The Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees started their meeting at North Clay Middle School as scheduled Thursday night, but due to a lack of electricity, the meeting was moved to Northview High School's auditorium.
The board elected new officers for the coming school year. Jon Hull gave up his presidency to Steven Grigsby who won the majority vote over fellow nominee, Ted Jackson. Hull was chosen as vice president, Terry Barr as secretary and Jackson as assistant secretary.
Grigsby took over control of the meeting and the board established meeting times and dates. They voted to continue meeting on the second Thursday of each month. They also appointed Randy Burns as treasurer and Marsha Wyndham as deputy treasurer and approved new bonds for the schools.
Dr. William H. Schad participated in his first meeting since he was hired as superintendent for the school corporation. Among other topics, he discussed his desire to explore the reorganization of the staff, saying a "greater emphasis on the integration of technology in the curriculum" is needed. He therefore proposed that Kathy Knust and Sam Hill spend a lot of time in communication and make what the schools already have better.
He also requested that the board give him regular evaluations and plenty of input to ensure that he is doing what they want. He says his main focus will always be on what he feels is best for the students. If he makes a decision that the board does not agree with, he will always offer an explanation.
The board passed all items of new business:
1. The board approved textbook rental and fees for the 2003-04 school year.
2. Legislature has given teachers the opportunity to put more money in the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund. Teachers who have been employed for 5 years or more can put an additional 10 percent of their earnings into their retirement. The board decided to adopt the resolution, which will be effective Sept. 1.
3. The board approved a Comprehensive Plan for Special Education.
4. The board approved bank resolutions through First Bank and Trust, First State Bank and Riddell National Bank.
Staffing changes were introduced and passed unanimously. Charles Jackson was chosen as Northview's new boys' athletic director.
Ted Jackson commented that he hopes the public recognizes the board's efforts to call back those teachers who were on the riff list. Out of 12 school employees who were riffed, 10 have been reinstated, one has been called back and is still considering the offer and the other will hopefully be called back soon.