MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
May 22, 2003
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 22, 2003, 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, and Richard Richeson. Randall Burcham was absent. President Helms 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 he had received notice from the Indiana Department of Education that Bloomfield Elementary School and Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School had been awarded full accreditation. He also shared that the Jr./Sr. High School had received good marks and accreditation from the North Central Accreditation’s peer review team. The Elementary had received that honor earlier this year. Mr. Hasler then introduced Mr. Jim Rose who has been recommended to the Board for the position of Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach for the 2003-2004 school year. Athletic director Jason Skomp told those present that several Bloomfield athletes had received All SWIAC and All Conference honors earlier this year.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session and regular school board meetings both held on April 24, 2003, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Peggy 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. Upon motion duly made by Keith Hanauer and seconded by Nancy Canty, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Participation in 2003-2004 ISTEP+ Remediation Grant Approved. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to allow the school district to participate in the ISTEP+ Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Program. Nancy Canty made a motion for the school district to participate in the ISTEP+ Grant Program per Mr. Hasler’s request. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
5. Resolution to Transfer Funds from 2003 Debt Service Fund to 2003 General Fund Adopted. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that IC 21-2-4-7 allows schools to make transfers from the Debt Service Fund to the General Fund between December 31, 2002 and July 1, 2003. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to adopt a resolution to transfer $42,026 from the 2003 Debt Service Fund to the 2003 General Fund. (See attached) Keith Hanauer made a motion to adopt the resolution per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
6. Administrative Substitute Pay Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve a daily substitute rate for Mr. Ralph Raper of a per diem salary of the administrator he is replacing. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation to set a daily substitute rate for Mr. Ralph Raper of a per diem salary of the administrator he is replacing. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
7. Equipment Declared Surplus. Technology Coordinator Michelle Mattox asked that the Board declare some office and classroom equipment surplus and allow for their disposal. (See attached list) Superintendent Hasler recommended approval of Mrs. Mattox request. Steve Dowden made a motion to declare the above list of equipment surplus and to allow for their disposal. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which was approved by a 6-0 vote.
8. Maternity Leave Request and Reduction in Administrator Contract Approved. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board approve a maternity leave for Stella Royal, Assistant Principal at Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School, from July 30, 2003 through December 19, 2003. He further recommended that Mrs. Royal’s administrative contract be reduced from 200 days to 120 days and her salary be reduced to $34,920 with continued Board contributions to her health insurance and retirement plan. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the proposal would provide financial savings to the district while allowing Mrs. Royal time to spend with her young children. He said that Mrs. Royal is willing to continue to work with scheduling and special assignments designated to her by her job description. Mr. Skomp will assume her disciplinary duties on the two days per week that Mrs. Royal is not on duty. Nancy Canty made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
9. Teacher Retirement Announced. Superintendent Hasler announced that Mr. Jim McBride had submitted his notice of plan to retire, effective May 28, 2003. The Board wished Mr. McBride well and thanked him for his many years of service to the school district.
10. 2003 Summer School Staff Appointments Approved. Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board approve a list of 2003 Summer School staff appointments. (See attached) Mr. Hasler told the Board that Jarrod Holtsclaw and Justin Porter had resigned from summer Babe Ruth and Seth Holt and Shane Evans were now being recommended for those coaching positions. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the list of summer staff appointment as recommended. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which was approved by a 6-0 vote.
11. 2003-2004 ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2003-2004 school year from jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp and elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer. (See attached sheets) Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendations. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
12. 2003-2004 ECA Recommendation. Athletic director Jason Skomp recommended that the Board hire Mr. Jim Rose as Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for the 2003-2004 school year. Mr. Hasler told the Board that Mr. Snapp and Mr. Skomp interviewed five candidates for the position. Mr. Hasler included his support of Mr. Skomp’s recommendation. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve Mr. Skomp’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
13. Involuntary Transfer Made of 1st Grade Teacher to 2nd Grade. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer requested that the Board do an involuntary transfer of Mrs. Jenny Medina from first grade to second grade for the 2003-2004 school year due to enrollment concerns. Mr. Hasler told the Board that procedures outlined in Article II Sections I and J of the collectively bargained agreement with the teachers’ association were followed in this process. Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the involuntary transfer per Mrs. Vandeventer’s request. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
14. Board Receives Report of Study Committee for Absence Policy and Procedures. Superintendent Hasler read a prepared report of the school’s absence policy and procedures. (See attached) No action was required on this agenda item. Mr. Hasler thanked members of the Board for being supportive of the members on the study committee.
15. Revisions to the 2003-2004 Student Handbook Approved. Mr. Hasler told Board members that the building principals and teachers had reviewed the student handbooks and the proposed changes were a result of their discussions. (See attached) He said there were only minor changes to the handbook for 2003-2004 with the most significant being the revisions to the dress code and attendance policy. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the 2003-2004 student handbook as presented. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. After some discussion, the motion passed by a 5-1 vote. Nancy Canty cast the nay vote.
16. Agenda Item 8 C. Tabled by Board. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board adopt Algebra I, copyright 2003, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, ISBN #0-07-825083 as the Algebra textbook for 2003-2010. Mr. Hasler explained that under the provisions of an Indiana State Board of Education Resolution regarding Algebra I adopted November 22, 2002, school districts in Indiana are allowed to adopt their Algebra I series textbooks one year early to meet new mathematics standards and to prepare for the new ISTEP GQE that will follow. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation. Richard Richeson seconded the motion. During discussion time, Mr. Hasler told the Board that when he had prepared his recommendation he was not aware that all members of the math department were not involved in this math selection. He asked the Board to table this item at this time. Keith Hanauer made a motion to table this item. Nancy Canty seconded the motion to table. This agenda item was tabled by a 6-0 vote.
17. Information Received on Copier Lease Proposal. Mr. Hasler explained that the current copier lease with Sharp will be up in August of 2004 and vendors have begun to contact the school regarding copier lease or purchase. He told the Board that VanAusdall & Farrar Company has created a proposal to end the Sharp lease more quickly and to lease the school remanufactured copiers. Mr. Hasler told the Board that his past experience with remanufactured copiers is not good and asked them if they were interested in leasing remanufactured copy machines. After some discussion, the Board told Mr. Hasler to continue receiving quotes from vendors until closer to the August 2004 expiration date of our current copiers.
18. Board Supports No Child Left Behind. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to approve the No Child Left Behind Statement of Assurances and to authorize him to sign the document. (See attached) Nancy Canty made a motion to approve and authorize Mr. Hasler’s signature on the above-mentioned documents. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
19. Board Meeting Date Changed. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that he would like to cancel the June 26, 2003 regular board meeting and schedule one for July 1, 2003. He explained that the Board has to hold its organization meeting each year within the first ten days of July. He said that way a regular meeting and the reorganization meeting could be held together. He asked if there was any opposition to having both meetings held on July 1, 2003. None were voiced.
20. Collective Bargaining Update. Mr. Hasler told those present that the bargaining teams have met one time since the last board meeting and he said he felt that they are continuing to make progress. He said they have reached the point of needing outside help on complicated issues like health insurance and retirement. He said the next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2003 for negotiations.
21. Information on Coca Cola Contract. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the school’s contract with Coca Cola is soon to be up for renewal. He said he, Mr. Skomp, and Mr. Snapp would like to hear offers from other vendors. He also said that in the past the administration had been the one to enter into a contract of this nature and he believes it should be entered into by the Board. Mr. Hasler told the Board when a final proposal is made it will be brought to the Board for their consideration.
22. Comments and Information from the Public. Elementary teacher Mandy McIntosh, on behalf of the upper elementary hallway classroom teachers, voiced concerns about the loss of teacher’s prep time in the elementary for the coming school year. Peggy Peak told the Board that the high school counselor told students that having an academic honors degree is not important and that it is just a sticker on their diploma. Mrs. Peak said she was very bothered by that. Also, Mrs. Peak asked if she could have a copy of the No Child Left Behind law. She also voiced her displeasure with the new student dress code.
23. Adjournment. There being no further business, Keith Hanauer made a motion to adjourn. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.