|Written by Kevin Feutz|
|Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:26|
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
August 25, 2011
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on August 25, 2011, in the jr/sr high school cafeteria 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, Matt Miller, and Eric Moody. 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 congratulated Bloomfield Elementary students and staff for a great “Meet the Teacher Night” and a successful start to the new school year. David Dean echoed Ms. Vandeventer’s sentiments concerning a good start to the school year. He shared that the first ever 7th grade orientation and Freshman kickoff had been a huge success. Mr. Dean thanked the custodial department, maintenance, and the technology department for their efforts getting the building ready for the beginning of the school year. He also recognized several Bloomfield students who participated in the Indiana State Fair. Superintendent Sichting thanked those teachers whose classrooms are located in the jr. high wing and the upper elementary wing for their patience during and after the renovations to those areas. Mr. Sichting also specifically recognized those workers who worked long hours two weeks prior to school beginning to get the building back in shape for students to attend. He recognized Matt O’Neall, Jeff Emery, Daniel Frye, Roger Kennedy, Michael Hayes, Janice Abrams, Maria Marusek, Bill Sipes and Allen Toon. A moment of silence and prayer was conducted in memory of Mr. Ralph Raper who was a retired principal at Bloomfield School District who had passed away recently.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a special reorganization board meeting held on July 7, 2011 and a regular school board meeting held on July 28, 2011, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. President Hostetter asked for a motion to approve the July 7, 2011 board meeting. Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the July 7, 2011 special reorganization board meeting beginning with the sentence: “On July 7, 2011 the Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana held a special reorganization at 7:00 p.m.…” and ending with the sentence: The (July 7, 2011) meeting was then adjourned by a 4-0 vote”. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-0-3 vote. Bill Bond, Steve Dowden, and Sandy May abstained from voting because they were not in attendance at the July 7, 2011 meeting. President Hostetter then asked for a motion to approve the July 28, 2011 regular meeting of the Board. Bill Bond moved to approve the minutes of the July 28, 2011 regular school board meeting beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 28, 2011…” and ending with the sentence: “The (July 28, 2011) meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0-1 vote. John Combs abstained because he was absent from the July 28, 2011 meeting.
3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts. Matt Miller made a motion to approve the July 31, 2011 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7953 and also the July 31, 2011 claims report beginning with voucher number 588 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 669 to Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
4. Public Hearing on the 2012 Budget, Capital Projects Fund Plan, and School Bus Replacement Plan. It was recommended the Board conduct a public hearing on the 2012 Budget. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation to conduct a public hearing on the 2012 Budget. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Superintendent Sichting stated that on August 5, 2011 and August 12, 2011 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 2012 Budget. Mr. Sichting commented that the General Fund is bound by the number of students in the District. He said the Capital Projects Fund is rate driven, meaning there is a maximum rate that can be charged. He explained the Transportation Fund is a levy driven fund and said the School Bus Replacement fund has no real controls on it.
5. DOESA 541 Report for August 2011. Bloomfield School District received the August Basic Grant Tuition Support payment on Monday, August 15, 2011. (See Attached) The August Basic Grant payment was $517,517.16. The August Basic Grant payment was $43.35 more than the July Basic Grant payment. The increase was due to the Common School Loan payment decreasing during the last six months of the 2011 budget year. As consistent with earlier months during the 2011 budget, the August payment was decreased by $27,476.64. This is part of the reduction in funding ordered by Governor Daniels in December, 2009. The total reduction of the 2011 budget is estimated to be $329,403.36.
6. 2012 Bloomfield School District Net Assessed Valuation. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Greene County Auditor’s Office on August 8, 2011 concerning the preliminary net assessed valuation for Bloomfield School District for the 2012 Budget. For the 2011 budget, Bloomfield School District had a certified assessed valuation of $171, 938,241. The preliminary net assessed valuation has an increase of $12,843,431. An inverse correlation exists between the assessed valuation and tax rate. As the assessed valuation increases, the property tax rates decrease. The increased assessed valuation should result in a decrease in tax rates if property tax levies remain constant.
7. Board Adopts Expenditure Goals for 2012 Budget. Superintendent Sichting explained that the General Assembly passed legislation establishing that school corporations establish expenditure goals unique to their school corporation as mandated by I.C. 21-10-3-4. Mr. Sichting recommended approval. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. He said losing revenue because of cuts made by Governor Daniels and a declining enrollment makes it difficult to develop Expenditure Goals.
8. Board Hears Preliminary 2011-2012 ADM Information. Superintendent Sichting said he is projecting
the ADM for Bloomfield School District to be 1003 ½ students. He reminded those present that the ADM would not be
final until September 16, 2011. (See Attached Information.)
9. Amendment of 6th Grade Textbook Rental Amount Approved. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked board members to amend the earlier adopted textbook rental for sixth grade at Bloomfield Elementary from $70.19 to $87.93 for the 2011-2012 school year. Superintendent Sichting supported Ms. Vandeventer’s request. (See Attached) Sandy May made a motion to approve the increase in 6th grade textbook rental per the request. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
10. Instructional Assistant Retires at Bloomfield Elementary. Mrs. Becky Smith submitted her retirement resignation as Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary effective July 29, 2011. (See Attached) Matt Miller made a motion to accept the resignation. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said that Mrs. Smith was a long time employee of the District and wished her the best. Mary Jane Vandeventer shared her thoughts about Mrs. Smith. She said she was a kind lady with a quiet, loving nature who was always where she was supposed to be and doing her job well. Ms. Vandeventer personally thanked Mrs. Smith for her dedication to the children at Bloomfield Elementary.
11. Bloomfield Elementary Hires Long Term Substitute Teacher. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Mrs. Kaytin Leichter as a long term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School from August 15, 2011 to on or about November 4, 2011. (See Attached) He stated Mrs. Leichter would be teaching Mrs. Sally Neill’s class while she is on maternity leave. Eric Moody moved to hire Mrs. Leichter. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
12. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Guidance Counselor Resigns. Bloomfield jr/sr high school guidance counselor Mrs. Tiffany Raidy submitted her letter of resignation effective July 28, 2011. Superintendent Sichting recommended approval. Matt Miller made a motion to accept the resignation. Sandy May seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting wished Mrs. Raidy the best in her new position at a school district in Northern Indiana. The motion was accepted by a 7-0 vote.
13. Bloomfield School District Gets New Band/Music Teacher. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Ms. Jennifer Bollero as the band/music teacher for grade K-12 at Bloomfield School District. (See Attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Ms. Bellero was present at this meeting so Mr. Sichting introduced her to the board and shared that she was a 2010 Indiana University School of Music graduate and was a native of Elkhart, Indiana. He said at noon on the day she was told she had the position she was in the Bloomfield band room taking inventory by 3:00 in the afternoon. Mr. Dean added that Ms. Bellero had already spent a lot of time at school and is doing a great job.
14. Business Teacher Hired at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean asked the Board to hire Mrs. Erika Bault as a Business teacher for grades 7-12. (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting recommended approval. John Combs moved to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mrs. Bault was present and Mr. Sichting welcomed her. Mrs. Bault was hired by a unanimous 7-0 vote. Mr. Dean praised Mrs. Bault and her work ethic and said she was doing a great job.
15. Temporary Language Arts Teacher Approved for Hire at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Superintendent Sichting explained that this temporary position would be funded by Education Job Fund revenue and that those funds must be expended by September, 2012. He said that recent changes in Senate Enrolled Act 1 allow school corporations to hire employees funded by grants or other temporary funds through a temporary contract. Mr. Sichting recommended the hiring of Ms. Katie White on a temporary contract as a Language Arts teacher for grades 7-12 for the 2011-2012 school year. Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said he sees Ms. White during his morning rounds and said she is doing a good job with her students. Mr. Dean explained that Ms. White would be part of the “pull out” program to help with the ISTEP+ remediation. Both Mr. Sichting and Mr. Dean welcomed Ms. White to Bloomfield Schools.
16. 2011-2012 ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2011-2012 school year from Mr. McBride and/or Mr. Dean. Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations. (See Attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve the Athletics list as follows:
Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0-1 vote. Eric Moody abstained from voting because he was on the list for consideration.
Clubs and Activities:
Eric Moody made a motion to approve the Clubs and Activities list as follows:
Junior High Science Club (Co-Sponsor)
Other School Sponsored Clubs Approved by Administration (Environmental Club)
Junior High Student Council
Senior Class Sponsor
National Honor Society
HS Major Musical/Play Lights
Junior High Musical/Play Lights
Junior High Science Club (Co-Sponsor)
Junior Class Sponsor
Elementary Vocal Music
Elementary Musical Director
Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
17. 2011-2012 Bloomfield Elementary School Improvement Committee Appointments Confirmed. Ms. Mary Jane Vandeventer provided the Board with appointments to the School Improvement Committee for the Bloomfield Elementary School, which had been approved by the teacher’s association. (See Attached) She named Susan Riggs, Kathy Neill, Mandy McIntosh, Susie Goodman, Laura Bucher and David Harshman to serve on that committee for the 2011-2012 school year.
18. Board Approves Non-Resident Students Applications. Mr. Sichting told Board members that five new non-resident students along with their parents had made application to Bloomfield School District for the 2011-2012 school year. The Superintendent also said there were seventeen returning non-resident students making application to attend Bloomfield School again 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 all students are in good academic and disciplinary standing in their present school corporation. The superintendent stated that Ms. Vandeventer and Mr. Dean had explained to the parents that presently they would not be charged any tuition for transferring, but that there would be a new calculation made during the 2011-2012 school year and they possibly could owe transfer tuition at that time. Eric Moody moved to approve the transfers per the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
19. Use of School Facilities for Apple Festival Approved. It was recommended the Board approve the use of district facilities for the Apple Festival Committee for the Bloomfield Apple Festival on October 6, 2011, October 7, 2011, October 8, 2011, and October 9, 2011. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting stated the Bloomfield Apple Festival Committee utilizes school facilities during the Apple Festival Celebration each year. He said the amusement company sets up a midway in the tennis court parking lot and vendors set up booths in the baseball field gravel parking lot. He continued the Committee will use the tennis courts parking lot and bus parking lot on Sunday, October 9, 2011 for lining up parade participants. Mr. Sichting included a copy of the Certificate of Insurance provided by Jessop Amusement Company.
20. I-69 Road Closure Update. Superintendent Sichting explained that at a meeting concerning section 4 of I-69 that he attended recently he received information that four or five road closures would be affecting Bloomfield School District bus routes and that he had notified the drivers of those routes. He also said that the bus drivers are currently dealing with section 3 of I-69.
21. 2010-2011 Bloomfield School District ACT Report. Superintendent Sichting provided board members with results of the performance of those students taking the ACT during the 2011-2012 school year. (See Attached) He assured the Board that Bloomfield students scored well on the ACT test.
22. 2010-2011 Greene County Parent and Student Survey Grades 7-12. Mr. Sichting explained that this Parent and Student Survey was funded by a Safe Schools Grant that was received by the Greene County Development Consortium. He said the reason for doing this survey was to get a baseline of where your school is and where your students are. He said the survey results showed how much tobacco, alcohol and drug use we have among Bloomfield students. Mr. Sichting said the number of Bloomfield parents that completed the survey was very good. He said this survey shows the areas needing attention like the implementation of a bullying program and others. Mr. Dean explained some of the programs that are available to Bloomfield students and how they have been beneficial. Mr. Sichting assured those present that problems that have been identified through this survey will not be ignored; they will be dealt with by the Administration.
23. Adjournment. There being no further business Eric Moody moved to adjourn. Matt Miller seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.
BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT – BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES
Attest: Secretary Superintendent of Schools