School Board reorganizes: Andy Truitt new President

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The Switzerland County School Board held its state-mandated reorganization on Monday night, welcoming new board members and new officers.

The meeting started with corporation attorney Ron Hocker swearing in members Andy Truitt, Vern Waltz, and Nancy Peters. Andy Truitt was reelected to another four-year term from Jefferson Township; Vern Waltz was reelected from Posey Township; and Nancy Peters begins her first term on the board representing Craig Township.

With the newly elected board members sworn in, the school board turned its attention to it official reorganization.

Andy Truitt was unanimously elected as the board’s new President. Upon assuming the office he thanked outgoing board President Jim Phipps for his dedication to the board.

The remainder of the board elections included Bill Roberts being elected Vice President and Tonya Moore was elected Secretary. Wilma Swango was elected by the board as the corporation treasurer; and Cindy Haskell was again appointed deputy treasurer. Ron Hocker will again serve as the board’s attorney.

The board members appointed Andy Truitt and Vern Waltz as its representatives to the negotiations committee; Wayne Daugherty will represent the board in the School Endowment Corporation; and Jim Phipps and Tonya Moore will serve on the internal review committee. The grounds committee representatives will be Vern Waltz, Wayne Daugherty, and Nancy Peters.

The school board also set the dates and times for meetings. For 2011, the school board will hold its regular meeting on the third Monday of each month beginning at 5 p.m. Executive sessions will be held as necessary.

The school board also voted to keep their salaries the same as last year.

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In other business discussed by the school board:

– The board accepted a $5,000 grant from the Down Corning Foundation which will be used to purchase equipment for high school science classes. The grant was pursued and secured by teacher Bonnie Fancher.

– Pam Yates was approved as the sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Students at Switzerland County Middle school.

– A maternity leave was approved for Amanda Alford; and Sharon Barbour was approved for an FMLA leave.

– State Representative Jud McMillin was approved to hold two public meetings in school facilities. One of the meetings will be held at the middle school on February 17th; and the other will be held at Switzerland County Elementary School on April 21st.

– The next meeting of the school board will be held on Monday, February 21st.