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Minutes-04/28/2005 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:09

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 28, 2005

           

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 28, 2005, immediately following the 6:30 p.m. work session in the junior high school conference room in Bloomfield School District, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana.  The following school board members were present: Peggi Blakley, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk and Eric Moody. Nancy Canty was absent.  President Hanauer called the meeting to order at approximately 7:30 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.  Recognitions.    Mrs. Vandeventer told those present that the elementary book fair program was in progress.  Mr. Parsley recognized Bloomfield Manufacturing and Farmer’s and Mechanics for helping to sponsor the senior trip where they toured the Indiana State Museum, saw a movie at the IMAX Theater and then went to Victory Field to see the Indianapolis Indians.  He also recognized teacher of the month at the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, which was Kristie Bladen for her work with Knowledge Master.  Mr. Parsley told the Board that the Knowledge Master teams did very well.  Lastly, Mr. Parsley said he had received a note from Sophie Haywood who shared the exciting news that Linton-Stockton and Bloomfield schools had received the Work Force Development Grant to plan for Project Lead The Way during the 2005-2006 school year. 

 

2. Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on March 31, 2005, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Robert Kirk moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Peggi Blakley 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 Marvin Helms and seconded by Robert Kirk, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report. 

 

4.  Renewal with Reliance Standard Group Life, AD & D Coverage Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve the renewal with Reliance Standard Group Life Insurance for the Life and AD & D coverage at the current rate.  Mr. Hasler said the accidental death insurance plan with Reliance Standard Group Life Insurance has a guaranteed premium until June 1, 2006 and that the current rate is nineteen cents per thousand per employee per month.  He said each employee is given a $65,000 Term Life policy.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

5.  Authority to Create RFP for Liability and Casualty Insurance Granted.  It was recommended that the Board contract with Educational Services Company to create a RFP for our liability and casualty insurance, conduct the bid process, evaluate the final proposals, and make the final recommendation presentation to the Board.  Mr. Hasler said this service would evaluate our current coverage and ensure that any other proposals would meet the needs of our school district.  He said that this evaluation would include our vehicles, property, board liability, general liability, and umbrella coverage.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

 

 

6.  Contract Between Bloomfield School District and Greene County Youth Alternatives Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve the contract with Greene County Youth Alternatives (GCYA) for the period from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 and authorize the administration to sign the same.  Mr. Hasler explained that GCYA operates as a contracted service provider to Bloomfield School District.  He said that under this agreement, the school would purchase three “slots” for students under 16 years old.  Students 16 and over would attend and GCYA would be reimbursed by our adult education funds from the state or payment from the students’ family.  Mr. Hasler reminded the Board that our school district currently does not have a qualified program for the adult education funds.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

7.  Revised Summary Plan Description of District’s Health Insurance Plan Tabled.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that the school’s health insurance plan had undergone several changes and amendments since it was written.  He recommended approval of a revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) for the district’s health insurance plan.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The Board voiced that they would rather wait until a final document was ready before voting to accept the SPD.  At this time, Steve Dowden moved to table this agenda item.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion.  The motion was tabled by a 6-0 vote.

 

8.  Change in Health Insurance Renewal Date Approved.  It was recommended that the Board renew the contract with Dunn and Associates as the employee’s health insurance carrier and change the annual renewal date from August 1 to May 1.  Mr. Hasler explained that during negotiations it was noted that the August renewal date often delayed the bargaining process.  By the time we had renewal rates for the coming year teachers were on summer vacation.  He said this should give us this information in late March or early April and if the renewal rates call for a possible benefit change the teachers would be available to review and vote on potential changes.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

9. Participation in Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Remediation Grant Program Approved.  Mr. Hasler explained that the GQE Remediation Grant program provides a flat grant based on the number of students in the classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007 that did not pass the GQE.  He recommended that the school district participate in the grant program.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the school districts participation in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

     

10.  Additional Jr/Sr High School Science Position Approved.  It was recommended that the Board create an additional science position for the jr/sr high school and authorize the administration to advertise the position.  Mr. Parsley said that due to recent changes in the graduation requirements and the state course descriptions, there is a need to hire an additional science teacher with the proper certification.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

11. Half-time Elementary Music Teacher Position Approved.  It was recommended that the Board reinstate a 0.5 F.T.E. (half –time) elementary music position for the elementary school and authorize the administration to advertise (or recall to) the position.  Mr. Hasler gave some background information to the Board.  He said a six-sevenths elementary music position was eliminated due to the reduction in force (RIF) two years ago.  The teachers and administrators have done a great job of “making do” with the situation, but we need to replace this position to maintain the high quality music programs Bloomfield is accustomed to.  Mr. Hasler said that since this is a RIF-ed position it will be offered to the previous teacher first, if she turns it down it would be advertised according to our negotiated agreement.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

12.  Homebound Instructor Hired.  It was recommended that the Board employ Mrs. Lyndi Wooten as a homebound instructor for a jr/sr high school student who has an injury that prevents regular school attendance.  The effective date is April 20, 2005 continuing until released by the attending physician.  Mr. Hasler said that Mrs. Wooten is an elementary teachers’ aide and is willing to assume these additional duties up to 5 hours per week for the equivalent of what her regular compensation would be for teaching.  Mrs. Wooten is a licensed elementary teacher.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

13.  Summer School Staff Appointments Approved.  Superintendent Hasler provided Board members with letters of request from jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley for 2005 Summer School staffing appointments.  (See attached)  He said that these appointments are pending adequate enrollment numbers for reimbursement and recommended approval.  Mr. Hasler included summer Drivers’ Education classes.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendations.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

14.  Math Class Trip to Kentucky Kingdom Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Mrs. Lori Burch’s request for a class day trip to Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY on May 12, 2005.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

15.  Physics Class Trip to Kentucky Kingdom Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Miss. Sarah Bright’s request for a class day trip to Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY on May 13, 2005.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

16.  Saturday School and Evening School Program Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve the creation of a Saturday School and Evening School Program.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler said this program would be designed to replace the current In-School Detention (ISD) program.  He said Saturday School would be offered the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon).  The Evening School would be offered on Thursday evenings from 3:10 to 5:00 p.m.  Mr. Hasler said that both programs would be staffed by interested teachers who would be paid their regular hourly pay for the time beyond his/her regular day.  He said the rate of pay and length of day must be negotiated by law and agreed to by both parties.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

17.  Board Policy First Readings Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy. 

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. 

 

18.  Agenda Item #10 (A) Removed From Agenda. 

 

19.  Interior Remodel Company Released From Contract.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that he was not happy with the progress of the interior remodel.  He recommended releasing STR Building Resources from that contract.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Hasler commented that the roofing project was progressing nicely.

 

24. Adjournment.  There being no further business Peggi Blakley moved to adjourn.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.