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Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:06

 

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

                   OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

                    

June 25, 2015

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 25, 2015, 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: John Combs, Steve Dowden, Dwayne Hostetter, Steve Jones, Keven McIntosh, Matt Miller and Sandy Parkes.  President Hostetter called the regular board meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with President Hostetter presiding:

1. Recognitions.  Mary Jane Vandeventer recognized her elementary teachers for their attendance at summer training and professional development. David Dean recognized Bloomfield athletes Hunter Heaton, Jacob Pyne, Felicity Graf, Meaghan Bond, Ali Workman, Shayla Wikle, Madison Greaves, Aubree Adams, Luke Vandeventer, Jackson Stone, Brady Gadberry, Christopher Gilmore, Emily Bucher, Lexi Place, Rachel Hasler and Mariah Long.  Mr. Dean shared that he had taken Bloomfield students to an IHSAA Leadership Conference recently.  Those attending were Patrick Beard, Sammy Query, Katie Skinner, Caley Hall, Adam Dean, Andrew Campbell, Daelyn Arthur, Alex Chestnut, Hunter Heaton, Ali Workman, Avery Workman and Mariah Long. He recognized students who attended the annual FFA convention at Purdue recently. Mr. Dean shared that Mrs. Chris Crane and Mrs. Kristie Bladen had attended an Early College workshop recently.  Mr. Sichting highlighted the training put on by the Indiana Department of Education at the Bloomfield School District with 80 to 100 teachers along with Mrs. Vandeventer from around the state attending.  Mr. Sichting also praised the custodians for preparing the buildings for the start of school and also getting ready for the DOE training.  He also praised Mr. Ron McBride and Mr. Kyle von Almen who teach driver’s education, which he said was not always an easy job.  Mr. Sichting also congratulated Mrs. Crane, Mrs. Bladen and Mr. Dean and the jr/Sr high school staff on their efforts to make Core 30 transfer a reality for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School students.

2. Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on May 28, 2015 along with minutes from an executive session meeting held on June 23, 2015, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting held on May 28, 2015 beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 28, 2015… ” and ending with the sentence: “The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.”  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0-1 vote.  Sandy Parkes abstained from voting because she was not in attendance at the May 28, 2015 board meeting.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the minutes of the June 23, 2015  executive session meeting beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in executive session on June 23, 2015…” and ending with the sentence: “To receive information about and interview prospective employees”.  Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0-1 vote.  John Combs abstained. 

 

3.  Treasurer’s Report.  The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Stacey Robinette.  Matt Miller made a motion to approve the June, 2015 claims listing beginning with voucher number 443 to Bloomfield School Dental and ending with voucher number 532 to Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, the May 31, 2015 appropriation report beginning with Fund 0100 through Fund 6840 and the May 31, 2015 Bank Statement.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  

 

4. Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant Monthly Report.  Bloomfield School District received the June SA 545 Basic Grant payment on Monday, June 15, 2015.  The June Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment for Bloomfield School District was four hundred forty two thousand six hundred seventy eight dollars and ninety-nine ($442,678.99) cents.  The June SA 545 Basic Grant payment was based on the February ADM of eight hundred fifty eight and twenty three one-hundredths (858.23) students.  The Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment is the last payment associated with fiscal year 2015.  The Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment for July will be the initial payment for fiscal year 2016.  Mr. Sichting said it should be noted moving forward that all Kindergarten students would be considered a full student.  For fiscal year 2015, the Average Daily Membership count considered Kindergarten students as one-half (0.50) of a student.  In 2009, Bloomfield School District was receiving eight hundred twenty five thousand two hundred forty nine dollars and ninety eight ($825,249.98) cents more in calendar year funding.  Bloomfield School District had lost 12% of funding.  The loss of funding is due to a drop in student enrollment along with the loss of the Small Schools Grant and Rural Schools Grant.   In comparison, Bloomfield School District has lost 14% of the student enrollment

 

5. Additional Appropriation Hearing for General Fund, Capital Projects Fund and Rainy Day Fund.  The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees held an Additional Appropriations Hearing for the General Fund and Capital Projects Fund on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees held an Additional Appropriation Hearing for the Rainy Day Fund on Thursday, May 28, 2015.  After each hearing, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees did not pass a resolution for the requested Additional Appropriation.  The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance requires a governing board to pass a resolution at the conclusion of the hearing or to adjourn the hearing until a later date.  The Superintendent failed to recommend the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees to do either option.  As a result, the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance is requiring the advertisement of the Additional Appropriation Hearing a second time and to hold the hearing for a second time.  The advertisement of the Additional Appropriation Hearings occurred for a second time in the Greene County Daily World on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 for a second time. Bloomfield School District is seeking to appropriate unused funds from the 2014 budget for use in the 2015 budget.  The following are amounts and funds of the proposed Additional Appropriation:

 

  • General Fund-$573,677
  • Capital Projects Fund-$480,561
  • Rainy Day Fund-$150,000

 

At this point, the Bloomfield School District will listen to any public input on the proposed Additional Appropriations for the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund and Rainy Day Fund. At the conclusion of the Additional Appropriations Hearing, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees Taxpayers wanting to speak in favor or were opposed to the Additional Appropriation were invited to do so and the Board would either approve a resolution authorizing the additional appropriations for the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, or Rainy Day Fund or adjourn the Additional Appropriations Hearing until a later date.  No public comments were made.

 

6.  Resolution Authorizing Additional Appropriation for General Fund, Capital Projects Fund and Rainy Day Fund.  It was recommended the Board approve a resolution authorizing Additional Appropriations from the following funds:

 

  • General Fund-$573,677
  • Capital Projects-$480,566
  • Rainy Day Fund-$150,000

 

   Sandy Parkes made a motion to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion. Bloomfield School District always budgets to use 100% of the annual appropriations in any fund.  The appropriation of the fund includes cash on hand except for the Rainy Day Fund.  Bloomfield School District can never utilize 100% of a fund’s appropriations due to jeopardizing the fiscal stability of the school district.  The cash is appropriated for emergency purposes. Mr. Sichting said the Additional Appropriation was advertised in the Greene County Daily World on June 10, 2015 as required.  Per the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance’s regulations, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees must approve the resolution to appropriate the funds for the 2015 budget.  The Resolution passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

7.  Board Approves Resolution Transferring Funds to the Rainy Day Fund.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following resolution to transfer ninety-eight thousand dollars ($98,000) from the School Bus Replacement Fund and the Capital Projects Fund to the Rainy Day Fund.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting explained the funds would be used for payment of a press box, public address system, and bleachers at the Outdoor Physical Education Facility.  The Capital Projects Fund and School Bus Replacement Fund have controls on the use of funds for each respective fund.  The Rainy Day Fund has been established for payment of Retirement/Severance Bond indebtedness, land acquisition, and capital improvements. 

                Proceeds of the transfer are as follows:

 

  • School Bus Replacement Fund-$68,000
  • Capital Projects Fund-$30,000

 

The resolution authorizes the transfer of the funds to the Rainy Day Fund for which the funds would be appropriated for purchase of the equipment listed.  The Resolution passed by a 6-1 vote.  Steve Jones voted against the motion. 

 

8. 2014-2015 Title I Grant Amendment 2 Approved.  Superintendent Sichting explained that on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education of approval of Amendment #2 to the 2014-2015 Bloomfield School District Title I Allocation.  The amendment authorized the allocation of forty nine thousand eight hundred twenty dollars and forty-nine ($49,820.49) cents.  He said Title I regulations require school corporations to expend a minimum of eighty-five (85%) percent of available funds and allow school corporations to carry-over a maximum of fifteen (15%) of available funds.              The Title I Amendment 2 shows eleven thousand one hundred forty four dollars and ninety ($11,144.90) cents which is equivalent to the fifteen (15%) percent of eligible funds for carry-over purposes.

9. 2015-2016 Title I Grant Planning Allocation.  Mr. Sichting told board members that Bloomfield School District had received the Title I Planning Allocation for the 2015-2016 school year.   Below is a summary of the planning allocation:

 

  • Fiscal Year 2016 Basic-$74,648.31
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Concentration-$17,675.82
  • Fiscal Year 2016 EFIG-$24,081.13
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Targeted-$21,190.96
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Basic Neglected-$0
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Concentration Neglected-$0
  • Fiscal Year 2016 EFIG Neglected-$0
  • Fiscal Year 2016 Targeted Neglected-$0

 

Total-$137,596.22

 

Mr. Sichting said Bloomfield Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer, would pursue an amendment to allocate the carry-over funds from the 2014-2015 school year.

 

10.  2015 Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation GrantSuperintendent Sichting told board members that Bloomfield School District had received two thousand five hundred twenty-two dollars and forty-six ($2,522.46) cents on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 and the proceeds of the 2015 Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant proceeds were deposited into the General Fund by Mrs. Stacey Robinette, Bloomfield School District Treasurer.

11.  June 2015 Financial Institutions Tax Settlement.  On Monday, June 15, 2015, Bloomfield School District received notification of the June 2015 Financial Institutions Tax Settlement from the Greene County Auditor’s Office.  The table below summarizes receipts by fund for the 2015 Financial Institutions Tax settlement.   The table also illustrates a comparison of 2015 Financial Institutions Tax receipts to Financial Institutions Tax receipts for 2011, 2012 , 2013, and 2014:

Fund

2012

2013

2014

2015-Partial

% of 2014

Miscellaneous

Revenue

School Bus Replacement

$820.18

$857.73

$1,177.57

$608.54

3%

Retirement/Severance Debt Service

$1,607.76

$1,895.34

$2,839.63

$1,147.67

3%

Capital Projects

$2,542.88

$4,481.34

$5,262.10

$3,449.52

3%

Debt Service

$5,363.70

$6,373.96

$6,448.35

$2,877.46

4%

Transportation

$3,999.02

$4,683.73

$6,424.42

$2,456.94

3%

 

 

 

 

The June settlement of the Financial Institutions Tax makes up 3% of the miscellaneous revenue for each fund.   A large percentage of the miscellaneous revenue for each of the funds will come from Excise Tax.    Excise Taxes, Commercial Vehicle Excise Taxes, and Financial Institutions Taxes are the sole source of miscellaneous revenue for each of the funds.  The other major revenue source for each of the funds is Property Taxes.

12. June 2015 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax Settlement.  On Monday, June 15, 2015, Bloomfield School District received notification of the June 2015 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax Settlement from the Greene County Auditor’s Office.  The table below summarizes receipts by fund for the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax settlement.   The table also illustrates a comparison of 2015 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax settlement to Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax receipts for 2012, 2013 and 2014:

Fund

2012

2013

2014

2015-Partial

% of Miscellaneous Revenue

School Bus Replacement

$1,360.94

$1,117.32

$1,186.28

$723.55

4%

Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service

$2,667.81

$2,469.00

$2,860.76

$1,364.44

4%

Capital Projects

$4,220.28

$5,837.14

$5,311.26

$4,101.46

4%

Debt Service

$8,900.28

$8,302.56

$6,676.34

$3,421.26

4%

Transportation

$6,635.76

$6,101.38

$6,472.29

$2,921.29

4%

The June 2015 settlement of the Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax makes up 4% of the miscellaneous revenue for each fund.   A large percentage of the miscellaneous revenue for each of the funds will come from Excise Tax.    Excise Taxes, Commercial Vehicle Excise Taxes, and Financial Institutions Taxes are the sole source of miscellaneous revenue for each of the funds.  The other major revenue source for each of the funds is Property Taxes.

 

13.  June 2015 Excise Tax Settlement. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Bloomfield School District received the 2015 June Excise Tax Settlement from the Greene County Auditor’s office.  The table below summarizes receipts by fund for the June 2015 Excise Tax settlement.   The table also illustrates a comparison of 2015 Excise Tax receipts to Excise Tax receipts for 2014, 2013 and 2012:

Fund

2012

2013

2014

2015-Partial

% of 2014

Miscellaneous

Revenue

School Bus Replacement

$15,293.85

$12,026.03

$14,137.51

$6,211.75

36%

Retirement/Severance Debt Service

$29,980.03

$26,574.34

$34,091.73

$11,713.01

36%

Capital Projects

$47,426.18

$62,832.57

$63,175.34

$35,211.49

36%

Debt Service

$100,017.82

$89,361.87

$77,417.19

$29,371.99

36%

Transportation

$74,570.25

$65,670.17

$77,230.07

$25,079.59

36%

 

            Excise tax collections make up a large portion of the miscellaneous revenue for taxing funds within the Bloomfield School District budget.  For June 2015, excise tax collections were 36% of the miscellaneous revenue collected for the budget in all funds.

 14.  June 2015 Property Tax Settlement.  Bloomfield School District received the December settlement for Property Tax levies on June 20, 2015 from the Greene County Auditor’s office.  Below is a table illustrating the property tax payment per fund:

 

Fund

June

2015

Settlement

2015 Levy

Percentage of Levy Received

Amount uncollected

School Bus Replacement

$64,109.14

$107,870

59%

$43,760.86

Retirement/Sev.

Bond Debt Service

 

$122,253.96

$203,418

60%

$81,164.07

Capital Projects

$363,339.83

$611,466

59%

$248,126.17

Debt Service

$306,539.08

$503,596

61%

$197,056.92

Transportation

$258,794.57

$435,520

59%

$176,533.26

Total

$1,115,034.63

$1,891,871

59%

$776,836.37

 

***-It is estimated the 2015 Circuit Breaker will reduce the December 2015 Property Tax settlement by $19,000.

 

Due to the statutory requirements for school districts to pay debt obligations, the Circuit Breaker losses will primarily be in the funds of Capital Projects, Transportation, and School Bus Replacement.

15.  Approve English/Language Arts Teacher Resignation from Bloomfield Jr/Sr High SchoolIt was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the resignation of Miss Kalyse Reimbold as an English/Language Arts teacher at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School effective June 16, 2015. (See Attached) John Combs made a motion to accept the resignation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion. Miss Reimbold had been employed in the Bloomfield School District for the past three (3) years.  The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, and staff thanked Miss. Reimbold for her dedication and commitment to the Bloomfield community. The school board, administration, and staff would like to wish Miss. Reimbold the best of luck. The resignation was accepted by a 7-0 vote. 

16.  Board Hires Jr/Sr High School English/Language Arts Teacher.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the employment of Mr. Logan Mumma as an English/Language Arts teacher at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School effective Monday, August 10, 2015.  Keven McIntosh moved to approve the hiring of Mr. Mumma.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  Mr. Mumma is a 2011 graduate of Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School.  Mr. Mumma attended Indiana University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2014.  Mr. Mumma has two (2) years of teaching experience in Florida.  Mr. Mumma received his license to teach English/Language Arts by passing the examination to add English/Language Arts to his teaching license.  Mr. Mumma was hired by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting added that Mr. Mumma’s annual salary would be $32,344.47. 

 

17.  Jr/Sr High School English/Language Arts Teacher Hired.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the employment of Miss Ashley Evans as an English/Language Arts teacher at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School effective Monday, August 10, 2015.  Matt Miller moved to approve the hiring of Miss Evans. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Miss Ashley Evans is a May, 2014 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with highest distinction.  Miss Evans completed her student teaching in 2014 with stints at Huntington North High School and Long Bay College in Auckland, New Zealand.  Miss Evans returned from New Zealand in July, 2014.  Due to her student teaching experience in New Zealand she was unable to secure a teaching job for the 2014-2015 school year.  During the past year, Miss Evans worked as an Indiana University Campus Intern for Cru.  Miss Ashley Evans was hired by a 7-0 vote.

 

18.  Social Studies Teacher Hired at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High SchoolIt was recommended the Board approve the employment of Miss Sarah Melamed as a Social Studies teacher at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School effective Monday, August 10, 2015.  Sandy Parkes made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Miss Melamed is a 2015 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education.  Miss Melamed is licensed to teach Historical Perspectives, Government, and Civics.  Miss Melamed completed her student teaching in April, 2015 at Jackson Creek Middle School under former Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School graduate Mr. Kyle Robertson.  Mr. Sichting also shared that Miss Melamed was a presenter at the April, 2015 Exemplary Teaching Conference at Indiana University.  Miss Melamed was hired by a 7-0 vote. 

 

19.  Board Hires Jr/Sr High School Business Teacher.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a recommendation to hire Mrs. Deda Rush as a teacher of Business at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School at an annual salary of thirty four thousand six hundred eight dollars and twenty ($34,608.20) cents at a level consummate with three years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree effective Monday, August 10, 2015.  Keven McIntosh moved to hire Mrs. Rush. Matt Miller seconded the motion.  The Bloomfield School District Master Teaching Contract for 2013-2015 gave the Superintendent the ability to adjust salaries within two (2) years of experience levels.  As a result, Mrs. Rush is being hired for a level of three years with a Bachelor’s Degree. Mrs. Rush graduated from Indiana State University in May, 2009 and began her teaching career at Union Jr.-Sr. High School in August, 2014.  Mrs. Rush was employed for four years at Union Jr.-Sr. High School.  Due to the closing of Union Jr.-Sr. High School at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year, Mrs. Rush was transferred to Northeast Middle School, Shelburn, Indiana.  Due to budget constraints in Northeast School Corporation, Mrs. Rush’s position was reduced in a cost savings move at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Rush was hired by a 7-0 vote.

 

20.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach HiredIt was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the hire of Mr. Ron Knepp as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School for the 2015-2016 school year. John Combs made a motion to hire Mr. Knepp.  Keven McIntosh seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting explained the vacancy for a Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach was created with the resignation of Mr. Chris Hitchcock.  The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coaching vacancy was posted on two different occasions on numerous job posting sites.  A committee consisting of Mr. David Dean, Mr. Ron McBride, and Mrs. Stella Royal screened the applicants.  Mr. Dean, Mr. McBride, Mrs. Royal, and Mr. Sichting conducted the initial interviews.  Mr. Knepp met with the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees in executive session for the final interview. Mr. Knepp served as the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach at North Daviess Jr.-Sr. High School from 2009 through 2014.  Also, Mr. Knepp served as an assistant coach in girls’ basketball at North Daviess Jr.-Sr. High School from 2006 to 2009.  Mr. Knepp also coached the Freshmen Boys’ Basketball at North Daviess Jr.-Sr. High School for 1990 to 1995.  Mr. Knepp was hired by a 7-0 vote.

 

21. 2015-2016 Extra-Curricular Recommendations.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following extra-curricular recommendations for the 2015-2016 school year:

 

  • Theresa Barker-Clubs and Other-Other School Sponsored Clubs approved by the

                                administration-5th Grade Math Bowl

  • Jennifer Bollero-Clubs and Other-Elementary Musical Director (1)

                                 Clubs and Other-Elementary Musical Assistant (1)

  • Dana Britton-Girls’ Athletics-5th Grade Girls’ Basketball
  • Julie Evans-Clubs and Other-Elementary Musical Lights (2)
  • Jennifer Heaton-Clubs and Other-Other School Sponsored Clubs approved by the

                                 Administration-6th Grade Math Bowl

  • Laura Helms-Clubs and Other-Elementary Vocal Music Director

                            Clubs and Other –Elementary Musical Director (1)

                            Clubs and Other-Elementary Musical Assistant Director (1)

  • Stephanie Hill-Clubs and Other-Elementary Student Council
  • Sally Neill-Girls’ Athletics-Elementary Cheer Sponsor
  • Shawna Swanson-Girls’ Athletics-Volunteer Elementary Cheer Sponsor
  • Erin Raper-Clubs and Other-Other School Sponsored Clubs approved by the

                         Administration-Elementary Christian Service Club

 

        The 2015-2016 extra-curricular recommendations are made by Mrs. Vandeventer and Mr. McBride.

 

Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the list as provided.  Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.  Teachers, coaches, and or sponsors indicated interest in sponsoring the activity.  Mr. Dean and/or Mr. McBride selected the person from the interested list of applicants for the position. 

22. Hiring of Summer Custodian Approved.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees hire Jeremy Hall as a summer custodian for seven (7) hours per day at an hourly rate of seven dollars and twenty-five ($7.25) cents per hour for a maximum of fifty-seven (57) days during the 2015 summer months of May, June, July, and August. Keven McIntosh made a motion to approve the hiring of Mr. Hall.  John Combs seconded the motion.   Mr. Hall’s employment will cease on Friday, August 7, 2015.  The Bloomfield School District custodial staff has been reduced recently by the retirement of two custodial positions.  A nine month custodian moved into a vacated twelve month custodial position.  At the present time, Bloomfield School District has two (2) nine month vacant custodial positions.

The part-time summer custodian will assist the custodial staff in cleaning and waxing process during custodial twelve month custodial vacations.  The part-time summer custodian will assist in getting the building ready for the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The cost of the summer custodial position will be offset by the savings in salary of retired custodians with a higher wage and the possible replacements hired at a lower wage.  Mr. Hall was hired by a 7-0 vote.  Superintendent Sichting thanked Jeff Emery for taking Jeremy under his wing during his internship at the jr/sr high school and also commended him for hiring him to work for his lawn mowing business.

 

23.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Camp (Overnight and Out-of-State).  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a field trip for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team to attend a team camp at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois from Monday, June 15, 2015 through Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (See Attached)  Sandy Parkes moved to approve the recommendation.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  A decision to participate in the Southern Illinois Girls’ Basketball Team Camp occurred after the May 28, 2015 school board meeting.  The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team departed from Bloomfield on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:30 A.M.  The players and coaches returned to Bloomfield at approximately 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  The players were transported to Southern Illinois University via two (2) white mini-buses.  The cost of the fuel was paid from fundraising efforts.  The primary chaperones for the event were Mr. Bill McIntosh and Miss Danielle Sichting.  The players and coaches were housed in Southern Illinois University student housing for the team camp. Approximately fourteen (14) players attended the team camp.  The expenses associated with camp registrations, housing, meals, and fuel were paid through fundraising efforts and the players and/or families.  The trip was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

24.  Overnight and Out-of-State Girls’ Varsity Basketball Camp Approved.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Girls’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball team to Olney, Illinois from Monday, June 22, 2015 through Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the trip. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. The decision to participate in the Olney Junior College Team Camp was made after the May 28, 2015 board meeting.  The field trip is being approved after the trip occurred. The players and coaches departed from Bloomfield on Monday, June 22, 2015.  The players and coaches stayed overnight on Monday, June 22, 2015 in Olney Junior College student housing.  Mr. Bill McIntosh and Miss Danielle Sichting served as the primary chaperones for the field trip. The players and coaches arrived back in Bloomfield from Olney on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.    The expenses including camp registration, fuel, food, and lodging were paid from the Girls’ Basketball Account and the parents and families of the players. The student-athletes and coaches will be transported to the Olney Junior College Team Camp by a Bloomfield School District white mini-bus.  The field trip was approved by a 7-0 vote.

 

25. Administrative Guideline, New, 2nd Reading.  The following Administrative Guideline is being presented for the second time.  The guideline is being read for the second time and is subject to a vote for approval.  If the guideline is amended, it will be brought back next month for a vote.

 

  • 7500-Naming of Facilities

 

Administrative Guidelines are read publically once prior to adoption.  Due to the guideline being presented for the first time, the guideline was read in May and a vote was to occur in June unless an amendment was made to the guideline.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the guideline with no changes.  Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

 

26.  Board Policy Review, 1st Reading.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees review the following board policy:

 

  • ECA Inclement Weather, Policy #2434

 

Mr. Sichting told board members the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees would be reviewing and adopting the handbooks of Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School and Bloomfield Elementary School.  He said at the request of a member of the school board, the ECA Inclement Weather Policy #2434 was being reviewed. Mr. Sichting read the policy as it is now.  Keven McIntosh stated that he was concerned about having practice when school has been cancelled for inclement weather.  Steve Jones questioned if it would be a liability for the District if practices were held when school had been cancelled.  After much discussion, Keven McIntosh made a motion to change some of the wording of the “School Cancellation” section.  Steve Jones seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 4-3 vote.  Dwayne Hostetter, Steve Jones, Keven McIntosh and Matt Miller voted in favor of the motion.  Sandy Parkes, John Combs and Steve Dowden cast the nay votes. 

 

27.  Board Votes to Reject Garmong’s 231 Enhancement Proposal.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees reject the Garmong proposal for enhancements to Highway 231 South for entrance into the Bloomfield School District Outdoor Physical Education project. Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting shared background on this agenda item.  The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approved Garmong Construction as the Design Builder for the Bloomfield School District Outdoor Physical Education Facilities in February, 2014.  A contract was approved by the Bloomfield School District Board of School with Garmong Construction in March, 2014.  The contract excluded improvements to highway 231 south including passing blisters and a left turn lane. As per Indiana Department of Transportation requirements, a traffic study was conducted in the fall of 2014 on highway 231 south.   The results of the traffic study indicated a curb cut into highway 231 south was not possible due to the traffic counts and population of participating schools in tennis, cross country, and track. Garmong Construction contracted Bynum and Fanyo to develop a design for an entrance into the Bloomfield School District Outdoor Physical Education facility with acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes, and a left turn lane.  Several design changes have occurred due to Indiana Department of Transportation design criteria.  The most recent cost estimate provided to Bloomfield School District was:

  • Garmong Construction-$620,222.42

The breakdown of the cost was:

  • Labor-$38,956
  • Material-$4,100
  • Equipment-$10,000
  • Subcontractors-$505,200
  • Contingency-$27,912.80 (5%)
  • Overhead and Profit-$27,912.80 (5%)
  • INDOT P/P Bond-$6,140.82 (1%)
  • Base Bid-$620,222.42

 

The proposal from Garmong for the 231 Enhancement was rejected by a 7-0 vote. 

 

28.  Purchase of Utility Tractor with Attachments and Zero Turn Mower Approved.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the purchase of a utility tractor with loader, blade, 6’ rotary cutter, and 26 horsepower diesel 60” zero turn mower from Hoefling Truck and Tractor in Washington, Indiana for thirty-eight thousand two hundred eighty ($38,280) dollars.  Mr. Sichting said the purchase of the utility tractor, attachments, and zero turn mower would be paid out of the Capital Projects Fund. Sandy Parkes made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting told board members the Utility Tractor and attachments were budgeted for in the 2015 Capital Projects Fund budget at a rate of $35,000.  An additional dollar amount was also budgeted for equipment purchases.  The purchase was part of the 2015 Capital Projects Plan.

        Mr. Harold Holtsclaw and Mr. Allen Toon secured quotes and investigated the possible equipment purchase.  The following quotes were obtained on the equipment:

 

  • Hoosier Energy John Deere 4720 Used Utility Tractor with blade, rear rotary cutter, and box blade (rotary cutter and box blade are not John Deere attachments) $26,000
  • Hudson, Inc.-Elnora, Indiana-40666 Compact John Deere Tractor, front loader, rotary cutter, medium duty box blade-$37,500
  • Blesch Brothers Equipment Odon, Indiana-New Holland B00mer 47 Tractor, loader with 72” bucket, 72” rear blade, 72” medium duty rotary cutter-$30,332
  • Bloomfield Supply Hardware-Scag Turf Tiger 61” zero turn mower with 26 hp Kawasaki EFI/Liquid cooled motor-$10,979
  • Hoefling Truck and Tractor Washington, Indiana-Kubota L4701 DT 4 x 4 tractor and loader, New Land Pride Rear Blade 7”, New Land Pride 6’ Rotary Cutter or Header 6’ Land Pride Rotary Cutter-$26,330
  • Hoefling Truck and Tractor Washington, Indiana-Kubota 7D326 60” 26 Hp zero turn mower-$11,950

 

       After some discussion, the motion passed by a 4-2-1 vote.  Sandy Parkes, Steve Dowden, John Combs and Matt Miller voted in favor of the motion. Dwayne Hostetter and Keven McIntosh voted against the motion. Steve Jones abstained voting.

 

29.  Non-Resident Transfer Students. It was recommended the Board approve the following non-resident transfer students for the 2015-2016 school year:

 

  • Bloomfield Elementary (2)
  • Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School (1)

 

Keven McIntosh made a motion to approve the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion.  The non-resident students made application consistent with Board Policy #5111.  An interview was held with the parents and students.  The students did not violate one of the reasons to deny enrollment outlined in the HB 1381.   (See Attached)  The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote.

 

30.  AdTec E-Rate Agreement Approved.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a contract with AdTec to complete E-Rate filing in three phases for forms 470, 471, 486, 472 (BEAR) for nine hundred ninety ($990) dollars from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Sandy Parkes moved to approve the Agreement as presented.  Matt Miller seconded the motion.  Superintendent Sichting shared information on this Agreement. The Federal Communications Commission taxes cell phones and telecommunications equipment on a monthly basis.  Part of these tax proceeds are redistributed to schools and libraries in the United States.  In order to quality, schools and libraries must file appropriate E-Rate reimbursement forms meeting specific deadlines.  AdTec provides a low cost alternative with schools lacking the labor force and resources of time to file for the reimbursement.  In an effort to remove some duties from Mrs. Michelle Mattox, Bloomfield School District began contracting with AdTec for these services during the 2014-2015 school year.  The service is a contracted service and is paid out of the Capital Projects Fund along with other technology instruction, hardware, and software.  He said currently, Bloomfield School District received approximately $6,000 annually in reimbursement for E-Rate.  The funds are a credit applied to telephone bills.  As of January 1, 2015, hard wired telephone services are no longer available for E-Rate reimbursement.  Bloomfield School District can receive the reimbursement going forward in credits for wi-fi and internet connectivity. During 2014, the Federal Communications Commission increased the monthly taxes on cell phones.  A portion of the new funds will go toward improving infrastructure in schools and libraries for wi-fi or internet connectivity.  Bloomfield School District is eligible to receive an estimated $120,000 dollars to improve infrastructure for wi-fi or internet connectivity.  AdTec would file the claims for this activity, but would be considered Phase two filings and a separate contract and fees would be applicable. Mr. Sichting added that last year the FCC upped the taxes that are paid on cell phone bills.  He said they are going to begin giving grants to school districts to improve their infrastructure for wi-fi capabilities.  The Agreement was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

31.  2015-2016 Bloomfield Elementary Handbook Approved.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the Bloomfield Elementary Student Handbook for the 2015-2016 school year.  Sandy Parkes moved to approve the Elementary Handbook as presented.  Steve Dowden seconded the motion.  Each year a revision is made to student handbook contents as legislation or policy changes or is altered by precedents from court proceedings.  The major change in the 2015-2016 Bloomfield Elementary handbook is a revision of the student bullying policy due to laws in the bullying law during the 2014 legislative session.  During the 2014-2015 school year, an addendum was added to the handbook with these revisions due to legal and policy updates occurring after the printing of the handbook.  The Bloomfield Elementary Handbook was approved by a 7-0 vote. 

 

 

32.  Board Approves 2015-2016 Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Handbook.  It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the 2015-2016 Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School student handbook.  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School as presented. Keven McIntosh seconded the motion.  Each year a revision is made to the student handbook contents as legislation or policy changes or is altered by precedents from court proceedings.  The major change in the 2015-2016 Bloomfield Jr-Sr. High School handbook is a revision of the student bullying policy due to laws in the bullying law during the 2014 legislative session.  During the 2014-2015 school year, an addendum was added to the handbook with these revisions due to legal and policy updates occurring after the printing of the handbook.  The Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Handbook for 2015-2016 was approved by a 7-0 vote.

 

33. Bloomfield Elementary School Donation.  It was recommended the Board approve a donation to Bloomfield Elementary from the Levi Strauss Company for one thousand ($1,000) dollars. (See Attached)  Sandy Parkes made a motion to accept the donation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.   Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees has adopted policies for implementation for the school district.  The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees Policy #9510 requires all gifts, bequests, or donations to be approved by the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, staff, and students would like to thank the Levi Strauss Company for continued support of the students at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Previously, a donation from grandparents working for Levi Strauss Company, Company was approved.  The donation from Levi Strauss Company is the matching portion of the donation.

 

34.  Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Display. It was recommended the Board approve the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s request to use the Baseball Field and parking lots for the annual July 4th fireworks display.  The approval is contingent upon receiving a certificate of insurance listing Bloomfield School District as an additional insured. Keven McIntosh moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. The Bloomfield School District Chamber of Commerce holds the July 4th Fireworks Display on the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Baseball Field.  Patrons view the display from parking lots at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School.  Patrons use bleacher at the baseball field and tennis courts to sit during the show. The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce normally provides Bloomfield School District with a certificate of insurance listing Bloomfield School District and the Town of Bloomfield as additional insured.

 

35.  Update on Options for the Entrance to the Bloomfield School District Outdoor Physical Education Facilities and Financing Options.  Superintendent Sichting introduced Mr. Dan Rawlins who served as the design developer for the Outdoor Physical Education project.  He stated that Mr. Rawlins wrote the specifications for the project and put together the contract.  Mr. Sichting said that Mr. Rawlins had done a field observation of the property and would answer any questions board members might have.  Mr. Rawlins said he had a meeting scheduled with Garmong on July 2, 2015 to discuss reconciliation of various issues at the project.  He said that the design criteria that was written stated that Garmong had to coordinate with the Indiana Department of Transportation all requirements which were included in the RFP, such as acceleration and deceleration lanes, passing blister and turn lanes. He said when Garmong presented their proposal they indicated they had not finished their discussion with the transportation department but had held preliminary conversations with them and were confident that a simple curb cut and everything else in the RFP would be allowed subject to final traffic counts, etc.  Mr. Rawlins continued that once traffic counts were taken it showed there were a lot of traffic on 231 especially at peak times.  Mr. Rawlins said all of the above concerns would be discussed with Garmong on July 2nd.  Mr. Sichting answered some questions from patrons concerning the project and shared some tax rate information and financing options for the Outdoor Physical Education project. 

 

36.  Spring 2015 Bullying and Climate Audit Results.  Superintendent Sichting provided board members with results from an electronic survey and focus group for the topics of school district climate and bullying.  (See Attached) 

 

37.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School GPA Scale Change.  Mr. Dean spoke to board members concerning proposed changes to the GPA scale at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. He said he would like to move from a 12.0 scale to a 4.0 scale. Mr. Dean said he believed that converting to a 4.0 scale would be more beneficial for Bloomfield students.  Mr. Dean said he would be bringing a recommendation to the Board at their July meeting.

 

38.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Steve Dowden moved to adjourn.  John Combs seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote. 

 

 

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