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January 24, 2002


            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on January 24, 2002, at approximately 7:05 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 Jack Terrell. Richard Richeson was absent.  President Terrell called the meeting to order at approximately 7:05 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:



1.      Recognitions.      Jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp recognized the NJROTC teams for their recent competition in South Carolina.  Mr. Snapp said the Bloomfield teams did very well.  Board member, Randall Burcham recognized high school business teacher Nancy Hudson for being the one that submitted Center Stage to Channel #13 in Indianapolis for the early morning Christmas singing presentation.  Mr. Burcham shared his appreciation of the faculty supporting each other as well as the students.  Board member Marvin Helms stated that at his recent attendance at the 5th and 6th grade basketball games he had noticed that the cheerleading girls do a good job and took their turns and that all the boys got a chance to play.  He felt that the elementary program was a good one. 


2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on December 20, 2001, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 5-0-1 vote.  Marvin Helms was not present at the December 20, 2001 meeting of the Board and thus abstained from voting.


3.      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 Randall Burcham and seconded by Nancy Canty, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.


4.  Transfer of Appropriations Approved.  Superintendent Hasler explained that at the November 15, 2001 board meeting the Board had adopted a resolution to authorize the school district treasurer to make transfers within and among both minor and major categories in all funds in order to allow for expenditures to close out the 2001 budget.  The Board had been provided with a final report showing all transfer activity.  Mr. Hasler recommended acceptance of the report.  Marvin Helms made a motion to accept the report as provided.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


5.  Report on 2001 ISTEP Scores.  Test coordinator Lori Lund provided the Board with information concerning the 2001 ISTEP scores.  Mrs. Lund stated that she felt that Bloomfield students did well overall.  She announced that the next retest dates for those students who have not yet met the state standard on the Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) will be March 12, 13, and 14, 2002.  Jr./sr. high school principal Stella Royal and elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer explained what is being done to help students who did not meet the state standard on the ISTEP.  Superintendent Hasler commended the Board for their support of remediation efforts and expenses.  Mrs. Royal thanked Mr. Hasler for helping the administration to focus on looking at ways to help students other than just summer school. She stated that they had found many more options for remediation for the students and praised Mr. Hasler’s efforts in that area. President Terrell thanked Mrs. Lund for her report.





6.  Comprehensive Roof Management Proposal Approved.  Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to accept a proposal for a Comprehensive Roof Management Survey from Industrial Roofing Services, Inc. of Carmel, Indiana at a cost of $2,900 plus $30.00 per sample for any asbestos containing roofing materials testing.  He said that this type of survey is a more comprehensive inspection than just a visual inspection.  Randall Burcham made a motion to approve having Industrial Roofing Services, Inc. do a Comprehensive Roof Management Survey for the school.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


7.  Release of Funds for School-age Child-care Programs Approved.  Superintendent Hasler explained that funds made available for before and after school programs for school-age children is distributed through River Valley Resources West.  Each school corporation in Indiana receives an annual allocation of these funds to provide subsidies for low-income school-age children, to assist school corporations with programming costs and to supplement salaries.  Mr. Hasler stated that since the school does not operate a before and after school program it is not eligible for the allotted funds.  He asked the Board to sign the School-age Child-care Release of Funds so those funds could be reallocated to other school corporations in the county.  Randall Burcham made a motion to sign the release of funds form as requested.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


8.  Actuarial Study to be Conducted.  The Superintendent asked the Board to authorize him to have an actuarial study completed for the school’s health insurance program costs.  The study would estimate the future costs of the district’s health insurance plan for employees and retirees to determine the district’s financial liability for these benefits.  Steve Dowden made a motion to allow the superintendent to have an actuarial study completed for the school’s health insurance.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.   After some discussion, Steve Dowden amended his motion to authorize Superintendent Hasler to include all retirement liabilities and severance pay in the actuarial study.  Nancy Canty seconded the amendment.  The motion to amend passed by a 6-0 vote.  After more discussion, the motion as amended passed by a 6-0 vote. 


9.  2001-2002 ECA Recommendation Approved.  Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2001-2002 school year from elementary school principal Mary Jane Vandeventer.  Mrs. Vandeventer recommended Andrea Hagemeier as elementary musical director for one production.  Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendation.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the recommendation as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


10.  Lunch Supervisor Hired.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Doris Stout had provided lunch supervision for the district when she was an aide for the special education cooperative. She has been hired by the District to replace Angel Raper as an aide in the high school media center.  Maxine Hayes, cafeteria supervisor, asked the Board to extend, by one-half hour each day, the hours of cafeteria worker Linda Edwards to perform the high school lunch supervisor duties.  Mrs. Edwards’ extra one-half hour each day would be paid for out of cafeteria funds.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the extension of Linda Edwards’ hours.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


11.  Computer Technician’s Time Extended.  Mr. Hasler asked the Board to authorize him to extend computer technician Roger Doane’s time on Wednesday’s if needed when Michelle Mattox is absent.  He explained that currently Mr. Doane works on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but not on Wednesday.  Since there is a good possibility that Mrs. Mattox will be absent on some Wednesday’s Mr. Hasler requested authority to call Mr. Doane in on any Wednesday that Mrs. Mattox is absent.  Marvin Helms made a motion to authorize the Superintendent to call Mr. Doane to work at the school any Wednesday that Mrs. Mattox is absent.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 





12.  Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on three (3) school board policies.  #2431 Interscholastic Athletics, #4162 Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing for Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) Employees Policy, and #9151 Civility Policy were presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve all three policies as presented.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  After some clarification discussion, the policies were approved by a 6-0 vote.


13.  Board Member Asks for Explanation.  Board member Marvin Helms asked for an explanation on the school key situation.  Superintendent Hasler stated that if he had led the Board to believe that only school employees would be issued outside door keys to work with the new entry system, he did not intend to.  He stated that there are others who need entry to the building including an Indiana University student who gives piano lessons, another student who gives guitar lessons, an older men’s basketball league, and a group of  ladies who use the hallways during non-school time as a walking place when weather does not permit them to walk outside.  Mr. Hasler said what he had tried to do was be the least disruptive with the new keying system as possible.  In other words, he tried to allow activities that had gone on previously to continue.  He said that in the past an outside door would be barred open to allow the individuals or groups to enter, which also allowed other unauthorized persons to enter the building.  Mr. Hasler also said that keys would be issued to groups when a custodian is not on duty to let them in.  He also stated that outside people being issued keys are charged a $30.00 deposit for the key, which is reimbursed to them when the key is returned to the school.  Mr. Helms said he had noticed that sometimes a doormat is placed in the door to keep it from closing and asked how that would be controlled.  Mr. Hasler said that security cameras would be installed soon and a person propping open an outside door would be seen on the video camera.  He said he knows there will be issues to work out with the new keying system, but felt confident it would work well for the school. 


14.  Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Accreditation Status Received.  Superintendent Hasler said that the jr./sr. high school was reviewed as part of the Performance-Based Accreditation (PBA) system for the graduation rate from the past two years.  He stated that during the review it was determined that the jr./sr. high school was doing the right things to improve the graduation rate so they were recommended for no change in the current five-year full accreditation status. 


15.  School Improvement P. L. 221 Update.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer had provided packets for the Board members to keep them informed of the status of P. L. 221 in the elementary building.  Jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp also provided the Board with a handout showing the data that the profile committee had collected.  He said that on February 1st North Central Association will have a walk through at Vincennes High School.  The two committee chairpersons along with Mr. Snapp will be traveling to Vincennes High School at that time to have them look over the profile data that has been collected to make sure the committees are moving in the right direction. 


16.  2002 Summer School Changes Discussed.  Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with suggestions from elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer concerning the 2002 summer school session.  Mr. Hasler said that the administrative team had discussed the possibility of holding summer school at the end of the summer rather than the beginning as has been done in the past.  Mrs. Vandeventer also suggested some other changes for summer school. (See attached)  Mr. Hasler said that he wanted to begin discussion as early as possible on the proposed changes since several different people would be effected and would need to be informed as soon as possible.  Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal stated that the proposed changes would be for grades K-12. 


17.  Collective Bargaining Update.  Superintendent Hasler read a prepared Collect Bargaining Update to the Board and public.  (See attached) 


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

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