MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 22, 2004
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 22, 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, Randall Burcham, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms and Richard Richeson. 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. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that all Bloomfield Elementary School Instructional Assistants successfully completed the ParaPro Assessment and are now Certified Paraprofessionals. He said that the ParaPro Assessment was developed in response to the federal legislation known as “No Child Left Behind” and Indiana State Law P.L. 221 and measures skills and knowledge in reading, math, and writing. Mr. Hasler said that while the school already knew how good our aides were it had now been proven. Mr. Hasler announced that Bloomfield Schools have met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements and thanked all of those who worked to achieve this recognition. (See attached sheets) Mrs. Royal recognized NJROTC and FFA groups on recent competitions. She also told those present that Student Council students and sponsor Stephanie Arthur held a Rock-A-Thon to raise money for the Relay for Life recently and raised over $1,000. Mrs. Royal said the students have several more activities planned to raise money. Mrs. Royal also told the Board that at the recent Knowledge Master competition grade 7-9 team scored the highest score by any Bloomfield team in at least four years. The team scored 1011. The team sponsors are Rhonda Burch and Kristie Bladen.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on March 18, 2004, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Nancy Canty moved to approve the minutes as presented. Marvin Helms seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 5-0-2 vote. Mr. Burcham and Mr. Richeson abstained from voting because they were not in attendance at that meeting.
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 Richard Richeson and seconded by Peggi Blakley, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Substitute Bus Driver Hired. At the January meeting the Board approved the hiring of up to three (3) district bus driver substitutes who would receive reimbursement for their physicals, drug testing, license fee, driving test, and a $100/year stipend for actively driving for the district. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Mr. Jim VanDeventer had met the state requirements for his CDL Public Passenger license and had already familiarized himself with several of the district’s bus routes. Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board hire Mr. VanDeventer as a substitute bus driver for the district’s routes. Randall Burcham moved to hire Mr. Jim VanDeventer as a substitute bus driver per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mr. Hasler told the Board that Mr. VanDeventer had been actively riding different routes to familiarize himself with the different areas of the school district. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
5. Resignation of Student-Home Advocate Accepted. It was recommended that the Board accept the resignation of Mrs. Nicole Cook from the Student-Home Advocate position effective at the end of the 2003-2004 school year. Mr. Hasler said this position is a C.A.P.E. grant funded position and would be posted for next year. He said that Mrs. Cook began work at Bloomfield Schools in October due to a mid-term resignation and will certainly be missed. Since this position is grant funded and its future uncertain Mrs. Cook has accepted a position at North Daviess High School as a guidance counselor, but would like to continue her coaching position with the Bloomfield Redliners. Peggi Blakley moved to accept Mrs. Cook’s resignation. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
6. Secretary Resignation Accepted. Jr/Sr High School secretary Mrs. Karen Harp submitted her letter of resignation effective April 30, 2004. Marvin Helms moved to accept Mrs. Harp’s resignation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. The Board wished Mrs. Harp well.
7. Short Term Security Officers Hired. Superintendent Hasler said that for the past few years the district has employed off duty police officers to provide additional security during the last month of school. He recommended that the Board approve hiring off duty Bloomfield town police officers for the last month of school at the rate of $11.00 per hour. Randall Burcham moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
8. Summer School Staff Appointments Approved. Superintendent Hasler provided Board members with a list of 2004 Summer School staff appointments. (See attached) He said that these appointments are pending adequate enrollment numbers for reimbursement and recommended approval. Mr. Hasler included summer Drivers’ Education classes. Randall Burcham moved to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
9. Interim Jr/Sr High School Secretary Appointed. It was recommended that the Board appoint Mrs. Becky Neeley as the interim secretary for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Mrs. Neeley would be compensated at the High School Principal Secretary position with her years’ experience. The effective date will be April 26, 2004. Steve Dowden moved to appoint Mrs. Becky Neeley as interim jr/sr high school secretary effective April 26, 2004. Peggi Blakely seconded the motion. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Mrs. Neeley had secretarial experience from the jr/sr high school assistant principal’s office. He said that final determination on this position would be made after Mr. Parsley begins his employment. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
10. ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2004-2005 school year from athletic director Jason Skomp. Mr. Skomp recommended Nancy Hudson as Jr Varsity & Varsity Cheerleader Sponsor and LuAnne Anderson as Volleyball Coach. Superintendent Hasler included his support of these recommendations. Marvin Helms moved to approve the recommendations as presented. Richard Richeson seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 7-0 vote.
11. Math Class Trip to Kentucky Kingdom Approved. 7th grade math teacher Mrs. Timi Smith requested that the Board approve a class day trip to attend Mathematics Day at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY on May 12, 2004. Mrs. Royal told the Board that the students and Mrs. Smith have been working on curricular materials for the day and have also been involved in a recycling project to pay the travel expenses for the trip. Mrs. Royal included her recommendation of approval for this trip. Randall Burcham moved to approve this trip per Mrs. Royal’s recommendation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
12. Elementary Textbook Adoption Approved. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer presented the Board with her recommendation for the Elementary Mathematics Textbook Adoption for 2004-2010. (See attached) Mr. Hasler included his approval. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the elementary textbook adoption as recommended. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
13. Jr/Sr High School Textbook Adoption Approved. Jr/sr high school assistant principal Stella Royal presented the Board with the recommended textbook adoption for the Jr/sr High School Mathematics Adoption for 2004-2010. (See attached) Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Marvin Helms made a motion to approve the textbook adoption as recommended. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
14. Greene County Youth Alternatives Contract Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve the contract with Greene County Youth Alternatives (GCYA) and authorize the administration to sign the same. (See attached) Mr. Hasler told the Board that GCYA operates as a contracted service provider to Bloomfield School District. He said that under this agreement, we would agree to purchase three “slots” for students under 16 years old. Students 16 and over would attend and GCYA would be reimbursed by our adult education funds from the state or payment from the student’s family. The term of this contract would be from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 to coincide with the adult education funding schedule. Nancy Canty moved to approve this contract per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
15. Administrative Regulation Reviewed. The Board was informed of one (1) Administrative
Regulation. The regulation shared with the Board was #1491 JOB DESCRIPTION – SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER (See attached) No Board action is required on Administrative Regulations.
16. Amendment to Health Insurance Plan Approved. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve Amendment 8 to the Specific Plan Description (SPD) for the district’s health insurance plan. (See attached) He said that this amendment expresses the privacy provisions for our district’s health insurance plan to comply with the new requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (HIPPA). Steve Dowden moved to approve the amendment. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
17. Board Member Comments. Nancy Canty mentioned that she had noticed several cars using the school’s track as a roadway and commented that she thought there should be a big sign warning patrons that cars are not to drive on the track.
18. Report Heard on 2nd Grade CTBS Testing. Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with information from Mrs. Lori Lund saying that for the subjects of reading, language, and mathematics our second grade students did better than anticipated. Mrs. Lund said that scores were 82% in reading (compared to 68.3% nationally); 75.3% in language (compared to 67.0% nationally); and 92.0% in mathematics (compared to 77.9% nationally); in science 72.3% (compared to 64.0% nationally) and 58.3% in social studies (compared to 57.6% nationally). Our overall total score was 85.0% (compared to 73.7% nationally). Mr. Hasler said Mrs. Vandeventer, the teachers, staff, parents, and any one who has helped with this group of second grade students should celebrate their success.
19. Collective Bargaining Update. Superintendent Hasler said that the BTA bargaining team and the Board’s bargaining team had not met since the last Collective Bargaining Update. He said that the leadership of the two teams have been meeting to work toward resolution of the impasse that has thwarted efforts to agree on a new contract. This joint proposal will be presented to both sides soon for their review. Mr. Hasler said that this process is a very complex issue, and both sides want to get it “right”.
20. Adjournment. There being no further business, Richard Richeson moved to adjourn. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote.