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CCS honors board members

Friday, December 14, 2012

Forrest Buell was honored by Board President Rob Miller at Thursday's meeting. [Order this photo]
The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees met for their last scheduled meeting of the year on Thursday.

The board first read and approved policies on bed bugs and student wellness. Superintendent Kim Tucker said bed bugs have not been a large issue in CCS, as the school corporation uses several cleaning methods to safeguard against them.

Next, the board discussed a revision to the school bus bids.

Tina Heffner was honored by Board President Rob Miller at Thursday's meeting. [Order this photo]
When the bids were first received from Midwest Transportation, there was a $2,300 mistake in the initial bid.

"The representative from Midwest accidentally doubled a number on one of the buses that we were trading in," Tucker explained. "He indicated that there would be a $2,300 difference on what he was going to be able to provide us."

After reviewing all of the bids again, Tucker and Frank Misner, CCS Director of Transportation, found the bid from Midwest Transportation was still the cheapest, even with the $2,300 difference.

The board voted 5-1 in favor of Midwest's bid, with member Ron Scherb opposing.

Next, the board heard from Tucker, who commended the school corporation on the successful school year so far. Tucker also thanked the outgoing members of the school board, who will leave their positions at the end of the year.

Next, the board voted on approving secondary course changes. These changes were discussed and approved at the Central Curriculum meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Board member Forrest Buell was wary of the changes, saying there seemed to be a lot of courses being removed. Buell was also worried the school corporation was rushing into the approval, and they needed more time to think over the course changes.

"This should be postponed and made public," Buell said. "I don't think this is a good situation. We need time for everyone to review and understand this."

Kathy Knust, coordinator of curriculum and instruction for CCS, said there was a lot of input and evaluation of the course changes made by the Central Curriculum Committee.

"Many of the changes were done by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), so there's really no controversy there," Knust said. "We have a lot of input from the central curriculum committee, which is a 42-person group including principals, teachers, parents and administrators. Every course, every deletion and every change was presented to them. It was spelled out very clearly. They had a chance to make comments and everything was approved."

Knust also said the community was made aware of the meeting prior to when it was held, in addition to an article detailing changes made by the committee published in The Brazil Times afterward.

"It is really important that we get this approved tonight so we can get these courses into the handbook so students can begin scheduling for next year in January," Knust said.

Buell emphasized his wariness about rushing into the process and Knust and Tucker both said that the speed at which the course changes occur depends a lot on the IDOE.

Board member Amy Burke Adams defended the course changes, saying many of the changes presented a "win-win situation," and allowing students to take courses for college credit will "give them a jump start on their education and on life."

"They're focusing on what is important now and what is important in the future," Adams said. "We're not teaching curriculum from 20 years ago or even 10 years ago, we're teaching things for now and for the future. We appreciate (Knust's) work."

Scherb agreed, saying he was "impressed with the people that were there at the curriculum meeting. They took this seriously, and a lot of time and thought was involved in this process."

The board voted 5-1 in approval of the course changes, with Buell opposing.

Finally, the board members made comments and gave thanks to those board members who will be leaving at the end of the year.

Heffner, Buell and Tammy Beasley will all be leaving at the end of the year. They will be replaced with Kevin Kumpf, Fred Froderman and Tom Reberger, respectively.

"I appreciate the hard work and knowledge you have put into your time on the board," Miller told all outgoing members.

"I want to thank Tammy, Tina and Forrest for their commitment and service to the kids of Clay County," Adams said.

Heffner said she enjoyed her time on the school board.

"I learned a lot being on this board," Heffner said. "I've appreciated getting to know the board members and corporation employees. It's been a pleasure getting to know everyone."

Buell said, of all the boards he's been with in the past, he's enjoyed working with the school board the most.

Miller presented Heffner and Buell with plaques in honor of their service. Beasley was not present at the meeting.

The CCS Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of every month.

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