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Minutes-05/28/2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:29

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 28, 2010

                                               

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 28, 2010, in the jr/sr high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana.  The following school board members were present: John Combs, Keith Hanauer, Marvin Helms, Dwayne Hostetter, and Sandy May.  Steve Dowden and Doug Frye were absent.  President Helms called the meeting to order at approximately 4:15 p.m.  The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

 

1.  Recognitions.    Mary Jane Vandeventer complemented the elementary staff for a great year that included several programming changes.   She also invited board members to attend the 6th grade graduation on Wednesday, June 2nd in the Glover Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m.  Ms. Vandeventer also thanked the Board for their support with the Employee Appreciation Dinner recently and also thanked Mr. Sichting and Kelli Usrey for their program planning for the dinner.  David Dean recognized Mrs. Susan Street for taking grades 7-12 students who earned perfect attendance for the school year to Holiday World and the senior trip to Holiday World went well.  He also recognized athletic team participants, orange ribbon week, recent convocations attended, Cinda Williams for her coordination of student helpers from Project Link classes, recent band concerts, and recently held FFA & NJROTC, and Rotary award banquets. Mr. Dean recognized senior student Nancy DeGott for her organization of a student Relay for Life walk raising over $1300.00 for the cancer society.  He proudly announced that seniors had accumulated $304,963.69 in scholarships at their recent award program through various organizations and universities.   Mr. Dean also thanked members of the board for their contributions and support to the Employee Appreciation Dinner and also to Mr. Sichting and Kelli Usrey for their organizing of the evening.  Mr. Sichting shared that the Bloomington Herald Times newspaper recently honored Bloomfield seniors as Gold Star and Silver Star scholars.  He said Nancy DeGott and Alison Krzesniak received with Gold Stars and Derek Corn received a Silver Star.  Mr. Dean explained that the requirements for this honor was based on more than just academics and included other factors like community service.  Mr. Sichting also congratulated Monte McIntosh for being awarded the James Harvey award for the 2009-2010 school year.  Superintendent Sichting also recognized five employees who would be retiring at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.  Those retiring will be Monte McIntosh, Tom Tippery, Janet Shirley, Loren Hadley, and Rhonda Burch.

 

2.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the executive session school board meeting and regular school board meeting both held on April 29, 2010, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. John Combs moved to approve the minutes of the executive session board meeting and regular school board meeting both held on April 29, 2010 beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana met in executive session on April 29, 2010…” and ending with the sentence: “The meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote”. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion. The motion passed 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. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the April 30, 2010 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the May 2010 claims report beginning with voucher number 365 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 470 to 1st Security Insurance Agency.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

4.  DOESA 545 Report for May 2010. Superintendent Sichting explained the May DOESA report. (See Attached)  The 2010 May Basic Grant distribution saw a reduction of $140,385.75 from the April 15, 2010 funding level.  The May payment was divided with partial funds coming from the ARRA Federal Stimulus money.  The $140,385.75 was received from the Indiana Department of Education on May 11, 2010 and deposited into fund 7950 (Fiscal Stabilization), using receipt account 4580 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).  The remaining portion of the 2010 May Basic Grant payment of $372,622.58 was received on May 14, 2010 and deposited into the General Fund.  The total amount received between the two funds of $513,008.29 is similar to the projected funding level for the May Basic Grant.

 

5.  2010-2011 Title I Grant Application Approved for Submission.  Superintendent Sichting recommended that the Board approve the submission of the Title I grant application for the 2010-2011 school year. (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion that the Board authorize submission of the 2010-2011 Title I grant application.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The Board approved the motion by a 5-0 vote. 

 

6.  Participation in 2010-2011 Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Remediation Grant Program Approved.  Mr. Sichting explained that the GQE Remediation Grant program is funded by a flat appropriation by the Indiana General Assembly.  The dollar amount awarded per student is based on the number of students needing remediation services in the class of 2011 that did not pass the GQE divided by the appropriation.  Mr. Sichting reminded board members that the class of 2011 would be the last class to take the GQE. The class of 2012 and beyond would be utilizing Core 40 end-of-course assessments to determine eligibility to receive a diploma in the future. Superintendent Sichting recommended that the school district participate in the grant program. (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to allow the school district to participate in the Graduation Qualifying Examination Remediation Grant program.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

7.  Estimated 2010 Summer School Reimbursement.   Superintendent Sichting provided the following information on the 2010 estimated summer school reimbursement received on April 30, 2010 from the Indiana Department of Education. Based on the expenditure estimates submitted a Category 1 course would receive funding at a level of 58.8116984%.  In 2009, the Indiana Department of Education announced in May an estimated reimbursement for Category 1 courses at approximately 49.03%.  The 2009 summer school offerings were later reimbursed by the Indiana Department of Education at a rate substantially higher than the estimated reimbursement level.  The 2009 summer school reimbursement was 73.8971223% of the costs for school corporations. Category 1 classes receiving reimbursement include Health and Safety.  Driver’s Education classes are not eligible for Summer School reimbursement.  (See Attached)

 

8.  Board Authorizes 2010-2011 Participation in Remediation and Preventive Remediation Grant Program.  It was recommended the Board authorize the administration to participate in the Indiana Department of Education Remediation and Preventive Remediation Gant program. (See Attached)  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  

 

9. 2010 Summer School Staff Appointments Considered.  It was recommended the Board approve a list of 2010 Summer School staff appointments recommended by Mr. Dean.  (See Attached)  Mr. Dean asked the Board to hire John Bucher and Steve Wikle to instruct Health, along with Ron McBride and Kyle von Almen as Driver’s Education Instructors, Brad Ellis to test Driver’s Education students and Ben Helms for Supervised Agriculture Experience.  Mr. Sichting told the Board that the Driver’s Education appointments were contingent upon 40 students enrolling in the Driver’s Education class. He said all other summer school appointments are contingent upon the average of all classes reaching a level of fifteen (15) students per class.  The superintendent recommended approval on all positions as presented.  President Helms asked the Board to vote on the appointments individually.  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve John Bucher to teach Summer Health. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve Ron McBride to teach Driver’s Education. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve Kyle von Almen to instruct Driver’s Education. Sandy May seconded the motion. Mr. von Almen was approved by a 5-0 vote.  Sandy May moved to approve Brad Ellis to conduct testing for Driver’s Education students. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve Steve Wikle to teach Summer Health.  Sandy May seconded the motion.  The motion failed by a 3-2 vote. Marvin Helms and John Combs voted against hiring Mr. Wikle to teach 2010 Summer Health. Keith Hanauer moved to approve Ben Helms as a Supervised Agriculture Experience instructor. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

 

 

10. 2010 Summer Camp Volunteer Instructors Hired. Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to approve 2010 summer camp instructors.  Recommended were John Bucher for Boy’s Basketball (45 hours), Chris Hitchcock for Girl’s Basketball (45 hours), Bailey Maryfield and Sarah Miller for Tennis Camp (22.5 hours each), and Susie Schulte for Volleyball Camp (45 hours).  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said normally summer youth camp fees are used to pay the fee for the instructor’s time. He said at this time, no paid student registrations had been received for the camps so these instructor’s are being hired as volunteers.  Mr. Sichting said that in the future, if paid student camp registrations are received the instructor will be paid the equivalent of the number of paid camp registrations up to the number of hours set in this recommendation.  Keith Hanauer moved to approve the recommendation.  Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  These volunteer coaches will become paid coaches if revenue comes in from camp fees.

 

11. Jr/Sr High School Teacher Submits Retirement Resignation.  Jr/Sr high school teacher Mrs. Rhonda Burch submitted her letter of retirement resignation effective June 4, 2010. (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to approve the retirement resignation of Mrs. Rhonda Burch per her letter.  Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Mr. Dean said Bloomfield jr/sr high school was fortunate to have Mrs. Burch on staff for 33 years and wished her the best in her retirement.  The recommendation was approve by a 5-0 vote. 

 

12.  Long Time Jr/Sr High School Teacher Submits Retirement Resignation.  Long time Bloomfield teacher Mr. Loren Hadley submitted his letter of intent to retire effective June 4, 2010. (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting recommended acceptance.  Sandy May moved to accept Mr. Hadley’s retirement letter.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion.  Mr. Sichting wished Mr. Hadley well in his retirement and shared that Mr. Hadley had been a teacher at Bloomfield for 40 years and had brought a lot of continuity to the staff.  Marvin Helms added that Mr. Hadley had helped out in a lot of different areas over the years.  Mr. Hadley’s retirement was accepted by a 5-0 vote. 

 

13.    2009-2010 ECA Recommendation Approved.  Board members were provided with an ECA recommendation for the 2009-2010 school year from Mr. McBride and Mr. Dean.   (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting included his support of the recommendation.  The recommendation was as follows: 

 

  • Bailey Helms-Volunteer Redliner Coach

 

Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.   

 

14.  Administrators Receive Contract Extensions.  It was recommended the Board approve the following administrative contract extensions:

 

  • Mr. David Dean                                  July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012   225 Days
  • Mrs. Stella Royal                                August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012              200 Days
  • Ms. Mary Jane Vandeventer            August 1, 2011-July 31, 2012              200 Days

 

Mr. Sichting stated his recommendation only addressed the length of the contracts and did not include any adjustment of salary due to the uncertain budget future facing Indiana schools. 

 

15. Overnight Dance Team Trip to Vincennes University Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Redliner Dance Team along with sponsors Stacey Helms and Bailey Helms to attend camp at Vincennes University from June 7, 2010 through June 10, 2010.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion which was approved by a 5-0 vote.

 

 

 

 

16.  Bloomfield Girl’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Teams Overnight Trip to Indianapolis Approved.  Superintendent Sichting presented a request from Coach Hitchcock, Mr. Dean and Mr. McBride asking permission for the girl’s varsity and junior varsity basketball teams to attend an overnight camp to Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana from June 11, 2010 through June 12, 2010. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting included his recommendation to approve the request.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to allow the teams to attend the camp per Mr. Sichting’s request.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

17.  Bloomfield Cheerleaders Approved for Overnight Trip to Vincennes.  It was recommended the Board approve an overnight trip for Bloomfield Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders to attend cheer camp at Vincennes University on July 6, 2010 through July 10, 2010.  (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.    

 

18.  July 4th Fireworks to be Held on School Grounds.  It was recommended the Board approve a request to hold the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display on Bloomfield School District’s outdoor athletic facilities. (See Attached)  Sandy May moved to approve the request. Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

19.  Board Approves Waiver for School-Age Child-Care Program.  It was recommended the Board authorize the administration to apply for a waiver to exempt Bloomfield School District from a statutory requirement of maintaining a School-Age Child-Care Program.  Mr. Sichting explained that Ms. Vandeventer had surveyed parents to gauge their interest in a before and after school latch key program for Bloomfield elementary students.  He shared the results with board members and deemed it a financial burden for the District to offer such a program. (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting also noted that after contacting three local daycares he found that two out of the three had pricing the District could not complete with.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to authorize the administration to apply for a waiver of offering the school-age child-care program.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

20.  Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Textbook Adoption Approved.  Jr/Sr High School principal David Dean presented the Board with his recommendation for the Jr/Sr High School Math Textbook Adoption for 2010-2016.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting included his approval.  Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the jr/sr high school textbook adoption as recommended.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  The superintendent thanked all involved with the adoption process.

 

21.  Board Policy Revisions Second Reading and Adoption Held. Second reading was held on two (2) school board policies. #2460.3 Use of Isolated Time Outs and Restraints and #5111 Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students were presented to the Board for second reading and adoption.  (See Attached)  Keith Hanauer made a motion to approve the policies as presented.  Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

22. Amendment One to Bloomfield School District Employee Benefit Plan Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve Amendment One to the Bloomfield Employee Benefit Plan.  (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained to board members that the amendment covers benefits associated with Kidney Dialysis.  He also assured them that adding this amendment to the health insurance plan had been discussed and approved by the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association and is designed to protect the rights of the Bloomfield School District employees as well as protecting the assets of the Employee Benefit Plan. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote. 

 

23.  Board Approves Non-Resident Students Applications.  Mr. Sichting told Board members that two non-resident students along with their parents had made application to Bloomfield School District for the 2010-2011 school year. (See Attached)  He assured board members that the application was consistent with Board Policy #5111and that an interview had been held with the parents and students.  Mr. Sichting said both students are in good academic and disciplinary standing in their present school corporation. The superintendent stated that Mr. Dean had explained to the parents that presently they would not be charged any tuition for transferring, but that there would be a new calculation made at the start of the 2010-2011 school year and they possibly could owe transfer tuition at that time. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the transfers per the recommendation.  John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.    

 

24.  National School Lunch Program Participation Contract Approved.  It was recommended the Board approve participation for Bloomfield School District in the National School Lunch Program for 2010-2011.  (See Attached) Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Keith Hanauer seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.  Mr. Sichting stated participation in the National School Lunch Program provides free or reduced lunches to disadvantaged youth and also enables the cafeteria to purchase government commodities at reduced prices.  Superintendent Sichting said that after approving participation this year the Board would not have continue to readdress this each year. 

 

25.  Information on Wireless Generation Diagnostic Tools at Bloomfield Elementary School.  Superintendent Sichting explained to board members that the District had received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on May 18, 2010 for approval of the use of the Wireless Generation Diagnostic Tools for the 2010-2011 school year.  (See Attached) He explained this would allow teachers in Kindergarten through 3rd grade to assess students using Dibels for reading readiness. He praised efforts of Ms. Vandeventer and her staff for receiving this grant opportunity. 

 

26.  Board Hears Information on Acuity Diagnostic Tools at Bloomfield Elementary School.    

Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on May 18, 2010 for approval of use of Acuity Diagnostic Tools for the 2010-2011 school year.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting said the Acuity Diagnostic Tools allows teachers in grades three through eight to assess students in English/Language Arts and math.  

  

27.  Superintendent’s Comments.  Mr. Sichting informed board members he could possibly be contacting them to attend a special board meeting during the following week.

 

28.  Adjournment.  There being no further business Dwayne Hostetter moved to adjourn.  John Combs seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote. 

 
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