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CCS going wireless

Friday, October 14, 2011

Clay Community Schools Superintendent Kim Tucker
Clay Community Schools (CCS) is going wireless.

During its monthly meeting Thursday evening, the CCS board voted unanimously in favor of contracting HEF Services, Terre Haute, to install wireless access points at Meridian, Clay City, Staunton, Van Buren, Jackson Township, Forest Park and East Side elementaries, as well as Clay City Jr./Sr. High School, at a cost of $43,300. The funds will come from the Rainy Day Fund.

"We wanted to hire an outside company to free up our computer technicians to provide services to the teachers when they need help in their classrooms," CCS Superintendent Kim Tucker explained.

After the work is completed, all CCS campuses will have wireless Internet access.

The CCS board also plans to hire another computer technician.

With the technology boost, students will learn more about Internet responsibility, especially when using social media outlets.

Board members conducted a first reading of Policy No. 7541, which pertains to computer technology and social media.

The policy states, "Students shall be educated about appropriate online behavior including, but not limited to, using social media to interact with others online; interacting with other individuals in chat rooms or on blogs; and, recognizing what constitutes cyber bullying, understanding cyber bullying is a violation of corporation policy and learning appropriate responses if they are victims of cyber bullying."

The CCS board authorized CCS instructional staff to access social media from the corporation's network, as long as the access has an educational purpose, and the staff member has prior principal approval.

There were no language revisions suggested, and the board plans to approve the policy at the next board meeting.

Meanwhile, with the recent resignation of former CCS Business Manager Mike Fowler, the corporation has hired an interim business manager to fill in.

The board voted unanimously in favor of contracting Tim Gorman at $330 per day until a permanent business manager is found.

"Mr. Gorman has his own CPA business, and will not be available some days while he helps other clients," CCS Board President Rob Miller said. "He won't be billing us for those days, but he will be available on a day to day basis."

During the patrons comments portion of the meeting, Barbara and Jon Nicoson approached board members asking them to sign a petition Barbara plans to mail to state legislators to persuade them to switch to Central Time.

Indiana is currently on Eastern Standard Time, and during the meeting, Barbara argued for the safety of school-age children.

"These kids shouldn't have to walk to school in the dark or get on the bus in the dark. It's dangerous," Nicoson said. "I've recently heard of four students hit by cars and one attempted abduction. If we make the switch, students will be getting on the bus in daylight and coming home in daylight."

Also at the meeting to address the board was local Boy Scouts of America Leader Jaime Wilder.

Wilder requested that board members allow Boy Scout representatives and members to distribute information within the school.

Board members responded by telling Wilder they'd research the issue more and get back with her to let her know what can and can't be done.

In other school board news:

* The Board approved the bid from Midwest Transit Equipment for 78 passenger school buses with trades,

* Board members unanimously approved a motion to reject all fuel bids and continue obtaining bids the day fuel is needed from Ceres Solutions, LLP and Hunter Oil Company,

* The board approved CCS bus driver Vern Bettenbrock's request that board members waive the requirement to retire at the end of the school semester. Both Miller and Amy Burke Adams thanked Bettenbrock for his 31 years of service,

* In accordance with a CCTA 2011-13 Bargaining Agreement, the CCS Board appointed Tucker, CCS Data and Food Service DirectorCarolyn Kumpf, board member Tammy Beasley and the new incoming Business Manager as representatives for the CCS insurance committee, and

* The board discussed asking the current Williams property owners to have the land surveyed, as they are considering purchasing the property to be used for the new bus garage facilities.

The school board meet regularly on the second Thursday of every month, and meetings are open to the public. The next school board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center, 3450 W. State Rd. 340, Brazil.

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While Boy Scouts of America helps form character of many boys and young men in the world, it lost some of its credibility when it created the policy of not admitting gays into its organization. There are plenty of gay boys who are in as much need of establishing true friendships and self esteem under good role models. I think it would be difficult for a public school system to welcome promoters of boy scouting into the schools when in fact they do not welcome all boys into the organization and seem to send out the message that young gay men aren't worthy enough to belong. Now I would love to hear that this policy has been reversed in recent years as when my husband/Eagle Scout learned about was quite dismayed for even if one does not feel that being gay is "right" they must admit that no one is perfect and so many opportunities are missed when they instantly discard what a person could contribute when there is one thing that they don't like about them. So many people who claim to be "Christian" forget Christ's words that we need not worry about the ten Commandments and only remember that we must love God above all else and love our neighbor as ourselves. Seems that Boy scouts should be worrying more about treating everyone as a brother than acting as judge and jury in preventing them from taking part. If this policy has recently been repealed please spread that word as there are many who have withdrawn their support from scouting because of this and I welcome the opportunity to stand corrected..

Have a good evening.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Oct 15, 2011, at 2:40 PM

How is this wireless thing going to work? There are more than 300 PCs in the school that are not wireless........ who exactly is going to get this wireless access? I know there are some laptops on a cart that the science department uses, but this seems like it will not do much good unless everybody gets a laptop/iPad. Is CCS headed that direction?

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 9:46 AM

Why didn't the story report the enrollment

in the corporation is down 90 students

for this school year? I saw it on the cable

video. Isn't that going to equate to around

$300,000.00 + the corporation will loose?

-- Posted by patriotgames on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 10:28 AM

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