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Bloomfield School District sees another drop in students

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Bloomfield School District Board of Trustees learned Thursday the September Average Daily Membership count has shown another drop in students.

The Average Daily Membership (ADM) calculates the number of students for the school's funding formula. Most students are counted as one, while kindergarten students are calculated as one-half.

Superintendent Dan Sichting explained to the board during the ADM count last year, Bloomfield School District had 926 students.

The fall semester count showed 879 students, which will reduce funding for the school because it had anticipated 900 students. This number is down from 912 at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Sichting said administrators have been tracking students who had left the school district, and he believes the economy is to blame for students having to leave.

"We are going to continue to track this. There is no underlying single reason," Sichting said, in noting several students have even left the state.

Due to changes in state law, there will be a second ADM count in February to determine funding for the spring semester.

In other business, Sichting told the board based on preliminary ISTEP testing results released last week Bloomfield School District is on a continuous upward trend.

Corporation wide, which Sichting explained included grades 3 to 6 in the elementary school and grades 7 and 8 in the junior high, has made improvements since 2006.

In 2006, results showed 67.15 percent of all students passed both the English/Language arts and math portions. Compared to 79.7 percent for the 2013 testing.

A comparison of individual sections showed in 2006 showed the math section had a passage of 72.5 percent compared to 87.5 percent this year.

For the English/Language Arts portion, the school had a pass percentage of 75 percent in 2006, and that percentage jumped up to 84 percent this year.

Sichting said this growth in the number of students passing the ISTEP was "outstanding."

Based on the growth in scores and End of Course Assessments (ECA) scores, which have not been publicly released yet, Sichting said he anticipates the school will see a grade on the A through F Accountability scale of which they can be proud.

Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School hosted a 2013 ACT test last week, in which 12 Bloomfield students were of the 36 students from Greene and Monroe counties.

Sichting and administrators have been taking measures to promote the ACT exam in comparison to the SAT because they believe the language of the ACT is more suitable for Midwestern students.

The 2012-13 ACT score results showed all Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School results at or above the college readiness level.


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IT appears alot of students are transferring to North Daviess school ???

-- Posted by wjgrad on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 6:34 PM

Eastern and Linton also. I do not believe they are all moving out of state. Sure is a lot of kids moving to neighboring schools? Which by the way all have football.

-- Posted by taylorgreene on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 9:20 PM

The economy has nothing to do with kids transferring without actually changing residence, just an excuse. Just last week they were blaming it on sports for all the transfers. Could it have anything to do with the school itself and the education it's providing???

-- Posted by Mr ABA on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 9:39 PM

It has everything to do with the school itself. They may as well hang it up ....folks are finally speaking out and moving their kids. People are realizing that not every school is like Bloomfield and you don't have to tolerate what goes on behind those closed doors!

-- Posted by outofthisworld on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 11:32 PM

I believe, Bloomfield had over 1100 students three years ago. That is a lot of kids to pack up and move.

-- Posted by taylorgreene on Sat, Sep 28, 2013, at 4:58 PM

Everyone I know that's moving their kids is because 1]Bloomfield doesn't have football or 2}tired of the cliquish atmosphere or 3}all of the above.

-- Posted by theCapper on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 7:17 AM

It is my understanding that students are leaving due to classes being cut from cirriculum and bad treatment of students from administration. It appears to be an unfair treatment of some depending on who you are of course....

-- Posted by grandmaw on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 5:32 PM

The parents were going to pay most of the expense of the football team, all the school had to do was allow it to happen. And as sad as it sounds, some schools need to have their doors shuttered closed. The state has been been propping up crooked local school districts for too long, give out vouchers and let the "market" decide.

-- Posted by theCapper on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 7:10 PM

True! Football is never a magic potion.

Also true...8 students left Bloomfield for North Daviess in 2011 specifically for football. That costs the school over $40,000/yr. Add to that how many left 2012 and how many left last year. Football program PAID FOR!!!

All of this only makes the argument...why wouldn't Bloomfield want the double threat of an advantage in academics AND athletics?

-- Posted by LCWilhoite on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 8:36 PM

I agree with most of the posts, it is who you know, lack of football has cost us money, the parents with the money buy their children's position on teams, committees, even recommendations for state level areas. This is further proven by the lack of response from the school officials. their silence is deafening.

-- Posted by GreeneFor Life on Mon, Sep 30, 2013, at 10:57 AM

Bloomfield - a great little town but it's close to no major employer (other than Crane) and if you are in the market for NEW(er) housing you're probalby not going to find it.

The school is great academically but not so much for the athletics.

It's a great community to retire in or for those who don't mind a long commute and your kid doesn't play sports.

-- Posted by anetti on Mon, Sep 30, 2013, at 3:30 PM

"I don't plan during my tenure as superintendent to build a new school, but this will allow future board members and superintendents that option. They have very few options now," Sichting explained. I will however spend nearly three quarters of a million dollars for land 8 miles south of our present location in order to build some athletic facilities at a cost of another two million dollars. Dear Bloomfield residents, you are on tract to get a new school, (similarly located like North Davies). Enjoy your remote location and your new athletic complex! Note to district tax payers, as your enrollment has been declining yearly, and your distrct assessment is lower than it once was...enjoy paying for it!

Name a school which isn't cliquish...they all are. I have nothing against football, but our local small schools don't have the money for it. It's going to be hard for some to keep their doors open as it is just to educate their students, let alone worrying about how to pay for football.

-- Posted by Wow! Really! on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 12:50 PM 

True! Football is never a magic potion.

Also true...8 students left Bloomfield for North Daviess in 2011 specifically for football. That costs the school over $40,000/yr. Add to that how many left 2012 and how many left last year. Football program PAID FOR!!!

All of this only makes the argument...why wouldn't Bloomfield want the double threat of an advantage in academics AND athletics?

-- Posted by LCWilhoite on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 8:36 PM

The fall semester count showed 879 students, which will reduce funding for the school because it had anticipated 900 students. This number is down from 912 at the end of the 2012-13 school year. (31 x 4,800 =approx. $150,000).

Enrollment is the single most important factor in keeping a school corporation's doors open. Schools should entertain any and all programs which would boost their enrollment. Failure to do so will ultimately result in de-consolidation and closure.

-- Posted by mr obvious on Mon, Sep 30, 2013, at 8:01 PM

Loogootee and Shakamak are also down in enrollment, should they attempt to get football? Oh yeah, Eastern Greene is also down 77 students....and they have football. I do so enjoy manipulating numbers to fit what is being talked about. I would like to see number of students since the schools were open, years of growth compared to how many years students were lost. Bloomfield is a very good school and prepares a student for college if they apply themselves. Parents as well as educators have to suppliment the students level of desire to be educated. Football nor any other sport is the answer, smaller schools have been put at a disadvantage and are fighting for their lives.

-- Posted by camgilmore on Tue, Oct 1, 2013, at 9:13 AM

Academics and curriculum should always trump athletics.....always!

-- Posted by mr obvious on Mon, Sep 30, 2013, at 8:01 PM

True! Football is never a magic potion.

Posted by LCWilhoite on Sun, Sep 29, 2013, at 8:36 PM

"I don't plan during my tenure as superintendent to build a new school, but this will allow future board members and superintendents that option. They have very few options now," Sichting explained. I will however spend nearly three quarters of a million dollars for land 8 miles south of our present location in order to build some athletic facilities at a cost of another two million dollars. Dear Bloomfield residents, you are on tract to get a new school, (similarly located like North Davies). Enjoy your remote location and your new athletic complex! Note to district tax payers, as your enrollment has been declining yearly, and your distrct assessment is lower than it once was...enjoy paying for it!

I have no interest in Bloomfield having a football team, none whatsoever. I was simply quoting your superintendent, and making an observation. Apparently the arrow was near the bullseye!

-- Posted by mr obvious on Tue, Oct 1, 2013, at 8:39 PM

Right after little Johnny (and his parents) figure out that he's not going to play for the big ten or the NFL they might realize that academics will take him farther in life than pigskin. If transfer rates are being driven by athletics, it shows that some still don't grasp this fundamental concept. I know, I know, I've heard all the rhetoric about teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship...I was an athlete all through HS, I agree that these are some positive traits associated with sports. I believe, however, that beyond the above mentioned traits, good memories, entertainment and physical benefits that came along with my involvement in the four sports offered by my HS, academic/technical skills became far more valuable as I began (and still do) provide for my family and community.

I think that there is room for both academics and athletics in our school systems, with the priority (more so than is now) favoring education.

-- Posted by Thought 4 today on Wed, Oct 2, 2013, at 7:42 AM

I think that there is room for both academics and athletics in our school systems, with the priority (more so than is now) favoring education.

-- Posted by Thought 4 today on Wed, Oct 2, 2013, at 7:42 AM

Amen brother!

-- Posted by mr obvious on Wed, Oct 2, 2013, at 8:33 AM

Bloomfield school does have an elitist attitude starting with the administration and teachers and then goes on down to the students. Not saying that is why enrolment is down but it is a problem, it has always been about who you know there, how you dress, how much money your family has but as far as academics go, it has a high standard that maybe some can't keep up with and are not helped more on a one on one basis. And I've heard that some get targeted as no good or not smart enough from the beginning of their early years and it seems to follow them throughout their years and when teachers make fun of those students or pick on them it follows that the students would too because of the example some teachers set forth, not all teachers but some from situations I've heard about with certain kids who have issues. So maybe enrolment is going down for the kids that have issues that this school has not been known for helping, maybe there needs to be better programs for those students.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Oct 3, 2013, at 1:09 PM

All I can say is I love to watch my son play football and he loves to play it too. I think its good for kids to play sports, keeps them out of trouble.

-- Posted by localyokal2 on Thu, Oct 3, 2013, at 5:16 PM

Passing classes with boxtops is real high academic standards!

-- Posted by outofthisworld on Mon, Oct 7, 2013, at 10:50 AM


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