|Written by Bryce McGlothlin|
|Monday, 21 February 2011 10:10|
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 25, 2002
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 25, 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, Richard Richeson and Jack Terrell. 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. Superintendent Hasler said that 1st grade classes go on field trips to the YMCA in Bloomington each year. He shared that Mrs. Barker had told him that the staff of the YMCA were very impressed with the sack lunches that were prepared by our cafeteria. Mr. Hasler said that the YMCA staff sees sack lunches from many different places and for them to comment about ours was a good compliment. Jerry Snapp recognized high school teacher Nancy Hudson for recently receiving certification to issue Indiana Certificates of Technical Achievement to business students at Bloomfield High School. The Certificates are issued by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and signed by Governor Frank O’Bannon. Certificates are given in business, finance and management, childcare, electronics, metalworking, health, bioscience, plastics, printing and advanced manufacturing. Jason Skomp recognized senior Justin Helms for being named Academic All State and senior Laura Kay Watkins for breaking the schools girls tennis career wins already this season. Also, Mr. Skomp also shared that Ron McBride had been selected as Greene County Coach of the Year.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the special session and regular school board meeting both held on March 21, 2002, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 7-0 vote.
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 Nancy Canty and seconded by Marvin Helms, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Authority Granted to Develop Bid Specifications on 2003 Roofing Projects. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to authorize the administration to have Industrial Roofing Services, Inc. prepare specifications in preparation for advertising roofing bids for 2003 roofing projects. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. After some discussion, the motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
5. Infrared Roof Survey Proposal Accepted. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board accept a proposal for an Infrared Roof Survey from Industrial Roofing Services, Inc. at a cost of $2,500. Mr. Hasler said that areas of the school’s roof structure that contain water beneath the “skin” of the roof have been identified. Infrared photography can be used to determine the extent of water damage. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Jack Terrell suggested the school buy an infrared camera and train a school employee to do the photography. After some discussion, the motion to accept the proposal from IRS, Inc. passed by 6-1vote. Jack Terrell cast the nay vote.
6. Participation in Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Remediation Grants Program Approved. It was recommended to the Board that the school district participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Remediation Grant program. Mr. Hasler explained that the GQE Remediation Grant program provides a flat grant based on the number of students in the classes of 2002, 2003, and 2004 that did not pass the GQE. He also said that participation is voluntary and that in order to participate
a school corporation had to have submitted a notice of intent to the Department of Education no later than April 19, 2002, which had already been sent in. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation as presented. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
7. C.A.P.E. Grant Positions Approved for Posting. Superintendent Hasler explained that several interested stakeholders of Greene County successfully obtained a Community Alliance to Promote Education (C.A.P.E.) grant with the money to be spent during the 2002-2003, 2003-2004, and 2004-2005 school years. Part of the funds will be spent to hire a Social Worker and an At-Risk Counselor for each of the K-8 public school districts in Greene County. Mr. Hasler recommended creating and posting these temporary positions. Marvin Helms made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. The superintendent said that the primary duty of the people hired would be attendance, but added that there are a lot of social factors that effect attendance and that they would be dealing with that also. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
8. NJROTC Instructor Annual Certification Approved. Each year the Board has to vote on authorizing the administration to sign the JROTC Instructor Annual Certification of Pay and Data Form. (See attached) Superintendent Hasler said the NJROTC program had been an asset to the school district bringing pride to the students, school, and community and recommended approval for the 2002-2003 school year. Randall Burcham made a motion to authorize the administration to sign the appropriate forms per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
9. Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #4401 Fringe Benefits for Support Staff policy was presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration. (See attached) Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the policy as presented. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Richeson was temporarily out of the room at this time.
10. Elementary Textbook Adoption Approved. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer presented the Board with her recommendation for the Elementary Language Arts Textbook Adoption for 2002-2008. (See attached) Mr. Hasler included his approval. Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the elementary textbook adoption as recommended. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
11. Jr./Sr. High School Textbook Adoption Approved. Superintendent Hasler presented the Board with the recommended textbook adoption for the Jr./Sr. High School Language Arts/Foreign Language Adoption for 2002-2008. (See attached) He recommended approval. Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the textbook adoption as recommended. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
12. Memorandum of Understanding with Greene County Youth Alternatives Signed. Superintendent Hasler explained that Greene County Youth Alternatives (GCYA) asked the district to partner with them in their effort to provide services to local youth and their parents through their “Evan Start” program. He stated that the district would provide planning help and evaluate the program’s educational accomplishments, but would not provide any financial assistance. Mr. Hasler said he felt that the program is a “win-win” for the district and the community at large. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve partnering with GCYA to help with the Even Start program by signing the Memorandum of Understanding. (See attached) Nancy Canty seconded the motion. Carl Lange, director at Greene County Youth Alternatives, was present to answer some questions from the Board. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Lange thanked the board.
13. Zero Period Choral Class for 2002-2003 Approved. Superintendent Hasler stated that Sheila Jerrels had requested to be allowed to teach a high school choral class before school during the 2002-2003 school year. She said that several students have difficulty scheduling her class during the regular school day. Mr. Hasler said if approved this class would be on a trial basis for the 2002-2003 school year. The course is recommended to employ a pass-fail grading system to avoid any real or perceived negative or positive impact on the school’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) tracking. Mr. Hasler also stated that the class, which would be Advanced Chorus #4182, is listed in the Indiana State Department of Education’s Course Program Descriptions. Nancy Canty made a motion to approve Advanced Chorus #4182 on a trial basis for the 2002-2003 school year per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 4-3 vote. Nancy Canty, Randall Burcham, Keith Hanauer, and Steve Dowden voted for the motion. Jack Terrell, Richard Richeson, and Marvin Helms cast the nay votes.
14. Use of Facilities Extended Time Approved. Jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal asked the Board to permit the 7th and 8th grade student council to use the elementary cafeteria until 11:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2002, for an American Cancer Society fundraiser. Mr. Hasler stated that Bloomfield School Board Policy # 7510 Use of School Facilities states “The building will be closed for all activities at 11:00 p.m.” and it would require Board approval to extend the time. Mr. Hasler included his approval. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve extended time for the 7th and 8th grade student council until 11:30 p.m. on April 26, 2002 per Mrs. Royal’s request. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
15. Request to Submit an Indiana Charity Gaming Application Denied. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board authorize the administration to submit an Indiana Charity Gaming Qualification Application (Form CG-1) for the Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School. He said that any game/activity of chance where a prize is awarded requires that the organization have on file an Indiana Charity Gaming Qualification Application Form CG-1 with the State of Indiana. This would include activities such as a basket bingo fundraiser and raffles at a basketball game. Mr. Hasler explained that if an application is approved the school could legally hold a gaming event. No one event could give away prizes valued over $1,000 and the school could not give away more than $3,000 in one calendar year. He said that all money received and spent for the event must “flow through” a school account that is subject to audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts. Nancy Canty made a motion to authorize the administration to submit Form CG-1 to the State of Indiana per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion. During Board discussion, Mr. Richeson suggested getting funds though other means rather than gambling. Mr. Dowden also said he felt that there were other ways to raise money and he hated to put the Board’s blessing to the idea of gambling. President Terrell stated he felt that raffles and fundraisers had been held at the school for a number of years and that getting a license would make them legal in the future. After some discussion, the motion failed to pass by a 3-4 vote. Nancy Canty, Marvin Helms, and Jack Terrell voted in favor of the motion. Keith Hanauer, Randall Burcham, Richard Richeson and Steve Dowden cast the nay votes.
16. Report on 2nd Grade CTBS Testing Given. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer provided the Board with a report on showing that second grade students scored very well on the California Testing of Basic Skills (CTBS) standardized test, which was administered during March. The students scored above the national average in all categories.
17. Collective Bargaining Update. Superintendent Hasler read a prepared Collective Bargaining Update to the Board and public. (See attached)
18. Teacher Retirement Announced. Mr. Hasler told the Board that Mr. Snapp had received a letter from high school teacher Dr. Shay Jaggard saying that she plans to retire on December 31, 2002. He said that school board policy gives the administration authority to accept retirements and resignations without Board action. Dr. Jaggard delivered her letter of retirement to Mr. Snapp with a copy also given to Mr. Hasler, which they accepted.
19. Adjournment. There being no further business, Marvin Helms made a motion to adjourn. Randall Burcham seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.