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Written by Kelli Usrey   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

                   OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

                    

                   August 27, 2014

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on August 27, 2014, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana. The following school board members were present: Bill Bond, John Combs, Steve Dowden, Dwayne Hostetter, Eric Moody and Sandy Parkes. Matt Miller was absent. President Dowden called the regular board meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with President Dowden presiding:

 

1. Agenda Changes. President Dowden announced that agenda item #4 would be withdrawn from the agenda because there were not enough board members that were present at the July 31, 2014 board meeting to vote on the proposed minutes. Also, agenda item #9 (L) was moved to an earlier spot on the agenda.

 

2. Recognitions. Superintendent Sichting said ISTEP+ test results were received recently and shared that they were pretty good. He recognized K-12 Bloomfield teachers, students, parents and community members for their efforts and hard work. Mr. Sichting stated that the start of the new school year went smoothly and thanked everyone for that. Mary Jane Vandeventer shared that “Meet the teacher” night was a success and praised her elementary teachers for participating in discussion on the new curriculum with career readiness standards recently. David Dean said 7th and 9th grade orientation night went well, fall sports were having positive starts to their seasons and spoke about the “Commit to Graduate” program put on by Jostens company. He also shared that ISM College Planning night was held with sixteen Bloomfield seniors attending, said his Math and Language Arts teachers had formed a consortium through SIEC and complimented the custodial staff for getting the building ready for the beginning of school. Mr. Dean recognized Julie Evans for being named one of the Peabody Energy “Teacher of the Year” and also honored Mrs. Evans for being involved with the Math Resource Guide.

 

3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Stacey Robinette. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the August 5, 2014 claims listing beginning with voucher number 625 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 697 to White River Valley School Corporation, the July 31, 2014 appropriation report beginning with Fund 0100 through Fund 6842 and the July 31, 2014 Bank Statement. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  

 

4. Permission Granted to Advertise 2015 Budget, Capital Projects Plan, and School Bus Replacement Plan. Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize the advertisement of the 2015 budget for the General Fund, Debt Service Fund, Capital Projects Plan, Transportation Fund, School Bus Replacement Plan. Mr. Sichting provided the Board with copies of the 2015 budget and plans. He also gave board members a chart with comparisons of past advertised levies. Dwayne Hostetter moved to authorize the advertisement of the 2015 budget per Mr. Sichting’s request. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  

 

5. August Indiana Department of Education State Aid 545 Report. Bloomfield School District received the August Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment on August 15, 2014. Bloomfield School District received four hundred forty nine thousand nine hundred twenty dollars and twenty five ($449,920.25) cents. The August Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment was nine dollars and ninety-eight ($9.98) cents greater than the July Indiana Department of Education SA 545 Basic Grant payment. The increase was a result of a reduction in the July payment due to Medicare reimbursement received in July by Bloomfield School District. The August 2014 payment is based on an ADM of 867 students with Full Day Kindergarten enrollment of 51 students. Bloomfield School Districts current 2014-2015 ADM as of Friday, August 15, 2014 was eight hundred eighty seven and fifteen one hundreds (887.15) students.   The Full Day Kindergarten enrollment as of Friday, August 15, 2014 was sixty-eight (68) students. The Average Daily Membership is not finalized until Friday, September 12, 2014. The Average Daily Membership and Full Day Kindergarten enrollment at that point will set the funding for Bloomfield School District through February, 2015. If the current Average Daily Membership and Full Day Kindergarten enrollment are stable through September, 12, 2014, the monthly funding totals will be adjusted in November, December, January, and February to compensate for the additional student enrollment which is greater than eight hundred sixty seven (867) students and a Full Day Kindergarten enrollment of fifty-one (51) students. In 2010, Bloomfield School District was receiving one million thirty eight thousand seven hundred thirty eight dollars ($1,038,738) more in calendar year funding.   Bloomfield School District has lost 17% 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 19% of the student enrollment.

 

6. 2011 Impact Aid Payment. Bloomfield School District was notified by the United States Department of Education on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 that an additional payment of two hundred seventy two dollars and ninety-five ($272.95) cents would be made electronically to Bloomfield School District for Impact Aid from the 2011 federal fiscal year. 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.

 

7. 2014-2015 Bloomfield School District Title I Grant. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on Friday, August 22, 2014 of approval of the 2014-2015 Title I Grant for one hundred fifty five thousand four hundred seventy one dollars and sixty-eight cents ($155,471.68). The Indiana Department of Education did not approve four thousand nine hundred forty five dollars and thirty six ($4,945.36) cents due to inadequate expenses in the Bloomfield Elementary School 2014-2015 budget to justify the expenses. The 2014-2015 Bloomfield Title I Grant will be finalized in October. After the grant is finalized in October, an amendment window will open in which Bloomfield School District can submit an amendment with four thousand nine hundred forty five dollars and thirty six ($4,945.36) cents of expenses to capture the full amount allocated for the 2014-2015 school year.

In the amendment process, Bloomfield School District can also submit expenses for up to 15% of the 2013-2014 Title I Grant which was unexpended during the grant cycle. The 2013-2014 Bloomfield Title I Grant was one hundred sixty nine thousand one hundred forty nine dollars and seven ($169,149.07) cents. As a result of the carry-over funds, an additional twenty five thousand three hundred seventy two dollars and thirty-six ($25,372.36) cents is eligible in 2014-2015 Title I dollars for Bloomfield School District. As a result, the final 2014-2015 Title I Grant for Bloomfield School District should be approximately one hundred eighty five thousand seven hundred eighty nine dollars and forty ($185,789.40) cents.

 

8. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Physics/Integrated Chemistry/Physics/Project Lead the Way Teacher Hired. It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Thea Frank as a Physics, Integrated Chemistry/Physics, and Project Lead the Way teacher at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School effective August 11, 2014. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation to hire Mrs. Frank. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting explained that Mrs. Frank received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mrs. Frank returned to Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin after graduation to obtain her teaching certification. Upon receiving her teaching certificate, Mrs. Frank worked in Wisconsin as a substitute teacher and long-term substitute teacher. In August, 2008, Mrs. Frank was hired by Greenfield Central Community School Corporation to teach computer applications at Greenfield-Central Middle School for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. In August, 2010, Mrs. Frank was employed by Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation to teach mathematics and science at Greenfield Central Junior High School. Mrs. Frank served in this capacity during the 2010-2011 school year. At the conclusion of the 2010-2011 school year, Mrs. Frank was married and relocated to southwestern Indiana.   During the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years, Mrs. Frank was a long term substitute teacher and a Remediation Instructional Assistant with the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Mrs. Frank holds an Indiana Professional Educator’s license. Her licensure allows her to teach Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Education, and Elementary Primary and Intermediate. Bloomfield School District will seek an emergency license for Mrs. Frank during the 2014-2015 school year for Integrated Chemistry/Physics and Physics. At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, Mrs. Frank will receive Project Lead the Way training. During the 2014-2015 school year, Mrs. Frank will teach Project Lead the Way classes and Bloomfield School District will receive vocational funding for Non-Project Lead the Way classes. Mrs. Thea Frank was hired by a 6-0 vote.

 

9. Bloomfield Elementary Title I Teacher Hired. Mr. Sichting provided a recommendation from BES principal Mary Jane Vandeventer to hire Mrs. Shannon Dean as a Title I teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School effective August 11, 2014. Mr. Sichting recommended approval. Bill Bond moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mrs. Dean’s position would be paid out of federal Title I Grant funds. As a result, Mrs. Dean will be hired on a temporary teaching contract for positions paid through receipt of grant funds. Mrs. Dean’s position can be eliminated in the future without due process if the grant funds diminish or disappear. Mrs. Dean holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Mrs. Dean has been trained in development of reading skills including 4 Blocks, Tucker Signing, and 6 Traits writing development. Mrs. Dean has been trained to analyze and assess students’ reading to determine the reading cues being used by the students. Mrs. Dean’s education and training will allow her to provide intensive remediation strategies for students finding it difficult to read. Mrs. Dean has extensive experience in preschool and primary elementary education settings. Mrs. Dean was hired by a 6-0 vote.

 

10. Title I Teacher Hired at Bloomfield Elementary. It was recommended the board hire Mrs. Jessica Lauderdale as a Title I teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School effective August 11, 2014. Eric Moody made a motion to hire Mrs. Lauderdale per the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion. Mrs. Lauderdale’s position is paid out of federal Title I Grant funds. As a result, Mrs. Lauderdale will be hired on a temporary teaching contract for positions paid through receipt of grant funds. Mrs. Lauderdale’s position can be eliminated in the future without due process if the grant funds diminish or disappear.

Mrs. Lauderdale has been an Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield School District for seven (7) years. Mrs. Lauderdale also served as a Kindergarten teacher at Bloomfield School District for two (2) years. During her duties, Mrs. Lauderdale received training of using mClass formative assessments, differentiated instruction, and Leveled Literacy Interventions. In the training, Mrs. Lauderdale received knowledge and skills which will enable her to implement intensive and strategic interventions with Title I elementary students struggling with reading. Mrs. Lauderdale was hired by a 6-0 vote.

 

11. Bloomfield Elementary Hires Title I Instructional Assistant. Mary Jane Vandeventer requested the Board hire Mrs. Angie Keusch as a Title I Instructional Assistant at Bloomfield Elementary School retroactive to an effective date of Monday, August 11, 2014. Dwayne Hostetter moved to hire Mrs. Keusch. Bill bond seconded the motion. Mrs. Keusch’s position is paid out of federal Title I Grant funds. As a result, Mrs. Keusch will be hired as an “at-will” employee using Title I Grant funds. In the future, if the federal Title I Grant funds diminish or are eliminated Mrs. Keusch’s position will be eliminated without due process. Mrs. Keusch is a 2012 graduate of Indiana State University. During the 2013-2014 school year, Mrs. Keusch served as a Title I Academic Interventionist at Eastern Greene Elementary School. In her duties, she taught essential skills to students in grades 2, 3, and 4 based on the results of individual Acuity scores. Mrs. Keusch also administered Level Literacy Interventions at Eastern Greene with students in the 2nd grade. Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Keusch’s past experiences would allow her to make a smooth transition to Bloomfield Elementary for the 2014-2015 school year. Board members hired Mrs. Keusch with a 6-0 vote.

 

12. Bloomfield School District At-Risk Counselor Rehired. Superintendent Sichting said the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees voted to reduce the position of “At-Risk” Counselor at the June 26, 2014 board meeting due to concerns with a lack of knowledge at the enrollment figures for the 2014-2015 school year. He said at that point, Bloomfield School District had a Full Day Kindergarten enrollment of 51 students and a projected ADM of eight hundred fifty four (854) students. Bloomfield School District was expecting a decline in revenue due to the projected enrollment. He recommended the Board rehire Mrs. Street as an “at-will” At-Risk Counselor at BSD effective August 13, 2014. Sandy Parkes moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion. Mrs. Street had served in the roll of Bloomfield School District “At-Risk” Counselor since September 30, 2002. The Bloomfield School District administration and Board of School Trustees is excited to welcome Mrs. Street back as the Bloomfield School District “At-Risk” Counselor for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Susan Street was rehired by a 6-0 vote.

 

13. Long Term Substitute Hired at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Constance Riggins as a long term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School from on or about August 11, 2014 through on or about September 18, 2014. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting told board members to not be surprised if a recommendation to hire a long term substitute for Mrs. Riggins comes before them since Mrs. Riggins is also expecting a baby around September 18th. Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Riggins received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Kansas University and upon her graduation, had taught in an elementary setting for two (2) years in Kansas. Previously, Mrs. Riggins had served as in the role of long term substitute teacher for maternity leaves at Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School. Mrs. Riggins holds an Indiana teaching certificate in general education, grades K-6. Mrs. Riggins will be serving as a long term substitute teacher in 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts. Mrs. Riggins was hired by a 6-0 vote.

 

14. 2013-4-2015 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:

 

  • Mrs. Kristie Bladen-Yearbook (Owl) 

                                Jr.-Sr. High School Improvement Committee

  • Miss Jennifer Bollero-Band Director

                                   Elementary Musical-Assistant Director (1)

                                   High School Major Musical/Play Pit Orchestra

  • Mrs. Dana Britton-Athletics-Girl’s Athletics-5th Grade Girl’s Basketball Coach
  • Mrs. Megan Brown-Other School Sponsored Clubs Approved by the Administration-

                                 Cultural Cooking Club

  • Mrs. Julie Evans-Jr.-Sr. High School Improvement Committee

                                 Jr. High Musical Assistant

                                 High School Major Musical/Play-Sets and Props

                                 High School Major Musical/Play-Choreography

                                                      Jr. High Musical-Lights

                                              High School Major Musical/Play-Lights

                                             Elementary Musical-Lights (1)

  • Mrs. Laura Helms-Elementary Vocal Music

                               Elementary Musical Director (1)

                               High School Vocal Music

                               High School Major Musical/Play-Director

                               High School Major Musical/Play-Piano Accompaniment

                                 High School Major Musical/Play-Tickets and Programs

                                            Jr. High School Musical Director

                                            Clubs and Other-Other Clubs-Strut-N-Fret

  • Mrs. Kayla Hale- Clubs and Other-Other Clubs-Spanish Club
  • Mr. Wyatt LeGrand- Clubs and Other-Other Clubs-High School Art Club

                                Clubs and Other-Other Clubs-Junior High Art Club

  • Mr. Ron McBride-Other Athletics-Intramural Director
  • Mr. Ryan O’Neall-Athletics-Boy’s Athletics-6th Grade Basketball
  • Mrs. Cindy Riggins-Clubs and Other-Senior Class Sponsor (1 of 2)
  • Mr. John Royal- Athletics-Boy’s Athletics-5th Grade Basketball
  • Miss Danielle Sichting-Athletics-Girl’s Athletics-6th Grade Basketball
  • Travis Inman-Volunteer Varsity Assistant Boy’s Golf Coach
  • Travis Inman-Volunteer Jr. High Assistant Boy’s Golf Coach

                 The 2014-2015 extra-curricular recommendations were made by Mr. Dean, Mr. McBride and/or Mrs. Vandeventer. Eric Moody made a motion to approve the entire list as presented. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

15. Bloomfield Elementary Second Grade Annual Zoo Trip Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve the annual overnight field trip for Bloomfield Elementary 2nd graders to the Indianapolis Zoo on May 7, 2015 and May 8, 2015. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained that students are often accompanied by parents and/or grandparents for the event. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the field trip as presented. John Combs seconded that motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.  

 

16. Board Approves Additional Mileage for Bus Route #12. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve additional mileage of 2.5 miles per day for the 2013-2019 Bloomfield School District Bus #12 contract owned by Mr. Keith Bennett. Eric Moody moved to approve the additional mileage. John Combs seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting explained that approximately ten (10) Bloomfield School District students will be participating in an after-school program at the Westgate Training Academy aimed at fostering awareness in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. He said students will be transported via bus #12 to the afterschool program. The Westgate Training Academy is located in Martin County. Mr. Sichting said the additional mileage of 5 miles per week would cover the round trip from the Greene-Martin County line to the Westgate Training Academy for two times a week. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics afterschool program would begin on September 9, 2014 and would be held on Tuesday and Thursday for the duration of the 2014-2015 school year terminating at the end of April during the 2014-2015 school year. The additional cost of transporting students to the afterschool program will be run from September 9, 2014 through the end of April. The program is sixty-one (61) days in length. The total cost of adding the 5 miles per week to the mileage of route #12 is five hundred seventy nine dollars and fifty ($579.50) cents for the 2014-2015 school year. The motion was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

17. Memorandum of Understanding with BTA for Health Savings Account Deposits Gets Board Approval. It was recommended the Board approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association for Bloomfield School District to make a deposit to individual employee Health Savings Accounts from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting provided information for this agenda item. The bargaining agreement between the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association and the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees included a deposit made by Bloomfield School District to the Health Savings Account of employees of Bloomfield School District. The current agreement sunsets on December 31, 2014. At the time the agreement was reached, it was unclear the dollar amount of run-out health insurance claims from the Bloomfield School District Health Insurance clearing account #9275 would sustain deposits into the Health Savings Account through January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. It is apparent a sufficient balance remains in the Bloomfield School District Health Insurance clearing account #9275 for deposits to continue through the termination of the 2013-2015 bargained agreement. Mr. Sichting said as a result, Bloomfield School District will make the following contributions to employee health savings accounts from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015:

 

  • Single-$750
  • Employee + Child-$1,000
  • Employee + Spouse-$1,250
  • Family-$1,500

 

He said the increments would be made in 1/6 increments each month and that the Internal Revenue Service allows employers to deposit a maximum dollar amount in an employee’s Health Savings Account on an annual basis. The annual maximum amounts are:

 

  • Single-$3,350 annually ($279 per month)
  • All other coverage-$6,650 annually ($554 per month)

 

The motion was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

18. Board Approves Administrator and Non-Certified Employee Corporation Contributions for Health Insurance Premiums. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following contributions to employee health insurance premiums for administrators and non-certified employees for the 2014-2015 health insurance cycle:

 

Plan Type and Category                    

Contribution

PPO 1

 

Single

$8,136.48

Employee + Child

$11,011.30

Employee + Spouse

$14,438.40

Family

$18,393.60

PPO 2

 

Single

$8,136.48

Employee + Child

$8,860.80

Employee + Spouse

$11,625.60

Family

$14,764.80

HDHP/H.S.A. Plan 3

 

Single

$5,442,72

Employee + Child

$7,728.00

Employee + Spouse

$10,128.00

Family

$12,873.60

HDHP/H.S.A. Plan 4

 

Single

$4,537.44

Employee + Child

$6,451.20

Employee + Spouse

$8,457.60

Family

$10,712.80

 

                Eric Moody made a motion to approve this recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting provided information to the board on this agenda item. The Bloomfield School District switched its employee health insurance to the Hoosier Heartland Insurance Trust on January 1, 2014. At that point, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approved contribution amounts for administrators and non-certified employees. The Hoosier Heartland Insurance Trust plan year begins on September 1st and extends through August 31st. In July, 2014, the Hoosier Heartland Insurance Trust voted to raise health insurance premiums by 8.1% for the period of September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015. The national average for increase in health insurance premiums is approximately 11% for 2014. Some of the cost of the 8.1% increase is due to changes triggered by aspects of the Affordable Care Act. In November, 2014, Bloomfield School District must comply with the Affordable Care Act by holding an open enrollment in the Bloomfield School District Health Insurance plan for the employees of Bloomfield School District. Presently, Bloomfield School District has a closed annual enrollment for its employee health insurance plan. In a closed enrollment, employees who elect not to enroll in Bloomfield School District employee health insurance coverage must have a qualifying event to enroll after declining the coverage. The motion was passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

19. Memorandum of Understanding with BTA for Corporation Contributions for Health Insurance Premiums. Superintendent Sichting recommended the board approve a Memorandum of Understanding concerning corporation dollar contributions to employee health insurance premiums from September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting provided board members with information concerning this agenda item. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees and the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association reached agreement on a collective bargaining agreement on September 26, 2013 for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. In the bargaining agreement, a dollar amount was established for school corporation contributions to health insurance premiums. In July, 2014, the Hoosier Heartland Insurance Trust Executive Committee voted to increase health insurance premiums by 8.1%. In an effort of good faith, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approached the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association with an increased contribution level for health insurance premiums from September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The expiration of the memorandum coincides with the expiration of the 2013-2015 master teaching contract. At that point, both sides will begin bargaining wages and wage related fringe benefits. As part of the bargaining process, corporation contributions to employee health insurance premiums will be included in the bargaining process. The Memorandum of Understanding sets a dollar amount for school district contributions toward the total premium for health insurance plans from September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

20. Non-Certified Handbook Amended. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following amendments to the Bloomfield School District Non-Certified Employee Handbook:

 

  • Bloomfield School District Health Insurance Contribution Levels
  • Bloomfield School District Cafeteria Staff Language

 

Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the amendments to the handbook as presented. John Combs seconded the motion. Bloomfield School District non-certified employees are considered “at-will” employees. Judicial decisions involving non-certified employees being “at-will” employees underscored the necessity of providing a non-certified handbook outlining the benefits and policies for non-certified employees. Courts have ruled the absence of a non-certified handbook jeopardizes the distinction of an employee being “at-will”. The amendments to the non-certified employee handbook are aimed at keeping the handbook current and up-to-date. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

21. Board Approves Class Sizes Outside of Limits of Board Policy #2705. Superintendent Sichting brought a request for approval of class size lists of class offerings for the 2014-2015 school year. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained that the school has a policy that establishes class sizes for grades K-6 and for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English at the secondary level. He continued that in March of 2002 the Board added a requirement that classes in the above areas outside the class size range required board approval. Bill Bond moved to approve the class offerings lists as presented. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

  

22. Board Approves Non-Resident Student Applications for the 2014-2015 School Year. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following non-resident student applications for the 2014-2015 school year:

 

  • Eight (8) new Non-Resident Student Applications

Two (2) new Jr.-Sr. High School Applications

               Six (6) new Elementary Applications

 

  • Twenty (20) returning Non-Resident Student Applications

Nine (9) returning Non-Resident Elementary Applications

Eleven (11) returning Jr.-Sr. High School Applications

 

Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said the non-resident students made application consistent with Board Policy #5111 and that an interview was held with the parents and students. He assured the board that the students did not violate one of the reasons to deny enrollment outlined in the HB1381.   The motion was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

23. Board Authorizes Contracted Bus Driver Suspension with Pay. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Board of School Trustees approve a suspension with pay for Mrs. Helen Goad as a contracted bus driver at Bloomfield School District from Tuesday, August 12, 2014 through the morning route on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy Parkes seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting provided information on this agenda item. On September 27, 2012, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees awarded School Bus Route #9 to Mrs. Helen Goad for the period of 2013-2019. Mrs. Goad entered into a personal services contract with the Bloomfield School District for School Bus Route #9. Unfortunately, Mrs. Goad was unable to fulfill her personal services contract for School Bus Route #9. The School Bus Contractor enters into a personal services contract with the local school district. As a result, the local school board has to authorize the suspension with pay. The school board approving the suspension with pay allows the school district to avoid an issue involving “ghost employment”. The recommendation was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

24. Bus Route #9 Assignment to David Hudson Receives Approval. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School approve the assignment of School Bus Route #9 from Helen Goad to David Hudson. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the assignment as requested. John Combs seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting shared information concerning this assignment. On September 27, 2012, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees awarded School Bus Route #9 to Mrs. Helen Goad for the period of 2013-2019.   Mrs. Helen Goad has requested the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees release her from the Performance Bond by awarding the remainder of the 2013-2019 School Bus Route #9 Personal Services Contract to Mr. David Hudson. The 2013-2019 Bloomfield School District Bus Specifications allow the assignment of a transportation contract with the consent of the governing board. The assignment of the transportation contract was outlined in Section 23. Assignment of Contract on page #5 of the Specifications for School Bus Routes, Bloomfield School District, 2013-2019.

The Assignment of Bus Route #9 from Helen Goad to David Hudson was approved by a 6-0 vote.

 

25. School Board Policies, Amended, 1st Reading. The following policies are being amended and presented for the first time.  

 

  • 5111, Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students, Revised
  • 4401, Fringe Benefits for Support Staff, Revised

 

Mr. Sichting said policies are read publically twice prior to adoption. One policy is being amended due to lacking references to instances in which a non-resident student could attend Bloomfield School District without establishing residency.   The amendments are statutorily covered instances allowing students to attend Bloomfield School District without establishing residency. Policy #4401 is being amended in the insurance section of the policy. Discussion was held and revisions were suggested for policy #5111. Mr. Sichting said these policies would be brought back to the Board for second reading and adoption.

 26. Administrative Guideline, 1st Reading. The following Administrative Guideline was presented for the first time: (See Attached)

 

  • 7510-Use of School Facilities, Amended

 

Administrative Guidelines are presented to the board for one reading and are adopted. If a Guideline is amended during the initial presentation it is brought back for final approval. The administrative guideline listed above has been amended and is being presented to the board for the first time after the amendment was added. Mr. Sichting said this guideline would be brought back before the Board for 2nd reading and adoption.

 

27. Bloomfield Elementary School Amends 2014-2015 Textbook and Workbook Fees. It was recommended the Board approve the amended 2014-2015 textbook and workbook fees for Bloomfield Elementary School. (See Attached) Sandy Parkes moved to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

28. 2013-2014 ISTEP+ Results. Mary Jane Vandeventer and David Dean gave presentations concerning ISTEP+ testing results for Bloomfield students. Superintendent Sichting shared that the front page news in the Indianapolis Star was that the Indiana Teacher’s Association sent a letter to Governor Pence urging him to put a moratorium on accountability for teacher evaluations and test results for the A-F accountability model for one year.    He shared more information on upcoming testing changes and what Bloomfield Schools are doing to prepare for those changes.

 

29. Comments from the Public. Dwayne Hostetter asked how the 1:1 Bring your Own Device to School pilot project was going. Mr. Sichting shared that he had heard that it is hard to get on the platform with cell phones. Mr. Dean said he had met with student council members and the majority of comments were the students thought it was going better than they had expected. He said the juniors and seniors are thriving with their devices. He said some are having some frustration with access problems with their device, but felt like Mrs. Mattox would get those issues straightened out. Mr. Dean also said he had had no reports of damage to the devices.   Mr. Sichting said one reason the district decided to do the pilot was to see if there are enough access points in different areas of the school. He said more access points may need to be added.

 

30. Superintendent Sichting Updates Board on BSD Summer Construction and     Renovation.   Superintendent Sichting told board members that the polyurethane project was completed at the high school and said the testers and balancers were in the optimizing process with the Energy Savings Project. Mr. Sichting said the Outdoor Physical Education Facility was moving right along with sidewalks being poured, tennis courts, driveway, track and parking lot being rocked with paving to begin next week. Mr. Sichting said landscaping should take a couple of days. He said patrons are able to see a lot more working being done now that the mass dirt moving work is completed.

 

31. 2013-2014 ACT Results. Superintendent Sichting provided the Board with information from 2013-2014 Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School students results from the ACT test.

 

Graduation Year  Total Tested         English   Mathematics Reading   Science   Composite

2014                       13-Highest            21.4             22.1                   23.8        22.7       22.6

2014 State of Indiana 27,226          21.1             21.9                   22.3       21.6       21.9

 

                The highest number of Bloomfield School District students took the ACT in 2013-2014 since data started being compiled in 2010. Thirteen (13) students from Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School took the test in 2014.

                Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High students scored higher than the state average in all areas tested. The 2014 student’s scores increased from 2013 in the areas of Reading, Science, and Composite.

                Students from Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School scored lower in English and Mathematics in 2014 compared to the cohort of 2013. Although the scores were lower, the scores were just a fraction lower than the 2013 performance in those areas.

                The results of the thirteen (13) students who took the ACT test indicate the students exceeded the minimum projection for success in the following college ready areas:

  • College English Composition
  • College Algebra
  • College Social Sciences
  • College Biology
  • All thirteen (13) students meet the minimum performance level in all four areas

 32. Board Hears Update on Indiana’s College and Career Ready Academic Standards. Superintendent Sichting gave an update to board members on Indiana’s College and Career Ready Academic Standards.

 

33. Adjournment. There being no further business Eric Moody moved to adjourn. John Combs seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.

 

 

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