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TC School Board elects officers for year ahead

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Annual contracts approved for drivers, bread, milk, fuel

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - An annual reorganization, selection of bread, milk and fuel providers and personnel actions were among agenda items at a regular meeting of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board July 17.

Larry Bryant was named the board's president and Jerry Hoagland moved from that position to the vice-president's chair in a reorganization that also allowed Debbie Reed to retain her secretary's role.

In other required annual actions, John Werner was retained as the school corporation's attorney, Debbie Elder its treasurer and The Perry County News as its official newspaper.

The board voted to continue conducting their regular meetings at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Tell City High School auditorium. They'll also keep their compensation at $2,000 for the year without taking additional pay for special meetings or mileage, as the law allows.

C & S Inc. of Tell City was the sole bidder and will provide fuel to the corporation. Sarah Lee was the only bakery offering to furnish bread products, and Holland Dairy won the right to provide milk and related products.

The board also approved contracts for drivers of corporation-owned buses, including Terri Bryant, Kim Clayton, Nichole Brumfield, Brenda Powers, Cindy Lenn and Tim Rogier.

They opted to return retiree Connie Palmer to her guidance-counselor role on a part-time basis because no one has applied to replace her.

The board also approved the employment of Gina Anderson as assistant girls cross country coach and Jeff Miller and Coy Zuelly as volunteer football coaches.

The board learned of the resignations of junior-high basketball coach Dean Rothgerber and Julie Bryant, secretary and program assistant, from those positions.

Members also voted to amend a resolution they adopted three years ago committing them to rotating accounts among area banks every three years. First State Bank offers a significantly higher interest rate, Schools Superintendent Ron Etienne said in recommending the corporation keep its funds, which average $1 million to $2 million, in an account there.

He said the interest-rate differences could mean a loss of approximately $30,000, and it would be difficult to explain that kind of loss for the sake of supporting the other banks.

Elder brought the differences to his attention, Etienne said.

Board member Tom Holm noted, as he has previously, that no members of the public were present at the meeting, and that "this is overtime for us."

The comment was in reference to the terms of board members extended in connection with a conversion of the board from appointed to elected members.