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Thursday, 25 January 2001 00:00



January 25, 2001


            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on January 25, 2001, at approximately 7:10 p.m. in the junior high conference room in Bloomfield School District, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana.  The following school board members were present: Randall Burcham, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Richard Richeson, and Jack Terrell.  President Terrell called the meeting to order at approximately 7:10 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:


1.   Recognitions.  Superintendent Harvey recognized the Bloomfield NJROTC girls fitness team on their recent competition where they received 4th place.  Mr. Harvey also acknowledged a new elementary program, Megaskills, which has been implemented by elementary assistant principal, Mary Jane Vandeventer.  Megaskills works to build character skills.  He then thanked teachers and administration for the way they dealt with the recent death of a Bloomfield School District student.  He remarked that the skill, caring, and compassion shown by them at the tragic time was remarkable.  With much emotion, Mr. Harvey then thanked everyone for the opportunity he had been given to serve the Bloomfield Schools and the community.  At that time board president Terrell spoke words of praise for Mr. Harvey and everything he had done for the school district.  Mr. Terrell asked Mr. Harvey’s wife to come to be beside her husband and then introduced State Representative Peggy Welch who presented Mr. Harvey with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award signed by Governor O’Bannon.  She also presented Mr. Harvey with a lapel pin and stated that Governor O’Bannon wanted Mr. Harvey to wear the special pin to show that the state of Indiana holds him in the highest esteem.  From the Governor’s letter, Mrs. Welch stated that the term Sagamore of the Wabash was used by northeastern United States Native Americans to describe a lesser Chief or other great person among the tribe to whom the Chief would look for wisdom and advice.  Governor O’Bannon stated that Mr. Harvey certainly fit that description.  Mrs. Welch thanked Mr. Harvey for all he had done for the Bloomfield School District.  A humble Mr. Harvey thanked Mrs. Welch and the Board for the recognition. 


2.  Public Comments on Agenda Items.  A Bloomfield High School student, DeAnna Chesnut, read a letter concerning the hiring of a girl's softball coach.  President Terrell thanked Miss Chesnut for her comments.


3.  Approval of Minutes.   Upon motion duly made by Steve Dowden to approve the minutes of the regular meeting and special session held on November 16, 2000 and the executive session held on January 11, 2001 and seconded by Marvin Helms, the Board, by a vote of 7-0, adopted said minutes.  


4.  Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report consisting of the December 2000 and the January 2001Appropriation Report, and the December 2000 and the January 2001Claims Listing Report.  Upon motion duly made by Keith Hanauer, and seconded by Nancy Canty, the board, by a 7-0 vote, approved the Treasurer’s Report.


5.  Transfer of Appropriations 2000 Budget Approved.  President Terrell explained that the Board had adopted a resolution at its November 16, 2000 meeting allowing and authorizing the Treasurer to make transfers within and among both minor and major fund categories in order to allow for expenditures to close out the 2000 budget.  The board was provided with a final report showing all transfers completed.  Marvin Helms made a motion to accept and approve the end of the year transfer report as presented.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.





6.  2001 Tax Rate Information Given.  Superintendent Harvey provided the board with a comparison of the 1999, 2000, and 2001 tax rates.  (See attached) 


7.  Purchase of 2001 Activity Bus Affirmed.  President Terrell stated that the Board had approved the specifications and granted authority to solicit quotes to purchase a 2001 14-passenger activity bus with a Bluebird body and a Chevrolet chassis at the October 19, 2000 board meeting.  Superintendent Harvey now asked the board to affirm his action of December 27, 2000 in accepting a quote and approving the purchase of that bus from Mitchell Motor Sales in the net amount of $28,637.50 to be paid for from the General Fund.  Randall Burcham made a motion to affirm the superintendent’s action.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Board member Randall Burcham clarified that this activity bus would be replacing one of the older 15- passenger vans and would meet all state and federal school bus specifications.


8. Computer Technician Hired.  President Terrell read a recommendation from Superintendent Harvey to hire Roger Doane as a computer technician for the school district.  This position would be added to the Non-Certified Wage Schedule as a 25 hours per week, 180 days per year position.  Mr. Doane would be paid from the Capital Projects Fund, retroactive to January 2, 2001.  Nancy Canty made a motion to hire Roger Doane as recommended.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.


9. Superintendent’s Resignation Accepted.  The Board had been provided with a letter of resignation from James Harvey as Superintendent of Schools.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms reluctantly made a motion to accept Mr. Harvey’s resignation, effective 1/28/01.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 


10.  Superintendent Named.  It was recommended to the Board that they hire Mr. Ron Hasler as Superintendent of Schools effective 1/29/01 through 6/30/04 and approve the attached addendum to his basic contract.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler’s salary would be as follows.  For the period of January 29, 2001, through June 30, 2001, his salary would be paid at a monthly rate of Six Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($6,500.00).  Beginning, July 1, 2001, his salary would be paid at an annual rate of Eight-Two Thousand Dollars ($82,000.00).  Mr. Hasler would work 261 days and would be entitled to all the same types of leaves and the same number of leave days as all other certificated personnel.  Other fringe benefits, holiday and vacation days, and retirement benefits are included in the attached addendum.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to name Ronald Hasler as Superintendent of Schools per the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  Mr. Hasler was hired by a 7-0 vote. 


11. Elementary Principal Appointed.  Superintendent Harvey recommended hiring Mary Jane Vandeventer as principal of the Bloomfield Elementary School effective January 29, 2001 at an annual salary of $57,000 for 220 days.  Marvin Helms made a motion to hire Mrs. Vandeventer under a two year and 5 month contract.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Mrs. Vandeventer’s contract would be from 1/29/01 through 6/30/03.  Mr. Hanauer also stated that he had heard only positive comments about Mary Jane during her first semester as elementary assistant principal.  President Terrell welcomed both administrators to their new positions. 


12.  Administrative Consultant Hired.  President Terrell stated that it had been recommended that the Board hire Mr. James Harvey as an administrative consultant effective January 29, 2001 through June 30, 2001.  This time would be a transition period for the new superintendent as well as allow the central office to make progress on some unfinished projects.  A contract had been prepared by school attorney Todd Corn.  (See attached)  Mr. Harvey’s contract would be for $350.00 per day and he was approved for not more than 3 days per week. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve hiring Mr. Harvey as an administrative consultant in the superintendent’s office per the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.






13.  2000-2001 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2000-2001 school year from athletic director Tony Hill.  Mr. Hill recommended Ed Jackson as Softball Coach, and Roger Gooding and Michael Hayes as Assistant Softball Coaches.  Superintendent Harvey included his approval of the recommendations. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented. Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  Richard Richeson stated that some parents had expressed their concern about the softball program at a previous board meeting and he asked what had been done to address those parent concerns.  Mr. Harvey stated that a meeting had been held involving high school principal Jerry Snapp, athletic director Tony Hill, Ed Jackson, and Roger Gooding.  During that meeting comments and concerns about the softball program were discussed.  He said that a five-step plan was then developed to try to improve the program.  Mr. Harvey stated that two of those steps had already been completed by Mr. Jackson and Mr. Gooding.  One step was that the two coaches would attend a softball clinic and both had done that.  Another item was to name another assistant softball coach and that recommendation was presently before the Board for their consideration.  Mr. Harvey stated that there were three other recommendations given to the coaches which were to be implemented during the season and included making up practice schedules and getting more involved in the summer softball program.  Mr. Jackson and Mr. Gooding had agreed to try to do the things they had been asked to do to improve the softball program.  Member Steve Dowden stated in his opinion the Board needed to give the softball coaching staff the opportunity to try to do the things they have been asked to do to try to improve the overall program.  After some discussion, the coaches were hired as recommended by a 4-2-1 vote.  Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Marvin Helms, and Randall Burcham voted for the motion.  Richard Richeson and Keith Hanauer cast the nay votes.  Board president Jack Terrell abstained from the vote.  Board member Nancy Canty stated that the Board had tried to address the concerns presented to them.  She encouraged the girls present to give the program and coaches a chance.  Mr. Richeson excused himself from the meeting at this time.


14.  Homebound Teacher Hired. High school principal Jerry Snapp recommended the Board hire Deborah Harshman as a homebound teacher for a 9th grade student who was injured in an automobile accident during Christmas Break.  Mrs. Harshman would teach five (5) hours weekly and would be compensated at her hourly rate on the adopted teachers’ salary schedule.  Randall Burcham made a motion to hire Mrs. Harshman as recommended.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


15.  Vincennes University Project EXCEL Participation Approved.  The superintendent recommended that the Board sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Vincennes University to authorize participation in Project EXCEL.  Project EXCEL provides opportunities for high school students to earn Vincennes University credit in several courses.  Marvin Helms made a motion to approve participation in Project EXCEL.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


16.  Prearranged Absence Approved.  The parents of 4th grade student Jenna Johnson requested that the Board grant permission for Jenna to go out of state for a family vacation.  Jenna would be absent from school February 5th through February 12th  of 2001.   If approved, these days would be considered excused absences.  Elementary principal Ron Hasler recommended approval.  Superintendent Harvey supported Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


17.  Facility Use Request Approved.  Computer technician Roger Doane requested the use of room A234, the high school computer lab, to teach an adult computer class during January and February 2001.  Superintendent Harvey recommended approval.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve Mr. Doane’s request for the use of the school computer lab.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


18.  Facility Use Request Approved.  NJROTC instructor Chief Tom Tippery requested the use of school facilities on April 14, 2001 to conduct the 2nd Annual Snowflake event.  Seventh and eighth graders from Greene County Schools will be invited along with students from North Daviess Junior High.  Snowflake is a full-day conference for junior high students and is a comprehensive community-based alcohol and other drug prevention program.  Mr. Snapp and Superintendent Harvey supported this request. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve Chief Tippery’s request for the use of school facilities.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


19.  Use of School Facilities Committee Formed.  Superintendent Harvey recommended that the Board authorize the creation of an advisory committee to review and offer revisions, if appropriate, concerning board policy #7510 Use of School Facilities and other policies relating to school facility use.  Mr. Harvey suggested the committee would have the following membership:  Two school board members to be appointed by the President of the Board, Ron Hasler, Assistant Superintendent (Chairperson), Tony Hill, Athletic Director, Sue Pritts, Treasurer, Mary Jane Vandeventer, Elementary School Assistant principal, two teachers (one elementary and one secondary) to be appointed by the Bloomfield Teachers Association, and two community representatives to be selected by the chairperson.   After much discussion, Nancy Canty made a motion to accept Mr. Harvey’s recommendation.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-2 vote.  Randall Burcham, Jack Terrell, Nancy Canty, and Steve Dowden voted for the motion.  Keith Hanauer and Marvin Helms cast the nay votes.  President Terrell then appointed Steve Dowden and Keith Hanauer to serve on the committee.


20.  Bus Discipline Rules and Regulations Approved.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a set of Rules and Regulation for Bus Riders effective January 3, 2001.  (See attached)  The rules and regulations were formulated by Mary Jane Vandeventer, Ron Hasler, and the School District Administrative Team.  They were then discussed by all building administrators and by district and contract bus drivers.  Superintendent Harvey supported the adoption of the new bus discipline rules and regulations.   Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the new bus discipline rules and regulations as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


21.  Board Policy First Readings Held. First readings were held on twelve (12) school board policies.  Policies, #0123.1 Mission Statement, #0123.2 Goals and Objectives, #1422 Job Description – School Counselor,  #1425 Job Description – Technology Coordinator, #2240 Controversial Issues, #2330 Homework, #2411 Guidance and Counseling, #2412 Homebound Instruction Program, #2432 Complimentary Tickets, #2460.1 Educational Surrogate Parent, #2510 Adoption of Textbooks, and #2520 Selection of Instructional Materials and Equipment. (See attached)  Some discussion was held and suggestions made.  These policies will be brought to a later meeting for second reading.


22. Board Policy Second Reading & Adoption Held.  Second readings were held on two (2) school board policies.  Policy #3120.4  Substitute Teacher Policy, and #7415 Pest Control Policy were presented to the board for second reading and adoption. (See attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to adopt policies #3120.4 and #7415 as presented.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.                


23.  Junior High Tennis Program Discussed.   At the November 16, 2000 school board meeting, an expansion of the tennis program to include junior high girls and boys was proposed by Georgia Flinn.  Superintendent Harvey shared that the school athletic director Tony Hill contacted several other schools in our conference and also had a discussion with Mike Canty who presently coaches the high school tennis team.  The following observations were made.  None of the schools in our conference have a junior high program, which would mean that establishing a competitive schedule of matches could involve considerable travel.  While junior high students might be able to practice after the girls’ high school team that is not necessarily possible given the greater numbers in the boys’ program.  Late practices should be avoided given the age of the students.  Several of the students, who are interested in participating, have not played a great deal or not at all.  It was suggested that junior high tennis could be added to the summer recreation program in addition to boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, and volleyball.  Georgia Flinn was present and thanked the Board and said she was pleased with their decision. 


24.  Junior-Senior High School Accreditation Status. Superintendent Harvey shared that the Bloomfield Junior-Senior High School had received full accreditation status from the Indiana Department of Education. 



25.   Prayer at School Board Meetings.  During a recent Board work session the question was asked,  “Can we have prayer at school board meetings?”  Superintendent Harvey researched laws governing prayer and schools. He shared that information with Board.  He stated that the question brings up the issue of separation of church and state.  He continued that The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits a school district from engaging in any activity deemed to the  “establishment of religion” and, on the other hand, the First Amendment prohibits school districts from engaging in activities deemed to “prohibit the free exercise thereof.”  Mr. Harvey stated that reasonable minds could differ on this issue.  The purpose of the information Mr. Harvey gave was to provide the school board and the community with pertinent legal cases that bear on this question.  It was also intended to provide an opportunity for the Board to carefully discuss the potential ramifications of introducing prayer at school board meetings.  It was Mr. Harvey’s feeling that the introduction of prayer at a school board meeting could precipitate a legal challenge that will be arduous, time consuming, and expensive.  It also clearly has the potential to be divisive.  This would deflect the Board’s attention and energies from issues that may be more germane to their mission.  While Mr. Harvey sincerely respects the desire and conviction that raised the question, he believes that prayer is better left to each of us in our own time, in our own place, and in our own way.  Board member Steve Dowden stated that he believed prayer to be very important and said that he intended to pray personally before each meeting.  After some discussion, President Terrell stated that he felt that Mr. Harvey had addressed the original question of “Can we have prayer at school board meetings?” very well.


26. Comments and Information from the Public.  Leroy Barnhill stated that he had been contacted by the parent of a special needs child who had had a problem at school and had been given an answer they really did not agree with.  Leroy stated that what the parent wanted to tell him was that Mr. Harvey had gone to the home of that parent to discuss the problem with them and that it meant a lot to them for Mr. Harvey to do that.  He told Mr. Harvey how much the community appreciated having him serve as superintendent.  Georgia Flinn made positive comments to the principals regarding the new bus rules.


27. Adjournment.   There being no further business, Randall Burcham made a motion to adjourn.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.





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