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Friday, 29 May 2015 08:02

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 30, 2015

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 30, 2015, in the jr/sr high school cafeteria 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 announced that May 12th would be a Reading Celebration day with lots of fun things planned for the students, that Track and Field day would be held on May 21st and the annual 2nd grade zoo trip would be coming up very soon. Mrs. Vandeventer also shared that elementary students were finishing up ISTEP testing and that two 6th grade student placed 2nd in the Crane Science Fair recently. Mr. Dean shared that Band Director Jen Bollero's Symphonic band group entered and received a Gold Rating in the ISMA Area 3 competition. Mr. Dean said Jeannie Andrew, Lauren Henson and Cyndel Smith placed 3rd in the FFA horse competition. He also recognized Alli Workman recently broke the school record in the 2 mile race and gave a shout out to Jackson Stone for making two hole-in-ones recently. Mr. Dean announced that NJROTC had their change of command ceremony with Senior Cadet Kyle Vaught being named the new CO of the NJROTC Unit and announced the date for awards day and graduation. Mr. Sichting shared that the Herald Times had named Del Carter to their Gold Star students and Blaise Mattox and Blakely Heaton to their Silver stars. President Hostetter announced that Bloomfield School District's Board had been named an Outstanding Board by the Indiana School Board Association. Mr. Hostetter said Bloomfield was one of only two Greene County schools to receive that distinction. He also congratulated board member Steve Dowden for achieving Level 3 status from the Indiana School Board's Association for Continued Improvement and Professional Development involvement as a board member.

2. Presentation on Spotlight on Learning and Classroom Instruction. Jr/Sr High School teachers Mr. Chris Hitchcock and Mr. Kyle von Almen gave presentations on Smekens Education at the Jr/Sr High School. The board thanked the teachers for their information and for their time and efforts educating Bloomfield students.

3. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on March 30, 2015, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. Matt Miller made a motion to approve the minutes of the proposed meeting beginning with the sentence: "The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on March 30, 2015... " and ending with the sentence: "The meeting was adjourned by a 5-0 vote." Keven McIntosh seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-2 vote. Steve Dowden and John Combs abstained from voting because they were not in attendance at the March 30, 2015 meeting.

4. 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 April, 2015 claims listing beginning with voucher number 247 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 339 to Walmart Community, the March 31, 2015 appropriation report beginning with Fund 0100 through Fund 0420 and the March 31, 2015 Bank Statement. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

5. March 2015 Indiana Department of Education State Aid 545 Report. Superintendent Sichting provided board members with information from the IDOE concerning the State Aid 545 Report. Bloomfield School District received the March SA 545 Basic Grant payment on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The April SA 545 Basic Grant payment was four hundred forty-two thousand six hundred seventy four dollars and ninety-two ($442,674.92) cents.

The April SA 545 Basic Grant payment has a reduction of four dollars and five cents ($4.05) for a Medicaid payment made to Bloomfield School District. Treasurer Stacey Robinette will transfer four dollars and five ($4.05) from the Medicaid fund to the General Fund.

The April SA 545 Basic Grant payment was seventeen thousand eight hundred thirty six dollars and sixty-seven ($17,836.67) cents less than the March SA 545 Basic Grant payment. The April SA 545 Basic Grant payment was based on the February ADM. The March SA 545 Basic Grant payment was based on the September ADM. The March ADM was 858.53 students. The September ADM was 877.73 students.

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 has 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.

6. Additional Appropriation Hearing. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees held an Additional Appropriation Hearing concerning appropriating the following amounts for the 2015 budget:

• General Fund-$573,677

• Capital Projects Fund-$480,561

Mr. Sichting explained that on December 31, 2014, Bloomfield School District had excess

appropriations in the amount provided for General Fund and Capital Projects Fund. Bloomfield School District advertised the 2015 budget so it would use 100% of the appropriations from the 2014 budget. Basically, Bloomfield School District would be appropriating excess cash for each of the funds. At this time taxpayers wanting to speak in favor or opposition to the Additional Appropriation were invited to do so. No public comments were made.

7. School Year 2014-2015 Title I Revised Final Allocation. Bloomfield School District received notification on the SY 2014-2015 Title I Revised final allocation on April 14, 2015. Superintendent Sichting explained that Bloomfield School District had received an allocation of one hundred sixty thousand nine hundred fifty seven dollars and fifteen ($160,957.15) cents. The SY 2014-2015 Title I Revised final allocation is for two hundred ten thousand seven hundred seventy seven dollars and sixty-four ($210,777.64) cents.

8. Custodial Retirement Resignation Approved. It was recommended the Board approve a retirement resignation for Mrs. Janice Abrams effective May 31, 2015. (See Attached) Sandy Parkes made a motion to accept Mrs. Abrams's retirement resignation. Matt Miller seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting said Mrs. Abrams had worked as a custodian at Bloomfield School District for twenty-five and one-half years. The Bloomfield School District administration and staff would like to thank Mrs. Abrams for her service to the district. He said Mrs. Abrams was a very good employee and he would like to hire fifteen more just like her. Additionally, the school board, administration, and staff would like to wish Mrs. Abrams the best of luck in the next phase of her life. Mrs. Janice Abrams's retirement resignation was accepted by a 7-0 vote.

9. Approve Retirement Resignation from Bloomfield Elementary. It was recommended the Board approve the retirement resignation of Mr. David Harshman effective Friday, May 22, 2015. (See Attached) Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said Mr. Harshman had been employed as an elementary teacher at Bloomfield School District for forty-one years. Mrs. Vandeventer spoke words of praise for Mr. Harshman. Mr. Sichting shared stories of Mr. Harshman having bus duty before and after school each day with him. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, staff, and students would like to thank Mr. Harshman for his forty-one years of service to the school district. Additionally, the school board, administration, staff, and students would like to wish Mr. Harshman the best of luck in his retirement. Mr. Harshman was present and thanked everyone for their kind words said he would miss everyone and working at school. He said he couldn't think of a better place for God to have placed him for his career.

10. Homebound Instructor Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an additional twenty (20) hours of homebound instruction for Mrs. Darla Bent to provide educational services to a student injured and medically unable to attend school on a 504 Plan. (See Attached) Keven McIntosh moved to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7- 0 vote. Mr. Sichting explained the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approved a recommendation at the February, 2015 school board meeting for ten (10) hours of homebound instruction for the student. He said it was anticipated the student would be cleared medically to return to half-day attendance, but unfortunately, the student remained on medical restriction necessitating additional homebound services.

11. Notice of Internal Transfer. Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer announced an internal transfer of Mrs. Janis Shaw from the 5th grade elementary math teaching position to the vacant elementary 5th grade science and social studies position vacated by the retirement resignation of Mr. David Harshman. (See Attached) Mrs. Shaw has been a teacher at Bloomfield Elementary for fifteen (15) years in special education, 5th grade language arts, and 5th grade math.

12. 2014-2015 Extra-Curricular Recommendations. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following extra-curricular recommendations for the 2014-2015 school year:

• Frank Hall-Boy's Assistant Track (Grades 7-12)

• Frank Hall-Girl's Assistant Track (Grade 7-12)

• Kortnie Lee-Senior Class Sponsor

The extra-curricular recommendations were made by Mr. McBride and Mr. Dean. (See Attached) Sandy Parkes made a motion to approve the list as presented. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

13. 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:

• Matt Britton-Boy's Varsity Basketball

• Mike Canty-Boy's Tennis

• Ashlea Dunkerly-Girl's Varsity Volleyball

• Caleb Dunkerly-Girl's Varsity Cross Country

• Caleb Dunkerly-Boy's Varsity Cross Country

• Baily Karr-Dance Team

• Laura Rose-Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleader Sponsor

The extra-curricular recommendations were made by Mr. McBride and Mr. Dean. (See Attached) Keven McIntosh made a motion to approve the list as presented. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.

14. Summer Camp Coaches Approved. It was recommended the Board approve the following summer camp instructors and hours:

• Matt Britton-Boy's Basketball Camp

• Ashlea Dunkerly-Volleyball Camp

• Kari Schulte-Tennis

Sandy Parkes moved to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting explained the athletic camps are self-supporting with no personnel expenses for camp instructors being paid out of General Fund revenue. He said all summer camp instructors would be paid $12 per hour and the number of hours for each camp instructor is based on the number of paid camp registrations. Mr. Sichting said if the camp registrations fall below a minimum number the hours for the camp will be reduced. Below is the number of paid hours for 2015:

• Matt Britton-30 hours (Minimum of 18 camp participants)

• Ashlea Dunkerly-16 hours ((Minimum of 10 camp participants)

• Kari Schulte-48 hours (Minimum of 29 camp participants)

15. Summer School Instructors Appointed. It was recommended the Board approve the following instructors for the 2015 Summer School term:

• Ron McBride-Drivers Education*

• Kyle von Almen-Drivers Education*

• Cindy Lincicome-Health**

• Nicole Fougerousse-Health**

• Ben Helms-Supervised Agriculture Experience**

• Jennifer Bollero-Summer Band***

• Diane Rodriguez-Credit Recovery**

*- No state funding is provided for this class. Students pay 100% of the instructor salaries,

textbook rental and fuel costs.

**- Eligible for Summer School Reimbursement in Category I. Contingent upon

an average of 15 students per class.

***- Eligible for Summer School Reimbursement at a level of Category II if sufficient funds

remain after Category I expenses are paid state-wide.

Steve Dowden moved to approve the list as presented. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said Bloomfield School District submitted an estimate of instructional costs to the Indiana Department of Education for summer school. At this point, the Indiana Department of Education had not supplied a reimbursement estimate for the 2015 Summer School period. As has been the case the last three years, the estimated reimbursement rate has been significantly lower than the actual reimbursement rate.

16. Board Approves Seaperch Challenge at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Overnight and Out-of-State). It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield High School Seaperch team members to compete in the national competition at Dartmouth, Virginia from May 28, 2015 through May 31, 2015. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said four Seaperch team members along with the sponsor, Mrs. Joanna Fish, and a parent volunteer, Mr. Eric Moody would depart from Bloomfield on Thursday, May 28, 2015 to travel to the national competition scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2015 and Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The group will return to Bloomfield on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Mr. Sichting said the students will be transported to the national competition by a Bloomfield School District mini-bus and fuel costs as well as food and lodging will be paid from fundraising activities as well as donations. He said Mrs. Joanna Fish and Mr. Eric Moody would serve as the lead chaperones for the field trip along with additional parents attending the competition who would also help chaperone. The field trip was approved by a 7-0 vote.

17. Board Approves Varsity Redliners Dance Team Overnight Camp. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Varsity Redliners to attend dance team camp at Vincennes University from Monday, June 8, 2015 through Thursday, June 11, 2015. (See Attached) Sandy Parkes made a motion to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said seven members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Redliner Dance Team would participate in a dance team camp at Vincennes University from Monday, June 8, 2015 to Thursday, June 11, 2015. The dance team members would be transported to dance team camp by a Bloomfield School District mini-bus. The team members and chaperone would depart from Bloomfield on Monday, June 8, 2015 and arrive back from the camp on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The cost of the fuel for the trip would be paid out of the Athletic extra-curricular fund. The primary chaperone for the trip would be Mrs. Bailey Karr. The recommendation was approved by a 7-0 vote.

18. NJROTC Unit gets Approval for Overnight and Out-of-State Leadership Academy. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC field trip to Great Lakes, Illinois from Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Saturday, June 20, 2015. (See Attached) Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation as requested. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting explained that five (5) cadets would be transported via a Bloomfield School District mini-bus He stated the cost of the fuel for the trip would be paid out of Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC fundraising activities. Chief Petty Officer David Hultberg would be the lead chaperone for the field trip with the staff of the academy providing additional male and female chaperones for the students. The field trip was approved by a 7-0 vote.

19. Board Approves Overnight Boy's 7th, 8th and 9th Grade Basketball Team Camp. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip to Hanover College for members of the 7th grade, 8th grade and 9th grade boy's basketball teams to participate in a team camp from Friday, June 19, 2015 to Saturday, June 20, 2015. (See Attached) Sandy Parkes moved to approve the trip as requested. Keven McIntosh seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said members of the boy's 7th grade, 8th grade and Freshmen basketball teams would travel to Hanover College to participate in a team camp. Coaches and players would stay overnight on Friday, June 19, 2015. The coaches and players would return to Bloomfield on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He said the players and coaches would be transported to Hanover College on two Bloomfield School District mini-buses with the cost of the fuel being paid by the parents as part of the cost of the camp. The registration cost of the camp as well as meals would be paid by the parents of the players participating in the team camp. Supervision of the athletes involved will be provided by Bloomfield basketball coaches. The trip was approved by a 7-0 vote.

20. Boy's Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Team Camp Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for members of the boy's varsity and junior varsity basketball teams to Rose Hulman Institute of Technology for a basketball team camp from Sunday, June 21, 2015 through Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (See Attached) Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting said players and coaches would be transported to the basketball team camp by two Bloomfield School District mini-buses with the cost of the fuel for the trip will be paid through fundraising activities of the Bloomfield Boy's Basketball account. Supervision for the field trips would be provided by the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Boy's Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball coaching staff. The recommendation was approved by a 7-0 vote.

21. Overnight Field Trip for NJROTC Unit Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit to Basic Leadership Training at Crane Naval Warfare Center from Monday, June 22, 2015 through Friday, June 26, 2015. (See Attached) Keven McIntosh moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said approximately fourteen (14) Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC cadets would be participating in the basic leadership training at Crane Naval Warfare Center. The cadets and chaperones would be transported to the leadership training by two (2) Bloomfield School District mini-buses. The cost of the fuel for the trip would be paid from the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit extra-curricular account. Lt. Commander Michael Cluver and Chief Petty Officer David Hultberg would serve as the primary chaperones on the field trip. The students and chaperones would depart from Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School at approximately 7:00 A.M. on Monday, June 22, 2015. The students and chaperones would return from the basic leadership training at approximately 4:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26, 2015. The board passed the recommendation by a 7-0 vote.

22. Varsity and Junior Varsity Boy's Basketball Team Camp Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip field for the boy's varsity and junior varsity basketball teams to Eastern Illinois University for a team camp on Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 27, 2015. (See Attached) The boy's varsity and junior varsity basketball teams would travel to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois on Friday, June 26, 2015 and Sunday, June 27, 2015 to participate in a basketball team camp. The athletes and coaches would be transported to the team camp by two (2) Bloomfield School District mini-buses. The cost of the fuel for the trip would be paid out of the Bloomfield boy's basketball account. The primary chaperones for the trip would be the boy's varsity and junior varsity basketball coaching staff. Expenses for the field trip including registration and meals would be paid through the boy's basketball account. The trip was approved by a 7-0 vote.

23. Board Approves Varsity and Junior Varsity NCA Cheer Camp. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve an overnight field trip for members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads to Vincennes University for the National Cheerleading Association camp on July 6, 2015 through July 9, 2015. (See Attached) Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion. Members of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading would travel to Vincennes University to participate in the National Cheerleading Association cheer camp. Participants at the camp receive training for safety in term of stunts and base builds in cheerleading routines. The cheerleaders and sponsors would be transported to the camp through the use of two (2) Bloomfield School District mini-buses. The cost of the fuel for the trip would be paid out of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School extra-curricular cheerleading account. The cheerleaders and sponsor would depart from Bloomfield on Monday, July 6, 2015 and return to Bloomfield on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Mrs. Laura Rose would serve as the primary chaperone for the trip. The motion was approved by a 7-0 vote.

24. Board Approves Notification of 75th Birthday by School Bus Driver. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees release Mr. Jim VanDeventer from the provisions of his corporate surety bond effective April 17, 2016 regarding his 2013 to 2019 Bloomfield School District Transportation Contract. (See Attached) John Combs moved to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approved the 2013-2019 Specifications for School Bus Routes on August 30, 2012. In the 2013-2019 Specifications for School Bus Routes for Bloomfield School District, Section 23 allowed a bus driver to notify the school board of his impending 75th birthday in writing one year prior to the date or by June 30th of the prior year to qualify without loss of the corporate surety bond upon reaching the age of seventy-five (75). Mr. VanDeventer will reach age seventy-five on April 17, 2016. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees will advertise the vacancy created in a transportation contract upon Mr. VanDeventer reaching age seventy-five (75). The advertisement will take place in September, 2015. Bids will be accepted for the vacant bus route in October, 2015. A bid will be accepted for the vacant bus route at the November, 2015 school board meeting with the winner of the bid award to take over Mr. VanDeventer's transportation contract on April 17, 2016. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

25. Amendment to Board Policy #4401. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve an amendment to the non-certified employee daily hours and annual schedule of days. The non-certified employee daily hours and annual schedule of days is an attachment to school board policy #4401. (See Attached) Keven McIntosh made a motion to approve the amendment. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting explained the Bloomfield School District approved board policy #4401 on September 25, 2014. In the non-certified daily hours and annual schedule of days was an inadvertent mistake. One of the non-certified position's number of annual days was reduced by one day from previous schedules. The attached schedule amends the schedule of annual days restoring the number of days historically for the employee group. The amendment was passed by a 7-0 vote.

26. Board Policy, Revised, 2nd Reading and Adoption. The following policy is being presented for the second time. The policy is a current policy for Bloomfield School District. The policy is being amended and will be adopted after the second reading of the policy and any amendments offered to the policy. (See Attached)

• Use of School Facilities-7510

Matt Miller moved to approve the amendment. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said policies are read publically twice prior to adoption. Policy #7510 is being amended to allow for rental fees of school district facilities to be waived for non-profit or civic organizations. The policy amendment was passed by a 7-0 vote.

27. Art Club Receives Donation. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a donation for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Art Club of one hundred twenty-five ($125.00) dollars from the local Cub Scouts. (See Attached) Steve Dowden made a motion to accept the donation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. 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 Jr.-Sr. High School Art Club held an event similar to the wine and canvas events in Bloomington minus the wine. The members of the Bloomfield Cub Scouts received instructions from Mr. Wyatt Legrand with assistance from jr.-sr. art club members. The donation was made in lieu of payment for the event. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, and staff would like to thank the Bloomfield Cub Scouts for their continued support of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Art Club. The recommendation was approved by a 7-0 vote.

28. Copier Lease and Maintenance Agreement Approved. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a lease agreement and maintenance agreement with Toshiba for the lease of two (2) Toshiba eStudio 657 copiers with fax boards for a fifty-four (54) month lease of one hundred twenty-six dollars and ninety-three ($126.93) cents with a maintenance service agreement of $0.0032 per copy. (See Attached) Keven McIntosh made a motion to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said the two copiers would replace two (2) Sharp Digital Imager copiers leased from Hudson Office Solution in 2009 on a fifty-four (54) month lease term. One of the copiers is located in the high school library. The other copier is located in the elementary teacher workroom. The lease agreement entered into 2009 reached the fifty-four month term in February, 2015. The previous lease payment was one hundred eighty one dollars a month with a maintenance agreement of $0.0037 cents per copy. Superintendent Dan Sichting contacted Eastern Greene Schools about the service provided by Toshiba. Eastern Greene School Corporation reported copier reliability and excellent service. The copier lease and maintenance agreement is a purchase of mobile and fixed equipment and is paid out of the Capital Projects Fund. The recommendation was passed by a 7-0 vote.

29. 2015-2016 Increase in Student Lunch Prices Approved. It was recommended the Board approve a ten ($0.10) cent price increase of student lunches from two dollars and forty-five ($2.45) cents per meal to two dollars and fifty-five ($2.55) cents per meal effective for the 2015-2016 school year. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. The United States Department of Agriculture is requiring schools to increase lunch prices in order to match the reimbursement rate for free lunches as a requirement for participation in the national school lunch program. Currently, Bloomfield School District receives two dollars and ninety-eight cents in reimbursement for each free lunch served. Currently, Bloomfield School District charges two dollars and forty-five ($2.45) cents for each paid lunch served. The difference of fifty-three ($0.53) cents is a difference greater than allowed to participate in the national school lunch program. In order to reduce the difference between paid lunches and reimbursement for free lunches served, Miss Kayla Hendrix is requesting an increase of ten ($0.10) cents in the price of paid lunches. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.

30. Final Review of Local Salary Schedules from 2014-2015. Superintendent Sichting said Bloomfield School District was required to submit a copy of the local salary schedule per IC 20-28-9 for review by the Indiana Department of Education. The Indiana Department of Education reviewed the Bloomfield School District compensation plan on the following criteria:

• A local salary scale must include a combination of two or more factors to determine stipends or salary increments, increases, or raises. A school must include two of the following four factors in a compensation model:

a. Experience and/or education (could not be more than 33%)

b. Performance evaluation results

c. Assignment of instructional leadership roles

d. The academic needs of students in the school corporation

• A teacher's experience, education, or combination of the two may account for no more than 33% of the calculation used to determine a stipend or salary increase, increment, or raise.

• Cannot allocate any stipend or salary raise, increment, or increase in the following year to teachers rated ineffective or improvement necessary by an evaluation conducted under IC 20-28-11-5

The Indiana Department of Education found Bloomfield School District's compensation

model to be complaint in all three requirements. (See Attached)

31. Energy Star Certification Application. Mr. Sichting said Bloomfield School District submitted an application to receive designation as an Energy Star school on April 21, 2015. (See Attached) The Energy Star designation means the facilities of Bloomfield School District are efficient in the use of natural resources of electricity and natural gas. Approval of the Energy Star designation would mean Bloomfield School District is one of the most efficient facilities in terms of energy use in the state of Indiana. The Energy Star designation would signal local taxpayers of the efficiency being used at Bloomfield School District in terms of operation of buildings.

32. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC Unit Inspection Results. Superintendent Sichting told board members the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit held an annual inspection on February 26, 2015. The results of the annual inspection were received by Bloomfield School District on March 30, 2015. (See Attached) The Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit received a category placement of outstanding or above average on five (5) of the six (6) categories. The overall summative score received by the NJROTC Unit was "Above Average". Mr. Sichting praised Lt. Commander Cluver and Chief Petty Officer Hultberg for their leadership with the NJROTC students.

33. Bloomfield School District Guaranteed Energy Savings Report for Year 6-Quarter 4. Superintendent Sichting provided an annual report that was provided by Performance Services to the state of Indiana concerning energy savings and operational savings in completing the Energy Savings project. (See Attached) The annual report for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 showed the following savings:

• Energy Savings-$10,097 ($7,230 Electric and $2,867 Natural Gas)

• Operational Savings-$423,319 ($402,478-HVAC savings and $20,841 Lighting savings)

34. Update on Highway 231 South Entrance Enhancements. Superintendent Sichting updated board members on the progress of the entrance to the outdoor physical education facility and the enhancements required by the Indiana Department of Transportation to the entrance on 231 South.

35. Comments from the Public. Joe Medina stated that he wondered if someone with some construction background should have been asked to oversee the building at the outdoor physical education facility. Some discussion was held. Keven McIntosh asked what the procedure would be in the search for a varsity girl's basketball coach. Mr. Sichting explained how that process would be handled.

36. Adjournment. There being no further business Sandy Parkes moved to adjourn. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 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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