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School board welcomes new members

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Clay County Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers swore in new Clay Community School Corporation Board members (from left) Amy Adams, Ron Scherb and Rob Miller, Thursday. [Order this photo]
The new members of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees had no problem transitioning into their new positions.

In a unanimous vote, at-large representative Rob Miller was elected as board president.

"I would like to thank the public who voted me into this office, it is a very humbling feeling," he said. "I also appreciate the rest of the board members for having the confidence in me to do this job."

Board member Tina Heffner retains her position as vice president, Jennifer Kaelber as secretary and new board member Ron Scherb as assistant secretary. At-large representative and newly elected board member Amy Burke Adams joined both Miller and Scherb.

"I would like to thank the community for voting for me and I look forward to working with everyone," she said. "Thank you very much and I hope to do well for the community. I'll try my best."

Though Scherb also thanked the public for their votes and those that campaigned for him, he also had a few other items he wanted to address.

"I would like to challenge (Supt.) Dan Schroeder because the majority of the board realizes the tough financial situations that we have ahead of us," he said. "We are going to need to find cuts in our general funding in order to retain teachers, and that's the number one goal to retain teachers."

He asked Schroeder to identify $500,000 in cuts in the general fund so CCSC can be prepared for any future cuts.

"There are going to be cuts," Schroeder said. "We weathered the first storm, and the second one, we will just have to look at."

Schroeder mentioned the formation of a committee of school personnel and community members to start looking at the problem.

"We will probably not know what cuts will be made until December," he said. "But we want to get this committee together."

Adams, who expressed concern over the cuts that would have to be made, addressed the state of the economy.

"I know cuts are coming because of the state of the economy. We all know that the federal stimulus money will run out this December," she said. "We are going to have to make cuts. I would like to think that we will make them in a fair and conscience way."

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