Highlights of the business transacted at the Clay Community Schools board meeting Thursday include:
- Pilot waiver program at Clay City Jr/Sr High School
Information is still being gathered by the Board concerning Clay City Jr./Sr. High School's implementation of a semester exam waiver program for perfect attendance. It will be similar to the one being used presently at Northview High School.
Superintendent William Schad told the board that these types of programs are legal, but students cannot be allowed to just leave.
"They have to do something educational in place of not taking the exam," he said.
Suggesting that Principals Jeff Bell and Jim Church get together to come up with some ideas of what that could be, the board unanimously agreed to discuss their recommendations at the May meeting.
- 2006/07 School Calendar and Student Handbooks
The Board approved the 2006/07 school calendar and the second reading of the student handbooks for secondary level students. The entire school calendar will be released to the media in the future, but the following dates were pointed out by Schad during the meeting:
Aug. 16 will be the first day of school for students.
Christmas Break will begin at the end of the school day on Dec. 20, with student returning to school on Jan. 3.
Spring break will begin at the end of the school day on March 23, with students returning on April 2.
The last day for students to attend school in the 2006/07 school year will be on May 24, 2007.
- Request for improvements at the Soccer Facility at Northview High School
Schad said lighting equipment can be very expensive, but the parents were very optimistic about obtaining the funds necessary to complete the project during a meeting with the group. The Indiana State Athletic Association's specs and regulations would have to be considered in the project. Schad said the parents were informed that all the funds needed to complete the project must be in the bank before the project could begin. There will be two more meetings with the group, which will include parents from the boys' and the girls' teams, to discuss further logistical details regarding placement of the fencing and the type and cost for the poles and lights.
"We just need to dot all the i's and cross all the t's before a proposal is brought before the board for consideration," Schad said.
- "Outreach To Teach" update
Using the Distance Learning equipment at North Clay Middle School, Principal Cheryl Jordan told the board that more than $7,000 in donations was used during the April 1st "Outreach To Teach" event at Staunton Elementary. The quality workmanship has left a positive impact on the school.
"We're very proud of it," Jones said, urging the Board to stop by for a visit. "We've had nothing but positive feedback from the students, staff and parents."
- Debt Service Fund transfer
The board approved the recommendation for the second transfer of funds from the Debt Service Fund, $114,086.75, into the Transportation Operating Fund because of state funding cuts. The board will be able to make two more transfers in six-month intervals, one in the fall and another in 2007.
- Financial service bids
The board approved the implementation of a bidding process from local banks to consolidate the financial service of the school corporation. According to Business Manager Randy Burns, at present the various banking services of the corporation are separated among several bank institutions. The bidding process will allow the corporation to look through competitive bids by banks every two years in an attempt to get the best return at the lowest cost for quality services that will make accounting easier for the corporation.
- Permission to advertise for bids
The board approved the bidding process for advertising for milk and dairy, bread and bun, cafeteria and other food supplies contracts for the corporation from local vendors.
The board will also approved the advertising for bids from vendors for PCs, laptops, LCD projectors and other related miscellaneous equipment and technology.
- Graduation dates announced
Cumberland Academy will hold its graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m., at North Clay Middle School.
The senior class at Clay City High School wil have its graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Northview High School's senior class will have its graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, in the school's gymnasium.
- Date change for May meeting
Board President Steve Grigsby announced next month's regularly scheduled school board meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 16, due to scheduling complications.
Superintendent William Schad and Business Manager Randy Burns will be unable to attend the May 11 meeting due to a business conference.
The meeting was attended by board members Steven Grigsby, Jim Guy, Dottie King, Terry Barr, Len Fischer, Ted Jackson and Joe Thomas.