MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
September 30, 2010
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on September 30, 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: Bill Bond, Dwayne Hostetter, Sandy May, Matt Miller, and Eric Moody. John Combs and Steve Dowden were absent. President Hostetter called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:
1. Recognitions. Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer shared that recently several elementary staff were trained on and will be piloting a new Success Maker, Reading Intervention program. Ms. Vandeventer recognized staff members Jan Abrams, Cindy Moody, Mary Stalcup, along with Title I staff members for participating in the training for this vital program. She also provided handouts for board members titled Make a Difference at Bloomfield Elementary School, which showed three choices kids should make on a daily basis that Bloomfield Elementary is focusing on. She said those three choice are Do what’s right, Do your Best, and Treat Others the Way you Want to Be Treated. Jr/Sr High School Principal David Dean recognized Bloomfield students for handling themselves well the past week even though they were excited about the upcoming Apple Festival. Mr. Dean also recognized staff for efforts towards Acuity Testing, parent/teacher conferences, student participation at the Scotland Festival including the Band, NJROTC, and Art Club students. Mr. Dean shared that during the past week a jr/sr high school male student suffered a couple of seizures while at school. He commended a handful of students who stepped up and comforted the young man and helped out. Mr. Dean said he was very proud of his students for their actions during this scary situation. Mr. Dean praised the newly implemented Credit Recovery Program and said a student was one credit short to graduate last year and with this new program had since received that credit and will receive a diploma. Superintendent Sichting commended Mr. Dean for guiding that young man to continue to pursue that one credit. Mr. Sichting said he attended a very touching POW/MIA ceremony by Lieutenant Commander Starr and his cadets. He said Mr. Staff did an excellent job on his comments and he was proud of the cadet’s participation in the program. Mr. Sichting explained that currently AYP is calculated in that there is a line and those students above the line pass the ISTEP and those falling below the line fail the ISTEP. He said the state is moving away from that way of calculating and changing to a new system referred to as Growth Model. He said with the new system students have more quadrants and he noticed that a large percentage of Bloomfield Elementary students were in the top two categories in that Growth Model compared to last years students. Mr. Sichting said he didn’t agree with all aspects of the Growth Model one thing being that it’s based on the norm reference test, but overall thought it would be helpful to teachers. President Hostetter on behalf of the Board said they appreciated the work done by the teachers and administration and all staff at Bloomfield School District. Mr. Hostetter also thanked board members who recently attended the Indiana School Boards Association Fall Conference. He said attending meetings and conferences are a good way to keep current on educational issues and he appreciated those who attend.
2. Cape III Final Report. Filling in for Cape Executive director Harry Huber who was ill, Cape Grant Writer Sophie Haywood gave board members Cape III overall successes and financial information. Superintendent Sichting added that they would end the Grant term with money left over. He agreed that funds had been used in a positive way and that kids have benefited from this grant.
3. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on August 26, 2010, and a special school board meeting held on September 16, 2010, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the proposed school board meetings beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana met in regular session on August 26, 2010…” and ending with the sentence: “The (September 16th) meeting was then adjourned by a 7-0 vote”. Bill Bond seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 5-0 vote.
4. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the August 31, 2010 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the September 2010 claims report beginning with voucher number 729 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 845 to Diane Wilson. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
5. DOESA 545 Report for September 2010. Superintendent Sichting said the September DOE SA report showed that funding is stable compared to earlier months. (See Attached) He explained that the funding reduction for the month of September was $24,836.25 and was consistent with the $297,836.24 funding cut made by Governor Daniels in January for all public schools in the state of Indiana.
6. 2009-2010 Annual Financial Report for National School Lunch Program. Superintendent Sichting provided the annual financial report that was submitted to the National School Lunch Program for the district’s participation in that program. (See Attached) He highlighted that during the 2009-2010 school year Bloomfield School District Food Service took in $447,845 in revenue and had a total of $412,347.84 in expenses. Mr. Sichting stated told board members that the cafeteria is almost self sustaining.
7. Leadership Conference Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Sr. High School Student Council, Bloomfield Jr. High School Student Council, and the Bloomfield National Junior Honor Society to a leadership conference in Nashville, Indiana on November 4-5, 2010. Matt Miller moved to approve the trip. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
8. Board Approves Overnight and Out-of-State NJROTC Field Trip. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight and out-of-state field trip for the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School NJROTC unit to Nashville, Tennessee from October 14 through October 16, 2010. (See Attached) Eric Moody made a motion to approve the field trip as requested. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
9. Band and Choral Field Trip Approved. The Board was provided with a request from the Band and Choral Departments to approve an overnight and out-of-state trip for Bloomfield High School Band, Joyful Noise, Cardinalsong, and Center Stage to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the Music at the Parks competition at Kings Island. Mr. Sichting said the trip would run from April 28 to May 1, 2011. Bill Bond moved to approve the trip. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
10. Board Approves Non-Resident Students Applications. Mr. Sichting told Board members that two returning non-resident students from the 2009-2010 school year 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 applications were consistent with Board Policy #5111 and that an interview had been held with the parents and students. Mr. Sichting said both students were in good academic and disciplinary standing in their present school corporation. Eric Moody moved to approve the transfers per the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
11. Class Enrollment Numbers Not Meeting Policy #2705 Approved. Superintendent Sichting brought a request for approval of class size lists of class offerings for the 2010-2011 school year. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained that the school has a policy that establishes class sizes for grades K-6 and for Math, Science, Social Studies, and English at the secondary level. He continued that in March of 2002 the Board added a requirement that classes in the above areas outside the class size range required board approval. Matt Miller moved to approve the class offerings lists as presented. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
12. Board Authorizes Superintendent to Execute Affiliation Agreement with Vincennes University for Community Health Services Clinical Site. It was recommended the Board authorize Superintendent Sichting to execute an Affiliation Agreement between Vincennes University and Bloomfield School District to serve as a clinical site for a VU nursing student to receive clinical hours towards the Community Health Standards criteria. Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0 vote.
13. Board Hears Information on Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. Superintendent Sichting told board members that last spring, Congress passed the healthcare act with one of the provisions of this legislation being a program to reimburse early retiree healthcare costs. He said it was announced at the Indiana School Boards Association School Budgeting and Finance Seminar in Indianapolis in June that an Early Retiree Reinsurance Program was set up with approximately five billion ($5,000,000,000) worth of assets. Mr. Sichting said Bloomfield School District with the assistance of Dunn and Associates made application for reimbursement from this fund. He provided board members with a printout identifying Bloomfield School District Employee Benefit Trust as an approved sponsor for reimbursement from this fund. (See Attached) The request for reimbursement was made in an effort to stabilize the rising cost of healthcare. He said retirees normally have more health challenges that contribute to a health program’s loss/ration.
14. District Receives Notification of Noncompliance Correction. Superintendent Sichting told board members that he had received notification from the Indiana Department of Education concerning the correction of two Special Education indicators that were identified as being in noncompliance during the 2009-2010 school year. (See Attached)
15. ACT College Readiness Letter. Superintendent Sichting received a summary of student performance on the ACT test for the past five years. He said in 2010, Bloomfield School District had only two students who took the ACT test. He said those two students scored slightly above the state average in Reading and Science and slightly below in English and Mathematics. Mr. Sichting said that obviously, two students taking the ACT in a high school of two hundred plus students isn’t a good representative sample.
16. Indianapolis Star Newspaper Article. Superintendent Sichting provided copies of a recent Indianapolis Star newspaper article depicting serious equity funding issues that public schools are facing. (See Attached)
17. 2010-2011 ADM Actual Number. Superintendent Sichting announced Average Daily Membership
(ADM) for the Bloomfield School District to be 1044.76 students. (See Attached)
18. Comments and Information from the Public. FFA Sponsor Ben Helms announced the National FFA Convention would be held on October 20-23, 2010. He extended an offer to board members to volunteer their time working at the Convention in various areas.
19. Adjournment. There being no further business Eric Moody moved to adjourn. Bill Bond seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote.