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Minutes-07/27/2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:21

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 27, 2006

           

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 27, 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: Steve Dowden, Doug Frye, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk, Sandra Parkes May, 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.   Superintendent Sichting recognized members of the Board for putting in a long day with him recently for a board member retreat.  He said it was a long, but enjoyable day.  Steve Dowden, on behalf of the board, thanked the superintendent for organizing the day for them.

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular meeting held on June 29, 2006, the special session held on July 6, 2006, the special session and executive session both held on July 20, 2006, and the executive session held on July 22, 2006, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Keith Hanauer moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Marvin Helms 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.    Robert Kirk moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

4.  Permission Granted to Advertise 2007 Budget, Capital Projects Plan, and School Bus Replacement Plan.  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize the advertisement of the 2007 budget for the General Fund, Debt Service Fund, Capital Projects Fund and Capital Projects Fund Plan, Transportation Fund, School Bus Replacement Fund and Plan, and Special Education Preschool Fund.  (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting provided the Board with copies of the 2007 budget and plans. Doug Frye moved to authorize the advertisement of the 2007 budget per Mr. Sichting’s request.   Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting announced that a public hearing for all funds and plans would be held on August 29, 2006.

 

  5.  Liability, Property, and Casualty Insurance Renewal Awarded.  It was recommended that the Board accept the bid of First Security Insurance for General Liability, Auto, and Property and Casualty insurance coverage from August 1, 2006, to August 1, 2007 for $61,819.  Superintendent Sichting said that bids were requested from:  Fist Security Insurance (Indiana Insurance), Main Source Insurance (Hanover Insurance), and Jordan and Vaught Insurance.  Robert Kirk made a motion to award the above insurance bid to First Security Insurance per Mr. Sichting’s recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

6.  Payment Authorized for Insurance Claim.  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize the district treasurer to pay the premium for General Liability, Auto, and Property and Casualty insurance coverage to First Security Insurance for $61,819.  He explained that approving his request would allow the treasurer to pay the claim to avoid a lapse in coverage prior to the August 29, 2006 school board meeting.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the request.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

7. Contract Between Bloomfield School District and Turning Point Education Center Approved.    It was recommended that the Board of Trustees approve the contract with Turning Point Education Center (TPEC) for the period from 7/27/06 to 7/30/07 and authorize the administration to sign the same.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting’s recommendation explained that TPEC operates as a contracted service provider to Bloomfield School District.  Under this agreement, the school would agree to purchase three “slots” for students under 16 years of age.  Students age 16 and over would attend and TPEC would be reimbursed by our adult education funds from the state or payment from the students’ family.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

8.  Authorization Granted to Apply for Waiver for Latchkey Program.  Superintendent Sichting explained that elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer had surveyed parents to gauge parental interest in such a program and found it to not be cost effective for the district. Mr. Sichting recommended authorizing the administration to apply for a waiver to exempt Bloomfield School District from a statutory requirement of maintaining a School-Age Child-Care Program.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.  2006-2007 Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a list of course changes for the 2006-2007 school year.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the list as presented.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

10. Resolution Approved Concerning Bus Replacement Plan.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board elect to designate a portion of a transportation contract, fleet contract or common carrier contract as an expenditure payable from the bus replacement plan. (See attached)  He explained that changes in the law this year allow school corporations to shift a portion of transportation contracts from the Transportation Operating Fund to the Bus Replacement as an allowable expense.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

11.  Elementary Special Education Teacher Hired.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to hire Mrs. Jan Abrams for the special education teaching position at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the hiring of Mrs. Abrams per the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

12.  Cafeteria I Worker Resigns.  Cafeteria worker, Merida Parker, submitted her letter of resignation effective July 12, 2006.    Mrs. Parker had accepted another position that offered more opportunity for growth.  Doug Frye moved to accept Mrs. Parker’s resignation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  The Board expressed their thanks to Mrs. Parker for her service to the district and wished her well in her future endeavors. 

 

13.  Approval to Transfer Cafeteria II Worker to Cafeteria I Position.   Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh asked the Board to approve the transfer of Carolyn Vandeventer from a 3 hour cafeteria II position to the opening of stock person, which is considered a cafeteria I position.  This would make Mrs. Vandeventer’s workday be 5 ½ hours long and the position would include benefits.  Superintendent Sichting included his recommendation to approve Mrs. McIntosh’s request.  Eric Moody moved to approve the transfer.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

14.  Cafeteria I Workers Hours Modified.  Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh asked the Board to approve an increase in Mrs. Janie Emery’s employment hours by 30 minutes each day.  The increase for Mrs. Emery would be to help with extra duties of stocking supplies.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Doug Frye moved to approve the request.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  Cafeteria II Worker Transferred to Cafeteria I Position.  Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh asked the Board to approve a transfer of April Ranard from a 3 hour cafeteria II position to the opening of cafeteria cook, which is a 5 ½ hour cafeteria I position.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the transfer.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

16.  Board Informed of Internal Transfer.  Superintendent Sichting informed the Board that Mrs. Lori Burch would assume the math teaching responsibilities created through the resignation of Miss Rhonda York.  Mr. Sichting said that jr/sr high school principal Mr. Greg Parsley had approved the request for this internal transfer by Mrs. Lori Burch, high school math teacher. (See attached)   As a result of this transfer Mrs. Burch will be teaching Math 7, Math 8, Advanced Math 8, and high school Math Lab. This item was for information only with no Board action required. 

 

17.  Maternity Leave Request Approved.  Bloomfield jr/sr high school math teacher, Mrs. Lori Burch submitted her request for a maternity leave from when her baby is born in September until November 23, 2006.  Mr. Parsley and Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the maternity leave for Mrs. Burch.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

18. Temporary Replacement Teacher Hired for Maternity Leave.  Jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley asked the Board to name Mr. Rex Kirchoff to fill a long-term substitute position in math created by a maternity leave.  Mr. Parsley explained that Mr. Kirchoff retired from Bloomfield Schools after serving the district successfully for several years.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

19.  Board Informed of Internal Transfer.  Superintendent Sichting informed the Board that Mrs. Jenny Medina had put in a request for transfer into the vacant 6th grade math position. (See attached) Mr. Sichting said that elementary principal Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer had approved the request for this internal transfer by Mrs. Medina.  Mrs. Medina taught 2nd grade at Bloomfield Elementary previously. This item was for information only with no Board action required. 

 

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.  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

21.   Second Grade Teacher Hired.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that Mrs. Sally Neill had served in a half-time elementary music position at Bloomfield Elementary School.   He said that Mrs. Vandeventer is now recommending Mrs. Neill to fill the vacant second grade teaching position.  Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.     

 

22.  Appointment Made to Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.  It was recommended that the Board appoint Mrs. Raedean Chumley to fill a vacancy on the library board for the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.  Under this appointment Mrs. Chumley would fill the remainder of a term set to expire in January of 2007 and is effective July 27, 2006.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

 

 

 

23.  Appointment Made to Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.  It was recommended that the Board appoint Mrs. Raedean Chumley for a term on the library board for the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.  Under this appointment Mrs. Chumley would fill a term from January of 2007 through January 2011. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

24.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Accreditation Announced.  Superintendent Sichting announced that Mr. Parsley had recently received the documentation report from the North Central Association (NCA) that outlined the accreditation of the jr/sr high school without violations. (See attached) Mr. Sichting commended the staff and administration for their efforts in this process. 

 

25.  Board Hears Early Communication on the School Improvement Plan at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that Bloomfield Elementary School hosted an external review team from the North Central Association (NCA) on May 17, 2006.  He said that elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer had then received a letter from the NCA commending the school staff for an excellent School Improvement Plan and for meeting the necessary requirements for accreditation.  Mr. Sichting commended the staff and administration for their efforts in this process. 

 

26.  Use of Facilities for Apple Festival Approved.  Mr. Sichting recommended that the Board approve a request from the Apple Festival Committee to use the parking lots for amusement rides and parking during the Apple Festival and parade on October 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2006.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

27.  Permission Granted to Utilize Corporation Owned Bus.  It was recommended that the Board approve the utilization of a corporation school bus by the Apple Festival Committee to transport patrons from the fire station to the school at the conclusion of the Apple Festival parade.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

28.  Bloomfield School District 2006-2007 Student Athletic Handbook Tabled.  Mr. Ross and Mr. Parsley recommended changes in the Athletic Handbook for the 2006-2007 school year.  After much discussion and suggested changes by the Board, Doug Frye made a motion to table any action on this item.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  This agenda item was tabled by a 7-0 vote.

 

29.  Superintendent Authorized to Apply for a Full-Day Student Release for Professional Development.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that the Indiana Department of Education had continued the Full-Day Student Release for Professional Development Pilot for the 2006-2007 school year.  He said that school districts must apply to participate in the pilot program.  Mr. Sichting recommended allowing him to apply for that participation to hold a full-day early release on February 8, 2007.  Keith Hanauer moved to allow Mr. Sichting to apply for participation in the pilot program.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

30.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Keith Hanauer moved to adjourn.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.