Carmel School board meeting recap


Compiled by Pete Smith

What happened: The school board heard a legislative report from Superintendent Nicholas Wahl and Roger McMichael.

What it means: There was a discussion of the so-called Circuit Breaker law and how it would force revenue shortfalls due to property tax caps. Those shortfalls would require budget cuts to the school district’s transportation and capital projects funds when the law takes effect in 2015. Wahl urged the board to sign a resolution that other Hamilton County government entities are currently considering. Its main provision is: “The recently enacted Senate Bill 517 … adversely impacts local government entities, including school corporations, throughout the state. One of its immediate impacts in Hamilton County will cause Westfield-Washington Schools to eliminate transportation. Unless it is repealed, it could have the same impact on all Hamilton County school corporations.”

What’s next: The board will decide on a course of action at its Jan. 27 meeting.


What happened: The school board voted to elect its officers.

What it means: Layla Spanenberg will be the board president, Pam Knowles will be the board vice president and Patricia Hackett will be the board secretary for 2014.

What’s next: No further action is needed.


What happened: The school board appointed a treasurer and deputy.

What it means: The board appointed Roger McMichael as treasurer and David Stowers as deputy treasurer. It also approved continuation bonds of $100,000 for each position and a position schedule bond for extracurricular treasurers in the amount of $50,000 for the high school, $20,000 for the middle schools and $10,000 for the elementary schools and the Educational Services Center.

What’s next: No further action is needed.


What happened: The school board filled other appointed positions.

What it means: The board named David Gray as the district’s general counsel, Dana Kendall as executive secretary, Christi Cloud as the representative to the Carmel Cable and Telecommunications Commission, Pam Knowles as the board’s legislative liaison to the Indiana School Boards Association and Kathie Freed as the representative on the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Board.

What’s next: No further action is needed.


What happened: The school board approved salaries for its members.

What it means: Each board member will be paid $2,000 per year.

What’s next: No further action is needed.


What happened: The school board named a representative to the Common Wage Committee.

What it means: Roger McMichael will represent the board on the committee. Its purpose is to determine the average construction wage for the county. State law requires that any contractor working on a school district construction project be paid a wage equal to the average construction wage paid in the county.

What’s next: No further action is needed.

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