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Minutes-07/26/2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:32

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 26, 2007

                                                                                                  

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 26, 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 Moody called the meeting to order immediately following the 1028 Hearing.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on June 28, 2007, and the special session and executive session both held on July 5, 2007, and the special session held on July 11, 2007, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Marvin Helms moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

2.  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 Keith Hanauer and seconded by Steve Dowden, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.

 

3.   Permission Granted to Advertise 2008 Budget, Capital Projects Plan, and School Bus Replacement Plan.  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize the advertisement of the 2008 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 2008 budget and plans. Keith Hanauer moved to authorize the advertisement of the 2008 budget per Mr. Sichting’s request.   Marvin Helms 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 30, 2007.

    

4.  Board Hears Information on DOE 54 State Tuition Support Payment Reduction.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that on July 13, 2007, the Office of Financial Management, Analysis, and Reporting announced the input of new assessed valuations for fifty-two (52) corporations resulting in the dollar figure for tuition support for 2007 to exceed the calendar year expenditure cap by $8,412,608.74.  As a result, I.C. 20-43-2-3 requires the Indiana Department of Education to calculate a cap reduction for all school corporations.  The formula for the reduction is found in I.C. 20-43-2-4.  As a result of this situation, Bloomfield School District will lose $10,995 worth of tuition support during the last six months of the 2007 budget.  Mr. Sichting noted the Department of Education has not received trended A.V. levels for all school corporations in the state at this time.  As a result, this cut in tuition support could grow larger as more trended A.V.’s become known.  Historically, the General Assembly has passed an additional appropriation to make-up for the shortfall in tuition support during a later legislative session.  At this point, it is unclear if the General Assembly will continue with this practice due to the property tax protests occurring statewide.

(See attached)

 

5.  Board Awards Insurance Renewal to 1st Security Insurance.  It was recommended the Board accept the renewal for General Liability, Auto, Property and Casualty, and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance with 1st Security Insurance from August 1, 2007 to August 1, 2008 for $72,602.00.  Mr. Sichting told the Board that this premium is a 0.04% decrease from last year.  (See attached information)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

6.  Board Authorizes Payment of Insurance Renewal Premium.  It was recommended the Board authorize the school district treasurer to pay the premium for General Liability, Automobile, Property and Casualty, and Workmen’s Compensation insurance coverage in the amount of $72,602.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting told the Board the premium renewal is due to 1st Security Insurance on August 1, 2007.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.     

 

7.  Board Approves Purchase of Violent Event Response Coverage.  Superintendent Sichting stated that recent school shootings had illustrated the need for schools to increase security measures for staff and students.  (See attached)  He recommended the Board purchase Violent Event Response Coverage from Indiana Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 with an annual premium of $601.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Keith Hanauer cast the nay vote.     

 

8.  Resolution to Shift Portions of Contracted Bus Service to the Bus Replacement Fund Approved.  It was recommended the Board elect to designate a portion of a transportation contract, fleet contract, or common carrier as an expenditure payable from the bus replacement fund.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting said the Indiana General Assembly allowed school corporations to shift a portion of transportation contracts from the Transportation Operating Fund to the Bus Replacement Fund as an allowable expense during the 2006 session.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the resolution.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.    2007-2008 Elementary Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved.  It was recommended the Board adopt a list of course charges for the Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2007-2008 school year.  (See attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve book charges as presented for the Elementary School.   Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.   The motion passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

10. 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 a before and after school 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)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

11.  Board Approves Cafeteria Employee Transfer.  Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh asked permission to transfer cafeteria employee worker Annette Smith from a Cafeteria II position to a Cafeteria I position.  (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting stated this would increase Mrs. Smith’s hours to 5.5 each day and as a result she would be eligible for benefits.  He recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the transfer.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

12.  Cafeteria II Worker Hired.  It was recommended the Board hire Diana Carmichael for a Cafeteria II position.  (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting shared that Cafeteria II employees work three hours daily and receive no benefits.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

13.  Cafeteria II Worker Hired.  Mrs. Jana McIntosh asked the Board to hire Sherry Warrick for a cafeteria II position.  (See attached)   Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to hire Mrs. Warrick.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

14.  Part-Time Spanish Teacher Resigns.  Mrs. Lisa Tarr-Bauman submitted her letter of resignation for the Board’s consideration.  (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting said Mrs. Bauman had accepted a full-time position at another school district and recommended approval.   Marvin Helms moved to accept the resignation.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting mentioned that Mrs. Bauman had taken students to the Humane Society to work with animals and helped to teach the students responsibility.  Mr. Parsley said Mrs. Bauman had been a blessing to the school and a compliment to the staff. The resignation was accepted by a 7-0 vote.  

 

15.  Title I Instructional Assistant Hired.  It was recommended the Board hire Brittany Nicholson as a Title I Instructional Assistant for the 2007-2008 school year at Bloomfield Elementary.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting shared that Mrs. Nicholson has an Indiana Teaching License in Elementary Education with a Special Education Endorsement.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   

 

16.  Board Hires Instructional Assistant for Bloomfield Elementary.   It was recommended the Board employ Jennifer Waggoner as an Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2007-2008 school year.  (See attached)  Robert Kirk moved to hire Mrs. Waggoner per the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

17.   2007-2008 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2007-2008 school year from Mr. Parsley and Mr. Ross. Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations.   Rick Crynes was recommended to serve as Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, Scott Yoho as Boys’ 8th Grade Basketball Coach, Kyle von Almen as Boys’ 7th Grade Basketball Coach, and Sharon Sparks’ as Girls’ 8th Grade Volleyball Coach.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk moved to vote on each ECA recommendation individually.  Sandy May then withdrew her motion.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion to vote on the ECA recommendations individually.  The motion passed by a 6-1 vote.  Marvin Helms cast the nay vote.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve Rick Crynes as Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Coach.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Doug Frye cast the nay vote.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve Scott Yoho as Boys’ 8th Grade Basketball Coach.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-2 vote.  Robert Kirk and Doug Frye cast the nay votes.  Robert Kirk moved to approve Kyle von Almen as Boys’ 7th Grade Basketball Coach.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Sandy May made a motion to approve Sharon Sparks as Girls’ 8th Grade Volleyball.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

18.  Jr/Sr High School Special Education Teacher Resigns.  It was recommended the Board accept the resignation of Miss Hannah Ader, jr/sr high special education teacher at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. (See attached)  Superintendent Sichting said Miss Ader was hired in May, but had since decided to accept a teaching position at another School District.  Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

19.  Bloomfield Athletic Director Resigns.  It was recommended that Board accept the resignation of Andy Ross, Bloomfield School District Athletic Director effective July 24, 2007.  (See attached)  Mr. Sichting explained Mr. Ross had accepted a position at Frankfort High School.  Keith Hanauer moved to accept the resignation.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The Board voiced their appreciation to Mr. Ross for his efforts while at Bloomfield and said he would be missed.  The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.  Mr. Parsley said Mr. Ross was sincere and genuine and had a positive impact on the kids at Bloomfield.  Mr. Parsley said Mr. Ross had made a real difference in the athletic department and would be missed.  Mr. Sichting added that when Mr. Ross was hired the administration had voiced expectations of Mr. Ross, one of which was to complete evaluations on Bloomfield coaches, and that he had more than accomplished this expectation. 

 

20.  State Discontinues Full Day Staff Development Release Day.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board he was recently notified the Indiana Department of Education had discontinued the pilot program for full day release for staff development activities.  (See attached)  He said that as a result of this action, the staff development release day scheduled on Friday, February 8, 2008 for Bloomfield School District is cancelled and this day would be a normal instructional day for students and staff. 

 

21.  Use of Facilities for Apple Festival Tabled.  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 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2007.  (See attached)   He said this approval was pending the proper Certification of Insurance from Jessop Amusements of Cambridge City, Indiana, which he had not received by board meeting time.  Mr. Sichting recommended tabling this item.  Keith Hanauer moved to table this agenda item.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The agenda item was tabled by a 7-0 vote. 

 

22.  Board Tables Vote on Executive Agreement With the Town of Bloomfield.  It was recommended the Board approve an agreement with the Town of Bloomfield empowering the town to regulate by ordinance the parking of vehicles and the traffic at and upon the real estate owned by the School.  (See attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  After much discussion, the previous motion and seconded were withdrawn.  Sandy May then moved to table this agenda item.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion to table.  The agenda item was tabled by a 6-1 vote.  Keith Hanauer cast the nay vote. 

 

23.  Comments From the Public.  Patron, Rick Mumma, asked the Board if Mr. Andy Ross was under a signed contract when he resigned.  Mr. Sichting told Mr. Mumma that Mr. Ross was under contract.  Mr. Mumma said he thought Mr. Ross had done a great job and was disappointed in his resignation.  He felt Mr. Ross showed a lack of loyalty to Bloomfield and hoped the Board would look for the quality of loyalty as they searched for a new athletic director.   

 

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