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Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:41

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 29, 2008

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 29, 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, Doug Frye, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk, Sandra Parkes May, and Eric Moody.  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.   Ms. Mary Jane Vandeventer recognized her elementary teachers for completing a great school year.  She also made mention of efforts of those involved in track and field day and 6th grade graduation.  Mr. Parsley recognized art teacher Deb Johnson as faculty member for May and Susie Schulte for her work with track and field day.  He recognized Kenny Hinkle as incoming FFA President, NJROTC students who received many scholarships and several sports team successes.  Mr. Sichting recognized staff and principals for their organized handling of evacuating students during the recent gas leak in the building.  Steve Dowden praised the administration and staff, with special importance placed on Mr. Parsley, for a meaningful baccalaureate and graduation exercise.

 

2. Elementary School AYP and School Improvement Category Placements Shared.   Mrs. Vandeventer shared information with the Board concerning Adequate Yearly Progress and School Improvement Category Placements for the elementary school building. 

 

3.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting and executive session both held on April 24, 2008, and the executive session held on May 15, 2008, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.   Robert Kirk moved to approve the minutes as presented beginning with the first sentence of the April 24, 2008 regular meeting minutes and ending with the last signature of the May 15, 2008 executive session meeting minutes.   Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved by a 6-0-1 vote.  Doug Frye abstained from voting because he was not in attendance at those meetings. 

 

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, #110 through #510, and Claims Listing Report, #332 through #472.  Upon motion duly made by Marvin Helms and seconded by Doug Frye, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.  

 

5. Board Hears Update on 2008 Certified Budget Appropriations.  Superintendent Sichting provided board members with a copy of the budget order for the Bloomfield School District.  (See Attached)  On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, Bloomfield School District received the 1782 Notice for the 2008 budget.  On Thursday, May 15, 2008, the Department of Local Government Finance held a budget hearing at the Greene County Courthouse.  During the hearing, no property tax payers were present to object to the 2008 Bloomfield School District budget.  The 2008 budget appropriations are certified.  Due to the delay in receiving certified budget appropriations, Bloomfield School District will receive a delayed property tax settlement for all funds.  As a result, the first installment of property tax funding for Bloomfield School District will not arrive until late August or September.  

 

6.  DOE 54 Report for May.  Superintendent Sichting provided the board with the DOE 54 Report for May 2008.  (See Attached)  He explained that the anticipated reduction for Excise tax receipts, Commercial Vehicle tax receipts, and Financial Institutions tax receipts have not been reported to the Department of Local Government Finance by Greene County.   He said as a result of that, no reduction in payment has occurred.

 

7.  Board Approves Extension of Technology Assistant’s Contract Days for Summer 2008.  It was recommended the Board authorize an extension of up to fifteen (15) working days for the Bloomfield Technology Assistant’s contract for the summer of 2008.  Superintendent Sichting explained the due to the renovation of the lower elementary, the classroom computers in that area will have to be removed for the summer.  He continued that the elementary library is being wired for an elementary computer lab with thirty stations.  Mr. Sichting shared that the computers in the lower elementary will need to be installed prior to the start of the 2008-2009 school year.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which 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.  He recommended that the school district participate in the grant program. (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to allow the school district to participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.  2008-2009 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2008-2009 school year. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the 2008-2009 Title I grant application.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  The Board approved the motion by a 7-0 vote. 

 

10.  Vision Service Provider Renewal Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve the Vision Service Provider renewal agreement for the period of August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2010.  (See Attached)  Robert Kirk moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting stated that there was no increase in fees for the renewal agreement. 

 

11.  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.  Steve Dowden 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, 2008.  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.

 

12.  Board Approves Maternity Leave.  It was recommended the Board approve a maternity leave for Brittany Nicholson, who serves Bloomfield Elementary School as an aide, effective May 9, 2008. Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

13.  Abernathy Hire as Athletic Director.  Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve the appointment of Miss Monica Abernathy as the Athletic Director of Bloomfield School District for the 2008-2009 school year.  Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  Steve Dowden stated he felt that Miss Abernathy would make a very good athletic director, but he said he would not be voting in favor of hiring someone that was not a local person.  Mr. Dowden said when an athletic director was hired a few years earlier with no local ties to Bloomfield, who then moved away, the board at that time said they wanted to hire someone with local ties to the community the next time when hiring another athletic director.  Eric Moody thanked those who served on the screening committee.  The motion passed by a 4-3 vote.  Sandy May, Keith Hanauer, Eric Moody, and Marvin Helms voted in favor of the motion.  Steve Dowden, Doug Frye, and Robert Kirk cast the nay votes.  Steve Dowden stated that he felt all of the Board and the local community should now support the decision of the Board. 

 

14. Summer School Appointment Approved.  It was recommended the Board employ Laura Kay Rose as an elementary 2008 summer school teacher.  Doug Frye moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  2008 Summer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Recommendations. 

Mr. Parsley and Mr. Hudson asked the Board to approve 2008 summer coaches.  Recommended were Ron McBride for Boys’ Basketball, Kyle von Almen for Girls’ Basketball, Miranda Helms for Tennis, and Jennifer Heaton for Volleyball.  (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

16.  Elementary Internal Teacher Transfers Announced.  Ms. Mary Jane Vandeventer told the Board she had approved requests from Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer to transfer from Special Education to 6th grade language arts and from Mrs. Laura McIntosh to transfer from 5th grade to 2nd grade.  She said both transfers would begin with the 2008-2009 school year.  

 

17.  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: 

 

§                     Laura Young-Elementary Musical Director (1)

§                     Kristi Burger-Elementary Musical Director (1)

§                     Susie Goodman-Title I Coordinator

§                     Stephanie Hill-Elementary Student Council

§                     Sally Neill-7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Cheerleader Sponsor

§                     Julie Evans-Junior High Student Council

§                     Julie Evans-National Honor Society (1/2 shared)

§                     Savilla Jones-National Honor Society (1/2 shared)

 

Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendations. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

18.  Cheerleading Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders to travel to Vincennes University for Summer Cheer Camp from July 7, 2008 through July 11, 2008.   Steve Dowden moved to approve the field trip.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

19.  Student Leadership Academy Field Trips Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve multiple overnight field trips for students associated with the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Student Leadership Academy, under the supervision of Mrs. Susan Street.  (See Attached) Trips included were June 11-13, 2008 at McCormick’s Creek in Spencer, Indiana; September 4-5, 2008 at Wingate Inn in Plainfield, Indiana; October 30-31, 2008 at Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, Indiana; December 4-5, 2008 at Walden Inn in Greencastle, Indiana; and February 5-6, 2009 at Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, Indiana.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the field trips as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

20.  Board Approves FFA Summer Field Trips.  It was recommended the Board approve two overnight field trips for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School FFA Chapter.  (See Attached) Trips included June 16-19, 2008 at the Indiana State FFA Convention in West Lafayette, Indiana; and July 11-13, 2008 at the FFA Camp in Trafalgar, Indiana.  Robert Kirk moved to approve the FFA trips.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

21.  Girl’s Basketball Camp Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Girl’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Team from June 22-25, 2008 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the trip.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

22. Boy’s Basketball Camp Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Boy’s Basketball Team to attend a D-1 Team Camp at Evansville University on July 18-20, 2008.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

23.  NJROTC Field Trips Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve three overnight field trips for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit to attend trainings/academies/camps on the following locations and dates:

 

  • June 22, 2008-June 28, 2008:  NJROTC Area Three Leadership Academy at Great Lakes,

                                                        IL.  (Two Cadets)

  • June 23, 2008-June 27, 2008:  Air Rifle at Port Clinton, Ohio (Camp Perry) (Three Cadets)
  • June 15, 2008-June 21, 2008:  Area Three Basic Leadership at the Illinois National Guard                                                         in Marseilles, IL  (Six Cadets)

 

Robert Kirk made a motion to approve the trips.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

24.  Board Approves Speech Team Field Trip.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Speech Team member Khristan Solliday to attend the National Forensic League (JFL) Speech Team Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 14, 2008 through June 23, 2008. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the field trip.  Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

25.  Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy. Policy #4401, Fringe Benefits for Support Staff was presented to the Board for second reading and adoption.   (See Attached)   Steve Dowden moved to approve the policy as presented.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

26.  Non-Certified Employee Handbook Amended.  Mr. Sichting told the Board that on June 21, 2007, Bloomfield School District underwent a Civil Rights Audit.  He explained that one of the findings of that audit was to add a grievance procedure to all employee handbooks.  Mr. Sichting recommended amending the Non-Certified Employee Handbook to make the school compliant with all Civil Rights regulations.  Mr. Kirk mentioned that on page 3, Section “G” PROBATIONARY PERIOD the last word on the first sentence should read “year” not “ninety calendar days”.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation as amended.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

27. Agreement With National School Lunch Program Renewed.  It was recommended the Board authorize the administration to renew the contract for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Food Distribution Program for July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.  (See Attached) Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.    

 

28. Board Approves Participation in Greene Academy.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board Greene Academy is a centralized location in Greene County to house services for Out-Of-School Suspension and a Junior High Alternative Program.  (See Attached)  He said four portable classrooms donated by Eastern Greene School Corporation would be relocated to White River Valley School Corporation to house the programs.  Mr. Sichting recommended the Board approve Bloomfield School District’s participation in Greene Academy.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The Board passed Mr. Sichting’s recommendation by a 7-0 vote.

 

29.  2008-2009 School Improvement Plan for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Mr. Parsley updated the Board on School Improvement Strategies and Plan for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for the 2008-2009 school year.  

 

30.  Comments and Information From the Public.  Steve Dowden commented to the handling of how student attendance was counted on the last two days of school, which were make up days.  Mr. Parsley explained that final exams were finished on Thursday of that last full week of school.  Mr. Dowden said he hoped there would be better communication with parents next year concerning attendance on those make-up days.  Mr. Sichting said he agreed with Mr. Dowden and the attendance issue would be addressed to keep this from happening in the future.  Parent Dwayne Hostetter said he found it very confusing for parents as well.  Mr. Hostetter also said he felt the writing lab offered to students this year was a good thing for our students.  Superintendent Sichting announced that there would be a public work session during the first two weeks of June to see the progress of the elementary renovation. 

 

31.  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.