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School board highlights

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Clay Community School Board meeting on Sept. 8, was attended by Steven Grigsby, Jim Guy, Dottie King, Terry Barr, Len Fischer, Ted Jackson, Joe Thomas and Superintendent William Schad.

Highlights of the business transacted at the meeting included:

- Work session planned

The Board set Wed., Oct. 5th the date for a 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Long Term Facilities Planning team. The group will begin the process of categorizing which buildings throughout the corporation need urgent repairs or updating in the coming years.

- Update on class enrollment statistics

With the national debate over smaller class sizes, the Board hopes to answer any questions the public may have about the numbers of students enrolled in classes in the corporation by making copies of class enrollment figures available at the office of each school in the district.

- New member appointed to committee

Ted Jackson volunteered to serve on the Reconsideration Committee. This committee considers the appropriate action on matters regarding media material and other items of public concern brought before the board.

- Appointment of Extracurricular Treasurer

The Board approved Pam Sipes for the position of Extracurricular Treasurer at Forest Park Elementary Park.

- Approval of athletic trainers

The Board approved a contract with Indiana State University to place student athletic trainers at Northview High School at a cost of $4,650. An additional cost of .405 cents per mile will be paid by the corporation to the trainers, but the amount is not to exceed $2,100. The athletic department will pick up the remaining costs.

- Transportation business

The Board gave approval for the Transportation Department to advertise for bids for six new conventional style C school buses, fuel and tires later this month. The advertisements are scheduled for Oct. 19 and 26, with the bids to be awarded at the November meeting.

- Budget adoption and other resolutions

The 2006 Budget, the 2006 Capital Projects Fund Plan and the 2006 School Bus Replacement Plan was unanimously approved by the Board. Resolutions were also approved by the Board which allow Superintendent Schad and Business Manager/Treasurer Randy Burns to approve budget cuts during state budget hearings without having to call a special session of the school board.

- Special Education Consultant

The Board approved a contract with Susan Price for consulting services for the Special Services Department. She will be paid $37.50 an hour plus mileage out of the Federal Special Education Grant. When questioned by the board as to why the administration was hiring a consultant for this position, Schad explained that the position required a huge amount of work of which there just wasn't enough people to do it all and this was the most economical way to remedy the situation.

- New Building Trades construction trailer

The Board accepted an anonymous monetary gift of $23, 050 specified by the donor for the purchase of a new Building Trades construction trailer. The old one, which is beyond the hope of repair, will be replaced by a new trailer that can be purchased at a reduced price of $34,857, leaving $11,807 to be taken from the Capital Project Fund.

The Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees schedule public meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise scheduled.

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