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 CAB School Board Members Take No Action, But Learn More About Insurance Matters

August 8, 2007 - Although they still have yet to approve the switch to a new insurance agent and changes in some of the school corporation's coverage, members of the Charles A. Beard School Board did finally receive information about these matters at their July 17 meeting.

CAB Business Manager David Bundy advised the board that former Superintendent David McGuire had written a letter on June 13 instructing Indiana Insurance, CAB's provider for liability, property and casualty insurance, to switch CAB's agent of record from Leakey Insurance in Knightstown to Josh Estelle of the Pfenninger Agency in New Castle. McGuire, who also submitted his letter of resignation to CAB on June 13, did not advise the board during their meeting the night before, on June 12, that he would be making this change, and the board had not given him permission to make the switch.

By the time the board met July 17, more than a month had already passed since McGuire, whose resignation took effect at the end of June, had acted to take CAB's insurance account away from Leakey, a local agent that had represented CAB more than 40 years. While the board was notified of the change during the July 17 meeting - something that did not happen at a meeting held July 2 - the board was not asked to approve McGuire's decision to change agents.

The board also took no action to OK several changes made without board approval in early July to CAB's coverage. In a letter received by CAB on July 5 and provided to board members in advance of the July 17 meeting, Estelle summarized 15 different changes made to CAB's coverage, which Bundy told the board were in CAB's best interest to make. Bundy was unable to tell board members exactly how much the changes in insurance coverage would increase CAB's premiums. He estimated that the price increase would be less than $5,000 added to an annual premium of about $130,000.

In other business, Bundy advised the board that a loan taken out from the Indiana Bond Bank due to delays in receipt of property tax proceeds, was in the amount of $884,375 at 3.95-percent interest. If CAB takes until the deadline of December 31 to pay back the loan, Bundy said the total interest, which would be paid from CAB's Debt Service Fund, would be $14,134.76. Bundy told the board it could be October before Henry County provides CAB with any property tax money.

Board members voted 6-1 to approve a new, revised board policy manual, which will take effect September 1. At the request of the Classroom Teachers Association, the current policy dealing with procedures for discipline, suspension and discharge of teachers, was left intact, a move that Board Vice President Wade Beatty said was responsible for his dissenting vote. The board also approved some policy changes for the KIS student handbook.

The board scheduled its public hearing on the proposed 2008 budget for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4. The board will vote on whether to adopt this budget at its regular meeting that month, which will be Tuesday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. The board also OK'd the hiring consultant Duane Fleenor of Educational Services to serve as part of the board's bargaining and negotiating team, and appointed Bundy as CAB's designee to receive complaints regarding instances of alleged discrimination.

In other personnel matters from the July 17 meeting not reported in the July 18 Banner, the board approved several extracurricular positions at KIS: academic team coordinator and social studies coach, fifth and sixth grade historical society, seventh and eighth grade historical club (Scott Fields); academic bowl language arts coach, eighth grade sponsor, seventh and eighth grade student council (Patty Keesling); academic bowl science coach (Phillip Scholl); fifth grade team leader (Judy Stevens); sixth grade team leader, fifth and sixth grade science bowl (Cynthia Henry); seventh grade team leader (Tabatha Brown); eighth grade team leader (VeeAnn Schmidt); seventh grade sponsor (Julie Anderson); eighth grade sponsor (Sherry Remington); seventh and eighth grade FACS Club (Jerri Spears); and fifth and sixth grade math bowl (Lisa Haughn).

The board also voted to approve the following as bus drivers for the 2007-08 school year: Denise Akers; Randy Black; Charles Brammer; Bruce Brown; Randy Chandler; Vicki Conley; Louise Crawford; Jeff Haase; Pam Hollenbaugh; Nora Maxwell; Debbie McCoy; Mike McDonald; Charles Riggs; Deanna Sparks; Sam Sparks; Darlene Swallers; Joshua Waid; Larry White; and Bob Williams. Seven substitute drivers (Ron Beavers, Jim Honeycutt, Donald Martin, Joe Patton, Ronnie Rose, Melodie Smith and Lisa Wells) and three bus aides (Jane Bonewits and Cindy Weddle for the New Castle routes, and Darelene Swallers for the mid-day preschool route) were also approved.

The board approved the hiring of another math teacher for summer school at KHS due to increased enrollment. Joel Miller, who previously served as a student teacher at CAB, was hired, with the expectation that his pay for this position will be reimbursed by the state. The board approved a medical leave request for teacher Mike Wyatt for the 2007-08 school year.

The board approved paying 16 CAB teachers a stipend equal to four days of pay at their regular rate for work they did on a curriculum prioritization project. This stipend will, Bundy told the board, be paid for with funds from a federal grant.

The board voted to OK the auctioning of certain unneeded equipment at the central office, including items from the old cafeteria. No date has been set for the auction, which will have to be preceded by an appraisal of the items to be auctioned, which were not identified.

The board approved the following textbook rental costs for elementary and intermediate school studens for the 2007-08 school year: kindergarten ($62); first grade ($110); second grade ($95); third grade ($113); fourth grade ($107); fifth grade ($110); and sixth grade ($109). Fees for seventh and eighth grade students vary depending on the courses taken.

Acting on a request from Bundy, the board voted to start charging $25 for checks returned because of nonsufficient funds. This new policy began August 1.

The board voted in favor of adding a ninth school to the New Castle Area Career Programs. Interim Superintendent Ray Pavy told the board that the addition of the new school, Eastern Hancock, will result in lower costs for the other eight participating schools.

The board also approved requests for two students living outside the school corporation's limits to attend CAB schools on a transfer tuition basis. Pavy told the board that the cost for the students, a fourth grader and fifth grader, to attend Knightstown Elementary and KIS, respectively, is expected to be between $2,000 and $2,400, paid in eight payments over the course of the school year.

The CAB School Board's next meeting is Tuesday, August 21. Call 345-5101 for the meeting time and location, or for more information on the proper steps that must be followed if one wishes to address the board during the meeting.


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