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Minutes- 06/30/11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Feutz   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:17

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

June 30, 2011

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 30, 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 Eric Moody. Matt Miller 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. David Dean recognized 2011 Bloomfield Seniors and said that Graduation went well.  He also recognized all sports teams for finishing good seasons, teachers for participating in Greene Mapp training at WRV High School, and announced the first ever Kick Off for 7th graders and freshmen would be on August 11th and 12th.  Mr. Dean shared that he had taken ten Bloomfield students to an IHSAA Leadership Conference on June 21st.  Mary Jane Vandeventer said she had several Bloomfield Elementary teachers who continued Professional Development over their summer break.  Mr. Sichting recognized Ms. Vandeventer along with her K-5 teachers.  He said their ISTEP scores were outstanding.

 

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 May 26, 2011, and also a special session held on June 9, 2011, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2011 regular and executive session school board meetings beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana met in regular session on May 26, 2011…” and ending with the sentence: “…to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.”   Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Sandy May moved to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2011 special meeting beginning with the sentence “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in special session on June 9, 2011…” and ending with the sentence “The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote.  Dwayne Hostetter abstained from voting because he was not in attendance at the June 9th meeting.

3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts.  Eric Moody made a motion to approve the May 31, 2011 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the June 9, 2011 claims report beginning with voucher number 424 to Bloomfield School Bank and ending with voucher number 515 to Diane Wilson.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

4.  DOESA 541 Report for June 2011. Bloomfield School District received the June DOE SA 541 Basic Grant payment on June 15, 2011.  The June Basic Grant payment was $518,031.17.  Mr. Sichting said the monthly distribution was consistent with the months of January through May, 2011, the monthly Basic Grant distribution was reduced by $27,519.99.  He said the reduction is consistent with the reduction ordered by Governor Daniels in December, 2009.  Mr. Sichting estimated the total reduction of Bloomfield School District’s 2011 budget is $329,620.15.

 

5.  Taylor Paving Wins Paving Contract. It was recommended the Board approve a contract with Taylor Paving to mill, asphalt, and restripe the bus parking lot for $15,700.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

6.  Bloomfield School District Will Participate in 2011 Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Application. Superintendent Sichting explained the Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant program provides money for remediation and preventive remediation and also requires a 50% local match to receive state funding.  He said participation in the program is voluntary, but in order to participate, a school corporation must submit a notice of intent to the Department of Education no later than June 13, 2011. (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting recommended approval of participation in the 2011 Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant.  Bill Bond made a motion to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

7.  Board Approves Contract With Koorsen Fire and Security for Annual Inspection of Fire Alarm. It was recommended the Board approve a 2 year contract with Koorsen Fire and Security for one thousand four hundred seventy five dollars ($1,475) for annual inspections of the alarm system, sprinkler, and fire extinguishers.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said three quotes were received with Koorsen coming in with the lowest bid.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

8.  Amendment #3 to Bloomfield School District Employee Benefit Plan Approved. Superintendent Sichting explained that in the past Bloomfield School District employees have received Direct Dental Reimbursement as an employee benefit, but recent IRS Code has resulted in the Direct Dental Reimbursement being taxed.  He said this amendment would make the Direct Dental Reimbursement to be a part of the Employee Benefit Plan making it non-taxable. Superintendent Sichting recommended approval of Amendment #3, as presented.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

9. 2011 Budget Property Tax Settlement. Superintendent Sichting explained that Bloomfield School District received the initial settlement of property taxes for the 2011 budget cycle on June 29, 2011.  (See Attached)  He said basically, Bloomfield School District received 52% of the certified levy in the Debt Service Fund, Retirement/Severance Pension Debt Service Fund, Transportation Fund, Bus Replacement Fund, and Capital Project Fund.

10. 2011 Budget Settlement for Excise Tax. Mr. Sichting said that Bloomfield School District received a partial settlement for Excise Tax on June 29, 2011.  (See Attached)  He explained the amount received in each of the funds was proportionate to the certified budget.

11. 2010 Budget Settlement Correction. Bloomfield School District received a correction for misapplied property tax and excise tax from the December 2010 settlement.  Mr. Sichting said the funds involved in the settlement were Debt Service, Capital Projects, Bus Replacement, Retirement/Severance Pension Debt Service, and Transportation Fund.   He said the Greene County Auditor had informed him that human error had resulted in property tax and excise tax being credited to the Greene County General Fund instead of local units of government.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said that because of that human error being corrected Bloomfield School District received an additional $108,182.96 in property taxes and an additional $18,000 in excise tax for 2010.

 

12. Board Approves Jr/Sr High School Teacher Retirement Resignation. It was recommended the Board approve the retirement resignation of Mr. Steve Wikle effective at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.  (See Attached)  Eric Moody made a motion to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting shared that Mr. Wikle had been employed with the Bloomfield School District for 38 years and that he would be retiring at the end of the coming school year.  Superintendent Sichting wished Mr. Wikle well in his retirement.

13.  School Nurse Resigns. Superintendent Sichting announced that Mrs. Stormie Robinette had submitted her letter of resignation from her position as Coordinator of Health Services at Bloomfield School District effective May 28, 2011, and recommended approval.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Robinette had served as the nurse for the Bloomfield School District for two years and wished her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

14.  Board Approves Maternity Leave. It was recommended the Board approve a maternity leave for elementary teacher Mrs. Laura McIntosh from August 16, 2011 through on or about November 4, 2011.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the leave as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting extended well wishes to Mrs. McIntosh.  Mrs. McIntosh’s maternity leave was approved by a 6-0 vote.

15. Elementary Teacher Requests Maternity Leave. Mrs. Sally Neill, a 1st Grade teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School, submitted her request for a maternity leave from August 16, 2011 through on or about November 4, 2011.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the request.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting wished Mrs. Neill a healthy pregnancy and a speedy return.

 

16.  Long Term Substitute Teacher for Credit Recovery Program Hired.  It was recommended the Board approve Mr. Scott Allen as a long term substitute teacher for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Credit Recovery Program from on or about Tuesday, May 31, 2011 through on or about Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at a rate of $25 per hour for a maximum of twenty-eight hours.  Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained that the credit recovery program was made available through a grant in connection with Cloverdale School Corporation and therefore will be paid by grant funds.  He said this program had been a benefit for Bloomfield students.  Mr. Sichting also said that the Board had previously hired Mrs. Cinda Williams as a supervisor for the Credit Recovery Program, but Mrs. Williams developed a medical condition preventing her from fulfilling her duties.  Mr. Allen was hired by a 6-0 vote.

17.  Board Hires Coordinator of Health Services. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve the hiring of Mrs. Renee McIntosh for the position of Coordinator of Health Services at the Bloomfield School District.  John Combs made a motion to hire Mrs. McIntosh.  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting explained that the state of Indiana by statute requires school corporations to employ one registered nurse as the Coordinator of Health Services per district. He said that in Administrative Code, each district is required to employ a nurse with a Bachelor of Science and registered in nursing in the state of Indiana.  Recently, IDOE announced it would be allowing the current administrative code to expire requiring a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science and be amended with a stipulation requiring a registered nurse with an Associate’s Degree.  After consulting with the Indiana Department of Education’s Student Services Coordinator concerning the issue, Mr. Sichting was informed that the IDOE was considering language in draft form allowing registered nurses with Associate’s Degrees to fill the position of Coordinator of Health Services for School Corporations.  Mr. Sichting shared that Mrs. McIntosh is a registered nurse with an Associate’s Degree.  Mrs.  McIntosh was hired by a 6-0 vote.  Mrs. McIntosh was in attendance and was warmly welcomed by Mr. Sichting and the Board.

 

18. Athletic Director Receives Contract Extension. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board approve a contract extension for Mr. Ron McBride as Athletic Director at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012.  (See Attached) Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting shared that Mr. McBride had served in this position for three years and had done an outstanding job.

 

19. Board Approves Redliner’s Participation in Dance Camp. Superintendent Sichting recommended approval of a field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Redliners Dance Team to Vincennes University from Monday, June 6, 2011 through Thursday, June 9, 2011.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion.   Mr. Sichting said the field trip was a normal summer activity for the Redliners and that supervision for the girls while at camp was provided by Miss Bailey Helms.

 

20.  Board Policy Revision First Reading Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #4401 Fringe Benefits for Support Staff was presented to the Board for first reading.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting explained the revisions from the current policy. This policy will be brought back to the Board for second reading and adoption.

 

21. Item Declared Surplus Property for Disposal. Superintendent Sichting recommended the Board declare a Dust Collection System as surplus for the purpose of disposal.  Eric Moody made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

22.  Principals Present Testing Information. Principals, David Dean and Mary Jane Vandeventer gave presentations on 2011 Student Achievement on ISTEP+ testing and 2011 End of Course Assessments.  (See Information Provided)

23. Photographs Donated to Bloomfield School District. Per Board policy, the Board was asked to approve a donation of two photographs from Mr. Dick Riddle of the 1942-1943 Bloomfield High School Varsity Basketball Team and Football Team valued at $25 dollars.  Steve Dowden moved to accept the donations.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

24. Bloomfield Elementary School Math Textbook Adoption. Under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended to approve the 2010-2016 math adoption as listed for Bloomfield Elementary School.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve, as presented.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

25.  Adjournment. There being no further business Eric Moody moved to adjourn. Bill Bond 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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Member                                                                      Member

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Attest:  Secretary                                                       Superintendent of Schools

 

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