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Minutes-05/23/2002 PDF Print E-mail
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May 23, 2002


            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 23, 2002, 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:  Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Richard Richeson and Jack Terrell. Randall Burcham was absent.  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. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that the NJROTC had been recognized as a Distinguished Unit for Area 9.  They received this because of academic excellence and this enables the school to nominate three students to each service academy, which Mr. Hasler stated is quite an honor.  He also recognized the choral groups on their success on their recent performances in Chicago.  Mr. Hasler read a letter of commendation that he had received from the Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) commending Lori Lund for being a true leader in School Counseling in Indiana.  Athletic director Jason Skomp shared some athletic highlights of the past season.  Stella Royal announced that the school had received a $500.00 donation from Mabel Crites Johnson for the jr./sr. high school media center in memory of Mrs. Johnson’s son Brad Oliphant, a 1968 BHS graduate who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after his graduation.  Business teacher Nancy Hudson said that a number of her students had worked with the Bloomfield State Bank entering records into a database for the Grandview Cemetery.  Mrs. Hudson stated that the students entered 4,188 names into the database.  Sheila Jerrels said that all three music groups received superior ratings during competition recently in Chicago.  Mrs. Jerrels also stated that the choral music department received a wonderful gift of $1,000 from the Citizens for a Better Bloomfield.  Mr. Hasler shared that the James Harvey recognition award of $500.00 went to Mrs. Jerrels this year.  Mrs. Jerrels received a round of applause from those present. 


2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session and regular school board meeting both held on April 25, 2002, 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 6-0 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 Richard Richeson and seconded by Marvin Helms, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.


4.  Athletic Facilities Project.  Superintendent Hasler stated that due to recently identified roofing problems and with the state legislature currently discussing cutting funding for education, which has already been cut significantly, it would not be in the best interest of the school corporation to continue with the athletic facilities project at this time.  Mr. Hasler said that he felt like the work that had been done up to this point would be kept until a time when the project could again move forward.  Superintendent Hasler recommended the Board allow the engineering firm to continue with the preliminary studies and when the preliminary studies are completed put the project on hold until more is known concerning the finances for education in the State of Indiana.  Board members voiced their support for Mr. Hasler’s recommendation and instructed him to contact Agriculture teacher Ben Helms to let him know that the FFA could plant the field again this year for study and income. 





5.  2002 Summer School Staff Appointments Approved.  The Board was provided with recommendations for the 2002 Summer School staff appointments.  (See attached)  Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote.  Nancy Canty abstained from voting. 


6.  2002-2003 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2002-2003 school year from jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp and elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer.  (See attached)  Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendations.  Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


7.  Teacher Reduction in Force (RIF) and New Reduced Contract Approved.  It was recommended to the Board that Dr. Sharon Jaggard’s full-time regular teaching contract be cancelled effective at the end of the 2001-2002 school year.  It was then recommended to enter into a contract with Dr. Jaggard for six-sevenths (6/7) of a full-time regular teaching contract for the 2002-2003 fall semester only (88 days).  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve both recommendations as requested.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


8.  NJROTC Summer Field Trips Approved.  NJROTC instructor David Stewart asked the Board to approve three summer field trips.  (See attached)  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the summer field trips as requested. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


9.  Second Grade Overnight Field Trip Approved.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to approve an overnight field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo for second grade students.  This field trip would be on May 7 and 8, 2003.  Mr. Hasler said that the reason Mrs. Vandeventer was making this request so early is that the teachers have to schedule the trip and pay a deposit now.  He included his approval for this request.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the overnight field trip as requested. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


10.  Bloomfield School District 2002-2003 Student Handbook Approved.  The Board had been provided with a proposed student handbook for both the elementary and the jr./sr. high school.  Superintendent Hasler said that the primary change was to create one student handbook for both schools.  After some discussion, Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the handbooks as presented.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


11.  Permission Granted for Elementary Math Series Pilot Program.  It was recommended that the Board authorize elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer to pilot the Saxon Math series for the next two years in grades one through three.  Mrs. Vandeventer’s request explained that currently grades 4 and 5 are implementing the Saxon Math series and by piloting this program, grades 1-5 would be using the same Math series.  Marvin Helms made a motion to authorize Mrs. Vandeventer to pilot the Saxon Math series as requested.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by 6-0 vote. 


12.  School Improvement Plans Approved for Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School.  School Improvement Plans were submitted to the Board for their consideration.  Superintendent Hasler said that the plans are a result of several hours of work by the elementary and jr./sr. high staff with the assistance of the North Central Association (NCA) and must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education on or before June 30, 2002.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve both School Improvement Plans as presented. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


13.  Class Offering Approval for Class Size Policy Accepted.  Superintendent Hasler brought a request from jr./sr. high school assistant principal Stella Royal to approve a list of class offerings for the 2002-2003 school year.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler explained that the school has a policy that establishes class sizes for grades K-6 and for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English at the secondary level.  He continued that in March of 2002 the Board added a requirement that classes in the above areas outside the class size range required board approval.  Mrs. Royal’s request contained the class sizes and averages for those areas and shows that some are above what the board policy allows.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the class offerings list as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


14.  North Central Association School Accreditation Announced.  The Board was provided with letters from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) announcing that both the Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School and the Bloomfield Elementary School had been “Accredited without Warning” for the 2001-2002 school year.  Superintendent Hasler added that this was a grand compliment to the commitment and work of the stakeholders of the Bloomfield Schools. 


15.  Academic Honors Diploma Program Approved.  The Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School has been notified by the Indiana Department of Education that their Academic Honors Diploma Program has been approved for all subject area requirements for the next five years.


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


17.  Head Softball Coach Retires.  Board president Jack Terrell read a letter from head softball coach Ed Jackson announcing that he would not be accepting the coaching position this year.  Mr. Jackson thanked the Board for the opportunity to coach the past several years.    


18.  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.