MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
November 18, 2004
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on November 18, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the junior high school conference room in Bloomfield School District, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana. The following school board members were present: Peggi Blakley, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Eric Moody, and Robert Kirk. President Hanauer called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:
1. Recognitions. Mr. Hasler praised all staff and students for a wonderful Veterans Day Program. He presented an award that came from President Bush in recognition of Bloomfield staff, students and community for all of the support shown to the 152nd when and since they were activated. Jr/sr high school principal Greg Parsley recognized two Bloomfield students, Cheyenne Hunter and Zephrell Mitchell as essay winners at the recent Veterans Day program at the Elks Lodge. He also recognized the ROTC group for their recent Veterans Day activities. Mr. Parsley recognized the new Speech Team for their success in recent meets where they received 2 trophies. The principal also thanked Mrs. Darla Bent and her students for preparing a community Thanksgivings Day dinner at school. Athletic Director Jason Skomp recognized several student athletes for making All Conference teams. Mr. Skomp told the Board that the students are also honor students in academics. Nancy Canty thanked the Bloomfield PTO for their activities during American Education Week. She said they had been very busy with treats for the staff everyday this week and said it was much appreciated. Superintendent Hasler recognized all staff during this American Education Week as they strive to educate Bloomfield students everyday.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on October 21, 2004, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Robert Kirk moved to approve the minutes as presented. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 7-0 vote.
3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts, consisting of the Appropriation Report and Claims Listing Report. Upon motion duly made by Peggi Blakley and seconded by Steve Dowden, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Transfer of Appropriations Resolution Approved. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees approve the attached resolution concerning the transfer of appropriations for the 2004 budget. The superintendent said that approval of this resolution would allow the school district Treasurer to close out the 2004 budget. Since the Board approved the original budget allocations and appropriations, its approval is also required to make additional changes. Nancy Canty moved to approve the resolution as recommended. Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
5. Public Works Project Loan Awarded. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees award the Public Works Project Loan to Peoples Trust Company of Linton, Indiana. Mr. Hasler said this Public Works Project Loan is for $1,000,000 for roofing repairs and is to be repaid in semi-annual payments. The maturity date for the loan is December 30, 2010 and the interest rate is 3.36% per annum. Mr. Hasler said that bids were received from four banks with Peoples Trust submitting the lowest interest rate. Steve Dowden moved to award the Public Works Project Loan to Peoples Trust Company per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
6. Approval Purchase of 2004/5 14-passenger Special Purpose Buses. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve a quote and approve the purchase from Kerlin Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc. for two 2004/5 14-passenger special purpose buses with Thomas bodies and GMC/Chevrolet chassis in the net amount of $60,448 to be paid for from the 2004 Bus Replacement Fund for one bus and the 2005 Bus Replacement Fund for the second bus. Marvin Helms moved to purchase the buses per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
7. Change in Classification of Aide Position Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve changing the classification of the vacant one-half time aide position (3 ½ hours/day) to an hourly position totaling the same hours per week (17 ½ hours/week). Mr. Hasler said Mr. Parsley made this request to allow him more flexible to fulfill the need of a one-half time mathematics aide position. He said the net affect of hours and cost to the district would be the same after this change. Marvin Helms moved to approve the request. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
8. Mathematics Remediation Aide Hired. It was recommended that the Board hire Mrs. Sandra Bailey as a mathematics remediation aide at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective November 29, 2004. Mr. Hasler said Mrs. Bailey would work with students in the mathematics department to provide remediation and /or prevent the need for remediation to students in mathematics classes required for graduation. Peggi Blakley moved to hire Mrs. Bailey per the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mrs. Bailey was hired by a 7-0 vote.
9. ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2004-2005 school year from Mr. Skomp to hire Joe Medina to serve as boys’ 9th grade basketball coach. Superintendent Hasler included his support of this recommendation. Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation as presented. Robert Kirk seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
10. Homebound Instructor Hired. A recommendation came from elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer to hire Bloomfield elementary teacher Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer as a homebound instructor for a student at Bloomfield Elementary School who has undergone surgery. Mr. Hasler said Mrs. Vandeventer was willing to assume these additional duties up to 5 hours per week for the equivalent of her regular compensation for teaching. He said the effective date would be November 29, 2004 continuing until the student is released by the attending physician. Mr. Hasler concurred with Mrs. Vandeventer’s recommendation. Marvin Helms moved to hire Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer per the recommendation. Robert Kirk seconded the motion. Mrs. Kristi Vandeventer was hired by a 7-0 vote.
11. Overnight Outing for 5th and 6th Grade Boys Basketball Team Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve Mrs. Vandeventer’s and Mr. Skomp’s request for an overnight outing in the old gym November 27th for the 5th and 6th grade boys basketball teams. Mrs. Vandeventer said the outing would be a two day activity where the boys would travel to DePauw University to watch a college basketball game, meet the DePauw Men’s team and coaches and even play a scrimmage game on DePauw’s University’s gym floor. Then the boys would return to Bloomfield and camp out in the old gym. Marvin Helms moved to approve the outing per Mrs. Vandeventer’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
12. Overnight Trip for the Speech Team Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve Mr. Parsley’s request for an overnight trip for Bloomfield’s Speech Team to Logansport, Indiana, on December 10-11, 2004. The purpose of the trip would be to compete in a speech meet. Nancy Canty moved to approve the trip. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
13. Participation in Education Partnership with Crane Approved. Mr. Hasler said the purpose of the Education Partnership Agreement Between Crane, Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center and White River Valley School Corporation along with all other county schools (See attached) is to aid in the educational experience of WRV, Eastern, Bloomfield, Linton, and Shakamak students by providing a mechanism by which the faculty and student interest in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology may benefit the Department of Defense in terms of advanced training of future employees; and may benefit the county by encouraging interest in science, engineering, and technology by young people at the beginning of their career definition stage. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Robert Kirk moved to approve the agreement. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
14. Waiver for Latchkey Program Signed. Superintendent Hasler said that IC 20-5-2-1.5 requires that all school corporations in the state make available a school age child-care program to all students in grades K-6 or request a waiver annually from the IDOE. He told the Board that elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer had done a survey of elementary school parents in March 2004 that indicated extremely limited support for this program. He recommended that the school district is not in a financial position to offer this program for such a small group of students, therefore, a waiver should be applied for from the IDOE. Steve Dowden moved to authorize the Superintendent to apply to the Indiana Department of Education for a waiver for a Latchkey Program. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
15. C.A.P.E. Offices to be Housed at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. It was recommended that the Board grant permission to allow the C.A.P.E. offices to be housed in the area previously used by the junior high office. Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
16. Met Life Proposal Approved. Mr. Hasler said he had met with the representative from ISTA Financial Services who outlined a Met Life proposal for the 401(a), 403(b) and VEBA, which will take care of the retirement severance and also replace the current 403B with American Fidelity. Currently, Todd Corn is looking over those documents before they would be signed. Nancy Canty moved to authorize the administration to sign the proposal pending Todd Corn’s approval. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
17. Emergency School Closing Procedures for 2004-2005 Announced. Board members and members of the media were provided with Emergency School Closing Procedures for the 2004-2005 school year. (See attached.)
18. Comments and Information. PTO member Angela Brown said the PTO had hired Bob Hamlin to install a Weather Station at school.
19. Adjournment. There being no further business, Marvin Helms moved to adjourn. Robert Kirk seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.