,000 award, a silver
medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Bill Bishop, Director
Praised the social workers and counselors
for the in-service they attended in
Praised the preschool teachers, Sharon
Reiff, Denise Horner, Cynthia Catt and
Melinda Conway on the work they perform.
Swayzee Elementary School
Terry Renbarger, Principal
Praised Maria Huntley for her work in
getting students Kayla Gunsalus, Kritin
Peer, Stephanie Maggard, Brandon Pace and
Allie Conway’s art work displayed at the
Praised Kathy Nall for keeping the front
bulletin board neat and current and for
monitoring the Accelerated Reader contest.
She reported that grade 5 had taken 1,820
quizzes and grade 6 had taken 679 quizzes.
Praised Caroline Wickes, Brittany Southworth,
Halley Andrews, Alexa Adamson and Hannah
Brown for running the Jar Wars competition
which raised $1,055 for the Humane Society.
Sweetser Elementary School
Mike Keaffaber, Principal
Praised the Sweetser students for creating
Valentines for veterans.
Praised the Symphony In Color
representatives: Hannah McDivitt, Riley
Jones, Madisyn Mooneyhen, Nicholas Horsley,
Marina Allen, and Tristen Wilcox.
Praised students Derrick Randell, Philip
Aken, Gabe Hyman, Ayden Collier, and Braelyn
Martin who will have their art work
displayed at the State House for Youth Art
month in March.
Thanked art teacher, Maria Huntley, for her
work with these excelling students.
Thanked our spouses and significant others
for being understanding concerning our
attendance at the board meeting on
Junior High School
Greg Perkins, Principal
Praised all orchestra students who competed
in the ISSMA contest. Gold medal winners
were Levi Lehman, Layla Dresher, Tabitha
Flaugh, Chelsea Reynolds, Tyler Keith, Trent
Schearer, Chelsea Dumpert, Art Harper, Katie
Schutt, Kaitlyn Sharp and Alex Small.
Praised Amanda Lehman who earned a spot at
the State ISSMA Contest in Indianapolis.
Praised the 8th grade girls’
basketball team for winning the GBAA
conference tournament for the second year.
They are undefeated.
School Board Member
Praised Joel Martin and Todd Law for the
excellent freshmen orientation and
explaining the new core courses.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m..
12. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Following the regular meeting, the Board
met in Executive Session according to I.C.
5-14-1.5-6.1 (b) (9).