Highlights of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees August on Thursday meeting include:
- Transfer resolution
Indiana Code 21-2-11-4(d)(I) allows for the corporation to transfer funds from the Debt Service Fund to the Transportation Fund in an effort to cover deficits caused by the state cuts in funding to the transportation grant. The corporation transferred $114,087 funding in the 2005/06 school year and the remaining deficit funds were transferred by a unanimous vote by the board this year.
- Bank corporate resolutions
The board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Dr. Dan Schroeder to have access to information at banking institutions used by the corporation.
- Emergency appropriations
The board approved $52,748 in emergency funding to pay for repairs to the lift pump station at Van Buren Elementary ($32,980) and the replacement of the maintenance storage building at the Transportation Department ($19,768 after the insurance settlement).
- Nepotism policy
Board vice-president Terry Barr's suggested at the July board meeting the creation of a policy concerning nepotism within the school corporation. The policy, if enacted, will be implemented if a direct supervisor is involved in the hiring process or the overseeing of a relative at a facility within the school corporation.
During a discussion about the first reading of the policy, board member Len Fischer requested a clause be added to the policy that if any exception is made to the policy that the details be made available to the public.
- ECA costs and contributions
Dr. Schroeder said that he and Business Manager Randy Burns met with Jan Gambill, Charley Jackson, Chris Ross and Kevin Reberger to determine transportation and salary costs paid from the Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) Fund supported by extra-curricular groups.
Transportation contributions are projected to remain the same during the 2006/07 school year, according to the report provided by the group.
In 2005/06, schools were required to help pay for those coaching staff salaries whose salaries were shifted from the General Fund to the ECA Fund.
While Northview High School elected to use booster funds and the ECA Fund to pay the salaries in an attempt to keep the coaching staff, Clay City did not, and has elected to not pay coaching salaries from the ECA Fund in the future.
During this school year, Northview's coaching staff cuts will remain the same as last year, but half of the funds will be provided by the General Fund because notification requirements were not made per the master contract.