School Board recap


Compiled by Maggie Smith

What happened: Multiple students were recognized for receiving Young Artist Awards.

What it means: Cicelia Martin, Katie Dunn, Makayla Miller, Meecah Glas, Josh Baxter, Brenya Howard, Leah Hubbard, Ella Glowacki, Carmen Broadnax, Maddie Kosc, Lilly Corya, Mikaela Braunecker, Katie Yu, Ema Matsumoto and Connie Chu have achieved artistic excellence.

What happens next: No further action needed.


What happened: The School Board approved Superintendent Nicholas Wahl’s goals plan.

What it means: The school district will undertake all of its goals in regard to communications, financing, legislative issues, facilities improvements, planning and maintaining high-quality faculty and staff and approach them with a student-centered focus.

What happens next: No further action needed.


What happened: Board voted and approved a Carmel Dad’s Club partnership agreement.

What it means: The Carmel Dad’s Club will pay to install artificial turf on one practice field at the high school for approximately $700,000 on the condition that Carmel schools also install artificial turf on one practice field.

What happens next: Artificial turf will be installed on two practice fields in 2014 at CHS.


What happened: Wahl recommended moving the Professional Development Day for teachers.

What it means: Teachers, administrators and staff would not report to any Carmel schools on Jan. 6, 2014, as previously scheduled, but will report May 30, 2014.

What’s next: The School Board will vote on the proposal at the Dec. 16 meeting.


What happened: Proposed changes to the School Board’s operations policies and bylaws, the district’s weapons policies and the district’s anti-bullying policies.

What it means: After legal review, small changes were made to the district’s weapons policies to incorporate state and federal laws that have been passed – specifically to allow law enforcement officers to carry weapons on school grounds, according to Steven Dillon, Carmel schools’ director of student services. To improve the district’s anti-bullying efforts, it’s proposed to provide training to students and staff in all grades. Also, the district will now inform the parents of all students involved in alleged incidents and may discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services.

What’s next: The School Board will vote to adopt these changes at the Dec. 16 meeting.


Other news: The Carmel School Board and Superintendent Wahl have been invited to present “Developing Leadership with Purpose: Defining a Governance Model” at the Jan. 17 Indiana School Board Association’s Winter Leadership Seminar. The Board approved Christi Cloud to replace Kathie Freed as Carmel schools’ representative on the Carmel Cable and Television Commission.


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