BSD Board votes on lengthy list of personnel

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Bloomfield Board of School Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on March 21 with numerous personnel recommendations on the docket.

A separate vote was held for Mitchell Burch as junior varsity girls basketball coach and Nicole Burch as seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball volunteer assistant coach, resulting in a 6-0-1 vote in favor of the two with Board President Darren Burch abstaining.

Another separate vote was conducted for J.B. Neill as varsity boys basketball head coach which resulted in a 5-2 decision not to renew with Burch and Dowden in favor of renewal. Likewise, a separate vote for Deanna Potts as varsity volleyball head coach led to a 4-3 decision not to renew with Burch, Dowden and Neighbors in favor of renewal.

The remaining personnel requests were approved unanimously by the board:

• Hiring of Kelly Anderson as classroom instructional assistant

• Hiring of Blaise Kirkley as mathematics teacher, grades 9-12

• Hiring of Rosa Lina Vera and Brianna Bucher as substitute teachers

• Resignation of Malea Howard as instructional assistant/MSHS support staff

• Stephen Campbell as junior varsity boys basketball coach and fourth grade boys basketball volunteer coach

• Jack Townsend and Ryan O’Neal as boys basketball assistant coaches, grades 9-12

• Graysen Medina as seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball coach and volunteer assistant coach for grades 9-12

• Dan Luse as seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Chris Babcock as fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball coach and girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Sierra Babcock as girls varsity basketball coach and fourth-grade boys basketball volunteer coach

• Caleb Dunkerly as fourth-grade boys basketball volunteer coach

• Troy Helms as third-grade boys basketball volunteer coach

• Ryan Harvey as second-grade boys basketball volunteer coach

• Cameron Gilmore as girls basketball assistant coach, grades 9-12

• Sydney Stahl as girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• AJ Sipes as seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball coach

• Alicia Hasler as seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Dustin Haywood as fifth-grade girls basketball coach

• Doug Dayhoff as fifth- and first-grade girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Leslie Gillespie as fourth-grade girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Ariel Feltner as third- and first-grade girls basketball volunteer assistant coach

• Vanessa Evans as seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball coach

• Andrew Bladen as boys soccer head coach

• John Dickenson as girls soccer head coach

• Mike Woods as middle school boys soccer coach

• Danny McCormick as middle school girls soccer coach

• Rachel Wiseman as cross country boys and girls assistant coach for grades 9-12 and boys and girls volunteer assistant coach for grades six through eight

• Angel Walls and Hannah Walls as volunteer cross county coaches

• Ashley Bell as boys and girls cross country coach for grades six through eight

• Mike Canty as boys and girls tennis coach

• Lexi Robinson as boys and girls assistant tennis coach

• Carrie Cochenour as boys and girls tennis volunteer assistant coach and middle school boys volunteer assistant coach

In other business:

Approval was given for minutes from the Feb. 29 regular session as well as the treasurer’s report and fundraiser requests for the high school soccer and softball teams.

Students of the month, including first-grader Jaylin Middleton, seventh-grader Noah Lombardi and freshman Matt Ryan, were commended by their respective principals for their efforts in the classroom.

Donations were approved including those from Superior Driving School, Paragon Force, Dayhoff Financial and Crane Credit Union to the Riley Dance Marathon, John and Donna Fields to the Redliners, John Griner, Ken Robertson and Ryan Vandeventer to NJROTC as well as an anonymous donor to the cafeteria for lunch accounts.

Following approval from the board, April’s regular meeting date was changed from Apr. 25 to Apr. 18.

This year’s post-prom overnight and out of state trip to Louisville, Ky. from Apr. 27 to 28 was approved by the board.

Middle school math textbooks, including enVision Math Indiana Grade 6, enVision Math Indiana Grade 7, enVision Math Indiana Grade 7 Accelerated and enVision Math Indiana Grade 8, were approved for adoption.

The school-owned equipment contract proposal for transporting children on bus routes two and three was approved by the board followed by the decision of administration to uphold appeal 032124.

Superintendent Scott Van Der Aa updated the board on two grants in the works, one being a digital learning grant aimed at obtaining technological tools to be used in classrooms such as Kahoot, Spelling City and Blooket. The grant would allow teachers access to premium paid versions of these tools, thus providing more features and capabilities in the classroom.

Van Der Aa explained being in the initial steps of applying for a next generation school improvement grant. The highly competitive grant would be used toward professional development sessions for teachers.

Elementary Principal Mike Riggleman reported on the recent IREAD testing completed by second and third graders as he commended both students and teachers for the high scores.

This month’s Welcome Wednesdays at the elementary featured the middle and high school track teams, Greene County Veterans Council and the high school baseball team as they welcomed students into the school with smiles and high fives.

Riggleman also acknowledged Instructional Facilitator Candice Patterson for her successful implementation of a program promoting library citizenship. To combat an influx in damaged and late books, Patterson crafted a program based on positive reinforcement that rewards students for taking care of their books and returning them in a timely manner of which has been met with great improvement in the issue.

The next regular meeting of the Bloomfield Board of School Trustees will be held April 18 at 6 p.m. in the middle/high school media center. Meetings are available to watch on the Bloomfield School District YouTube channel.

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  • . This was done after the superintendent highly recommended him and added he went above and beyond what was asked  of him .  The board did not inform the superintendent what they were going to do.  Something very fishy!! Why do we pay a superintendent if his board goes against him??????

    -- Posted by pt_girl02 on Wed, Mar 27, 2024, at 9:09 PM
  • Totally disagree because the superintendent needs to run the business part of the school and leave the athletics up to the board and if people would take as much interest in their child's education then the rest would take care of itself. Why do people come to meetings about athletics but very few show up for school business and academics. Just my opinion

    -- Posted by reds fan on Thu, Mar 28, 2024, at 8:53 PM
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