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Minutes- 07/26/12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Feutz   
Friday, 28 September 2012 11:44

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 26, 2012

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 26, 2012, in the high school cafeteria in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana.  The following school board members were present:  Bill Bond, Steve Dowden, Dwayne Hostetter, Sandy May and Matt Miller.  John Combs and Eric Moody were 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. Mrs. Vandeventer thanked the custodial staff for getting rooms ready for the start of the 2012-2013 school year.  She also shared that many elementary staff would be attending professional development during the upcoming week.  Mr. Dean also praised the custodial staff for their efforts in getting the floors and rooms ready for teachers to come into the building and prepare for the beginning of school. He also mentioned a successful Summer School session, and shared that eight students attended an IHSAA leadership conference recently.  Mr. Dean said Bloomfield athlete Abbey Kindred applied for the student advisory committee and was one of 20 chosen during the first cut.  He also recognized all 4-H students participating in the 2012 Greene County 4-H Fair.  He recognized Avery Fredrick, Rachel Helms, and Curtis Hasler who were honored as being ten-year 4-H members from Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Mr. Dean also welcomed Mr. Ian Ashton to the Jr/Sr High School Staff.  Mr. Sichting voiced praised for Harold Holtsclaw and his custodial staff for getting the floors shining and the rooms ready for the return of staff and students.   He also recognized Allen Toon for completing several outside projects over the 2012 summer.

2.  Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of an executive session and a regular school board meeting both held on June 28, 2012, also minutes for a special school board meeting held on July 12, 2012, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  President Hostetter asked for a motion to approve the proposed minutes from the June 28, 2012 meetings.  Bill Bond moved to approve the minutes of the June 28, 2012 board meetings beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana met in executive session on June 28, 2012…” and ending with the sentence: “The (June 28, 2012 Regular) meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote”.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-0-1 vote.  Sandy May abstained because she was not in attendance at the June meetings.   President Hostetter stated that there was not a quorum of board members present who were also at the July 12, 2012 board meeting so those proposed minutes would be brought back to another meeting for consideration.

 

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 June 28, 2012 claims listing beginning with voucher number 481 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 532 to Scott Yoho and also the June 30, 2012 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7965.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

4.  DOE SA 542 Report for July 2012. Bloomfield School District received the monthly tuition support payment from the Indiana Department of Education on July 16, 2012.  The July 16, 2012 tuition support payment was $493,812.63.  The July payment was $331.59 greater than the June payment.  The increase was due to an increase in the Special Education grant of $176.97 per month.  This equates to an increase of $1,061.82 in the Special Education grant for the last six months of 2012.  The remaining increase of $154.61 was a result of a decrease in the monthly Common School Fund loan repayment.  The 2012 Basic Grant payments are estimated to be $287,000 less than the 2011 Basic Grant payments.  The 2012 Basic Grant payments are estimated to be $617,884 less than the 2009 Basic Grant payment.

 

5. 2012 Impact Aide Payment Notification. Bloomfield School District received notification from the United States Department of Defense of the pending payment of 2012 Impact Aid.  On June 29, 2012, Bloomfield School District received notification of a pending payment of $15,365.06 for 2012 Impact Aid.  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.  All Impact Aid payments are receipted into the General Fund.

 

 

6.  2011-2012 Extra-Curricular Financial Accounts Approval. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees review and approve the 2011-2012 extra-curricular accounts as presented for the following funds:

 

  • Bloomfield School District Extra-Curricular Account
  • Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Extra-Curricular Account
  • Bloomfield Elementary Extra-Curricular Account

Superintendent Sichting explained that during the spring Indiana State Board of Accounts audit, the State Board of Accounts indicated the extra-curricular financial accounts should be presented to the Bloomfield School District Board of Trustees on an annual basis.  The board recommendation would allow Bloomfield School District to be compliant with Indiana State Board of Accounts regulations concerning extra-curricular accounts. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

7.  2012-2013 Full Day Kindergarten Teacher Hired. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Mrs. Jessica Lauderdale as a Kindergarten teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year.   (See Attached) Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Lauderdale had been employed as an Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary School for the previous seven (7) years.  During her tenure at Bloomfield Elementary, Mrs. Lauderdale has received training and implemented many instructional strategies aimed at providing intensive interventions for at-risk students.  Mrs. Lauderdale has implemented all aspects of mClass including Dibels.  Mr. Sichting said she had also been trained in the Leveled Literacy Program.  Steve Dowden moved to hire Mrs. Lauderdale.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting introduced Mrs. Lauderdale and welcomed her to the teaching staff.

 

8.  Temporary Title I Teacher Hired at Bloomfield Elementary for 2012-2013. Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer submitted her request to hire Mrs. Dana Britton under a temporary contract for the 2012-2013 school year at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting explained that Mrs. Britton had been a Title I teaching assistant during the 2011-2012 school year.  He said Mrs. Britton would be responsible for implementing a “Comprehensive Literacy Program” during the 2012-2013 school year.  Bill Bond moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

9. Bloomfield Elementary Hires Teacher. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Mrs. Theresa Barker as a 6th grade teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached)  Mrs. Barker was employed at Bloomfield Elementary School in the role of Title I Instructional Assistant for the 2011-2012 school year.   Last year, Mrs. Barker became qualified in Acuity, LLI reading interventions, and reading strategies.  Matt Miller made a motion to hire Mrs. Barker, as recommended.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

10.  Long-Term Substitute Teacher Hired for Bloomfield Elementary School. Mary Jane Vandeventer recommended the Board hire Mrs. Constance (Connie) Riggins as a long-term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School from on or about August 27, 2012 through December 21, 2012.  Mr. Sichting added his support of the recommendation and suggested approval.  Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting said Mrs. Riggins would be covering the maternity leave for Mrs. Jan Abrams.

11.  Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Hired Long-Term Substitute Teacher. Mr. Dean made recommendation for both the elementary and jr/sr high school to hire Mr. Eric Mishler as a long- term substitute teacher from on or about August 13, 2012 to on or about December 21, 2012.   Superintendent Sichting recommended approval.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation to hire Mr. Mishler.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said Mr. Mishler was a 2012 graduate of Indiana University’s School of Music and would be covering Mrs. Laura Helms’ maternity leave.

12.  NJROTC Instructor’s Annual Certification and Contract. It was recommended the Board authorize the Superintendent to sign to JROTC INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION OF PAY AND DATA FORMS and contracts for Robin White and Frank Starr for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting’s recommendation stated that Bloomfield’s NJROTC program had been an asset to the Bloomfield School District and brings pride to the students, school and community.  He said it is well received by our students and student participation remains high.  This group has been recognized at all levels for their achievement in physical training, academics, and military drill teams.  Bill Bond moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

13.  Board Approves Three Additional Days for Technology Director’s 2011-2012 Contract.  Superintendent Sichting explained that the Technology Director had to work extra days during the summer of 2012, due to Dual Credit Reports required by the Indiana Department of Education for 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and Mrs. Mattox had to work an additional part day due to the technology network malfunction.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting recommended the Board approve the addition of three paid days to the 2011-2012 contract of Mrs. Michelle Mattox, Technology Coordinator for the Bloomfield School District.  Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

14.  Cafeteria I Employee Hired. It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Joyce Carmichael as a Cafeteria I employee at Bloomfield School District for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to hire Mrs. Carmichael per the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

15.  ECA Recommendations Approved for 2012-2013. It was recommended the Board approve a list of ECA recommendations for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached)  Sandy May made a motion to approve the entire list as provided.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

16.  Superintendent Granted Authority to Hire. Superintendent Sichting told board member that there were no positions that still needed to be filled prior to the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.  He did however, asked the Board to grant him authority to fill any surprise vacancy positions and then bring the candidate recommendation to them for formal approval at the August regular meeting of the Board.  He said this would allow student services to continue without any interruptions.  Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

17. Board Awards Insurance Renewal.  It was recommended the Board accept the renewal quote for General Liability, Auto, Property and Casualty, and Worker’s Compensation Insurance with First Security Insurance from August 7, 2012, to July 31, 2013 for $76,532.  (See Attached)   Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting said quotes for the 2012 renewal were solicited from Indiana Insurance and Select Insurance with Select Insurance coming in with the lower quote.  Superintendent Sichting thanked First Security Insurance agent Mr. John Mensch, who was present and made some comparisons in the quotes for board members.

 

18.  Board Authorizes Treasurer to Pay Insurance Renewal. It was recommended the Board authorize the district treasurer to pay the premium for General Liability, Automobile, Property and Casualty, and Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage.  Mr. Sichting stated the premium of $76,532 was due to First Security Insurance by August 7, 2012.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

19.  2012-2013 Jr/Sr High School Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved. It was recommended that the Board adopt a list of course charges for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached) Sandy May moved to approve book charges as presented for the Jr/Sr High School.   Bill Bond seconded the motion.   The motion passed by a 5-0 vote.

20.  2012-2013 Elementary School Book Rental, Workbooks, and Consumable Materials Charges Approved. It was recommended that the Board adopt a list of course charges for the Bloomfield Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year.  (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve book charges as presented for the elementary school.   Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

21.  Monetary Donation to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit Approved. Superintendent Sichting told board members a monetary donation had been made to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit in the amount of $2,000.00 from Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting recommended acceptance of the donation in compliance with Board Policy #9510.  Mr. Sichting said the funds would be deposited in the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Extra-Curricular account for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit. Sandy May made a motion to accept the donation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting thanked REMC for their generous donation.

 

22.  Board Approves Donation to Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was recommended the Board approve a monetary donation to the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School for $2,500.00 from the Shopko Foundation.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the donation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting thanked the Shopko Foundation for their donation.

23.  Board Policies, Revised and New, 1st Reading. The following board policies were presented to Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees for 1st Reading. (See Attached):

 

  • 0150, Organization, Revised
  • 0160, Meetings , Revised
  • 6143, Investment of Corporation Funds in Transaction Accounts, New

 

Superintendent Sichting said he would be bringing these policies back to the Board for 2nd Reading and adoption.

24.  Elementary Extra-Curricular Account Purchase Approve. It was recommended the Board approve a purchase from the Bloomfield Elementary Extra-Curricular Account for $6,000 for liceses to provide software for “Accelerated Reader” and “Accelerated Math” for Bloomfield Elementary students.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve there recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

25.  2012 Spring ISTEP+ Results. Superintendent Sichting gave a Corporation view of the spring ISTEP+ results and told board members that building principals would be giving individual building reviews at a later meeting of the Board.  (See Attached Information)  Mr. Sichting announced passing percentage numbers and explained that those numbers did not “tell the whole story” until the growth model data was received from the Indiana Department of Education.  He recognized the building principals and their staff for a phenomenal year in terms of percentage of students passing the ISTEP+ test. Mr. Sichting said in the area of English/Language Arts the Corporation average went from 74.2% in 2011 to 82.7% in 2012, which he called outstanding.  He continued that in the Math portion of the ISTEP+ test 79.5% passed in 2011 and 84.8 of Bloomfield students passed in 2012 referring to that increase as a huge gain.  Mr. Sichting gave comparisons for Bloomfield to the state averages.  He said the state average for Math was 79.5% with Bloomfield student’s average being 84.8.  He continued the English/Language Arts state average was 79% and said Bloomfield’s average was 82.7%.   The Superintendent reminded board members that the numbers he gave them do not “tell the whole story” until the IDOE provides the growth model data.   President Hostetter, on behalf of all board members, thanked the building principals and staff for their efforts in getting those high percentages of students passing the ISTEP+ test.

 

26.   Board Receives Information on In-Tass. Superintendent Sichting said Bloomfield Schools were a part of a State pilot for performance-based evaluations called Rise.  In-Tass is a cohort of schools who will receive support and training on implementing performance based evaluations systems and pay associated with the evaluation system.  He said In-Tass is sponsored by Indiana University’s Center for Excellence and Lifelong Learning.  Mr. Sichting said beginning next year teacher evaluations will be linked directly to teacher pay.  He said there is a $2,400.00 charge for their services, but he felt as though it was well worth it.  The fee would be paid from Grant monies.

27. Adjournment. There being no further business Steve Dowden moved to adjourn.  Matt Miller seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 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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