Thursday's Clay Community Schools Corp. Board meeting was attended by members Terry Barr, Len Fischer, Steven Grigsby, Jim Guy, Ted Jackson, Dottie King, and Superintendent Will-iam Schad.
Schad informed the board that the administration continues to research the information gathered through ISTEP testing.
This was the first year that all grade levels were tested in an effort to track a student's improvement throughout school careers. He said the information is helpful in understanding how to reach students who are having trouble.
Director of Curriculum Kathy Knust and Schad will continue to research the negative effect of the mobility factor of students in the corporation and present these findings along with an action plan to determine the best way to initiate higher test scores at North Clay Middle School at a future meeting.
Van Buren Memorial update
"The footer has been poured and rebar is in place for the masonry work," CCSC's Director of Buildings and Grounds Thomas Reberger said. "The stonework, which was salvaged when the school was tore down a few years ago, is on site and ready to be used in the design."
Greg Justice will do the masonry work A flag pole may be installed near the monument.
"The project should be completed within 30 to 40 days, with the weather's cooperation," Reberger said.
Memorials for Brazil High School and Staunton High School have already been completed.
Vendor contracts approved
Prairie Farms, Interstate Brands was awarded the contract to provide all bread products to the corporation.
New computer leases approved
A $498,000 bid by IBM to provide 500 computers for elementary schools was approved. The new computers are necessary to use the new software that comes with many of the textbook materials.
The lease agreement for the computers with Old National Bank was approved. The school corporation will pay $200,000 and divide the remaining cost over 2 1/2 years in four equal payments.
New sound system approved
Forest Park Elementary's request to use funds from the Extracurricular Ac-count to purchase a new sound system for the school was approved.
Athletic trainer approved
The board approved St. Vincent Clay Hospital's contract to provide athletic trainer services to Northview High School.
"St. Vincent provided a trainer in the past free of charge with no legal agreement that stated the duties of the hospital or the corporation. There were a few minor problems that required some staffing changes and a clear definition of duties," Schad said about the need for the new contract. "This document will do that."
New printer purchase approved
The board approved the request of Northview High School Athletic Directors Jan Gambill and Charley Jackson to purchase a new Xerox 6100AD laser printer at a cost of $599. Money will be paid our of the athletic department budget.
Changes in the Academic Honors Diploma Incentive approved
Changes by the 2005 Indiana State Legislature to correct budget deficiencies have caused the CCSC policy of awarding graduating seniors with the $963 to be abolished. The state initially gave the funds to the local school boards to support the program or use as an incentive for students to take the harder classes required by the CORE 40 curriculum.
"The new law states that school corporations continuing this policy will no longer receive the state funding for Academic Honors programs," Schad explained when asked by patron Jerry Taylor about the effect on seniors in school now. "The board has no choice in the matter. Graduating seniors in 2004 will still receive the incentive, but the 2005 graduating seniors will be the first class to not receive the incentive since we began the program."
The new law takes effect on July 1, 2006.
June School Board meeting announced
The board announced the date for the June board meetings at North Clay Middle School Media Center.
The executive session will be at 7 p.m., and the public meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on June 9.