Thursday evening's Clay Community School Board meeting 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 North clay Middle School meeting included:
-Superintendent's contract renewal
The board upheld their earlier decision to change the direction of leadership within the school administration with a unanimous vote to not renew Superintendent William Schad's contract when it expires on June 30, 2006.
When asked about the board's decision after the meeting, Schad replied, "I have no comment at this time on the advice of my attorney."
Schad told The Brazil Times he would make a statement regarding the issue at a future press conference.
-Capping health insurance premiums and considering raises
President Steve Grigsby requested the board tabled the discussion concerning capping the board's portion of health insurance premiums and considering raises for administrative and non-teaching personnel in lieu of a public work session.
The board unanimously agreed with Grigsby's motion, but board member Ted Jackson voiced concern about placing items on the agenda and then removing them without discussion on the matter during the meeting.
"It's a waste of the board's time, and that of the crowd's that have come to this meeting to learn about the matter," he said to the applause of the large gathering of bus drivers, teachers and community members.
A public work session on the matter will take place at North Clay Middle School next Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A large number of the crowd left after this action by the board.
-Transportation bids awarded
The board approved the bids by two local businesses, Bedwell Tires and Warren Tires, to supply services and tires for the bus depot in the coming year.
The board also approved Midwest Transit's proposed bid for six Integrated Coach (International) school buses totaling $340,942. Five of the buses will hold 66 passengers and one will hold 48 passengers.
The board rejected all proposed bids for fuel due to the fluctuating market prices and will continue to obtain bids the day fuel is needed. Local businesses, the Grower's Cooperative and Hunter Oil Company, will be contacted to participate in this bidding process.
-Indiana Algebra Readiness Initiative
The board approved the application process between Clay Community School Corporation and St. Mary-of-the-Woods for a grant writing partnership for Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Program -- Indiana Algebra Readiness Initiative. The goal is to acquire funding the will initiate programs to help raise Algebra scores for students in sixth through 12th grades.
Due to the increasing fear that a strain of avian flu (bird flu) could cause a pandemic, Superintendent William Schad announced that state and local health department officials are working with the Clay Community School Corporation to create the proper emergency response preceedures and a plan of action in case of an outbreak effecting the area.
"The general opinion is not where will it happen, but when," Schad said about data presented by health officials showing that the flu could spread throughout the nation within a week of the first infection and cause areas affected to be quarantined. "Since the flu is contracted through personal contact with infected droplets from coughing and sneezing, anywhere that a crowd gathers would be affected by a state quarantine order. We need to be ready whatever happens."
The Clay Community Schools Board of School Trustees schedule public meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.