MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
November 29, 2005
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on November 29, 2005, 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: Peggi Blakley, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Robert Kirk and Eric Moody. Nancy Canty was absent. President Dowden called the meeting to order at approximately 7:05 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:
1. Recognitions. Jr/Sr High School principal Greg Parsley announced that Mrs. Brenda Roach was Teacher of the Month. He commended the students who took part in “Seussical” the musical put on by the Strut and Fret group recently. Mr. Parsley also told the Board that students Ben Swaby and Laura Riggins would be attending the Lugar Symposium at the University of Indianapolis in the near future. Mr. Parsley also announced that the NJROTC Ball would be held on December 3rd at Crane Naval Base. Bloomfield teacher Nancy Hudson told the Board that the school had collected $1,570.00 to help tornado victims in Evansville and Daviess County.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on October 27, 2005, and an executive session held on November 14, 2005, 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 6-0 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. Keith Hanauer moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. Marvin Helms seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
4. Transfer of Appropriations Resolution Approved. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees approve a resolution concerning the transfer of appropriations for the 2005 budget. (See attached) The superintendent said that approval of this resolution would allow the school district Treasurer to close out the 2005 budget. Since the Board approved the original budget allocations and appropriations, its approval is also required to make additional changes. Marvin Helms moved to approve the resolution as recommended. Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
5. Board Accepts Legal Opinion for Payment of Claims. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees accept the legal opinion prepared by Mr. Karl Sturbaum of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP regarding “Payment of Claims.” (See attached) Eric Moody moved to accept the legal opinion of Mr. Sturbaum per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
6. Cafeteria II Worker Hired. Cafeteria Supervisor Jana McIntosh asked the Board to hire Ms. Kathy Roach as a 3-hour Cafeteria II worker effective November 28, 2005. Mr. Hasler said Ms. Roach had been working in this position as a substitute and he recommended approval of the request. Keith Hanauer moved to hire Ms. Roach per the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
7. ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2005-2006 school year from Mr. Parsley and/or Mr. Skomp. (See Attached) Superintendent Hasler included his support of these recommendations. The recommendations were to name Mike Williams as a Volunteer Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach and Ronda Rockey for High School Major Musical/Play Tickets & Programs. Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendations as presented. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
8. Student Leadership Academy Approved for Overnight Trip to Canyon Inn. It was recommended that the Board approve Susan Street’s request for an overnight trip for The Student Leadership Academy at the Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek Street Park. Peggi Blakley moved to approve the trip as requested. Marvin Helms seconded he motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
9. NJROTC Field Trip to Ohio State University Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve Naval Science Instructor Ostergren’s request for a trip to Ohio State University to compete in an air rifle competition on December 9 through December 10, 2005. Peggi Blakley moved to approve the trip as requested. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Ms. Blakley said she appreciated Lt. Ostergren for creating opportunities like this trip for the students. Superintendent Hasler shared that Lt. Ostergren was planning to retire at the same time as he was, but fortunately for Bloomfield he has decided to stay for two more years.
10. Board Policy First Reading Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy.
Payment of Claims policy was presented to the Board for first reading. (See attached) Discussion
was held. This policy will be brought to a later meeting for the Board’s consideration.
11. 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 2005 that indicated extremely limited support for this program. He said 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. Keith Hanauer 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 6-0 vote.
12. Other Items of Business That May Need Action Prior to the Next Board Meeting. Keith Hanauer made a motion to have Superintendent Hasler research any local property that might be available for the school to purchase and also to authorize him to have appraisals done if necessary. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
13. Emergency School Closing Procedures for 2005-2006 Announced. Board members and members of the media were provided with Emergency School Closing Procedures for the 2005-2006 school year. (See attached.)
14. Superintendent Search Update. School Board President Steve Dowden gave an update on the progress of finding a new Superintendent to replace Mr. Hasler when he retires in June 2006. Mr. Dowden said that an announcement of the vacancy had been assembled and a plan for notifying potential candidates is in place. He said that the deadline for applying for the position is posted as January 20, 2006 and a committee has been appointed to screen candidates and to conduct initial interviews. He continued that the screening committee consists of eleven people including three board members, three administrators, two teachers, one support staff employee, and two community members. Mr. Dowden said that Mr. Hasler would be involved in the screening process as a non-voting member. He said the Board would hold an open meeting sometime in January to allow the community as well as teachers and any other interested parties to voice their input as to what characteristics and skills they would like the Board to look at when deciding on the next Superintendent of Schools for Bloomfield.
15. Comments and Information from the Public. Carla Morton, a parent of students within the Bloomfield Schools, asked for clarification on certain policy’s in the student handbook and asked if she could send something to Board members through Mr. Hasler’s office. President Dowden said it would be fine for Ms. Morton to deliver correspondence to board members through Mr. Hasler’s office. President Dowden thanked Ms. Morton for her interests. Greg Thomas, who has two daughters in the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, informed the Board of a complaint he had filed with the Indiana Department of Education through the Department of Civil Rights. Mr. Thomas read information concerning the Office of Civil Rights that he had printed from the department’s Internet website. Mr. Thomas named two separate incidents’ concerning the punishment of his daughters. He ended by saying that he did not expect the Board to take any action, but felt assured that the Department of Education would handle his complaint. President Dowden told Mr. Thomas that the Board was not allowed to speak of specific students in a public meeting, but that they would address the complaint when it came to them from the Department of Education. He thanked Mr. Thomas for his comments.
16. Adjournment. There being no further business Marvin Helms moved to adjourn. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.