Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees met in special session Tuesday at North Clay Middle School with an agenda so full it had to skip some business items.
The meeting continued until nearly midnight. See The Times' Wednesday and Thursday editions for full details.
The majority of the time was taken up in discussion of implementing a football program at Clay City High School. The annual financial report was also a priority issue before the board and left little time for anything else. Items dropped from the agenda included presentations on the alternative school program, the remediation program and a field trip recommendation.
A presentation of student services programs was given by Michael Latta and Scott McDonald, counselors, and Lynn Stoelting, school corporation nurse.
Latta is counselor for East Side, Forest Park and Meridian Elementary schools and McDonald is counselor for Jackson Township, Staunton and Van Buren elementary schools. Latta said over half of his students are on the free or reduced-cost lunch program, which presents its own set of academic, social and emotional problems. Thirty percent of McDonald's students are on the program. The men see eight to 10 students each day, sometimes two or three times a day for students requiring more individual attention, and they also provide classroom guidance as well. Along with Stoelting, they are trying to implement an after-school bullying/violence prevention program.
Stoelting said the corporation added a nurse in January. A nurse is at each elementary school 1 1/2 days each week, four days a week at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School and every day at North Clay Middle School and Northview High School. They perform first aid, emergency care and state mandated screenings, administer medications, order first aid supplies, perform health-related clerical tasks, assist in the social services referral process, make home visits and assist with educational health programs.
In other news:
- Clay City High School was recognized by the board for receiving the "Best of the Best" award for the second year in a row from Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Its motto is "Excellence in Education" and a high percentage of graduates attend some type of post-secondary education.
- Permission to advertise for a phone system at Clay City schools was granted. It is estimated that $15,000 per year will be saved in long distance charges when the new system is implemented.
- The board unanimously approved the placement of a Memorial Garden at Northview High School.
Ashlee Vitz, Students Against Drunk Driving Northview chapter member and student council president, asked the board's permission to place a large stone on the campus as a healing place in memory of students and faculty that have died since the school was built. She read a letter from the mother of Melanie Bemis, an NHS student who was recently killed in a car accident.
Linda Nicoson assisted students in gathering information and making plans. The stone will be purchased through donations at a cost of $900 from Mansfield Stone in Brazil. Brazil Classic Trophy's owner was hit by a drunk driver and will donate name plates of the deceased. Romas Trucking of Brazil will donated cement and Mike Mershon will donate the cement work.
- Terry Barr, board member, urged the public to let legislators know where they stand on educational issues such as the ISTEP+, discipline in schools, academic honors funding and an all-day kindergarten pilot program by visiting the Indiana Department of Education website at doe.state.in.us and clicking on Legislature Watch.
- Jon Hull, board president, said attorneys for David Wise have filed appeal briefs with the Indiana Supreme Court in his Open Door lawsuit against the school board trustees. School corporation have until April 9 to file their briefs.
- Trustees unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Thomas Rohr, who will begin his new superintendent's position at Greater Clark schools this summer.