Suprintendent Bill Schad's report to the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night included information on the corporation's special services. Schad also reported on ISTEP scores and the large gap between special education students and non-special education students in this corporation. He said this discrepancy needs "a lot of focus".
"There will be a more hands-on approach from the central office," he continued. He told the Board that it will be their duty to "make sure that we are providing them with what they need."
Overall, he said Clay Community's ISTEP scores are "pretty much average." But, he went on to say "I'm not content with average," adding that there are "too many good people and too many good programs here."
In Schad's report he also briefly discussed the following:
- Information concerning the Geswein contract
- HVAC projects at Forest Park Elementary and Van Buren Elementary
- A plan for supplying potable water to schools in emergency situations
- Corporation attendance policy
- The recent power outage
- What effect summer school classes may have on the budget
The Board went on to authorize the purchase of a potter's wheel for ceramics classes at Northview High School. Principal Ken Wallace had asked permission to buy the wheel using "Pepsi money" from the soda machines in the school. The cost will be $1,139. The Board approved unanimously.
The Corporation will also be accepting over $4,000 from the Van Buren PTO, which they raised in order to purchase playground equipment.
Schad asked that the new business item about telecommunication services be tabled. He said that there were some changes made in the contract and he encouraged Board President Steven Grigsby to appoint Board member Jon Hull to make sure the project "has been engineered properly." Schad said he wants to be certain that "the community is getting their money's worth" before continuing.