Carmel school board takes first look at 2017 budget
Compiled by Ann Marie Shambaugh
The Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees met Aug. 22 to get a first look at the proposed 2017 budget, approve bond sales to fund major projects and honor a high school math teacher.
What happened: The board reviewed the preliminary 2017 budget as presented by Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs Roger McMichael.
What it means: The proposed budget anticipates $112.1 million in revenues in the general and referendum funds and includes a 1.5 percent salary increase. Health and dental insurance premiums are not expected to change. The district plans to replace 17 buses, and revenues for the capital projects fund are estimated at $18.6 million.
What’s next: The district will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at its Sept. 26 meeting. A final vote is expected to take place Oct. 24.
What happened: The school board approved the sale of $8.16 million in bonds for technology upgrades across the district, temperature control upgrades at Creekside and Clay middle schools and floor upgrades at Carmel High School.
What it means: The technology upgrades are districtwide and will improve infrastructure to support additional tech devices at each school. The improvements at CHS include replacement of flooring and repainting. The projects are expected to increase the tax rate by .0236 cents, effective in 2017.
What’s next: Funds for these projects will be available in late November, with technology purchases beginning in late 2016 and other projects beginning in spring and summer of 2017.
What happened: The school board recognized Carmel High School teacher Linda Jones for receiving the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching.
What it means: Jones is one of more than 30 teachers nationally (and one internationally) to receive the award for 2016. The honor is bestowed on middle and high school math teachers who have helped students participate and succeed in math competitions. As a winner, Jones receives a $500 stipend.