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Board called out for lack of communication

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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* Tucker says CCS ready for new year

The Clay Community Schools board of trustees met for a regular board meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the media center of North Clay Middle School.

The board first heard from patron David Wise, a former school board member. Wise approached the board concerning their former meeting minutes and lack of communication when it comes to how they accept bids.

"I've tried to talk to you the last two times about your bidding procedures and the way that you're accepting quotes," Wise said. "You'll notice that (the law) says you must comply. It doesn't say you can or may. You must comply with these procedures, and the interesting thing is that the law requires you to ask for three quotes. The law requires that those must be made public, and to my knowledge, you're not doing that."

Amy Burke Adams, board member, replied to Wise's comments.

"According to the law, it says the meetings must be public," Adams said, "and we have always had (bids) at these board meetings or at the central office, and they are always open to the public. The public is invited. I don't want you to think that we are somehow skirting the law. We are very well aware of it."

Superintendent Kim Tucker said, "I have looked over some of these laws and policies, and I feel like, for the most part, we've had discussions in these meetings and we've tried to be as transparent as possible."

Tucker also gave a Superintendent's report, stating that CCS is "gearing up for school to start and we're excited for that." She went on to say, "I think the buildings are in great shape, and I commend our facilities and grounds director. I know our buses have already passed inspection."

Finally, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Rayle presented information on ISTEP+ results and gave a presentation on the One-to-One initiative.

In other school board meeting news,

* The board voted to approve revisions to the classified handbook, bus driver handbook, head custodian job description and custodian job description,

* The board voted unanimously to advertise the 2013 budget, 2013 capital projects plan and the 2013 school bus replacement plan,

* The board approved the recommendation to spend $48,984 for HVAC equipment at the 410 W. Pinckley St. facility,

* The board approved the adoption of the RISE evaluation instrument, and

* The board approved the recommendation to submit a LEEAP grant funding request.

The board will meet next for a budget hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m.



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