1/10/2013 3:00:00 PM School Board reorganizes for 2013:
Nancy Peters elected board President
The Switzerland County School Board held its first meeting of 2013 and its official reorganization on Monday night, including the election of officers for the coming year. Shown here are, front row, from left: Vice President Bill Roberts; President Nancy Peters; and Secretary Andy Truitt. Back row: members Josh Deck, Wayne Daugherty, Vern Waltz, and Tammy Hayes.
The Switzerland County School Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at its meeting on Monday night, and went through the process of its annual reorganization.
After the elections in November, four members of the board began four year terms and were sworn in at the beginning of Monday night's meeting by school board attorney Ron Hocker. Two of the members: Josh Deck representing York Township and Tammy Hayes representing Pleasant Township, were new members of the board; while current board members Bill Roberts, who represents Cotton Township, and Wayne Daugherty, who represents the town of Vevay, were reelected to terms in November.
With the members officially on board, the first item at Monday's meeting was to go through reorganization.
That reorganization begin with the election of officers, and Nancy Peters was unanimously elected as the School Board President - the first time in history a woman has held that position. Andy Truitt made the nomination, which was seconded by Vern Waltz.
Bill Roberts will remain as the board's Vice President for another year. He was nominated by Vern Waltz and that nomination was seconded by Andy Truitt. The school board Secretary for this year will be Andy Truitt, as he was nominated by Vern Waltz and seconded by Bill Roberts.
Key school officials were also approved, including Wilma Swango as the school corporation treasurer and Cindy Haskell and the deputy treasurer. Ron Hocker will again serve as the school board's attorney.
The reorganization also sets the times and dates for meetings in the coming year. For 2013, the school board will hold its regular monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month, and the meeting will begin at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The school board also set its salary for the year. Again this year each school board member will be paid $112 for each regular meeting; $62 for any committee meeting; and will also receive a $2,000 annual salary and benefits, including access to school health insurance.
Bonds for school personnel, including secretaries at each of the schools as well as corporation treasurers and deputy treasurers, were approved for the year.
The school board also appoints members to various committees. For this year, Nancy Peters and Andy Truitt will serve on the Negotiations Committee; Wayne Daugherty will represent the board at meeting of the Endowment Corporation; Tammy Hayes and Josh Deck will serve on the Internal Review Committee; and the Grounds Committee will consist of Wayne Daugherty, Vern Waltz, and Nancy Peters.
Conflict of Interest statements were signed by Wayne Daugherty and Bill Roberts and included in the official minutes.
Following the reorganization, the school board held its annual state-mandated Board of Finance Meeting, where Wilma Swango went over the different financial institutions and practices that the school corporation uses; including investments and where funds are being held.
She also went over any outstanding checks that the corporation had over the past year; and both county banks were approved as potential depositories for school funds.
In new business, the school board accepted a donation of $600 from MainSource Bank to help fund the afternoon milk program in the elementary schools for children who cannot afford it; and also accepted a $2,000 donation from the Jefferson Township Trustee for the purchase of beginning band instruments and equipment.
In personnel matters, Ryan Jesop was approved as the sponsor of the Business Professionals of America at Switzerland County Middle School; and both elementary schools were approved to host upcoming Pinewood Derbies for the Boy Scouts.
The next meeting of the Switzerland County School Board will be on Monday, January 21st, at 5 p.m. at the Administrative offices on West Main Street.