After several months of discussion, the Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees decided to give Performance Services Inc. the go-ahead on the air conditioning projects at Meridian and Clay City Elementary schools. Company representatives said they will begin ordering parts immediately and installation should be complete by Aug. 1. The $2,487,012 cost will also cover repairing the chiller at Northview High School and a few other necessary updates in the two elementaries.
In other old business, the Board granted Superintendent Bill Schad permission to continue with plans for developing a mission statement and forming committees "as a means of achieving long-term and short-term goals." The committees will deal with different areas including technology, curriculum, student issues, facilities and security, governance, corporation issues and programming. Schad also wants to form a "steering committee" to handle topics that may fall into two of these categories.
During the new business portion of the meeting, the Board approved some altered job descriptions that sprouted from the recent reorganization of the Central Office. Schad said the changes will help save money in the general fund and "better utilize the strength of staff members."
Carolyn Kumpf, Maryann Reed, Michael Mogan and Stephanie Jackson have each been assigned new duties that will make it possible for their salaries to be paid by the CAPE grant or Federal funds. This will save the Corporation approximately $200,000 each year, which may make it possible for a few teachers' jobs to be saved, at least until the CAPE grant runs out in two years. In the meantime, Schad said other solutions will have to be found. He suggested applying for other grants or using leveraging funds if possible.
Schad informed the Board that he had spoken to the Corporation's lawyers about the Bert Geswein contract and they followed his recommendation to deny Geswein's claims. He was demanding $14,000 from Clay Community Schools, which he said was due to him in accordance with a Buyer's Exclusive Agency Contract that was to be signed by Tom Rohr in 1998. Geswein was supposed to help in negotiations on the purchase of the building that now houses the LEAAP Center. However, Rohr opted not to make use of his services. Therefore, attorneys determined that he is not entitled to any further compensation.
The Board also voted to renew an Agency Contract with Indiana State University, which allows ISU students to get on-the-job training and experience at Clay Community Schools.
Principal Ken Wallace's request to administer an Indiana College Placement Association survey to Northview High School students was approved. Upon completion of the survey, seniors will have information mailed to them about colleges and financial aid.
Remedial math and language arts classes, along with physical education, will still be offered in summer school, but sections will be kept at a minimum in order to cut back on expenses. In addition, the Board elected to raise driver's education fees to a level that the program will pay for itself. Fees to enroll in the course will probably be set at around $375.