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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Newly elected Clay Community School Board members Amy Adams (left) and Rob Miller watch as the numbers start to come in Tuesday. [Order this photo]
* Voters choose three new school board members

There will be three new faces when the Clay Community School Board of Trustees meet in July, as Rob Miller, Amy Adams and Ron Scherb, will be assuming the three at-large positions replacing Ted Jackson, Brian Atkinson and Terry Barr.

All three new members are happy to be able to have the opportunity to serve on the board.

"I am very honored and humbled that the community has the confidence in me to serve," Adams said.

"I agree," Miller added. "It is a very humbling feeling and I'm very excited for the opportunity."

All three members are waiting anxiously for their first board meeting and plan to hit the ground running.

"This is a very honorable position," Scherb said. "I hope to work with everyone, from community members and the administration."

Scherb hopes to work with everyone involved to continue the success of Clay Community Schools.

"I would like to talk with both boards," he said. "The current one and the new one as well as the Superintendent (Dan Schroeder) about the current state of the economy."

With the economy in turmoil, all three hope to continue focusing on education.

"I want to find out what the teachers need in the classrooms," Adams said. "I am a firm believer that teachers should run their classrooms, principals run their schools and as a board we should support them."

Scherb agrees that keeping teachers in the classrooms is key to success of all students within CCSC.

"We don't want to be like other corporations and have to let so many teachers go," he said. "We need to continue to keep the teachers, teaching."

It is the current situation of the bus garage that has one new board member thinking budget.

"If the bus garage is still an issue in July then it will need to be addressed," Miller said. "I have a lot of learning to do with the procedures and policies but inevitably it will come down to money and how we can save."

The results for the three Clay Community School Corporation at-large positions include:

* Rob Miller -- 3,106

* Amy Adams -- 2,633

* Ron Scherb -- 2,227

* Barbara Nicoson -- 1,994

* Philip Greenwell -- 1,057

* Leo Southworth -- 1,006

The new members will be sworn in and attend their first school board meeting July 8.

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Congratulations to Amy Burke Adams, Rob Miller, and Ron Scherb on being elected.

Good Luck & Best Wishes in your service.



-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 12:20 AM

Congrats to the winners, but also thanks to those who didn't win. Having competition and meaningful discussion of the issues is key to the election process. So even if you did not win, you played an important role.

To the new board, this is going to be a very challenging time. Due to the cuts in state funding, tough decisions are going to have to be made. Good luck with that!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 7:08 AM

How are they going to get along without Brazil's resident expert on everything?

Oh well, I'd bet they do just fine.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 1:57 PM

The very best to those who were elected. You will be serving during some very trying times.

For those of you who did not get elected... Thank you for being concerned enough to try to make a difference.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 7:03 PM

Congrats to the new members!! May the decisions you make be in the best interest of the students, staff, and people in the community. Perhaps you could look at the 4 day school week as a way to save money. Just a thought.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Wed, May 5, 2010, at 9:18 PM

Way to go Amy!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Familyof6 on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 5:20 PM

Thank you kindly, Mr. Thrall, for your considered opinion that I am an "expert".

While I did earn the designation as an expert marksman with the pistol and rifle every time I shot for score, that can be backed up by the score I shot and it was not a perfect score. Even experts can miss the mark.

A person can be considered an expert in another person's eyes, a self-proclaimed expert is a fool waiting to be exposed.

I am not an expert or a fool, except perhaps, in the opinion of someone who only thinks they know me but has no slight inkling of who I am or what I am about.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind". Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)

Another quote worth remembering: "It is better to say nothing and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." It has been attributed to several people, Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln among them, but no matter who said it first it is good advice for some people.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 6:56 PM

Electriceye - I talked to Mr. Rayle on the four-day school week during the Northview budget suggestion meeting.

The four-day schedule is currently being tested in two Indiana School Corporations. They received a wavier on the requirement of the 180 days of school attendance and are operating on a total hour equivilent schedule, have extended class periods and the school day to accommodate the shorter week, and are gathering data as to the positive and / or negative effects on academic progress.

If there is little negative impact on education, which is what I expect as children are generally very adaptable, the four-day week is a viable cost-saving option if it can be accepted by families as it is going to require some changes in a lot of people's lives to have the children home the extra day.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 7:09 PM

This is a widely growing concept in numerous corporations across the country. In reading about a small town in Kentucky of less than 1,000 people, their corporation saved over $400,000. That is what I would consider cost effective. The educational impact of course would have to be considered.

Leo, what have those corporations done in terms of test scores and graduation rates? If we could do that in Clay County, wouldn't that ease a tremendous burden for our teachers, administrators, and support staff. We could save money and not have a staff reduction. This is a win-win for our kids.

What are others thoughts on a 4-day school week?

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, May 6, 2010, at 11:21 PM

Electriceye - I just hate it when someone says something is a "win-win" situation. When you decide to do one thing, you always decide NOT to do something else.

In the case of going to a 4-day school week, we would lower the cost of education but at what cost to families? Who stays home with the children in our many two-earner families or do you pay child-care costs? That, too, is going to affect the student.

I'm going to write something up on my blog as these articles get buried rather quickly by other news, but I'd like to delve into this farther.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 10:07 AM

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