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Kaelber to serve as CCS Board President

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Jennifer Kaelber
Prior to the beginning of the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees regular session Thursday, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout conducted a swearing in ceremony for three new board members and one current board member.

Trout swore in board members Tom Reberger, Fred Froderman and Kevin Kumpf for their first terms on the board.

Reberger, Froderman and Kumpf all were elected to the school board during the November 2012 General Election.

In addition, Jennifer Kaelber was also sworn in. Kaelber was reelected to the board during the election.

Following the ceremony and a special work session regarding the possibility of voting on a balanced calendar for the school corporation, the board nominated and elected officers.

Kaelber was voted in as new board president, while Ron Scherb was voted in as vice president.

Amy Burke Adams was voted in as secretary and Froderman was voted in as assistant secretary.

Meanwhile, during the comments portion of the meeting, resident Andrew Thomas approached the board with a presentation on lighting and fencing the Northview High School soccer field.

Thomas, along with fellow presenter Mike Montague, said he understood the board could not take action on the issue this year, but hoped the additions for the field would be considered for the 2013-14 school year.

Thomas began his presentation by stating Northview is the largest school in the Western Indiana Conference, yet the school does not have lights for its soccer field, while five others in the conference do.

Thomas said during the past season, two varsity boys' contests were not finished because of lack of lighting.

During the presentation, Thomas suggested lights and fencing would:

* Increase gate fee receipts,

* Prevent injury to players and fans,

* Benefit both the soccer and softball programs, and

* Allow the possibility of hosting a sectional, jamboree or multiple tournaments.

Thomas concluded his presentation by stating in the interest of fairness, the soccer field should have lights since the high school football field, baseball field and tennis courts all have lights.

In other business, the board:

* Appointed Tim Gorman as corporation treasurer and Marsha Wyndham as deputy treasurer,

* Approved employee bonds,

* Designated The Brazil Times, Clay City News and Parke County Sentinel as newspapers for legal advertisements,

* Appointed Superintendent Kimberly Tucker, Gorman and Director of Buildings and Grounds Michael Howard to the corporation bid opening committee,

* Established meeting times and dates for 2013,

* Voted to keep Jeff Boyll as corporation attorney.

The board also voted to place Boyll on retainer and have him available on an as-needed basis,

* Approved a field trip for the Clay City Jr./Sr. High School FFA group to go to Louisville for the National Farm Machinery Show Feb. 13,

* Received a presentation from the Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) team. The team, under the guidance of Scott Stucky and Ben Thomas, demonstrated their competition robots,

* Granted permission for the corporation to partner with the YMCA of Clay County and Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) to apply for the Indiana Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant. The grant amounts to anywhere between $50,000-$300,000 for four years. Mary Yelton submitted the request,

* Approved Northview High School to accept a donation of $3,000 to the Northview choir. The donation was provided by Kathleen Bevans, and

* Approved a measure for snow emergency/blizzard warning compensation for employees who reported to work Dec. 26 for hours worked and hours after they were sent home due to weather conditions.

The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month at its Central Administrative Office building.

Its next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14.

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