Carmel Clay Schools updates staff discipline policy, awards bids for upgrade projects

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The Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees approved policy changes and awarded bids for upgrades throughout the district at its Jan. 28 meeting.

What happened: The school board removed administrative leave with pay as a progressive discipline option for CCS staff.

What it means: Last school year, the district’s progressive discipline policy received public attention after the school board placed its former superintendent and human resources director on administrative leave with pay as it conducted a review of district leadership. Both resigned in January 2018 and continued to be paid after their resignations.

What’s next: Options remaining on the progressive discipline list include verbal counseling, a written warning, probation and suspension without pay.

 

What happened: The board approved changes to its public records policy.

What it means: The updated policy states that public records requests should be submitted through an online form, although paper copies will be made available to those who need them. The changes also remove a requirement for the records access officer to grant or refuse a request within seven days.

What’s next: The new policy states that the district will “review the request and, within a reasonable amount of time, make responsible records available consistent with (the state’s Access to Public Records Act).”

 

What happened: The board awarded bids totaling $2.7 million for upgrades across the district.  More than $367,000 for additional work also was approved if the funding is available.

What it means: Projects include flooring and painting at CHS and Forest Dale Elementary, playground improvements at College Wood, updates to the CHS swimming pool and district-wide paving improvements.

What’s next: Award of the bids is subject to the successful sale of general obligation bonds.

 

What happened: The board approved several change orders to upgrade projects at Carmel High School, the Educational Services Center and Forest Dale Elementary.

What it means: In total, the change orders credit more than $112,000 back to CCS. Changes include an $81,330 credit for CHS painting work inadvertently bid in the wrong year, $10,950 to add a path at the football stadium practice fields and $133,410 to cover unforeseen floor repairs.

What’s next: The approval closed out the projects.


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