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Minutes-05/28/2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:50

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 28, 2009

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 28, 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: Steve Dowden, Doug Frye, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Dwayne Hostetter and Sandy May.  John Combs was absent.  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.   Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer praised Bloomfield Elementary School teachers for an excellent end to the school year.  Ms. Vandeventer recognized elementary teacher Susie Schulte for organizing a dodge ball tournament raising over $7,000.00 to benefit two elementary students who were tragically burned recently.  Also, Ms. Vandeventer shared that Jenny Medina sold tee shirts for track and field to also benefit the burn victims.  Jr/sr high school principal David Dean recognized the NROTC unit for a successful year as well as a nice honor banquet.  Mr. Dean also shared that FFA put on a very nice awards banquet.  He also congratulated Michelle Mattox, Math, English and Biology departments for conducting their year end assessment testing. Mr. Dean mentioned several end of the year activities including band and choral concerts, Rotary banquet for the top 10 Bloomfield graduating seniors, senior trip to Holiday World, end of the year awards program, art clubs community projects, Empty Bowls fundraiser, Blooms for Bloomfield, as well as a smooth graduation service.  Mr. Dean said the jr/sr high school celebrated a successful end of the year by grilling over 600 hot dogs for student and staff.  He thanked Allen Toon for his help and the use of his grills.  Superintendent Sichting recognized REMC for sponsoring the Rotary banquet and also paid camp fees for NJROTC students who could not otherwise have afforded to attend.  Athletic director Monica Abernathy recognized Taylor Gilmore for making it to the regionals in the long jump, and the softball girls for making it to the Sectional finals. Miss Abernathy said the girl’s tennis team only had three loses this season all being against Loogootee.  Board president Marvin Helms thanked Mr. Dean and Mrs. Royal for a nice graduation ceremony. 

 

2.   Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session and regular school board meeting both held on April 30, 2009 and of the special meeting held on May 14, 2009. Steve Dowden moved to approve the minutes of the executive and regular board meetings both held on April 30, 2009 beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in executive session on April 30, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. until  7:30 p.m. in the 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”.  Sandy May seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

3.  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 April 30, 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 381 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 489 to Larry Zschiedrich.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

4.  Empty Bowls Fundraiser Presentation.  Jr/sr high school teacher Darla Bent along with students Braden Mishler and Amanda Arthur shared a slide show of a recent fundraiser for the Art Department and Family and Consumer Science Department.  The fundraiser was called Empty Bowls.  The art classes made ceramic bowls and family and consumer science students made different types of soups which were raffled off to raise money for those classes.  The Board thanked Mrs. Bent and her students for their presentation.

 

5.  Full Day Kindergarten Committee Report.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer and kindergarten teacher Mrs. Mandy McIntosh presented the study completed by the All Day Kindergarten Committee.  Ms. Vandeventer explained that the committee looked at the time span in all academic areas, and Indiana Academic Standards while making comparisons between ½ day Kindergarten and Full Day Kindergarten.  She said what is really missing in a ½ day program is the time to integrate the different subjects together.  Mrs. McIntosh added that in a ½ day program there is usually no time for physical education, art, recess or music.  She said the students feel rushed to do their work and need more time to absorb what’s being taught to them.  Mrs. McIntosh said the committee recommends that the Board make Full Day Kindergarten a priority at Bloomfield Elementary.  Mr. Sichting along with the board thanked Mrs. McIntosh and Ms. Vandeventer for their presentation and said that they would be looking at the program and funding for the program. 

 

6.  DOE 54 Report for May 2009.  Superintendent Sichting provided the board with the DOE 54 Report for tuition support received May 15, 2009.  (See Attached) He said the May DPI 54 report illustrates stable funding from the April DPI 54 report. He said the May DPI 54 report has an $8.18 increase for the May DPI 54 Tuition Support payment.  Mr. Sichting also reported a reduction of $21.26 for Medicare.  

 

7. Board Hears Information on Certification of 2009 Budget.  Superintendent Sichting said that on April 30, 2009, the Bloomfield School District received a certified budget order for 2009.   He said that the certified budget order contained the same certified appropriations and certified property tax levies as communicated from the 1782 notice during the April board meeting.    (See Attached)    

 

8.  2009 Estimate of HEA 1001-Circuit Breaker Revenue Reduction.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that recently Greene County had completed work on the 2009 abstract for all taxing units in Greene County.   He provided board members with a spreadsheet showing the amount of revenue the district would loose per taxing district per fund due to HEA 1001-Circuit Breaker Credits for Bloomfield School District.  (See Attached)  He said the total revenue reduction due to HEA 1001-Circuit Breaker for the 2009 budget is estimated to be $719.40 for all funds.  Mr. Sichting said overall he was please and that if his estimates are correct the district would lose a minimal amount over all four funds.

 

9.  2009-2010 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2009-2010 school year. (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the 2009-2010 Title I grant application.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  The Board approved the motion by a 6-0 vote. 

 

10.  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)  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to allow the school district to participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Sichting explained that the classes of 2010 and 2011 would be the last classes to take the GQE.  He said the class of 2012 and beyond would utilize Core 40 end-of-course assessments to determine eligibility to receive a diploma in the future.  

 

11.  2009 Estimated Summer School Reimbursement Information.   Superintendent Sichting provided the following information on the 2009 estimated summer school reimbursement received on May 12, 2009 from the Indiana Department of Education. He said the Indiana Department of Education announced the anticipated level for 2009 Summer School Reimbursement which is based on the expenditure estimates submitted as Category 1 course will receive funding at a level of 49.03%.  In 2008, the Indiana Department of Education announced in May an estimated reimbursement for Category 1 courses at approximately 51%.  The 2008 summer school offerings were later reimbursed by the Indiana Department of Education at a rate substantially higher than the estimated reimbursement level.  The 2008 summer school reimbursement was 66,464170% of the costs for school corporations.  In 2008, only Category 1 courses received reimbursement.  It is anticipated only Category 1 classes will receive reimbursement in 2010.  In 2008, Bloomfield School District submitted $13,339 worth of expenses for reimbursement.  In 2008, Bloomfield School District received $9,308.94 of expense reimbursement.  Category 1 classes receiving reimbursement include Health and Safety.  Driver’s Education classes are not eligible for Summer School reimbursement.  (See Attached)

 

12. Board Hears Information on Medicaid Withholding Adjustment to Tuition Support Payment.  Mr. Sichting said the District had received notification on May 11, 2009 from the IDOE that the May 15th Tuition Support Payment would have an adjustment of $8.18 due to state withholding of Medicaid Reimbursement. Mr. Sichting explained the percentage of Medicaid reimbursement for the state of Indiana changed from 35.75% to 26.77% and since the state of Indiana was withholding at the higher percentage for school corporations an adjustment of $8.18 was made to the tuition support payment in May.   (See Attached)

 

13. Board Votes to Accept Title V Innovative Program Supplemental Award.  The superintendent told the Board that the District had received word from the IDOE on May 13, 2009 concerning a supplemental award distribution from unexpended grant funds from the Title V Innovative Program Grant from 2007.  He said Bloomfield School District would receive an allocation of $664 from unexpended funds by other school districts from this grant.  The award money would be used for professional development or for assisting teachers in meeting the highly qualified rule mandated by“No Child Left Behind” legislation.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to accept the award.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

14.  Bloomfield School District Receives Learn and Serve Grant Award.  It was recommended the Board approve the receipt of a Learn and Serve Grant from the Indiana Department of Education for $10,000.00.  Keith Hanauer moved to accept the grant award.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting stated that Susan Street along with help from Kenny Greves had written the grant.  The motion passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

15.  District Information on Truancy Termination Grant.  Superintendent Sichting explained that the District was awarded a $10,500 Truancy Termination Grant from the state of Indiana.  He said the funds would remains under the control of the state of Indiana and the District would be reimbursed after submitting receipts for expenditures.  Mr. Sichting said the grant was written by Mrs. Susan Street.  

 

16.  Board Approves Receipt of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Title I, Part A Allocation.  It was recommended the Board approve the receipt of $80,843.08 in a Title I, Part A allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by the Federal Government.  Keith Hanauer moved to accept the allocations.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

17.    Board Approves Receipt of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act IDEA, Part B Allocation.  It was recommended the Board approve the receipt of $251,055.00 of the IDEA, Part B allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by the Federal Government.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to accept the allocations.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

18.  New Long Term Disability Insurance Carrier is Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve Madison National Life Insurance for Long Term Disability Insurance for employees in Bloomfield School District effective June 1, 2009. (See Attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by 6-0 vote. 

 

19.  Board Authorizes BSD to Participate in Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Program.  It was recommended the Board authorize the administration to participate in the Indiana Department of Education Remediation and Preventive Remediation Gant program. (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  

 

20.  School Nurse Resigns.  Mrs. Deborah Harshman submitted her letter of resignation as School Nurse for the Bloomfield School District effective May 26, 2009.  (See Attached) Doug Frye moved to accept the resignation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Dowden had stepped out of the room leaving only five voting members present.  The Board wished Mrs. Harshman the best in her future endeavors.

21.  Elementary Teacher Takes Maternity Leave.  It was recommended the Board approve a maternity leave for Mrs. Laura Kay Rose from on or about August 17, 2009 through on or about Friday, October 31, 2009. (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the maternity leave.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

22.  Cafeteria Worker Transfers to Different Position.  It was recommended the Board approve the transfer of Mrs. Beth Plummer from a Cafeteria II position to a Cafeteria I position.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

23.  2008-2009 ECA Recommendation Approved.  Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2008-2009 school year from Mr. Dean and /or Miss Abernathy.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting included his support of the recommendation.  Recommended was Richard Bladen as a Volunteer Golf Coach.  Superintendent Sichting explained that Mr. Bladen would be transporting and supervising Bloomfield School District golfers for the ISHAA Golf Sectional.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

24.  2009 Summer Camp Instructors Hired. Mr. Dean and Miss Abernathy asked the Board to approve 2009 summer camp instructors.  Recommended were Ron McBride for Boys’ Basketball, Chris Hitchcock for Girls’ Basketball, Bailey Maryfield and Sarah Miller for Tennis, and Angie Campbell for Volleyball.  (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

25.  Summer School Staff Appointments Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve a list of 2009 Summer School staff appointments recommended by Mr. Dean.  (See Attached)  Mr. Dean asked the Board to hire Loren Hadley and Steve Wikle to instruct Health, along with Ron McBride, Kyle von Almen and Brad Ellis as Driver’s Education Instructors.  Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which was approved by a 6-0 vote. 

 

26.  Teen Student Leadership Academy Overnight Field Trips Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve five overnight field trips for TSLA students at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was also recommended the Board approval covered any rescheduled dates due to inclement weather or other reasons resulting in the postponement of the field trips.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the field trips as recommended. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.   The field trip dates and locations are:

                               

  • June 10-June 12, 2009 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, IN
  • September 10-September 11, 2009 at the Wingate Inn in Plainfield, IN
  • October 28-October 29, 2009 at Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, IN
  • December 10-December 11, 2009 at the Walden Inn in Greencastle, IN
  • February 11-February 12, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, IN

 

27.  8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Team Overnight Field Trip Gets Nod From Board. It was recommended the Board approve a request from 8th grade boys’ basketball coach Scott Yoho for an overnight field trip to Terre Haute, IN on June 11-June 13, 2009 to participate in the Dan Sparks team camp. (See Attached)  Mr. Dean included his support of the request.  Sandy May moved to approve the field trip.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

28.  Board Votes Yes on Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team Overnight Field Trip.  It was recommended the Board approve a request from the varsity boys’ basketball coaching staff for an overnight field trip to Vincennes University to participate in a team camp on July 17-July 19, 2009. (See Attached)  Mr. Dean included his support of the request.  Sandy May moved to approve the field trip.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

29.  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) The overnight field trips are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

 

  • June 15-June17, 2009 for the State Convention at Purdue University
  • July 13-July 14, 2009 for the FFA Camp at Trafalgar, Indiana

Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the FFA trips.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

30.  NJROTC Summer Field Trips Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve three overnight and out-of-state field trips for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High NJROTC unit.  (See Attached) The field trips are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

 

  • June 7-June 12, 2009 Air Rifle Camp at Camp Perry in Clinton, Ohio
  • June 14-June 20, 2009 Area Three Leadership Academy in Great Lakes, Illinois
  • June 21-June 27, 2009 Area Three Basic Leadership Training in Marseilles, Illinois

Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

31.  School Board Names Dean to Represent District in Small Claims Court.  Mr. Sichting explained that Greg Parsley had been the District’s representative in Small Claims Court proceedings.  He said the proposed resolution would allow Mr. David Dean to appear as a representative for the District for cases seeking judgments from parents or guardians of Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School students. Doug Frye moved to approve the resolution.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

32.  2009-2010 School Calendar Adopted.  It was recommended the Board adopt the calendar for the 2009-2010 school year.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to adopt the calendar as presented.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

33.  Board Approves Increase in Student Lunch and Breakfast Prices for 2009-2010.  It was recommended the Board approve a rate increase of ten cents (.10) for student lunch prices and twenty cents (.20) for student breakfast prices.  Mr. Sichting said this increase would set lunch prices for students at $2.00 and breakfast prices for students at $1.25.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

34.  National School Lunch, Breakfast, and /or Special Milk Program Contract Approved.  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, 2009 through June 30, 2010.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

35.  Board Approves Student Handbook for 2009-2010.  Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve student handbook changes for the 2009-2010 as proposed by Mrs. Stella Royal. (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the changes as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  After some discussion the motion passed by a 6-0 vote. 

 

36.  Board Policy Revisions Second Readings and Adoptions.  Second 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 second reading.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the policies as presented.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

37.  Superintendent Authorized to Submit Full Day Kindergarten Grant Application.  It was recommended the Board authorize Superintendent Dan Sichting to submit a Full Day Kindergarten Grant application for Bloomfield School District.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting told the Board that submitting this application does not mean Bloomfield is going to offer full day kindergarten only that Bloomfield is thinking about offering full day kindergarten.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

38.  Amendments to Greene County Grant and Professional Development Consortium Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve amendments to the Cape Agreement.  Superintendent Sichting explained that the amendments state the CAPE Consortium would now be titled the Greene County Grant and Professional Development Consortium.  Mr. Sichting added that an amendment is also included concerning the funding for Greene Academy and the Out-of-School Suspension program.  (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the amendments as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  

 

39.  Board Hears Report on Out-of-School Suspension Report.  Mrs. Stella Royal reported on the Out-of-School suspension program being held at Greene Academy.  (See Attached)  Along with statistics Mrs. Royal shared that she feels that students are understanding consequences while attending Greene Academy and being held accountable for their work. 

 

40.  Information on Math Curriculum at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Superintendent Sichting told the Board that teachers at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School had completed the process of making changes in the math curriculum.  He said two copies of the curriculum are located in the Superintendent’s Office. Mr. Dean thanked teacher Lori Burch, Julie Evans, Jennifer Heaton, Michelle Mattox and Diane Wilson from the Math Department for their work on updating the math curriculum.  (See Attached)

 

41.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Doug Frye moved to adjourn.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.