Almost two years after a unanimous vote, of which Buell was not part of, he continues to question the project and remonstrance process surrounding it.
Citing what he believes to be serious allegations addressed at Supt. Dan Schroeder, Buell accused him of using personal funds to pay for the yellow petitions and having a personal agenda.
"In October 2008 in a meeting of school board members (Schroeder) distributed a list of his accomplishments," Buell said. "One of the items was a statement that he had paid from his personal banking account towards closing the cost of the yellow petitions. He stated there was no other sources for these funds and it was urgent to salvage the yellow petition signatures."
Schroeder denied any such action and cited a letter from the Clerk of Clay Circuit Superior Court.
"Dr. Buell mentioned at the last meeting that I paid for the yellow petitions out of my own personal banking account and what I got out of it," Schroeder said. "I have a letter from the courthouse saying no employee had anything to do with the petitions, there was no charge to the school corporation or any other individuals with the school corporation."
Schroeder read the letter dated Jan. 22, "in 2008 when the school petition remonstrance process took place there was no charge to the school corporation or any individuals within the corporation. Clay County Election office, which is part of the Clay County Clerks Office, conducted the petition remonstrance process at no charge to either group."
He went on to comment that he did not contribute a single dime to the yellow petitions and signs, that his contributions were at five meetings, which took place at a church and it was to pay for copying, paper and markers for those meeting.
"I did not pay for any of the yellow petitions or the yellow signs," he said.
As the discussion continued the frustration of both individuals was noticeable.
In response to Buell's comments about the board not being aware of the meetings, Supt. Schroeder was very adamant.
"Board members were aware those meetings were being held and some were there. It was before you were on the board," Schroeder said. "I think you have a problem sometimes remembering what has been said. I think you have a problem sometimes of distorting what has been said."
"There are times where you don't tell the truth," Buell replied.
"I think I tell the truth and I don't try to distort it sir," Schroeder responded.
The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11, in the Media Center at North Clay Middle School.