January Board Meeting Board officers are elected and board meeting dates for 2018 approved.

Board Meeting, January 8, 2018

The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees met on Monday evening for a public hearing, a finance meeting and the regular monthly meeting.

A public meeting was conducted for the preliminary determination to issue bonds as required by Indiana Code 20-26-7-37.

Public Hearing

Two bond projects were proposed. ZCS Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Mike Shafer, and ZCS Chief Operations Officer, Mrs. Becky Coffman and Mr. Victor Landfair, Skillman Corporation explained the proposed projects.

Two Proposed Bond Projects

Mr. Mike Shafer, ZCS Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Becky Coffman, ZCS Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Victor Landfair, Skillman Corporation

The 2018 A General Obligation Bond Project

The 2018 A General Obligation Bond Project for the HVAC renovation for Secondary Schools including Zionsville High School, Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville West Middle School was the first order of business. This project impacts a total of 1,056,080 square feet of school spaces and includes equipment such as chillers, cooling towers, temperature controls and air handlers. Upgrading this equipment will result in operational savings and increased environmental control of our campuses.

The 2018 B General Obligation Bond Project

The 2018 B General Obligation Bond Project is a renovation/upgrade of the HVAC system in the elementary schools including Pleasant View Elementary, Union Elementary, Boone Meadow Elementary and Stonegate Elementary. This project impacts 518,248 square feet of school space and is consistent with the strategy utilized by the 2017 bond projects. Some of the equipment proposed for replacement in this project is approaching 36 years old.

Once permission to request bids is approved and a bid is awarded, project renovations will begin June 1, 2018 and be scheduled for completion by August 1, 2019.

Board of Finance

The Board of Finance Meeting opened immediately following the public hearing. Mr. Mike Shafer, ZCS Chief Financial Officer, gave the required financial report to the board.

The Regular Board Meeting

Superintendent's Report

The regular board meeting opened with routine business followed by the Superintendent’s Report. Mrs. Lynn Kissel, Residency Specialist and community development liaison, introduced Mrs. Roesch, the faculty leader of a new Braille club at Eagle Elementary School.

Mrs. Lynn Kissel, Residency Specialist / Community Development

She invited Mrs. Roesch and club members to talk about and demonstrate what students are learning by participating in the Braille Club.

Mrs. Roesch, Braille Club Sponsor, Eagle Elementary School

As part of our Strong in Every Way (SIEW) intiative, Zionsville Community Schools is committed to embracing ways to foster growth in all areas of youth development. Managing the Braille Club takes a lot of patience and one-on-one instruction with students. The reward is seeing students work together on a valuable life skill that will help them communicate with all peers despite barriers. Braille at Eagle Elementary has been widely and well received. Several teachers are attending the optional gatherings with their students.

Braille Club Board Presentation

Board Policies Approved

Dr. Robison detailed various board policy updates that were approved following a second reading.

Board Officers Elected

Board officers were elected for another term. Mrs. Jane Burgess was re-elected as board president. Mr. Joe Stein will continue as board vice president, and Mrs. Debbie Ungar will serve as board secretary.

Mrs. Jane Burgess, President
Mr. Joe Stein, Board Vice President
Mrs. Debbie Ungar, Board Secretary

Board meeting dates for 2018 and January 2019 were approved.

Mrs. Katie Reasoner gratefully accepted a donation made by the board to the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF). Board members donated personal board stipends to ZEF.

Mr. Wayne Bivans Approved as Zionsville Parks Board Representative

The Zionsville Parks Board asked for the board to consider re-appointing Mr. Wayne Bivans as the school’s appointee on the Parks Board. The board approved Mr. Bivans to continue in this role for a third term.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Board is Monday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at the Zionsville Community Schools Educational Services Center.

We are #zcsstrong.

January 8, 2018

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