Collier leads school board

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The Switzerland County School Board of Trustees went through its annual Reorganization Meeting on Monday night, setting officers and standards for the coming year.

Katie Collier, current President of the School Board, was elected to another term on Monday night, with board members Josh Deck, Joe Bennett, Tye Sullivan, Greg Bosaw, and Amy Combs voting for her; while board member Jill Cord voted against Collier and Collier abstained from the vote.

Collier then opened nominations for Vice President, and current Vice President Josh Deck was nominated and re-elected unanimously, with Deck abstaining. Joe Bennett was then nominated to serve as the board’s Secretary, with board members Collier, Deck, Sullivan, Bosaw, and Combs voting for her; and board member Cord voting against. Bennett abstained from the vote.

With the officers in place, the school board then unanimously reappointed Wilma Rosenberger as Corporation Treasurer and Business Manager; and Cindy Haskell as the Deputy Treasurer.

A motion was then made to retain Matt Hocker as the School Board Attorney, and that passed 6-1, with Collier, Deck, Bennett, Sullivan, Bosaw, and Combs voting in favor and Cord voting against.

The school will again hold its regular monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month beginning at 6 p.m.; with executive sessions being held as needed.

In terms of compensation for school board members, the board voted to keep the same pay rate as last year: $112 per meeting; $62 for each board-appointed committee meeting; and a $2,000 per year salary, with half paid every six months. Each board member is also eligible for a $70,000 life insurance policy; a $70,000 accidental death and dismemberment policy; and a social security match of 7.65-percent.

Conflict of interest statements were signed by two board members: Sullivan and Combs, and were accepted by the school board. As President, Collier will make appointments of board members to various Ad-Hoc committees. She announced on Monday night that she will make those appointments at the board’s regular meeting, which will be held on Monday, January 22nd.

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As part of the meeting on Monday, the school board temporarily adjourned its meeting and opened a meeting of the school’s Board of Finance.

As has been the protocol in the past, the board’s President and Secretary serve on the Board of Finance; and during that meeting Rosenberger went over with the board a review of the school’s investment policy and a review of the investment report. The board approved both MainSource Bank and Friendship State Bank as depositories for school funds, noting that these are the only two banks located in Switzerland County. Rosenberger also gave a report on outstanding checks that needed to be accounted for.