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Minutes-05/26/2005 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:10

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 26, 2005

           

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 26, 2005, immediately following the executive 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: Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, and Eric Moody. Peggi Blakley and Robert Kirk were absent.  President Hanauer called the meeting to order at approximately 7:15 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.  Continuation of Review of Preliminary Plans for Jr/Sr High School Office and Security and Athletic Facility.  George Link of Veasey, Parrot, Durkin and Shoulders Architects provided information on three different options for the Jr/Sr High School Office area and also a plan for the athletic facility.   Mr. Link answered questions from board members concerning cost and square footage and offered comparisons of three plans for the office area.  Mr. Hasler thanked Mr. Link on behalf of the Board for his time and information. 

 

2.  Recognitions.   Mr. Parsley recognized Nancy Hudson as teacher of the month at the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  He also thanked Mr. Chuck Roach for his efforts filling in during Mrs. Royal’s maternity leave.  Mr. Parsley also announced that graduation would be Saturday May 28th at 4:00 p.m. with baccalaureate beginning at 2:00 p.m. 

 

3. Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the special work session, regular school board meeting and executive session all held on April 28, 2005, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Steve Dowden moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Eric Moody seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 4-0-1 vote.  Nancy Canty abstained from voting because she was not in attendance at those meetings.   

 

4. 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 5-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report. 

 

5.  2005-2006 Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved.  The Board had been provided with lists of book rental charges, workbooks, course and supply charges for the 2005-2006 school year for Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, which had been prepared by the building principals.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the lists as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

6.  Letter of Agreement for School Nutrition Program Signed.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that a Letter of Agreement is required by the Indiana Department of Education to operate the school lunch program. (See attached)  He recommended that the Board authorize the administration to renew the 2004-2005 School Nutrition Program for July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

7.   Expenditure from Elementary ECA Fund Authorized.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the expenditure of $16,000 from the Bloomfield Elementary School extra-curricular activity fund to complete the purchase of thirty (30) computers and a wireless network.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

8.  Individualized Care Management, Inc. Health Insurance Agreement Accepted.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board renew the contract with Individualized Care Management, Inc. (ICM) for the period of May 1, 2005 through April 30, 2006.  (See attached) Steve Dowden moved to accept the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

9.  Administration Authorized to Have Actuarial Study Prepared.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to have an actuarial study done to determine the funding requirements for Item #3 in the August 9, 2004 Memorandum of Agreement.  Superintendent Hasler explained that the Board and Bloomfield Teachers’ Association determined that a model should be developed to provide a $2,000 retirement benefit for retiring teachers and to provide an increase in retirement benefits for active teachers utilizing a defined contribution from the Board.  Nancy Canty moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

10. Resolution Expressing an Interest in Acquiring Real Estate Passed.  It was recommended that the Board pass a Resolution Expressing an Interest in Acquiring Real Estate.  (See attached)  Eric Moody moved to approve the resolution as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  President Hanauer reiterated to the Board that this property is located just west of the school’s current property.  Superintendent Hasler said the owners of the real estate contained in the resolution are Robert and Diana Jane Long.  He said the funds that would be used to purchase the property is held in the Bloomfield School Building Corporation and would not be taken out of any school funds.  Mr. Hasler said the building corporation has sole authority over the way this money is used.  He said basically this resolution petitions the building corporation to buy this property on behalf of the school. The motion passed by a 4-1 vote.  Nancy Canty cast the nay vote. 

     

11.  2005-2006 Support Staff Wage Schedule, Substitute Wage Schedule, Career Increments, Hours and Work Days Approved. Board members were provided with Support Staff Wage Schedule, Substitute Wage Schedule, Career Increments, and Hours and Work Days for the 2005-2006 school year. (See attached)  The superintendent recommended approval. Nancy Canty moved to approve the schedules per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

12. Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Wage Schedule for Support Staff and Outside Staff for the 2005-2006 School Year Approved.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a Wage Schedule for Support and Outside Staff effective July 1, 2005.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

13.  2005-2006 School At-Risk Counselor Wage.  Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve the School At-Risk Counselor’s Wage at $31,200 for 185 days for the 2005-2006 school year.  He said that Ms. Susan Street was hired as a result of a C.A.P.E. grant for the 2002-2003 school year.  Since this is not a certified position or hourly position it has “slipped by” on earlier salary adjustments.  For that reason, a four percent (4%) raise is recommended for the 2005-2006 school year. Mr. Hasler told the Board that Ms. Street’s salary would be paid from the C.A.P.E. funds.

 

14.  Administrator Salaries and Contracts Voted Down.  It was recommended that the Board approve administrator salaries for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.  The recommendation included setting the Board’s contribution to the administrator’s health insurance plan be $6,950.00 for the single plan or $11,750.00 for the family plan.  (See attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.  The Board then held discussion.  Superintendent Hasler clarified that the 2005-2006 administrator salaries and the 2006-2007 salary for Mr. Parsley have already been approved.  He said that leaves salary, contract, and health insurance contribution for Mrs. Vandeventer, Mr. Skomp, Mrs. Royal and himself to be voted upon.  Steve Dowden said he would like to see some sort of step salary wage schedule for administrators similar to the one approved for Support Staff and teachers.  Other members voiced their opinions and gave suggestions.  Superintendent Hasler agreed to put something together for the June board meeting.  The motion failed by a 0-5 vote. 

 

15.  Administrator’s Health Insurance Approved.  Marvin Helms moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation that the Board’s contribution to the administrator’s health insurance plan be $6,950.00 for the single plan or $11,750.00 for the family plan beginning May 1, 2005.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

16.  Temporary Summer Maintenance Worker Hired.  It was recommended that the Board employ Mr. Wyatt LeGrand as a temporary summer maintenance worker for nine weeks, 40 hrs. per week @ $6.50.  The effective date will be June 6, 2005.  Steve Dowden moved to hire Mr. LeGrand per the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

17.  Head Cook Hours Increased.  It was recommended that the Board change the Head Cook’s hours from 5 1/2 to 6 hours per day effective August 15, 2005.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

18.  ECA Resignation Accepted and Volunteer Coach Named.  It was recommended to approve the resignation of Mr. Kevin Gott as junior varsity softball coach for the Bloomfield School District effective April 25, 2005 and allow him to remain as a volunteer coach.  Nancy Canty moved to accept the resignation of Mr. Gott as junior varsity softball coach and to retain him as a volunteer softball coach.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

19.  ECA Recommendation Approved. Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2004-2005 school year from Mr. Skomp.  Mr. Mark Evans was recommended as Junior Varsity Softball Coach.  Superintendent Hasler included his support of this recommendation.   Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation as presented.   Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

20.  Summer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Recommendations Approved.  Superintendent Hasler provided Board members with a list of 2005 Summer ECA Recommendations.  (See attached)  He said these recommendations were made by athletic director, Jason Skomp and he concurred with his recommendations.    Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendations. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-0-1 vote.  Mr. Dowden abstained from voting. 

 

21.  Zoo Field Trip Approved.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to approve the annual overnight field trip to the Indianapolis Zoo on May 3 and 4, 2006, for the second grade students and staff.  Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Steve Dowden moved to approve the field trip as requested.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

22.  2005-2006 Student Handbook Approved.  Jr/sr high school principal Mr. Greg Parsley presented the Board with a revised student handbook for the 2005-2006 school year.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler recommended approval.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the handbook as presented.   Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Board members Steve Dowden and Eric Moody commended all who were involved in putting the new handbook together and making it easier to read and understand. 

 

23.  Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Junior/Senior High Schools Receive Accreditation From IDOE.  Superintendent Hasler announced that his office had received notice from the Indiana State Board of Education that both the Bloomfield Elementary and the Bloomfield Junior/Senior High Schools received “Full Accreditation Status” with the next review in 2006-2007. 

 

24. Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy.  Fringe Benefits for Support Staff #4401was presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration.  (See attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the policy as presented.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

25.  Agenda Item #10 (A) Approve Revised Summary Plan Description of District’s Health Insurance Plan Taken Off Board Table.  Mr. Hasler explained that this item was tabled at the April 28th meeting because the revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) of the District’s Health Insurance Plan had not been received yet.  He said that the SPD was received on the day of the May 28th board meeting, but the BTA had not gotten to look over it.  The agenda item died and will be brought back to the Board at a later date.

 

26.  Public Comments.  Senior students Kiersten Yake and Jamie Flinn along with their parents and also another senior student’s parent, Mary Katchmier, spoke in favor of offering Spanish IV in the curriculum for the 2005-2006 school year.  Mr. Hasler told them that removing Spanish IV from the 2005-2006 schedule is not a “done deal”.   He told the students and their parents that he could not promise that Spanish IV would be offered next year, but he did promise that the administration would do its best to offer the course.   Nancy Canty thanked the students for coming and talking with the Board.  President Hanauer thanked the students and their parents for their comments and concerns.

 

27.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Nancy Canty moved to adjourn.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote.