Carmel School Board Recap

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Compiled by Amanda Foust

What happened: A Common Wage Committee establishment during the period of Sept.22- Dec.14 was recommended for the Smoky Row chiller replacement project.

What it means: When there is a contractor working on a construction project that is awarded to a school corporation and also exceeds $350,000, under Indiana Law there must be a wage equal to the average construction wage paid in the county. Representatives of the committee must be chosen, and it was recommended that Roger McMichael be the representative of industry as well as Ron Farrand be the representative for the county taxpayers. Finally, it was recommended that the School Board be given authorization to seek out the other committee members for the project.

What’s next: Approved and no further action needed

What happened: Recommendation for a change order to the Carmel/Clay Schools Turf Project.

What it means: There was an unforeseen problem when working on the Turf Project. The quality of the subsurface was worse than anticipated and will now require further cost to fund. This extra cost does not take away from other projects and has already been acquired. The change order simply needs approval to move forward.

What’s next: Approved and no further action needed.

What happened: Recommendation for approval of 2014-15 Legislative Priorities.

What it means: A copy of Legislative Priorities will be given out to legislators. There are very few changes from last time, but there have been incorporated suggestions from the board. The questions asked at the meeting were the following: who should receive this, who should send it out, and should everyone be kept informed about discussions with legislators? These questions were discussed at the board meeting in order to have a mutual understanding about the legislative priorities. The approval to keep the Legislative Priority as it stands was required.

What’s next: Approved and no further action needed.

What happened: Recommendation for written language changes and other changes to policies presented by the policy committee.

What it means: Suggestions were made in August’s meeting to make a few language changes for written policies. These suggestions were taken and then presented at this meeting. Other changes were discussed during the meeting in order to have policies clearly written and understood overall.

What’s next: Some amendments were made. Approved and no further action needed.

Other News:

$4,802.50 was donated by Prairie Trace PTO to use toward a school walking track development.

The Performing Arts at Creekside Middle School received a donation of $4,276 from CRMS Performing Arts Patrons.

$300 was donated to Carmel/Clay Schools from the US Association for Blind Athletes to be used in support of Special Services students with blind/low vision disabilities.


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