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Minutes - 04/28/11 PDF Print E-mail
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MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 28, 2011

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 28, 2011, 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:  Bill Bond, John Combs, Steve Dowden, Dwayne Hostetter, Sandy May, and Matt Miller. Eric Moody was absent.  President Hostetter called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1. Recognitions. Mary Jane Vandeventer shared that Susie Schulte recently held a dodge ball tournament raising over $1,000  for Riley Children’s Hospital and also said elementary student council under the leadership of Miss Stephanie Hill had been holding several fund raising events to help those in need.  Ms. Vandeventer invited those present to Track and Field Day on May 23, 2011 and to 6th Grade Graduation to be held May 25, 2011.  Mr. Dean said Body Safety Program had been hosted in conjunction with Greene County Prosecutor’s office to help keep Bloomfield students safe.  He shared that prom was a success, he had teachers attending the National Math Conference recently, and the latest Red Cross blood drive held at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School went well. Mr. Dean announced that a Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School 1970, 4 x 800 relay team record had been broken by 2011 team members Aaron Brown, Kyle Smith, Jake Phegley, and Conner Gadberry.  He also shared that the HS Academic team led by Mrs.  Stephanie Arthur did very well recently at an Academic Bowl in Vincennes.  Mr. Dean said ISTEP testing, now online, for the jr/sr high school was completed and commended Michelle Mattox and Chris Crane for working to have the computers ready for testing time and believed everything ran smoothly.  Superintendent Sichting followed Mr. Dean’s comments concerning ISTEP testing.  He praised Mrs. Mattox and told of the huge undertaking it was to get computers ready for students to take the ISTEP online.  Mr. Sichting also spoke of Donavon Hodge, a 2009 Bloomfield graduate, who choose Vincennes University’s automotive program for college.  He said Donavon recently took a test sponsored by Ford Motor Company and was a national finalist.  Mr. Sichting said this was a good showing that Twin Rivers Vocational Program prepares Bloomfield students for college.

 

2.  Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting and an executive session board meeting both held on March 31, 2011, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  Matt Miller  moved to approve the minutes of the proposed school board meetings 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, 2011…” and ending with the sentence: “The (March 31st) meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.”  Steve Dowden 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.  Bill Bond made a motion to approve the March 31, 2011 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the April 4, 2011 claims report beginning with voucher number 240 to Bloomfield School Flex and ending with voucher number 336 to USA Test Prep.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

4.  DOESA 541 Report for April 2011. Bloomfield School District received the monthly DOE SA 541 Report on April 18, 2011.  The April Basic Grant payment was $518,031.10.  Mr. Sichting said the monthly distribution consists of funds for Tuition Support, Academic Honors Diploma, Special Education, Vocational Education, Prime Time, Restoration Grant, and Small Schools Grant.  The monthly reduction for Bloomfield School District ordered by Governor Daniels was $27,520.09 and will constitute a $329,620.83 decline in funding for Bloomfield School District for the 2011 budget year.

 

5.  Board Approves Billboard Rental. It was recommended the Board approve a contract with Lamar Companies for one thousand one hundred eighty five ($1,185) dollars for the rental of a billboard from May 9, 2011 through August 29, 2011.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained the billboard would be used for marketing Bloomfield School District.  He said the marketing theme would center on the success of students in the class of 2011 graduating with dual college credits.  The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

6.  Report on Proposed 2012 and 2013 State Funding. Superintendent Sichting provided the following information concerning the proposed State funding for 2012 and 2013.  On Friday, April 15, 2011, the Indiana State Budget Agency held a revenue forecast for 2012 and 2013.  As a result of a brighter revenue forecast, the senate upgraded the revenue forecast with additional funds set aside for K-12 education.  One of the announcements was for schools larger than 500 students to receive a grant.  The grant would provide schools above 1,000 students an additional $100,000.  One of the details not shared was the termination period for an earlier Small Schools Grant and Restoration Grant would be cut from nine (9) years to seven (7) years.  As a result of the cut in the period of phasing out the Small Schools Grant and Restoration Grant, the new state funds didn’t increase funding to Bloomfield School District.

Earlier in the House version of the budget, Bloomfield School District was estimated to receive the following revenue:

 

2012-$6,031,332 based on an ADM of 1,015 students

2013-$5,949,324 based on an ADM of 1,011 students

 

In 2011, Bloomfield School District was anticipated to receive $6,274,684 based on an ADM of 1,045 students

 

In the Senate version of the budget bill, Bloomfield School District is estimated to receive the following revenue:

 

2012-$6,040,856 based on an ADM of 1,015 students

2013-$5,985,987 based on an ADM of 1,011 students

 

7.  Board Approves Proposal for 2011-2012 Full Day Kindergarten. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve Full Day Kindergarten to be offered at Bloomfield Elementary School for 2011-2012 school year.  Mr. Sichting’s recommendation was contingent upon nine parents paying a parent fee of $100 per week.  He said if less than nine parents are willing to pay the $100 fee, no Full Day Kindergarten classes would be offered at Bloomfield School District for the 2011-2012 school year.  (See Attached)    Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting stated there would be a promissory note for those parents to sign who have said they would pay for All Day Kindergarten.  He also clarified that if nine parents sign up for Full Day Kindergarten Bloomfield Elementary would hold two classes of ½ day kindergarten and two classes of Full Day Kindergarten.

 

8.  2011-2012 Title I Application Approved for Submission. Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2011-2012 school year. (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the 2011-2012 Title I grant application.  Bill Bond seconded the motion.  The Board approved the motion by a 6-0 vote.

 

9. Technology Assistant Hiring Approved by Board. It was recommended the Board approve the funding for hiring Bryce McGlothlin as a Technology Assistant for three hundred twenty hours (320) at $7.30 per hour.  (See Attached)  Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained that before the renovations to the upper elementary and junior high wings could begin technology items would need to be removed from the classrooms.  He continued that at the conclusion of the renovation and prior to the 2011-2012 school year those technology items would need to be reinstalled in those areas.  Mr. Sichting said Mr. McGlothlin had worked as a cadet assistant in Technology at Bloomfield School District during his senior year. Mr. McGlothlin was hired by a 6-0 vote. 

10. Funding Approved for Hiring Maintenance Assistant. Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to approve the funding of a Maintenance Assistant for fifty-three days at an hourly rate of $8.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained that during the last renovation there was enough recyclable materials taken out of the old unit ventilators along with some other metals to more than pay for the extra summer help.  He said this Maintenance Assistant would be taking out the old unit ventilators and removing the recyclable materials.  The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

11. Resignation and Release Existing Claims Agreement Approved by School Board. Superintendent Sichting said Mr. John Bucher had submitted his resignation as a Science teacher and Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach at Bloomfield School District including a signed Agreement to Resign & Release Existing Claims effective May 27, 2011.   Mr. Sichting recommended approval.  (See Attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

12. 2010-2011 ECA Recommendation Approved. Board members were provided with a recommendation for the 2010-2011 school year from Mr. Dean and Mr. McBride. (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting included his support of the recommendation.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation as follows:

  • Steven Rose – Volunteer Weight Room Supervisor

 

Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote.  President Hostetter cast the nay vote.

13.  Long Term Substitute Teacher Hired at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was recommended the Board hire Ms. Diane Rodriquez as a long term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School from on or about May 4, 2011 through May 27, 2011.  Matt Miller made a motion to approve the hiring.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

14.  Girl’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Team Camp (Overnight) Approved. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Girl’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Team to Hanover, Indiana on June 17, 2011 through June 18, 2011 to participate in a Team Camp at Hanover College.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

15.  Junior High Boy’s Basketball Team Camp (Overnight). It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Junior High Boy’s Basketball teams to participate in a Team Camp at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana from June 16, 2011 through June 18, 2011.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the trip.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

16. Board Approves Overnight and Out-of-State NJROTC Field Trip. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Rockwood, Tennessee from June 5, 2011 through June 11, 2011. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

17.  NJROTC Out-of-State and Overnight Field Trip to Great Lakes, Illinois Approved. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve an out-of-state and overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to travel to Great Lakes, Illinois from June 18, 2011 through June 25, 2011. (See Attached)  Matt Miller made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

18.  Board Approves Overnight and Out-of-State NJROTC Field Trip. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Marseilles, Illinois from June 25, 2011 through July 1, 2011. (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

19. Field Trip to McDonough, Georgia for NJROTC Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip to participate in NJROTC National Brain Brawl Competition.  Mr. Sichting said the group would travel to McDonough, Georgia from May 20, 2011 through May 22, 2011.  (See Attached)  Matt Miller moved to approve the field trip.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

20.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Math Textbook Adoption Approved. Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean presented the Board with his recommendation for the Jr/Sr High School Math Textbook Adoption for 2010-2016.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting included his approval.  Matt Miller moved to approve the jr/sr high school textbook adoption as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  The superintendent thanked all involved with the adoption process.

 

21.  Board Hears About Science Curriculum at Bloomfield Elementary School. Teachers at Bloomfield Elementary School have completed the process of writing curriculum for science. The curriculum will be used with the adopted textbooks to provide students with high quality instruction and content.  The curriculum was aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards for science.  In adopting the curriculum, teachers also considered the Common Core academic standards to be implemented by the state of Indiana.  The curriculum is for class offerings in K-6 Science at Bloomfield Elementary.

 

22.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Science Textbook Adoption Approved. Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean presented the Board with his recommendation for the Jr/Sr High School Science Textbook Adoption for 2011-2017.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting included his approval.  Bill Bond moved to approve the jr/sr high school textbook adoption as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

23. Board Approves Student Handbook Changes for 2011-2012. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve student handbook changes for the 2011-2012 school year 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.

 

24. Bloomfield Elementary School Science Textbook Adoption. Under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended to approve the 2011-2017 science adoption as listed for Bloomfield Elementary School.  (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve, as presented.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

25.   Board Approves Non-Resident Students Applications.  Mr. Sichting told Board members that two new non-resident students along with their parents had made application to Bloomfield School District for the 2011-2012 school year. (See Attached)  He assured board members that the applications were consistent with Board Policy #5111 and that an interview had been held with the parents and students.  Mr. Sichting said both students would be in Kindergarten. Matt Miller moved to approve the transfers per the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

26.  BSD Receives Monetary Donation. It was recommended the Board accept a donation from the grandparents of Joanna Closser, a student at Bloomfield Elementary School, in the amount of one thousand ($1,000) dollars.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to accept the donation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said the donation would be used to purchase primary grade level reading books for the Bloomfield Elementary Library.  He added that Miss Closser’s grandparents are in the process of applying for a matching grant from the grandfather’s employer.

27.  Monetary Donation Made to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Art Club. A monetary donation in the amount of four hundred fifteen ($415) dollars was made in memory of Lanore Cady to the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Art Club.  (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to accept the donation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

28.  Board Receives Information on BSD Cafeteria Corrective Action. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on April 4, 2011 of the corrective action taken by the Bloomfield School District Cafeteria concerning the status of three (3) Free and Reduced lunch applications.  The corrective action was ordered as a result of three (3) applications for Free and Reduced Lunches being approved incorrectly.  No fiscal sanctions were assessed to the Bloomfield School District Cafeteria due to the dollar amounts being under $600.  (See Attached)

 

29.  Information on Indiana Professional Development 360. Bloomfield School District applied to participate in the Indiana Department of Education’s PD 360 pilot.  The PD 360 pilot provides teachers and building administrators access to professional development resources that can be accessed 24 hours a day.  This will allow our staff to have access to the latest research and professional development activities in public education.  The pilot will be paid for out of Title II, Part A Grant funds dedicated for professional development activities.

30.  Bloomfield School District to Participate in Evaluation Pilot. The Bloomfield School District in cooperation with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association made application to participate in the Indiana Department of Education’s Evaluation Pilot to be launched during the 2011-2012 school year.  The Indiana Department of Education was seeking schools of different demographics and size to pilot the evaluation rubrics and model.  The administration and staff of Bloomfield School District is eagerly awaiting word on the selection of schools for this pilot.

 

31.  Sale of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Made. Bloomfield School District was able to sell the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds to Regions Bank for the Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Junior High School renovation project.  The bonds were sold at 4.5% interest.  The federal government will subsidize all interest payments up to 6.5% interest.  As a result, the bonds will be borrowed with no dollar liability to taxpayers in terms of interest.

 

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

 

 

 

BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT – BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

 

 

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President                                                                    Member

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Vice-President                                                           Member

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Attest:  Secretary                                                       Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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