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Bloomfield sees a drop of 57 students this fall

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Bloomfield School Board learned Thursday night at the regular meeting Bloomfield School District is down a total of 57 students from last year.

The Average Daily Membership (ADM) count, as of Sept. 14, showed a total of 952.5 students attending Bloomfield, which is down from the 2011 ADM count of 999.5 students.

When taking into consideration funding, the Indiana Department of Education counts kindergarten students as one-half.

Bloomfield School District Superintendent Dan Sichting said when putting together the General Fund Revenue Estimate, the school had taken into account a drop of 55 students.

"The estimate is a little high because we have two less students than expected," Sichting explained.

He noted due to the loss of those two students the General Fund estimate is expected to drop approximately $10,000 from the estimated $5,675,866 for 2013.

Sichting said 38 percent of those withdrawals were from Bloomfield Elementary School, while the remaining 62 percent were from the junior-senior high school.

Bloomfield Junior-Senior High School Principal David Dean noted approximately 20 of those students lost were due to graduation, when an incoming class had fewer students than the graduating class.

Of the 38 percent of students who transferred out of the elementary, 64 percent were in-state transfers. Among those transfers, 11 percent switched to home schooling.

Sichting added of the 62 percent that transferred out of the junior-senior high school, 52 percent were in-state transfers. Approximately 25 percent of those students began home schooling.

Sichting stressed to the board these numbers were distressing to him.

"We are seeing that some of these students can't hack our academic rigor, so they are going to home school," Sichting said.

He noted while there are several home school programs taken seriously in the area, but he fears some may be lacking skills needed in the real world.

"Not every home school is bad. There are some really good ones out there," Sichting said.

However, Sichting said the highest rate of unemployment centers around those adults who have less than a high school diploma, or only a high school diploma.

"That's what bothers me. I believe the state needs to step in and create some accountability," Sichting said.

In other business, Sichting informed the board the school will receive approximately $180,000 in funding for the full-day kindergarten program.

The program had 75 full-day kindergarten students and one half-day kindergarten student.

"We get about $5,200 to $5,300 a student. The grant is still a little short, but it's better than it used to be," Sichting noted.

The board voted to award 12 of the 14 proposed 2013 to 2019 Transportation Contract bids.

* Bus route 1 was awarded to Jonas Johnson with a daily rate of $247.49 for a 72-mile route at $3.44 per mile.

* Route 2 --Jim Vandeventer, a daily rate of 189.50 for a 55-mile route at $3.45 per mile.

* Route 3 --Jim Abrams, a daily rate of $240 for a 61- mile route at $3.98 per mile.

* Route 4 -- Brad O'Neill, a daily rate of $199.99 for a 40-mile route at $4.80.

* Route 5 has not yet been awarded.

* Route 6 -- Don Goad, a daily rate of $192.90 for a 42- mile route at $4.80 per mile.

* Route 7 -- Laddie Moore, a daily rate of $172.38 for a 35.4 mile route at $4.87 per mile.

* Route 8 has not yet been awarded.

* Route 9 -- Helen Goad, a daily rate of $195.34 for a 35.4-mile route at $4 per mile.

* Route 10 -- Wendy Bastin, a daily rate of $198 for a 59.4-mile route at $3.33 per mile.

* Route 11- Linda Moore, a daily rate of $172.38 for a 65-mile route at $2.65 per mile.

* Route 12- Keith Bennett, a daily rate of $197.99 for a 52-mile route at $3.81 per mile.

* Route 13- Kevin Gott, a daily rate of $199.60 for a 59.4-mile route at $3.36 per mile.

* Route 14- Lana Pinnick, a daily rate of $199 for a 50.2-mile route at $3.96.

Sichting said he will continue to negotiate the price of routes 5 and 8 due to the cost exceeding the projected levy. Route 5 was bid at $5.19 per mile and Route 8 was bid at $6.55 per mile.

The school board also voted to shift a portion of the Contracted Bus Service fund to the Bus Replacement Plan.

"We have done this for quite some time now, about six years. As you know, gas prices can spike at any time," Sichting explained.

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Wow!!! Prejudiced much against homeschools Mr. Sichting? My child is in homeschool now & I can guarantee his homeschool provides much more "academic rigor" than he received in public school AND it's all at my child's pace.. he's not rushed forward or held back by other students. It has been wonderful!

In fact, my husband & I were just informed by a retired public school teacher that he's now recommending homeschooling as opposed to public schools. There ARE alternatives, parents! Homeschooling has grown exponentially in the past several years. Do some research & see if it would be a good fit! Remember, your children belong to YOU.. not the government or the public school system!

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 12:13 PM

I'm surprise the number isn't higher! When a school offers students a means of earning extra credit in classes by attending sporting events and not actually doing school work, then there's a problem in the educational system.

-- Posted by outofthisworld on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 12:34 PM

He is simply talking bad about "homeschooling" because of funding loss! I am very sick of hearing it referred to as homeschooling. My son attends Indiana Connections Academy---from home, and it is considered a PUBLIC SCHOOL! He has applied to several different colleges, and his grades are outstanding. He attended WRV for many years and it was almost a joke. They offered very few classes and their staff is more concerned with students social issues then they are with education. Parents beware I was called by a staff member of WRV in July of this year asking me if my drop out student would like to attend their alternative program---my drop out student I asked? I then informed them he is most certainly not a drop out! But that is how WRV had him listed!!! FUNDING FUNDING FUNDING-- IS WHAT THE CONCERN HERE IS, NOT EDUCATION...and that is very sad...

-- Posted by teenythomp on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 1:03 PM

One more thing... as for Mr. Sichting's claims that homeschool students may be lacking skills for the real world, numerous studies have actually shown the opposite. Homeschool students have been shown to be BETTER prepared for college, get higher grade point averages & they also graduate college at a higher rate than other students.

"That's what bothers me. I believe the state needs to step in and create some accountability,"... oh really, Mr. Sichting? No, we do NOT need the state to step in where my children are concerned! It's the public schools that are in dire need of fixing.. NOT homeschools!

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 1:15 PM

"Remember, your children belong to YOU.. not the government or the public school system!"


-- Posted by dorindaJ on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 2:18 PM

Here is his contact info. Fill up his inbox and keep the phone lines busy. He is a government employee funded by the tax payers of Indiana and will be held accountable for his actions and offensive comments.

Telephone-812-384-4507 Extension 144

Email: dsichting@bsd.k12.in.us

-- Posted by Free4now on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 10:58 PM

I don't think anyone is protesting too much... the record just needed to be set straight on some things he said. For him to say that students are going to homeschool because they can't "hack" Bloomfield school is bunk. I think parents are starting to see that there are other alternatives for their children.

teenythomp, I think you hit the nail on the head!

-- Posted by PinkMarie on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 11:35 AM

Where was the accountability for Bloomfield when my youngest son came out of kindergarten and couldn't write his name or say his Abc's in correct order? We do have to show accountability when doing virtual school and the attendance as well as the testing is recorded in a database that the state has access to as well as the base school out of Indianapolis. Also my children are required to take mandatory lessons daily through Study Island which are preparation for the ISTEP tests (yes, it is required in the program my children are in). Every lesson has an online assessment that has to be passed with an 80% or better before they move to the next lesson. This ensures the child understands the material. And as far as socialization goes, There are field trips and events for the kids to attend as well as teachers and parents. Some one may want to research the subject they are bashing, at least that's what I was taught in school ( definitely not Bloomfield!).

-- Posted by yankeechick on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 5:06 PM

they need another billboard!

-- Posted by oolong on Mon, Oct 1, 2012, at 5:33 PM

I thought route #5 was awarded at $300.00 per day? Am I wrong?

-- Posted by outofthisworld on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 9:03 AM

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