The relocation of the Clay Community School Bus Garage was the main topic during the school board meeting Thursday evening at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School.
Amy Burke Adams suggested the board should consider revisiting the Williams property.
Adams proposed getting two more thorough appraisals on the property. Previously, the appraisals were only drive-by glances, but the board wants to have two different independent companies appraise the building inside and out.
"It (the Williams property) would give the transportation department all of Depot Street. It has an office building and restroom facilities," Adams said.
School board member Dottie King said the property had already been discussed at a previous board meeting January 2010, and the board needed to further discuss the issue.
King added that in 2009, there were originally eight or 10 properties being discussed, but one by one each property was eliminated, usually because the appraisals were not satisfactory to the school corporation or the property owner.
Adams and King agreed they didn't want to waste taxpayer dollars on the issue.
In other business, the board addressed installing smart board technology and implementing student laptops in classrooms. Board members also discussed the multiple-choice portion of the ISTEP test will be changed to an electronic version within the next year or two.
The board attempted to find an alternative to the current school inventory system. Currently, AssetWorks is contracted to handle inventory management.
Adams suggested utilizing an in-house inventory management system.
This inventory would include the various technologies and furniture items in each classroom.
Adams said she wants to ask corporation faculty to inventory their own classrooms, adding she believes this to be more effective and cost-efficient.
King said taking a classroom inventory is not in a teachers' job description, and the corporation may need to re-negotiate contracts if they expect the teachers to do take inventories.
In addition, the school board clarified its own rules and duties. Adams said the board sent out forms to the community asking the public for feedback on its performance and suggestions about how they can better serve the corporation.
Many of the responses the board received said the board needs to let the teachers, administrators and superintendent run the schools.
"The board is a policy-making body and should not micromanage. If a board member visits a school, they are there as an individual, not as a board member," Adams said.
During the board member comments section of the meeting, Adams stated her opinion by defending Clay City Elementary School and its principal, Dorene Kenworthy.
This discourse was a response to an advertisement a community member ran in The Brazil Times condemning the school and Kenworthy.
The community member's advertisement stated the students at Clay City Elementary were not in a positive environment, and Kenworthy was hired unethically and was not doing her job well.
Adams' defense included a recap proving Kenworthy had been hired in an ethical manner, cited numerous articles published by The Brazil Times where Clay City Elementary was featured for positive educational achievements, such as an article featuring Joanie Mitchell winning the Golden Apple Award, published on March 17, and an article featuring the elementary school as a Miracle School in a fundraiser for Riley Children's Hospital, published on March 11.
Meanwhile, the board approved a request from Meridian Elementary School Principal Karen Philips to purchase a popcorn machine with school Extra Curricular Activity funds.