MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
July 25, 2002
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on July 25, 2002, at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the jr./sr. 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, Marvin Helms, and Richard Richeson. Keith Hanauer 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. Athletic director Jason Skomp told the Board that 2002 graduate Tyler Evans had been chosen to be on the Class A All State baseball team. Mr. Skomp said that this was great achievement for Tyler and sent congratulations to him.
2. Public Comments on Agenda Item. Referring to agenda item 7 (C), Bloomfield Teachers Association president Steve Wikle told the Board that the he felt the administrators should not receive increases in salaries before a bargaining agreement has been reached with the teachers.
3. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on June 27, 2002, and special meetings held on July 1, 2002 and July 11, 2002, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Vandeventer. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Nancy Canty seconded the motion. The minutes were approved by a 6-0 vote.
4. 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 Nancy Canty and seconded by Randall Burcham, the Board by a 6-0 vote approved the Treasurer’s Report.
5. New Rate for Vision Insurance Benefit Approved. It was recommended that the Board approve the new rate of $26.34 per employee per month for the Vision Service Plan (VSP) vision insurance benefit and contract with VSP to continue this benefit. Mr. Hasler said that VSP has a guaranteed premium for 24 months. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the renewal rate of $26.24 per employee per month from August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2004. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
6. 2002-2003 Support Staff Wage Schedule, Substitute Wage Schedule, Career Increments, Hours and Work Days Approved. Superintendent Hasler provided the Board with a Support Wage Schedule, Substitute Wage Schedule, Career Increments, and Hours and Work Days effective July 1, 2002 and recommended approval. (See attached) He explained that these schedules, which are the same as last year, are usually adjusted during the summer between each school year. Mr. Hasler said that the Support Staff Wage Schedule reflect a 1% increase. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve the schedules as per Mr. Hasler’s recommendation. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
7. 2002-2003 Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Wage Schedule for Support and Outside Staff Approved. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to adopt a Wage Schedule for Support and Outside Staff effective July 1, 2002. (See attached) He explained that the wage multiplier is the same as that for a teacher who has a bachelors degree with zero years of experience. Steve Dowden made a motion to adopt the wage schedule as provided. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
8. Administrator’s Salaries and Contracts Voted On. Superintendent Hasler made recommendations to the Board on all administrators’ salaries and contracts. He recommended that Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Principal Jerry Snapp be paid $63,500 for working 205 days between August 1, 2002 and July 31, 2003, Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal Stella Royal be paid $58,200 for working 200 days each year between August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2004, Bloomfield Elementary Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer be paid $59,000 for working 200 days each year between August 1, 2002 and July 31, 2004, Bloomfield Athletic Director Jason Skomp be paid $45,000 for working 205 days each year between August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2004. Mr. Hasler’s recommendation also included that he would be paid $82,000 for working 260 days between July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2004. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation as provided. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Richard Richeson voiced his concern at having some administrators work less days per year at the same salary, which in his opinion would give them a substantial raise in salary. Randall Burcham said he felt that the administrators work more days than their contract reflects and that he looks more at a salary for the job they do rather than a daily or hourly rate. Steve Dowden said he had concerns about Mary Jane Vandeventer’s salary being increased and her number of workdays being decreased. Mr. Dowden also reminded the Board that the administrators do not have a wage schedule, which includes a career increment like the other employee groups. He said in his opinion he thought the fair way to figure administrators’ contract amount would be to use a daily rate instead of a salary amount. He continued that when an administrators’ days are decreased their contract amount should be, too. Mrs. Canty said she would rather see this item tabled at this time. Mr. Hasler reminded the Board that three years ago a practice was started where the amount of new money available was determined and then the percentage of that money for each employee group determined each group’s amount of raise. Prior to that, each employee group had received the same percentage that teachers received. After discussion, Mr. Burcham withdrew his motion and Mr. Dowden withdrew his second. Steve Dowden made a motion to vote on each administrator’s salary and contract individually. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-1-1 vote. Steve Dowden, Marvin Helms, Randall Burcham, and Peggi Blakley vote for the motion. Richard Richeson voted no. Nancy Canty abstained from voting. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation for Mr. Snapp to work 205 days as Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Principal from August 1, 2002 until July 31, 2003 at a salary of $63,500. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote. Richard Richeson cast the nay vote. Mr. Hasler recommended Mrs. Stella Turner Royal to work 200 days each year as Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal from August 1, 2002 until July 31, 2004 at a salary of $58,200. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation for Mrs. Royal’s salary and contract. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The motion was not approved by a 3-3 vote. Steve Dowden, Randall Burcham, and Peggi Blakley voted for the motion. Marvin Helms, Richard Richeson, and Nancy Canty cast the nay votes. Superintendent Hasler recommended that Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer work 200 days each year as Elementary Principal from August 1, 2002 until July 31, 2004 at a salary of $59,000. Randall Burcham made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation for Mrs. Vandeventer’s salary and contract. This motion died for lack of a second. At this time, the Board voted on Mr. Hasler’s recommendation for Mr. Jason Skomp to work 205 days each year as Athletic Director from August 1, 2002 until July 31, 2004 at an annual salary of 45,000. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s recommendation for Mr. Skomp’s salary and contract. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. Steve Dowden stated that Mr. Skomp’s salary was only 65% compared to what other athletic directors in our area are making and 63% compared to others in the State. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote. Next, President Helms read the recommendation for Mr. Hasler to work 260 days each year as Bloomfield School District Superintendent from July 1, 2002 until June 30, 2004 at a salary of $82,000. Mr. Helms said that was the same salary as Mr. Hasler’s current contract. Richard Richeson made a motion to approve the recommendation for Mr. Hasler’s salary and contract. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion. Steve Dowden said he had heard some comments made in the community that Mr. Hasler would be getting a raise and wanted to clarify that Mr. Hasler’s salary was not increased from the past year’s contract. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote. In regards to 2003 Summer School Mr. Hasler said he was not going to offer a contract to any administrator until he is sure there will be funding for summer school. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve Summer School pay of $6,000 for 25 days if there is funding for a 2003 Summer School. Randall Burcham seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote. Mr. Richeson cast the nay vote.
9. Authority Granted to Pay for Additional Days. Superintendent Hasler asked the Board to allow Monte McIntosh up to five additional days to set up the Industrial Technology Lab modules. He explained that when the modules came in they were short several necessary components. Those items are now in and need set up before students come back after summer break. Nancy Canty made a motion to approve Mr. Hasler’s request. Peggi Blakley seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
10. Board Policy First Reading Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy.
The #4400 Extra-Curricular Activity Wage Provisions policy was presented to the Board for first reading.
(See attached) Mr. Hasler said that he revised this policy in response to what he believed the Board had
wanted him to do at an earlier meeting. He thought the Board wanted to have authority to make some
adjustments to the salary of outside staff and non-certificated staff coaching positions and had addressed
that in this first reading. Mr. Burcham said he felt it was dangerous for the Board to begin looking at
individual positions. He said that he would have preferred to adjust the wage schedule multiplier rather
than changing individual coach's salary. He was afraid it would look like favoritism to change just certain
coach’s salaries. Mr. Hasler said that in the past the wage multiplier had been based on the B. S. schedule
in the bargaining agreement with the teachers, but that there is nothing that says it has to be that way for the
non-certificated staff and outside staff. He also said that IHSAA requires certain varsity sport positions
to be held by a licensed teacher. This policy will be brought to a later meeting for consideration.
11. Board Policy Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on one (1) school board policy. The #4401 Fringe Benefits for Support Staff policy was presented to the Board for second reading and consideration for adoption. (See attached) Nancy Canty made a motion to approve the policy as presented. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Richard Richeson stated that even though the Board would not change it now the public should know what fringe benefits cost. He asked Mr. Hasler what the average figure for the support staff’s fringe benefits would be. Mr. Hasler said without having those numbers in front of him he would estimate around the $7,000 range. Mr. Richeson said he figured that amount to be closer to $15,000 including health insurance. He then asked questions about the cost of other benefits the support staff receive and stated that while he did not believe this Board could change those things now the taxpayers should know how their money is being spent. The policy passed by a 6-0 vote.
12. Group Health Insurance Plan Trustee Appointed. The superintendent explained that last year the Board appointed the Board officers as trustees for the group health insurance plan. At that time, Jack Terrell who is no longer on the Board was one of those named. Mr. Hasler recommended that the Board appoint Randall Burcham to assume that responsibility. Richard Richeson made a motion to appoint Randall Burcham to serve as a trustee for the Bloomfield School District employees’ group health insurance plan. Nancy Canty seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote. Mr. Burcham abstained from voting.
13. Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library Board Appointment Made. Carolyn Konnert, director for the public library, told the Board, through a letter, that one of the school’s appointments to the library board, Mary DeVault, had resigned her position with six months left on the four-year term. Mrs. Konnert recommended Sandra Clark to finish Mrs. DeVault’s term and for the next four-year term after that. If appointed, Mrs. Clark’s term would end in January of 2007. Superintendent Hasler recommended approval. Randall Burcham made a motion to appoint Sandra Clark to the public library board with her term ending in January of 2007. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. Mrs. Sandra Clark was appointed by a 6-0 vote. (See attached)
14. Johnson Controls Cost Avoidance Report Year Seven. Mr. Hasler gave the Board a report from Johnson Controls that summarized the Energy Management Control contract that the District had entered into seven years ago. (See attached) He highlighted that the energy savings had exceeded the projections by $44,574 in the first seven years of the agreement.
15. Apple Festival Update. Superintendent Hasler told the Board that he had been asked to represent the Bloomfield School District on the Apple Festival Committee. He said that since this event will be held this fall at the town park, the school property cannot avoid being impacted by this event. Mr. Hasler told the Board that the Apple Festival Committee has requested various things from the school. (See attached information sheet) Mr. Hasler said he would check with the school’s insurance carrier to see what kind of liability exposure there would be for using the NJROTC as crossing guards. He said the Town had mentioned wanting to use the student parking lot for Apple Festival parking on Thursday before the festival because the company providing the carnival rides had asked if they could set up on that day. Mr. Hasler told Town Board members that if that were done other places would have to be designated for students to park. He said the Town thought students could be allowed to park on Spring Street that one day. Mr. Hasler said he has tried to be cooperative with the Town Board concerning the Apple Festival and at the same time being a steward for the school’s facilities.
16. Collective Bargaining Update. Superintendent Hasler read a prepared Collective Bargaining Update to the Board and public. (See attached)
17. Liability and Property Insurance Report Given. Mr. Hasler told the Board that liability and property insurance rates have increased significantly and gave them renewal information for their review. While he said he was not happy about the increase, he was not really surprised.
18. Health Insurance Rates Received. Superintendent Hasler said that he and school district treasurer Sue Pritts met with Dunn and Associates and received the annual review of the health insurance plan. He said that the new health insurance plan rate for the August 1 renewal for the support staff and administrators is $5,369.28 for a single plan and $11,161.92 for the family plan. The new rate for certified staff is $6,710.88 for a single plan and $13,805.16 for a family plan. He explained that the lower rates for the support staff and administrators are due to the changes made in the benefit structure for those two employee groups. Those changes were approved at the June Board meeting. The certified staff health insurance rates continue to increase at a faster rate than the health insurance industry trend. Dunn and Associates reported a 15% trend increase in medical costs and a 25% increase in prescription costs. He said the health insurance premium costs for the certified staff is approximately 25% total for medical and prescriptions. The Board added a prescription card co-pay to the administrators and support staff of $5.00 for generic, the greater of $20.00 or 20% for brand name, and the greater of $30.00 or 30% for non formulary drugs. This encourages the employees to utilize the generic drug option ($5.00 co-pay). Mr. Hasler said the Board is striving to obtain a similar incentive for the certified staff to help control utilization of the prescription benefit.
19. Board Member Comments. Randall Burcham stated that the money the school district has received through the Educate Indiana license plate had decreased each year over the last three years. He thought if the school board would designate where those funds were to be used specifically, maybe more people would think about purchasing or renewing that plate. Steve Dowden said he thought just mentioning it at a Board meeting each year might bring more public attention. He agreed the Board should name a specific place for that money to go each year.
20. Adjournment. There being no further business, Richard Richeson made a motion to adjourn. Randall Burcham seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.