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Minutes-04/24/2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:40

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 24, 2008

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 24, 2008, 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, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk, Sandra Parkes May, and Eric Moody. Doug Frye was absent.  President Moody called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.      Recognitions.   Mr. Parsley recognized Mark Bartlow as faculty member for April and Tina Shields for her work with the Special Olympics.  He announced several upcoming events at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School including the FFA banquet, NJROTC program and the Student Honors Program.  Mr. Sichting announced the Annual Employee Appreciation Dinner would be held on May 12th at 6:30 p.m.  He also recognized NJROTC students for their success at a recent event. 

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting and executive session both held on March 20, 2008, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Marvin Helms moved to approve the minutes as presented.   Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 5-0-1 vote.  Steve Dowden abstained from voting because he was not in attendance at those meetings. 

 

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 Robert Kirk and seconded by Sandy May, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.  

 

4. DOE 54 Report for April.  Superintendent Sichting provided the board with the DOE 54 Report for April 2008.  (See Attached)  He said the report showed an adjustment of $25,038.75 and was made due to an increase in Assessed Valuation in Bloomfield School District.  Mr. Sichting asked board members to keep in mind the district anticipates a future cut in tuition support payments due to an increase in Excise Tax, Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax, and Financial Institutions Tax during the 2007 budget year. 

 

5.  Board Hears Update on 2008 Certified Budget Appropriations.  Superintendent Sichting said that Greene County recently submitted updated Assessments for the 2008 budgets to the Department of Local Government Finance.  He told board members that a budget hearing would be held on May 15, 2008.

 

6.  Board Approves Contribution to Non-Certified Employees Insurance Plan.  It was recommended the Board approve the increase of the Bloomfield School District’s contribution to non-certified employee health insurance.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said that as of May 1, 2008, the board would contribute $7,341.60 of the premium of a single health insurance policy with an annual deductible of $500.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $8296.56 of the premium of a single health insurance policy with an annual deductible of $200.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $12,912 to the premium of a family insurance policy with an annual deductible of $1,000.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $14,592 to the premium of a family insurance policy with an annual deductible of $400.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

7.    Board Approves Contribution to Administrative Personnel’s Insurance Plan.  It was recommended the Board approve the increase of the Bloomfield School District’s contribution to Administrative personnel’s health insurance.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said that as of May 1, 2008, the board would contribute $7,341.60 of the premium of a single health insurance policy with an annual deductible of $500.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $8296.56 of the premium of a single health insurance policy with an annual deductible of $200.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $12,912 to the premium of a family insurance policy with an annual deductible of $1,000.  As of May 1, 2008, the board will contribute $14,592 to the premium of a family insurance policy with an annual deductible of $400.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

7.  Board Votes to Not Participate in Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program.    Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to authorize non-participation in the Indiana Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program for the 2008-2009 school year.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval of Ms. Vandeventer’s recommendation.  (See Attached)   Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation of non-participation in the Full Day Kindergarten Grant Program for the 2008-2009 school year.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote.  Keith Hanauer voted against the recommendation. 

 

8.  Summer Maintenance Help Hired.  Maintenance worker Allen Toon asked the Board to approve hiring Mr. Kenny Hinkle as a temporary summer maintenance helper for 54 days at a rate not to exceed $7.00/hour.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

9.  NJROTC Instructor Annual Certification and Contract Approved.  It was recommended that the Board authorize the administration to sign the JROTC INSTRUCTOR ANNUAL CERTIFICATION OF PAY AND DATA FORM  and Contract for the 2008-2009 school year. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting’s recommendation said that Bloomfield’s NJROTC program had been an asset to the Bloomfield School District and brings pride to the students, school and community.  He said it is well received by our students and student participation remains high.  This group has been recognized at all levels for their achievement in physical training, academics, and military drill teams.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

10.  Cafeteria II Worker Submits Letter of Retirement Resignation.  Long time cafeteria worker Mrs. Mavis Long submitted her letter of retirement resignation effective at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 school year.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Long had been employed by the District in the cafeteria for twenty-three years.  He conveyed his and the Board’s appreciation for her many years of dedicated service and wished her well in her retirement.      

 

11.  Elementary Teacher Retires.  Elementary teacher Mrs. Sylvia Lawhead submitted her letter of retirement resignation from Bloomfield Elementary School effective at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 school year.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting shared that Mrs. Lawhead had been employed by the District for 35 years.  On behalf of the Board Mr. Sichting thanked Mrs. Lawhead for her years of service and wished her the best of luck in her retirement.     

 

12.  Summer School Staff Appointments Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve a list of 2008 Summer School staff appointments recommended by Mr. Parsley.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which was approved by a 6-0 vote. 

 

13.  2008-2009 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2008-2009 school year from Mr. Parsley.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations.  The recommendations were as follows: 

 

§                     Angela Brown-High School Student Council

§                     Mark Bartlow-Christian Service Club

§                     Mark Bartlow-Other Clubs Approved by Principal (Chess Club)

§                     Mark Bartlow-High School Science Club

§                     Darla Bent-FCCLA

§                     Kristie Bladen-Yearbook (Owl)

§                     Lauren Bohnert-Junior Class Sponsor

§                     Lauren Bohnert-Junior High Science Club

§                     Mike Canty-Boy’s Tennis

§                     Mike Canty-Girl’s Tennis

§                     Christina Crane-Junior Class Sponsor

§                     Christina Crane-Other Clubs Approved by Principal (S.A.D.D.) Grades 6-8

§                     Loren Hadley-Boy’s Track Coach (7-12)

§                     Loren Hadley-Girl’s Cross Country Coach (7-12)

§                     Loren Hadley-9th Grade Girl’s Basketball Coach

§                     Kayla Hale-Spanish Club

§                     Ben Helms-F.F.A.

§                     Deb Johnson-High School Art Club

§                     Deb Johnson-Junior High Art Club

§                     Ron McBride-Boy’s Varsity Cross Country (7-12)

§                     Ron McBride-Boy’s Varsity Basketball

§                     Ron McBride-Intramural Director

§                     Tom Wappes-Girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball Coach

§                     Laura McIntosh-Girl’s 5th Grade Basketball

§                     Laura McIntosh-Girl’s 6th Grade Basketball

§                     Monte McIntosh-Boy’s Golf (Grades 7-8)

§                     Monte McIntosh-Boy’s Golf (Grades 9-12)

§                     Monte McIntosh-Senior Class Sponsor

§                     Cory Parsons-Boy’s 6th Grade Basketball

§                     Brenda Roach-French Club

§                     Kyle von Almen-Girl’s Varsity Basketball

§                     Kyle von Almen-Boy’s Track (Grades 7-8)

§                     Laura Young-Elementary Musical Assistant (1)

§                     Laura Young-Elementary Musical Director (1)

§                     Laura Young-Elementary Vocal Music

§                     Laura Young-High School Musical Director

§                     Laura Young-High School Piano Accompaniment

§                     Laura Young-High School Vocal Music

§                     Laura Young-Junior High Music Director

§                     Laura Young-Strut-N-Fret Sponsor

§                     Tom Wappes-Girl’s Junior Varsity Basketball

 

Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendations. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

14.  Board Authorizes Superintendent to Sign Agreement with ClaimAid for Medicare Reimbursement Billing.  It was recommended the Board authorize Superintendent Dan Sichting to execute an agreement with ClaimAid to provide billing and follow up services eligible for reimbursement under Medicaid for student therapy as determined in a case conference setting.  (See Attached)   Marvin Helms moved to authorize Mr. Sichting to sign the agreement with Claimaid per the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.   

 

15.  Transfer Tuition Agreement with Greene County Schools Approved.  It was recommended the board approve transfer tuition agreements with the Metropolitan School District of Shakamak, Linton-Stockton School Corporation, Eastern Greene School Corporation, and White River Valley School Corporation effective August 1, 2007 through July 31, 2009.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

16.  Cafeteria Price Increases Approved for 2008-2009 School Year.  Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh asked the Board to approve an increase of fifteen (.15) cents to $1.90 for student lunches and five (.05) cents to $1.05 for student breakfast for the 2008-2009 school year.  Superintendent Sichting included his approval of the request.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the request to increase cafeteria lunch prices.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

 

17.  Bloomfield School District Student Handbook Approved.  At the March 20, 2008 board meeting the Board held discussion concerning the Student Handbook update for the 2008-2009 school year.  After incorporating those changes, Superintendent Sichting now brought the handbook back to the Board for their consideration.  Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the handbook as presented.  Sandy May seconded the motion. Steve Dowden shared his concern with the section that contained information concerning cell phone confiscation as punishment for the remainder of that current nine weeks.  Mr. Dowden and Mr. Kirk stated they did not disagree with the school confiscating a cell phone that was being misused in the classroom, but did not feel personal property of a student, such as a cell phone, could be kept for an extended period of time.   After some discussion, Mr. Hanauer and Mrs. May retracted their motion and seconded.  Eric Moody then made a motion to approve the handbook contingent on the approval of Hope Academy and rewording of the language for punishment of cell phone violations.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion.  Mrs. Royal summarized the first proposed change to read ‘The daily schedules for jr/sr high school students is as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday students will have a “regular’ schedule.  Tuesdays and alternate Thursday will have time for SSR.  On alternate Thursdays students will have a scheduled activity period’. The second proposed change would be ‘The school nurse sends students home for fever, vomiting, any communicable health related problems, or as deemed necessary by the school nurse and /or a principal.  If the school nurse sends a student home for any reason the student will have a certified absence for one day.  Students sent home by the school nurse or seen by a licensed doctor due to head lice infestation will receive a certified absence.  All further absences due to head lice will be unexcused.’  The third proposed change would be ‘If a cell phone is confiscated a parent must pick it up.  If a student’s cell phone is confiscated a second time the parent must pick it up and a combination Thursday/Saturday School will be assigned.  If there are additional offenses, the parent must pick up the phone and out of school suspension will be assigned.’  The handbook was approved contingent on the approval of Hope Academy, changes to the section concerning the school nurse, and the rewording of the language for punishment of cell phone violations.   The motion was passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

18. Board Policy First Reading Held.  First reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #4401, Fringe Benefits for Support Staff was presented to the Board for first reading.  Reference was made to a correction in a dollar amount for insurance and Mr. Sichting stated that he would make that change. This policy will be brought back to a later meeting for approval.   

 

19.  Jr/Sr High School AYP and School Improvement Category Placements Shared.  Both Mr. Parsley and Mr. Sichting shared information with the Board concerning Adequate Yearly Progress and School Improvement Category Placements for the jr/sr high school building.  (See Attached)   

 

20. Update on Progress of Tornado Damage and Repairs.  Mr. Sichting told the Board the upper playground had to be closed due to a recall on the swing set installed on that playground.  He said repairs to that swing set would be made soon.  More repairs to be made were replacing the Fibar on the upper playground, stump removal and replacing the fence on the eastern boundary of the elementary building, and stop two leaks on the east & north wall of the bus barn.  Overall, Mr. Sichting said he thought repairs form the tornado were progressing well. 

 

21. Update on Lower Elementary School Renovation.  The superintendent shared that the first construction meeting had been held after spring break.  He said work would begin during the second week in May to remove the boilers.  Demo would begin in the lower elementary classrooms after school is out for summer break.  Mr. Sichting stated that his office would be conducting limited criminal history reports on each worker before they would be allow in the school building.  He stated that the junior high gym would be closed beginning June 16th while unit ventilators are being installed and after that is completed the gym floor will be resurfaced. 

 

22.  English/Language Arts Computer Labs Sustain Water Damage.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that recently a water leak in the second floor Biology classroom caused water damage to the English/Language Arts classrooms below it.  He said a professional crew from Serve Pro was brought in to remove water and dehumidify the room.  Serve Pro then tested for moisture levels, which showed minimal moisture in the rooms.  Mr. Sichting also said the computers were in good working condition and only a small amount of books in the classroom would need to be replaced. 

 

23.  Telephone System Installed at Bloomfield School District.  Superintendent Sichting said the new telephone system had been installed with minimal problems. 

 

24.  Collective Bargaining Update.  Superintendent Sichting said the Board’s negotiating team had met with the BTA recently with both sides advancing forward.  He said the two groups have two more bargaining meetings scheduled and he shared that he was cautiously optimistic that an agreement would come very soon. 

 

25.  School Consolidation Information.  Mr. Sichting shared his thoughts and research information concerning school consolidation for Indiana.  (See Attached) 

 

26.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Robert Kirk moved to adjourn.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.