Carmel school board recap

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Special Presentations: Perfect Scores & State Championship

Carmel High School students achieved perfect ACT composite scores of 36: Courtney Best, Hafsa Razi, Patrick Tan, and Sophia Yin. High school principal John Williams said, “Of the 1.6 million students who took the test last year, only 781 earned a perfect score.” Tan also earned a perfect score on his SAT.

The high school robotics team TechHOUNDS demonstrated their championship robot 868. Team leader Molly Wardlow, Aryaman Gupta, Vincent Mai, and Jacob Swiezy ran a video presentation with clips from competitions. Eighty students worked on the robot under the direction of coach and engineering teacher, George Giltner, and 30 volunteer mentors. The TechHOUNDS won two regional competitions, the Indiana State Championship, and placed fourth out of 24 teams at the Indiana FIRST State Championship.

Action: New Software Approved

New World financial and human resources software recommended by IT Director Christi Cloud was approved by all members. Transition to the new program will begin this fall.

Action: Anti-Bully Policy Approved

The emergency policy was approved. The revised policy “may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within the School Corporation” and enforces immediate disciplinary action.

Discussion: Carmel Dad’s Club Partnership

The board considered the Carmel Dad’s Club offer to install artificial turf on one practice field north of the football stadium for an estimated $700,000. Asst. superintendent Roger McMichael explained this proposal includes the school district installing artificial turf on the second practice field to “increase the opportunity for a volume discount.”

Report: 2014 Budgets

Roger McMichael presented the 2014 budgets and summarized, “considering inflation and cost of utilities, it isn’t bad, but it does cause some concerns.” He reminded the board these are conservative projections accommodating the “$4 million shortfall from the state.” Projections indicate a steady decline in the cash balance into 2016. McMichael said “It’s still a stable condition based on the state agency’s recommended minimum, but we need to keep an eye on it.”

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