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Minutes- 01/26/12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Feutz   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:36

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

January 26, 2012

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on January 26, 2012, 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 7:10 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1. Recognitions. David announced the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen, Joshua Holmes and Jordan Gillenwater along with Prince Cody Hutcherson and Princess Nicole Hughes.  Mr. Dean recognized his School Improvement Committee and the Math and Language Arts departments in the Jr/Sr High School.  Mary Jane Vandeventer shared that Lego League was going strong at Bloomfield Elementary.  Mr. Sichting praised Harold Holtsclaw, Roger Kennedy, and Jeff Emery for doing a great job clearing the parting lots and sidewalks for the boy’s varsity basketball game recently after an ice storm left them slick and hazardous.

 

2.  Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on December 29, 2011, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  President Hostetter asked for a motion to approve the proposed board meeting.  Bill Bond moved to approve the minutes of the December 29, 2011regular 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 December 29, 2011.…” and ending with the sentence: “The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote”.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which 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.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the January 5, 2012 claims listing beginning with voucher number1 to American Family Life Assurance Company and ending with voucher number 65 to Wireless Generation and also the December 31, 2011 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7965.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

4. DOESA 542 Report for January 2012. On January 17, 2012, Bloomfield School District received the initial Tuition Support payment of the 2012 budget year.  The January DOE SA 542 report utilizes the Special Education count from December, 2010.  As a result, Bloomfield School District will see additional funding loss for the February DOE SA 542 report once the count from December, 2011 is used to determine the funds for Special Education.   As per the January SA 542 report, Bloomfield School District will receive $6,014,282 in tuition support for 2012.  The December, 2011 Special Education count resulted in a reduction of funding for Special Education in comparison to the 2011 funding level.  In 2011, Bloomfield School District received three hundred forty one thousand and four hundred twenty dollars ($341,420) in Special Education funding.  In 2012, Bloomfield School District is expected to receive three hundred sixteen thousand one hundred ninety four dollars ($316,194) in Special Education funding.  The funding loss was a result of a smaller number of Special Education students attending Bloomfield School District.  As a result, Bloomfield School District is expected to receive five million nine hundred eighty nine thousand fifty six dollars ($5,989,056) in Basic Grant funding for 2012.  In 2011, Bloomfield School District received six million two hundred ninety two thousand two hundred thirty one dollars and two cents ($6,292,231.02). In 2012, Bloomfield School District will receive three hundred three thousand one hundred seventy five dollars and two cents ($303,175.02) less funding.

 

5.  Board Approves Transfer of Appropriations of 2011 Budget. It was recommended the Board accept a report from the Bloomfield School District's Treasurer showing transfers within and among both minor and major categories in all funds in order to allow for expenditures to close out the 2011 budget. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the report. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

6.  January Department of Education Impact Aid Payment. Superintendent Sichting said he had received notification from the United States Department of Education concerning the 2012 Impact Aid payment for the Bloomfield School District. He explained that Impact Aid is reimbursement for federal property located within the boundaries of the local school district declared tax exempt and receiving no reimbursement for property taxes.  He said the amount received for 2012 was $15,689.82.  (See Attached)

 

7.  Circuit Breaker Impact and Tax Delinquencies for 2010 Pay 2011 Budget. Superintendent Sichting provided a handout to board members and the media showing how the circuit breaker and delinquent taxes impact the budget for Bloomfield School District.  (See Attached)  He said the impact from the circuit breaker for this year was approximately $39,000.  Mr. Sichting said the reason Bloomfield School District does not hit the circuit breaker as quickly as some neighboring districts are because we don’t have a large amount of debt.  He stated that the property tax delinquency hits Bloomfield Schools harder and that this year approximately $50,000 was not collected due to people not paying their property taxes.  Mr. Sichting thanked Matt Baker for supplying the figures to enable him to make the calculations.

8.  Long Term Substitute Teacher Hired to Cover Maternity Leave at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was recommended the Board hire Cara Graves to fill a maternity leave for special needs teacher Mrs. Brittany Nicholson at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  Mrs. Graves would work from on or about January 23, 2012 to on or about March 30, 2012.  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting shared that Mrs. Graves previously served as an early intervention teacher at one of the Greene-Sullivan Education preschool sites and also filled a leave position in Special Education at Linton Jr/Sr High School.

9.  Board Approves Overnight and Out-of-State NJROTC Field Trip to Ohio. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for two members of the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Camp Perry, Ohio to the 2012 NJROTC Service Championship from February 11th through February 14th, 2012. (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Superintendent Sichting shared that Bloomfield would have two students, Bryan and Ricky Lifford, competing in this competition and wishes the boys the best of luck.

 

10. Approval Granted for Alabama 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 Marian, Alabama to attend a college orientation and scholarship competition at Marian Military Institute from February 21st through February 26th, 2012. (See Attached)  Bill Bond made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

11.  Board Gives Approval for Overnight NJROTC Indianapolis Field Trip. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Indianapolis to compete in the Pike High School Drill Competition and to tour the Indianapolis War Museum and Soldiers and Sailors monument from February 24th through February 25th, 2012. (See Attached)  Matt Miller made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

12.  Board Approves Non-Resident Students Applications. Mr. Sichting told Board members that three new non-resident students along with their parents had made application to Bloomfield School District for the second semester of 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 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. Matt Miller moved to approve the transfers per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

13.  Class Sizes Outside of Limits of Board Policy #2705 Receives Board Approval. It was recommended the Board approve a list of class sizes for the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

14. Desktop Monitoring for Title I and Title II. Bloomfield School District was notified on December 9, 2011 of selection for review of Title I, Title II, and Title III federal grants.  Bloomfield School District receives no Title III grant funds.  Bloomfield School District will be providing information to the Indiana Department of Education concerning Title I and Title II federal grants on January 27, 2012, April 2, 2012, and October 1, 2012.  Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer with assistance from Mrs. Susie Goodman will be supplying information for the Title I grant.  Superintendent Dan Sichting, with assistance from Mrs. Sue Pritts will be supplying information for the Title II grant.

15. Appeal of Noncompliance for Indicator 12 for FFY 2010 (SY 10-11). Bloomfield School District was notified on January 6, 2012 of acceptance of an appeal regarding the Indiana Department of Education’s Indicator 12 concerning children eligible for Pre-School Special Education services by their third birthdays.  On December 29, 2011 during the December school board meeting, Superintendent Dan Sichting had informed the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees of receiving notification of non-compliance from the Indiana Department of Education concerning Indicators 11 and 12.  The appeal successfully removes the finding of noncompliance for Indicator 12.  Bloomfield School District is in the process of drafting a compliance plan for Indicator 11.

 

16.  Bloomfield School District Included in United States Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. Superintendent Sichting said he had received notification from the U.S. Department of Education of inclusion in the 2011-2012 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).  He provided board members with the key dates of the process as:

  • Designating your agency’s principal point of contact (Completed)

Mr. Sichting, Main Contact/Mr. Dean, Secondary Contact

  • Updating the district profile on the Advance Website (Due by March 15, 2012)
  • Collection of 2011-2012 CRDC data
  • Submission of CRDC data at the school and district level (August/September-December, 2012)

17.  Health Insurance Monitoring Update. Superintendent Sichting provided board members with an update concerning health insurance monitoring. The 2011-2012 Bloomfield School District Health Insurance continues at a rate that will result in an increase in health insurance premiums at the end of the current plan year.  At the end of December, 2011, the loss ratio for the current health insurance plan year was 139%.  A loss ratio of 82% to 88% normally results in a health insurance premium remaining stable.  As a result of the current loss ratio, Bloomfield School District could face health insurance premiums increasing by $250,000 to $300,000.  The Bloomfield School District Health Insurance Committee met on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  Previously, the Bloomfield School District Health Insurance Committee met on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The Health Insurance Committee is studying plan design changes or plan changes to offset the impact of any premium increase as a result of the increased loss ratio.  The committee will meet on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 to look at the possible savings created by changes in plan design or plans. The Health Insurance Committee’s deliberations are being impacted by HB 1260 capping school corporation contributions to health insurance.  PL #217 passed by the Indiana General Assembly in April, 2011 made it illegal for a school corporation to enter into deficit financing.

 

18.  Information on Preparation for 2012 ISTEP+ Testing Window. Mr. Sichting gave the Board an update on preparation being taken for 2012 ISTEP+ Testing.  Mrs. Anne Harpold-Puckett has been communicating and supplying data to Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School to prepare for the 2012 ISTEP+ testing window.  Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School have completed the Predictive B cycle of the Acuity test.  The Predictive B test results have been shared with classroom teachers. Previously, students and teachers in grades 3-8 completed the Predictive A cycle.  A breakdown of the Predictive A, B, and C cycles are listed below:

 

  • Predictive A cycle-1/3 of current grade academic standards are tested, 2/3 of previous year’s academic standards are tested
  • Predictive B cycle-2/3 of current grade academic standards are tested, 1/3 of previous year’s academic standards are tested
  • Predictive C cycle-All present grade level academic standards are tested

 

Additionally, teachers and building principals are evaluating last year’s ISTEP+ data along with Acuity data to develop an ISTEP+ Success Plan for the 2012 testing window.  Classroom teachers are analyzing the data from the Acuity Predictive B window.  Teachers are targeting 1-2 academic standards per week in preparation for the ISTEP+ testing window.  Teachers will also be concentrating on applied skills including writing and authentic assessments in preparation for the Applied Skills portion of the ISTEP+.

19.  Bloomfield School District 2012-2013 Calendar Proposals Reviewed. Superintendent Sichting provided results and spoke about a survey put out by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents members.  Members were asked to provide the link to a web based survey to school patrons with questions on Traditional Calendar vs. Balanced Calendar for Indiana Schools.  Mr. Sichting said his hope is that the legislature would leave the choice up to the local schools which calendar they want to use.  He told board members that he had given copies of both of the proposed calendars to the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association and had not yet received input back from them.

 

20.  Adjournment. There being no further business Matt Miller 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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