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Minutes-10/28/2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bryce McGlothlin   
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:32



October 28, 2010


The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on October 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:  Bill Bond, John Combs, Steve Dowden, Dwayne Hostetter, Matt Miller, and Eric Moody.  Sandy May was 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 announced that Success Maker was up and running in the elementary literacy lab.  Ms. Vandeventer invited board members to the 2011 Veterans Day Program to be held on November 11th at 9:00 a.m. Jr/sr high school principal David Dean said the Ken and K. D. Johnson convocation was a success and he recognized Success Counselor Rebecca Yingling and her SADD students for their efforts in promoting and selling tickets for K. D. Johnson to perform on November 17th at White River Valley High School.  Mr. Dean recognized Bloomfield cross country and volleyball teams for successful seasons.  He told board members the NJROTC Rifle team traveled to Nashville Tennessee to compete and also received training from Olympic marksmen from the Armed Forces. Mr. Dean said he was very proud of his jr/sr high school teachers who held 155 parent teacher conferences recently.  Superintendent Sichting recognized Sophie Haywood, who is a grant writer employed through the Professional Development Consorsium, who was instrumental in setting up the Ken Johnson event recently at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School and also the November 17th K. D. Johnson concert.  He also recognized Ms. Vandeventer and Mr. Dean for being psychic because during a scheduled Tornado Drill the town tornado sirens started sounding for an actual event.  Mr. Sichting said the principals, staff, and students did a nice job of staying calm during that time.  He also said Roger Axe, Greene County Emergency Management director did an outstanding job of communicating with the school during that storm.


2. Board Hears from Greene County Tobacco Prevention.  Nancy Cummings spoke to the Board on different aspects of tobacco use among students and gave suggestions on possible deterrents. She also talked with the board about their current policy on tobacco use at school.  After some discussion, President Hostetter suggested Mr. Sichting bring a revised policy back to later board meeting for their consideration.  He also thanked Mrs. Cummings for coming and sharing her information with them.


3.  Approval of Minutes.  The Board had been provided with minutes of the regular school board meeting held on September 30, 2010, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey.  Eric Moody moved to approve the minutes of the proposed school board meeting beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana met in regular session on September 30, 2010…” and ending with the sentence: “The (September 30, 2010) meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote”. Steve Dowden seconded the motion. The motion passed by a 4-0-2 vote.   Steve Dowden and John Combs abstained from voting because they were not in attendance at the September 30, 2010 meeting. 


4.  Treasurer’s Report.  The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Sue Pritts. Eric Moody made a motion to approve the September 30, 2010 appropriations report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7954 and also the October 2010 claims report beginning with voucher number 847 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 928 to Witham Toxicology Lab.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


5. DOESA 545 Report for October 2010. Superintendent Sichting said the October DOE SA report showed that funding was stable when compared to earlier months. (See Attached)  He said there was a funding reduction of $24,836.25 for the month of September, which was consistent with the $297,836.24 funding cut made by Governor Daniels in January for all public schools in the state of Indiana.  He said a reduction of $10.08 was also made due to Medicare reimbursement received for services provided to a Special Education student, which would be transferred from the Medicare reimbursement account to the General Fund. 




6.  State Board of Accounts Audit Report.  Superintendent Sichting explained that in the initial audit report completed by the Indiana State Board of Accounts on March 8, 2010 the auditor failed to audit a Bio-medical grant, which is a federal grant, received by the District.  He said, as a result, an addendum was added to the March 8, 2010 Audit.  (See Attached)  Mr. Sichting told board members the District was not sited in any way for this error.  He also said the District had made an internal control to ensure all federal grants are audited in the future.    


7.  Board Approves Depository Resolution.  It was recommended the Board approve the Corporate Authorization Resolution with Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank.  (See Attached)  Superintendent Sichting explained that this resolution is required by Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank for all corporate depository accounts.  He said that in approving the resolution, the deposit of Bloomfield School District’s Rainy Day Fund proceeds would be deposited in that bank.  Mr. Sichting continued that the resolution gives Bloomfield School District Treasurer Sue Pritts the authority to make deposits and withdraws for this account.  Steve Dowden moved to approve the recommendation.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


8.  2010-2011 ECA Recommendations Approved.  Board members were provided with ECA recommendations for the 2010-2011 school year from Mr. McBride, Ms. Vandeventer, and/or Mr. Dean. Superintendent Sichting included his support of these recommendations.  (See Attached) Eric Moody moved to approve the complete list as follows: 



  • Lauren Bohnert – Other School Sponsored Clubs approved by the Administration (Environmental Science Cub)


  • Abby Parkes-Girl’s Varsity Volunteer Assistant Basketball Coach
  • Ashley Patton-Girl’s Assistant Basketball Coach (9-12)
  • Ken Greves-Boy’s Volunteer Assistant 5th Grade Basketball Coach


Steve Dowden seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


9.  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 Port Clinton, Ohio from November 19 through November 20, 2010. (See Attached)  Matt Miller made a motion to approve the field trip as requested.  Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.


10.  Board Authorizes Superintendent to Submit Qualified Zone Academy Bond Application.  Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to authorize him to submit an application for Bloomfield School District to receive a “Qualified Zone Academy Bond”.  He explained that Qualified Zone Academy Bonds are proceeds from the sale of bonds to be used for the rehabilitating and repairing of a public school facility; providing equipment; developing course materials, and training teachers and other school personnel (professional development). He said eligibility requirements for a Qualified Zone Academy Bond include being located in an empowerment zone or an enterprise community or there must be a reasonable expectation that the school applying would have at least 35% of its students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.  Mr. Sichting said a private entity and the school corporation must have a written agreement that the private entity would contribute not less than 10% of the proceeds of the bond issue.  (See Attached)  Steve Dowden made a motion to approve the recommendation.  Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. 


11.  Adequate Yearly Progress Results.  Elementary principal Mary Jane Vandeventer and jr/sr high school principal David Dean updated the Board concerning the results of Adequate Yearly Progress associated with “No Child Left Behind” and what plans are being implemented to improve Adequate Yearly Progress for both schools. 




12.  Collective Bargaining Update.  Superintendent Sichting told board members a counter proposal had been received in September from the teacher’s association’s bargaining team.  He said the board’s team wanted to wait to see what the ADM and vocational student counts were on September 17th.  Mr. Sichting shared that the board’s bargaining team then sent a counter proposal to the teacher’s team.  Superintendent Sichting said in his opinion the two bargaining teams are very close to an agreement. 


13. Adjournment.  There being no further business Steve Dowden moved to adjourn.  Eric Moody seconded the motion.  The meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote. 

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