Agenda items up for consideration included the 2010 budget, personnel issues and the hiring of an interim principal at Clay City Elementary.
Jon Russell was called to active duty, and the board has been informed the minimum he would be gone is two months.
Discussion ensued over the hiring process of the interim principal Dorene Kenworthy.
Board member Forrest Buell continued to call into question the fairness of the process and the panel who reviewed the applicants. The position received 26 applicants.
"I just want to make sure the process was fair to all the applicants," he said. "I have nothing against the lady, I've never met her."
The panel, which consisted of Clay Community School Corporation Supt. Dan Schroeder, Director of Personnel, Data and Food Service Carolyn Kumpf and Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker. Curriculum Director Kathy Knust excused herself from the panel due to medical reasons.
Though board members were asked if they would like to serve on the panel, all declined.
Seven applicants were called in for an interview and three were called back in for a second.
Though Schroeder explained the process, Buell, who was noticeably agitated, continued to question the integrity of the procedure.
"There is too much turmoil," he said. "This is the only time to ask these questions and they should be asked before we vote."
The board voted 5-1 (Brian Atkinson was not present) to hire Kenworthy and board president Ted Jackson agreed to write the responses to the questions Buell, who voted against the hiring, brought up.
"I am very excited about the opportunity and I can't wait to start," Kenworthy said. "I can't wait to work with the teachers, students and community in Clay City."
She will begin today and the amount of time on her contract will be determined when the corporation receives the time frame for Russell's active duty assignment.
"We would like to thank Kim Tucker for working (at CCE)," board member Terry Barr said. "And we welcome Dorene to the corporation."
The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at East Side Elementary. The board will meet again Monday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at North Clay Middle School to approve the 2010 budget.