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Written by Kelli Usrey   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:11

MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF SCHOOL BOARD

                   OF BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT &

                                                               April 24, 2014

                                   

The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in regular session on April 24, 2014, 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 Parkes was absent. President Dowden called the public work session to order at 6:00 p.m. followed by the regular board meeting at approximately 7:00 p.m. The following order of business was transacted with President Dowden presiding:

 

1. Public Work Session. A public work session was held concerning the current and proposed use of school facilities.

 

2. Recognitions. Mary Jane Vandeventer complimented her teachers in grades 3 through 6 on their preparation for the online portion of the ISTEP+ test, recognized Caleb Frady and Payten Davis for doing an excellent job at the Science Fair and invited everyone to the Carnival the next evening at the elementary school. Mr. Dean praised his jr./sr. high school staff for their preparations for ISTEP testing, recognized Dalton Byers for being named District 7 PBA President and announced that Brent Ellis, Blakely Heaton and Avery Mumma would be competing in National PBA competition soon. He said NJROTC had named new officers for the upcoming year, congratulated the band and music groups for a recent competition and said Mrs. Bladen had a very successful book fair recently. Mr. Dean said students would again be allowed to take their SAT test at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High school. Mr. Sichting shared that the band and choral students received an honorable award for representing their school well, good sportsmanship and conducted themselves in a positive manner.  He said our cafeteria supervisor Kayla Hendrix had recently received an award for outstanding young dietitian from the Indiana Association of Dietician. Mr. Sichting recognized the jr/sr high school and elementary staff along with the administration for recently released graduation rates.   He said Bloomfield Schools received a 97.5% graduation rate.   Mr. Sichting said the Math workshop was outstanding.

 

2. Approval of Minutes. The Board had been provided with minutes of a regular school board meeting held on March 20, 2014, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. Eric Moody made a motion 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… ” and ending with the sentence: “The (March 20th) meeting was then adjourned by a 5-0 vote.” Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote. John Combs abstained for voting because he was not present at the March 20th meeting. President Dowden asked for a motion to approve the minutes of an executive session board meeting held on April 7, 2014, which had been prepared by corporation recording secretary Kelli Usrey. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the minutes beginning with the sentence: “The Board of School Trustees of the Bloomfield School District, of Greene County, Indiana, met in executive session… ” and ending with the sentence: “To discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.” Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 4-0-2. Eric Moody and John Combs abstained from the vote. Eric Moody abstained because he was not present at the April 7th executive session.

 

3. Treasurer’s Report. The Board had been provided with the Treasurer’s Report, prepared by corporation treasurer Stacey Robinette. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the March 28, 2014 claims listing beginning with voucher number 248 to Jay-C Customer Charges and ending with voucher number 349 to Veramark, the March 31, 2014 appropriation report beginning with Fund 0100 through Fund 6842 and the March 31, 2014 Bank Statement. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 5-0-1 vote. John Combs abstained.

 

 

 

 

4. Curriculum Revision at Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School. Teachers at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School have completed the process of revising and writing curriculum for Math. The curriculum will be used to provide students with high quality instruction and content. The curriculum was aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. In adopting the curriculum, teachers also considered evidence of skill attainment, knowledge, and skills. The curriculum is for the following class offerings at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School:

  • 7th and 8th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus

 

Julie Evans, Lori Burch and Mr. Dean spoke on the process of the curriculum revisions. The curriculum will need to be modified in the future after Indiana’s College and Career Ready Standards are formally adopted. Board members were provided with a copy of the curriculum revisions.

 

5. Curriculum Revision at Bloomfield Elementary School. Teachers at Bloomfield Elementary School have completed the process of revising and writing curriculum for English/Language Arts. The curriculum will be used to provide students with high quality instruction and content. The curriculum was aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards.   The curriculum will need to be modified in the future after “Indiana’s College and Career Ready Academic Standards” are finalized. Mrs. Vandeventer, Jan Abrams, Erin Raper, Mandy McIntosh, Jenny Medina, Stephanie Arthur, Linda Mattox and Stephanie Hill provided information on the curriculum revision. Board members were provided with a copy of the curriculum revisions.

 

6. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School World Languages Textbook Adoption. Under the provisions of IC 20-20-5-1 through 20-20-5-25, it was recommended the Official Report of the 2014-2020 languages textbook adoption be as listed. Mr. Dean provided board members with a proposed Adoption list for 2014-2020 languages textbook adoption. (See Attached) He recommended approval. The textbooks are being readopted at this time. Mrs. Kayla Hale and Mr. Chris Hitchcock presented information on the adoption. The Indiana Department of Education has a textbook adoption cycle that provides for the periodic adoption of new textbooks. The local process, which involves teachers and parents, selects textbooks from the official state approved list during the spring semester. The state-approved list provides a price guarantee over the life of the adoption. It also implies the books on the state list support the instructional goals and academic standards of the state in these instructional areas. If the local district requests a waiver of the adoption materials, it must meet the provisions of IC 20-26-12-28 and be approved by the Indiana State Board of Education. At this time, no waiver is requested. Eric Moody made a motion to approve the adoption as presented. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

7. April Indiana Department of Education State Aid 544 Report. Bloomfield School District received the April Indiana Department of Education SA 544 Basic Grant payment on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Bloomfield School District received four hundred fifty eight thousand six hundred thirty five dollars and sixty-four cents ($458,635.64). The April 2014 544 Basic Grant payment was seven thousand nine hundred thirty five dollars and ninety-eight cents ($7,935.98) greater than the March 2014 544 Basic Grant payment. The reason for April’s Basic Grant payment increase was due to an increase in Average Daily Membership from September to February. Bloomfield School District’s ADM increased from 877.92 in September to 884.28 in February. Additionally, the Full Day Kindergarten enrollment increased from 63 in September to 68 in February. The funding increase due to the increase in ADM and Full Day Kindergarten enrollment will remain through June, 2014. Bloomfield School District will be making a projection for Average Daily Membership and Full Day Kindergarten enrollment in May which will be the source of funding for July, 2014 through October, 2014. An adjustment will take place in November based on the September, 2014 Average Daily Membership count. In 2010, Bloomfield School District was receiving six hundred seventeen thousand eight hundred eighty four dollars ($617,884) more in calendar year funding. The anticipated loss of five hundred forty two thousand four hundred two dollars ($542,402) brings the total loss of state funding to over one million thirty eight thousand seven hundred thirty eight dollars ($1,038,738) since 2010. Bloomfield School District has lost 14% of funding. The loss of funding is due to a drop in student enrollment along with the loss of the Small Schools Grant and Rural Schools Grant.   In comparison, Bloomfield School District has lost 16% of the student enrollment.

 

8. Anticipated 2014 Circuit Breaker Impact. Superintendent Sichting provided information on the anticipated 2014 Circuit Breaker Impact. The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance released the 2014 Circuit Breaker Credits report on Friday, April 11, 2014. The 2013 taxing levies approved per fund were:

 

  • General Fund-$0
  • Debt Service-$761,016
  • Capital Projects-$535,089
  • Transportation-$559,254
  • School Bus Replacement-$102,415
  • Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service-$225,310

Total-$2,184,084

 

The total Circuit Breaker credits for Bloomfield School District for the 2013 budget cycle is $39,878.93.

 

                The 2014 taxing levies approved by the Department of Local Government Finance are:

 

  • General Fund-$0
  • Debt Service-$574,897
  • Capital Projects-$469,138
  • Transportation-$572,767
  • School Bus Replacement-$104,985
  • Retirement/Severance Pension Debt Service-$253,184

Total-$1,974,951

 

The total Circuit Breaker credits for Bloomfield School District for the 2014 budget cycle is:

 

  • Debt Service-$977.18 (Protected Levy)
  • School Retirement/Severance Pension Debt Service-$430.82 (Protected Levy)
  • Capital Projects Fund-$9,898.98
  • Transportation-$12,085.58
  • School Bus Replacement-$2,215.21
  • General-$0

Total-$25,607.26

 

9. Impact Aid Payment Received. Bloomfield School District received an Impact Aid payment from the United States Department of Education on March 18, 2014. (See Attached) Bloomfield School District qualified for a prorated LOIT of twenty two thousand two hundred eighty one dollars and thirty-seven cents ($22,281.37) for the current fiscal year. Previously, Bloomfield School District had received thirteen thousand nine hundred two dollars and sixty-seven cents ($13,902.67). The March 18, 2014 Impact Aid payment of eight thousand three hundred seventy eight dollars and seventy cents ($8,378.70) is to make-up the difference between the partial LOIT amount and earlier fiscal year payments received. 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.

 

10. Homebound Teacher Hired. It was recommended the Board hire Mrs. Anena Rolofson as a homebound instructor for Bloomfield School District effective March 17, 2014 through on or about May 23, 2014 at an hourly rate of thirty-eight dollars and fifty four cents ($38.54). Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. Superintendent Sichting explained that Mrs. Rolofson was an employee of the Greene Sullivan Special Education Cooperative working in our building and had agreed to provide homebound educational services for a Special Education student unable to attend school regularly.

 

11. ECA Recommendation Approved for 2013-2014. It was recommended the Board approve ECA recommendation for the 2013-2014 school year. Recommended by Mr. Dean and Mr. McBride were:

 

  • Steve Weddle-Volunteer Assistant Boys’ and Girls’ Track Coach

 

Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendations. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

12. Board Approves 2014 Summer School Personnel. It was recommended the Board approve the following 2014 Summer School staff appointments: Ron McBride-Driver’s Education, Kyle von Almen-Driver’s Education, Nicole Fougerousse-Health, Cindy Lincicome-Health, Ben Helms-Supervised Agriculture, Jennifer Bollero-Summer Band, Diane Rodriquez-Credit Recovery (See Attached Recommendation Details) Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion. Superintendent Sichting explained the state of Indiana does not reimburse schools for Driver’s Education expenses and as a result, Driver’s Education is a self-funded program. The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

13. 2014 Summer Camp Instructors Hired. Superintendent Sichting asked the Board to approve 2014 summer camp instructors as requested by Mr. Dean. (See Attached) Recommended were Matt Britton for Boy’s Basketball Camp (30 hours), Chris Hitchcock for Girl’s Basketball (28 hours), and Ashlea Dunkerly for Volleyball Camp (16 hours). (See Attached) Mr. Sichting explained that athletic camps are self-supporting with no personnel expenses for camp instructors being paid out of the General Fund. He said all summer camp instructors would be paid $12.00 per hour. Mr. Sichting also said a tennis camp would be offered, but at the board meeting time no camp instructor had been determined. Dewayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

14. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School Business Professionals of America Field Trip Approved to Indianapolis, Indiana. It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High Business Professionals of America to Indianapolis, Indiana from April 30, 2014 through May 3, 2014 to participate in the BPA national competition. (See Attached) Matt Miller moved to approve the field trip as requested. John Combs seconded Mr. Miller’s motion. Mr. Sichting wished the team best of luck. The field trip passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

15. Teen Student Leadership Academy and Senior High Student Council Field Trip (Out-of-State).  It was recommended the Board approve a field trip for Teen Student Leadership Academy and Senior High Student Council members to Kings Island in Ohio from on or about May 27, 2014 through on or about May 30, 2014. (See Attached) Members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Teen Student Leadership Academy and Senior High School Student Council members will travel to Kings Island in Ohio for a one day trip during the range of dates of May 27th to May 30th. The students will not be staying overnight as the trip will be a one day trip. The students will be transported by two (2) Bloomfield School District mini-buses to Kings Island in Ohio. The students will depart from Bloomfield early in the morning and return late in the evening on the same day. The fuel costs for the trip will be paid out of Teen Student Leadership Academy funds. Mr. Sichting said the primary chaperones for the trip will be Mrs. Susan Street and Mrs. Susie Schulte. Eric Moody moved to approve the field trip as requested. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

16. Freshmen and Junior High Boys’ Basketball Camp Field Trip (Overnight). It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve an overnight field trip for boy’s basketball players in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to Madison, Indiana for the Hanover College Basketball Camp from June 20, 2014 to June 21, 2014. (See Attached) The team and coaches will depart from Bloomfield on June 20, 2014. The players and coaches will stay overnight at Hanover College on June 20, 2014.   Players and coaches will return to Bloomfield at the conclusion of camp activities on June 21, 2014. The players and coaches will be transported to Madison, Indiana via two (2) Bloomfield School mini-buses. The field trip expenses including camp registration and fuel will be paid for by the participants. Mr. Sichting said the players will be supervised during the field trip by Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Boys’ Basketball coaches. Bill Bond made a motion to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

17. Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Field Trip (Overnight). It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball teams to Terre Haute, Indiana to participate in the Rose Hulman Team Camp on June 22, 2014 through June 24, 2014. The players and coaches will depart from Bloomfield on June 22, 2014. The players and coaches will stay overnight on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology campus at Terre Haute on June 22, 2014 and June 23, 2014. The group will arrive back in Bloomfield at the conclusion of Team Camp activities on June 24, 2014. The Boys’ Varsity and Junior Varsity players and coaches will be transported to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology via two (2) Bloomfield School District mini-buses. The cost of camp registration and fuel for the trip will be paid out of Bloomfield Boys’ Basketball Fundraising Account. Supervision of the players during the trip will be provided by the Bloomfield Boys’ Basketball staff. Eric Moody moved to approve the field trip. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

18. Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Field Trip (Overnight). It was recommended the Board approve an overnight field trip for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders to attend the National Cheerleading Association Team Camp at Vincennes University from July 7, 2014 through July 10, 2014. The Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders attend the National Cheerleading Association Team Camp on an annual basis. The cheerleaders receive information on stunts, cheer development, and team building exercises. The cheerleaders and chaperones will depart from Bloomfield on July 7, 2014. The cheerleaders will be transported to Vincennes University via two Bloomfield School District mini-buses. The cheerleaders and chaperones will return to Bloomfield at the conclusion of camp activities on July 10, 2014. The cost of the fuel for the field trip will be paid from the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Cheerleading fundraising account. The cost of camp registration will be paid by fundraising activities, athletic department funds, and parent contributions. Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the field trip as requested. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

19. Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School SeaPerch Field Trip (Out-of-State). It was recommended the Board approve an out-of-state field trip for Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School students in grades 7th and 8th who qualified to compete in the National SeaPerch Competition in Hattisburg, Mississippi from Thursday May 15, 2014 through Sunday, May 18, 2014. (See Attached) Matt Miller made a motion to approve the field trip as requested. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

20. Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Business Professionals of America Donations.

It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following donations for the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Business Professionals of America:

 

  • Farmers and Mechanics-$130
  • Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce-$200
  • Tri-Kappa Sorority-$400
  • Utilities District of Western Indiana/REMC-$1,500

 

The donations will allow the members of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School to travel to and participate in the Business Professionals of America national competition. Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees has adopted policies for implementation for the school district. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees Policy #9510 requires all gifts, bequests, or donations to be approved by the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, staff, and students would like to thank Farmers and Mechanics, Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Kappa Sorority, and Utilities District of Western Indiana/REMC for their support of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School Business Professionals of America chapter. John Combs moved to approve the donations. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

21. Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Donations. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following donations to the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit:

 

  • American Legion Post #196 SAL-$100
  • Utilities District of Western Indiana/REMC-$150
  • SGT. Major Robin White-$200

 

Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees has adopted policies for implementation for the school district. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees Policy #9510 requires all gifts, bequests, or donations to be approved by the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees, administration, staff, and students would like to thank American Legion Post #196 SAL, Utilities District of Western Indiana/REMC, and SGT. Major Robin White for their support of the Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School NJROTC Unit.

Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation. Bill Bond seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

22. Early Retirement Incentive Memorandum of Understanding. It was recommended the Board approve a Memorandum of Understanding for an Early Retirement Incentive with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association. (See Attached) The Memorandum of Understanding creates three (3) retirement incentives of fifteen ($15,000) thousand dollars each for teachers who meet the rule of 85 to submit a binding retirement resignation by May 1, 2014. The fifteen ($15,000) thousand dollars will be deposited into the employee’s post severance 403 B annuity account by June 15, 2014. The early retirement incentive is not available to any employee who wishes to retire and make application for rehire for the 2014-2015 school year. The three (3) early retirement incentives will be awarded to teachers who do not require the hiring of a replacement position for the 2014-2015 school year. All remaining incentive packages will be the date and time of the submission of the retirement resignation. Eligible teachers may begin making application for the three retirement incentive packages on Monday, April 21, 2014. The deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2014. Matt Miller moved to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

23. Compensation Model Memorandum of Understanding. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association concerning the Compensation Model associated with the 2013-2015 contract between the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association and the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. (See Attached) There was no change between the intent in the language of the 2013-2015 Master Teaching Contract between the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association and the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees. The Memorandum of Understanding inserts dates associated with school years instead of language of “the previous school year.” The memorandum attempts to remove any confusion or debate about the intent of the language in the master teaching contract. Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation. Matt Miller seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

24. Hire Short-Term Security Officers. Superintendent Sichting explained that historically Bloomfield School District has employed off duty police officers to provide additional security during the last month of school. He said the presence of security officers has proven to be a deterrent for vandalism of school property. Mr. Sichting recommended hiring short-term security officers for seven days, eight hours a day at a rate of $11.97 per hour. (See Attached)   Matt Miller made a motion to approve the recommendation. Dwayne Hostetter seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

25. Bloomfield Elementary Extra-Curricular Account Purchase. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve a purchase of one thousand nine hundred twenty seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,927.50) from the Bloomfield Elementary School Extra-Curricular Account for the purchase of “BrainPop” an educational learning tool associated with Acuity for the 2014-2015 school year. (See Attached) “BrainPop” is set-up like in a game format. Students through “BrainPop” are given opportunities and activities to master academic standards. Teachers at Bloomfield Elementary implemented “BrainPop” at various grade levels during the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers and students are seeing positive results from the use of “BrainPop”. Dwayne Hostetter moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

26. Administrative Guideline, 1st Reading. The following Administrative Guideline was presented for the first time:

 

  • 3131-Staff Reduction

 

                The Staff Reduction Administrative Guideline meets the State requirements. The Staff Reduction Administrative Guideline was reviewed by legal counsel for alignment with the intent of Indiana Code. Discussion of the Staff Reduction Administrative Guideline took place in March and April with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association. The Staff Reduction Administrative Guideline will also be added to the May Discussion meeting agenda with the Bloomfield Teacher’s Association.

 

 

 

27. 2014-2015 Bloomfield School District Blended Learning Pilot. It was recommended the Board approve the implementation of a “Blended Learning Pilot” for Bloomfield Elementary School and Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School for the 2014-2015 school year. (See Attached) Dwayne Hostetter made a motion to approve the recommendation. Eric Moody seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote. The Bloomfield School District 1:1 Computer Initiative Committee provided a presentation to board members during the March 20, 2014 School Board meeting. The committee recommended a “Blended Learning Pilot” to be introduced at Bloomfield School District for the 2014-2015 school year. The specifics of the pilot would include:

 

  • Bloomfield Elementary School

       1. Computer lab with twenty (20) computers at each grade level

       2. Grades K-2 would have labs of IPADS. Grades 3-6 would have labs of laptop

           computers

       3. Lead teacher in grades K-6 would:

          a. Commit to implementation uses in own classroom

           b. Participate in additional Professional Development

           c. Facilitate the expansion of blended learning with other grade level sections

       4. Activity schedule would include a rotation for Keyboarding and digital citizenship

 

  • Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School

         1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Grades 7-12

         2. Minimum criteria of each device:

             A. Ability to connect to the school’s wireless network

            B. Has a writing component (Google Drive online or application)

         3. Device Recommendations

               A. Acceptable: laptops, notebooks, tablets

               B. Under review: Smartphones, IPod Touch, Kindle Fire

                    1. These devices will be acceptable and reviewed for effectiveness during

                         the initial pilot year.

                       2. Concerns:

                         a. Screen size/display

                         b. Efficiency when composing written documents or projects

                         c. Compatibility with software within the classroom

         4. Unacceptable devices: Nook, Kindle (Non-Fire), gaming devices

         5. Disciplinary Issues

                    A. Students must bring the device to class every day and failure will result

                           in disciplinary consequences.

                     B. The device must be brought to class fully charged and failure to do so

                          will result in disciplinary consequences.

                     C. Students will be required to be on-task and web surfing for pleasure

                           and or gaming will not be permitted and subject to disciplinary

                            infractions.

         6. The district will have a limited number of devices for check-out

                     A. Students qualifying for Free Textbooks will have access to school

                           owned devices and a rental fee will be accessed.

                       B. Devices will be available for students who have technical issues with

                             BYOD device.

                       C. Devices will be available for students losing BYOD privileges due to

                            disciplinary infractions.   The student will be required to rent a school

                             owned device as a substitute.

         7.   Jr.-Sr. High Teachers involved in the Pilot

                   A. Julie Evans (Math) 7-12

                   B. Diane Rodriquez (Math) 7, 11, 12

                   C. Lori Burch (Math) 10-12

                   D. Chris Hitchcock (Language Arts) 11-12

                   E. Kalyse Reimbold (Language Arts) 7-8, 10

                    F. Chris Mattox (Language Arts) 9, 12

                   G. Kristie Bladen (Yearbook) 11-12

                 H. Laura Helms (Choral Music) 9-12

                 I.   Nicole Fougerousse (Business) 8, 10-12

                  J. Erika Bault (Business) 8-12

                   K. Jennifer Heaton (Social Studies) 11

 

28. Amend Bloomfield School District Regulation. The Bloomfield School District Regulation for a job description for Bus Driver/Transportation Assistant/Office Assistant is being amended. The proposed changes are highlighted in yellow on the regulation. (See Attached) During the March board meeting, the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approved the retirement resignation of Mrs. Donna Field for this position. The regulation is being updated prior to beginning the application process for this position. The funding for 85% of the position comes from the Bloomfield School District Transportation Fund.   The regulation will be implemented with the suggested amendments after presentation to the Board. The position will be advertised and applications received from interested parties after implementing the adopted regulation.

 

29. Approve Design Build Contract with Garmong Construction. It was recommended the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees approve the following items as submitted:

 

  • Standard Form of General Conditions of Contract between Bloomfield School District and Garmong Construction
  • Exhibit A-Reconciliation List for Outdoor Physical Education Project
  • Standard Form of Agreement between Bloomfield School District and Garmong Construction-Lump Sum
  • Insurance Exhibit-Design Builder’s Insurance Requirements for Outdoor Physical Education Facility

 

                The Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees selected Garmong Construction as the Design Builder for the Outdoor Physical Education Project on March 20, 2014.   Negotiations began with Garmong Construction and Superintendent Dan Sichting and Design Build Firm InterDesign for the final contract on Monday, March 31, 2014. A meeting was held between InterDesign and Garmong Construction on Friday, April 18, 2014. A conference call was held with Superintendent Dan Sichting and members of the Bloomfield School District Administrative Team on Monday, April 21, 2014 concerning options within the project. Mr. Dan Rawlins, InterDesign began drafting the documents associated with the final contract on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The documents were sent to Superintendent Dan Sichting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Mr. Todd Corn, Bloomfield School District attorney reviewed the documents and found no issues. Mr. Corn’s recommendation is attached. Eric Moody moved to approve the recommendation. John Combs seconded the motion, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

 

30. Indiana School Boards Association Outstanding Board Recognition. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana School Boards Association the Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees was named an “Outstanding Board” for the 2013-2014 school year. Board members attend training opportunities sponsored by the Indiana School Boards Association to increase knowledge about laws and case law and are awarded CAP points.   The 2013-2014 Bloomfield School District Board of School Trustees was awarded CAP points qualifying the board for this distinction. Superintendent Sichting congratulated the board on this accomplishment.

 

31. Approval from Indiana Department of Education of Request for Conditional Waiver of Penalty for Loss of Instructional Day. Bloomfield School District received notification from the Indiana Department of Education on April 14, 2014 of approval of 3.6 days of lost instructional time at Bloomfield Elementary and 3.0 days at Bloomfield Jr.-Sr. High School for weather related closing due to inclement weather. (See Attached) The waiver is for the make-up of three instructional days accomplished through the addition of sixty (60) minutes of instruction time for eighteen days.

 

32. IREAD 3 Preliminary Results. Bloomfield School District received preliminary information on the IREAD3 passing percentage for the 2013-2014 school year on April 9, 2014. Sixty (60) out of sixty-seven (67) or eighty-nine (89%) of the students passed the IREAD 3 test on the first attempt. Students who failed to pass the IREAD 3 examination on the first attempt will be provided a second attempt prior to the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year. Students who are successful on the second attempt will be proficient and the overall passing percentage will increase.

 

33. Affordable Care Final Regulations. Superintendent Sichting shared information he received while attending the Hoosier Heartland Health Insurance Trust meeting recently. He said the Internal Revenue Service had finalized the regulations on the Affordable Care Act. He said government entities with less than 100 employees do not have to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act until 2016. He stated that Bloomfield Schools have 101 employees who work over 30 hours. He said he would bring more information to the board at a later date.

 

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

 

 

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