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School board believes meetings are informational for community

Friday, September 21, 2007

Clay Community School Corporation officials believe the intended purpose of Thursday night's special session meeting has been met.

School Board President Terry Barr has said she thinks the community is better informed, not only about the costs of the project, but the process of developing the project plans.

"I thought the meeting went rather well," Superintendent Dan Schroeder said.

Schroeder said the presenters gave the public as much information on plans and costs as were available. More definitive plans would only be available as a project is approved and moves forward.

Both Barr and Schroeder have expressed hope that more people will attend the meeting on Thursday Sept. 27 at North Clay Middle School.

"I am not sure what to expect next Thursday, but I am hoping there will be a larger crowd. I know everyone is busy in the evenings, with little time to spare, but taking care of the physical needs of our schools is of major importance to our community. The community as a whole is very supportive of our schools, but I also understand the concerns about property taxes," Barr said.

Schroeder is hopeful that those in the community who have not yet expressed their ideas or concerns will do so on Thursday.

"We hope that if people have new issues, they would bring it up to us," Schroeder said.

Members of the community that could not make it to the meeting this past Thursday will be able to watch a taped copy that will be aired on cable channel 2.

The first part will air Monday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., and the second part will air Tuesday at the same times. The tapes will be replayed in the same manner on Wednesday and Thursday at the same times.

"The purpose of this meeting is to gain input to make a decision," said Schroeder.

The meeting on Sept. 27 will be held at 6:30 in the Media Center.

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Isn't it ironic that a man who lives in Putnam County(Superintendent Dan Schroeder) is trying to tell the people of Clay County how to spend our tax dollars. This 53 million dollar project won't impact him in the least. Plus, he takes his $120,000 a year salary back to Putnam County to spend to support their businesses.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 11:38 PM

I don't understand the teachers with this school system. They complain about not having a contract and how they are not getting their raises. Well wake up teachers, by you not accepting your contract that has been offered because you think you are not getting enough money everyone else is suffering aswell. The corporation is not giving no one else a raise because of you whining everyone is suffering. You complain about everything when you get cheaper insurance then anyone else, you make the most in the corporation when you only work for 9 months a year. This corporations pay is about 10% under national average for any position within the corporation, but you dont hear anyone else in the corporation whining as much as the teachers. But the sad part is everyone that supports the teachers questions why the corporation can spend the money on renovations but cannot give the teachers their raise. Well for you people that don't know nothing about buisness there are seperate funds and this comes out of a totally different fund (that is for you buisness illiterate people). I have been in the schools, transportation buildings, the main office and Maintanace buildings, these renovations are mandatory. Some of the schools are too small, some are falling apart, the bus garage is pretty much falling apart. These processes are no different then your personal house. Ask yourself if you had problems with your house that would cost you say just $30,000 what would you do? Would you have that kind of money just sitting there to remodel your house or would you have to have a loan? This is the same thing. Most of these buildings are 20 years or older. The proposed plan will not increase your taxes, but if they do not do it there is the possibility that the taxes will go down. But the question would be if the school corporation drops the taxes what is the possibility that the county would say ok we need to do this so lets raise the taxes back up to where they was. There is always going to be things that need to be done and when the county or the citys see the opportunity to make it happen they will jump on the tax decrease and level it back out to where it was. It just dissapoints me that there is not people out there that will support what needs to be done. They would just rather see the schools fall down around them. It is truely sad people just don't care about the schools and care more about the teachers making what $4000 more a year for 9 months of work, that is sad.

-- Posted by supporter on Sat, Sep 22, 2007, at 11:32 AM

I'm not sure why someone would say teachers get the cheapest insurance in the corporation. That is simply not true. There are administrators, secretaries, and other Clay. Comm. staff members who pay 1.00 for the family plan. Much more than teachers who pay 700.00 a month for a family plan. Also, two years ago all employees but, the teachers were offered a raise. Now as a tax payer, parent, and citizen, I think that many positions should recieve a pay increase and all are underpaid especially teacher assistants. I think it's absolutely terrible the insurance change offered most recently for non-teaching staff! They are a major support to our school system! From my understanding, the teachers turned down the most recent contract proprosal offered NOT because of the lack of money offered. The offer made casued several younger teachers to actually get a PAY DECREASE! I'm a parent of children in the Clay Schools and I see what the teachers do and I don't know anyone that would deserve a PAY DECREASE! I support the teachers and I think most realize there are two separate funds for salaries and renovations. I support building renovations as well. However, making a difference in the students and future leaders of this county will only come through education. I think most community members want the best for their child's education. I see the long hours, money, supplies,and continuing education costs teachers spend out. I think they need some RESPECT! Clay County needs to settle the CONTRACT so we can continue to support the students and futre leaders of this community. My children's teachers are still doing their best inspite of the current situation! Kudos to the TEACHERS for continuing to be a CLASS ACT! I think that we need to continue to get the FACTS TO THE COUNTY! I saw several supporters clapping and cheering yesterday at the local parade for CLAY COUNTY TEACHERS! We need the best for our students and future community leaders! Most community members I know support what is best for the students! I want my children to have the BEST EDUCATION from HIGHLY QUALIFIED educators and support personnel! As a graduate and life time member of this community, let's do the right thing in this county! TEACHERS, WE SUPPORT YOU!

-- Posted by claytaxpayer on Sun, Sep 23, 2007, at 8:47 AM

Wow, supporter, you are definitely a bitter, bitter person. I have the feeling you work for the corporation, but that you are not a teacher. I honestly have so many comments I'd like to make in response to your letter, but I decided I didn't know where to begin since it is riddled with false statements. So, instead, I simply encourage you to pull your head out of the sand, do your homework, and get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a jealous, unhappy person. Seriously, either someone has told you only a part of what is really going on with bargaining between the school corporation and the teachers, or you believe what you've heard or read from others. I suggest you make a trip to Central Office and check to see who really has the cheapest insurance. Then, while you're at it, stop by your nearest university to see how much a teaching degree would cost. In your spare time, research what the law requires concerning teacher license renewals. Teachers work 9 months out of the year??????? HA! That's the funniest joke I've heard in years! In closing, why not call your school board members and ask them how many teachers would lose money from their pay scale so that other teachers could receive a raise, and then ask how much they pay Shroeder (superintendent) and Fowler (Office Manager) in salary and benefits. I'm sure if you did that, you would have bigger concerns than to call teachers complainers and whiners.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 7:18 PM

So tell me running on empty how many months out of the year do teachers work. Lets see they start school in August and finish up in May. Count that up Nine Months. I know how much a teaching degree costs got one. I pay out of my own pocket for an Insurance plan for my whole family and let me say I would just love to pay a fraction of what I have heard some teachers say that they pay for insurance.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 2:04 PM

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