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SWSC trustees open new year with appointments, annual requirements


Photo by HAROLD BOSSTICK: During a Southwest School Corp. Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night, Sullivan Circuit Court Judge Robert Hunley, left, administers the oath of office to two recently elected trustees: Jerry Wilson, middle, who has previously served on the board, and newcomer Mike Eslinger.

In a relatively quick succession of votes, the Southwest School Corp. Board of Trustees took care of first-of-the-year business as it reorganized.

Their meeting Wednesday opened with the swearing-in ceremony for recently elected members, current board member Jerry Wilson and newcomer Mike Eslinger — both were elected in November.

The board wasted little time after the swearings in to appoint officers and personnel: Wilson, board president; Barb Rotramel, board vice president; John Bobbitt, board secretary; Michelle Hazelrigg, SWSC treasurer; Tracy Vandergriff, SWSC deputy treasurer; and Katie Springer, board counsel.

The trustees also approved the board’s monthly meeting times, which remained unchanged from the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

In other business:

• The board agreed to a meeting with Jeff Justice and other representatives of Hafer Associates on Jan 17 to discuss capital projects being scheduled for the corporation.

“We’ve borrowed a lot of money to make improvements …” said SWSC Superintendent Chris Stitzle.

The board also approved plans to bid for restroom upgrades in preparation for that meeting.

• The trustees approved publishing the corporation’s annual performance report. Stitzle noted this would be done sometime in February.

• The board approved a property casualty insurance plan through Wright Risk Management.

The cost is $152,746, up from $140,249 last year, largely due to an increase in workers’ compensation rates.

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