Carmel Clay School Board Meeting – Jan. 28
What happened: Woodbrook Elementary Spell Team Honored
What it means: Supt. Dr. Jeff Swensson presented award certificates to Woodbrook Spell Team members who won the State Academic Spell Bowl in November 2012. Board members congratulated each student with a handshake.
The Woodbrook Spell Bowl team has been coached by Jay Vahle, a 2009 Carmel Clay Teacher of the Year, since 2004.
What happened: Request to Consider Support of Central Time
What it means: Sue Dillon of Central Time Coalition requested the board consider signing a resolution for Indiana to observe the Central Time Zone. Three school boards in Knox County have signed the resolution. Dillon said that 41 other school boards were considering the resolution.
Resident Laura Miller supported the resolution. “I’m here to support reverting to Central Time Zone, giving us just a little smidge more of safety in the morning for our students to get on those school buses,” she said.
What’s next: Dillon presented board members with documentation of student safety issues stemming from Central Time’s late sunrise. Members will decide whether to include consideration of the resolution in a future agenda. Dillon invites residents to visit www.hoosiersforcentraltime.com to learn more about this issue.
What happened: District Update, Accreditation Committee Review
What it means: Asst. Supt. Dr. Amy Dudley presented the district’s preparations for the AdvanceEd review scheduled April 13 through 16, 2014.
Member Patricia Hackett pointed out that all AdvanceEd recommendations are available online. Hackett approved “our district’s positive progress.”
President Layla Spanenberg agreed. “It’s nice to see that our strategic plan we spent so much time developing really aligns with the five standards that they (AdvanceEd) expect out of us,” she said.
What happened: Change Orders for High School Renovations
What it means: Change orders were approved for two projects at Carmel High School. The interior finishes and locker room renovation completed by Chance Brothers Marble & Tile cost $4,965 less than originally allocated. The addition to the west side transportation center completed by MacDougal Pierce Construction cost $14,481 less than originally allocated.
What’s next: President Layla Spanenberg requested “a motion to approve (this) cost savings.” All members approved the deductions.