|Written by Bryce McGlothlin|
|Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:18|
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
February 23, 2006
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on February 23, 2006, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana. The following school board members were present: Peggi Blakley, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk, and Eric Moody. President Dowden called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:
1. Recognitions. Jason Skomp recognized the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, players, coaches and student body for a great season. Mr. Skomp also recognized girls’ basketball coach Jim Rose for being named Greene County Coach of the Year. Jr/Sr High School Principal Greg Parsley announced that the NJROTC members received highest marks during a recent inspection. For their outstanding leadership Lt. Ostergren and Chief Tippery were named co-teachers of the month for February. Mr. Parsley told the Board that recently he had attended a Project Lead the Way meeting at Crane along with Candi Lang and Mr. Hasler. He said the high school already has a tremendous number of students interested in Project Lead the Way and that he and Mrs. Osmon are very excited about the new class offerings through it. Mary Jane Vandeventer shared that the PTO hosted Grandparents Day recently and had over 200 parents and students in attendance. Mrs. Vandeventer also announced that on March 6th the elementary would host their first Read Across America Parade at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Vandeventer wished Joyful Noise a safe and fun trip to Disney World. Mr. Hasler recognized Brooke Myers for her accomplishments on the basketball court and also thanked her for the fantastic and positive Letter to the Editor she recently had published.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the special session held on January 19, 2006 and executive session, regular meeting, and special session all held on January 26, 2006, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Peggi Blakley moved to approve the minutes as presented. Eric Moody seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 7-0 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. Keith Hanauer moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
4. 2006 Certified Tax Rates. Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with a comparison of the local property tax rates, recently received from the Department of Local Government Finance. (See attached sheet)
5. Miscellaneous Interior Projects Awarded. It was recommended that the Board accept the bid of Graves Plumbing Company, Inc. in the amount of $105,635.00 for miscellaneous interior improvements of the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School and award the contract to them. Mr. Hasler said that due to the removal of several skylights etc. during an extensive roofing project, that was done last year in the jr/sr high school, some interior work was necessary. He said other areas in need were some hallway drywall repair, a need for an officials’ dressing room with additional storage and lastly some remodeling for classroom space will be needed for the Project Lead the Way program. Mr. Hasler said this contract would address all of these projects. He told the Board that bids were also received from Neidigh Construction Corporation and R. Walls Construction, Inc., but Graves presented the low bid. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion. The contract was awarded to Graves Plumbing Company, Inc. for $105,635.00 by a 7-0 vote.
6. Resolution Approved to Transfer Funds to the Rainy Day Fund. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees adopt a resolution to transfer $230,000 to the Rainy Day Fund. Mr. Hasler said that authority for a school district to establish a Rainy Day Fund and transfer unused funds to that fund is allowed by I.C. 36-1-8-5.1. Nancy Canty moved to approve this resolution. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
7. Resolution Approved to Transfer Funds From Debt Service to Transportation Fund. It was recommended that the Board adopt a resolution to transfer $38,744 from the 2006 Debt Service Fund to the 2006 Transportation Fund. Mr. Hasler told the Board that I.C. 21-2-11-4(c) authorizes the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a resolution to make this transfer. He continued that the legislature adopted the change to allow school districts to make this type of transfer of funds equal to the amount of reduction in the state distribution to the 2004 Transportation Fund by June 30, 2006. Peggi Blakely moved to approve the resolution. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which was approved by a 7-0 vote.
8. Change in Section 125 Plan Adopted. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that due to a recent change in the IRS Code regulating Section 125 Plans the medical reimbursement portion of the plan can be extended. The extension for medical expenses is two months and two weeks. Essentially, this allows employees 14 ½ months for qualified medical expenses each plan year. He said this change does not affect childcare expenses so qualified childcare expenses must still be incurred on a 12 month basis. Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board adopt the change in the Aflac Section 125 Plan for employees and authorize the administration to sign the change document. Nancy Canty moved to adopt the change in the Aflac Section 125 Plan per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
9. INCOLSA Board Appointment Renewed. The superintendent explained that the school district is allowed one voting representative on the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) board. INCOLSA connects our school libraries with other Indiana libraries to share resources. They also supply mailings, connectivity, and other educational resources to their members. Mr. Hasler recommended that the board appoint Kristie Bladen to serve another term on the INCOLSA Board. He said this term would end on June 30, 2008. Keith Hanauer moved to renew the appointment of Kristie Bladen to the INCOLSA Board. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
10. Homebound Instructor Hired. It was recommended that the Board employ Mrs. Sally Neill as a homebound instructor for a student who cannot attend regular school classes. The effective date is February 16, 2006 continuing until a subsequent school plan is adopted. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
11. Teacher Recalled, for the 2006-2007 School Year, From the Reduction in Force (RIF) List. It was recommended that the Board recall Mrs. Deborah Harshman from the RIF list, due to scheduling changes and the addition of an English College Composition course. Mr. Hasler clarified that Mrs. Harshman would be a one-half time English teacher. Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. Mrs. Harshman was recalled from the RIF list to be a one-half time English teacher by a 7-0 vote.
12. Superintendent Appointment Made. It was recommended that the Board appoint Daniel Sichting as Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009 and approve an addendum to his basic contract. (See attached) President Dowden gave some background on Mr. Sichting. Mr. Sichting comes to Bloomfield from a high school principal position with Western Wayne Schools in Cambridge City, Indiana. Prior to that he was an assistant principal in Martinsville and before that he was a classroom teacher for 15 years. Mr. Sichting’s professional training was with Franklin College and Indiana State University. Eric Moody moved to hire Mr. Daniel Sichting as Superintendent of Schools for the Bloomfield School District effective July 1, 2006. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. Mr. Hasler, President Dowden, and Keith Hanauer thanked the screening committee and board members for their efforts during this process. Mr. Sichting was present and thanked the Board for the opportunity they had given him. Mr. Sichting was hired to serve as Superintendent of Schools by a 7-0 vote.
13. Teacher Retirement Accepted. The Board had been presented with a letter of retirement from Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Carolyn Williams, effective at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. Marvin Helms moved to accept Mrs. Williams’s retirement. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer spoke highly of Mrs. Williams and wished her and her husband, Carl, good health, many safe travels and good times with grandchildren and family. Mrs. Williams’s retirement was accepted by a 7-0 vote.
14. Change in Kindergarten Programming Approved. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to approve her request for a change in the Kindergarten program. Mrs. Vandeventer recommended having two sections of A.M. Kindergarten and two sections of P. M. Kindergarten beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. She said that the present program is offering one section of A.M. Kindergarten, one section of P.M. Kindergarten, and one section of Monday, Wednesday, Every-other-Friday Kindergarten and one section of Tuesday/Thursday/Every-other-Friday Kindergarten. Mrs. Vandeventer explained that every other day sections experience a lengthy void in instruction when the section does not meet on Friday (4 days). Mr. Hasler said this proposal had been discussed with the teachers and they agree that this is what is best for kids. He recommended that the Board approve Mrs. Vandeventer’s request to have two sections of A.M. Kindergarten and two sections of P. M. Kindergarten beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote. Eric Moody cast the nay vote.
15. 2006-2007 School Calendar Approved. Superintendent Hasler presented board members with a proposed 2006-2007 school calendar for their consideration. (See attached) Mr. Hasler told the Board that the calendar had been through the discussion process with the Bloomfield Teachers Association. He recommended approval. Eric Moody moved to approve the 2006-2007 school calendar as presented. Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
16. Board Policy First Readings Held. First readings were held on two (2) school board policies. #5112 Entrance Requirements and #5112.1 Kindergarten Early Entrance Requirements were presented to the Board for first reading. (See attached) Mr. Hasler told the Board that basically these are just to update these policies to current laws. These policies would be brought back to a later meeting for consideration.
17. Facility Use Request Approved. The Bloomfield Police Department requested the use of the school building on April 29th and May 6th in order to train for a county-wide law enforcement field sobriety training. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Marvin Helms moved to approve the request. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
18. State Board of Accounts Audit Report. Superintendent Hasler said that field auditors for the State Board of Accounts had completed their audit of Bloomfield School District’s Corporation and Extra-curricular Accounts for the period of July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2005. He announced that the auditor reported no exceptions for the period. Mr. Hasler said there was only one necessary comment to confirm that the district had repaid an error from the July 1, 2001 – June 30, 2003 audit. He said that error was due to an overstatement of enrollment by one student in the 2002-2003 school year ADM report. Mr. Hasler said that overall this was a very positive report and commended the corporation treasurer, deputy treasurer, and ECA treasurers for their accuracy of their records. He went on to say that the accuracy of records goes beyond treasurers because reports including ADA, ADM and others are audited also, which are done in the central office as well as the principal’s offices. Mr. Hasler thanked those staff members as well.
19. Adjournment. There being no further business Marvin Helms moved to adjourn. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.