Highlights of business transacted at the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees March meeting included:
- School Performance Public Hearing
Although the Annual School Performance Report is made public each year, this year a new state law requires every school board also hold a public hearing to allow people to ask questions, voice concerns, offer opinions or request more information. There were no patrons at Thursday's hearing with any questions or comments for the Board, so the hearing was closed as quickly as it began.
- Soccer Field Improvements
A group of parents involved with the soccer teams requested permission to begin a fundraising effort for lights and fencing to be installed at the soccer fields on the campus at Northview and North Clay Middle School. With the project in its infancy, Board President Steve Grigsby requested the group meet with Superintendent William Schad and Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger to go over details and costs for implementing the proposal. The Board will hear more about the issue at the regularly scheduled April meeting.
- 2006-07 Student Handbooks
First drafts of next year's student handbooks were presented for consideration by the school board members. Curriculum Director Kathy Knust said that most of the changes in the handbook were already approved by the Board to meet new state legislature requirements, with some minor changes to tighten the language of school policies since the last time the handbooks were changed. The Board will vote on the new handbooks at the April meeting.
- Summer school course offerings
Although there will be no summer school at the Title One elementary schools this year due to funding cuts by the state, secondary classes will be available for students attending Northview and Clay City Jr./Sr. high schools. Algebra 1, high school English and freshman P.E. will be available for students at both schools, while a health class will only be offered at Clay City. Drivers' Education classes will also be offered at both high schools. It is hoped the fees will remain the same, but, due to gasoline prices fluctuating, the fees will be released at a later date after review.
- Project Respect Grant
Superintendent William Schad's recommendation to approve steps by the corporation to become eligible for the Project Respect Grant was approved unanimously by the Board. Schad said the $25,000 grant helps support school programs like Baby Think It Over.
Update on Clay City Jr./Sr. High School's renovation project Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger told the Board that minor problems with the air system in the building corridors and the Media Center Workroom at the school have been repaired by the installer, Performance Services.
"Basically, in a nut shell, the size of the air ducts in some places inhibited the air flow to certain areas," he said. "We had a contract that guaranteed that when the project was completed it would work to specs or be fixed at no cost. It was guaranteed to work. They've come back to make it right at no cost to us."
Both Reberger and Schad told the Board that energy savings from the renovation project are showing a savings of 22 percent.
"(The Savings) won't pay for the cost of the project, but it will impact upon the payments," Reberger said.
- Exam Waiver program at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School
Principal Jeff Bell hopes that the success of the Exam Waiver program now being piloted at Northview High School will have the same effect at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School. The program allows students to opt out of taking finals if they maintain s good attendance record.
"Attendance is always an issue. Having a small building (student population) will make it easier to see if the program will work for us," Bell told the Board.
"We'll know in a semester."
Grigsby requested that the Board table the matter until the April meeting to gather more information before proceeding with a vote.
Clay Community School Board members Steven Grigsby, Jim Guy, Terry Barr, Len Fischer, Ted Jackson, Dottie King and Joe Thomas attended the meeting.
For those unable to attend the February school board meeting, but interested in the information provided, it will be shown on Charter Cable channel 2 next week. The meeting will be air at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.
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. The April meeting is scheduled to take place at Clay City High School.