Board President Nancy Likens led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mrs. Likens acknowledged that this board meeting was a make-up meeting for the original meeting on December 8, 2005 that was canceled due to bad weather.
The Board approved the minutes from the November 10, 2005 school board meeting as presented.
The Board acknowledged Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School, which provided the information on the bulletin board for December.
Superintendent Ned Speicher discussed the reports of the oversees field trips by both high schools that were to have been given at the original scheduled board meeting. These reports will be presented at the January 2006 meeting. The Board approved the Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School trip to England in the fall of 2006.
Mr. Speicher reported on the school corporation's lunch program.
Mr. Speicher reported on the construction progress at the new Lapel High School. The Board approved the construction bills as of this date.
Mr. Speicher reported on the state ordered budget cuts for 2006.
Mr. Speicher reported on the special education student count as of December 1, 2005.
The Board approved a tentative date for the Academic Hall of Fame Banquet as March 18, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Country Club. The alternate date is March 21, 2006.
The Board approved the following schedule for the regular board meetings in 2006:
The Board approved participation in the Indiana Bond Bank to borrow funds from tax anticipation warrants for 2006.
The Board approved the following cash tuition requests:
Haley Fuller, to attend Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School.
Bobby Collins, to attend Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School at the start of the second semester (January 17, 2006).
Stephanie & Paul Murdock, to attend Lapel High School. Stephanie beginning with the 2006-07 school year, and Paul beginning with the 2007-08 school year.
Chelsea Myers, to attend Lapel High School beginning with the 2006-07 school year.
The Board approved the following gifts:
$25 from an anonymous donor for the show choir
$25 from an anonymous donor for the athletic department
$20 from Henry Brown for the Students to England fund
$500 from Mr. & Mrs. Morris Hersberger for the athletic department
$500 from Mr. & Mrs. Morris Hersberger for the band ($250), choir ($125), and show choir ($125)
$150 from Floyd & Renee Liechty for the athletic department
$15 from Mr. & Mrs. Bob Snyder for the athletic department
$942 from the South Madison Community Foundation for the music department
The Board approved for notification of the 2006 school board meetings to any newspaper requesting the information.
The Board approved the following out-of-state field trips:
The Lapel Elementary 6th grade students to take a field trip to Louisville, KY.
The Frankton High School Class of 2006 to take a field trip to Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Kalamzaoo, Michigan on February 18, 2006.
The Frankton Jr.-Sr. High School National Honor Society to take a field trip to Timber Ridge Ski Resort on February 24-26, 2006.
The Frankton Jr.-Sr. High School concert band to take a field trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee on April 27-29, 2006 for the Smoky Mountain Music Festival.
The Board approved the payment of 2005 bills and transfers of appropriations.
The Board approved a new school nurse job description.
The Board approved the Indiana Insurance rates for 2006. The Board also approved to lock in the rate for the commercial package for 2006, 2007, and 2008.
The Board approved the following recommendations:
Frankton Elementary School - Traci Gates – Cafeteria Manager
The Board approved the claim documents as submitted.
Mrs. Likens commented on the good school year, and the good work done by the administrative team, teachers, staff, and students.
Mr. Speicher reported that Frankton Jr.-Sr. High School and Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School will be honored for their Best Buy Honor Roll status at one of the basketball games in January. Frankton will be honored at the January 27, 2006 ballgame, and Lapel will be honored at the January 28, 2006 ball game.
The following documents were signed by all board members:
Minutes of the November 10, 2005 school board meeting
Resolution for payment of 2005 bills and transfer of funds
Revised teacher contracts
Tax anticipation warrants with the Bond Bank by Board President Nancy Likens, Board Secretary Joanne Amick, and Corporation Attorney Michael Lacey.
Letters of appreciation to:
Mr. & Mrs. Morris Hersberger
Floyd & Renee Leichty
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Snyder
South Madison Community Foundation
Announcements were made of the following dates:
January 3, 2006: First Student Day of 2006
January 13, 2005: Regular Board Meeting at Administration Office, 7:30 p.m.