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Minutes-12/28/2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:27

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

December 28, 2006

                       

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on December 28, 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,  Robert Kirk, Sandra Parkes May and Eric Moody.   Keith Hanauer and Marvin Helms were absent.  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 made recognitions for Mr. Parsley.  He congratulated the Band and Choral music departments on the recent Christmas Concert.  Mr. Sichting also announced that Mrs. Lori Burch was the December Teacher of the Month. 

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on November 28, 2006, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Doug Frye moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Robert Kirk seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 5-0 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 Eric Moody and seconded by Doug Frye, the Board by a 5-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.

 

4.  Authority Granted to Advertise for 2007 Temporary Loan.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a temporary loan if needed for the 2007 budget.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting stated that counties within the state of Indiana are currently going through an annual adjustment process of increasing property values referred to as “trending”.  He said that as of December 18, 2006, the Greene County Auditor has yet to finalize the “trending” process and as a result, collection of property taxes could be delayed in Greene County.  Mr. Sichting said that in advertising for the cost of temporary loans, the district would have the tools needed to seek Tax Anticipation Warrants if the payment of the first property tax draw is delayed in the budget year 2007.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

5.  Bus Bid Accepted.  Superintendent Sichting explained that a transportation contract was originally awarded on September 28, 2006, but recently became “null and void” with the untimely death of an independent contractor.  He said that per Indiana statute, the vacant bus contract was advertised on November 8, 2006 board meeting and a pre-bid meeting being held on November 15, 2006 for interested parties.  Mr. Sichting continued that bids were accepted on November 22, 2006.  He stated that at the November 28, 2006 the bid for this contract was rejected and the Superintendent was given authority to negotiate with the interested bidder.  It was recommended that the Board accept a daily bid of $212.82 from Jonas Johnson for route #1 for the 2007-2013 Bloomfield School District Transportation Contract.  Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation to accept Mr. Johnson’s bid.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

  

 

 

 

6.  Section #23 - 2007-2013 Bus Specifications Amended.  It was recommended that the Board amend section #23 of the 2007-2013 Bloomfield School District Transportation Contract.  The recommendation was to add the following language into this section:

        “A contracted driver may be released from the obligations of his/her transportation

           contract with the approval of the school board.  In order to qualify without loss of

   the corporate surety bond, the driver must notify the Superintendent of Schools on or before May 23rd with one year remaining prior to the termination of the contract.”

Superintendent Sichting explained that the bus specifications were originally approved on August 29, 2006. He said that in adopting this amendment, the bus specifications would be amended with the above language added to section 23 of the 2007-2013 Specifications For School Bus Routes, Bloomfield School District.  Eric Moody moved to adopt the amendment to section 23 as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

7.  Section #32 – 2007-2013 Bus Specifications Amended.  It was recommended that the Bloomfield School District amend section #32 of the 2007-2013 Specifications for Bus Routes.  The amended section will read:   

            “The bus driver’s compensation shall be paid every two weeks while school is in

Session.  A driver may choose between twenty-one (21) pays or twenty-six (26)

pays to coincide with the payday schedule for school employees.”                                          

Superintendent Sichting explained that the bus specifications were originally approved on August 29, 2006.  He said that in adopting this amendment, the bus specifications would be amended with the above language added to section 32 of the 2007-2013 Specifications For School Bus Routes, Bloomfield School District.  Doug Frye moved to adopt the amendment to section 32 as recommended.  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  Then during discussion time it was decided to add the following language into the amendment:

            “ This determination should be made prior to the first pay period of the corresponding

                     school year.”

At this time Doug Frye withdrew his original motion and Eric Moody withdrew his seconded of that motion.  Robert Kirk moved to amend the original amendment to include the added sentence above.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Next, Doug Frye moved to approve the entire 2007-2013 Bus Specifications as amended.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

8.  Resolution of Financial Emergency Approved.  Superintendent Sichting stated that Indiana law authorizes a political subdivision to declare a financial emergency exists due to the uncertainty in Bloomfield School District receiving the December settlement payment for property taxes from the Greene County Auditor.  (See Attached)   It was recommended that the Board adopt the resolution.  Robert Kirk moved to accept the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

9.  Resolution Adopted To Authorize Short-Term Transfer Of Funds From The Rainy Day Fund To The Debt Service Fund and The Retirement Severance Bond Debt Service.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approving the above-mentioned resolution.  (See Attached)  He said the transfer amount would be $326,000 from the Rainy Day Fund of which  $275,000 would be transferred to the Debt Service Fund and $51,000 would be transferred to the Retirement Severance Bond Debt Service Fund.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

10.  NJROTC Overnight & Out of State Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Mr. Parsley’s request for an overnight field trip for the NJROTC unit to Grove City, Ohio on March 9, 2007 through March 11, 2007.   Doug Frye moved to approve the trip.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

11.  Healthy Choices Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Mr. Parsley’s request for an overnight field trip for the Healthy Choices for Girls Conference in Nashville, Indiana on February 1, 2007, and February 2, 2007.  Sandy May moved to approve the field trip.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

12. Community Work Experience Program Agreement Approved.  Superintendent Sichting explained that Four Rivers Impact Services administers the negotiation of Community Work Experience Program Agreements in Greene County.  He said that a Community Work Experience Program Agreement provides Greene County adults with valuable work experience that can be used to find meaningful employment.  In entering this agreement, Bloomfield School District would become a site for adult work experience in Greene County.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent to execute a Community Work Experience Program Agreement with Four Rivers Impact Services.  The Community Work Experience Program Agreement would be effective from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

13.  Study of General Fund Expenditures in Indiana.  Superintendent Sichting presented the Board with an annual evaluation of General Fund Expenditures for all Indiana schools that had been provided by the Indiana Department of Education.  (See Attached) 

 

14.  Announcement Concerning National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Testing.  Superintendent Sichting announced that Bloomfield Elementary School would serve as a site for NAEP testing February 14, 2007.  He said that NAEP tests students in different states to compare educational achievement levels within the United States. The scores of fourth graders at Bloomfield Elementary School will be used to evaluate the progress of students in the United States with students from other states.  (See Attached)

 

15.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Robert Kirk moved to adjourn.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote.