MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD
OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT
December 29, 2009
The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on December 29, 2009, 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, Steve Dowden, Doug Frye, Marvin Helms, Dwayne Hostetter and Sandy May. Keith Hanauer was absent. President Helms called the meeting to order at approximately 10:00 a.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:
1. Recognitions. David Dean congratulated the Fine Arts Department at the jr/sr high school for a wonderful Christmas concert, which included an appearance by Superintendent Sichting. Mr. Dean also recognized the Senior Action Team for helping to deliver packages to needy families and for their participation in other Holiday projects. President Helms thanked the custodial department for their efforts getting the building clean and polished over Winter Break. Board member Sandy May shared that Miss Young brought Center Stage members to the Greene County Court House to sing for their Christmas open house and thanked 1st grade teacher Laura Rose for bringing the entire 1st grade to the court house to sing Christmas Carols.
2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on November 19, 2009 which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the minutes beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on November 19, 2009, in the junior/senior high school conference room in Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School, 501 West Spring Street, Bloomfield, Indiana” and ending with the sentence: “The meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote”. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 5-0-1 vote. Sandy May abstained from voting because she was not in attendance at the November meeting.
3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts. Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the November 30, 2009 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the December 2009 claims report beginning with voucher number 1033 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 1162 to 1st Security Insurance Agency. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
4. DOESA 545 Report for December 2009. Superintendent Sichting said the District had received the December Tuition Support Payment from the state of Indiana. He shared that the monthly tuition support payment was reduced by $30.25 due to a Medicaid reimbursement received earlier. Mr. Sichting cautioned that a cut in the 2010 tuition support is widely anticipated due to declining sales tax revenues. (See Attached)
5. Full Day Kindergarten Grant Distribution Information. Mr. Sichting shared the following information concerning the Full Day Kindergarten Grant Distribution. (See Attached) On December 1, 2009, Bloomfield School District received a distribution from the Full Day Kindergarten. The funding per student from the Full Day Kindergarten Grant for 2009-2010 is $1,078.26. The full funding allocation of $17,252.18 for Bloomfield School District was based on sixteen students. Bloomfield School District utilized Title I Stimulus funding to provide Full Day Kindergarten for the sixteen at-risk students. It is estimated to provide Full Day Kindergarten for every student at Bloomfield School District would cost approximately $175,538.50. The estimated cost consists of the following:
- Two (2) Bachelor Level Zero Teachers at $53,577.42 each
- One (1) Instructional Assistant at Level Zero-$28,517
- Additional Classroom Supplies-$500
Bloomfield School District would have received estimated revenue of $90,573.84 from the Full Day Kindergarten Grant for eighty-four (84) students. This would have resulted in a deficit of $84,964.56. This deficit would have been shared by approximately fifty two (52) families. The rationale is Bloomfield Elementary has a Free and Reduced Lunch rate of approximately 38 percent. The charge for the fifty two (52) families would have been $1,633.75 per student for thirty-six (36) weeks. The $1,633.75 averages out to $45.39 per week per student.
6. Resolution Reducing 2009 Budget Appropriations. It was recommended the Board approve a resolution to reduce appropriations from the 2009 budget. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting said the reduced appropriations are a result of not expending the entire appropriation from the 2009 Bloomfield School District budget. He explained that the reduced appropriations from the 2009 budget would be utilized to fund the 2010 Bloomfield School District budget. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation. Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
7. Board Hears Information on 2009-2010 Final Title I Grant Allocation. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on November 20, 2009 for the final 2009-2010 Title I Grant allocation. (See Attached) The total 2009-2010 Title I Grant allocation is $272,208.87. The total Title I Grant funds available for 2009-2010 are $288,259.61. The total allocation includes $16,050.74 worth of carryover funds from the 2008-2009 Title I Grant allocation. The 2008-2009 Title I planning grant allocation was $270,627.31. As a result, the 2009-2010 Title I Grant allocation is approximately a 1% increase over the 2008-2009 Title I Grant allocation.
8. Cut in Summer/Fall Adult Basic Education Allocations. Superintendent Sichting provided information to board members regarding cuts in summer/fall adult basic education funding. (See Attached) The Indiana Department of Education notified adult education providers of a cut in funding for the summer and fall allocations. Bloomfield School District receives one-half of the adult basic education allocation for Greene County. The allocation is flow through funding provided to Turning Point Education Center to provide adult basic education services for Greene County. Bloomfield School District was scheduled to receive $36,037.54 in an allocation. Approximately $3,243.38 of the funding will be held in reserve. As a result, the fall and summer allocation is reduced to $32,794.16 for Bloomfield School District.
9. Board Authorizes Submission of Fast Forward Partnership Agreement to the Indiana Department of Education. It was recommended the Board authorize Superintendent Dan Sichting to submit the “Fast Forward Partnership Agreement” to the Indiana Department of Education for Bloomfield School District to be considered for an award concerning the “Race to the Top Federal Government School Funding”. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting said that in making the application, certain issues involving salary, wages, and fringe benefits must be bargained pursuant to P. L. #217. He told the board that submission of the “Fast Forward” partnership agreement doesn’t automatically align a school corporation to the “Race to the Top” funding. He said a school corporation will later have to submit a work plan to receive funding and failure to do so would result in the “Fast Forward” funding for that corporation being eliminated from being considered for a grant award. Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy May seconded the motion. The Board voted to authorize Superintendent Sichting to submit the “Fast Forward Partnership Agreement” by a 6-0 vote.
10. Superintendent Sichting Receives Contract Extension. It was recommended the Board approve a contract extension for Superintendent Sichting from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 for 260 days per year. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Sandy May seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
11. Superintendent Granted Authority to Hire Part-Time Speech Pathologist. It was recommended the Board authorize Superintendent Dan Sichting to hire a part-time Speech Pathologist to service Bloomfield School District students. Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
12. Board Hires Half-Time Special Education Instructional Aide. It was recommended the Board hire Gerri Krusenklaus as a half-time Special Education Instructional Aide for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective Monday, November 30, 2009. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter moved to hire Mrs. Krusenklaus per the recommendation. Sandy May seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting stated that the position is half-time with no benefits and the wages for the position are provided by the IDEA, Part B Special Education Stimulus Grant. Mrs. Krusenklaus was hired by a vote of 6-0.
13. NJROTC Instructor Retires. It was recommended the Board accept the retirement resignation of SHCS Thomas W. Tippery as Naval Science Instructor at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School effective June 30, 2010. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to accept the retirement resignation. Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Principal David Dean praised Chief Tippery’s efforts in making and keeping the NJROTC program at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School a big success. He shared that the program fills a void for several Bloomfield students. Mr. Dean also focused on what a good role model Chief Tippery has been for students. Superintendent Sichting expressed his admiration of Chief Tippery for his stepping up when Lt. Clay Ostergren retired and filling both positions for a time. He also said Chief Tippery does an outstanding job with administering discipline to those students who need it.
14. 2009-2010 ECA Recommendations Approved. Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2009-2010 school year from Mr. McBride and approved by Mr. Dean. (See Attached) Superintendent Sichting included his support of the recommendations. The recommendations were as follows:
- Kevin Gott-Girls’ Assistant Softball Coach
- Steve Jones-Girl’s Track (7-12)
- Jessica Lauderdale-Girls’ Softball Coach
- Susie Schulte-Other School Sponsored Clubs Approved by the Administration (Weight Room Supervisor)
- Sharon Sparks-Girls’ Track (7-8)
- Larry Zscheidrich-Girls’ Junior Varsity Softball Coach
Sandy May made a motion to approve the recommendations. Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-1 vote. Doug Frye voted against the motion.
15. Superintendent Granted Authority to Hire Teachers for ISTEP+ Remediation. It was recommended the Board give Superintendent Sichting the authority to hire teachers to provide ISTEP+ remediation for students on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week beginning January 19, 2010 and running through April 21, 2010 from 3:30 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. each day. (See Attached) Sandy May moved to approve the recommendation as requested. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
16. Donations Accepted. It was recommended the Board approve donations made to the Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Art Department. (See Attached) Donations were received from Elaine Moffett, ceramic molds; Donna and John Fields, Vacuum sign making machine with paints, plastic, etc.; Bill and Lenore Cady, premium art paper along with a $500 check to be used by the art club for materials and field trips. Sandy May made a motion to accept the donations. Doug Frye seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
17. Computers Declared Surplus Property. It was recommended the Board declare 15 computers purchased through Title I Grant funds as surplus property as they are no longer serviceable for student use in Bloomfield Elementary School. Sandy May moved to declare the computers surplus per the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said the computers were purchased through Federal Title I Grant funds.
18. Board Policy Revisions, Second Readings and Adoptions. Second reading was held on three (3) school board policies. #7540 Computer Technology and Networks, #7540.01 Technology Privacy, #7540.02 Staff Network and Internet Acceptable use and Safety were presented to the Board for second reading and adoption. (See Attached) Steve Dowden made a motion to adopt the policies as presented. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.
19. Board Policy Revision First Reading Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #6423 Use of Credit Cards was presented to the Board for first reading. (See Attached) This policy will be brought back to the Board for second reading and adoption.
20. Update of School Funding of 2010. Superintendent Sichting shared that Governor Daniels has announced he is cutting 3.5% in funding beginning in January. He said it was unclear at this time if it would be 3.5% overall or 3.5% in tuition support. Mr. Sichting stated that if the cut is going to be overall it would amount to approximately $227,000 for our district. He said he would let the board know as soon as he learned where the cuts would be made.
21. Corporation Website Progress. The Board learned that the template for the new school website is done and the administrative team has been reviewing it. Superintendent said he had received one testimonial so far and has also enlisted members of the staff to give opinions on specific wording. He said his hope is to have the new website up and running shortly after the first of the year.
22. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Named “Best Buy” School. Superintendent Sichting
announced that the Indiana Chamber of Commerce had named Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School a “Best Buy”
school for the sixth consecutive year. He said Bloomfield was the only Greene County school district making the cut. Mr. Sichting shared some interesting information that was reported by the Chamber. It reported 73% of students eligible took the SAT last year at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, which is one of the highest in the state of Indiana. Mr. Sichting also shared a copy of the ACT report showing that Bloomfield students who tookthe test scored higher than the state mediums of other students in Indiana. Superintendent Sichting congratulated the jr/sr high school for these accomplishments.
23. Emergency School Closing Procedures for 2009-2010 Announced. Board members
and members of the media were provided with Emergency School Closing Procedures for the 2009-2010 school year. (See Attached.)
24. Board Member Comments. President Helms asked if it would be possible to survey recent Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School graduates after they had experienced a semester of college to see how prepared they thought Bloomfield Schools had made them for college. Superintendent Sichting said he believed that was already being done at the jr/sr high school. Principal David Dean explained that a survey had indeed been sent out via Facebook to recent graduates of Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School.
25. Adjournment. There being no further business Dwayne Hostetter moved to adjourn. Doug Frye seconded the motion. The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.