MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
May 20, 2004
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 20, 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, Nancy Canty, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms and Richard Richeson. Steve Dowden and Randall Burcham were 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:
- Recognitions. Superintendent Hasler read a letter he had received from Dr. James R. Wells,
President of Educational Programs Network, expressing his congratulations to Sheila Jerrels and Jeff Rockey for their recent performance at the Branson Festivals of Music. (See attached)
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session and regular school board meeting held on April 22, 2004, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Marvin Helms moved to approve the minutes as presented. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 5-0 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 Nancy Canty, the Board by a 5-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
4. Resolution to Transfer Funds From Debt Service to General Fund Approved. It was recommended that the Board adopt a resolution to transfer $78,092 from the 2004 Debt Service Fund to the 2004 General Fund. (See attached) Superintendent Hasler told the Board that IC 21-2-11-4 (c) authorizes the governing body of a school corporation to adopt a resolution to transfer funds from the 2004 Debt Service Fund to the 2004 General Fund. He said that the legislature adopted the change to allow school districts to make this type of transfer of funds equal to the amount of reduction in the state distribution to the 2004 Transportation Fund. Nancy Canty moved to adopt the resolution per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
5. Energy Management Performance Report Heard. The Board received a performance report from Johnson Controls, Inc. for the period of May 2003 through February 2004. (See attached) Mr. Hasler said that the report covers the first nine (9) months of year nine (9) of our original ten (10) year energy management contract. He said that during the period above a net cost avoidance of $27,490 was realized by the school district. He told them that so far the Bloomfield School District had exceeded the original savings goal by 34.9%.
6. Continued Rate for Vision Insurance Benefit Approved. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that the school’s vision insurance plan with Vision Service Plan (VSP) has a guaranteed premium for 24 months. The currant rate is $26.34 per employee per month and is due for renewal August 1, 2004. He said that VSP is proposing to continue that per employee per month rate for the period from August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2006. Mr. Hasler recommended approval. Nancy Canty moved to approve renewal of the vision insurance with VSP per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
7. Reduction in Number of Teaching Positions – Certified Permanent. It was recommended that the Bloomfield School District regular teaching contract of Jerry Snapp be cancelled effective the end of the 2003-2004 school year. Mr. Hasler explained that this reduction was being made in accordance with I.C. 20-6.1-4-11 and the procedures set forth in the Collectively Bargained Agreement Between the Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District and the Bloomfield Teachers’ Association. He said this reduction is necessary due to the overstaffing that would result from adding Mr. Snapp to our teaching staff. Mr. Snapp has retired from his principal position, but is entitled to a teaching position in his licensure area. Currently, we have no available opening in his area, and he does not have seniority over the current instructors in his area. Richard Richeson moved to cancel the Bloomfield School District regular teaching contract of Jerry Snapp effective at the end of the 2003-2004 school year. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
8. Summer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Recommendations Approved. Superintendent Hasler provided Board members with a list of 2004 Summer ECA Recommendations. (See attached) He said these recommendations were made by athletic director, Jason Skomp and he concurred with his recommendation. Richard Richeson moved to approve the recommendations. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
9. Final Summer School Staff Appointments Announced. The Board had earlier approved the 2004 summer school staff appointments contingent upon sufficient enrollment. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the final summer school offerings would be Elementary Mathematics and Language Arts, 2 classes; Jr High Mathematics, 1 class; Jr High Language Arts, 1 class; Elementary/Jr High Visual Art, 1 class; Elementary/Jr High Choral Music, 1 class; Elementary/Jr-Sr High Instrumental Music, 1 class; and Health, 2 classes. (See attached)
10. Maternity Leave Request Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve a maternity leave request for first grade teacher Jenny Medina from August 17, 2004 until October 4, 2004. Nancy Canty moved to approve Mrs. Medina’s maternity leave request. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
11. Elementary/Jr. High Counselor Resignation Accepted. It was recommended that the resignation of Mrs. Lori Lund, Counselor for grades kindergarten through eighth, be accepted effective August 1, 2004. Peggi Blakley moved to accept Mrs. Lund resignation. Marvin Helms seconded the motion. Superintendent Hasler said that Mrs. Lund also served as test coordinator. He said she will be missed and thanked her for her years of service to Bloomfield students. Mrs. Lund’s resignation was accepted by a 5-0 vote.
12. Fireworks Display to be Held on School Grounds. 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. Richard Richeson moved to approve the request. Marvin Helms seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
13. Administrative Regulation Reviewed. Administrative Regulation #1491 JOB DESCRIPTION-SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER was brought back for the Board to review after some suggestions by the Board
were added. (See attached) No Board action is required on Administrative Regulations.
14. Study Committee for a Drug and Substance Abuse/Prevention Policy Appointed. It was recommended that a committee, chaired by the junior/senior high school assistant principal, be appointed to study various aspects of a drug and substance abuse/prevention policy. A report from this committee would be due to the Board not later than the July 2004 board meeting. Members on the committee would be school board member Keith Hanauer (selected by the Board), Bloomfield Jr-Sr High School Principal Greg Parsley, one elementary school parent and one jr-sr high school parent to be selected by the PTO, two teachers 1 elementary and 1 jr-sr high to be selected by the BTA, the social worker and at-risk counselor, school nurse Sue McIntosh, one student council member, and Bloomfield Elementary Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer. In background information Mr. Hasler said that given the nature of recent developments of drug and substance abuse in rural southwestern Indiana, the Bloomfield School District administration believes we should have a comprehensive drug and substance abuse/prevention policy. He said the committee should explore a variety of drug and substance abuse/prevention techniques including K-9 drug searches, random drug testing and other deterrents to drug and substance abuse as well as prevention strategies. Nancy Canty moved to appoint a drug and substance abuse/prevention study committee as recommended. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
15. Donation From Mary Rebekah Lodge No. 595 Accepted. It was recommended that the Board of School Trustees accept a donation of $100 from the Mary Rebekah Lodge No. 595. This donation is to be used to purchase student supplies for students in need. Mr. Hasler said this donation is the result of a humanitarian project conducted by the Rebekah Lodge to help students in the Bloomfield Schools. Marvin Helms moved to accept the donation. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
16. Organizational Meeting of the Board Set. The superintendent suggested setting the Board’s organizational meeting for July 8, 2004. Board members agreed and it was decided the meeting would be held on July 8, 2004.
17. North Central Association Accreditation Report Heard. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School and the Bloomfield Elementary School have both received notification from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) that they have been “Accredited without Warning” for the 2003-2004 school year. (See attached) He said that this is a grand compliment to the commitment and work of the stakeholders of our schools.
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 Requests for the teachers’ health insurance plan have been sent out and quotes are due by June 15, 2004. Mr. Hasler said that the two teams plan to meet after the health insurance quotes are returned.
20. Adjournment. There being no further business, Marvin Helms moved to adjourn. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote.