MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 24, 2003
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 24, 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, Randall Burcham, Nancy Canty, Steve Dowden, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, and Richard Richeson. Mr. Burcham left the meeting after agenda item #7 (C). 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. Brief Comments and Information from the Public on Agenda Items. Angela Brown recognized the Bloomfield jr. high band that recently received first place during a performance at the Indiana State School of Music Association competition. Community member Bob Warren asked the Board to reconsider their decision to reduce the band director position by half time. Rob Warren told the Board that he has worked for Griffin Industries for 15 years and has always received full paid benefits including health insurance. He said that at the first of last year he was told by Griffin Industries that he would be paying one half of his insurance premiums. Mr. Warren said he had no choice, he either paid his half of the insurance premiums or find another job. Mr. Warren asked the Board to tell Bloomfield teachers that they can either work for what is offered to them or leave and someone else will work in their position.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on March 19, 2003, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Nancy Canty 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 Richard Richeson and seconded by Steve Dowden, the Board by a 7-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Board Hears Results of ISTEP & CTBS Testing. School district test coordinator Lori Lund provided the Board with information regarding resent ISTEP & CTBS testing for grades 2, 3, 6, 8, and 10. Mrs. Lund told the Board that Bloomfield students did very well. The Board thanked Mrs. Lund for the information.
5. Participation in Graduation Qualifying Examination Grant Program Approved. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that the GQE Remediation Grant program provides a flat grant based on the number of students in the classes of 2003, 2004, and 2005 that did not pass the GQE. Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board approve the school district’s participation in the program. Randall Burcham made a motion to allow the school district to participate in the GQE grant program. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote.
6. Summer Athletic Program Charges Increased. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that athletic director Jason Skomp realizes the potential consequences the schools financial difficulty could have on the summer athletic programs at Bloomfield. Instead of terminating the summer program he asked the Board to approve a fee increase to $25.00 per student per program. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Randall Burcham made a motion to increase summer athletic program fees to $25.00 per student per program. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 7-0 vote. Steve Dowden said summer athletic programs might not have been offered if Mr. Skomp had not requested this increase to make the summer programs self funding. He commended Mr. Skomp for his insight.
7. Energy Management Performance Report Heard By Board. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the energy management vendor had sent a performance report for the period of May 2002 through February 2003. (See attached) This covers year eight of the ten-year energy management contract. During the period above a new cost avoidance of $20,375 was realized by the school. Mr. Hasler said that thus far the district has realized $205,897 of energy and operational cost avoidance, exceeding the original goal by 31.4%. This item was for information only with no Board action required.
Board member Randall Burcham left the meeting after this information was given.
8. NJROTC Instructor Annual Certification Approved. Each year the Board has to vote on authorizing the administration to sign the NJROTC Instructor Annual Certification of Pay and Data Form. (See attached) Superintendent Hasler said the NJROTC program had been an asset to the school district bringing pride to the students, school, and community and recommended approval for the 2003-2004 school year. Keith Hanauer made a motion to authorize the administration to sign the appropriate forms per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
9. 2002-2003 ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2002-2003 school year from athletic director Jason Skomp. Mr. Skomp recommended Kelly Spelts as Elementary Cheer Sponsor, Missy Blake as Volunteer Junior High Redliners Coach/Sponsor, and Bonnie Keith as Volunteer Junior High Redliners Coach/Sponsor. Superintendent Hasler included his support of the recommendations. Nancy Canty made a motion to hire Mrs. Spelts, Ms. Blake, and Mrs. Keith as recommended. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
10. 2003 Summer ECA Recommendations. Mr. Hasler gave the Board a list of Summer ECA recommendations for 2003 summer programs that he had received from athletic director Jason Skomp. Mr. Skomp asked the Board to approve Amie Humerickhouse for Summer Volleyball, David Burkett for Summer Boys’ Basketball, Jarod Holtsclaw as Summer Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, Justin Porter as Summer Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, and Mike Canty for Summer Tennis. Mr. Hasler supported Mr. Skomp’s recommendations. Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the Summer ECA recommendations as presented. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote. Nancy Canty abstained from voting.
11. Cafeteria Worker Resigns. Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with a letter of resignation from cafeteria worker Joyce McIntyre, effective at the end of the 2002-2003 school year. Mrs. McIntyre held a Cafeteria 1 position. Mr. Hasler told the Board that Mrs. McIntyre had been employed by the school for the past twelve years and that her work ethic and caring attitude would be missed at Bloomfield. The Board wished Mrs. McIntyre well.
12. Board Approves NJROTC Field Trips. It was recommended that the Board approve three overnight out-of-state trips for the NJROTC students along with instructors LT Ostergren and SCPO Tippery. (See attached sheet) Nancy Canty made a motion to approve three overnight out-of-state field trips for NJROTC students and instructors as requested. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Keith Hanauer expressed the Board’s appreciation to the American Legion for their continued support of the NJROTC program. The trips were approved by a 6-0 vote.
13. Elementary Textbook Adoption Approved. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer presented the Board with her recommendation for the Elementary Social Studies Textbook Adoption for 2003-2009. (See attached) Mr. Hasler included his approval. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the elementary textbook adoption as recommended. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
14. Jr./Sr. High School Textbook Adoption Approved. Jr./sr. high school principal Jerry Snapp presented the Board with the recommended textbook adoption for the Jr./sr. High School Social Studies Adoption for 2003-2009. (See attached) He recommended approval. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the textbook adoption as recommended. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
15. Greene County Attendance Policy Adopted. Superintendent Hasler recommended that the Board adopt the Greene County Attendance Policy. He said that in order to develop a working relationship between the county courts in Greene County and the public schools to enforce school attendance policies it was necessary to develop a “core” common attendance policy for the county. The Greene County CAPE staff met with Greene County Prosecutor David Powell, Julie Martin, and Julie Johnson to begin that process. Together they developed a “core” attendance policy. (See attached) Mr. Hasler explained that each school would need to develop the remainder of its own attendance policy. He said that the Bloomfield attendance policy committee could now go back and complete the attendance policy for our schools. Nancy Canty made a motion to adopt the Greene County Attendance Policy as presented. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote. Mr. Richeson cast the nay vote.
16. Request for Students Excused Absence Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve student excused absence requests for Amelia Weddle and Nikkole Thombleson for March 18, 2003 and Josh, Laura, Emily, and Julie Riggins for May 23, 2003. Peggi Blakley made a motion to approve the recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mr. Hasler explained that the Board had approved excused absences for students who were traveling with siblings to the choral performances at Disney World March 19-21. He said that Miss Weddle and Miss Thombleson were traveling with their families and thought they had made appropriate arrangements with their teachers to make-up their work. Upon returning they found that their absences were unexcused and they had missed major assignments that could not be made up. The Riggins’ children need the excused absence to attend a family wedding on May 24th and since some of the children are in the wedding, they need to attend the rehearsal Friday evening and the wedding is a seven-hour drive away. The Board approved these student absences by a 6-0 vote.
17. School Accreditation Received by Indiana Department of Education. Mr. Hasler said his office had received notice from the Indiana State Board of Education that both the Bloomfield Elementary and the Bloomfield Junior-Senior High School had received “Full Accreditation Status” with the next review to be in the fall of 2006. (See attached) Mr. Hasler said this was very good news for the community, the staff at Bloomfield, and Bloomfield students.
18. Collective Bargaining Update. Superintendent Hasler read a prepared Collective Bargaining Update to the Board and public. (See attached)
19. Letter of Support for Boys & Girls Club “Project S.O.S.”. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that the Boys and Girls Club of Greene County had piloted an alternative to out-of-school suspensions with Eastern School District for the 2002-2003 school year. The program has been very successful and the Boys and Girls Club is seeking grant funds to expand the program and offer it to all schools in Greene County. He continued that representatives have meet with Bloomfield administrators to explain the program and they are asking for a letter of intent to offer this alternative to out-of-school suspensions beginning next school year. Mr. Hasler said the administration plans to supply this letter of intent to Boys & Girls Club of Greene County.
20. 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.