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Class sizes in Clay Community Schools smaller to start year

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dan Schroeder
With the start of the school year, the Clay Community School Board of Trustees was short one person Thursday. Tina Heffner was not in attendance, but it didn't slow the board down.

The evening began with CCSC Supt. Dan Schroeder delivering a report about the current enrollment at each school. He explained the numbers for this year are lower than the numbers for this time last year.

"It looks like most of our classes, especially at the lower level are pretty good," he said. "Our enrollment tends to go up from this time of year to when we get our ADM (Average Daily Membership)."

The ADM count is not until Sept. 18, and the current number of students enrolled is 4,444, which is 22 fewer than last year.

Schroeder and the board will continue to monitor classroom numbers and if the administration feels the need to add another teacher anywhere, then the process will begin and a recommendation will be brought to the board at the next meeting.

The board is hoping to avoid any problems with class size and have a smooth beginning to the school year.

With no discussion or questions, the board unanimously voted 6-0 in favor of the reasonable suspicion drug testing policy.

The board voted 5-1 (Forrest Buell opposed) to continue with the final design estimate and alternate matrix for bid package 4 (Van Buren, Forest Park, and Clay City elementary schools).

In other business, the board unanimously approved to:

* Declare 90 computers and monitors as surplus, which were sold to Technology Exchange for $370,

* Declare the playground equipment at Meridian Elementary as surplus, so it can be bidded out, and

* To sell the modular classroom at Meridian Elementary to Berea Baptist Church for $1,000.

A special meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Aug. 27, at North Clay Middle for the approval of the construction contract for bid package 3 (East Side, Meridian and Staunton elementary schools) as well as bid package 2 (Jackson Township Elementary School sewer line).

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Interesting votes for Forrest Buell. He votes Against the building project but votes in favor of getting rid of the building, equipment and play ground equipment that the project will replace. Makes one wonder how he finds his way from Clay City to NC each month.

-- Posted by HappyTimes on Sat, Aug 15, 2009, at 1:02 PM

Classes are "smaller" but still students sitting on floor in high school math class and some students don't yet have their test books and two courses are combined in one class so teachers have to teach at two levels in addition to managing to teach to students who move at multiple speeds in one course. Short cuts in academic areas still being chosen by board and administration in favor of buildings resulting in academic ceiling being lowered even more for our local population. I see it at north end because my kids are there but sure parents at other buildings are still seeing it as well. If they aren't, they need to be talking to their kids about what happens at school each evening. Dr. Buell realizes that the focus is misplaced, he just may not be aware of how to get his message across. His heart is in the right place even so.

We parents are ultimately responsible for our kids' education so the last thing you want to do is take a corporation "feel good" statement as anything but something to give you a false sense of security that your job is complete....Far from it.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 8:30 AM

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