School Board reorganizes: Jim Phipps new President

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The Switzerland County School Board held its state-mandated reorganization on Monday night, electing new officers and making appointments to various committees.

Jim Phipps was unanimously elected as the board’s new President. Upon assuming the office he thanked outgoing board President Andy Truitt 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 Nancy Peters as its representatives to the negotiations committee; Wayne Daugherty will represent the board in the School Endowment Corporation; and Bill Roberts 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 2012, the school board will hold its regular meeting on the third Monday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. Executive sessions will be held as necessary, and when needed will begin at 4 p.m.

The school board also voted to keep their salaries the same as last year. Each school board member receives $112 per regular meeting; $62 for each special meeting; and also a $2,000 annual salary.

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In other business discussed by the school board:

– The board held its annual Board of Finance meeting, with Jim Phipps and Tonya Moore being elected to the Board of Finance. The board reviewed the corporation’s investment policies; reviewed the investment report; and officially approved depositories that the school corporation uses. It also heard a report of checks that are still outstanding after two years.

- The next meeting of the school board will be this Monday, January 16th, at 6 p.m.

– The next meeting of the School Endowment Corporation will be held on Tuesday, January 24th, at 5 p.m. at the central offices.