Clay Community Schools Board Superintendent Thomas Rohr set the year-end school calendar and presented the dates at Thursday night's regular meeting.
The last day of school for students is May 28. High school graduation for Northview is May 30 and Clay City's is May 31. Alternative school and GED graduation dates have not been set yet.
Budgetary items were voted on as well.
First, upon recommendation from Scott Hill, technology director, to reject all computer bids due to budget concerns, the board decided against the purchase in a 5-1-1 vote. Len Fischer voted against it and Ted Jackson abstained.
Second, with approximately $50,000 left over from the Van Buren air conditioning project $85,000 was available for the Forest Park Elementary boiler project. The second-to-lowest bid was accepted, based upon the architect's recommendations, by American Boiler Corporation for $73,427.
The board previously voted to provide funds for a new concession stand/multi-purpose complex at the Northview High School softball/soccer field if the Holding Corp. refused. However, the Holding Corp., responsible for monies left over from new facility construction, approved $25,000 in funding for the facility and will not come out of the Capital Projects Fund.
In other business, board members unanimously passed the adoption the 2003-2004 student handbook.
It also passed the first reading of board policy revisions. Board members Terry Barr, Fischer and Jackson volunteered to be members of a board policy review committee earlier in the school year. They presented their recommendations, based on Indiana School Board Association literature, surrounding school corporations and various other sources, which include:
- Renamed and redefined old definitions of school districts
- Added board member resignation procedure
- Added more encompassing duties of board president
- Added school corporation attorney term length
- Removed requirement for school corporation attorney to attend all meetings
- Added additional staff appointments be approved, along with job descriptions, based on adequate funds
- Added Indiana Code requirements for reasons to conduct executive sessions
- Added ISBA terminology to appoint board committees
- Removed requirement to participate in selection of administrative personnel
- Added paid holidays as part of the work week
- Amended sick day transfers to be determined at time of employment based on a minimum of three days per year according to Indiana statute and will revise, upon second reading, a different retirement and health benefit schedule for new hires after July 1, 2003