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October 18, 2001


            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on October 18, 2001, at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the jr./sr. high school 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, and Richard Richeson.  President Jack Terrell was absent.  Vice President Helms called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the Vice President presiding:



1.      Vice President Comments.  Vice President Marvin Helms shared that President Jack Terrell was not present at the meeting due to the death of his father.  Mr. Helms asked that everyone remember Jack and his family along with families that have been affected by the tragic events happening around the world.  He also mentioned that the volleyball sectional was beginning and hoped that the Bloomfield girls fared well. 


2.      Recognitions. Jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp recognized the BHS band for bringing back 1st place and $1,000.00 at the Fall Foliage Festival in Martinsville recently.  Mr. Snapp also acknowledged new National Honor Society members who were inducted recently.  Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal announced that Bloomfield teacher Darla Bent had been nominated for the Indiana Computer Education Teacher of the Year award.  Mrs. Royal wished Mrs. Bent the best.  Superintendent Hasler commented that the Bloomfield band had received 1st place at the Apple Festival Parade early in October.  Mr. Hasler also recognized Bloomfield agriculture teacher Ben Helms for recently receiving the Outstanding Service Award at the FFA state convention.  He mentioned that Garry Heshelman, the Eastern School District Ag teacher, had also received recognition from the state FFA organization.  The superintendent recognized that the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees had received recognition from the Indiana School Boards Association for being an Outstanding School Board.  Mr. Hasler stated that this was quite an honor.  Board member, Randall Burcham shared that the music group Center Stage had done very well at the POW MIA ceremony at Crane in September.  Principal Snapp added that the music groups had also performed at the Tri County music competitions recently. 


3.   Public Comments on Agenda Items.  Community member Rick Hudson asked how agenda item #7 (Personnel) could exist when agenda item #10C (Collective Bargaining Update) exists.  He stated that in past times after collective bargaining was over was when decisions were made on administrative salaries.  Mr. Hudson said that that had changed drastically over the last couple of boards and that was causing the school district problems.  He said if there was no money then he felt the board was making a serious mistake if they intended to make decisions on salary changes and those kinds of things.  There being no other public comments Vice President Helms continued with the remainder of the meeting.


4.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on September 13, 2001, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 6-0 vote.


5.   Treasurer’s Report.  The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts, consisting of the Appropriation Report and Claims Listing Report.  Upon motion duly made by Keith Hanauer and seconded by Nancy Canty, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.


6.  Equipment Declared Surplus.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to declare one risograph machine, which was no longer usable, obsolete so that it could be disposed of.  Randall Burcham made a motion to declare the risograph obsolete and to allow for its disposal.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.








7.  2001-2002 Support Staff Wage Schedule & Fringe Benefits Approved.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve the Support Staff Wage Schedule, Substitute Wage Schedule, Career Increments, Hours and Work Days, and Fringe Benefits effective July 1, 2001.  (See attached)  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the above schedules and benefits for support staff effective July 1, 2001.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Superintendent Hasler stated that the approximately 2 ½ % proposed salary increase reflected in the support staff wage schedule was made possible due to new money from the enrollment increase this year and also a change in the way insurance contributions are calculated for the support staff.  He explained that, if approved, the contribution the school district would pay on health insurance would be a set amount instead of the district paying all but one dollar on a single plan or 73% on a family medical plan as had been past practice.  He said that having a known amount that the district would be paying would be much more fiscally responsible on the district’s part.  The superintendent’s recommendation passed by a 5-1 vote.  Richard Richeson cast the nay vote. 


8.  Wage Schedule of ECA Activities for Support Staff and Outside Staff Approved.  The Board had been provided with a recommendation from the superintendent for the Wage Schedule of ECA Activities for Support Staff and Outside Staff effective July 1, 2001.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation, effective July 1, 2001.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  Nancy Canty commented that she felt the ECA indexes needed to be looked at.  After some discussion, the schedule was approved by a 4-2 vote.  Nancy Canty and Richard Richeson voted no. 


9.  Administrator Salaries and Contracts Approved.  Superintendent Hasler made recommendation to the Board for administrator salaries for July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002.  If approved, Jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp would work 210 days plus 20 days for 2002 Summer School at a salary of $68,500.00 Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal would work 120 days at a salary of $34,200.00. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer would work 210 days at a salary of $57,500.00.  Mr. Hasler’s recommendation also included that all administrators receive an additional 0.5% matching retirement for their 403b accounts.  The superintendent also asked the Board to extend all administrative contracts until June 30, 2003.  He stated that the administrators would also be moved to the same health insurance benefits as the support staff.  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the recommendation as provided.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-2 vote.  Marvin Helms and Richard Richeson voted against the motion. 


10. 2001-2002 ECA Resignation Approved.  Athletic director Jason Skomp asked the Board to accept a letter of resignation from Melissa Cochrane as 7th grade girls’ basketball coach.  Superintendent Hasler explained that Miss Cochrane was resigning in order to be recommended for the junior varsity girls’ basketball coaching position.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to accept Miss Cochrane’s resignation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


11.  2001-2002 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2001-2002 school year from athletic director Jason Skomp.  Mr. Skomp recommended Melissa Cochrane as jr. varsity (girls’) basketball coach, Dan Veatch as 7th grade (girls’) basketball coach, Jim Brinson as assistant baseball coach, and Shane Evans as assistant baseball coach.  Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendations.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


12.  Permission Granted for Attendance at Overnight Leadership Conference.  Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal explained that for several years the Bloomfield School had participated in a Leadership Conference sponsored by the West Central Educational Service Center of which Bloomfield retains membership.  She requested that the Board allow seven members of the 7th and 8th grade student council, members of the STAR (Students Taking Action Responsibly) along with Mrs. Osmon, Mrs. Bent, and Mrs. Neeley to be granted permission to attend the overnight conference November 7-8, 2001.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the overnight conference request.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  Randall Burcham stated that he was pleased that Bloomfield students received the opportunity to attend this conference.  The motion passed by a 6-0 vote. 


13.  Use of School Vehicle Approved.  Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal asked the Board to allow her to use a school van/car October 31, 2001 through November 4, 2001.  She stated that four teachers and herself would be traveling to Washington D.C. for the National Middle School Association annual conference and due to the political climate would prefer to drive instead of flying.  The teachers attending along with Mrs. Royal are Debbie Harding, Darla Bent, Timi Smith, and Kristie Bladen.  Those teachers had been chosen to present at the conference.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval of Mrs. Royal’s request.  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the recommendation as requested.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


14.    Board Policy First Readings Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy.  #4401 Fringe

Benefits for Support Staff was presented to the Board for first reading.  (See attached)  Some discussion was held and suggestions made.  This policy would be brought to a later meeting for consideration and second reading.


15. Board Public Communication Discussed.  Board member Steve Dowden had expressed a desire to broaden communication between the Board and the community.  After some discussion Randall Burcham made a motion to direct the superintendent to investigate the possibility of adding a Board section to include the agenda, minutes, and e-mail to the school’s present website and to bring his findings back to the Board next month.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


16.  Collective Bargaining Update.  Superintendent Hasler stated that the next bargaining session was scheduled for October 23, 2001 with the IEERB mediator.  He said he was hopeful to see some positive movement toward an agreed upon settlement with the Bloomfield Teachers Association.


17.  Public Comments.  High school students John Sherer and Travis Hasler told the Board that in their Applied Communications class under the direction of Dr. Jaggard they are required to produce a ten-minute newscast as part of their final assignment for this semester.  These young men had chosen “School Safety” as the subject for their newscast.  Mr. Sherer stated that they would like the Board to allow a mock crisis emergency to be conducted at Bloomfield High School.  The young men stated that a similar thing had been done at another school and that a tape was available for viewing.  Board members voiced their concern of “scaring” students with such a program, but agreed that viewing a tape of a similar program from another school might be helpful.  Vice President Helms thanked the students for their well-prepared comments.  Concerning bargaining, business teacher Nancy Hudson stated that there was a lot of maturity in the teaching staff, which shows a lot of stability.  She stated that that maturity could show the salaries to be towards the top of the scale when looking at the state average.  Mrs. Hudson stated that the administrative staff is young which might put that group at a lower state average.  She asked the Board to consider those things when thinking of the value of the teachers to the school district.  Vice President Helms thanked Mrs. Hudson for her comments.


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