Board president honored


Special presentation: Honor Medal for Heroism

Scoutmasters Dave Bardos and Brad Buckhorn represented the Boy Scouts of America in presenting School Board President and Assistant Scoutmaster Layla Spanenberg an honor medal for heroism at the board’s Aug. 12 meeting.

During a July 2012 mountain hiking trip with her troop, Spanenberg responded to cries for help from an adult volunteer. The volunteer had fallen from a rock outcropping and lay injured and bleeding. Spanenberg treated the injury and monitored the volunteer’s escalating blood pressure. She tended the injured while the troop waited two hours for a rescue team to arrive and continued to administer care as the troop carried the injured on a six-hour trek out of the mountains.

Discussion: Financial-human resources software proposal

Director of IT and Data Solutions Christi Cloud proposed a new software solution to replace a 1994 system falling short of industry standards. She emphasized the New World system would improve user security and simplify remote access. The Capital Project Fund Budget would fund the new system’s estimated $600,000 cost. If the proposal is approved at the Aug. 26 meeting, the project would begin a transition of information this October and launch January 2015.

Action: Emergency approval of Anti-Bullying Policy

The first reading of the Anti-Bullying Policy was discussed and approved in an emergency action to guarantee an active policy as the new school year begins. Though the policy is recommended by the Administration’s legal counsel and policy committee, it is considered an interim measure while the Board awaits an official policy from the Indiana Dept. of Education. Director of Student Services Steve Dillon anticipates Carmel Clay’s policy will align with the State’s recommendation. “We do 99 percent of this already,” he explained.

Action: Pedometer program

A three-year Pedometer Program for Carmel Clay employees was approved by the board. The program will be funded by a Federal grant stipulated for use on measures to reduce healthcare costs. Asst. Supt. of Business Affairs Roger McMichael said, “The administration views this program as an additional element of developing a culture of wellness in Carmel Clay Schools.”

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