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Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:20

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 25, 2006

           

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 25, 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.   President Dowden recognized newly elected board members Doug Frye and Sandy May as being present.  Mrs. Vandeventer recognized Ken Greves for receiving a $1,500.00 grant named “Paint the Town”.  Mr. Greves along with students and volunteers used the grant money to make flower planters to present to area businesses.  Mrs. Vandeventer said that Mr. Greves was invited to attend a celebration at the state house to receive state recognition for his work done through this grant.   Mr. Parsley recognized Brad Ellis and Jason Skomp as Co-Teachers of the Month for May.  He applauded Nancy Hudson and Kristie Bladen for serving as co-chairs for the PL 221 committee. Mr. Parsley also recognized 2006 seniors. 

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular meeting and executive session both held on April 27, 2006, and the executive session held on May 18, 2006, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Peggi Blakley moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 6-0-1 vote.  Robert Kirk abstained from voting stating that he did not receive the minutes in time to study them.

 

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.   Eric Moody moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

4.  2006-2007 Elementary Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve book charges as presented for the elementary.  (See attached)  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  Mr. Hasler stated that charges for the jr/sr high school would come to a later board meeting for their consideration and approval.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

        5.  Letter of Agreement for School Nutrition Programs Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to renew the 2004-2005 School Nutrition Program for July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler said the agreement is required by the Indiana Department of Education to operate our school lunch program.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

6.  Board Votes to Approve Continued Rate for Vision Insurance Benefit.  It was recommended that the Board approve the continued rate for the Vision Service Plan (VSP) vision insurance benefit and contract with VSP to continue this benefit. (See attached)   Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Mr. Hasler told the Board that the school’s plan with VSP has a guaranteed premium for 24 months at a rate of $26.34 per employee per month and is due for renewal August 1, 2006.  He said that VSP is proposing to continue that per employee per month rate for the period from August 1, 2006 through July 31, 2008.  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

7.  Board Authorizes Use of CPF Emergency Allocation.  Superintendent Hasler explained that due to unforeseen circumstances the intercom system in the jr/sr high school must be replaced and recommended that the Board authorize the use of the Emergency Allocation appropriation in the 2006 Capital Projects Plan for the purchase price of the intercom system according to I.C. 21-2-15-1.  Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

8.  Purchase of Intercom System for Jr/Sr High School Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the purchase of a new intercom system from South Western Communications for the jr/sr high school at a cost of $16,675.  Mr. Hasler said that the 2006 CPF Emergency Allocation would be the funding source.   He explained that the $16,675 quote from South Western Communications includes the system, installation, programming, testing, and training.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the quote and purchase.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

9.  Equipment Declared Surplus.  It was recommended that the Board declare some woodshop items surplus and allow for their disposal.  The items listed for disposal are one each of table saw, jointer, planer, wood storage cabinet, sander, lathe, and three work benches.  Marvin Helms moved to declare the items surplus per the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

10.  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 that did not pass the GQE.  He recommended that the school district participate in the grant program.  Robert Kirk moved to allow the school district to participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

11.  Administrative Consultant Contract Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Ron Hasler as an administrative consultant under the terms and conditions of the attached contract effective July 1, 2006 through December 20, 2006.  (See attached)  Superintendent Hasler said that the transition from one superintendent to another always requires detailed planning for a smooth, successful transition of leadership.  He said that this proposal would help Bloomfield School District make a smooth transition and would allow Mr. Sichting and himself to make progress on some unfinished projects as well as to provide some administrative counsel as the need arose.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Mr. Kirk cast the nay vote. 

 

12.  Board Approves Construction Technology/Process Consumable Materials Charge.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a jr/sr high Construction Technology course charge for the 2006-2007 school year in the amount of $10.00 per student.  Mr. Parsley explained that the charge is needed to help offset the cost of the materials for the construction class.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   

 

13.  Amendment to the Specific Plan Description for the District’s Health Insurance Plan Approved.  It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees approve the attached amendment (Amendment 1) to the Specific Plan Description (SPD) for the District’s health insurance plan.  (See attached) Mr. Hasler said that as the District’s needs change the SPD must be changed to afford the necessary coverage.  Mr. Hasler told the Board that this is a required amendment/notification to covered Bloomfield School employees regarding the new Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) coverage.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the amendment.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

14. Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Wage Schedule for Support Staff and Outside Staff for the 2006-2007 School Year Approved.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a Wage Schedule for Support and Outside Staff effective July 1, 2006.  (See attached)  Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

   

15.  Board Approves Buying Remaining Sick Days From Retirees.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the district treasurer to buy up to 100 sick days per retiree from the two current certified retirees at the rate of $20 per day.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  Mr. Hasler’s recommendation stated that in August of 2004 the Board and the teachers’ association entered into a Memorandum of Agreement which included a section aimed at improving the retirement benefits for retiring bargaining unit members.  Discussions are ongoing to meet the intent of the Agreement.  Mr. Hasler said that this buy-out of remaining sick days at $20 per day up to 100 days is part of that ongoing discussion.  He told the Board that their action would allow the district treasurer to close out the retirement account for the two retirees and then hopefully, the Agreement would be complete before there are anymore retirees in the bargaining unit.  The recommendation was passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

16.   Cafeteria Worker’s Resignation Accepted.  Cafeteria worker, Tabitha Hill, submitted her letter of resignation effective May 26, 2006.  Superintendent Hasler recommended acceptance.  Peggi Blakley moved to accept Mrs. Hill’s resignation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

17.  Maternity Leave Request Approved.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer submitted a maternity leave request from Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer who is a Special Education Inclusion Specialist for Bloomfield Elementary beginning August 14, 2006 through December 17, 2006.  (See attached)  Mrs. Vandeventer’s 2006-2007 contract would be reduced to 160 days and she would work part-time to coordinate the needs and paperwork for the special needs inclusion students.  Mrs. M. J. Vandeventer told the Board that Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer as Teacher of Record is responsible for Individualized Education Plans (IEP), which involves training and expertise.  She said that it is in the best interest of the students she serves, to allow Mrs. Vandeventer to be at school part-time to continue meeting the educational needs of her students.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Robert Kirk moved to accept the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  BTA president, Nancy Hudson, thanked the Board for allowing this special leave request. 

 

18.  Medical Leave Request Approved.  It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees approve a medical leave for Michael Riddle, an elementary teacher, through the 2006-2007 school year or until released by his physician.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the leave request.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

19.  Summer Maintenance Worker Hired.  Allen Toon asked the Board to hire Wyatt LeGrand as a temporary summer maintenance worker for 52 days @ $7.00 per hour effective May 26, 2006.  Mr. Hasler recommended approval of the request.  Eric Moody moved to approve the request.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7- 0 vote. 

 

20.  2006-2007 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with a list of ECA recommendations for the 2006-2007 school year.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the entire list as provided with the exception of Loren Hadley girls’ track 7-12; Loren Hadley boys’ track 7-12, Kyle von Almen, boys’ track 7-8; and Kyle von Almen girls’ track 7-8.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion.  Mr. Hanauer stated that he felt that there needed to be a coach for each position or one coach doing two positions for one pay amount.  He stated that his motion was no reflection on the people being recommended.  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

21.  Summer ECA Recommendations Approved.  Mr. Skomp asked the Board to approve   2006 summer coaches.  Mr. Skomp recommended Jon Neill for Boys’ Basketball, Kyle von Almen for Girls’ Basketball, Jason Pegg for Babe Ruth, Miranda Helms for Tennis, and Amie Allen for Volleyball.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

22.  School Improvement Committee Appointments Confirmed.  It was recommended that the Board approve the following School Improvement Committee Appointments made by the Bloomfield Teachers’ Association.  (See attached)  Peggi Blakley moved to confirm the appointments as presented.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

23.  Athletic Director Appointment Ratified.  It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees ratify the appointment of Andy Ross as Athletic Director, effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 and approve a salary and benefit package to his basic contract.  (See attached)  Eric Moody moved to ratify the appointment per the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0-1 vote.  Mr. Kirk abstained from voting.  Mr. Ross and his family were present at the meeting and were welcomed by Mr. Hasler and the Board.  President Dowden explained the entire screening and hiring process and said he was very pleased with how the process for this position had gone.  He shared that there were a large number of qualified persons who applied for the job, but that Mr. Ross had been the top ranked candidate.  Mr. Dowden said in reference to the other candidates that he felt they would be very good athletic directors in the future.

 

24.  NJROTC Overnight Field Trips to Great Lakes, Illinois and Marseilles, Illinois.   It was recommended that the Board approve overnight/out of state field trips for NJROTC students to participate in the Area Three Leadership Academy (LA) and Marseilles, IL for the Area Three Basic Leadership Training (BLT).  The LA group would be leaving June 18tth and returning on June 24th and the BLT group would be leaving June 25th and returning July 1st.  Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

25.  Bloomfield JV/Varsity Cheerleaders to Attend Summer Camp at Vincennes University.  It was recommended that the Board approve a request from cheerleader sponsor Nancy Hudson for the Bloomfield JV & Varsity cheerleaders to attend a summer camp at Vincennes University July 17-20 2006.  Eric Moody moved to approve the request.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

26.  Board Policy First Readings Held. First readings were held on four (4) school board policies. #5340, Wellness,  #8310 Access to Public Records, #2263 Homeless Students – Enrollment Rights and Services, and #2520 Title I Parent Involvement were presented to the Board for first reading.  (See attached) These policies will be brought back to a later meeting for consideration.

 

27. Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held.  Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #4401 Fringe Benefits For Support Staff was presented to the Board for second reading and adoption consideration.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the policy as presented.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

28.  2006-2007 Student Handbook Approved.  Jr/sr high school principal Mr. Greg Parsley presented the Board with a revised student handbook for the 2006-2007 school year.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler recommended approval.  Peggi Blakley moved to approve the handbook as presented.   Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

 29.  Bloomfield Elementary School Improvement Plan Approved.  Superintendent Hasler presented the Bloomfield Elementary School Improvement Plan, which included the professional development plan prepared by elementary administration and staff and recommended their approval.  Nancy Canty moved to approve the plan as presented.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Mr. Hasler told the Board that the plan would be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education on or before June 30, 2006.

 

30.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Improvement Plan Approved.  Superintendent Hasler presented the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Improvement Plan, which included the professional development plan prepared by jr/sr high school administration and staff and recommended their approval.  Eric Moody moved to approve the plan as presented.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Mr. Hasler told the Board that the plan would be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education on or before June 30, 2006.

 

31.  Elementary Textbook Adoption Approved.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer presented the Board with her recommendation for the Elementary Miscellaneous Textbook Adoption for 2006-2012.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler included his approval.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the elementary textbook adoption as recommended.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

32.  Jr/Sr High School Textbook Adoption Approved.  Jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley presented the Board with the recommended textbook adoption for the Jr/Sr High School Miscellaneous Adoption for 2006-2012.  (See attached)  Mr. Parsley also stated that he would be submitting a waiver from using a textbook for this adoption cycle for Interpersonal Relationships (Adv. Sociology).  Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the textbook adoption as recommended.  Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

33.  Vincennes University Project EXCEL Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the superintendent and the Bloomfield jr/sr high school principal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Vincennes University for Project EXCEL participation.  (See attached)  Mr. Hasler explained that Project EXCEL provides opportunities for high school students to earn Vincennes University credit in ENGLISH 101 English Composition I and ENGLISH 102 English Composition II.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

34.  2005 Adequate Yearly Progress Report.  Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Bloomfield Elementary School met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all areas of all groups and subgroups for 2005 (fall 2005 ISTEP+ test cycle).  He said that this was the fourth year in a row that the elementary school has met this requirement.  He also informed the Board that Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all areas of all groups and subgroups except Special Education English/Language Arts for 2005 (fall 2005 ISTEP+ test cycle).  Mr. Hasler said that this was  the first time in the last four years that the jr/sr high school has not met this requirement.  He also shared that the jr/sr high school Special Education scores improved in English/Language Arts.  Mr. Hasler explained that each year the expectation is higher, this subgroup did not meet the higher expectation for 2005.  Overall, the jr/sr high students exceeded the AYP expectation by 14.9 percentage points in English/Language Arts and by 24.7 percentage pointes in Mathematics.  (See attached Report.)

 

35.  Fireworks Display to be Held on School Grounds.  Doug Frye on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce asked the Board to allow the annual 4th of July fireworks display to be held on the school grounds on July 1, 2006.  Superintendent Hasler recommended approval.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

36.  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.