A "piercing issue" had a chance to poke another hole in the sides of the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees Thursday night.
As the lone potential change to the student handbook presented for discussion, the majority of the board were leery to move away from the current policy of allowing piercings only in the ears or covered by clothing.
"We are just about to the point of allowing either the proposed change or none at all," CCS Curriculum Director Kathy Knust said.
Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle was pushing for the change which would require piercings to be "in good taste" and "worn in a safe manner."
"We have lines in front of the office everyday because of piercings," he said. "I just don't see how we can justify potentially expelling students because of this issue and how it interferes with learning."
The board's skepticism stemmed from feeling the changes would make interpreting the policy subjective.
"The wording would provide too much latitude in determining what is in good taste," Board Member Steve Grigsby said.
School Board President Terry Barr resonated the same sentiments.
"What one person or parent might find offensive, others may not," she said. "In life, we have to learn how to play by the rules whether we like it or not."
The board proceeded to reject the proposed change.
Summer School and Driver's Education classes were also a point for discussion during the meeting.
"For the first time students should have the option of taking driver's ed commercially or in house," CCS Superintendent Dan Schroeder said.
Schroeder explained Sammers Driving School, Terre Haute, would be offering the course at an approximate cost of $350, which is below the undetermined cost of what the school will offer. A current estimation of the cost to take the class through the school was at least $470.
The proposed course offerings are High School English, Freshman Physical Education and Driver's Ed at Northview and Clay City, and NovaNet Classes in English Algebra, Biology and U.S. History at Northview.
JumpStart remediation will be offered from July 28-Aug. 8, and the deadline to sign up and pay for Driver's Ed is April 25. The actual course offerings for summer school is dependent on enrollment numbers and financial reimbursement from the state at the end of the second semester.
Schroeder also thanked Building and Grounds Inspector Tom Reberger for installing an additional four security cameras at Northview and an additional 12 at North Clay Middle School.
"All of the cameras are motion activated and are recording everything so we, if needed, could burn footage to a disc to give to the prosecutor," Reberger said. "Televisions are also set up for the students to see they are being recorded and it will hopefully be a big deterrent. None of the cameras are in the restrooms, but they are set up so we can monitor who goes in and out. We haven't forgotten about the security issue."
The board also accepted the first readings of three new policies to be reviewed again at next month's meeting, as well as a bid for many new computers.
The bid, which came from Dell, is for $307,488.12 and will provide a total of 499 new computers, 489 17-inch monitors and 10 19-inch monitors for Northview and Clay City High Schools, along with North Clay Middle School.
The next regular session of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Auditeria at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School.