Highlights of business transacted by the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees on Thursday included:
- Guaranteed Energy Savings Project
The board approved final payment to Performance Services for their work at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School for $21,583. Board member Jim Guy requested an update about the project at the March board meeting.
- Tax amnesty program
Superintendent William Schad told the crowd that he felt the state's recent Tax Amnesty Program, which allowed taxpayers a way to pay delinquent property taxes without paying penalties, needed some clarification because recent reports in the media were misleading.
"There is no new money, it's just a smoke and mirrors way of moving money around," he said.
In the past, when attempting to balance the budget at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the state has transferred money from education funds and delayed payments to school corporations, creating budget problems at the local levels.
The $156 million collected by the program will allow early distribution of budget payments to school corporations around the state. This will mean that corporations will not have to borrow money because of late budget payments by the state.
"There isn't any extra money," Schad said. "They're just paying us early."
- Indiana School Boards Association Bargaining Seminar
Causing several people in the audience to chuckle, Schad's announcement of a seminar for school board members about the "Basics of Bargaining" taking place in Indianapolis on Feb.15 was a light-hearted moment during the meeting.
Even the board members had to smile when Schad said if any of them were interested in participating in the seminar they needed to contact the central office to make arrangements.
- Energy CAP presentation
Northview High School Assistant Principal Jim Clausen gave a brief power point presentation about the Energy Cost Avoidance Program (CAP.) The program looks for ways to avoid the rising costs of utilities by using past data to create cost projections for the current year and then create ways to cut those costs. After participating for 15 months, the corporation has been able to save $156,525 during the first year of implementation, and $55,998 in the last quarter.
Clausen said the motto of the company in charge of the program is, "A dollar not spent on utilities is a dollar saved for the classroom."
Concerned about the rising costs of utilities, board president Steve Grigsby requested periodic updates about the program at future meetings.
- New scoreboard
The board approved the gift of a new baseball scoreboard from First Financial Bank to replace the old scoreboard at the Clay City Jr./Sr. High School baseball field. The vote was five to none, with board member Len Fischer abstaining due to conflict of interest.
Thursday evening's Clay Community School Board meeting was attended by Steven Grigsby, Jim Guy, Terry Barr, Len Fischer, Ted Jackson, Joe Thomas and Superintendent William Schad. Dottie King was unable to attend the meeting.
For those unable to attend the February school board meeting, it will be shown on the Charter Cable twice next week over a two-day period.
The first part of the meeting will be Monday with the second part on Tuesday. The broadcasts will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday. Viewing times are 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each broadcast day on channel No. 2.
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees would like to invite the public to attend their regularly scheduled meetings the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.