Mt. Vernon Register-News

October 22, 2013

MVTHS to consider annexation petition



MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting next week to move forward on annexing the new school property into the City of Mt. Vernon.

Also at the special meeting, the board will conduct a student discipline hearing.

However, school officials declined to comment on whether this hearing is related to the altercation on campus Oct. 10 involving at least five students.

The special meeting is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

Superintendent Michael Smith said annexing the new school site into the city is an important step in the process. The Mt. Vernon City Council will have to approve the annexation in order for it to become official.

“It’s to approve our application for permitted use and the submission of a petition for annexation,” Smith said of the MVTHS special meeting.

The need for a special meeting was discussed at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting of the MVTHS Board.

Smith said he does not anticipate any difficulties getting the property annexed into the city. School officials, he said, have been in constant dialogue with the city manager throughout this effort.

In addition Monday, the board approved the new class offerings for the 2014-2015 school year.

Some of the new classes on the schedule include: statistics, computer programming, fashion, and later on a firefighting course at the Area Vocational Center.

Assistant Principal Rob Pipher explained that the development of new classes is based on student interest. The frequency of the courses, he said, will largely depend on how many students sign up.

The new courses will not cause any major cost increases since existing faculty will be teaching the classes.

“There’s a lot of thought that goes into it,” Pipher said. “It’s not just putting it on a piece of paper.”

Other board actions Monday included:

n Approval of the resignations of girls bowling coach Susan Gentry, and freshman Lady Rams basketball coach Kaycee Hale.

n Approval of the hiring of Ryan Maurer as freshman Lady Rams basketball coach, Randy Knox as boys head tennis coach, and Susan Phillips as volunteer girls bowling coach.

n Acceptance of the fiscal year 2013 district audit and annual financial report.

n Approval of allowing FFA students to make a trip to a convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

n Approval of allowing 24 students and three chaperones to attend TheatreFest 2014 in Bloomington Jan. 9 to 11.

n Approval of front end bid documents, a project labor agreement, and other documents related to bidding for the new school project.