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Minutes-5/30/2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelli Usrey   
Friday, 13 September 2013 08:34

 

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

                   OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

                   May 30, 2013

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on May 30, 2013, 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 Dowden called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with the President presiding:

1. Recognitions. Mary Jane Vandeventer congratulated her elementary staff and students for a successful 2012-2013 school year. David Dean said the sports teams had successful seasons, the VIP breakfast had been well attended and said ECA scores look good. He said the jr/sr high school experienced limited interruptions when taking the ISTEP+ test. Mr. Dean congratulated those who received recognition on Awards Day and at both the NJROTC and Rotary banquets. He recognized the senior class and their parents on graduation and also praised Mrs. Nancy Hudson for being chosen teacher of the year and for her comments at graduation. Steve Dowden said he had several family members come from out of town for graduation and they made only positive comments about the ceremony. Superintendent Sichting recognized Mrs. Nancy Hudson, Mrs. Jana McIntosh, Mrs. Cindy Franklin, Mrs. Deb Johnson and Mrs. Sue Pritts on their retirements. He also shared that there were no issues with vandalism at the end of school and he gave credit to students and their parents for that.

 

2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on April 24, 2013, along with the minutes of a special meeting of the board held on May 15, 2013, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. President Dowden asked for a motion to approve the proposed minutes for the regular April 24, 2013 meeting. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the minutes of the meeting beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 24, 2013…” and ending with the sentence: “The (April 24th regular) meeting was then adjourned by a 6-0 vote.”. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-0-2 vote. Steve Dowden and John Combs abstained.   President Dowden then asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the May 15, 2013 special meeting. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1. John Combs abstained because he was not in attendance at the special meeting.  

 

3. 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 April 29, 2013 claims listing beginning with voucher number 322 to Bloomfield State Bank and ending with voucher number 419 to 1st Security Insurance Agency and also the April 30, 2013 appropriation report beginning with: Fund 0100 through Fund 7965. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

4. DOE SA 542 Report for May 2013. Bloomfield School District received the monthly DOE SA 542 Basic Grant payment from the Indiana Department of Education on May 15, 2013. The DOE SA 542 Basic Grant payment for May 15, 2013 was four hundred sixty seven thousand eight hundred fifteen dollars and thirty cents ($467,815.30). The May 15, 2013 DOE SA 542 Basic Grant payment was thirty-one dollars and eighteen cents ($31.18) less than previous months. This was due to Medicaid reimbursement being received by Bloomfield School District in the amount of ninety-nine dollars and ninety-five ($99.95) cents for the month of May. Mrs. Robinette will transfer thirty-one dollars and eighteen cents ($31.18) from the Medicaid holding account to the General Fund.

Bloomfield School District funding for 2013 appears to be approximately $305,878 less than the 2012 funding total. The loss of funding can be tied to a drop in enrollment as well as the elimination of the Small Schools Grant and Rural Schools Grant. Indiana continues to pursue Foundation funding. Bloomfield School District is above Foundation funding in 2013. As a result,

Bloomfield School District will see further cuts in the future.

                Bloomfield School District funding for 2013 is approximately $822,344 less than funding received in 2009. The ADM of Bloomfield School District in 2009 was 1,051 students. The ADM of Bloomfield School District in 2013 is 952.96. Bloomfield School District lost 9% of student enrollment from 2009 to 2013. Bloomfield School District lost 12% of funding from 2009 to 2013.

 

5. 2013 Financial Institutions Tax Settlement. On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Bloomfield School District received notification of the June 2013 Financial Institutions Tax Settlement from the Greene County Auditor’s Office. The table below summarizes receipts by fund for the 2013 Financial Institutions Tax settlement.   The table also illustrates a comparison of 2013 Financial Institutions Tax receipts to Financial Institutions Tax receipts for 2012, 2011 and 2010:

 

Fund

2010

2011

2012

Partial 2013

% of 2012

School Bus Replacement

$446

$1120.70

$820.18

$313.21

38%*

Retirement/Severance Debt Service

$1,597

$1602.94

$1,607.76

$692.12

43%**

Capital Projects

$2,971

$2884.38

$2,542.88

$1,636.44

64%

Debt Service

$5,711

$5,535.22

$5,363.70

$2,327.88

43%***

Transportation

$4,117

$4,021.76

$3,999.02

$1,710.35

42% ****

 

*-Decrease in 2013 FIT receipts for School Bus Replacement are due to a decrease in the levy

   for the fund from 2012 to 2013.

**-Decrease in 2013 FIT receipts for Retirement/Severance Debt Service are due to a reduction

     in the 2013 Retirement/Severance Pension Bond principal from 2012 to 2013

***-Decrease in 2013 FIT receipts for Debt Service is due to the calculation of government

     subsidy on the interest for QZAB bonds

****-Decrease in the 2013 receipts for Transportation is due to cash balance present in the fund

         used to lower revenue needs for the fund

 

6. June 2013 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax Settlement. On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Bloomfield School District received notification of the June 2013 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax Settlement from the Greene County Auditor’s Office. The table below summarizes receipts by fund for the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax settlement.   The table also illustrates a comparison of 2013 Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax settlement to Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax receipts for 2012, 2011 and 2010:

 

Fund

2010

2011

2012

June 2013

% of 2012

School Bus Replacement

$701.46

$1,753.73

$1,360.94

$558.66

41%*

Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service

$2,512.06

$2,507.41

$2,667.81

$1,234.50

46%**

Capital Projects

$4,673.40

$4,509.59

$4,220.28

$2,918.87

69%

Debt Service

$12,304.44

$8,655.90

$8,900.28

$4,151.28

46%***

Transportation

$4,605.05

$6,288.37

$6,635.76

$3,050.69

45%****

 

*-The decrease in the 2013 Commercial Vehicle Tax collections is due to a decrease in the

   School Bus Replacement Budget Appropriation

**-The decrease in the 2013 Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service is due to a slight decrease

       in the 2013 Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service principal and interest payment.

***-The decrease in the 2013 Debt Service Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax collections is due to

       payment of 2012 interest subsidies by the federal government.

****-The decrease in the 2013 Transportation Commercial Vehicle Excise Tax collections is due

         to cash balance in the transportation fund reducing the overall revenue needed to fund the

         appropriation.

 

7. 2013 Bloomfield School District Health Insurance Renewal. It was recommended the Board approve the Health Insurance Renewal with Dunn and Associates for the reinsurance through Companion Life from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

 

                Bloomfield School District has a self-funded health insurance plan for its employees. Bloomfield School District’s self-funded employee health insurance plan utilizes Dunn and Associates as the third party administrator. Bloomfield School District covers all individual claims up to $50,000. A reinsurance policy is purchased for all individual claims exceeding $50,000. The reinsurance for the term of June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013 is through Companion Life. Below is a comparison of Bloomfield School District share of the premiums for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014:

 

2012-2013 Health Insurance Premiums:

     Certified Staff

Low Deductible Single Premium-$8,174.63

Low Deductible Family Premium-$15,564.26

Low Deductible Family Premium (Both Employees)-$17,900.12

High Deductible Single Premium-$7,740.36

High Deductible Family Premium-$16,848

Non-Certified Staff and Administrators

Low Deductible Single Premium-$8,352.45

Low Deductible Family Premium-$15,953.57

High Deductible Single-$7,740.36

High Deductible Family-$16,848.00

 

2013-2014 Health Insurance Premiums

 

                 Certified Staff

                   Low Deductible Single Premium$6,773.16

                 Low Deductible Family Premium-$13,183.68

                 Low Deductible Family Premium (Both Employees)-$14,898.60

                 High Deductible Single Health Savings Premium-$6,410.76

                 High Deductible Family Health Savings Premium-$15,230.76

                 High Deductible Family Health Savings Premium (Both Employees)-$15,230.76

                 Non-Certified Staff and Administrators

                 Low Deductible Single-$6,968.04

                 Low Deductible Family-$13,775.62

                 High Deductible Single-$6,410.76

                 High Deductible Family-$15,230.76

 

Bloomfield School District’s report of employee health insurance contributions exceeded the 112% threshold established in HB 1260 legislation in December 2012. The 2013-2014 renewal with Dunn and Associates is an eight percent (8%) increase from 2012-2013 rates.   As per the language from the 2011 Collective Bargained Agreement between the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees and the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association, the school district’s contribution to employee health insurance will not exceed 112% of the state of Indiana’s contribution. As a result, Bloomfield School District’s contributions had to decrease and employee contributions to the premium had to increase.

                The employee’s contribution to the health insurance premium is being underwritten by using $140 dollars of funds from the health insurance loss fund per month for every covered employee. Currently, sixty-nine (69) employees are enrolled in the district’s health insurance program. As a result, employee insurance premiums will be underwritten by the use of $116,000 from the employee health insurance loss fund.   A meeting was held with employees to explain how the use of $116,000 of the employee health insurance loss fund is a one-time use of cash and employee premiums will increase in the future. (See Attached Information) Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

8. Impact Aid Payment Notification Received. Bloomfield School District received notification from the United States Department of Defense of the pending payment of 2013 Impact Aid. On May 1, 2013, Bloomfield School District received notification of a pending payment of $2,921.05 for 2013 Impact Aid. Impact Aid is reimbursement for federal property located within the boundaries of the local school district declared tax-exempt and receiving no reimbursement for property taxes. All Impact Aid payments are receipted into the General Fund.

 

9. Board Rejects Quotes for Bloomfield School District Construction Project #1. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees reject all quotes for Project #1 involving the construction of a vestibule for Bloomfield Elementary and construction of a connecting corridor near the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Agricultural classroom. Dwayne Hostetter moved to reject all quotes for Construction Project #1 for both entry ways. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

                Indiana statute requires school corporations to solicit three quotes for public works projects less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). Bloomfield School District solicited three (3) quotes for a project to construct a vestibule at Bloomfield Elementary and connecting corridor at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School on May 3, 2013. The deadline for submission of the quotes was Friday, May 17, 2013. The following quotes were received for Project #1:

 

  • Taber/Crane Construction Company-$130,628
  • Graves Plumbing-$116,611
  • Walls Construction-$98,580

10. Construction Project #2 Quotes Rejected by Board. It was recommended the Board reject the quotes to construct a connecting corridor near the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Agricultural classroom. Matt Miller made a motion to reject all quotes for Construction Project #2, which was for the Ag Entrance. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

Indiana statute requires school corporations to solicit three quotes for public works projects less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). Bloomfield School District solicited three (3) quotes for a project to construct a connecting corridor at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School on May 3, 2013. The deadline for submission of the quotes was Friday, May 17, 2013. The following quotes were received for Project #2:

 

  • Taber/Crane Construction Company-$87,561
  • Graves Plumbing-$73,737
  • Walls Construction-$58,820

 

11. Board Awards Contract for Bloomfield School District Construction Project #3. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees award a contract for construction of a vestibule for the Bloomfield Elementary School to Walls Construction of Bloomfield, Indiana for thirty nine thousand seven hundred sixty ($39,760) dollars pending approval of the project by the Indiana State Fire Marshall’s office. Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

Indiana statute requires school corporations to solicit three quotes for public works projects less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000). Bloomfield School District solicited three (3) quotes for a project to construct a vestibule at Bloomfield Elementary School on May 3, 2013. The deadline for submission of the quotes was Friday, May 17, 2013. The following quotes were received for Project #3:

 

  • Taber/Crane Construction Company-$54,596
  • Graves Plumbing-$46,464
  • Walls Construction-$39,760

 

12. Elementary Art Teacher Submits Retirement Resignation. It was recommended the Board approve the retirement resignation of Mrs. Cindy Franklin as an Art teacher at Bloomfield Elementary School, effective Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the resignation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Sichting wished Mrs. Franklin well in her retirement.

 

13. Board Approves Retirement Resignation. It was recommended the Board approve the retirement resignation of Debbie Johnson as an Art teacher at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School, effective May 22, 2013. (See Attached) Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Sichting thanked Mrs. Johnson for her service and wished her well. He said Mrs. Johnson had left “her mark” on Bloomfield in various places. Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Johnson had made a positive on Bloomfield students and the community and that she would be missed greatly.

 

14. Notification of Internal Transfer. Mary Jane Vandeventer notified the Board that she had made an internal transfer of Kelli Cosgrove from the Elementary Secretary position to the Elementary Extra-Curricular Treasurer/Secretarial position for the 2013-2014 school year. (See Attached)

 

15. Cafeteria Manager Hired. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the employment of Miss Kayla Hendrix as the Cafeteria Manager for Bloomfield School District effective Monday, May 20, 2013. (See Attached) Miss Hendrix would be employed for six (6) days during the 2012-2013 school year. Miss Hendrix would be employed for one hundred ninety (190) days during the 2013-2014 school year effective July 1, 2013. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

16. Bloomfield Elementary Employs Elementary Secretary. It was recommended the Board approve the employment of Mrs. Cinda Williams as a secretary at Bloomfield Elementary School, effective at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

17. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Hires Long-Term Substitute Teacher. It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Connie Riggins as a long-term substitute teacher at Bloomfield Elementary and Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School from August 13, 2013 through December 20, 2013. (See Attached) Eric Moody made a motion to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Sichting said Mrs. Riggins would be filling in for Mrs. Tina Shields during her maternity leave.

 

18. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Hires NJROTC Instructor. Superintendent Sichting recommended board members approve the employment of Chief Petty Officer David Hultberg as a Naval Science instructor at Bloomfield School District, effective June 10, 2013. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

19. ECA Recommendations Approved for 2013-2014. It was recommended the Board approve a list of ECA recommendations for the 2013-2014 school year. (See Attached) Eric Moody made a motion to approve the “Clubs Sponsor” list as provided. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Bill Bond moved to approve the “Athletic” list as provided. Matt Miller seconded the motion. Board member Eric Moody stated that he would like it noted that the board expects those they hire as lay coaches to be of the utmost integrity and to be good examples for Bloomfield student athletes. Steve Dowden added that those same expectations holds true for any and all persons who coach Bloomfield student athletes. The list of Athletic Coaches was approved by a 5-0-1 vote. Eric Moody abstained because he was included in the list of coaches. (See both ECA lists below)

 

Club Sponsors

 

  • Stephanie Arthur-Elementary Cheerleading Sponsor

                               Academic Coach-Jr. High

                                          (H.S.) Academic Coach

  • Mark Bartlow- Other School Sponsored Club Approved by Building Administrator

(Chess Club)

  • Erika Bault-Business Professionals of America (Co-Sponsor)
  • Kristie Bladen-Yearbook (Owl)
    • Theresa Barker-Other School Sponsored Club Approved by Building Administrator (Math Bowl)
    • Lauren Bohnert-High School Science Club

                                    Junior High Science Club

                           Other School Sponsored Club Approved by Building Administrator

                             (Environmental Club)

  • Angela Brown-High School Student Council

                         Junior High Student Council

                                Senior Class

  • Ashlea Dunkerly-Junior Class
  • Julie Evans-High School Major Musical/Play-Sets and Props

                   High School Major Musical/Play-Choreography

                   High School Major Musical/Play-Lights

                       Junior High Musical-Assistant

                   Junior High Musical-Lights

  • Joanna Fish-Other School Sponsored Club Approved by Building Administrator (SeaPerch)
  • Kayla Hale-Spanish Club
  • Ben Helms-FFA
  • Laura Helms-Elementary Vocal Music

                            Elementary Musical Director (1)

                           Elementary Musical Assistant (1)

                           High School Vocal Music

                           High School Major Musical/Play-Director

                           High School Major Musical/Play-Piano Accompaniment

                           High School Major Musical/Play-Tickets and Programs

                           Junior High Musical-Director

                           Strut & Fret

  • Stephanie Hill-Elementary Student Council
  • Susie Goodman-Title I Coordinator
  • Brenda Roach-French Club
  • Erin Raper-Other School Sponsored Club Approved by Building Administrator (Elementary Christian Fellowship Club)
  • Kyle von Almen-Christian Service Club
  • Cinda Williams-Junior Class

 

 

Athletic Coaches

 

  • Mike Canty-Boys’ Tennis

                     Girls’ Tennis

  • David Dean-Volunteer Boys’ 4th Grade Basketball
  • Ashlea Dunkerly-Girls’ Varsity Volleyball

                             Girls’ Track (Grades 7-12)

  • Caleb Dunkerly-Boys’ Cross Country (Grades 7-12)

                           Girls’ Cross Country (Grades 7-12)

                           Boys’ Cross Country (Grades 7-8)

                           Girls’ Cross Country (Grades 7-8)

                           Boys’ Track (Grades 7-12)

  • Ruth Ann Flynn-Volunteer 7th Grade Girls’ Basketball
  • Trent Frady-Girls’ 7th Grade Basketball
  • Bailey Helms-Other Athletics-Dance Team
  • Stacey Robinette-Volunteer Other Athletics-Dance Team
  • Chris Hitchcock-Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Whitnee Hostetter-Other Athletics-Co-Sponsor 7th & 8th Grade Cheerleading
  • Ron McBride-Other Athletics-Intramural Director
  • Eric Moody-Girls’ 8th Grade Basketball Coach
  • Ashley Patton Smith-Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach (9-12)
  • Jason Pegg-Boys’ Baseball
  • Nicole Peter-Girls’ Softball
  • Kalyse Reimbold-Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball (Grades 9-12)
  • Laura Kay Rose-Other Athletics-Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleader Sponsor

                           Other Athletics-9th Grade Cheerleader Sponsor

                           Other Athletics-Booster Club

  • Scott Small-Volunteer Girls’ 7th Grade Basketball
  • Megan Toon- Other Athletics-Co-Sponsor 7th & 8th Grade Cheerleading
  • Kyle von Almen-Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball

                             Boys’ Track (Grades 7-8)

                            Girls’ Track (Grades 7-8)

  • Scott Yoho-Boys’ Golf (Grades 9-12)

                   Boys’ Golf (Grades 7-8)

 

20. Bloomfield Elementary School Improvement Team Appointments. Mrs. Mary Jane Vandeventer and the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association had selected the following list of staff to serve on the 2013-2014 Bloomfield Elementary School Improvement Team. Members are Susie Goodman, Mandy McIntosh, Kathy Neill and Susan Riggs. (See Attached)

 

21. School Improvement Team Appointments Presented for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Mr. David Dean and the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association had selected the following list of staff to serve on the 2013-2014 Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Improvement Team. Members are Kristie Bladen, Jennifer Heaton and Chris Hitchcock. (See Attached)

 

22. Deputy Treasurer Hired. Superintendent Sichting told board members that it was important for school districts to have a Deputy Treasurer in case the Treasurer becomes incapacitated and is unable to fulfill her duties in terms of payroll and claims. He asked the Board to name Mrs. Sue Pritts as the Bloomfield School District Deputy Treasurer with an hourly rate of $25.00 per hour. (See Attached) Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said he would determine the number of hours on an as needed basis. Mrs. Pritts was hired as Deputy Treasurer by a 6-0 vote.

 

23.  Overnight SeaPerch Team Trip to Indianapolis Approved. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield SeaPerch Team to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana from May 17, 2013 through May 18, 2013 to participate in the SeaPerch National Championship. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the field trip as requested. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

24. Board Policy Revision First Reading Held. First reading was held on one (1) school board policy. #4401 Fringe Benefits for Support Staff was presented to the Board for first reading. (See Attached) Mr. Sichting told board members that this policy was being amended due to the June 1, 2013 Bloomfield School District health insurance renewal along with some aspects of the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014. This policy will be brought back to the Board for second reading and adoption.

 

25. School Board Approves Bloomfield Elementary School Purchase from Extra-Curricular Account. Mrs. Vandeventer had requested approval to purchase the Renaissance Learning Site License for Star Reading and Star Math for $5,500 from the Bloomfield Elementary Extra-Curricular account. Superintendent Sichting recommended approval. (See Attached) Eric Moody made a motion to approve the purchase per the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

26. Bloomfield Elementary School Purchase from Extra-Curricular Account Approved by Board. Mrs. Vandeventer had requested approval to purchase the software licenses for “Brain Pop” and Acuity for grades K-6 from the Bloomfield Elementary Extra-Curricular account. Superintendent Sichting recommended approval. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the purchase per the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

27. Textbook Adoption at Bloomfield Elementary School. Superintendent Sichting said that under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended the Official Report of the 2013-2019 Reading textbook adoption be as listed (See Attached). Mr. Sichting said the Reading textbooks are being readopted at this time. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the adoption recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

28. Textbook Adoption at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Superintendent Sichting said that under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended the Official Report of the 2013-2019 Business and Social Studies textbook adoption be as listed (See Attached). Mr. Sichting said the Reading textbooks are being readopted at this time. Eric Moody moved to approve the adoption recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion. Kyle von Almen and Matt Britton spoke on the social studies classes and books being offered. Erika Bault spoke concerning business classes and the textbook that will be used. The motion to approve passed by a 6-0 vote.   President Dowden thanked the teachers for bringing the information about the classes they will be teaching and the materials they would be using. He said he felt that approving textbooks for Bloomfield students was a big part of their role as school board members and said it was nice to be more informed on the classes and textbooks the board is asked to approve.

 

29. Board Approves 2013-2014 Student Handbook Changes for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Mrs. Royal had earlier provided board members with an outline of the 2013-2014 student handbook changes for the jr/sr high school. It was recommended the Board approve the following changes for the 2013-2014 Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School student handbook:

 

  • Banning students from taking pictures at school with any device
  • Students with chronic attendance will make-up missed time during Thursday Detention and Saturday Detention. Penalty for failure to comply is forfeiture of credits in courses missed during the chronic attendance period.

 

Mr. Sichting recommended approval of the 2013-2014 student handbook for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School including the proposed changes. Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion. During discussion time, board member Eric Moody said he had requested a change in the handbook that was not made, which had to do with the section on the penalty for cell phone use in the classroom. He also said, in his opinion, there were also some rules that need updated. He comments on the handbook addition that ban students from taking pictures at school with any device, but no penalty is mentioned if a student is caught taking pictures. Mr. Moody also mentioned the handbook states students are not to carry cell phones during the school day; however, he said teachers do allow students to carry cell phones at certain times during the day. He also voiced his displeasure with the 1st offence of being caught carrying a cell phone being out of school suspension to Greene Academy. He said he felt that punishment for a first offense was too harsh when compared to other offenses such as cheating, which he considered to be a major offense. He said other discipline action have seven levels of graduation. Mr. Moody shared that he felt the school should be more progressive in the thinking of the discipline policies and spend less time implementing silly policies. Mr. Sichting said that in doing some research he found that during the course of the year there were twenty-seven students assigned to Greene Academy. He said another county school had lessened their discipline on cell phone usage and had problems causing them to have to tighten the punishment back up. He then asked Mrs. Royal to speak about a survey she had done with teachers and students concerning the cell phone policy. Mrs. Royal said she had informally asked students and teachers if they felt it was disruptive when a cell phone goes off in class. Both groups agreed that it was disruptive. She also addressed the question of the difference in discipline between a student cheating and one being caught with a cell phone is that if someone cheats it affects only one or two students while a cell phone ringing or notifying of an incoming text disturbs the entire class. Mr. Moody said he would approve if it was taken out that a 1st offense would be going to Greene Academy. Steve Dowden said as long as students know in advance the rule then he didn’t have a problem with the punishment. Mrs. Royal assured the Board that the students are informed and reminded of the cell phone policy. Mr. Moody said he believed the policy is so severe that teachers are not always reporting the students. Mr. Dean said when cell phone usage at lunch time was added to the handbook students understood the rule and consequences. He said he felt the policy is appropriate and adequate. John Combs stated he felt the policy was a good compromise between not having cell phones at school period and allowing them with rules. Steve Dowden said he understood that it’s probably true with other discipline issues as well that some teachers do let students by with a warning. Mr. Sichting said there’s no way to fix that problem. He said in his opinion if the students are informed of the rules then it’s fair. He also said if a punishment is watered down then students are more apt to break the rules. Matt Miller said in comparison to cheating he thought maybe the punishment for cheating might be too lenient. The handbook changes passed by a 5-1 vote. Eric Moody cast the nay vote.  

 

30. Board Approves Monetary Donation. It was recommended the Board approve the following monetary donation:

 

  • Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit in the amount of $5,500 from the Bloomfield American Legion Post #196 for their continued support of the NJROTC program.

 

                Mr. Sichting said the Board had adopted policies for implementation for the school district. He said Policy #9510 requires all gifts, bequests, or donations to be approved by the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. Mr. Sichting said the funds would be deposited in the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit’s Extra-Curricular account. (See Attached) Bill Bond moved to approve the donation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Mr. Dean sent a big “thank you” to the legion and added that the Legion has never wavered in their support of the school.

 

31. Property Declared Surplus. It was recommended the Board approve the following property as surplus for the purpose of its disposal:

 

  • Seven (7) Acer Laptop Computers

 

Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion. Mr. Sichting said the computers would be donated to the Greene County Literacy Coalition to assist adults with in their pursuit of literacy. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

32. Bloomfield School District Cafeteria Inspection. Superintendent Sichting told board members that a surprise inspection of the Bloomfield School District cafeteria was conducted by the Greene County Health Department on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 reporting no violations.

 

33. Bloomfield School District Cafeteria Meal Nutrition Certification. Superintendent Sichting reminded board members that he had informed them earlier in the year that the cafeteria was trying to comply with the federal nutritional guidelines in order to receive an additional meal reimbursement of six cents per meal.   Mr. Sichting said on May 16, 2013 a representative from the Indiana Department of Education visited the cafeteria for the purpose of certification of the District’s eligibility of that extra six cent reimbursement. He was happy to announce that the Bloomfield School District did receive certification and would be receiving the additional meal reimbursement for a portion of the 2012-2013 school year. (See Attached)   Mr. Sichting applauded Mrs. McIntosh and her staff for being in compliant.

 

34. Guaranteed Savings Report. Superintendent Sichting provided board members with information on the annual Guaranteed Energy Savings Report for year #4 of the 2008 renovation of the lower wing of Bloomfield Elementary School. (See Attached) He said in 2012 BSD had $10,097 in actual energy savings. Also, the report showed an operational savings from the 2008 renovation of $423,617.   Mr. Sichting added that the District is striving to be deemed an Energy Star school and only missed that mark by one point last month. He said he was hopeful that they would make it next month.

 

35. Update on Bloomfield School District Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 Funding Projection. Superintendent Sichting said he had received a copy of the new school funding formula and was able to plug in numbers and get a better idea of where the District would be financially. He said he had identified savings in the insurance renewal along with savings in employee’s retirements and transfers to other positions and not replacing some positions. He said even with those savings it’s still a little short of where the District needs to be. He said he had met with some non-certified employees explaining that their services may not be needed next fall. Mr. Sichting said the board expects him to be a good steward of the money given to the District and he will continue to attempt to do that. He also said that Kindergarten enrollment was down and he would be monitoring that over the summer.  

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

 

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