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MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 24, 2001

 

            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 24, 2001, at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria 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 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.   Recognitions.  Jr.-sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp introduced members of Center Stage, Cardinal Song, and Joyful Noise.  Senior member Thomas Murphy told of the groups recent trips to New York and St. Louis and the awards they had won.  The group received a round of applause from those present. Superintendent Hasler recognized Bloomfield senior Austin Roach for being one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners. 

 

2.  Brief Comments and Information from the Public on Agenda Items.  Bloomfield community member Boomie Vaught asked if agenda item #7 (B) would include a recommendation for girls’ varsity basketball coach. President Terrell stated that agenda item #7 (B) would include a recommendation for girls’ varsity basketball coach.  Mr. Vaught thanked him. 

 

3.  Approval of Minutes.   Upon motion duly made by Randall Burcham to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on April 26, 2001, and the executive session held on May 23, 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 Appropriation Report and Claims Listing Report.  Upon motion duly made by Marvin Helms and seconded by Richard Richeson, the board, by a 7-0 vote, approved the Treasurer’s Report.

 

5. Equipment Declared Surplus.  Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board honor a request from Monte McIntosh to declare some older wood shop equipment as surplus and allow for their disposal.  The items to be offered for sale or disposed of are one each; Delta Wood Lathe, MAX Spindle Sander, Delta Scroll Saw (Non functioning), Rockwell Table Saw, Rockwell/Delta Radial Arm Saw, and a Blue Print Machine.  There are also fifteen Drafting Tables and fifteen Drafting Machines. Two Shop Tables with Cabinet Bases will also be included. Mr. Hasler recommended using a sealed bid method to dispose of the items.

 

6. Maternity/Family Medical Leave Request Granted.  Elementary Learning Disabled teacher Ericka Hostetter requested a Family Medical Leave from August 20, 2001 through November 9, 2001.  Mrs. Hostetter also requested a maternity leave from November 12, 2001 through December 14, 2001.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve both the Family Medical Leave and the maternity leave.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  

 

7.   2000-2001 and 2001-2002 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2001-2002 school year from athletic director Tony Hill.  (See attached)  ECA recommendations were also received from Mr. Snapp and Mrs. Vandeventer for the 2001-2002 school year. (See Attached)  A recommendation was received from Mrs. Vandeventer for the 2000-2001 school year to appoint Sabrina Roberts for Elementary Musical Director (1). Superintendent Hasler included his approval of all recommendations. Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  

 

8.  2001 Summer School Staffing Appointments Approved. The Board was provided with recommendations for the 2001 Summer School staff appointments.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the 2001 Summer School staffing appointments as recommended.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9. Unpaid Leave Request Granted.   Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board grant a teacher two days of unpaid personal leave.  His recommendation stated that the authority for granting such unpaid leave is contained in Article VI (E) of the Collectively Bargained Agreement between the Board and the teacher’s association. Mr. Hasler said he had heard the personal reasons for the leave and had approved them as authorized in the contract. The Board also has to approve unpaid leave.  Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the unpaid leave as requested.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

10. Elementary Teacher Resignation Accepted.  Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with a letter of resignation from elementary music teacher Kristy Burger, effective at the end of the 2000-2001 school year.  He recommended acceptance.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to accept Mrs. Burger’s resignation. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which was approved by a 7-0 vote.

 

11.  Jr.-Sr. High School Teacher Resignation Accepted.    The Board had been provided with a letter of resignation from jr.-sr. high school science teacher Leslie VanHoy, effective at the end of the 2000-2001 school year.  Mr. Hasler recommended approval.  Nancy Canty made a motion to accept Mrs. VanHoy’s resignation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

12.   NJROTC Overnight Summer Field Trips Approved.  The Board received a request for summer field trips from NJROTC instructor Tom Tippery.  (See attached)  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the trips as requested.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The NJROTC overnight summer field trips were approved by a 7-0 vote.

 

13.  Second Grade Overnight Indianapolis Zoo Field Trip Approved.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval of Mrs. Vandeventer’s request for an overnight field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo for second grade students along with parents and teachers.  The date for the trip would be May 2 & 3, 2002. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  At that time, Mr. Richeson asked to be excused from the meeting. 

 

14.  2001-2002 Elementary Student Handbook Approved.  The Board had been provided with a proposed handbook for 2001-2002 elementary students from elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer.  Mr. Hasler stated that the proposed revisions from last year’s handbook were minor and recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the 2001-2002 elementary student handbook as provided.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.  The 2001-2002 elementary student handbook was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

15.  2001-2002 Jr.-Sr. High School Student Handbook Approved.  The Board had been provided with a proposed handbook for 2001-2002 jr.-sr. high school students, which resulted from discussions between principals and teachers. Mr. Hasler stated that the proposed revisions from last year’s handbook were minor and recommended approval. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the 2001-2002 jr.-sr. high school student handbook as provided.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  After discussion and a few minor changes, the 2001-2002 student handbook was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

16. 2001-2007 Handwriting Textbook Adoption Approved.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to approve ZANER-BLOSER, Handwriting Consumable Cursive, (1993), “A Way to Self-Expression” for the handwriting program at Bloomfield Elementary for the 2001-2007 school years.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the textbook adoption as requested.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

17. 2001-2002 Computer Usage Agreement Approved.  Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to approve a revised Computer Usage Agreement.  (See attached) He explained that the Indiana Department of Education requires schools that receive state grants to have a computer usage agreement in place.  He said that computer technology coordinator Michelle Mattox had tried to simplify the form this year. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the Computer Usage Agreement form as presented.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

18.  Board Policy First Readings Held. First readings were held on forty-three (43) school board policies. #2430 District Sponsored Clubs and Activities, #3120.5 Employment of Personnel in Summer School and Adult Education Programs, #3120.8 Employment of Personnel for Extra-Curricular Activities, #3130 Assignment and Transfer, #3131 Reduction in Force #5112.1 Kindergarten Early Entrance Requirements, #5130 Withdrawal From School, #5132 Re-Enrollment of Students, #5200 Attendance, #5220 Habitual Truancy, #5240 Release Time For Religious Instruction, #5411 Retention and Red-Shirting, #5500 Student Conduct, #5505 Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct, #5511 Dress and Grooming, #5517 Student Harassment, #5531 Student Assistance Programs, #5550 Child Abuse and Neglect, #5600 Student Discipline, #5605 Discipline Procedures For Students With Disabilities, #5610 Suspension and Expulsion of Students, #5630 Corporal Punishment, #5722 School Sponsored Publications and Productions, #5730 Equal Access For Non District-Sponsored Student Clubs and Activities, #5740 Distribution of Literature, #5830 Student Fund-Raising, #7510 Use of School Facilities, #8330 Student Records, #8340 Records Retention, #8400 Emergency Preparedness Plan, #8462 Child Abuse and Neglect, #8463 Locating Missing Children, #8500 Food Services, #8600 Transportation, #8651 Nonschool Use of Corporation Vehicles, #9120 Communications & Public Relations, #9130 Public Complaints and Concerns, #9150 School Visitors, #9250 Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent Relations, #9251 Non-Custodial Parent Relations, #9510 Gifts and Contributions, #9520 Advertisements, and #9530 Solicitations in District Buildings were presented to the Board for first reading.  (See attached)  Some discussion was held and suggestions made.  These policies would be brought back to a later meeting for consideration.

 

19.  Board Policy Second Reading & Adoption Held.  Twenty-nine (29) school board policies were presented to the Board for second reading and adoption.  Policies #3123.2 Nepotism, #3140 Termination and Resignation, #3141 Retirement, #3161 Unrequested Leaves of Absence, #3220 Staff Evaluation, #3220.1 Discipline/Code of Conduct, #3230.1 Staff Participation in Non-School Activities, #3242.1 Staff Development, #3250 Board/Staff Communications, #3260 Gifts and Favors to Employees, #3430 Leaves of Absence, #3430.1 Family Leaves of Absence, #3431 Sabbatical Leave, #4120 Employment of Support Staff, #4124 Nepotism, #4140 Resignation, #4161 Unrequested Leaves of Absence, #5111 Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students, #5112 Entrance Requirements, #5113 Postgraduate Students, #5131 Exit Interview Designee, #5320 Immunization, #6210 Fiscal Planning, #6220 Budget Preparation, #6230 Budget Hearing, #6231 Budget Implementation, #6610 Extra-Curricular Funds, #7310 Disposition of Surplus Property, and #7410 Management & Maintenance of Property were presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration. (See attached) Randall Burcham made a motion to approve all of the policies as presented.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

20.  Report on ‘Reading Recovery’ Program.   Reading Recovery teachers Eva Willis and Shannon Dean gave a very informative report on the Reading Recovery program including handouts and a slide show.  Superintendent Hasler shared what a great job the two were doing with the program saying that he had spoken with personnel from training sites where both Mrs. Willis and Mrs. Dean were trained and heard nothing but good reports on their dedication to the program and how hard they had worked.  He stated that we were very fortunate to have them on our staff. He thanked the teachers for their presentation.

 

21.  Elementary Teacher Transfer. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer shared a letter of transfer from Jenny Medina requesting to transfer from her current second grade position to a first grade position.  Mrs. Vandeventer would be honoring her request. Mrs. Vandeventer stated that she would not be replacing Mrs. Medina’s current second grade position for the 2001-2002 school year.

 

22.  Fall Pre-Registration 2001-2002 Dates Announced.  President Terrell read an announcement from Superintendent Hasler that shared the fall 2001-2002 registration dates and times for the elementary, jr.-high, and high school offices. (See attached)  Mr. Hasler stated that he hoped the extended evening hours would be more convenient for some parents than day time hours.

 

23.  2000-2001 North Central Association Accreditation Announced.  Superintendent Hasler shared a letter from the North Central Association stating that the jr.-sr. high school had been accredited without warning for the 2000-2001 school year. 

 

 

 

24.  Babe Ruth Summer Camp Fee Increased.  Athletic director Tony Hill informed the Board that he would be adding $4.00 to the Babe Ruth summer camp fees to cover the cost of transporting our students to games.  He stated that the Athletic Department’s transportation budget had been exhausted due to the rising costs of fuel. 

 

25. Comments and Information from the Public.  Doug Frye, on behalf of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, asked permission to use the school baseball field and ground behind the field for the Annual July 4th fireworks display.  The Board granted permission for the use of those facilities.  Mr. Frye also asked questions concerning the newly hired girls’ varsity basketball coach.  Donnie Spiegleman-Boyd made comments concerning the facility use policy. She spoke against not allowing the use of school facilities on Sunday mornings.  Lindsay Secrest spoke on behalf of past girls’ basketball coach, Paula Fettig.  Jason Penski asked for clarification on a comment concerning the new girls’ basketball coach.   Jack Terrell thanked those who spoke for their comments.

 

26.  Adjournment.   There being no further business, Keith Hanauer made a motion to adjourn. Marvin Helms seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.