February 17, 2016 | Kimberly



February 17, 2016

Executive Session 6:00 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mr. Nield moved to enter executive session at 6:00 p.m. as provided for in section IC 74-206(1) b to consider personnel matters and acquisition of an interest in real property. Mr. Champlin asked for a roll call: Mr. Champlin – yes, Dr. Melvin – yes, Mr. Nield – yes, Mr. Giles – yes. Mr. Higdem – yes.  Dr. Melvin moved to exit executive session at 7:08 p.m. and Mr. Nield seconded the motion. The motion carried 5–0.

Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Champlin at 7:15 p.m. Present were trustees Mr. Nield, Mr. Champlin, Dr. Melvin, Mr. Higdem and Mr. Giles along with Mr. Schroeder, Superintendent; Mrs. Wirtz, Business Manager and Mrs. Cooper, District  Clerk. Mr. Schvaneveldt, MS principal; Mrs. Garner, ES principal; Michelle Haught, SPED Director; Sara Crystal, Curriculum Director; Ted Wakso, Maintenance Director; Roxi Mumm, Food Service Director and Darla Wadsworth, Transportation Director were in attendance.

AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved to approve the amended agenda (adding Item 10 B 9 Student Expulsion). Dr. Melvin seconded the motion. The motion carried 5–0.

FLAG SALUTE:  Everyone stood and participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.


BOARD SCENARIOS – Tabled for this month

Music Education - Mr. Schroeder played a short you-tube video re: research that education is enhanced when children learn to play an instrument. Board may consider adding a music credit to graduation requirements.

Kimberly Middle School – Mr. Schvaneveldt gave a PREZI presentation highlighting middle school accomplishments and concerns i.e.:

  • Nikki Mathews is IMLA Middle Level Teacher of the Year!!
  • Enrollment is up 41 students from last year
  • Middle School students scored higher that state average on the new ISAT testing
  • Adding “White” volleyball and basketball teams has increased student participation tremendously
  • Improve advanced class scheduling
  • Look at adding a soccer program

Kimberly High School Accreditation – Mr. Schroeder reviewed the report results which were mostly positive. Recommendations included; create digital location for lesson plans, interpret and analyze data, and reinstate advisory. KHS earned accreditation for a 5 year term that expires June 30, 2020.

HEARING OF VISITORS: Jessica Cook, KES teacher and Chelsea Porter, Attorney for Hawley Troxell were in attendance.

CORRESPONDENCE: Wrestlers are IHSAA 3A Academic State Champs J

FINANCIAL REPORT: Curtis Giles moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve the January, 2016 financial report including investment pool statements.  First Federal CD will automatically roll over for 3 months. The motion carried 5-0.


  1. Bond Election Resolution – Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve the Bond Election Resolution “The Project” for construction of a new elementary school, repair and renovation of the existing elementary school and land purchase for future school sites. The bond is for $14,000,000. The motion carried 5-0.
  2. Reimbursement Resolution - Curtis Giles moved and Ryan Melvin seconded the motion to approve the reimbursement resolution which allows the district to reimburse itself out of bond monies for “soft” costs (prior expenditures such as architectural fees). The motion carried 5-0.
  3. Plant Facility Levy Resolution - Myron Nield moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion approve a $300,000 per year plant facility levy. The motion carried 5-0.
  4. Master Building Plan – After reviewing the Master Building Plan Curtis Giles moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve the plan as is. The motion carried 5-0.


CONSENT AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items. The motion carried 5-0.

  • Approve district invoices for February, 2016.
  • Approve school invoices.
  • Approve food service expenditures.
  • Approve January 20, 2016 meeting minutes.
  • Sale of surplus items – pallets


APPROVE ADDITIONAL INVOICES: Mr. Nield moved and Mr. Giles seconded the motion to approve the additional invoices. The motion carried 5-0.

KEA REQUEST TO NEGOTIATE: Ryan Melvin moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion for the district to accept KEA’s request to negotiate after receiving 50% + 1 confirmation. Negotiations will be scheduled following the legislative session. The motion carried 5-0.

SET DATE FOR SPECIAL BOARD MEETING: Myron Nield moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to schedule a special board meeting for 6 pm on Tuesday, March 8th. The motion carried 5-0.

RAVE MOBILE SAFETY PANIC BUTTON APP: Ryan Melvin moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve the purchase of the Rave App ($3,000 per year). This App will allow for immediate communication between emergency responders and school employees with the push of a button on a smart phone. Buttons include medical emergency, fire, and active shooter. The motion carried 5-0.

REQUEST FOR BUS BID: Mr. Higdem moved and Mr. Giles seconded the motion to authorize Darla Wadsworth to put a bid out for a new bus. The motion carried 5-0.

BUS REPLACEMENT PLAN: Darla Wadsworth, transportation director presented a proposal for a long term bus replacement plan. Mr. Schroeder complimented Darla on her very thorough and pro-active plan.

DISTRICT POLICY 1310 REVIEW: Mr. Schroeder reviewed district policy 1310 Adoption and Amendment of policy. It implies that adoption or amendment of District Policy requires 2 readings but that suspension of 2 readings can take place if the board receives advanced written notice and the vote is unanimous. This was an information item.

ADDITIONAL STAFFING FOR FY17: Ryan Melvin moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve the addition of 2 elementary teaching positions for next school year. This would typically be part of adopting the FY17 budget but with the teacher shortage it is beneficial to hire earlier than normal. The motion carried 5-0.

STUDENT X EXPULSION: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to expel student x for 4 days counting time already served. The motion carried 5-0.


  • HS Principal Search – interviews Tuesday, Feb. 23rd.
  • Legislative and Day on the Hill update – increase of 7.9% in education budget, career ladders funded for phase 2, support unit calculations back to 2009 level.
  • FY17 School Calendar committee (First meeting will be Thurs. Feb, 25th).
  • March Budget revise will be ready next month.
  • Good stories to tell…… Nikki Mathews – IMLA Middle Level Teacher of the Year! KHS staff has implemented a toiletry pantry for needy families.


Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve the personnel report as submitted. The motion carried 5-0.

  1. HIRE:

Diana Bordi                  5 hour per day para


Mr. Champlin stated that the district is blessed to have Mr. Schroeder. They are highly satisfied and understand there is always room for improvement and growth J

ADJOURNMENT: Curtis Giles moved to adjourn at 9:45 pm, Myron Nield seconded and the motion carried 5-0.