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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout swore in new board members Tina Heffener, Dottie King, Jennifer Kaelber and Dr. Forrest Buell before Thursday evening's Clay Community School Board of Trustee's meeting.
On Thursday night, the Clay County School Board met at North Clay Middle School as Judge Joseph Trout gave the oath of office for new and re-elected board members.

Jennifer Kaelber, Tina Heffener and Forrest Buell replaced Len Fischer, Steve Grigsby and Jim Guy.

Dottie King renewed her oath and welcomed all the new members.

The board also elected new officials for the upcoming school year Thursday.

Brian Atkinson was elected as President, while King elected as Vice President.

Kaelber was elected Secretary and Heffner was voted as Assistant Secretary.

Atkinson replaces Terry Bell, who remains on the board.

Kaelber said she was looking forward to the experience.

"I'm grateful for this experience and excited about working with everyone," Kaelber said.

Buell commented on how sincere and optimistic he was about fulfilling his campaign promises by maintaining his educational goals.

In addition Mike Fowler was appointed Treasurer with Marsha Wyndham as Deputy Treasurer. Jeff Boyle was also retained as the corporations' local attorney.

The board voted to continue meetings on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m., at North Clay Middle School with the April and October board meetings taking place at Clay City.

However, Heffener commented on possibly holding the meetings in the Jackson Township area.

Board members said they were willing to announce in advance when those meetings would take place.

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I think people should only comment on what they know. Members of the school board that have children are first and foremost parents. If Mr. Atkinson thought his child would benefit from attending another school system, then who are any of us to question it. I do not think anyone but their family know the full story. Maybe everyone should think about the repercussions his family face when he makes a decision that he feels is best for the children of this community. I have read blogs from teachers claiming they have to face repercussions if they put their name on this site. I think it is easy to hide behind these blog sites, but Mr. Atkinson has to put hisself out there in a public forum when he makes a decision.

-- Posted by HoNeyLove on Sun, Jul 13, 2008, at 2:46 PM

I think if you are a public official you are under the looking glass and should realize what price you pay to serve the public!

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 7:23 AM

Truth hurts and is often offensive to some. Perhaps that's why the comments were removed. I personally believe if a school corporation isn't suitable for one's child/children then one shouldn't be serving on the board of said school corporation. Just my opinion.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 9:39 AM

I guess freedom of speech with no slander is only good for a feW! wISH PEOPLE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD WOULD TREAT OTHERS LIKE THEY TREAT THEMSLEVES!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 6:48 AM

First, I am not on the school board or affiliated with the school system, except I have children. I have followed these blogs and articles and never said anything because I did not want to get into the drama. But, here I am!

I feel people of this community waste too much time fighting over little things and not solving the big issue of how we as a community are going to assure our children get an adequate education. I think alot of people don't want to change with the times.

I think all the members of the school board are on the board to help our school system be the best it can. I do not think anyone would put theirselves through all this scrutiny for the fun of it. I do not feel any school board member is just on the board to cause problems.

I do feel from some of the meetings I have attended, most of the board want change and updating in our schools. I do not feel just because one is on the school board one should keep one's child in a system they feel the child was not benefitting from.

I think the school board members, some teachers, and some parents in the community know that change is needed and it is slow in coming because of all the ridiculous arguments and stalling. Why should any child have to continue in a school where they are not growing. Maybe if we all calm down and solve the issues there would not be a need for Clay countians to look elsewhere for appropriate education for their children.

What about all the parents who take their children to Jackson Township instead of attending schools like Eastside and Meridian. Are those parents saying that Eastside and Meridian aren't up to the same standards of teaching as Jackson. I think alot of people are the pot calling the kettle black!

-- Posted by HoNeyLove on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 10:38 AM

One more thing. As the adults of this community, I can't believe we have drug someones child into this fight. I do not think that minors are allowed to run for the school board and I never seen that child's name on any ticket, so I don't think he should be open to ridicule.

How is this benefitting the ultimate goal of better education for our children?

-- Posted by HoNeyLove on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 10:47 AM

One thing that people fail to understand is that sitting on the school board, while allowing you to affect the schools more than the general public,does not allow you to make immeadiate changes or even the changes that you can see are needed. No one board member has that power. Most of the decisions of the board has little immeadiate effect on the education of one child while steering the corporation in a direction that will be noticable a few years down the road. The school board is about the direction of the corporation with regard to education and is supposed to be representative of the community. I, for one, do not see that in the meetings of the past and can only hope that it will change.

Brian Atkinson's decision as to where his son attends school cannot be faulted as it is a personal decision. One could make the same arguement that the Superintendant does not live within the corporation nor does his children attend these schools. In neither case is school attendance an issue.

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 11:28 AM

I guess i am off base but I thought being on the school board was about children???

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 12:26 PM

I do not know Brian Atkinson or his family, but I think his reasons for being on the school board have to be "faulted" if Clay Schools are not good enough for his kid.

I have always had a problem with school board members, superintendents, or anyone else in high positions who don't think enough of the schools they run that they send their kids somewhere else.

-- Posted by Bruther on Sun, Jul 20, 2008, at 12:28 AM

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