The Board of Trustees of the Oak Hill United
School Corporation met in the Administration Office on
Tuesday, December 13, 2005. All Board Members were
present except Mark Johnson. Also present were
Superintendent James W. Smith, Business Manager Jill
Morphew, Recording Secretary Norma Sweeten, Terry
Renbarger, Bill Bishop, Joel Martin, Rob Martin, Patti
Lehman, Ruth Davies, Teresa Shafer, Valree Kinch, and
Mike Keaffaber. Representing the news media were Mike
Duncan of WBAT Radio, 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 7:03 p.m..
2. MOMENT OF REFLECTION
Mr. James Smith 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 November 22, 2005, were approved as
made the following personnel recommendations for Board
Varsity Softball Coach
Industrial Technology Teacher
Kelly Van Ness
Dennis Messersmith moved to approve the
personnel recommendations as presented. Kevin Pearson
seconded the motion, and it carried 6 ayes and 0 nays.
6. CONTINUING BUSINESS
A. Public Hearing for Additional
The public hearing regarding the two
additional appropriations, the Debt Service Fund and the
Bus Replacement Fund, has been advertised in the
newspapers twice. Mr. Middlesworth asked the public in
attendance for any comments. There were none.
B. Consideration of Approval of Additional
Mrs. Morphew explained the adjustments to
the Debt Service Fund in the amount of $371,746 and the
Bus Replacement Fund of $6,831. She asked the Board to
approval these additional appropriations. Dana Biggs
moved to approve the appropriations, and Scott Dubois
seconded the motion. It passed 6 ayes to 0 nays (see
C. Consideration of Bids for Tax
This consideration is to borrow money for
cash flow purposes the first six months of 2006. Three
bids were received. Mrs. Morphew asked the Board to
borrow the money and to accept the offer from
Parker/Hunter with an interest rate of 5.375%. Dennis
Messersmith moved to borrow the money and accept
Parker/Hunterís interest rate. Brian Middlesworth
seconded the motion which carried 6 ayes to 0 nays.
A. Consideration of Permission to Close Fiscal Year
Mrs. Morphew noted that some transfers
between appropriations are usually necessary to balance
the budget for the end of the year. Mrs. Morphew asked
the Board for permission to make the transfers and to
close the 2005 fiscal year. Brian Middlesworth moved to
permit the transfers and to report any actions to the
Board in January. Kevin Pearson seconded the motion.
It passed 6 ayes to 0 nays.
B. Consideration of Maximum Tax Rate for
Mrs. Morphew asked the Board to set a
maximum tax rate at $1.9975. Scott Dubois moved to
establish this rate, Dennis Messersmith seconded the
motion, and it passed 6 ayes to 0 nays (see attached
C. Consideration of Resolution Establishing
Rainy Day Fund
Mrs. Morphew explained that the legislature
has given schools the ability to establish a Rainy Day
Fund by using leftover appropriations from all the six
fundsí budgets. Mrs. Morphew asked the Board to adopt
the resolution. Dennis Messersmith moved to allow the
Rainy Day Fund (see attached resolution). Kevin Pearson
seconded the motion, and it carried 6 ayes to 0 nays.
D. Consideration of Ratification of
Mr. Smith noted that the teachersí
association has negotiated with the school corporation
and has come to a tentative agreement. The agreement
calls for an increase on the base salary of 1.678%.
Kevin Pearson moved to ratify the agreement with the
teachersí association. Scott Dubois seconded the
motion. It passed 6 ayes to 0 nays.
E. Consideration of
Administrative/Professional Support Staff Salaries for
Mr. Smith explained that it was recommended
that the Administrative/Professional Support Staff
receive a 1.678 % increase in wages. Brian Middlesworth
moved to accept the recommendation. Scott Dubois
seconded the motion, and it passed 6 ayes to 0 nays.
F. Consideration of Support Staff Wages for
Mr. Smith explained that it was recommended
that the Support Staff receive a 1.678% wage increase.
The adjustment for the increase would take effect on
January 1, 2006. Dana Biggs moved to approve the
support staff wages. Kevin Pearson seconded the
motion. It carried 6 ayes to 0 nays.
G. Consideration of Partnership to Petition
Mr. Smith explained that the Wabash City
Schools have asked Oak Hill School Corporation to join
them in petitioning The Three Rivers Conference and the
Central Indiana Conference for a possible change in
conference affiliations. Kevin Pearson moved to
petition the conferences, Dana Biggs seconded the
motion, and it passed 6 ayes to 0 nays.
H. Consideration of Library Board
Mr. Smith noted that Mary Jane Thomasí term
as Director of the Converse-Jackson Township Library is
terminating. Ms. Thomas informed the Board that she
would be willing to serve a second term. Dana Biggs
moved to re-appoint Ms. Thomas to a second term. Brian
Middlesworth seconded the motion. It carried 6 ayes to
I. Consideration of Fundraising Request
Mr. Smith stated that the Oak Hill High
School cheerleaders asked permission to hold their
semi-annual clinic for elementary students for the
proposed dates of January 30th through
February 4th. The performance would then be
at halftime of the varsity boysí basketball game on
February 4th. Brian Middlesworth moved to
permit this fundraiser, Dennis Messersmith seconded the
motion which carried 6 ayes to 0 nays.
Dana Biggs moved to accept regular claims #
805 through #913, lunch and textbook rental claims # 643
through #682, and lunch payroll checks #6342 through
#6396. Kevin Pearson seconded the motion. It passed 6
ayes to 0 nays.
9. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS
There were no announcements or reports
Oak Hill High School
Joel Martin, Principal
Praised the Oak Hill speech team, Coach Jason
Robinson, and team members Kaylee Baxter, Kymbar
Larson, Kris Eckman, and Dave Marshall for the
first time in team history, placed in the top
ten at the FW Tournament.
Praised the entomology team of Caleb Rennaker,
Nate Linna, Andy Horner, and David Marshall and
Coach Marvin Green on winning the State Senior
contest for the 41st year and the 24th
Thanked the students, staff, and Rob Martin for
the FCA food drive for the Samaritan Room.
Sweetser Elementary School
Mike Keaffaber, Principal
Praised the success of the canned food drive of
Praised the fourth grade
in lieu of a gift exchange, the students
will bring in a new book or educational toy
to be donated to Family Service Society,
Inc. in Grant County.
Praised the basketball convocation and the
Bill Bishop, Director
Praised Dottie Brookshire as the interim
teacher of the
Praised Sharon Reiff on her work with children.
Terry Renbarger, Principal
Praised the staff of the Eagle Chatterbox, the
online magazine, on the press conference
interviewing Rob Martin, Marcie Kendall, and
Congratulated Thomas Slaughter and Alyssa Combs
for being the Science Fair overall winners.
Praised the elementary collaboration convocation
with Jim Basketball Jones and his awesome
Converse Elementary School
Valree Kinch, Principal
Praised the Kindergarten Thanksgiving Dinner and
the 100 people who attended.
Concerned that Stacey Harrison broke her leg
outside of the school.
Praised the turnout of the canned food drive.
Praised student Elayna Garcia for her display of
caring for a fellow student.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 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)