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Minutes-10/21/2004 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Monday, 21 February 2011 10:52

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

October 21, 2004

           

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on October 21, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the junior 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, Eric Moody, and Robert Kirk. Peggi Blakley arrived after the vote of item #2 was taken.  President Hanauer called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.  Recognitions.  Jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley introduced a former student of his, J. D. Defreese, who is now attending Indiana University.  Board member Robert Kirk thanked district treasurer Sue Pritts for meeting with him recently concerning school finance.

 

2. Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on September 16, 2004, and executive session held on September 29, 2004, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Nancy Canty moved 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 Steve Dowden and seconded by Eric Moody, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report. 

 

4.  Gifted & Talented Grant Application Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer’s, the G/T Coordinator, application for a $12,139.00 grant from the Indiana Department of Education.  Nancy Canty moved to allow Mrs. Vandeventer to file the Gifted & Talented Grant application.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

5.  Approval For Bus Specifications and Authorization to Advertise for Quotes.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve bus specifications for a 2005 (2004) Type E 14-passenger special purpose bus body and chassis and authorize the administration to solicit quotes.  (See attached)  Robert Kirk moved to approve the bus specifications as presented and authorize advertisement for quotes.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

6.  Quote For Tree Trimming Work Accepted.  Mr. Hasler asked the Board to accept a quote of $2,810.00 from Larry D. Sullivan Tree Service and Stump Grinding to trim one tree on the school grounds and remove and grind the stumps for six trees in the elementary parking lots.  Steve Dowden moved to accept Mr. Sullivan’s quote.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

7.  Expenditure from Jr/Sr High ECA Fund Authorized.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the expenditure of approximately $654.00 from the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School extra-curricular activity fund to assist in the annual cost of AutoDesk Design Academy for the jr/sr high school.  Mr. Hasler said that Mr. Parsley and Mrs. Mattox have requested the use of ECA fund monies to fund an increase in the annual charge for Computer-Assisted Drafting (CAD) popular software for the jr/sr high school.  He said that this fund has been used in the past to purchase technology equipment and is allowed under certain provisions of Indiana Statute.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the expenditure of jr/sr high school ECA funds per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

8.  Transfer Tuition Agreements Approved.  It was recommended that the Board sign two agreements, one with Eastern Greene Schools, and one with Linton-Stockton School Corp., MSD Shakamak Schools, and White River Valley School District establishing equitable transfer tuition fees between these schools.  (See attached)  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the agreements.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

9.  Update on Retirement Bonds and General Obligation Note Heard.  The superintendent told the Board that on October 15, 2004, the school received notice from the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) that the “Taxable Retirement/Severance Liability Funding Bonds of 2004” designated bond issue had been approved for $2,400,000.  (See attached) He said that on October 21, 2004, the school received notice from DLGF that the “General Obligation Note of 2004” was approved for $1,000,000. (See attached)  Mr. Hasler told the Board that Educational Services Company had begun the process of verifying the retirement and severance data on individual employees who will participate in the buy-out. 

 

10.  Cafeteria Worker Resignation.  It was recommended that the Board accept the resignation of Mrs. Tena Edwards as an employee of the Bloomfield School District effective October 11, 2004.  Peggi Blakley moved to accept Mrs. Edwards’ resignation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

11.  Three-Hour Cafeteria II Worker Hired.  It was recommended that the Board hire Bonnie Moore as a 3-hour Cafeteria II employee effective October 12, 2004.  Mr. Hasler said this employment is from the previous resignation.  He recommended approval.  Steve Dowden moved to hire Bonnie Moore per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

12. ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2004-2005 school year from Mr. Skomp.  (See attached)  Superintendent Hasler included his support of these recommendations.   Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendations as presented.   Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

13.  Maternity Leave Request Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve a maternity leave request for Sally Neill, a fourth grade instructional aide at Bloomfield Elementary School, from mid November, 2004 until January 5, 2005.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve Mrs. Neill’s maternity leave request.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

14.  Part-time Aide Resignation Accepted.  Mrs. Tracy Hughes submitted her resignation as an after school aide for the Bloomfield School District effective October 18, 2004.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board accept Mrs. Hughes’ resignation.  Eric Moody moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

15.   NJROTC Field Trip Approved.    It was recommended that the Board approve Naval Science Instructor Ostergren’s request for an out-of-state/overnight trip to Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Mayport Naval Air Station, and Kings Bay Trident Submarine Base November 16th through 23rd.  (See attached)  The change of location for this trip from the previously approved location of Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL was due to the recent hurricane damage there. Mr. Hasler told the Board that NJROTC has arranged for transportation and partial costs.  The students will be responsible for part of the food costs and spending money.  Nancy Canty moved to approve the NJROTC field trip as requested.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

16.  Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy.  #5530.1 Drug Testing Program policy was presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration.  (See attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the policy as presented.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Robert Kirk cast the nay vote.

 

17.  Administration’s Interpretation of Master Contract Language and Resulting Disciplinary Actions Adopted.  A hearing with the Board was held on September 29, 2004 regarding the new language in the 2001-2007 Negotiated Agreement (Master Contract).  Since the hearing involved personnel issues, it was held in executive session.  This action affirms the Administration’s interpretation of this new language.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board adopt the Administration’s interpretation of the Master Contract language and support the resulting disciplinary actions.  Marvin Helms moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Mr. Kirk cast the nay vote.

 

18.  IPEP Safety Award Received.  Mr. Hasler announced that the excellent worker safety record compiled by Bloomfield School District employees has earned the Indiana Public Employers’ Plan (IPEP) safety award for the calendar year 2003. 

 

19.  Report of 2004-2005 ADM and ADA Given.  President Hanauer announced that the school district’s Average Daily Membership (ADM) for this year is 1,063.38 students.  The Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for this year is 1,039.55. Mr. Hasler said that last year the ADM was 1053.94 and the ADA was 1040.04.  He said that since state funding is dependent on these two numbers, the increase would likely reflect modest increases in funding.

 

20.  Review of Safe Schools and Emergency Preparedness Plan.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Title 511 IAC 6.1-2-2.5(b) states, “Within sixty (60) days after the beginning date of each school year, the superintendent shall certify to the department that the emergency preparedness plans for the school corporation and each school in the school corporation have been reviewed and revised if necessary. …”  He said that Bloomfield School District’s School Safety Specialist, Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer, has reviewed the Safe Schools and Emergency Preparedness Plan.  Mr. Hasler continued that although it is a state requirement to do this review annually, our school continuously reviews and addresses potential problems as the need arises. 

 

21.  Comments and Information.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer announced that the school would hold a special program honoring Veterans at 1:30 p.m. on November 11, 2004.  Board member Robert Kirk said he recently visited the school building and wondered how secure the school is.  He said when he entered the school no one was at the doors to question why he was there or to direct him to where he needed to go.  Jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley said he was addressing the issue by considering putting a type of Welcome Center at the entrance doors.  Mr. Parsley said he had been in contact with members of the local PTO group about working with them to develop some type of help desk to make the building more secure and patrons more familiar with the building. 

 

22.  Adjournment.  There being no further business, Robert Kirk moved to adjourn. Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.