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Minutes- 10/27/11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Feutz   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:30



October 27, 2011

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on October 27, 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, Matt Miller, and Eric Moody. Sandy May 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.  Greene Mapp 2 Project Based Learning Presentation. Bloomfield jr/sr high school Math teacher Mrs. Julie Evans along with students Monica Hudson, Katie Rojas and Cole Knight gave a presentation where the students, posing as investigators, were given crime details and an equation to prove the guilt or innocence of those accused.  Superintendent Sichting and board members were allowed to ask questions of the students and were impressed with the time and efforts of both Mrs. Evans and the students presenting.


2.  Recognitions. Mary Jane Vandeventer announced that the annual Balloon launch had been successful and also that 83% of elementary students were involved in recent parent teacher conferences.  Ms. Vandeventer also invited those present to attend the Bloomfield Schools Veteran’s Day Program on November 11th at 1:30 p.m.  David Dean recognized Bloomfield athletic teams, Choral and Band departments, and NJROTC members for their recent accomplishments.  Mr. Dean shared that the jr/sr high school held a good number of parent teacher conferences and also recognize 2011 Apple Festival Queen Liza Bartlett and her court. Superintendent Sichting shared that recently the Rooney Foundation had met with Bloomfield teachers to present where Bloomfield Schools are headed in terms of data and how to use data to modify instruction.  He said teachers were engaged and participating and it was a good thing to see and he commended them for their involvement at that meeting.


3.  Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on September 29, 2011, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  President Hostetter asked for a motion to approve the proposed board meeting.  Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the September 29, 2011 regular 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 September 29, 2011.…” and ending with the sentence: The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote”.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote. Steve Dowden abstained because he was not present at the September 29, 2011 meeting of the board.

4. 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 September 30, 2011 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7965 and also the October 3, 2011 claims report beginning with voucher number 789 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 881 to William V. MacGill & Co.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


5.  DOESA 541 Report for October 2011. Bloomfield School District received the October Tuition Support payment from the Indiana Department of Education on Friday, October 14, 2011.  The October DOE SA 541 Basic Grant payment was $517,517.13.  The September payment amount was $0.05 greater than the October DOE SA 541 Basic Grant payment.  The decrease was due to the averaging of payments during the last six months of the 2011 budget year.  As consistent with earlier months during the 2011 budget, the October DOE SA 541 Basic Grant 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.  Board Approves Scope Deduction to Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract Renovation Project. It was recommended the Board approve Exhibit E-Scope Deduction to the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract Renovation Project-Bloomfield Upper Elementary and Bloomfield Junior High School HVAC Renovation.  Superintendent Sichting gave some background on this agenda item.  (See Attached) He shared that on February 24, 2011 the Board approved a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract for a renovation project at Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  He said in the original scope, branch circuit wiring was to be replaced from new electrical panels to the source in light switches or electrical outlets.  Mr. Sichting said the subcontractor tested the wire and found it to be within code specifications for electrical load and as a result, the branch circuit wiring wasn’t replaced.  He said the scope deduction results in the deduction in the total value of the contract equivalent to the amount of $17,709.


7. Girl’s Junior High Track Coach Resigns. Mr. Steve Jones turned in his letter of resignation from the Girl’s Track Coach (7-8) effective immediately.  Superintendent Sichting recommended acceptance.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to accept the resignation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

8. 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)  Matt Miller moved to approve the entire list as follows:




  • Kyle von Almen - Girl’s Track Coach (7-8)
  • Jake Graf  - Volunteer 7th Grade Girl’s Basketball Coach


Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

9.  2011-2012 Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Improvement Committee Appointments Confirmed. Mr. Dean provided the Board with two final appointments to the School Improvement Committee for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, which had been approved by the teacher’s association.  (See Attached)  He named Kristie Bladen and Nancy Hudson to serve on that committee for the 2011-2012 school year.


10. Board Approves Out-of-State FFA Field Trip. It was recommended the Board approve an out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School FFA Chapter to Louisville, Kentucky on February 18, 2011. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


11.  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 Camp Perry, Ohio for the All Navy Regional Midwest Air Rifle Team National Qualifier on December 9th and 10th, 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.

12. Board Approves Monetary Donations. Superintendent Sichting told board members a monetary donation had been made to Bloomfield Schools Music Departments from the Bloomfield High School Class of 1946 in the amount of $25.00.  Mr. Sichting recommended acceptance of the donation in compliance with Board Policy #9510.  Eric Moody made a motion to accept the donation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


13.  Routine Procedures for Sanitation and Hygiene in Handling Body Fluids Administrative Guideline #8353 Approved. Superintendent Sichting provided board members with Administrative Guideline #8353 being established at Bloomfield School District for Sanitation and Hygiene when handling body fluids.  (See Attached)  He explained that the guideline had been reviewed by Bloomfield School Nurse Renee McIntosh in terms of Universal Precautions and also by Custodial Supervisor Harold Holtsclaw.  Mr. Sichting said the guideline would go into effect after being reviewed by the Board.   Mr. Sichting thanked Nurse McIntosh for helping to create these guidelines and for bringing to his attention the need for these guidelines.

14.  House Bill 1260-Health Insurance Benefits Information.  Superintendent Sichting provided information on House Bill 1260.  During the spring legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly ratified House Bill 1260.  The impact of House Bill 1260 was to place a ceiling on health insurance contributions by school district to employees.  The bill placed a ceiling on the dollar amount school districts could contribute to employee health insurance plans.  The ceiling created was 112% of the state of Indiana’s contribution to employee health plan costs.  The state of Indiana’s personnel office was charged to collect information from Indiana school corporations on the current contribution levels for employees.  Mr. Sichting said that recently, Bloomfield School District completed the survey and submitted it to the state of Indiana’s Personnel Department.  (See Attached) He shared that Bloomfield School District’s current contributions are within the threshold of tolerance of 112%.


15.  Board Receives Information on RISE Evaluation Pilot. Superintendent Sichting presented a Power Point presentation for board members with information about the RISE Evaluation Pilot.  He stated that National studies have indicated the largest influence on student achievement is the quality of instruction received by a student and thus Indiana is implementing a new teacher evaluation system on a state-wide basis.  Mr. Sichting announced that Bloomfield School District is one of only three school districts in the state of Indiana piloting the RISE Evaluation System.  He said the goal of RISE is to find teachers who are ineffective or need improvement in their teaching skills and bring them along to become Highly Effective teachers.  Mr. Sichting shared that the two components of the RISE evaluation system are Professional Practice and Student Learning. He explained details of what each of the components consist of.  Mr. Sichting said in the RISE evaluation model it is mandatory that each teacher every year receive two extended forty minute evaluations and  also three short ten minute evaluations with written feedback on those evaluation received from the principals within a set number of days.  He explained the three groups that teachers would fall in. Group #1 would be teachers with ½ or more growth model classes, Group #2 would be teachers with less than ½ growth model classes and Group #3 would be teachers with no growth model classes.  He explained how teacher’s score for the evaluation would be calculated.  Mr. Sichting said teachers were being trained and the principals are doing walkthroughs on the short as well as the extended evaluations and are on track as to what is required of them during the first semester. He said this system of evaluating teachers will force principals to be instructional leaders.


16.  Indiana Department of Education 2012 Revenue Estimate. Superintendent Sichting explained that in the spring legislative session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 575 which altered collective bargaining in the state of Indiana.  He provided a list of important dates for upcoming bargaining.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting also stated that the Indiana Department of Education is required to provide parties with a certification of the estimated general fund revenue available for bargaining in the school corporation from the school funding formula (tuition support) within thirty days after the date of the first ADM of the school year of the state budget biennium.  Mr. Sichting provided a comparison of the DOE estimated and actual General Fund revenues to school districts he received on October 17, 2011.  (See Attached)


17.  District Receives Waiver for After-School Child-Care Program. The superintendent told board members that he had received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on October 4, 2011 of approval of a waiver of the requirement to provide an after-school, child-care program under the provisions of IC 20-26-5-2.  (See Attached)


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



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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