MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
June 30, 2005
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on June 30, 2005, immediately following the executive session in the junior 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, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, and Robert Kirk. Eric Moody was absent. 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. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer recognized and thanked Title I teacher and administrator Susie Goodman for her efforts in preparing the Title I grant for the coming school year. Mrs. Vandeventer told the Board that Bloomfield Elementary had made a lot of innovative changes in the literacy lab last year with Title I funds and will be incorporating a computer lab into the program during the coming year. She praised Mrs. Goodman and Mrs. Dean for their work strengthening the learning abilities of Bloomfield Elementary students.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the special work session, executive session, and regular school board meeting all held on May 26, 2005, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Steve Dowden moved to approve the minutes as presented. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 4-0-1 vote. Robert Kirk abstained from voting because he was not in attendance at those meetings.
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 Nancy Canty, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. 2005-2006 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2005-2006 school year. (See Attached) Marvin Helms moved that the Board authorize submission of the Title I grant application. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The Board approved the motion by a 6-0 vote.
5. Breakfast and Lunch Prices for 2005-2006 Approved. Cafeteria supervisor Jana McIntosh requested an increase in lunch prices for the 2005-2006 school year. Mrs. McIntosh asked for an increase of 15 cents which would make lunch prices $1.75 for students and $2.40 for adults. Breakfast prices would remain at $1.00 for students and $1.25 for adults. Superintendent Hasler recommended approval. Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote. Nancy Canty cast the nay vote.
6. Substitute Wage Schedule Revision. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that a mistake was caught on the previously approved Substitute Wage Schedule and he provided them with a revised schedule and recommended approval. (See Attached) Marvin Helms moved to approve the revised wage schedule. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
7. Administrator Salary Schedule. Superintendent Hasler reminded the Board that at the May 26, 2005 board meeting they had directed him to develop a salary schedule for all administrators in the district. He said an eighteen-step schedule for experience was in place for teachers and the support staff had a five-step wage schedule. He presented board members with a proposal and said this proposal would give the administrators a twelve-step salary schedule for experience. He recommended approval. Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Mr. Dowden’s motion died for lack of a second. Robert Kirk moved to take discussion on this item to an executive session. Mr. Hasler said he would research the law to see how much about salaries could be discussed in executive session. He said it did not require a motion to schedule an executive session.
8. Administrators’ Salary and Contracts Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve a two percent (2%) salary increase for administrator salaries for the 2006-2007 school year. Also, it was recommended that the administrative contract periods be as listed. (See Attached) Contracts for Stella Turner Royal and Mary Jane Vandeventer would be August 1, 2006 – July 31, 2007 for 200 days/year; Jason Skomp’s contract would be August 1, 2006 – July 31, 2007 for 205 days/year; Ron Hasler’s contract would run from July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007 260 days/year. Mr. Hasler reminded the Board that Mr. Parsley’s contracts was approved at the March 31, 2005 regular board meeting. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. Steve Dowden said he could not support this salary increase and contract extension without a salary schedule in place and that he did not think a 2% salary increase was appropriate. Bob Kirk said he could not support this increase in salary until it is known what funding the school will be receiving for the 2006-2007 school year. Marvin Helms voiced that he felt the administrators deserve the increase and also the contract extension. The motion passed by a 4-2 vote. Peggi Blakley, Marvin Helms, Nancy Canty and Keith Hanauer voted in favor of the motion. Steve Dowden and Bob Kirk cast the nay votes.
9. Copy Machine Lease/Contract Quote Accepted. The Board was presented with a summary of bids for the school’s copy machine lease. (See Attached) Mr. Hasler explained the comparison sheet and recommended that the Board award the copier lease to Hudson Office Supply of Washington, Indiana for two Sharp AR-M550N copiers for $386.52 per month and two Sharp AR-BC320 copiers for $317.00 per month for a 60 month lease. Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
10. 2005 Summer School Bus Drivers Named. It was recommended that the Board hire Harold Emery, Linda Pearson, Peggy Cox, and Linda Moore as summer school bus drivers. The compensation would be 60 hours (four (4) hours per day for fifteen (15) days) @ $9.00 for each driver. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the school corporation establishes routes and provides transportation to elementary and junior high students during their three-week summer school session. He said that in order to receive state reimbursement for summer school we must maintain an average 15 student enrollment for summer school classes and the practice of offering transportation for the students ensure that we maintain these required numbers. Robert Kirk moved to hire the summer school bus drivers per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. Steve Dowden stepped out of the room during this voting time.
11. Additional Summer School Staff Appointments Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve hiring Deborah Harshman for Summer English and Language Arts and Lori Burch for Summer Mathematics. Superintendent Hasler said that the Board approved 2005 Summer School staff appointments at the April board meeting pending enrollment. He said enrollment has increased to the point that these additional appointments are needed. Robert Kirk moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
12. Cafeteria II Worker Resigns. Ms. Shannon VanSant, a Cafeteria II Worker at Bloomfield Schools tendered her letter of resignation to be effective May 27, 2005. Mr. Hasler recommended acceptance. Peggi Blakley moved to accept Ms. VanSant’s resignation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
13. Jr/Sr High School Science Teacher Hired. Superintendent Hasler reminded the Board that they had created a new science position at their April 28, 2005 public school board meeting. Mr. Parsley asked the Board to hire Mr. Mark Bartlow to fill that newly created position. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Nancy Canty moved to hire Mark Bartlow per Mr. Parsley and Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
14. Board Confirms School Improvement Committee Appointments. Superintendent Hasler provided the board with a list teachers recommended by the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association to serve on the School Improvement Committees. (See Attached) Mr. Hasler said that these positions were moved from the ECA schedule to the body of the 2001-2007 Collectively Bargained Agreement. He said that by Indiana Statute the teachers’ association selects the teacher representatives for these school improvement committees and their selections are confirmed by the Board. Peggi Blakley moved to accept the appointments made by the Bloomfield Teachers’ Association. Robert Kirk seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
15. ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2005-2006 school year from Mr. Parsley, Mrs. Vandeventer and Mr. Skomp. (See Attached) Superintendent Hasler included his support of these recommendations. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendations as presented. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 4-2 vote. Peggi Blakley and Bob Kirk cast the nay votes.
16. Part-time Elementary Music Teacher Hired. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer asked the Board to hire Mrs. Sally Neill as a one-half time Bloomfield Elementary School music teacher. Mrs. Vandeventer said that Mrs. Neill had been working as an elementary aide for the district, but holds the proper Indiana Teacher’s License for this position. Superintendent Hasler recommended approval. He told the Board that the previous teacher who was RIFed from this position declined the offer to return for this position. Steve Dowden moved to hire Mrs. Sally Neill as a part-time elementary music teacher for Bloomfield Elementary School. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mrs. Neill was in attendance and was welcomed by the Superintendent and board members.
17. Board Creates 0.5 F.T.E. Spanish Position. Mr. Hasler told the Board that due to unexpected enrollment in Spanish classes for the 2005-2006 school year, the administration is recommending that a new 0.5 F.T.E. (half-time) Spanish position be created to alleviate overcrowding and to allow for scheduling additional classes for Spanish. He recommended that the board not only create the Spanish position, but also authorize the administration to advertise the position. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
18. High School Geography Textbook Request Approved. Mr. Parsley asked the Board to approve Glencoe: World Geography, ISBN #0-02-664173-9, 2003 Edition be approved for use in the high school World Geography. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that this textbook is on the Indiana Approved Adoption List for World Geography classes and recommended approval. Bob Kirk moved to adopt the textbook. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
19. Revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) of District’s Health Insurance Plan Approved. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the school’s health insurance had undergone several changes and amendments since it was written. He provided them with a revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) for the district’s health insurance plan. (See Attached) Mr. Hasler said this revision would bring the school into compliance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (HIPPA), changes required by the Department of Labor, and reflect benefit changes in our negotiated agreement. He told the Board that the teachers’ association had looked over this revision and that he had heard no negative comments. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Marvin Helms moved to approve the revision per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
20. Fireworks Display to be Held on School Grounds. Doug Frye on behalf of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce asked the Board to approve the use of school grounds to hold the July 4th fireworks display. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the school grounds had been the site of this display for several years and recommended approval. He said that the Chamber secures the necessary permits etc. to hold this event. Bob Kirk moved to approve the request. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
21. District Will Participate in Full-Day Student Release Pilot Program. It was recommended that the Board authorize participation in a Full-Day Student Release pilot program for the 2005-2006 school year. Mr. Hasler said that his recommendation is to alter the 6 half-days of release time. If approved by the state, two of the half-day release times will be combined to form one whole day release time. He explained that that this is a pilot program to investigate the feasibility of offering whole day release times instead of the traditional half-days. Bloomfield School District participated in this pilot last year and the staff believes it was very successful and less intrusive to the learning process than the traditional 6 half-days. Mr. Hasler asked the Board to approve applying for this whole day release. He said the DOE would review the application and determine if we will be selected for the pilot program. If approved, Mr. Hasler said, the full-day student release would be Thursday, February 9, 2006. Nancy Canty moved to approve the recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
22. Board Member Comments. Nancy Canty announced that the Cardinal sign was finished and should be up on the building by July 4th. Superintendent Hasler and board members voiced their appreciation of Nancy’s hard work on making the sign a reality for Bloomfield.
23. 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.