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Location for bus garage appraised

Friday, July 15, 2011

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Frank Misner
Clay Community School (CCS) Board officials made progress towards a solution concerning space and zoning issues surrounding the Transportation Office bus garage.

Previously, CCS bus drivers and Transportation Director Frank Misner addressed the board expressing the current transportation office trailer is much too small to effectively conduct business.

"During the day, there are usually not more than three or four people at the office, but before or after a route, we may have 20 people," CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said, who later explained there is barely room to walk around the office.

In addition, the trailer is also in violation of city zoning laws because the structure is temporary, and the city wants a permanent structure.

The City of Brazil's planning and zoning office gave the school corporation permission for a two-year contract for the current office trailer on Depot and State streets.

That time has expired, but the city recently granted a one-year extension, until June 30, 2012, to allow board members adequate time to make the best decision using taxpayer dollars.

According to CCS bus driver Les Webster, who voiced his opinions to the board during patron comments, there has been much "cussing and discussing" about current problems.

"I personally resent the comments some folks have made claiming we use the bus garage as just a social gathering place," Webster told those in attendance. "We use the garage as a place to exchange ideas, practices and concerns surrounding the transportation and the safety of the students."

After listening to Webster's comments and proceeding with the discussion, some headway was made.

During its monthly meeting Thursday, board members received two appraisals for the American Legion property and set a tentative date to collectively survey the Williams property.

Sturgeon appraised the former American Legion property at $300,000, and Sycamore Buildings appraised it for $275,000.

If CCS decides to purchase the property, the corporation cannot pay any more than the average of the two appraisals, which is $287,500.

Assistant Secretary Ron Scherb expressed concerns regarding the veracity of circulating rumors about if the paved area went with the property.

Real estate agent Lori Dalton present confirmed the property included the paved area.

In addition to finding more information about the legion property, board members are tentatively scheduled to look at the Williams property as a group Aug. 8, between 5-7 p.m.

This date or time may change depending on the availability property owner Doug Williams.

Board members also plan to see the Hughes property the same evening.

In other CCS board news:

* Vice President Tina Heffner nominated Rob Miller to retain his position as Board President, and board members unanimously approved the motion,

* Board member Amy Burke Adams nominated Heffner to retain her position as board Vice President. Board members unanimously approved the motion,

* Assistant Secretary Scherb nominated Jennifer Kaelber to retain her position as the board Secretary, and the board unanimously approved the motion,

* President Miller nominated Scherb to retain his position as the Assistant Secretary for the board,

* Superintendent Kimberly Tucker recognized the custodial and maintenance staff for their hard work cleaning and preparing classrooms for the upcoming school year,

* Tucker also recognized teachers who are currently using their summer vacation time to assist Curriculum Coordinator Kathy Knust in revamping next year's curriculum to agree with changes in the new Indiana State Standards and the Core Curriculum,

* Board members voted unanimously to approve the resolution from Director of Special Services Rhonda Lawrence to allow for placement of special education students in alternative services and private residential school placements,

* Board members unanimously approved adopting the new Microsoft Office 2010 textbooks and online textbook curriculum applications one and two.

* Heffner made a motion to move kindergarten students from a six-week grading period to a nine-week grading period. Kaelber seconded Heffner's motion, and it was unanimously approved,

* CCS Director of Business Affairs Mike Fowler recommended the board approve ClaimAid to be the vendor selected to allow the corporation to bill Medicaid for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and other related services for students enrolled in Medicaid. The board unanimously approved the motion, and

* Board members unanimously approved issuing all board members a $50 stipend per meeting as compensation for the time and mileage used for board meetings. In addition, board members will also receive $50 for each special or executive session (not held on the same day).

CCS board's next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at North Clay Middle School.


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Why did the Board just vote to give the members what 1s essentially a raise over the $2000 annual compensation they already recieve and especially in such a manner not directly caculated from mileage? I do believe that the funding also comes out of the General Fund where the classrooms get their funding.

Education dollar are for education, not paying the Board!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Jul 16, 2011, at 11:39 AM

WOw they now board meetings are part of being on the school board. Why should they be getting paid. Bet all meetings will be at different times now

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Jul 17, 2011, at 2:42 PM

WOw they now board meetings are part of being on the school board. Why should they be getting paid. Bet all meetings will be at different times now

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Jul 17, 2011, at 2:43 PM

Glad I wasn't only one who noticed that elected officials who ran for positions and KNEW what they paid now are voting themselves a raise. Does this smell fishy to anyone else?

No argument that the position doesn't pay much but in reality it's a service position to the community and the salary pays for election costs.

I don't see any teachers or staff members getting a flat fee for every time they show up to work in addition to their agreed upon salary and mileage to show up to work on top of that amount....

If they were so concerned about raising lunch prices, where do they think the money to pay themselves is coming?? Right directly from opportunities taken from the students. Whether lunch or in the classroom... SO glad my kids all graduated now. It never changes.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Jul 24, 2011, at 2:52 PM


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