School Board recap


Compiled by Pete Smith

What happened: Nick Wahl gave the Superintendent’s report on the district’s goals.

What it means: He presented a student-centered matrix, noting that the board’s goals need to be in line with the state’s requirements.  The superintendent and members of the school board collaborated over some language changes. The report is available for anyone to view at

What’s next: The school board will decide on adopting the goals at the next school board meeting.


What happened: Approved budgetary items

What it means: The 2014 budgets, the capital projects fund plan and the 12-year bus replacement plan were approved.

What’s next: No further action needed.


What happened: Made appropriations changes related to CHS fitness center

What it means: The board removed unused construction contingency monies and appropriated funds for uses to improve the flooring, the field and make various electrical upgrades.

What’s next: No further action needed.


What happened: Approved multiple course additions

What it means: The curriculum is reviewed annually in order to provide students with the most challenging courses of study focusing on critical thinking and problem solving. For the high school level, the following new courses were proposed: International Baccalaureate Computer Science and Business & Management, Advanced Science Materials Chemistry and Hebrew II. Most notable is the new Advanced Placement Capstone Program, a pilot program developed in collaboration with Cambridge University. Carmel High School is one of 100 schools in the country that have been selected to participate. For the middle school: Digital Learning I and II, which would replace Keyboarding I and II. What’s next: No further action needed.


What happened: Approved agreement with bus drivers association

What it means: The 2013-14 contract grants a 1 percent increase to the daily rate schedule, a 1 percent increase to hourly rates and the elimination of the first step in the salary schedule.

What’s next: No further action needed.


In other news: Candy Ganzel, a teacher at Forest Dale Elementary School and member of the Carmel teachers association, addressed the school board and requested that the board negotiate directly with the teachers association for future contracts.

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