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Minutes-04/30/2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:49

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 30, 2009

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 30, 2009, 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 Sandy May.  President Helms called the meeting to order at approximately 7:30 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

  1. 1.      Recognitions.   Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer announced there were 64 students enrolled to attend Kindergarten this Fall during the recent Kindergarten Roundup.  Ms. Vandeventer also shared that a love offering had been collected and delivered to the families of the recent fire accident involving two young boys from the Bloomfield area.  She said some other fund raising efforts being done at Bloomfield elementary are a dodge ball tournament, a talent show, and t-shirt sales for track and field. Also, recognized by Ms. Vandeventer was the elementary SIP team for their extra effort as they enter the final phase before the advanced education visit. Marvin Helms added that Ms. Vandeventer had made two visits to the Indianapolis hospital where the two young burn victims are being cared for and applauded her for that. Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean announced there would be a dodge ball tournament held in the jr/sr high school on May 13th. He announced the jr/sr high school had met the requirement to be a recognized ASCA model program for counseling.  Mr. Dean also recognized the FFA Dairy judging team for placing 2nd and 3rd recently in a competition, Cardinal Song and Center State for outstanding placements recently at a competition and announced that senior Matthew Hanauer had received an outstanding vocalist award and had also been invited to be a member of the prestigious Purdue Glee Club in the Fall.  Mr. Dean also praised a good Samaritan act of kindness from Bloomfield senior A. J. Emminger, during a recent trip with the music groups, when he came upon an elderly lady who had fallen and was injured.  He said A. J. used his cell phone and called for help for the lady and stayed with her until help arrived.  Mr. Dean also recognized the NJROTC unit for their recent high placing in competition over much larger schools.  Monica Abernathy shared that Bailey Maryfield had broken tennis school record for most wins this year, Shelby Gott had broken the school strike out record for softball and Cody Pearson had broken the school strike out baseball record.  Dwayne Hostetter praised Bloomfield students for their behavior at Post Prom. Mr. Sichting recognized several Bloomfield athletes for making the Herald Times and Daily World All Area basketball teams. He also congratulated Bloomfield Elementary for making AYP. Mr. Sichting shared that the jr/sr high school barely missed making AYP.  

 

2. Brief Comments and Information from the Public on Agenda Items.  Jeff Rockey praised Bloomfield students for being well behaved on a recent band trip to Myrtle Beach.  He thanked the board for the opportunity to teach at Bloomfield. Mr. Rockey requested the Board make the band director position into a full time position.  Mr. Sichting thanked Mr. Rockey for his time and efforts spent with Bloomfield students. 

 

3.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session and regular school board meeting both held on March 31, 2009. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the minutes of the executive and regular board meetings both held on March 31, 2009 beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in executive session on March 31, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. until  7:00 p.m. in the Junior 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 6-0 vote”.  Doug Frye seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

4.  Treasurer’s Report.  The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts. Doug Frye moved to approve the March 31, 2009 Appropriation Report, beginning with Fund 0100 Program 11050.00 and object 110.00 for Full Day Kindergarten Services through Fund 0600 Program 60100.00 and Object 910 for Special Education Preschool Fund Transfers and also the April 1, 2009 claims report beginning with voucher number 275 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 380 to Larry Zschiedrich.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

5.  DOE 54 Report for April 2009.  Superintendent Sichting provided the board with the DOE 54 Report for tuition support received April 15, 2009.  (See Attached) He said the April DPI 54 report illustrates stable funding from the February reduction due to updated class enrollments from the December 1st ADM count for Special Education.  It indicates Bloomfield School District received a monthly tuition support payment of $534,459.75.      

 

6. Board Hears Information on Certification of 2009 Budget.  Superintendent Sichting said that on April 21, 2009, the Department of Local Government Finance issued a 1782 Notice for the 2009 budget to Bloomfield School District.  He said that a budget hearing had been held on April 28, 2009 and that a budget certification should be forthcoming by Friday, April 24, 2009 for Greene County.  (See Attached)    

 

7.  Contract with Educational Services Company Gets Board Approval.  It was recommended the Board approve a contract with Educational Services for an amount not to exceed five thousand ($5,000) dollars to create and evaluate RFP’s for health insurance for Bloomfield School District employees from June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010. (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Doug Frye cast the nay vote. 

 

8.  Additional Two Days of Algebra Remediation Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve the payment of two additional days of Algebra remediation at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Mr. Sichting explained that originally the Algebra remediation was approved through April 22, 2009.  He said approving this recommendation would extend the Algebra remediation through April 28, 2009 and April 29, 2009.  (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

9.  Band Director Resigns.  It was recommended the Board approve the resignation of Mr. Jeff Rockey, effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to accept the resignation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  The Board wished Mr. Rockey well. 

 

10.  Cafeteria I Worker Resigns.  It was recommended the Board approve the resignation of Mrs. Judy Helms as a Cafeteria I employee of Bloomfield School District.  Mrs. Helms’ resignation was effective Friday, April 24, 2009.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to accept the resignation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

11.  Board Approves Hiring Short-Term Security Officers.  Superintendent Sichting told board members that historically Bloomfield School District had employed off duty police officers to provide additional security during the last month of school.  He said the presence of security officers is a deterrent for vandalism of school property.  Mr. Sichting recommended the Board hire short-term security officers for nine days for eight hours a day at a rate of $11.97 per hour.  Sandy May moved to approve Mr. Sichting’s recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-1 vote.  Doug Frye cast the nay vote.    

    

12. Summer Maintenance Help Hired.  It was recommended the Board approve hiring Mr. Kenny Hinkle as temporary maintenance helper for 64 days at a rate not to exceed $7.25 per hour to assist Mr. Toon.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

 

 

 

13. Jr/Sr High School Student Council Overnight Stay in Bloomfield Park Approved.  Superintendent Sichting told board members that the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Student Council would be participating in the Relay for Life event on May 15th and 16th in the Bloomfield Park.  He explained that members would be walking one hour shifts and as a result would be staying overnight in the park.  Mr. Sichting said supervision for the students would be provided by Mrs. Angela Brown as well as parent volunteers and chaperones.  The superintendent recommended approval. (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

14.  Board Approves Notice of Cancellation for Health Insurance Benefits with ISTA Financial Services.  It was recommended the Board approve Superintendent Sichting’s letter of intention to terminate the health insurance coverage with ISTA Financial Services.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting said that he had spoken with BTA president Chris Mattox and explained that the Board’s intent was not to do something without BTA approval, but if a bid comes in lower and both BTA and the board agree to go to another carrier then an amount equal to one year of reinsurance premiums would be forfeited if the proposed letter is not sent in by March 30, 2009.  He emphasized the letter of cancellation could be rescinded if it was decided to stay with ISTA insurance trust.   (See Attached)  The recommendation passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

15.  Bloomfield Elementary School Textbook Adoption Approved.  Elementary School principal Mary Jane Vandeventer presented the Board with her recommendation for the Elementary School Social Studies Textbook Adoption for 2009-2015.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting included his approval.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the elementary school textbook adoption as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  The superintendent thanked all involved with the adoption process.

 

16.  Information on Social Studies Curriculum at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that teachers at Bloomfield Elementary School had completed the process of writing curriculum for Social Studies.  He confirmed that the curriculum was aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards for Social Studies.  This was an information item only with no action by the Board required. 

17.  Choral Program Receives Donation.  It was recommended the Board accept a donation of six thousand ($6,000.00) dollars from Mrs. Ruth Holtsclaw for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Choral Program.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to accept the donation.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. 

 

18.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Textbook Adoption Approved.  Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean presented the Board with his recommendation for the Jr/Sr High School Social Studies Textbook Adoption for 2009-2015.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting included his approval.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the jr/sr high school textbook adoption as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  The superintendent thanked all involved with the adoption process.

 

19.  Board Policy Revisions First Readings Held. First reading was held on thirty (30) school board policies. #4430 Leaves of Absence, #5111 Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students, #5131 Withdrawal from School Exit Interview, #5132 Re-Enrollment of Students, #5200 Attendance,  #5240 Release Time for Religious Instruction, #5410 Promotion, Placement, and Retention, #5500 Student Conduct, #5511 Dress and Grooming,  #5600 Student Discipline,  #5600.1 Discipline Procedures for Students with Disabilities,  #5730 Equal Access for Non District-Sponsored Student Clubs and Activities, #5740 Distribution of Literature, #5771 Search and Seizure,  #6210 Fiscal Planning,  #6220 Budget Preparation, #6230 Budget Hearing,  #6231 Budget Implementation, #7410 Management and Maintenance of Property, #7434 Use of Tobacco on School Premises, #7510 Use of School Facilities, #8310 Access to Public Records, #8330 Educational Records, #8500 Food Services, #8600 Transportation, #8651 Nonschool Use of Corporation Vehicles, #8700 Vending Machines, #9130 Public Complaints and Concerns, #9150 School Visitors, #9250 Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent Relations were presented to the Board for first reading.  (See Attached)   These policies will be brought back to the Board for second reading and adoption.

 

20.  Athletic Director Gives Information on Adding Soccer as an Athletic Program at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Athletic Director Monica Abernathy presented the Board with information on student interest, cost of facilities, transportation, and equipment, as well as other aspects of adding soccer as a Bloomfield school sport.  (See Attached)  Miss Abernathy said in her opinion Bloomfield cannot afford and does not have the property to accommodate soccer at this time.   She said she felt that money would be more wisely spent improving sports facilities the school has now.  Mr. Dean supported Miss Abernathy’s opinion.  Steve Dowden and Keith Hanauer said they did not believe adding soccer had any bearing on improving present facilities for the sports Bloomfield already has.  They both felt the problem was not having the property to improve current facilities.  Mr. Sichting and the board thanked Miss Abernathy and Mr. Dean for their efforts in gathering the information on the aspects of adding soccer as a Bloomfield school sport.

 

21. Adequate Yearly Progress Results for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School and Bloomfield Elementary School.  David Dean, jr/sr high school principal, and Mary Jane Vandeventer , elementary principal, each gave presentations on Adequate Yearly Progress results from the state.  (See Attached)

 

22. Information on Title I Stimulus Funding.  Superintendent Sichting stated that the school is beginning to receive information on the Stimulus Funding. He shared one disappointment he had concerning the Title I Stimulus Funding was that he was expecting to receive $80,000 to $90,000, but would only be receiving $40,000 over 2 years because the state took a lot of that Title I money and pushed it to schools that were failing.  Mr. Sichting said the money Bloomfield does receive will be put to the best use to help Bloomfield students. 

 

23.  Information on Special Education Stimulus Funding.  Mr. Sichting said he had learned at a recent meeting that Bloomfield would be receiving more Special Education Stimulus Funding than he had expected. He said he was excited about the amount of funding the school would be receiving and that it would be put to good use to help students.  He reminded the board that the money received should not be put into paying salaries because it was only for two years and then would be gone.  

 

24.  Information on Attempting to Access Stimulus Technology Funding to Provide a Fiber Loop for Greene County Schools.  The superintendent said he had recently attended a meeting at the Smithville Telephone Company along with other county superintendent’s concerning the phone company writing a grant to receive some technology stimulus money that would create a fiber connection with all Greene County schools. He said he was very excited about the potential the fiber loop connection would have for Greene County. 

 

25.  Update on Bloomfield School District Building Corporation Real Estate Purchases.  Mr. Sichting said the Corporation had purchased two homes, have signed  purchase agreements on two other homes, have one purchase agreement not yet signed, and one piece of property waiting for appraisals to be completed. He told the Board that in the upcoming future the Board would need to be setting some priorities on what additional properties they want to purchase.

 

26.  Comments and Information from the Public.  Bloomfield Kindergarten teacher Mandy McIntosh spoke in favor of all day kindergarten and asked the Board to consider it for the 2009-2010 school year. 

 

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