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Minutes-08/28/2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:43

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 28, 2008

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on August 28, 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: John Combs, Steve Dowden, Doug Frye, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Dwayne Hostetter and Sandra May.  President Helms called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

  1. 1.      Recognitions.   Mary Jane Vandeventer complimented several elementary teachers who have started work on the Cape Grant.  Ms. Vandeventer also complimented the entire elementary staff for a successful open house.  Mrs. Royal praised teacher Mark Bartlow for the huge undertaking of the BioMed program through Project Lead the Way.  Mrs. Royal shared that Mrs. Deborah Noel Harshman had been working very hard to get up to speed with the computer program introduced last year while Mrs. Harshman was on a medical leave.  Mrs. Royal also thanked computer technology coordinator Michelle Mattox for her never-ending assistance during the beginning of school and since.  Athletic director Monica Abernathy gave updates of athletic teams rankings.  Superintendent Sichting thanked custodial supervisor Harold Holtsclaw and his staff along with maintenance worker Allen Toon for their efforts getting the school ready to begin the new school year while construction was still going on.  Mr. Sichting also recognized Chris Crane and others who were involved with the Gold Star Counseling program.  He recognized both Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for receiving this Gold Star Counseling recognition.  He said Bloomfield Schools were the only Greene County schools to receive this honor.  Mr. Sichting also shared that Erica Pemberton, Erin Raper and Susie Goodman had been attending training sessions to learn the acuity program for the hand held PDA’s to begin assessing reading for Bloomfield Elementary students. 

 

2.   Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on June 26, 2008, and minutes of the regular school board meeting held on July 31, 2008, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the June 26, 2008 minutes as provided beginning with the sentence:  "The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 26, 2008, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana" and ending with the sentence: "The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote". Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-2 vote.  John Combs and Dwayne Hostetter abstained from voting because they were not serving as school board members on that date.  Sandy May moved to approve the July 31, 2008 minutes as provided beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 31, 2008, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana" and ending with the sentence: "The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote".  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed 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. Steve Dowden moved to approve the July 31, 2008 Appropriation Report, beginning with Fund 0100 Program 11050 and object 110 for Full Day Kindergarten through Fund 0600 Program 60100 and Object 910 for Special Education Preschool Fund Transfers.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Doug Frye made a motion to approve the August 25, 2008 Claims Report beginning with voucher number 676 for Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 771 for Laura Young. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  

 

4.  Public Hearing on the 2009 Budget, Capital Projects Plan, and School Bus Replacement Plan. It was recommended the Board conduct a public hearing on the 2009 Budget.  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to conduct a public hearing on the 2009 Budget.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Superintendent Sichting stated that on August 8, 2008 and August 15, 2008 the Budget was published in the Greene County Daily World. He then asked if there were any public comments on the Budget as it was published.  There were no public comments made concerning the 2009 Budget. 

 

5.  Board Passes Resolution to Utilize a Portion of Capital Projects Fund’s Emergency Allocation.  It was recommended the Board approve a resolution allocating the use of $25,000 of the Capital Projects Fund’s Emergency Allocation for the purpose of site development of the Alternative School site.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the Resolution.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

6.  Non-Certified Personnel Substitute Pay Scale Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve the substitute wage scale for Non-Certified Employees at Bloomfield School District.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the wage scale as provided.  John Combs seconded the motion.  After some discussion, the motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

7.  DOE 54 Report for August 15, 2008.  Superintendent Sichting provided the board with the DOE 54 Report for August 15, 2008.  (See Attached)  He said the DOE has not made a reduction in the monthly tuition support payment yet due to increases received in Excise Tax receipts.  He said typically as local revenue increases a decline in state support occurs as a result.

 

8.  Treasurer Authorized to Pay Claim Prior to September School Board Meeting.  It was recommended the Board authorize the Treasurer to pay a claim to QV Automotive Service for approximately $2,200 prior to the September Regular School Board Meeting.  Mr. Sichting explained that QV Automotive is making repairs to the District Pick-up Truck. He said these repairs were not completed before the August 28, 2008 board meeting and payment of the claim will allow the custodial and maintenance departments to have use of the truck prior to the September board meeting.  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.  Board Hears Information on Advance Draw for Property Tax Levies.  Superintendent Sichting said the District had requested an advance property tax draw from the Greene County Treasurer and Greene County Auditor on July 9, 2008.  He provided board members with a breakdown of the advance draw by fund and amount. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained that receiving this advance draw would allow the District to avoid borrowing money and penalizing property tax payers with interest penalties associated due to cash flow purposes. 

 

10.  Resignation Accepted From Extra-Curricular Assignment.   It was recommended the Board accept the resignation of Cory Parsons as 6th Grade Boy’s Basketball Coach for the 2008-2009 school year.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to accept the resignation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

  

11.  Title I Instructional Assistant Resigns.  Mrs. Brittany Nicholson, who served the District as an instructional assistant in the elementary building, submitted her letter of resignation effective August 19, 2008.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting explained that Mrs. Nicholson had been hired by the Greene Sullivan Special Education Cooperative, but would still be teaching in our building.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to accept the resignation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

12.  Board Accepts Resignation From Title I Instructional Assistant.  It was recommended the Board accept the resignation of Mrs. Erica Pemberton as a Title I Instructional Assistant effective August 1, 2008.  (See Attached)   Mr. Sichting reminded the Board that they had approved hiring Mrs. Pemberton as a Special Education teacher for Bloomfield Elementary on July 31, 2008.   

 

 

 

13.  Bloomfield Elementary Adds Instructional Assistant.  It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Sheila Corn as an Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary School effective August 7, 2008.   (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting explained that Mrs. Corn would fill the vacant aide position created by Mrs. Erica Pemberton’s employment.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to hire Mrs. Corn per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

14.  Instructional Assistant Hired at Bloomfield Elementary.  It was recommended the Board hire Kelli Cosgrove to serve as an instructional assistant in the elementary building.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to hire Ms. Cosgrove as recommended.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  Board Hires Jr/Sr High School Secretary.  Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board hire Mrs. Angela Brown as a secretary of Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective November 3, 2008. (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting explained that hiring Mrs. Brown on November 3, 2008 would allow her to work with Mrs. Pope who is retiring in December.  Sandy May moved to hire Mrs. Brown as recommended.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.     

 

16.  2008-2009 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2008-2009 school year from Mr. Parsley/Mrs. Royal and /or Miss Abernathy.   Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations.  Recommended were Steve Wikle to coach Girl’s and Boy’s Cross Country Grades 7-8; Jeff Rockey to serve as Band Director and Pit Orchestra (HS Major Musical/Play) Sponsor; Susie Schulte to coach 8th Grade Volleyball; Brooke Myers to coach 7th Grade Volleyball; Stacey Helms as Pom Pom sponsor; Nancy Hudson to sponsor Jr. Varsity and Varsity Cheerleaders and Booster Club; and Barb Hanauer as a Volunteer Jr High Boy’s/Girl’s Cross County coach.  Others recommended to be Volunteer Biddy Ball Coaches were Marvin Hash, Jeff Riggs, Ruthann Flynn, Tami Allen, Trent Frady, Brandy Frady, Scott Pinnick, Melissa Toon, Lisa Horning, David Horning, Carla Priest, Brittainy Helms, Jim Helms, Amber Skinner, April Ranard, Marc Ranard, Gerri Krusenklaus, Don Krusenklaus, Melody Sowders, Sherry Mattox, Susan Riggs, Lana Pinnick, Matt Miller, and Scott Small.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendations.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

17.  Long-Term Substitute Teacher Hired.  Mrs. Brandy Frady was recommended to fill a long-term substitute position for a maternity leave, for Jennifer Heaton, beginning on or about October 14, 2008 and ending December 19, 2008.  (See Attached) Steve Dowden made a motion to hire Mrs. Frady per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

18.  Jr/Sr High School Teacher Maternity Leave Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve a maternity leave request from Mrs. Savilla Jones from on or about December 14, 2008 through February 17, 2009.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting stated that Mrs. Jones teaches Special Education at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  

 

19. Title I Instructional Assistant Maternity Leave Approved.  Mrs. Jessica Lauderdale submitted her letter requesting a maternity leave on or about September 19, 2008 through November 14, 2008.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting stated that Mrs. Lauderdale serves as a Title I Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the leave request.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

20.  Zoo Field Trip Approved.  Elementary principal, Mary Jane Vandeventer, requested board approval for an overnight field trip for second grade students.  The students would travel to the Indianapolis Zoo and would spend the night there.  The trip would be on May 6, 2009 and May 7, 2009.   (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the field trip, as presented.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

 

 

 

21.  NJROTC Out-of-State Field Trip Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve an out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Corpus Christi, Texas from October 21-28, 2008.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the request.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

22.  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)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

    

23.  Bladen Appointed to Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority.  It was recommended the Board appoint Mrs. Kristi Bladen to serve as the school district’s Indiana Cooperative Library Service Authority board representative.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the appointment.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

24.  Athletic Fundraising Ideas Approved.  Athletic director, Monica Abernathy, presented the Board with fundraising ideas for the Bloomfield School District Athletic Department.  Basketball Half-Time Pop-A-Shot, Couch Potato Raffle, 50/50 drawing, Joe’s Pizza Volleyball Serving Contest, and a Basketball Shooting Competition were included on the list.  (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting explained the process that needed to be completed before the school could hold raffles.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the list. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

25.  Class Enrollment Numbers Not Meeting Policy #2705 Approved.  Superintendent Sichting brought a request for approval of class size lists of class offerings for the 2008-2009 school year.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting explained that the school has a policy that establishes class sizes for grades K-6 and for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English at the secondary level.  He continued that in March of 2002 the Board added a requirement that classes in the above areas outside the class size range required board approval.  Sandy May moved to approve the class offerings lists as presented.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

26. Update on Jr/Sr High School Principal Search.    Superintendent Sichting said that status quo would be in place until the end of the first semester and at that time the position would be reposted. 

 

27.  Update on Elementary Renovation.  Mr. Sichting stated than the renovation has been completed.  He said there were a few punch list items to be looked at. Also, it would be heating season before the boilers would be fired and made sure they work properly.  Mr. Sichting said that the unit ventilator in one teacher’s classroom is too loud.  He said Performance Services are looking at fixing that as well.  Superintendent Sichting said overall he was pleased with the entire project.

 

28.  Update on Tornado Damage Repairs.  Superintendent Sichting stated that repairs from the tornado are almost complete. He said the boundary fence is all that is left to be installed.  

 

29.  Update on Collective Bargaining.  Superintendent Sichting said that the first meeting with the mediator had been held with another scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, 2008.  He said both sides are to come to the table on September 3rd with drafts of school calendars. 

 

30.  Preliminary 2008-2009 Enrollment.  Superintendent said that school enrollment had dropped by

14 students from end of May 2008.  He said that would translate to approximately $77,000 in revenue.  Mr. Sichting stated that ADM count day will be the second week in September and he hopes some of those lost students return. 

 

 

 

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