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CCS board addresses residents' concerns

Friday, September 14, 2007

While an agenda was printed out containing certain items, several Clay County residents had other things on their mind when they approached the Clay Community School Board Thursday at its regular monthly meeting.

Two specific items, the ongoing teacher contract conflict and a proposed building renovation project, were on the residents' minds.

In fact, one area resident seemed to get under the skin of several of the board members Thursday evening.

The resident questioned whether the board was already making its decisions prior to actual board votes.

The seven board members all seemed concerned regarding this issue.

"I'm offended," Board President Terry Barr said. "It's the first I've heard of it. I was rather surprised.

"It's not over. It's not been decided."

During the board comment portion of the meeting, several of the board members offered their opinions on the renovation proposal in addition to other items of concern brought up by residents.

"These were good comments," board member Len Fischer said. "I do have my concerns about (the renovation project). I have not made a decision. I'm still listening.

"We have a history in this county of waiting until it's too late."

Board member Steve Grigsby agreed, saying no decisions have been made yet regarding the proposal.

"There's been no decision whatsoever," he said. "There are a lot of items that need to be considered before we move forward. We're looking at a lot of scenarios."

The board announced Thursday that it will conduct the first of two public meetings regarding the issue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. The meeting will take place at Clay City High School.

"Let us know how you feel about this project," Grigsby said.

He added he would like to see the teacher contract issue finalized as soon as possible.

"I want a teacher contract," he said. "There's not a board member up here that doesn't want a teacher contract."

The board also announced another public meeting regarding the renovation project has been scheduled to take place at North Clay Middle School at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 27.

The public is encouraged to attend both meetings to hear more about the proposal. Residents will also have the opportunity to speak at both meetings.

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