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Minutes-06/28/2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:31

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

June 28, 2007

                                                                                                  

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 28, 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.   Bob Kirk congratulated Bloomfield Ag teacher Ben Helms for being named President of the Indiana Agriculture Educators Association.   Superintendent Sichting recognized Bloomfield student Jenny Wilson for being selected as the 1st runner up of the 2007 Greene County 4-H Queen contest.  Mr. Sichting also congratulated Bloomfield student Shelby Gott for being named to the Daily World Honorary Softball team.  Keith Hanauer thanked Superintendent Sichting for his work on the Redevelopment Commission.  

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on May 31, 2007, and the executive session held on June 18, 2007, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Doug Frye moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

3.  Board Hears Update on Progress of Renovations to Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting introduced Steve Thoman and Chris Rainey from Performance Services and Tom Thornton who serves as a financial advisor for Brock & Therber and they presented information to the Board on the progress of renovations to Bloomfield Elementary scheduled for the summer of 2008. 

 

4.  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 Marvin Helms and seconded by Eric Moody, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.

 

5.  Board Hears Information on 2007 Budget Order.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that the District received a 2007 budget order from the Department of Local Government Finance on June 6, 2007.  (See attached)  He said the order contained the same certified budget amounts and certified levies as communicated via the 1782 notice given to Bloomfield School District earlier.    Mr. Sichting also informed those present that the school district would be collecting less from property taxes than last year. 

 

6.  Amendment Four to BSD Summary Plan Description for Health Insurance Plan Approved by Board.  It was recommended that the Board approve Amendment Four to the Summary Plan Description of the Bloomfield School District Health Insurance Plan.  (See attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting commented that the BTA had approved this amendment.   

 

7.  District to Participate in the Safe Haven Grant Program.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to participate in the Safe Haven Grant Program.  (See attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   

 

8.  Board Votes to Decline Participation in the West Central Education Service Center’s Property/Casualty and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance Pool.  It was recommended that the Board decline participation in the WCIESC’s insurance pool. Superintendent Sichting gave several reasons for his recommendation to decline the pool at this time.  (See attached information)   Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.  Bloomfield Elementary Will Not Participate in IDOE’s “Full-Day Kindergarten” for 2007-2008.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that it was not economically feasible for the district at this time to hold full-day Kindergarten and recommended declining participation.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

10. 2007-2008 Elementary Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved.  It was recommended that the Board adopt a list of course charges for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for the 2007-2008 school year.  (See attached) Keith Hanauer moved to approve book charges as presented for the Jr/Sr High School.   Eric Moody seconded the motion.   The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

11.  Board Authorizes Participation in an Insurance Information Exchange with the State of Indiana’s Personnel Department.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board participate in an information exchange with the State of Indiana’s Personnel Department for pricing and options of participating in the Health, Vision, and Dental plans for employees in the State of Indiana.  (See attached)  Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

12.  Transfer Between Funds Authorized.  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize a short-term transfer of funds in the amount of $277,200 from the Rainy Day Fund to the Debt Service Fund and the Retirement/Debt Service Fund.  (See attached)  He said that the amount transferred would be repaid to the Rainy Day Fund on or before December 31, 2007.  Robert Kirk moved to authorize the transfer of funds per Mr. Sichting’s recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

13.  Participation in IDOE’s Professional Development Grant Program Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to participate in the Indiana Department of Education Professional Development Grant Program.  Eric Moody made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

14.  Choral Music Teacher Hired.  Mary Jane Vandeventer and Greg Parsley recommended that the Board hire Miss Laura Young as a teacher of Choral Music at Bloomfield Elementary School and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.  Superintendent Sichting included his support of the recommendation.  (See attached)  Robert Kirk moved to hire Miss Young per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  President Dowden said he felt that Miss Young would do a good job with the music program.  Miss Laura Young was hired by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  Jr/Sr High School Secretary/ECA Treasurer Hired.  Mr. Parsley asked the Board to hire Mrs. Janice Barker as a Principal’s Secretary/ECA Treasurer at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective August 1, 2007.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Eric Moody made a motion to hire Mrs. Barker per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which was passed by a 7-0 vote.   

 

16.  Athletic Director’s Contract Extended.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District approve an extension of the contract of Mr. Andy Ross, Athletic Director at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Superintendent Sichting said that Mr. Ross’s new contract would be extended from June 30, 2007 through June 30, 2009 with his compensation for the first year of the contract being $54,600.60, which reflects a 1% salary increase.  Marvin Helms moved to approve the extension.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  President Dowden commented that he appreciated the fact that Mr. Ross had taken on the duty of completing evaluations of Bloomfield coaches.  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

17.  Ellis Hired to Conduct Driver’s Education Testing.  It was recommended that the Board hire Brad Ellis at a rate not to exceed $22.50 per hour for fourteen (14) hours to conduct testing for Driver’s Education students.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained that Mr. von Almen’s certification does not allow him to administer the test to the students.  He told the Board that no additional cost would be incurred with this.  Mr. Ellis would receive half of the allotted amount that was to be paid to Mr. von Almen.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

18.  Elementary Internal Teaching Transfer Notification.  Superintendent Sichting notified the Board that Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer had approved an internal transfer of Mrs. Janis Shaw from her current fifth grade English/Language Arts teaching position to a fifth grade Math teaching position for the 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)  He said this opening was due to the retirement of Mrs. Gwen Rapp.  No action by the Board was required on this internal transfer.

 

19.  Elementary Internal Teaching Transfer Notification.  Superintendent Sichting notified the Board that Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer had approved an internal transfer of Mrs. Jenny Medina from her current sixth grade teaching position to a self-contained fourth grade classroom for the 2007-2008 school year. (See attached)    The superintendent said that Mrs. Medina’s room would be the only fourth grade self-contained classroom.  He said that P. L. 217 requires that before a change in working conditions are made there must be meaningful discussions with the teachers association.   Mr. Sichting said there was meaningful discussion held concerning making one fourth grade classroom be self-contained for the 2007-2008 school year.  The Elementary SIP team believes that Bloomfield fourth graders need to be getting more instruction in language arts and writing and that going to fourth grade being all self-contained would allow that to happen.  Mr. Sichting said that elementary teachers are also noticing that students coming into the fourth grade seem to be less prepared in organizational skills to move from class to class.  He said that members of the SIP team have shared their feelings with him that eventually they would like to have all of the fourth grade classrooms be self-contained.  No action by the Board was required on this internal transfer. 

 

20.  2007-2008 ECA Recommendation Approved.  Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2007-2008 school year from Mr. Parsley.  Christina Crane was recommended to serve as Students Against Destructive Decisions, (S.A.D.D.) Superintendent Sichting included his support of this recommendation.   Sandy May moved to approve the recommendations as presented.   Eric Moody seconded the motion.  The recommendation was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

21.  Board Authorizes the Scheduling of 1028 Hearing.  It was recommended the Board authorize the Superintendent to publish and mail all necessary notices for a 1028 Hearing concerning the tax impact of renovations to Bloomfield Elementary School.  (See attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting said the hearing would be scheduled on July 26, 2007. 

 

 

22.  2007-2008 School Improvement Plans for Bloomfield Elementary School and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Superintendent Sichting explained that the deadline for submitting documentation of school improvement plans for Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School is June 30, 2007.  He said that the Principals and School Improvement Teams (SIP Teams) have created strategies and activities aimed at fostering student achievement gains.  Mr. Sichting recommended that the Board authorize the administration to submit the School Improvement Plans for the 2007-2008 school year.  Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   

 

23.  Board Hears Update on Purchase of Special Education Cooperative Building.  Superintendent Sichting told Board members that the Greene Sullivan Special Education Cooperative Board of Directors have obtained a legal opinion that states that the Board has the authority to borrow money.  He shared that the current lease amount that is paid by coop members on the building that presently houses the cooperative offices is $1500 per month, which includes the utilities.  He continued that the individual who has shown interest in purchasing the building and allowing the Cooperative to continue to lease it per month would be increasing the rent to $1800 plus utilities.  Mr. Sichting said the Special Education Board members have done some research and feel that the building could be purchased cheaper than leasing it.  Mr. Sichting said he would keep the Board informed as the process continued. 

 

24.  Comments and Information From the Public.  John Mensch said he felt that the Board had engaged in excellent discussion concerning their thoughts on making fourth grade self-contained.  John asked if the administration had looked at grades one through three to see if any changes might need to be made to increase reading skills in those grades.  Superintendent Sichting said that those grades are being looked at in terms of anything that can be implemented to improve student academics.

 

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