Carmel Clay Schools outlines new district boundaries for school board members


Compiled by Ann Marie Shambaugh

The Carmel Clay Schools board met Dec. 12 to discuss new district boundaries for school board members, recognize several individuals and groups for accomplishments and more.

What happened: The school board approved a resolution outlining new district boundaries for school board members.

What it means: The district boundaries for where school board members must reside had not been reviewed since 1999, so CCS created an updated map that balances the population in the three districts. It does not affect voters, who will continue to vote for all five school board seats.

What’s next: The new district boundaries will be publicized, and after a 120-day remonstrance period the Indiana State Board of Education will review them. CCS can officially adopt the new boundaries after the state makes its decision.


What happened: The school board recognized outgoing members Kathie Freed and Patricia Hackett, whose terms end at the end of the year.

What it means: Board members thanked Hackett, who decided not to run for reelection, and Freed, who lost her bid for reelection, for their work. Both women were given the opportunity to share their thoughts as their terms come to an end.

What’s next: Lin Zheng and Katie Browning will officially join the school board in January.


What happened: The school board officially recognized several students and groups for recent accomplishments.

What it means: Special recognition went to West Clay Elementary, which was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School; Smoky Row Elementary 2016 State Spell Bowl Champions; Carmel High School students Sarah Griffin, Kamna Gupta, Sameer Lely and Ryan Middleton, who received perfect AP scores; the Carmel Marching Band, which won the 2016 Bands of America championship; the CHS football team, which won the 2016 state championship; and several CHS students who won the 2016 Rose-Hulman Mathematics Competition.