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Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
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June 27, 2002


            The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 27, 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:  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.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the special session and regular school board meeting both held on May 23, 2002, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.  Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 6-0-1 vote.  Randall Burcham was absent from both meetings and therefore abstained from voting.


2.  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.


3.  Amendment to Support Staff/Administrator’s Health Insurance Benefit Approved.  Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to approve an amendment to the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for COBRA, the support staff, and the administrator’s health insurance benefit plan.  (See attached)  He said that health insurance costs continue to increase at a rate that far exceeds other domestic costs.  In an effort to control these costs, the SPD needed to be changed to reflect more current health insurance industry standards.  Mr. Hasler’s hope was that these changes would lessen or avoid an increase in health insurance costs for these employee groups.  He explained that the changes include an increase in the deductible, in network 80/20 and out of network 60/40 payment share with a co-insurance limit, and a co-pay for prescriptions and office visits.  The new plan increases the wellness benefits from $200 to $500 and increases the maximum individual lifetime benefits from $1 million to $2 million.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the amendment to the Summary Plan Description (SPD).  Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  The amendment was approved by a 7-0 vote.


4.  2002-2003 Book Rental Charges and Fees Approved.  The Board had been provided with lists of book rental charges and fees for the 2002-2003 school year for Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School, which had been prepared by the building principals and office staff.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the lists as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 


5.  2002-2003 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2002-2003 school year and to pay the remaining administrative and salary/benefit costs from the general fund for any salaries paid by this grant.  Randall Burcham made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the Title I grant application.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Mr. Hasler told the Board that his office had just received notification that the amount of Title I money had been reduced.  He said that Mrs. Eva Willis who has been the Title I Coordinator for many years recommended that the Board approve the Title I application and then wait until the State notifies the school as to the actual money we will receive.  At that time, Mrs. Willis will make the adjustments on the application and the office will mail it in a timely manner.  He said that what the Board is being asked to do is to approve the application realizing that there will be required changes.  The Board approved the motion by a 7-0 vote.


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 athletic director Jason Skomp.  Also, provided was a list of Summer Camp recommendations from Mr. Skomp. (See attached)  Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendations.  Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that in reference to Shawna Skomp being recommended to sponsor the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders and there being a Board Policy #4124, Nepotism, he said that an effort was made to fill the position with a certified person or anyone not having a relative within the school system, but no one was interested.  Steve Dowden made an amendment to the motion to vote on some of the positions individually.  Mr. Dowden’s motion died for lack of a second.  Richard Richeson commented that he disagreed with having three cross country coaches.  Mr. Skomp explained that there are a large number of junior high students that come out for cross country and with boys and girls training differently, three coaches have worked out very well in the past.  Mr. Richeson mentioned another concern of his was the pay for the tennis coach being too low.  Mr. Hasler responded that the Board could establish a different rate of pay for a non-certificated person by making a change to the board policy that sets the rates. The negotiated agreement determines that rate for certified staff.  After some discussion, the original motion to approve all ECA recommendations and Summer Camp recommendations passed as presented by a 4-1-2 vote.  Richard Richeson voted against the motion.  Nancy Canty and Jack Terrell abstained from voting. 


7.  Maternity Leave Request Approved.  Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Learning Disabled Resource teacher Stephanie Arthur requested that the Board approve her maternity leave from August 14, 2002 through August 30, 2002.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve Mrs. Arthur’s maternity leave request.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.


8.  Hours of Remediation Aide Increased.  Jr./Sr. High School assistant principal Stella Royal asked the Board to increase mathematics remediation aide Mrs. Cindy Riggins hours from three periods per day to four periods per day.  Mr. Hasler concurred with Mrs. Royal’s request.  Steve Dowden made a motion to increase Mrs. Riggins hours as per Mrs. Royal’s request.  Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.


9.  Media Center Aide Increase to Full-time.  Mrs. Royal requested that the Board increase Mrs. Doris Stout’s jr./sr. high school aide position to a full day of seven periods per day. Mrs. Stout currently works six periods each day.   Mr. Hasler supported Mrs. Royal’s request.  Randall Burcham made a motion to accept Mrs. Royal’s recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.


10.  Social Worker Hired.  It was recommended by elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer that the Board hire Mrs. Nancy Bradley as a social worker for the Bloomfield School District effective August 12, 2002.  Mrs. Bradley would be working with students in grades Kg through eight.  Superintendent Hasler said that this would be a 185 day position paid with CAPE Grant funds and he concurred with Mrs. Vandeventer’s recommendation.  Nancy Canty made a motion to accept Mrs. Vandeventer’s recommendation.  The motion was seconded by Keith Hanauer.  Mr. Hasler shared that Mrs. Bradley had all of the requirements and holds a Master Social Worker license.  He stated that the CAPE Grant will pay her salary plus FICA and PERF, but does not cover health insurance.  Mrs. Bradley was hired by a 7-0 vote. 


11.  Part-time Physical Education/Health Teacher Hired.  Jr./sr. high school principal Stella Royal asked the Board to hire Mr. Richard Eric Lyons as a part-time physical education/health teacher in the jr./sr. high school.  Mr. Lyons would work 3 ½ hours each day with a tentative 2002-2003 schedule to include one eighth grade health class and two freshman physical education classes.  This position was created due to the resignation of Nancy Grabner.  Mr. Hasler supported Mrs. Royal’s request.  Steve Dowden made a motion to hire Mr. Lyons.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Nancy Canty cast the nay vote. 


12.  Board Policy First Reading 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)  Discussion

was held.  This policy will be brought to a later meeting for consideration.


13.  Chamber of Commerce to Hold Fireworks on School Grounds.  Mr. Doug Frye asked the Board to allow the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce to hold the annual 4th of July fireworks display on school grounds.  Mr. Hasler stated that the Chamber secures the necessary permits etc. to hold this event.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the fireworks being displayed on school grounds.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.


14.  2002-2003 Staff and Program Development Plan Approved.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that this plan had to be approved by the Board each year and includes six (6) early student release days approved by the Indiana Department of Education.  He said that this year’s early release days would focus on the goals outlined in the plan submitted to IDOE this month and provided each member with a brief description.  (See attached)  Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the Plan as recommended for the 2002-2003 school year.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   


15.  Jr./Sr. High School Part-time Teacher Resigns.  President Terrell read a letter of resignation from jr./sr. high school part-time physical education/health teacher effective May 28, 2002.  The Board thanked Mrs. Grabner and wished her well.


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


17.  President Terrell Bids Board Goodbye.  Being defeated in the recent school board election, Jack Terrell told the Board that it had been a challenging four years that he had served on the school board.  He shared that it had been nice to work with other people, especially the Board, who had the kids as their number one priority.  He said that anyone who runs for school board should only be running to improve the quality of life for students at Bloomfield Schools.  Mr. Terrell donated books to the High School Media Center dealing with labor relations and bargaining.  At that time, Mr. Hasler, on behalf of the School District, presented Mr. Terrell with a plaque of appreciation for his four (4) years of service to the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees.  Mr. Hasler told Mr. Terrell that the plaque in no way paid him for the many hours he had given to the school in the past four years.  He also told Mr. Terrell that personally he appreciated him being by his side during his first years as superintendent.  He also praised Jack’s ability to lead the Board during some “rocky” board meetings and helped them all to come out of those meetings still being professionals.


18.  Adjournment.  There being no further business, Richard Richeson made a motion to adjourn. Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.