Tracy Knox On Assignment

Benjamin Washington, also known as "Knox", was a criminal who was among the escapees from Level 5, and was eventually recruited into Pinehearst Company. He was an evolved human with the ability to feed off people's fear and turn it into his own incredible strength.

Character History

The Second Coming

While in Noah Bennet's house, Sylar, while stalking and hunting Claire throughout the house, finds a collection of evolved human files in one of Noah's boxes, one of which is on Knox. Sylar remarks the files are a "shopping list" of new abilities, and intends to take Knox's ability, as well as those of the other prisoners.

While in his cell, Knox, kept in a straitjacket, paces back and forth repeatedly.

The Butterfly Effect

When Sylar does arrive, Elle Bishop ends the battle by unleashing a massive discharge that blows out Level 5's power grid, releasing a dozen prisoners. Knox gathers some together, including Jesse Murphy (inhabited by Peter Petrelli), Eric Doyle, Flint and the German, and leads them to escape Primatech Research.

Much later, the group has arrived at a gas station, where Knox and the others take their time murdering the other tenants. Knox stops Peter from calling Nathan and directs him to the car the German secures for them. Knox then convinces "Jesse" to come with them and escape, as sirens approach.

One of Us, One of Them

Knox arrives at the First Federal Bank of New York in Poughkeepsie with the German, Flint, and Jesse, whose body is still inhabited by Peter. As they are entering, Knox questions Peter about feeling scared. After the heist, the other Level Five escapees ask why the police have arrived. Knox says he called the police because it's not just about the money. The German threatens Knox, but Knox senses his fear and punches his hand through the German, killing him and severely denting the metal wall behind him. Later, Knox is sitting and watching the police gather outside, waiting for the Company to arrive. When Peter asks what they are waiting for, Knox replies the reason they broke out was to exact revenge on the man in the horn-rimmed glasses. Knox perceives that Jesse is not himself when he uses his knowledge of Jesse's past life to trick Peter.

Later on, when Noah enters the bank, the hostages are released and Knox sits Noah down. He confronts him about being locked in Level 5 and says that its his turn to punish him. Peter then screams, sending Knox flying. After Future Peter's visit, Jesse (now freed from Peter dwelling within him) assists Knox in subduing Noah. They are stopped by Sylar, who telekinetically grabs Knox mid-punch. After Noah exits the bank with Flint, Knox runs away because he sees that Sylar is staying with ill-intent.

Graphic Novel:The Sting of Injustice

At a diner, Knox meets Jesse Murphy and is amazed with his ability. Some gangsters get into the place and Jesse uses his ability once again to scare them, as Knox feeds himself from their fear and gains strength. He quickly defeats them using his ability and causes a bloodbath. Both get confident of themselves and feel they're on top of the world, but suddenly Noah Bennet appears with the Haitian and they capture them easily, locking them out in Level 5, where Knox warns that he won't rest until taking revenge and seeing the man with the glasses dead.

Angels and Monsters

Knox gets hired for Pinehearst by Daphne. He gets assigned to capture Adam Monroe and recruit Hiro Nakamura.

Dying of the Light

Knox witnesses Hiro "killing" Ando, then leaves the Specials for Hire Bar. Knox brings Adam to the Pinehearst Company to meet Arthur Petrelli, where Arthur steals Adam's power, killing him. Knox is present with Daphne, Flint, and Maury when Arthur steals Peter's power.

Eris Quod Sum

Knox follows Daphne to New York City and Matt Parkman's apartment, assigned to make sure she carries out her mission to kill Matt. When she refuses, Knox bursts in and seemingly uses her fear to enhance his strength and break her neck. Matt temporarily paralyzes Knox using telepathy but Knox enhances his strength further by absorbing Matt's fear and puts his fist through Matt's chest. After he leaves, this is revealed as an illusion that Matt projected into Knox's mind from the next room. It appears that Knox and Daphne staged the entire scene, since it is later revealed Daphne's true assignment was to convince Matt she was joining his side.

It's Coming

Knox and Flint go to Peter's apartment to capture Claire. She confronts them while Peter escapes down a fire escape, and Knox seems puzzled at her lack of fear. When she throws herself out a window and she and Peter escape into the sewers, Knox and his partner pursue. Knox easily captures Claire but Peter returns and taunts Flint into unwittingly igniting a gas leak. Knox realizes too late that it's a trap. Later, Knox returns to Pinehearst to watch Arthur sketch the eclipse.

Our Father

Knox and Flint are seen patrolling the halls of Pinehearst.

Dual

Knox accompanies Flint to Mohinder's Pinehearst laboratory. They find Peter preparing to destroy the formula and find common cause: they want to make sure no one else can gain abilities and threaten their unique status. Knox goes to see Nathan and keep him prisoner until the formula is destroyed. Nathan attacks Knox and tries to incapacitate him, but Knox gains the upper hand. As Knox is about to kill Nathan, Tracy intervenes and kills him with her ability.

Webisode:Hard Knox, Part 1

Eighteen months ago, Knox and Matt Parkman are eating together. Matt is trying to convince Knox to leave a gang he is running with, headed by a thug named Bartell. They part ways, and the venue flashes back to a room where the gang thugs are planning a job and selecting guns. Knox mentions he wants to "sit this one out", but Bartell doesn't comply. While Bartell is doing a confidence check on each other member (by holding a gun to their throats), Knox begins to sense their fear, and surprisingly bends a steel crowbar into a pretzel. No other gang thug asks to skip out on the heist, and Knox reluctantly agrees to participate

Webisode:Hard Knox, Part 2

Knox is standing in an alley, trying to bend a piece of rebar steel with no success. Matt Parkman walks by, and sees Knox and stops to talk. Matt tells Knox he knows about the heist the gang just did, and again tries to get Knox to leave the gang. They argue about leaving gang life, and unknownbest to Knox, Bartell's gang overhear the entire conversation.

Webisode:Hard Knox, Part 3

Bartell confronts Knox about talking to cop, begins to punch him, and then threatens him with a gun. He prepares to beat Knox with a baseball bat, but Knox, empowered by the fear of the other gang members breaks the bat in half, and proceeds to throw Bartell around, before punching a hole through his chest. One of the gang members, in shock, tells him that he killed Bartell, and Knox answers by saying that he is the boss now.

Webisode:Hard Knox, Part 4

During routine traffic, Knox drives up in a van to speak with Matt. He thanks him for his advice, telling him he isn't a scared kid anymore. Matt asks what he did to Bartell, but Knox merely replies that he heard he got eaten by a shark. Knox drives away with his gang.

Building 26

Despite him being killed and Nathan having witnessed his death, Knox still appeared on Nathan's gallery of targets.

Heroes Evolutions

The Company has an Assignment Tracker 2.0profile on Knox (file: C005; password: BWygq63a) at primatechpaper.com. His personal history reads:

Washington was born in Watts, Los Angeles, and appears to have spent his childhood in the informal care of people other than his natural parents. Sometime during his early adolescence, he became a de facto ward of a Los Angeles street gang. Sources suggest that Washington may have worked for a number of years as a key soldier for a notorious southern Californian syndicate crime figure.

[Sentences Omitted: Classified] This intelligence suggests that Matt Parkman may have been a long-standing auxiliary parent figure for Washington, possibly in the context of Parkman's service as a parole officer.

[Paragraph Omitted: classified]

The decision to terminate surveillance early and apprehend Washington was made as a result of a high-profile altercation at a Los Angeles diner, during which Washington murdered a number of local gang members in public using his ability. Washington was interred in Level 5 with his accomplice, Jesse Murphy, but both escaped during a system-wide security failure. He remains at large. [Sentences Omitted: classified]

The case file also includes a psychological profile:

The subject displays marked psychological deference toward authority figures, primarily as a result of an adolescence spent in the highly structured hierarchy of organized crime.

However, the manifestation of his ability appears to have caused significant cognitive dissonance after authority figures proved incapable of accepting the subject or countering his will. As a result, the subject developed inappropriate coping strategies, primarily repression, resulting in passivity, mood swings and chronic anger. Preliminary examination conducted during his interment in Level 5 may also indicate symptoms of early schizophrenia. All contact with the subject should be recorded and analyzed for signs of additional psychological degradation.

Evolved HumanAbilities

Knox had the ability to feed off of a person's fear, turning it into his own extraordinary strength. Knox apparently was able to sense the fear around him either by smell, or possibly even through a form of intuitive perception. He had also shown the ability to identify who around him is producing the fear on more then one occasion. His assignment tracker profile lists his ability as enhanced strength.

According to his assignment tracker profile, Knox's control index is 85%. His data analysis shows his biological level at 65, cerebral at 75, elemental at 40, and temporal/spatial at 55. At one time, however, his biological level was listed at 45 and his elemental at 20.

Memorable Quotes

"You're scared now!"

- Knox (to Adam Monroe) (Dying of the Light)


"Your fear is making me strong, girl!"

- Knox (to Daphne) (Eris Quod Sum)


"You killed Bartell."

"Yeah. I guess I am the main man now."

- Los Angeles gang member (II), Knox (Hard Knox, Part 3)

Notes

  • The casting call for Knox originally read "25. Male. African-American. Frightening and intense--with the eyes of a predator--Knox has returned to New Orleans with plans to reclaim the criminal territory he used to run before he was sent to prison." He was originally supposed to appear in at least episodes thirteen and fourteen of Season Two, but the plans were changed due to the writers strike. In actuality, Jamie Hector filmed an episode prior to the writers strike.
  • Knox's assignment tracker profile states, "Matt Parkman may have been a long-standing auxiliary parent figure for Washington, possibly in the context of Parkman's service as a parole officer." This is a reference to a cut storyline from Villains. Greg Beeman elaborates in a blog entry: "[The story] told how Knox was part of a gang and was trying to get out of that life. Matt was a cop who had busted Knox once and was trying to help him stay on the straight and narrow. As things progressed Knox realized he had the power of incredible strength whenever people around him were afraid. This caused him to turn away from Matt's good guidance." This storyline was officially shown in the Hard Knox series of webisodes.

Trivia

See Also

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Knox for fan-created theories and other speculation.

Assignment tracker photo
Cranial imaging






 

February 14, 2018

Good News Report
The principals shared the recent and upcoming activities i their respective buildings. Superintendent Grove shared the enrollment numbers for the second semester (1,242) ADM count.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer projects

  • Replacement of PLTW computers (18) at a total cost of $17,910
  • Replacement of three HVAC units at SKM/HS with gas units as part of ongoing HVAC replacement plan at a cost of $25,000.
  • Upgrade/replacement of auditorium stage lighting at a cost of $139,136.

Proposed 2018 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the ddates of summer school June 11-June 28, review and discussion of summer school plans-2/13, school board approval of recommended summer school plans - 3/13, employment of summer school teachers-4/10, bid opening for summer school bus routs-5/1, and bus route contract awards/hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and/or staff-5/8.

Update of SPARTA Project
SPARTA Project Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel of The Stenftenagel Group gave an update on the SPARTA Project.

Personnel
Approved retirement of SKSC band teacher,director Joyce Kim-Rohrer
Accepted resignation of Milaina Goodman as 6th grade cheer coach
Accepted resignation of SKHS assistant baseball coach Brendon Hardin
Approved employment os SKHS assistant baseball coach Rick Carpenter
Accepted resignation of SKHS girls basketball 8th grade coach Brooke Hendrix
Approved administrators and varsity softball coach to select an assistant coach with approval of candidate to happen at March meeting.

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2108. The budget reflects a debt service reduction of $293,000, and a capital projects reduction of $695,900 from emergency allocations, but does show an decreased AV ($572,475,710) and a new tax rate for our patrons. (.7005 up from .6601)
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for April 9, 10, and 11. A fourth day will be added if necessary.
  • Board Approved renewal of KCDC membership.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the administration building.

 


 

January 10, 2018

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2018
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2018:
President - Jesse Watjen
Vice-President - Alicia Houchin
Secretary - Michael Edwards
Treasurer - Tammy Asdell

Establishment of Monthly Meeting Dates and Times
Established that regular meetings of the Board of Trustees would be the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with possible exceptions that would be announced well in advance.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Toothman and Mr. Staggs. SKSC School Safety Specialist Scott Staggs gave the annual school safety report.

SPARTA Project Update
An update of the SPARTA Project was provided by Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel.

Personnel
Accepted:

  • Resignation of secondary special education teacher and Junior National Honor Society sponsor Donna Roehm.

Summer 2018 Capital Projects
Superintendent Grove reviewed the summer 2018 Capital Projects list and board approved the following projects:

  • Installation of lighst as soccer/track. Lights and poles from Musco Lighting and electric lines run by Niehaus Electric at total cost of $135,000.
  • Removal of trees and leveling of ground behind SKSC administration building by Black's Excavation at cost of $36,000.
  • Replacement of fresh-air intake unit in 1st/2nd grade wing with work and unit from Messmer Mechanical at a cost of $42,795.
  • Purchase of aerator for SKSC grounds at an estimated cost of $30,000.
  • Insulation of tractor shed at an estimated cost of $8,000.

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finance and approved investment procedures for the 2018 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $15,500.09 in interest during calendar year 2017.
  • Approved resolution to transfer funds from 2017 Transporation Fund to Rainy Day Fund ($250,000).
  • Approved the transfer of funds within accounts and between accounts for the 2017 budget year to balance all accounts.
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the qualified publication in which the SKSC would publish notices.
  • Approved resolution to appropriate self-insurance funds to pay premiums and make contributions to VEBA and HSA accounts.
  • Approved resolution to appropriate Rainy Day funds to replace HCVAC units in 1st/2nd grade wing.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

December 12, 2017

Good News Report
Principasl Mr. Drew and Mr. Couchenour and Assistant Principal Mr. Toothman gave updates on activities taking place at SKE, SKHS and SKMS, respectively.

Personnel

  • Approved retirement of Millie Goltner. The SKSC appreciates her 40 years of service to the South Knox community.

Summer 2018 CPF
Superintendent Grove presented the following projects from the 2018 Summer CPF list for approval:

  • Bleachers end covers for SKE gymnasium. Cost is $5,600
  • Purchase of one-man lift. Cost is $14,934.

SPARTA Project Update Presentation by The Stenftenagel Group
Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel gave an update presentation of the SPARTA Project.

Distribution of Teacher Appreciation Grants and Staff/Administration Stipends
Approved the distribution of IDOE Teacher Appreciation Grants per approved policy and approved the distribution of staff/administration appreciation stipends per past practice.

Other
Declared a number of VHS tapes obsolete. The listed videos are broken and/or out of date.
Approved updates of NEOLA policies.
Directed a payment to McGraw-Hill for textbooks for SKM/HS from SKE book account.
Renewed memoranda of understanding with Good Samaritan Hospital for facility use and transportation.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

 

November 14, 2017

Good News Report
SKM/HS FFA Sponsor Jennifer Steffy and students Sydney McGiffen and Aubree McGiffen shared information about FFA activities, including attendance at the recent National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

SPARTA Project Update
SPARTA Project Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel of The Stenftenagel Group gave an update on the SPARTA Project, giving a report on the progress to date and sharing what is expected in the next month.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Taylor Hoops to move from five-hour instructional assistant to 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator

Accepted:

  • Resignation of Amber Burkhart as varsity volleyball coach
    Employed:
  • Brenda Bloebaum as five-hour instructional assistant

Other

  • Approved summer 2018 capital projcets list
  1. Individual projects approved include:
  • Purchase of chromebooks/carts at SKE and SKM/HS ($64,369)
  • School building hallways floors refinishing ($2,000)
  • Refinish gymnasium floors ($7,500)
  • Athletic fields fertilizer program ($5,000)
  • Replace computers in 1st/2nd grade wing computer

Computers from 5th/6th grade wing will be moved to 1st/2nd grade wing and the 5th/6th grade computers will be replaced with chrome boxes ($7,648)

  • Replace teacher computers in 1st/2nd grade wing, including new computer for director of technology ($10,857)
  • Concrete rest of rock area at M/HS bus ramp ($5,500)
  • Install new display cabinets (6) in D-area outside new art room ($18,684)
  • Replace HR/payroll administrative assistant office furniture ($2,200)
  • Replace administration building reception area guest chairs ($450)

 

  • Approval to start boys varsity tennis in Fall 2018
  • Approval to advertise for bids for corporation mowing contract
  • Review/renewal of health insurance plan
  1. Approved increase in monthly premium for $750 deductible plan
  • Single plan premium increase from $779.08 per month to $799.59
  • Family plan premium increase from $2,237.69 per month to $2,305.73

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

 October 10, 2017

2018 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2018 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transportation, capital projects, and bus replacement funds. Final tax rates for the 2018 budget will be set at a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2018-20 Capital Projects Plan, the 2018 Bus Replacement Plan, the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate and to aughorize the reduction of advertise tax levies on the 2018 budget if necessary.

SPARTA Project

  • An update on the SPARTA Project was presented by Scott Stenftenagel of the The Stenftenagel Group, Clerk of the Works for the projects

Overnight Trip
Approved overnight trip for:

  • FFA National Convention October 25 through October 27, 2017 in Indianapolis
  • SKHS Student Council State Convention November 4 and 5 in Indianpolis

Personnel
The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Pre-K Director/teacher Johnna Shepard
  • Speical education teacher Jayla Wagoner
  • Junior varsity girls basketball coach Kelci Miles
  • SKE part-time cleaning person Tina Perry increase from 4 hours to 5 hours
  • Middle school dance sponsor resignation of Ashley Ruppel
  • Middle school dance sponsor employment of Corbin Carie

Other
Approved the collective bargaining agreement between the SKCTA and the SKSC for 2017-2018 through 2018-2019. Also approved individual teacher and extra-curricular contracts for 2017-2019

Approved changes to the certified and classisfied administrative salaries for 2017-18 through 2018-19. Also approved the individual administrative contracts.

Approved changes to the classified personnel wage scale.

Adopted a policy on extended criminal history checks for SKSC employees per Indiana Code.

Delcared a number of old library books obsolete

Adopted a calendar of the 2018-2019 school year.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 

2018-2019 
School Calendar
South Knox School Corporation

 

Wednesday, August 1 - Bus Drivers' Organization Day
Monday, August 6 - Organization Day _ Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, August 7 - Opening Day of School - Pupil Enrollment
Monday, September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Friday, September 21 - EARLY DISMISSAL for Staff Professional Development
Friday, October 5 - End of First Grading Period - 43 days
Tuesday, October 9 - SKE - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 10 - SKE & SKMS-HS - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences

October. 12-October 15 - NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
November 21-23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgving Vacation . School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, November 20 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, November 26 (3 days)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - End of Second Grading Period - 48 days//End of 1st semester - 91 days
December 20 - January 2, 2019 - NO SCHOOL - Christmas Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Wednesday, December 10 and will convene at the regular time on Thursday, January 3 (Ten days).
Monday, Jan. 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Friday, February 8 - EARLY DISMISSAL for staff professional development
Feb. 15 - Feb. 18 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Vacation/President's Day. School will be dismissed at regular time on Thursday, February 14 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, February 19.
Friday, March 8 - End of Third Grading Period - 44 days
March 18-25 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Friday, March 15 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, March 26
April 19-22 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday and Easter Break - School will dismiss at regular time on Thursday, April 18 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, April 23.
Wednesday, May 22 - Last Day School//End of Fourth Grading Period - 45 days//End of Second Semester - 89 days
Saturday, May 25 - SKHS commencement

Student Days 
August19
September19
October 21
November19
December13
January20
February18
March15
April20
May16

Total Days =                  180

Make-UP Days

#1-January 21
#2-February 15
#3-February 18
#4-April 22
#5-March 25
#6-May 23
#7-May 24
#8-May 28
#9-May 29
#10-May 30
#11-May 31
#12-June 3
#13-June 4
#14-June 5
#15-June 6
#16-June 7
#17-June 10
#18-June 11
#19-June 12
#20-June 13

 Adopted by the South Knox Board of School Trustees on October 10, 2017.


 

September 12, 2017

2018 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2018 budget. Adoption of the 2018 budget is planned for the October 10 meeting.

South Knox SPARTA Project Update/Approval of Issuance of Second Round of Bonds
The SKSC Board of School Trustees received an update on the SPARTA Project from Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel of TheStenftenagel Group.
The SKSC Board of School Trustees approved the issuance of Series 2017 Ad Valorem Property Tax First Mortgage bonds. These bonds will allow for the completion of the SPARTA Project. The first round of bonds was sold in 2016.

Personnel
The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • 6th grade boys basketball assistant coach Rob Marchino
  • 5th grade cheer coach Milaina Goodman
  • Middle school girls track coach Jalayna Page

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • 6th grade boys basketball coach Isiah Stafford
  • 5th grade cheer coach Allison Schultz
  • SKE special education/1st grade instructional assistant Rachelle Froeschke
  • 6th grade boys basketball assistant coach Louis Murphy
  • SKM/HS special education instructional assistant Dawn Sparks
  • High school girls cross country co-coach Betsy Couchenour per request of high school girls ross country coach Jennifer Page
  • Title I instructional assistant Jeni Patrick

The School Board approved the follwing personnel recommendations:

  • Volunteer high school volleyball assistant coach Andrea Abel; volunteer 6th grade volleyball assistant coach Courtney Copp; volunteer middle school boys soccer assistant Christian Neace; volunteer high school girls basketball assistant coach Janelle Burkhart; volunteer high school swim coach Carrie Staggs, and volunteer high school swim coach Kristen Mahan
  • After-school English and math tutoring program at SKM/HS

Other

  • Renewal of property, casualty, liability and workman's compensation insurance with Selective Insurance
  • Declared various old and/or outdated VHS tapes obsolete
  • Approved Title II, Part A application in the amount of $19,628
  • Approved advertisement of bids for SKE bus canopy
  • Approved overnight trip for FFA for leadership development workshop in Trafalgar, IN in Septemeber and in October (two trips)
  • Approved overnight trip for seniors to New Your City in April
  • Heard first reading of SKSC policy to meet requirements of HEA 1079
  • Accepted donation of 3500 watt solar cells from Brian Roach to Project Lead The Way classes
  • Accepted donation of $2,500 from SCHOTT North America

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

August 9, 2017

2018 budget
Authorized the submission of the 2018 budget online. A public hearing for the 2018 budget, 2018-2020 CPF Plan and 2018-2029 Bus Replacement Plan will be held during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 12. Adoption of the 2018 budget is planned for October 10.

Personnel

  • Approved drivers for special education students for 2017-18
  • Approved and signed individual contracts for extra-curricular positions
  • Approved substitute/ECA bus driver list
  • Approved employment of Caryn Atkins as SKM/HS PE/health teacher, 7th grade volleyball coach and 7th grade girls basketball coach
  • Approved employment of Amy Kaetzel as SKM/HS Spanish teacher
  • Approved employment of Kaitlyn Moricz as four-hour custodian at SKM/HS
  • Approved employment of Mike Turner as Spanish club sponsor
  • Approved employment of Mark Rohrer as SKHS student council sponsor
  • Approved employment of Betsy Couchenour as SKHS science academic team coach
  • Approved employment of Robin Small as SKE guidance counselor
  • Approved employment of Kaylee Chappell as 4 1/2 hour instructional assistant at SKM/HS
  • Approved employment of Elizabeth Like as SKE bowl coach
  • Approved employment of Karen Bible as Title I non-public equitable share teacher
  • Approved employment of Heather Whaley as instructor for homebound student
  • Approved employment of Brock Goodman as SKSC custodian
  • Approved employment of Susan Dreimand and Madison Wampler as SKHS cheer team co-coaches
  • Approved employment of Justin Marchino as 7th grade boys basketball coach
  • Approved employment of Matt Lemon as freshman boys basketball coach

Accepted resignations from:

  • Jaycee Wittmer as SKM/HS PE/health teacher and assistant softball
  • Dawn Sparks as SKE guidance counselor and elementary spell bowl coach
  • Toby Like as SKHS science academic team coach
  • Justin Marchino as 6th grade boys basketball coach
  • Christina Buchhorn as SKM/HS special education instructional assistant
    Authorized:
  • Removal of Mike Turner from list of teachers to compensated for teaching through preparatory period as it is no longer necessary with employment of second Spanish teacher.
  • Advertisement for Pre-K teacher/director

Other

  • Approved agreement between SKSC and PACE Community Action Agency
  • Approved resolution to appropriate $1328 from Rainy Day Fund to bus replacement fund
  • Approved increase of adult lunch price to $3.45 per IDOE directive
  • Heard SPARTA Project update from Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees
Next regular meeting on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration building at which there will also be two public hearings related to budget.


 

July 6, 2017

Annual Financial Report
SKSC Treasurer Tammy Asdell reviewed the annual financial report for the corporation. This report will be submitted for publication.

2017-2018 Title I Application
Approved the application for the Title I program at South Knox Elementary to fund a portion of the Title I teacher salary. The amount that SKSC is being allocated is $81,156.21

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Brenda Bloebaum as SKE special education instructional assistant
  • Austin Sievers as seventh grade boys basketball coach.
  • Briana Burton as part-time instructional assistant at SKM/HS
    Approved employment of:
  • Holly Farris as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Brantly Smith as middle school boys soccer coach
  • Tara Laue as SKM/HS ECA treasurer
  • Jane Worland as SKE cafeteria worker
  • Shelby Marchino as 8th grade volleyball coach
    Approved:
  • Extension of administrative contracts
  • Increase in base hourly wage for bonded bookkeeper as follows: 1st year - $10.28; 2nd year - $11.44; 3rd year - $12.69 and 4th year - $13.91.

Other

  • Update on 2017 summer capital projects at SKE and SKM/HS
  • Update on the SPARTA Project by Scott Stenftenagel
  • Adopted policy for club sports at South Knox School Corporation
  • Adopted teacher appreciation grant policy per Legislative requirement
  • Authorized the registration of schools, board embers and administrators for professional organizations and meetings.
  • Approved the purchase of cooling towers at SKE at cost of $161,675. Installation will be done by Messmer Mechanical and will be paid out of CPF emergency allocations and Rainy Day Funds.
  • Declared a number of old computer items obsolete to allow for proper disposal

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the administration building.


 

June 14, 2017

2018 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2018 school budgeet. The public hearing for he 2018 budget will be held on September 12 and the adoption of the 2018 budget is planned for October 10.

Knox County Special Education 2017-18 Budget
Approved the special education budget fo 2017-18 school year. South Knox works with North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for speical education students in Knox County.

SPARTA Project
Clerk of the Works Scott Stenftenagel gave an update on the SPARTA Project. The board also accepted alternate bid item #7 on the project.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on July 25-27
  • Girls' basketball team to Purdue University team camp June 23-25.
  • Boys' soccer team to Indiana Wesleyan team camp July 12-15
  • Girls' volleyball team to Indiana University team camp JUly 14-16
  • Spartan Pride to Orlando, FL March 19-24

Personnel
Accepted resignation from:

  • Brad Bolenbaugh as SKSC custodian
  • Julia Ketchem as SKM/HS ECA treasurer
  • Mandy Haag as 8th grade volleyball coach
  • Jolie DeLisle as 7th grade volleyball coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Jalyn McClure as SKM/HS receptionist/attendance secretary
    Approved:
  • Compensation for teaching through preparatory period for Betsy Couchenour, Chase Rohleder and Mike Turner.
    Other
  • Approved textbook fees for 2017-18
  • Approved bonds for individuals who regularly handle corporation funds, including Tammy Asdell, Julia Ketchem, Cindy Ray, David Couchenour, Alan Drew, Scott Staggs, Matt Toothman, Chris Lancaster, Kristy Mayles, Cindy Russell and Annette Wallace.
  • Approved corporation high ability program
  • Declared items from SKE Reading Lab obsolete.
  • Approved $.10 increase in lunch price ($2.75-$2.85)
  • Retired cook Cecilia Rusch asked the board to consider creating a sick day bank for classified personnel.
  • Approved the middle school boys club tennis. This will not be a school-sponsored activity, but the club will be allowed to use SKSC facilities and the South Knox name.

The next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting is on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the SKSC administration building/.

 


May 19, 2017

SPARTA Project Contract awards
Awarded contracts for the SPARTA Project to the following contractors who were the low bidders for the respective prime contracts. Awards include some alternate bid items, with the possibility of additional alternate items at a later date:

  • South Knox Elementary
    Wolfe Construction Co.
    Base bid: $2,057,000.00
    Alt. No. 3a-ChangeAir (HVAC): $72,635.00
    Total Contract Amount: $2,129,635.00
  • South Knox MIddle/High School
    BPA General Construction-Krempp Construction, Inc.
    Base Bid: $6,470,000.00
    Alt. No. 15-Dark storefront:-$9,000.00 (deduction)
    Total Contract Amount: $6,461,000.00
    BPB Mechanical Construction-Harrell-Fish, Inc.
    Base bid: $2,478,000.00
    Alt. No. 10a-Packaged Rooftop AC (Daikin): $202,000.00
    Alt. No. 11a-Packaged Energy Recovery AC (Daikin): $176,000.00
    Total Contract Amount: $2,856,000.00
    BPC Electrical Construction-Skill Electric, LLC
    Base Bid: $998,000.00
    Alt. No. 12-Aluminum feeders: -$11,379 (deduction)
    Alt. No. 13-Fire alarm system: $6,400.00
    Total Contract Amount: $993,021.00
    BPD Food Service-Lancaster-Schert Equipment Co., Inc.
    Total Contract Amount: $536,110
    Total Construction Contract Amount, without additional alternate bid items: $12,975,766.00

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Amber Burkhart as fifth grade girls basketball coach
  • Levi Holscher as freshman boys basketball coach
  • Matt Lemon as high school student council sponsor
    Approved employment of:
  • Samantha Scott as fifth grade girls basketball coach

Other

  • Clarified employment language for recent hiring of SKM/HS guidance counselor.
  • Approved overnight trips for FFA in May and June.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

May 9, 2017

Good News Report
Mrs. Hutchens, Audra Cleveland and Johnna Snider shared information about their recent trip to New York City.

Summer School for 2016
Approved the following summer school transportation contracts (14 days):

  • Route #1 - 60.08 miles     Gloria Loudermilk   $164.50 per day
  • Route #2 - 44.8 miles       Chad Hansen          $165.00 per day
  • Route #3 - 58.6 miles       Brian Downen         $165.00 per day
  • Route #4 - 48.8 miles       Jessica Hansen       $158.00 per day

Personel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Madison Lee-McAnelly as high school girls soccer coach
  • Brianna Vinson as high school cheer coach
  • Travis Herb as middle school boys soccer coach
  • Jillian Herb as middle school girls soccer coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Brooke Hendrix as sixth grade volleyball coach and elementary math bowl coach
  • Susan Nowaskie as SKM/HS FACS teacher
  • Jeff Miller as SKSC custodian
  • Brad Case as sixth grade girls basketball coach
  • Travis Herb as high school varsity girls soccer coach

Approved

  • Additional compensation for SKE special education teachers for administering state tests through their respective preparatory periods over the fifteen days of testing due to student IEP requirements for extra time
  • Additional compensation for Joe Keller for teaching through his preparatory period for the duration of Mrs. Street's maternity leave
  • Advertising for an additional Spanish teacher to help with program coverage.

Juan Fuller family to provide transportation for their special needs foster child to Riley Elementary School 
Other

  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball, programs as a total of 90 hours for each, and for strength and conditioning for SK athletes for 37 hours.
  • Approved the adoption of science/health textbooks for grades K-6. The textbooks selected are as follows:
  • Science - 
  1. K-2 - National Geographic Science - National Georgraphic Learning
  2. Grade 3 - National Geographic Science 3:Big Ideas Student Book Set-NGL
  3. Grade 4 - National Geographic Science 4:Big Ideas Student Book Set-NGL
  4. Grade 5 - National Geographic Science 5:Big Ideas Student Book Set-NGL
  5. Grade 6 - iScience Grade 6 IN - McGraw-Hill

Health -

  1. K-5-Health & Wellness (grade-appropriate health program)-McGraw-Hill
  2. Grade 6 - Teen Health - McGraw-Hill

Approved the adoption of science/health textbooks for SKM/HS. The books selected:

  1. Grade 7-iScience Grade 7 IN Complete Student 6 year Subscription bundle-McGraw Hill
  2. Grade 8-iScience Grade 8 IN Complete Student 6 year Subscription bundle-McGraw Hill
  3. Health 7-Comprehensive Health-G-W Publisher
  4. Health 8-Comprehensive Health-G-W Publisher
  5. Health & Wellness-Glencoe health Student Edition-McGraw Hill
  6. Biology I - Miller-Levine Biology-Pearson
  7. Chemistry I-ePack:Introductory Chemistry-Cengage Learning
  8. Chemistry II-ePack:Introductory Chemistry-Cengage Learning
  9. Integrated Chemistry & Physics-Integrated Chemistry & Physics Complete Student Bundle-McGraw Hill
  10. Physics-Glencoe Physics Primciples & Problems Complete 6 year Subscription Bundle-McGraw Hill
  11. Anatomy & Physiology I-Hole's Human Anatomy & Physiology Student Edition with Connect Plus 6 Student Bundle-McGraw Hill
  12. Anatomy & Physiology II - Same as above
  • Declared various SKM/HS library books obsolete. These books are either in bad shape, duplicated copies or have not been circulated for several years.
  • Declared equipment from areas to be remodeled during the SPARTA Project as obsolete so that they may be properly disposed of. Some items will be re-used, some sold and some discarded.
  • Parent Rebecca Cunningham spoke about starting middle school boys tennis club.
  • Approved overnight trip for girls varsity cross country camp in July

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

April 12, 2017

Good News Report
Mr. Drew, Mr. Toothman and Mr. Couchenour shared updates on activities in their respective buildings.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Replace switches in the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grade wings at SKE and A-27 at SKM/HS a cost of $26,019 from Think Tank.

Summer School for 2017
Approved the employment of summer school teachers for 2017. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 12 and run through June 29.

Personnel
Accepted retirement from:

  • Jeannie Prather as SKM/HS receptionist/attendance secretary
  • Bob Shields as SKM/HS custodian
    Approved employment of
  • Erika Shepard as SKM/HS guidance counselor.
  • Jeremy Carpenter as assistant baseball coach
    Approved:
  • Increase in hours of four-hour cafeteria worker Cheri Chanley to six hours in response to state audit recommendation.
  • Payment to parents of pre-school special needs student for transportation of student to the Civitan Center.
  • Increase in number of days and wage of Michelle Stafford who will assume payroll responsibilities with the retirement of current payroll clerk.
  • Increase wage of Allison McKinnon to compensate for addition of transporation secretary responsibilities with retirement of current transportation clerk.
    Other
  • Declared a number of library books obsolete
  • Approved adoption of SKE mathematics textbooks

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the administration building.


 

March 14, 2017

Good News Report
Matt Toothman, Dave Couchenour and Alan Drew gave good news reports on SKMS, SKHS and SKE, respectively.

Awarding of contract for SKE vestibule expansion project
Board awarded the promary construction contract for the SKE vestibule expansion project to Wolfe Construction upon the recommendation of administration, The Stenftenagel Group (SPARTA Project Clerk of the Works) and Schmidt Associates (SPARTA Project Architects). A review of bids showed Wolfe Construction to be the low bidder at $373,000.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Upgrade of internet SPAM filter Lightspeed at a cost of $3,146.
  • Painting remainder of high school gymnasium walls at an estimated cost of $3,000 with work to be done by SKSC maintenance staff.
  • Replace scoreboards at baseball and softball fields and soccer pitch at a total cost of $24,387.

Summer School for 2017
Approved the 2017 summer school programs. Programs will be very similar to previous years and summer school will begin June 12 and run through June 29.

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Jillian Herb as substitute teacher for Spanish classes. She is continuing in the role she has served since the beginning of the school year.
  • Dave Couchenour as SKHS academic teams coordinator
    Accepted letters of retirement/resignation from:
  • Juan Fuller as 7th grade girls basketball coach
  • Juan Fuller as elementary math bowl coach
  • Linda Dobbyn as family and consumer sciences teacher. Linda has taught in the SK school for the past 23 years
  • Tina Ramey as part-time cleaning person at SKM/HS and SKSC Administration Building

Renewed coaching contract of girls varsity basketball coach:

  • Hollie Anson-Eaves varsity girls basketball coaching contract was renewed through the 2019-2020 school year (three years).

Denied medical leave extension for:

  • Michael Turner's request to extend his medical leave through the end of the school year was denied. He may use accumulated sick days.

Other

  • Approved transportation of special education pre-school student to the Civitan Center by parent
  • Approved update of NEOLA policies and guidelines
  • Declared office chair obsolete

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting of Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the administration building.


 

February 14, 2017

Good News Report
The principals shared the recent and upcoming activities in their respective buildings. Superintendent Grove shared the enrollment numbers for the second sememster (1,251) ADM count. 

Summer Projects

Approved the following summer projects:

  • Replacement of plastic seats and decking of SKE bleachers with wood. The plastic seats have not held up well over the years. Cost is $57,700 by Lee Company.
  • Replacement of greenhouse. The current greenhouse is barely functional and with the SPARTA Project, the greenhouse will need to be moved to a different location. Cost is estimated to be $55,000 (greenhouse from NEXUS will be built by SKSC maintenance staff, concrete work by Clodfelder Concrete and electric by Niehaus Electric).
  • New press box/restrooms at soccer pitch/track to replace existing press box. Cost is extimated to be $22,638. DC metals, Clodfelder and Peters will be contractors on this project.
  • Repair/repainting of soccer/track bleachers and concrete area around and underneath stands. Cost is estimated to be $14,321. Clodfelder will do concrete work and SKSC staff will do bleacher work.
  • New concessions stand at soccer pitch/track. New building will be constructed near scoreboard and start/finish line of track. Cost is estimated at $25,000. DC Metals, Clodfelder and Niehaus will be contractors.
  • New restrooms at baseball field. New restrooms will be located next to existing press box/concession stand. Cost is estimated at $22,587. DC Metals, Clodfelder and Peters will be contractors.
  • Replacement of copiers at SKE. Three large and one smaller Ricoh copiers will replace older copiers. Cost is $26,898 including maintenance agreement.
  • Replacement of three HVAC units with three gas units. Cost is estimated to be $26,800 by Peters.

Proposed 2017 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the dates of summer school June 12-June 29, review and discussion of summer school plans -2/14, school board approval of recommended summer school plans - 3/14, employment of summer school teachers-4/11, bid opening for summer bus routes - 5/2, and bus route contract awards/ hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and /or staff -5/9.

Personnel

  • Confirmed employment of Pam Sturgeon as SKSC custodian
  • Approved retirement of SKSC payroll coordinator and transporation secretary Nancy Stader
  • Approved retirement of SKM/HS guidance counselor Sara Hutchens
  • Approved retirement of SKE cook Cecilia Rusch
  • Accepted resignation of SKHS assistant baseball coach Rick Carpenter
  • Accepted resignation of SKHS girls basketball junior varsity coach Matt Lemon

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2017. The budget reflects a debt service reduction of $138,000, and a capital projects reduction of $647,314 from emergency allocations, but does show an increased AV ($581,644,702) and a new tax rate for our patrons (.6601 down from .6656)
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled fro April 11, 12, and 13. A fourth day will be added if necessary.
  • Board approved renewal of KCDC membership
  • Board declared items obsolete, including solar panels, welders and typewriter, to allow for proper disposal
  • Board approved a resolution to appropriate money from the self-insurance fund. Appropriations will fund insurance premiums, VEBA contributions and government fees associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the administration building.


 

 

January 10, 2017

Swearing in of elected/re-elected trustees
SKSC Treasurer Tammy Asdell administered the oath of office to recently elected trustee members Michael Edwards, Gary Holscher and Alicia Houchin

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2017
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2017:
President - Gary Holscher
Vice-President - Jesse Watjen
Secretary - Alicia Houchin
Treasurer - Tammy Asdell

Establishment of Monthly Meeting Dates and Times
Extablished that regular meetings of the Board of School Trustees would be the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00, with possible exceptions that would be announced well in advance.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Toothman and Mr. Drew. SKSC School Safety Specialist Scott Staggs gave the annual school safety report.

Personnel

Approved:

  • Increase in work hours of SKM/HS cafeteria worker Lynn Young from 5.25 hours per day to 5.5 hours per day
  • Employment of a custodian. the interview committee will interview candidates and make offer of employment. the successful candidate will be confirmed at the February board meeting.
  • Distribution of Indiana Sate Performance Grant stipends for eligible teachers. Grant amount was $89,381.95.
  • Distribution of performance stipends, to be paid out of Rainy Day Funds, for eligible employees. Total amount to be expended for administrative/classified staff is approximatley $56,000.
  • Receipt of $30,000 Eli Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative planning grant.

Accepted:

  • Resignation of sixth grade volleyball coach Emily Masterson

Summer 2017 Capital Projects

Superintendent Grove reviewed the summer 2017 Capital Projects list and board approved the following projects:

  • Carpeting of the administrative area of SKE at an estimated cost of $9,574.48 with work to be done by SKSC staff.
  • Purchase of a mower ($11,700) for athletic fields and a utility vehicle ($14,200) from Alliance Tractor.
  • Painting of hallway walls at SKE at an estimated cost of $2,500
  • Purchase of 224 chromebooks/7 carts for SKM/HS at an estimated cost of $53,758

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finance and approved investment procedures for the 2017 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $8,858.08 in interest during calendar year 2016.
  • Approved resolutions to transfer funds from 2016 Transporation Fund to Rainy Day Fund ($200,000).
  • Approved the transfer of funds within accounts and between accounts for the 2016 budget year to balance all accounts.
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the qualified publication in which the SKSC would publish notices.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

December 12, 2016

Good News Report
Principals Mr. Drew and Mr. Couchenour and Assistant Principal Mr. Toothman gave updates on activities taking place at SKE, SKHS and SKMS, respectively.

Personnel

  • Approved maternity leave for Kara Street beginning March 28 and continuing through the last student day of the 2016-17 school year.
  • Extended leave of absence for Michael Turner through Spring Break.
  • Dismissed middle/high school custodian Cole Chanley.

Summer 2017 CPF
Superintendent Grove presented the following projects from the 2017 Summer CPF list for approval:

  • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade IPads, carts, cases and charging baskets. Cost is $20,939.
  • Rubber mulch to replace remaining wood mulch. Cost is $7,820.
  • Concrete pads at SKE to go under tables along playground area. Cost is $3,276.

SPARTA Project Presentation by Schmidt Associates
Representatives of Schmidt Associates gave final design, timeline and budget presentation on the SPARTA Project.

Selection of Vendor for Health Savings Accounts for Employee HSAs.
Approved the selection of Fifth Third Bank as vendor/manager of employee health savings accounts. Also, approved corporation payment of $2.00fee per participating member for the HSAs.

Other
Declared a number of library books obsolete. The listed books had not been checked out of the library for several years. Removal will allow for newer titles to be acquired.
Accepted matching grant from Indiana Department of Homeland Security to help pay salaries of School Resource Officers.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

November 14, 2016

Good News Report
SKM/HS FFA Sponsor Jennifer Steffy and student Sydney McGiffen shared information about FFA activities, including attendance at the recent National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Amendments to 1997 Lease Agreement Between the South Knox School Corporation and the South Knox Building Corporation
Changes to the 1997 lease agreement between the SKSC and the South Knox Building Corporation are necessary to facilitate the sale of bonds for the SPARTA Project. Amendments include adding the rest of the South Knox Elementary School Building and SKSC athletic fields to the lease and incorporating the terms of the October 10, 2016 lease agreement into the 1997 lease.

South Knox Elementary School Vestibule Expansion Project
Approved project to expand the front vestibule at South Knox Elementary School to ease end of school congestion due to student pick-up. Project cost is extimated at $264,000 and will be paid for with Rainy Day Funds.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Derrick Osborne as volunteer assistant high school boys basketball coach
    Accepted:
  • Resignation of Travis Herb as middle school boys track coach
    Employed:
  • Travis Herb as boys varsity track coach
  • Matt Toothman as boys varsity assistant track coach
  • Ian Battles as a middle school boys track coach
  • Jessica Grumiezux as girls elementary assistant basketball coach
  • Brad Bolenbaugh as SKE custodian
    Dismissed:
  • Dan Deckard as SKE custodian
    Other
  • Approved summer 2017 capital projects list

Individual projects approved include:

  • Culvert/earthen bridge to baseball field
  • School building hallway floors refinishing
  • Refinish gymnasium floors
  • Athletic fields fertilizer program
  • New softball bleachers and safety rails
  • Dirt work at baseball field - new mound, etc.
  • New carpeting at SKSC Administration building

 

  • Approval of 2017-18 school calendar
  • Renewal of vision insurance trust agreement
  • Review/renewal of health insurance plan
  1. Added $3,000 HSA-qualified high deductible plan option
  2. Agreed to put $1,000 into HSA of each enrolled employee who switches from $750 deductible plan to $3,000 deductible plan
  3. Agreed to participate in prescription drug advocacy program
  • Declared the following items obsolete:
    Piano
    Toro reel mower
    Mischellaneous office furniture

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

October 10, 2015

2017 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2017 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transportation, capital projects, and bus replacement funds. Final tax rates for the 2017 budget will be set at a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2017-19 Capital Projects Plan, the 2017 Bus Replacement Plan, the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate and to authorize the reduction of advertised tax levies on the 2017 budget if necessary.

SPARTA Project

  • A presentation by Schmidt Associates team members Anna Marie Burrell and Tom Ning on the renovation/remodel plan in terms of project definition, including floor plans, budget and schedule. These are not finalized plans.
  • Hearing on lease agreement between the South Knox School Corporation and the South Knox SPARTA Project School Building Corporation.
  • Hearing on additional appropriations related to the SPARTA Project
  1. This is necessary to spend funds received as a result of selling bonds for the project.
  1. Appropriation of proceeds and extablishment of a construction fund
  2. Determination of need for projects
  3. Authorization for execution of lease
  4. Assignment of bids to the South Knox SPARTA Project School Building Corporation
  5. Approval of master continuing disclosure undertaking
  6. Acceptance of post-issuance procedures

Overnight Trip
Approved overnight trip for:

  • FFA National Convention October 20 through October 22, 2016 in Indianapolis
  • SKHS Student Council State Convention November 5 and 6, 2016 in Indianapolis

Personnel
The School Board accepted the following resignation:

  • Steve Rehwald as 8th grade boys basketball coach

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Maternity leave through end of first semester for Juli Toothman
  • SKM/HS 5 1/2 hour cafeteria worker Jennifer Young
  • 8th grade boys basketball coach Joel McDonald
  • 5th grade boys basketball assistant coach Steve Rehwald
  • Approved the increase from 25 to 26 hours per week for SKE special education aide Brandi Harrison
  • Approved the employment of elementary girls basketball assistant coach with confirmation to take place at November school board meeting
  • The School Board approved Jeff Rohrer as 5th grade volunteer assistant basketball coach

Other

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.


 

September 12, 2016

2017 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2017 budget. Adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for the October 10 meeting.

ECA Treasurers' Reports
A review of financial reports from SKE ECA treasurer Cindy Ray and SKM/HS ECA treasurer Julia Ketchem was done by SKSC treasurer Tammy Asdell.

South Knox SPARTA Project School Building Corporation
The SKSC Board of School Trustees approved the formation of the South Knox SPARTA Project School Building Corporation to meet Indiana Constitution requirements related to undertaking the remodeling/renovation project the board voted to proceed with. The directors of the South Knox SPARTA Project School Building Corporation are Carla Anthis, Rhett Baker and Brad Case.

Good News Report
Mrs. Heather Whaley shared information about her third grade class' project in which they wrote letters to WWII Honor Flight honoree Joe Vieck.

Personnel

The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • SKHS drama co-director Ann Carie
  • SKE 1st grade instructional assistnat JaLyn McClure
  • 5th grade girls basketball coach Tim Nash
  • SKM/HS cafeteria worker Dianna White

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • SKHS social studies academic team coach CJ Carie
  • Girls softball assistant coach Jaycee Parke
  • SKHS drama director Paula Martin
  • 5th grade girls basketball coach Amber Burkhart
  • SKE 1st grade instructional assistant Nicole Burke

The School Board approved the following personnel recommendations:

  • Volunteer boys high school soccer assistant coach Kyle Foley
  • Speical Needs Students Transportation to Vincennes by Tonya Kays and Krista Griffin
  • After-school English and math tutoring program at SKM/HS by Zach Abel and Dawn Hitt

Other

  • Renewal of property, casualty, liability and workman's compensation insurance with Selective Insurance
  • Declared various old and/or outdated computer equipment obsolete
  • Declared several duplicate copies or outdated library books obsolete
  • Approved increase of adult cafeteria prices per IDOE recommendation to from $3.00 to $3.35 for lunch and from $1.60 to $1.80 for breakfast
  • Approved overnight trip for FFA for leadership development workshop in Trafalgar, IN in September
  • Approved overnight trip for seniors to New York City in April

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. at theSKSC Administration Building.


 

August 8, 2016

2017 Budget
Authorized the submission of the 2017 budget online. A public hearing for the 2017 budget, 2017-2019 CPF Plan and 2017-2028 Bus Replacement Plan will be held during the regularly scheduled board meeting on September 12. Adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for October 10.

Other

  • Approved drivers for special education students for 2016-17
  • Approved and signed individual teacher contracts and contracts for extra-curricular positions.
  • Approved and signed individual administrator contracts.
  • Approved administrative staff contracts
  • Reviewed progress of summer building projects.
  • Confirmed employment of Jilliam Herb as SKM/HS substitute Spanish teacher for first semester to cover leave of absence of Mike Turner.
  • Confirmed employment of Paula Morgan-Martin as part-time choral music teacher.

    Personnel
    Accepted resignations from:

  • Becky Jones as SKE custodian
  • Abby Scott as junior varsity volleyball coach
  • Janelle Burkhart as assistant softball coach
  • Alexis Rusch as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Dawn Hitt as co-director of drama production
  • Dawn Hitt as high school social studies academic team coach
  • Dawn Sparks as elementary girls basketball assistant coach

Employed:

  • Dan Deckard as SKE custodian
  • Lisa Higgins as SKE instructional assistant
  • Brianna Burton as middle/high school instructional assistant
  • Sandy Dunham as junior varsity volleyball coach
  • Jillian Herb as middle school girls soccer coach

Approved:

  • Substitute/ECA school bus driver list
  • Abby Scott as volunteer assistant volleyball coach at high school
  • Natalie Byrd as volunteer assistant girls golf coach

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building at which there will also be two public hearings related to budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 2016
Project and Preliminary Determination Hearing

School board conducted a 1028 Project and Preliminary Determination Hearing on SPARTA 2018. The board approved the project resolution for $15,115,000, the preliminary determination resolution to issue bonds and enter into a lease for the renovation of and improvements to the South Knox Elementary School and renovation of and improvements to the South Knox Middle/High School and the declaration of official intent to reimburse expenditures.

2017 School Corporation Budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2017 school budget. The public hearing for the 2017 budget will be held on September 12 and the adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for October 10. The meeting with the DLGF representative is scheduled for August 24 at 2:00 at the Knox County Courthouse.

Annual Financial Report
SKSC Treasurer Tammy Asdell reviewed the annual finanacial report for the corporation. This report will be submitted for publication.

2016-17 Title I Application
Approved the application for the Title I program at South Knox Elementary to fund a portion of the Title I teacher salary.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Denise Hendrix as middle/high school choral teacher
  • Matt Toothman as boys varsity track head coach
  • Tina Kunkler-Laake as academic teams coordinator
    Approved employment of:
  • Zach Abel as high school mathematics academic coach
  • Frank Thomas as junior class co-sponsor
  • First semester high school Spanish teacher, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • Part-time choral music teacher, to be confirmed by board at August meeting
  • David Linenburg as school resource officer per agreement with Knox County Sheriff Department
  • Christa Buchhorn as SKM/HS special education assistant
  • Twyla Flint as kindergarten chairperson
    Approved 
  • Extension of adminstrative contracts
  • Leave of absence for Mike Turner
    Other
  • update on 2016 summer capital projects at SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved overnight trip for girls varsity volleyball team and Coach Amber Burkhart
  • Authorized the registration of schools, board members and administrators for professional organizations and meetings
  • Declared scales that have been replaced at SKE as obsolete so that they may be disposed of

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building.


 

June 14, 2016

2017 School Corporation budget
School board reviewed proposed dates for the approval of the 2017 school budget. The public hearing for the 2017 budget will be held on September 12 and the adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for October 10.

Knox County Special Education 2016-17 Budget
Approved the special education budget for 2016-17 school year. South Knox works with North Knox and Vincennes schools to jointly operate programs for special education students in Knox County.

Overnight Trips
Approved overnight trips for:

  • FFA students to FFA state convention at Purdue on June 14-17
  • Boys' cross country camp at Hoosier National Forest at Cannelton on July 26-28
  • Boys' basketball team to Scottsburg Shoot-out June 10-11
  • Girls' basketball team to University of Louisville team camp June 17-19
  • Girls' soccer team to Indiana Wesleyan team camp July 11-13
  • Boys soccer team to Indiana Wesleyan team camp July 13-16 and to Columbus July 23
    Personnel
    Accepted resignations from:
  • Dusti Kinnett as SKMS cheer coach
  • Laura Wagoner as SKE cheer coach
  • Bob Swank as high school mathematics academic team coach
  • Dana Robbins as junior class co-sponsor
  • Kathy Holscher as part-time instructional assistant
  • Mary Jo Washington as special education assistant
  • Jamie Neal as co-Spartanette coach
  • Ian Battles as high school boys track assistant coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Alexis Rusch as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Milaina Goodman as SKE cheer coach
  • Laura Wagoner as SKMS cheer coach
  • Diane White as 5 1/2 hour cafeteria worker
  • Jolie DeLisle as middle school volleyball coach
  • Amanda Haag as middle school volleyball coach
    Approved:
  • Compensation for teaching through preparatory period for Betsy Couchenour to reduce size of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Transfer of bus route number 21 from Robert French to Cody Hendershot
    Other
  • Approved texbook fees for 2016-17
  • Approved bonds for individuals who regularly handle corporation funds, including Tammy Asdell, Julia Ketchem, Cindy Ray, David Couchenour, Alan Drew, Scott Staggs, Matt Toothman, Chris Lancaster, Kristy Mayles, Cindy Russell and Annette Wallace
  • Approved corporation high ability program
  • Approved agreement between SKSC and Pro-Rehab for athletic training services
  • Approved clinical affiliation agreement between SKSC and Vincennes University Nursing program

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting is on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the SKM/HS cafeteria.


 

 

May 16, 2016

Good News Report
Mrs. Sparks shared information about a recent STEM conference that she and five SKE female students attended in Indianapolis.

Employment of Architect for potential renovation/remodel project
Approved the selection of Schmidt Associates for the SPARTA 2018 project, should it go forward.

Summer School for 2016
Approved the following summer school transportation contracts (14 days):

  • Route #1-56.2 miles  Brian Downen   $166.00 per day
  • Route #2-44.8 miles  Chad Hansen    $167.50 per day
  • Route #3-57.6 miles  Patrick Mischler $172.50 per day
  • Route #4-48.8 miles  Jessica Hansen   $160.00 per day

2016 Summer Capital Projects

Approved projects to upgrade/migrate phone system to new managing system to eliminate data/communication congestion. Project cost ofr SKSC is $10,293 to switch Kerauno system with Axia TP providing the work. 

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Nicole Stokely as middle school girls soccer coach
  • Ashley Gonzalez as 7th grade volleyball coach
  • Scott Staggs as 5th grade boys basketball assistant coach
    Approved employment of:
  • Ann Carie for homebound instruction for student recovering from surgery
  • Jaycee Parke as SKM/HS PE health teacher
  • Corbin Carie as summer school instructional assistant
  • Myron Cole Chanley as SKM/HS custodian
  • Laura Bird as 1st grade instructional assistant
  • Kristina Sanders as 3rd grade instructional assistant
  • Cody Hendershot as substitute bus driver for Rob French
  • Krista Griffin to provide transportation for her special needs child to Riley Elementary School
    Approved:
  • Teia Ray as SKHS girls track volunteer assistant coach for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Tim Grove as Indiana Public Schools Trust representative from South Knox School Corporation
  • Additional compensation for Chase Rohleder for teaching throught his preparatory period for the 2016-17 school year
  • Increase in hourly rate for nurses as follows: 1st year-$18.36/ 2nd year-$19.26/3rd year-$20.16/4th year $21.06/substitute nurse-$12.00
  • Splitting boys varsity soccer coach stipend per request from soccer coach Tim Goodwin. Stipend will be shared with Boris Vanjicki with half goaing to Coach Goodwin and half going to Coach Vanjicki.

Other

  • Approved student/parent handbook changes for SKE and SKM/HS
  • Approved open gymnasium programs for boys and girls basketball, programs are a total of 90 hours for each, and for strength and conditioning for SK athletes for 56 hours.
  • Approved the re-adoption of mathematics textbooks for grades K-6. The textbook selected is published by Saxon.
  • Approved the adoption of mathematics textbooks for special education. The texbook selected is published by Curriculum Associates. This text will also be piloted in grades Kindergarten and grade 4.
  • Approved the adoption of mathematics textbooks for SKM/HS. The books selected are as follows: Grade 7, Grade 8, Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry published by Pearson;
                 Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and Calculus published by National Geographic Learning.
  • Second reading and adoption of SKSC Criminal Gang Activity Policy
  • Second reading and adoption of SKSC Internal Controls Policy
  • Approved overnight field trip in July for girls high school cross country team
  • Announcement by Dennis Carnahan that after five terms and 19 1/2 years, he will not seek re-election to the South Knox School Corporation Board of School Trustees
  • Sent get well care from Corporation to Vincennes Community Schools teacher who was recently injured.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the administration building.


 

April 11, 2016

Good News Report
Mrs. Steffy, HS agriculture teacher, gave a presentation on the Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program.

Facilities Assessment
Representatives from Schmidt Associates presented their report on the facilities assessment that was conducted over the past few months. The presentation reflected information gained from meetings with staff, the SPARTA 2018 committee and from walk throughs in the buildings.

Clerk of the Works
The board agreed to employ The Stenftenagel Group as the Clerk of the Works for the SPARTA 2018 project, should it be approved

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects:

  • Replace the computers in the 3rd/4th grade wing at a cost of $53,291.54 from Think Tank.
  • Remodel room A-7 in SKM/HS at an estimated cost of $6,000 with work to be done by SKSC personnel.
  • Remodel faculty restrooms at SKM/HS at an estimated cost of $10,000 with work to be done by SKSC personnel.
  • Update water backflow preventers at SKM/HS at a cost of $25,265 with work to be done by Hi-Tech Sheet Metal.

Summer School for 2016
Approved the employment of most summer school teachers for 2016. Programs will be very similar to previous years, except that summer school will begin June 6 and run through June 23.

Personnel
Accepted resignations from:

  • Lori Blann as SKSC treasurer
  • Alan Kaiser as 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator
  • Annette Wallace as summer custodian
  • Tammy Asdell as SKE treasurer
  • Cindy Ray as Title I Instructional assistant

Approved employment of:

  • Alan Kaiser as fourth grade teacher
  • Amy Steininger as SKE school nurse
  • Tammy Asdell as SKSC treasurer
  • Cindy Ray as SKE treasurer
  • Blake Marsee as summer custodian
  • Jayla Wagoner as 3rd/4th grade computer lab coordinator
  • SKM/HS PE/Health teacher with confirmation of candidate at May meeting

Other

  • Heard second reading and approved new policy on threshold for material loss, shortage, or theft of school funds or property
  • Heard first reading of handbook changes for 2016-17 for SKE and SKM/HS
  • Heard first reading of policy on gangs and gang-related activity
  • Heard first reading of policy on internal controls

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the administration building.

 

March 9 & March 14, 2016

Good News Report
SKE 5th grade teacher Debbie Kirk and some of her students shared information on the Shurley English curriculum at the March 14 meeting. This strategy uses a question and answer flow to recognize the role of each word in a sentence.

Approval of Resolutions (March 14)
Approved resolution to appropriate additional funds for our self-insurance fund as a result of an approzimately $400,000 refund from our carrier Anthem. Approved a resolution to appropriate $25,000 from Rainy Day Fund to pay for facilities assessment being conducted by Schmidt Associates.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer capital projects on March 14:

  • Televisions for SKE conference room and group room and coaxial cable to Mr. Staggs' office.
  • HP Intelligent Management Center for both SKE and SKM/HS to enhance internet connectivity/capabilities
  • Rubber mulch for SKE playground
  • Painting middle school gymnasium walls
  • Replace five HVAC units at SKM/HS

Summer School for 2016
Approved the 2016 summer school programs March 14. Programs will be very similar to previous years and summer school will begin June 6 and run through June 23.

Personnel
Approved employment of:

  • Dana Robbins as middle/high school instructional assistant-March 14
  • Amber Burkhart as girls varsity volleyball coach-March 14
  • Janelle Burkhart as girls softball assistant coach-March 14

Accepted letters of retirement/resignation from:

  • Sue Harrell as kindergarten teacher. Sue has taught in the SK schools for the past 35 years-March 14
  • Susan Chattin as elementary school nurse. Susan has served in this role in the SK schools for the past 12 years-March 14
  • Carolyn Pieper as physical education and health teacher. Carolyn has taught in the SK schools for the past 41 years-March 14
  • Jennifer Bilskie as girls softball assistant coach-March 9
  • Dana Robbins as middle/high school cafeteria worker-March 14
  • Judy Doane as middle/high school custodian-March 14
    Approved volunteer coaches:
  • Autumn Asdell, Kyle Evans and Haven McBride as volunteer assistant tennis coaches-March 14

Other

  • Approved support staff policy on accumulated sick leave/family illness leave time-March 14
  • Approved Memorandum of Agreement with Teaching and Mentoring Communities center-based full-day Head Start provider for migrant children-March 14
  • Approved Memorandum of Understanding with Ivy Tech to provide dual credit classes for SK students-March 14
  • First reading of policy for Threshold for Maaterial Loss, Shortage, or Theft of School Funds or Property-March 14
  • Approved overnight student trip for Spartan Pride Marching Band to Chicago in October-March 14

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016 at the administration building.


 

February 9, 2016

Good News Report
The principals shared the recent and upcoming activities in their respective buildings.

Summer Projects
Approved the following summer projects:

  • Painting of the ceiling in the main gymnasium by Junod Painting at a cost of $35,400.
  • New dugouts, concrete work, drainage work and storage building at the softball field by Clodfelter Concrete, Bosecker Masonry, Black Excavation and SKSC personnel at a cost of $42,813.

Proposed 2016 Summer School Programs
Superintendent Grove reviewed the timeline for summer school activities, including the dates of summer school June 6-June 23, review and discussion of summer school plans-2/8, school board approval of recommended summer school plans-3/14, employment of summer school teacher-4/11, bid opening for summer school bus routes-5/3, and bus route contract awards/hiring of any needed additional summer school teachers and/or staff-5/9.

Approval of update/revisions to SKSC policy/guidelines per NEOLA
Various policies/guidelines previously adopted by the SKSC Board of Trustees were in need of updating and/or revision. The board approved these changes.

Personnel
Approved employment of Brandi Harrison as special education instructional assistant at SKE.
Approved maternity leave for 6th grade teahcer Brooke Hendrix from March 18-May 9.
Accepted resignation of SKE instructional assistant Jeni Patrick.
Accepted resignation of SKM/HS instructional assistant Samantha Byers.
Approved employment of Brendon Hardin as JV baseball coach pending criminal history check.
Approved Jeff Rode as vocational/fine arts department chair.

Other

  • Superintendent Grove reviewed the DLGF Final 1782 Notice on Budget year 2016. The budget reflects a general fund shortfall of $419,045, and a capital projects reduction of $772,166 from emergency allocations, but does show an increased AV ($567,107,371) and a new tax rate for our patrons (.6656 up from .6626)
  • Accepted a $717.92 donation from the Knox County Adult Leadership Class of 2013 to be used to enhance school safety.
  • Accepted a donation of $250.00 from Dr. Gregg for the SKM/HS Art Club.
  • Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14. A fourth day will be added if necessary.
  • Approved Letter of Assurance with SKCTA concerning distribution of State Performance grant.
  • Approved State Performance Grant stipends per letter of assurance.
  • Approved stipends for classified and administrative personnel who were employed for all of 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting will be on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the administration building.


 

January 11, 2016

Election of Board of School Trustees Officers and Appointment of Committees for 2016
The following elections/appointments were made for the School Board for 2016:
President-Eric Carter
Vice-President-Gary Holscher
Secretary-Jesse Watjen
Treasurer-Lori Blann

Establishment of Monthly Meeting Dates and Times
Established that regular meetings of the Board of School Trustees would be the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with possible exceptions that would be announces well in advance.

Good News Report
Good news from the buildings was shared by Mr. Couchenour, Mr. Toothman and
Mr. Drew

Personnel
Approved:

  • Homebound instruction for an SKE Kindergarten student who will be out 4-6 weeks following surgery. Primary instructor will be Sue Harrell with Twyla Flint filling in as needed. Instruction will be delivered in one-hour sessions two days per week.
  • Phyllis Sweeney as South Knox/North Knox County Library Board representative for four year term.
  • Taylor Morrison as 3rd grade IREAD instructional assistant.

Summer 2016 Capital Projects
Superintendent Grove reviewed the Summer 2016 Capital Projects list.

Selection of Firm to Conduct Facilities Assessment
Following facilities assessment proposal presentations by three architect/engineering firms in December, Schmidt Associates was selected to conduct the assessment.

Other

  • Organized as a Board of Finance and approved investment procedures for the 2016 calendar year. Also heard a report that the school corporation earned $5,724.63 in interest during calendar year 2015.
  • Approved resolutions to transfer funds from 2015 Transportation fund to Rainy Day Fund ($100,000.)
  • Approved the transfer of funds within accounts and between accounts for the 2015 budget year to balance all accounts.
  • Designated the Vincennes Sun-Commercial as the qualified publication in which the SKSC would publish notices.
  • Declared old welders from the agriculture department obsolete to enable disposal.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next meeting on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the administration building.


 

December 14, 2015

Good News Report
SKSC School Safety Specialist gave an update on the school safety program at SKSC, including the fact that SKSC received a Secured School Safety Grant for FY 2016 from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The SKSC received the Gary A. Sandifur Award from the Indiana Tobacco Prevention/Cessation Association presented by ITP/CA representative Krystle Russell

Personnel

  • Approved maternity leave for Morgan Schutter beginning April 18 and continuing through the last student day of the 2015-16 school year.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Matt Lemon as 8th grade volleyball coach. His service in this role is greatly appreciated.
  • Approved an increase in time of fifteen minutes per day (from 5 to 5 1/4 hours) effective November 11, for Corbin Carie due to an increased caseload of special education students.
  • Approved Louis Murphy as boys' varsity basketball volunteer assistant.
  • Approved medical leave of absence for Nancy Stader.
  • Approved Mike Bezy as head baseball coach.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Tracy Harper as first grade instructional assistant.
  • Accepted a letter of resignation from Amber Burkhart as varsity volleyball coach.

Summer 2016 CPF
Superintendent Grove presented the following projects from the 2016 Summer CPF list for Approval.

  • Stripping and re-finishing hallway floors in SKE and SKM/HS (annual projects) Cost TBD
  • Wiring, installatin of shelving, groundwork and fencing in and around new storage building at SKE (built in 2015). Estimated cost is $15,000.
  • Installation of handrail on ramp at track/soccer pitch. Ramp built in 2015. Cost is estimated at $7,716.
  • Refinish gymnasium floors cost at $2,500 per floor.
  • Fertilizer program for athletic fields (annual project) Cost at $5,600.
  • Replacement of two welders in agriculture shop Total cost at $8,594.56
  • Replacement of bleachers in main high school gym Cost at $211,566.80. (final payment of $111,567 due in 2016. Bleachers were installed in 2015)
  • Installatin of new speakers and sound equipment in the gymnasium at SKE at cost of $17,941.
  • Moving light poles and finishing dirt work/irrigation at baseball field at estimated cost TBD.
  • Extension of back wall of bus barn to more easily accommodate the buses at a cost of $17,628.

Selection of Bond Consel for Project Financing
Approved the hiring of Ice Miller to provide bond counsel for potential upcoming project.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security FY16 Secured School Saafety Grant
Accepted IDHS matching secured school safety grant of $13,308.48 to be used for equipment and SRO salary.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting of Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administration Building.

 

November 9, 2015

Good News Report
SKM/HS Principal Dave Couchenour and eighth grade students Mykayla Couchenour and Kendall Mayall shared a PowerPoint presentation of their recent trip to Washington. D.C.

Personnel
Approved:

  • Maternity leave for Keary Wilson to begin February 17
  • Leave of absence for Kathy Holscher through January 3

Employed:

  • Laura Wagoner as middle school cheer co-coach
  • Scott Staggs as 5th grade boys basketball assistant coach

Acknowledged:

  • Resignation of Greg Kroeger as varsity baseball coach

Other

  • Approved summer 2016 capital projects list
  • Approved purchase of 8 chrome book carts and 256 chrome books
  • Approved substitute teacher pay as follows: retired teacher - $75 per day; individual with 60 or more college credit hours - $65 per day; other individuals - $60 per day.
  • Approved overnight trip for Sound Konnection to attend choral competition in St. Louis April 20 - May 1.
  • Approved United Way-sponsored tutoring program for kindergarten students.

Next meeting of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Adminstration building.


 

 October 12, 2015

2016 Budget
Approved the adoption of the 2016 school corporation budget for the general, debt service, transportation, capital projects, and bus replacement funds. Final tax rates for the 2016 budget will be set at a later date when the assessed valuation is known for the school corporation. Also, the board approved resolutions to adopt the 2016-18 Capital Projects Plan, the 2016 Bus Replacement Plan, the Budget Form 4 Resolution of Appropriations and Total Tax Rate and to authorize the reduction of advertised tax levies on the 2016 budget is necessary.

Good News Report
Mrs. Jennifer Steffy, SKHS agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, and her FFA officers, shared highlights of the past year for the SK FFA club as well as outlook for 2015-16.

Overnight Trip
Approved overnight trip for:

  • Senior Class Trip to New York City in April. Exact dates to be determined at later date.
  • SKHS Student Council State Convention November 7 and 8, 2015.

Superintendent Contract
Approved new contract for the superintendent from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

Health Insurance Plan
Superintendent Grove reviewed health insurance plan and the board approved renewal of SKSC health insurance plan with no premium increase.

Personnel
The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Middle School Cheer Coach Dusti Kinnet
  • Varsity Boys Assistant Basketball Coach David Burkett
  • 6th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Les Martin
  • 5th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Tim Nash
  • Elementary Girls Basketball Assistant Coach Dawn Sparks
  • Payroll consultant Darlene Small as needed in absence of payroll administrator
  • Part-time custodian at SKM/HS Tina Ramey

Other

  • Approved a request to declare a number of library books, textbooks and desks obsolete to allow for their disposal.
  • Approved 2016-17 school calendar.

Next meetings of South Knox Board of School Trustees:
Next regular meeting on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the SKSC Administation Building.

2016-2017 School Calendar
South Knox School Corporation

Wednesday, August 3 - Bus Drivers' Organization Day
Monday, August 8 - Organization Day - Faculty and Staff
Tuesday, August 9 - Opening Day of School - Pupil Enrollment
Monday, September 5 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
Friday, October 7 - End of First Grading Period - 43 days
Tuesday, October 11 - SKE - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 12 - SKE & SKMS-HS - Evening Parent-Teachers Conferences
October. 14 - October 17 - NO SCHOOL-Fall Break
November 23-25 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, Noevember 24 and will convene at the regular time on Monday, November 28. (3days).
Tuesday, Dec. 20 - End of Second Grading Period - 47 days/End of 1st Semester - 90 days
Dec. 21 - Jan. 2, 2017 - NO SCHOOL - Christmas Vacation. School will be dismissed at the regular time on Tuesday, December 20 and will convene at the regluar time on Tuesday, January 3. (Nine days).
Monday, Jan. 16 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Feb. 17-Feb. 20 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Vacation/President's Day. School will be dismissed at regular time on Thursday, February 16 and convene at the regular time on Tuesday, February 21.
Friday, March 10 - End of Third Grading Period - 46 days
March 20-27 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break. School will be dismissed at the regluar time on Friday, March 17 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, March 28.
April 14-17 - NO SCHOOL-Good Friday and Easter Break-School will dismiss at regular time on Thursday, April 13 and will convene at the regular time on Tuesday, April 18.
Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School/End of Fourth Grading Period-44 days/End of Second Semester - 90 days.
Saturday, May 27 - SKHS Commencement

Student Days 
August17
September21
October 19
November19
December14
January20
February18
March17
April18
May17
Total Days180
Make-up Days
#1-January 16
#2-February 17
#3-February 20
#4-April 17
#5-March 27
#6-May 24
#7-May 25
#8-May 26
#9-May 30
#10-May 31
#11-June 1
#12-June 2
#13-June 5
#14-June 6
#15-June 7
#16-June 8
#17-June 9
#18-June 12
#19-June 13
#20-June 14

 

September 14, 2015

2016 Budget
A public hearing was held on the 2016 budget. Adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for the October 12 meeting.

ECA Treasurers' Reports
A review of financial reports from SKE ECA treasurer Tammy Asdell and SKM/HS ECA treasurer Julia Ketchem was done by SKSC treasurer Lori Edwards.

Personnel
The School Board accepted the following resignations:

  • Varsity Boys Basketball Assistant Coach Mike Wagoner
  • Middle School Cheer Coach Kaci Obermeyer

The School Board approved the following employment recommendations:

  • Middle School Boys Track Coach Travis Herb

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