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Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:31

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 31, 2007

                       

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 31, 2007, 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.   Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer recognized Susan Street for her recent efforts to improve student attendance in the elementary by hosting a carnival for those with either perfect attendance or having missed only one day.  Mrs. Vandeventer also mentioned the Presidential Fitness Award and 6th grade graduation celebration.  Mr. Parsley said that Mrs. Street had also been working on improving student attendance in the jr/sr high school by taking those students with good attendance to Holiday World.  He announced that Darla Bent received the Sam’s Club teacher of the year award.  Mr. Parsley also recognized Mrs. Jerrels and Mr. Groves on their retirements, Mrs. Arthur as she makes a transfer to the elementary building, and Mr. Hadley for being chosen as Teacher of the Year by the senior class of 2007.  Mr. Parsley congratulated the senior class of 2007 and acknowledged the work of Mr. Bartlow and for his encouragement of Bloomfield students to enter the Crane Science Fair recently.  Superintendent Sichting recognized Mary Stalcup and Kelli Vandeventer for their work to make the Employee Appreciation Dinner a success.   Marvin Helms applauded those involved in putting on the 2007 Senior Graduation ceremony recently. 

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on April 26, 2007, and the special meeting held on April 30, 2007, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Marvin Helms moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Robert Kirk 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.  Upon motion duly made by Eric Moody and seconded by Keith Hanauer, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.

 

4.  Technology Assistant’s Contract Days Extended for the Summer of 2007.  It was recommended that the Board authorize an extension of twenty (20) working days for the Bloomfield Technology Assistant’s contract for the summer of 2007.  Mr. Sichting explained that the District had been awarded with a technology grant for the Indiana Department of Education.  He said that as a result of this grant, three classrooms in the jr/sr high school would be wired and equipped with computers this summer. The Technology Assistant is needed to help in this installation process.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

5.  Board Authorizes Signing of Letter of Agreement for School Nutrition Program.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to renew the 2003-2004 School Nutrition Program for July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting said that the Letter of Agreement is required by the Indiana Department of Education to operate our school lunch program.   Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

6.  School Bus Declared Surplus.  It was recommended that the Board declare surplus Bloomfield School Bus #18, which is a 1996 Chevy 66 passenger bus.  The superintendent said that bus #18 was replaced in the Bloomfield School District Replacement schedule in January, 2007 and as a result, would no longer be in service for the 2007-2008 school year.  He explained that once declared surplus property, the bus would be offered for sale by sealed bid method. 

 

7.  Participation in Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Program Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to participate in the Indiana Department of Education Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant program.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting explained that participation in the program is voluntary, but in order to participate, a school corporation must submit a notice of intent to the IDOE no later than June 13, 2007.  He said that this grant provides money for remediation and preventive remediation for all grade levels of students participating in the ISTEP+ testing.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

8.  Participation in Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Remediation Grant Program Approved.  Mr. Sichting explained that the GQE Remediation Grant program provides a flat grant based on the number of students that did not pass the GQE. (See attached)  He recommended that the school district participate in the grant program.  Keith Hanauer moved to allow the school district to participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9. Permission Granted to Submit a Form of Intent to Participate in Indiana Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to submit a form of intent to participate in the Indiana Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program.  (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that if funding were sufficient, the District would offer a Full Day Kindergarten Program for the 2007-2008 school year.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  After much discussion, the Board voted 6-1 to authorize the administration to submit the form of intent to participate in the Indiana Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program.  Marvin Helms cast the nay vote.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that if funds are not adequate the program would not be offered. 

 

10.  Board Tables Participation in West Central Indiana Educational Service Center’s (WCIESC) Property/Casualty and Workman’s Compensation Insurance Pool.  The Board heard a presentation on joining a property, casualty and worker’s compensation insurance pool through WCIESC. Those speaking were Dave Archer, Director of West Central Indiana Educational Service Center, Jim Hamilton of Bose, McKinney, and Evans Attorneys at Law, Jacob Houk from Marsch USA, Inc. who would be the Program Administrator.  John Mensch of 1st Security Insurance of Bloomfield was also present and spoke.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to table any action by the Board until the June 28, 2007 meeting.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  President Dowden thanked those present for the information they presented. 

 

11.  Board Authorizes Purchase of Novel/Stars Web Based Curriculum Subscriptions.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent to purchase seven subscriptions of the web based curriculum Novel Stars to be used with students attending the Alternative Educational Program through Turning Point Education Center at a price not to exceed $350.00 per subscription.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting explained that Bloomfield students have participated in an Alternative Educational Program through Turning Point Educational Center for several years.  He said that “No Child Left Behind” legislation requires students to receive instruction through a curriculum that meets the test of “Highly Qualified” and the Novel/Stars curriculum was designed by “Highly Qualified” teachers.  Mr. Sichting said purchasing the Novel/Stars subscriptions would result in Bloomfield students receiving curriculum and instruction that meets the test of the “Highly Qualified” provision of “No Child Left Behind” and it would also be most cost effective for the district than what had been previously used.  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote.  

 

12.  2007-2008 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)  Marvin Helms made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the 2007-2008 Title I grant application.  Doug Frye seconded the motion.  The Board approved the motion by a 7-0 vote.  Mrs. Susie Goodman shared exciting information about the Waterford program, which is paid for through Title I grant money.  Superintendent Sichting commended Mrs. Goodman for noticing that other schools had lower numbers of free and reduced lunch students than Bloomfield and were getting money from other parts of the grant that Bloomfield was not.  He said that when Mrs. Goodman brought that to the attention of the IDOE those people looked at our numbers again and now Bloomfield is receiving additional revenue because of her efforts. 

 

13.  Board Gives Go Ahead to Advertise for Full-time Jr/Sr High School Math Teacher.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board authorize the administration to advertise for a half-time math teaching position at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation to authorize the administration to advertise for a half-time math teaching position.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained that this position would allow math class sizes to decrease next school year.  After discussion, Keith Hanauer moved to amend the original motion to be to authorize the administration to advertise for a full-time math teaching position.  Doug Frye seconded the motion to amend the original motion.  The original motion was amended by a 7-0 vote.  Robert Kirk then moved to approve the new motion, which would allow the administration to advertise for a full-time math teaching position.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

14.  Bloomfield Elementary Teacher Retires.  Superintendent Sichting presented the Board with elementary teacher Sue Ellen Barker’s letter of retirement, effective at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. (See attached)  He recommended acceptance.  Eric Moody moved to accept Mrs. Barker’s request to retire.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting praised Mrs. Barker’s dedication to the students of Bloomfield Elementary and said she would be hard to replace.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer said it was hard to adequately describe Mrs. Barker’s commitment to education, the students of Bloomfield Elementary, and the District.  She described Mrs. Barker as a dedicated professional who is always thinking of the students and their educational needs.  Mrs. Vandeventer as well as the Board sent sincere best wishes to Mrs. Barker in her retirement.  Mrs. Barker’s resignation was accepted by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  Bloomfield Elementary Teacher Retirement Approved.  Superintendent Sichting presented the Board with elementary teacher Gwen Rapp’s letter of retirement, effective at the end of the 2006-2007 school year. (See attached)  He recommended acceptance.  Marvin Helms moved to accept Mrs. Rapp’s request to retire.  Doug Frye seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting told the Board that Mrs. Rapp had taught at Bloomfield Elementary for twenty-two years.  He said her dedication to students would be hard to replace.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer described Mrs. Rapp as a real professional when dealing with students, fellow staff member, parents, and the community. She said Mrs. Rapp had been a good role model for those around her and would be greatly missed.  Mrs. Rapp’s resignation was accepted by a 7-0 vote.

 

16.  Elementary Internal Teaching Transfer Notification.  Superintendent Sichting notified the Board that Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer had approved an internal transfer of Mrs. Laura Bucher from her current fourth grade teaching position to a first grade teaching position for the 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)  He said that this position was created by the retirement of Mrs. Quakenbush.  No action by the Board was required on this internal transfer.

17.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Special Education Teacher Hired.  It was recommended that the Board employ Hannah Ader as a Junior High Special Education teacher at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for the 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting said he had received nothing but glowing recommendations from those references he contacted.  He said this position was created due to the retirement of Robert Groves.  Miss Ader was hired by a 7-0 vote. 

 

18.  Summer Maintenance Help Hired.  Maintenance department head Allen Toon requested that the Board hire Kenny Hinkle as a temporary summer maintenance worker.  (See attached)  Mr. Hinkle would be employed for a period of 52 days at a rate of $6.50 per hour.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

19.  Cafeteria I Worker Resigns.  It was recommended that the Board accept the resignation of April Ranard as a Cafeteria I worker, effective May 17, 2007.  (See attached)  Mrs. Ranard recently gave birth to twins and has decided to stay home to care for them.  Marvin Helms moved to accept the resignation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

20.  Summer School Bus Drivers Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve 2007 Summer School bus drivers for four (4) hours work for fifteen (15) days @ $10.00 per hour.  The recommendation was to hire Linda Pearson, Linda More, and Peggy Cox.  Mr. Sichting told the Board that these drivers would be driving district owned vehicles for the summer school program at the elementary and jr. high school level.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

21.  2007 Summer (Academics) School Staff Appointments Approved.  Jr./sr. high school principal Greg Parsley provided Board members with 2007 Summer School staff appointments pending adequate enrollment numbers for reimbursement.  (See attached list)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the 2007 Summer School Staff Appointments as presented.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

22.  2007 Summer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Recommendations. 

Mr. Ross asked the Board to approve 2007 summer coaches.  Mr. Ross recommended Ron McBride for Boys’ Basketball, Kyle von Almen for Girls’ Basketball, Jason Pegg, Joe Karl, and Shane Padgett for Babe Ruth, Miranda Helms for Tennis, and Laura Kay Rose for Volleyball.  (See attached) Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

23.  2007-2008 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2007-2008 school year from Mr. Parsley, Mrs. Vandeventer and/or Mr. Ross.  Hannah Ader was recommended to serve as Jr. High Student Council sponsor, Lauren Bohnert was recommended to be named as Jr. High Science Club leader, it was recommended that Stacey Helms be chosen as Pom Pon sponsor, and Diane Wilson was recommended for the National Honor Society sponsor. (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations.   Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendations as presented.   Sandy May seconded the motion.  Those recommended were approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

24.  2007-2008 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 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)  The superintendent recommended approval. Robert Kirk moved to approve the schedules per Mr. Sichting’s recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

   

25.  Cafeteria II Worker Resigns.  Cafeteria II worker Kathy Roach submitted her letter of resignation effective May 24, 2007. (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting recommended acceptance.  Marvin Helms moved to approve Mrs. Roach’s resignation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

26.  Overnight Field Trip for Cheerleading Squad approved.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Cheer Sponsor Mrs. Nancy Hudson asked the Board to allow Bloomfield cheerleading squads to travel to Valparaiso University for a cheerleading camp from June 25, 2007 through June 28, 2007. (See attached)  Mr. Parsley and Mr. Sichting included their recommended approvals.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

27.  Student Leadership Academy Overnight Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve Mr. Parsley’s recommendation to approve a request from Mrs. Susan Street for an overnight field trip summer camp for the Bloomfield High School’s student Leadership Academy (TSLA) students to travel to McCormick’s Creek State Park on June 6, 2007 and June 7, 2007.   (See attached)  Eric Moody moved to approve the trip.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

28.  Student Leadership Academy Overnight Leadership Retreat Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve a request from Ms. Susan Street for the jr/sr high school student leadership academy to travel to Plainfield, Indiana on September 6, 2007 and September 7, 2007 for a leadership retreat.  (See attached)  Eric Moody moved to approve the trip.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

29. FFA Overnight Summer Camp Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended that the Board approve an overnight field trip for members of the Bloomfield FFA Chapter to travel to Trafalgar, Indiana for a FFA summer camp. The camp would begin on July 10, 2007 and end on July 12, 2007.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the field trip as requested.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

30.   Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Recognized as a Distinguished Unit.  The Department of Navy recently recognized the Bloomfield NJROTC Unit as a Distinguished Unit for the upcoming 2007-2008 school year.  (See information attached)    

 

31.   North Central Accreditation for Bloomfield Elementary School Announced.  Bloomfield Elementary School recently received notification from the North Central Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement for continued accreditation for the 2006-2007 school year.  (See attached)

 

32.  Board Grants Authority for Bloomfield School District to Participate in Discussion and Research For the Purpose of The Purchase of Greene-Sullivan Special Education Cooperative Building.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to engage in discussion and research with all other schools involved in the Special Education Cooperative about purchase options involving the building currently housing the office for the Greene-Sullivan Special Education Cooperative. (See attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting explained that Greene-Sullivan Special Education Cooperative offices are currently housed in a building in Linton, Indiana and the owner has informed the Co-op of his intent to sell the building.  The motion to grant authority for the District to discuss and research the purchase of the Co-op building was granted by a 7-0 vote. 

 

33.  Fireworks Display to be Held on School Grounds.  It was recommended that the Board approve a request to hold the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display on Bloomfield School District’s outdoor athletic facilities.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

34.  Comments and Information From the Public.  John Mensch informed the Board that recently he had asked the Board of the West Gate Project if there any future plans to build residential multi unit housing and was told that there were no plans for them to do that. 

 

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