Buell presented the board with a proposal with five specific criteria, including:
* Changing the school board members' current status. Electing school board members from current school districts, which would be two. Associating board members' residences with their school (noting the two school districts have two goals). Electing three board members from the south (of Clay County) and five from the north (of Clay County),
* Form committees of students, parents and public individuals to inform their board members personally on a regular basis and eliminating the five-minute "worthless" public input at board meetings,
* Changing students' classroom environments with the new type of all board members residing with their school districts,
* Changing the three elementary schools in Brazil, by using one of the buildings to educate all fifth-graders, which would prepare them for sixth-grade at North Clay Middle School (Buell suggested this could address an ongoing "bullying problem."), and
* Allowing fifth-graders at Van Buren, Staunton and Jackson Township elementaries to enter one class, if desired, in North Clay, while they are still enrolled in their home elementary. (Buell suggested this could prepare entry into North Clay).
During his presentation, Buell said the fourth and fifth points would have all sixth-graders "better prepared" to enter North Clay, while encouraging more students to "apply themselves." He added it could reduce "stress for teachers" in the classroom.
Buell said he wanted to submit the proposal for all board members to "analyze" and submit an opinion.
"A streamlined school board is vital to this plan," he said.
Buell said if two "different school boards" are approved by board members to serve within their respective districts, he believed it could be accomplished by the public during the 2012 November Election and placed into effect in January.
Board Vice President Tina Heffner said it would be taken under advisement.
Board President Rob Miller and member Amy Burke Adams were not at Thursday's meeting.
In other news, the board:
* Unanimously approved a copier lease agreement with Ikon Office Solutions, at an estimated savings of $21,000 per year,
* Approved the appointment of Mary Anne Gosett for a four-year term as a member of the Brazil Public Library Board,
* Approved a request from North Clay to purchase additional physical education equipment,
* Approved a request from North Clay to purchase instructional technology for the school's music department,
* Approved a request from homeowners near Forest Park Elementary School to enter an agreement to pay one-half of the cost to install a drain to reduce flooding and standing water issues. CCS Supt. Kim Tucker asked the agreement not exceed a cost of $2,700,
* Approved to accept a donation for a new LED sign to be placed in front of Northview High School.
The sign, according to officials, will be provided by Riddell National Bank,
* Approved a resolution to transfer $750,000 from the Debt Service Fund to the Rainy Day Fund by a 4-1 vote, with board member Ron Scherb voting no. Tucker said she wanted to earmark the funds to "enhance and update future technology and technology programs and facilities at the secondary level," and
* Approved a request from Cumberland Academy Principal Lisa Showalter for the school to participate in a snack pack food program, where students would be provided with a backpack of snacks to take home for the families on weekends.
The Clay Community Schools board meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.
Its next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.