Compiled by Amanda Foust
The Carmel Clay School Board met Aug. 24 to discuss several items as the school year recently got underway.
What happened: The school board recommended an approval for a legal agreement regarding property from Carmel Clay Public Library and Carmel Clay Schools.
What this means: CCS and the library had an agreement in 1996 for property ownership of 5 acres. Both properties used each other’s lots, and there have been no problems in the past. However, when a new sign for CCS went to be approved, a problem with the deed was identified. The property lines were not accurate, and there was an additional acre missed during the sale. It is still undetermined how this was overlooked.
An agreement was written that would allow the library to deed back one acre to CCS while receiving driveway and parking lot access in return. Also, both properties agreed that if either lot were to sell, the other would have the first option to buy. In conclusion, nothing currently will be changed except for the legal paperwork.
What’s next: Action will be taken at the next meeting.
What happened: Maggie Figge from Carmel Youth Assistance Program gave a presentation on the program.
What this means: CYAP is a collaboration between Carmel Clay Schools, the City of Carmel, and Hamilton County Juvenile Courts. The program provides coordination of services for families and children with an overarching goal to intervene early in a child’s life as a preventative action instead of reactive. The program focuses on connecting to already available resources within Hamilton County and offers navigation support to families.
What’s next: CCS superintendent Dr. Nicholas Wahl said that the district is searching for early intervention screening tools to help identify students in CCS who may need or benefit from the services. A screening intervention will help identify common warning signs.
What happened: Roger McMichael presented to the board his recommendation for a public hearing regarding 2016 budgets, Capital Projects Fund Plan and a 12-year bus replacement plan.
What this means: The money for these projects is there, but nothing can be done until the plans are approved. The administration has presented the plan but must proceed with advertising to the public before the plan is approved. Once there is a public hearing and it is approved, the proposal will then go to the state for final approval before the beginning of the year.
What’s next: Public hearing scheduled for Sept. 28.