The Clay Community School Board met Thursday at Northview High School.
The board approved advertising of the 2009 budget, by a 6-0-1 vote, and its capital projects plan, school bus replacement plan and levy neutrality and a 6-0-1 approval vote by the board was made for the advertising of property tax shortfall levy appeal resolution, hearing information sheet and petition to appeal. Tina Heffener abstained during both votes.
Concern, however, was voiced by Clay County resident Jenny Moore about the graduation rate of students, how the Shurley Reading Method should be used at all schools and how Early Bird should be offered to a wider range of students.
"We should offer quality choices for our students education," Moore said.
"Students may need two classes for graduation or college that meet at the same time, and both classes are only offered at that one time. How is that fair to the student."
Later in the meeting, Tim Rayle, Principal of Northview High School, presented the NovaNet Program. He went on to explain how students can sign up for NovaNet and gain the credits that they need for graduation.
"We don't deny an education to anyone who wants an education," Rayle said.
"We know the graduation rate, we want to help and we are working hard on the future of the students," CCSB member Terry Barr said.
CCSB member Dottie King commended Rayle for his hard work and enthusiasm for the students and the Nova Program.
"People criticize and accuse other people through the newspaper and other media outlets. Yet people still work hard for the students. People should not forget the positive things that go on and try not to set a horrible example for our children," King said.
The tax revenue shortfalls were as follows: the General Fund, $153,160 and the Transportation Fund, $44,001 in the 2007 budget year
In addition, the Department of Local Government Finance believe that the corporation should estimate shortfalls because they may not be able to when they prepare the 2010 budget due to the change in how the corporation will change from a calendar year to a July-June year.
Also, a second reading was also made of the job descriptions, the Northview and North Clay coach's handbook of 2008-09, the Northview athletic handbook 2008-09 and the school board policy manual.