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Minutes- 04/26/12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Feutz   
Friday, 28 September 2012 11:40

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 26, 2012

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 26, 2012, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana.  The Board also held an Open Public Work Session on the same evening at 6:20 p.m. at the same location. The following school board members were present:  Bill Bond, John Combs, Dwayne Hostetter, Sandy May, Matt Miller and Eric Moody. Steve Dowden 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. Sergeant Major Robin White along with cadets Katie Watts and Christian Chumley presented a slide show on the recent NJROTC field trip to Hawaii.  Mr. Dean recognized the success of Bloomfield Speech team members who participated in the Speech Sectional, School Improvement Committee for their efforts on a recent Review, Bloomfield 8th graders recent visit to the Reality Store, and applauded Miss Bolero and Bloomfield band students for a recent competition.  He also shared that in involvement with the Community Grant students in grades 7-12 walked 2 ½ miles around the school track and that guidance counselor Mrs. Christina Crane had been extremely busy scheduling students for the 2012-2013 school year.  Mr. Dean recognized the ISTEP Success team as they prepare for upcoming ISTEP+ testing, Prom sponsors Mrs. Candi Lang and Mrs. Susie Schulte and the Senior Action team for planning the Mock Crash with a special thanks to senior Jalen Rollins for videotaping the crash.  Ms. Vandeventer shared that the recent Elementary Talent show netted $600 for Autism Speaks and that the Elementary Student Council had completed their Spring Food Drive.  She continued that Sea Perch had another successful competition, invited board members to the music show on May 7th, said that Bloomfield Elementary had been gearing up for ISTEP testing and wished the singing groups successful travel to competition in Gatlinburg.  Mr. Sichting echoed the principals comments in that Bloomfield teachers had been working hard to prepare students for successful upcoming testing.  He said the expectation is that student achievement will be something to be proud.

2.  Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of an executive session and a regular school board meeting both held on March 22, 2012, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  President Hostetter asked for a motion to approve the proposed board meetings.  Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the proposed 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 March 22, 2012…” and ending with the sentence: “The meeting (March 22, 2012) was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote”.  Bill Bond 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.  Bill Bond made a motion to approve the March 19, 2012 claims listing beginning with voucher number 210 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 305 to Ryan Winkle and also the March 31, 2012 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7965.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

4. DOE SA 542 Report for April 2012. Bloomfield School District received the monthly DOE SA 542 payment on April 16, 2012.  The April DOE SA 542 tuition support payment was $493,481.07.  The April payment was ($0.03) less than the March DOE SA 542 payment amount.  The difference was a result of the averaging of twelve months of payments for the Special Education Grant, Vocational Education Grant, and Prime Time Grant.  The annual DOE SA 542 payment amount is estimated to be $287,000 less than the 2011 DOE SA 542 payment amount.

 

5.  Amendment for 2011-2012 Title I Application Approved by Indiana Department of Education. Superintendent Sichting explained that he had received approval of an amendment to the Bloomfield School District 2011-2012 Title I grant application awarding an additional $34,010.44 for the 2011-2012 Title I grant period.  He told the Board that Bloomfield School District submitted an amendment to the already approved 2011-2012 Title I grant application for the allocation of unspent funds.  (See Attached)

 

6.  Participation in Full Day Kindergarten for 2012-2013 School Year Approved. It was recommended the Board approve Bloomfield Elementary School’s participation in the 2012-2013 Indiana Department of Education’s Full Day Kindergarten Grant program. (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said that during the 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly, the legislature passed HEA 1376, which established an augmented appropriation funding every student attending a Full Day Kindergarten program at a level of $2,400 per child.  He stressed that HEA 1376 establishes a stable funding of Full Day Kindergarten for one year, but said that members of the Indiana General Assembly had openly discussed that the goal is to make the augmented appropriation an on-going program in the future. Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

7.  Board Gives Approval to Participate in the 2012 Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant Program. It was recommended the Board approve a grant application for Bloomfield School District to participate in the 2012 Graduation Qualifying Remediation Grant program.  (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

8.  Elementary Retirement Resignation Approved. It was recommended the Board approve the retirement resignation of Mrs. Sue Sparks as a secretary at Bloomfield Elementary, effective June 2012.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond made a motion to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Sparks would be missed and wished her well in her retirement.  Ms. Vandeventer commented that Mrs. Sparks truly cares about kids and she sent her best wishes in her retirement.

9.  Speech and Hearing Teacher Resigns. It was recommended the Board approve the resignation of Mrs. Teresa Powell as the Speech and Hearing teacher at Bloomfield School District, effective at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.  (See Attached)  Matt Miller moved to approve the resignation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting explained Mrs. Powell’s husband had accepted a job in the Indianapolis area and they would be relocating.  He said she had done a wonderful job in her three-year tenure at Bloomfield School District stabilizing the speech and hearing position and getting kids tested.  Ms. Vandeventer said Mrs. Powell brought professionalism to her job daily and that was greatly appreciated. She said Mrs. Powell took speech and hearing programs that needed reorganizing and did that in a good way.  Ms. Vandeventer stated that Mrs. Powell would be sorely missed at Bloomfield Elementary.

10.  Cafeteria I Worker Retires. Mrs. Carolyn Vandeventer submitted her letter of retirement resignation from her cafeteria position effective at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting recommended acceptance.  Eric Moody made a motion to accept Mrs. Vandeventer’s retirement resignation. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Vandeventer had been employed in the cafeteria for 8 years and wished her the best of luck in her retirement.

11.  Board Approves Cafeteria II Worker Resignation. It was recommended the Board approve the resignation of Bonnie Moore as a cafeteria II employee of the Bloomfield School District effective April 13, 2012.  (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the resignation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Moore had accepted full-time employment with another employer and he wished her the best of luck in that new endeavor.

12.  2011-2012 Extra-Curricular Recommendations. It was recommended the Board approve the following extra-curricular appointments for the 2011-2012 school year:

 

  • Homer Abrams-Volunteer Baseball Assistant Coach
  • Bill Bond-Volunteer Baseball Assistant Coach
  • Shelby Gott-Volunteer Softball Assistant Coach
  • Danielle Sichting-Volunteer Softball Assistant Coach
  • Kendra Spelts-Volunteer Softball Assistant Coach

 

Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendations.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote.  Bill Bond abstained from voting.

13.  Short-Term Security Officers Hired. Superintendent Sichting explained that historically Bloomfield School District has employed off duty police officers to provide additional security during the last month of school.  He said the presence of security officers has proven to be a deterrent for vandalism of school property.  Mr. Sichting recommended hiring short-term security officers for seven days, eight hours a day at a rate of $11.97 per hour.  (See Attached)   Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

14.  Board Employs Elementary Teacher. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Mr. Caleb Dunkerly as a teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached) Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting shared that Mr. Dunkerly has served as a long-term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School during the 2011-2012 school year.  He said that in filling the long-term substitute teaching positions, Mr. Dunkerly demonstrated the content knowledge, curriculum knowledge, professionalism, and student and parent communication skills to be an effective teacher.  Mr. Dunkerly was hired by a 6-0 vote.

 

15.  Board Approves Overnight and Out-of-State NJROTC Field Trip to Tennessee. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Rockwood, Tennessee from June 3rd, 2012 through June 9th, 2012. (See Attached)  Eric Moody made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

16.  NJROTC Overnight and Out-of-State Field Trip to Illinois Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Great Lakes, Illinois to attend a leadership camp from June 16th, 2012 through June 23rd, 2012. (See Attached)  Bill Bond moved to approve the field trip as requested.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

17.  Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Overnight Field Trip Approved. Annually, the Girl’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball team attends a team camp during the summer.  A request was made for the team to attend the team camp at Vincennes Junior College from June 24th, 2012 through June 27th, 2012.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

18.  Overnight NJROTC Field Trip to Crane Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Crane, Indiana from June 24th, 2012 through June 27th, 2012. (See Attached)  Eric Moody moved to approve the field trip as requested.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

19.  NJROTC Overnight and Out-of-State Field Trip to Marseilles, Illinois Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Marseilles, Illinois to attend basic leadership training from June 17th, 2012 through June 22nd, 2012. (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

20.  Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Overnight Field Trip Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana from July 9th, 2012 through July 12th, 2012.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said that annually the Boy’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball teams attend a team camp during the summer.  A request was made for the team to attend the team camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

21.  Board Approves Student Lunch Price Adjustment for 2012-2013 School Year. Superintendent Sichting explained that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is requiring schools to increase lunch prices for regular meals to meet the price the state of Indiana reimburses the school for the lunches of free lunch students.  He said the state of Indiana reimburses Bloomfield School District two dollars and seventy-seven cents ($2.77) per meal for free lunches.  He continued the United States Department of Agriculture is requiring schools to be compliant by the 2013-2014 school year.  Mr. Sichting said as a result, the price of paid student lunches would be increased by forty-six ($0.46) to meet this requirement. Superintendent Sichting recommended raising the paid student lunch fees by an average of fifteen ($0.15) cents the next two years in order to lessen the sticker shock of a forty-six ($0.46) cent price increase in one year.  (See Attached)  Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

22.  Baseball Scoreboard Declared Surplus Property. It was recommended the Board declare the following property as surplus for the purpose of disposal: (See Attached)

 

  • 1 Baseball Scoreboard

 

Matt Miller made a motion to declare the item surplus as recommended.  Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0

vote.

23.  Textbook Adoption at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Superintendent Sichting said that under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended the Official Report of the 2012-2018 Business Education adoption be as listed (See Attached).  He said the adoption includes business, ag, art, and physical education and textbooks in these areas are being adopted due to the changes in software programming. Sandy May moved to approve the adoption recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

24.  Curriculum Revision and Adoption at Bloomfield Elementary School. Teachers at Bloomfield Elementary School have completed the process of revising and writing curriculum for Art, Music, and Physical Education.  The curriculum will be used with the assessments to provide students with high quality instruction and content.  The curriculum was aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards for each of the subjects.  In adopting the curriculum, teachers also considered academic standards, benchmarks, and assessments.  (See Attached) The curriculum is for the following class offerings at Bloomfield Elementary School:

 

  • Art:  Grades 1-6
  • Physical Education:  Grades 1-6
  • Music:  Grades 1-4

 

25.  Curriculum Revision and Adoption at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Teachers at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School revised curriculum for Ag, Art, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Music this spring.  Curriculum was mapped to the academic standards established by the Indiana Department of Education for each course.  As the standards

are updated, it is essential to update curriculum in terms of scope and sequence.  Teachers in curriculum mapping identify key academic standards and establish the scope and sequence for which the standards are introduced to students in the classroom.  (See Attached)

 

26. Administrative Guideline Presented to Board. The following Administrative guideline was presented to Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees and will go into effect after its review (See Attached):

  • 5370, Alternative Physical Education Credit

Superintendent Sichting asked for any needed changes board members noticed with the proposed Guideline.  No comments were made in regards to the proposed guideline. Eric Moody made a motion to approve the guideline as presented.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

27.  Board Approves Monetary Donation. Superintendent Sichting told board members a monetary donation had been made to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit in the amount of $1,750.00 from Peabody Energy.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting recommended acceptance of the donation in compliance with Board Policy #9510.  Sandy May made a motion to accept the donation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting thanked Peabody Energy for their generous donation.

28.  Monetary Donation to NJROTC Approved by Board. Superintendent Sichting told board members a monetary donation had been made to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit in the amount of $500.00 from Freedom Gun Club.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting recommended acceptance of the donation in compliance with Board Policy #9510.  Bill Bond made a motion to accept the donation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting thanked the Gun Club for their generous donation.

29.  2012 Excellence in Teaching Performance Grant. Superintendent Sichting said he had recently had a telephone interview with the Indiana Department of Education concerning the Excellence in Teaching Performance Grant application for the Bloomfield School District.  Shortly thereafter, he received an invitation to attend a conference in Indianapolis where the grant recipients would be announced.  Mr. Sichting said at that conference it was announced that Bloomfield School District would be the recipient of an award from the grant in the amount of $76,236.00.  The award money would be given in the form of a $1, 200 stipend to any teacher receiving rating of effective and highly effective evaluations in 2012.  Mr. Sichting wrote the grant and was very happy that Bloomfield School District was chosen to receive the grant money. President Hostetter voice the Board’s appreciation to Mr. Sichting for accepting the challenge and putting in the extra time to write the grant.

30.  2012 Legislative Session Information. Superintendent Sichting updated board members of new laws recently passed by the General Assembly that effect schools.

31.  IREAD-3 Results. During the 2011-2012 school year, the Indiana Department of Education initiated the IREAD-3 assessment for 3rd graders in the state of Indiana.  All Indiana 3rd graders were administered the assessment during March.  Bloomfield School District has received the preliminary results of Bloomfield Elementary 3rd grade students.  Mr. Sichting shared happily that 89% of Bloomfield Elementary students passed the IREAD-3 tests.

 

32.  E-Verify System. Mr. Sichting announced that Bloomfield School District is in compliance with the E-Verify law that was passed last year by the General Assembly.  He said I-9 forms are on file for all employee and substitutes employed by the District.

 

33.  Update of RISE Evaluation Pilot. Superintendent Sichting shared that principals with be finishing their conferences and observations by May 1, 2012.  He said soon thereafter the school would receive data back from the state of those evaluations.  Mr. Sichting told that he had spoken with the teacher’s association and they voiced that they would like to proceed with RISE next year.

 

34.  Health Insurance Update. Superintendent Sichting said there are some issues with the employee health insurance due to large amount of loss incurred in 2012.  He said as of the current time a decision as to what insurance plan with be accepted for the coming year has not been decided.

35.  Comments for the Public. Bloomfield Kindergarten teachers Mandy McIntosh and Amy Gaines thanked the Board and Mr. Sichting for going forward with Full Day Kindergarten.  Mary Jane Vandeventer praised the teachers for being instrumental in planning and preparing for the full day program.  Newly hired elementary teacher Caleb Dunkerly voiced his thanks for allow him to teach at Bloomfield.

36.  Adjournment. There being no further business Eric Moody moved to adjourn.  Sandy May 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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