Clay County School Board members listened intently Thursday night as employees of the Clay Community School Corporation discussed enrollment and class sizes.
Kim Tucker and Kathy Knust gave a report on the preliminary student enrollment count. The Average Daily-Ship Member Count (ADM) date is September 12, when enrollment numbers are due to the state. Those numbers will determine the funding level that the corporation receives. Until that date all numbers are preliminary and are subject to change because of schedule changes, children moving and vacations.
"The course number with the most students was a Pre-Algebra Class with 38 students," Knust said. "There is also currently an Algebra class with 34 students and a Physics class with 29 students."
Knust explained that the course scheduling system used at Northview places students in their classes. If a student has signed up for a class and it has been denied to them, it is because of a conflict with another class.
More students are registered in the Advance Placement (AP) social studies classes with fewer students in the AP science classes.
"Students don't want to be pushed," Knust said. "So classes are combined, some examples are art, choir, weightlifting, and winter guard. The classes can be a little larger when combined but three classes are combined into one means that there won't be one class with four students and another class with fifteen."
"Students want to take classes that will help them in the future, so guidance counselors encourage students to take the classes that will help them meet their expectations after high school, whether it is college or something else," she added.
Other items discussed during Thursday's meeting were:
* Northview is holding an ISTEP workshop from the State Department of Education (DOE) from 1-3 p.m., on Aug. 18,
* A special meeting is scheduled on Sept. 2, for the Budget Hearing and a special meeting on Sept. 15, for adopting the budget,
* A substitute teacher-calling program called AESOP, an automated system meant to call substitute teachers when they are needed for school, is scheduled to begin after Labor Day,
* High 99 Radio Station out of Terre Haute is working with the Clay Community Schools, and surrounding schools corporations on an emergency alert system that parents may sign up on their own with a fee. Sign ups will be through the web or papers that will be sent home,
* Two early intervention grants were received by Meridian and Forest Park totaling $22,802, and
* Mike Fowler was recognized for his participation in the Indiana School of Business Officials.
The next monthly meeting of the Clay Community School Board will be Sept. 11, at North Clay Middle School Media Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.