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.