Carmel school board recap


Compiled by Amanda Foust

What happened: The board approved the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

What it means: The money saved from selling these bonds will be used toward improvements of lamp replacements at Smokey Row and Cherry Tree elementary schools, elastomeric coating of visitor grandstand at the football stadium, HVAC repairs, computer lab replacement and server upgrades at Carmel High School, pavement repairs at two transportation buildings, technology updates and temperature control upgrades at various schools, and an overall district-wide server upgrade.

What’s next: No further action needed.

What happened: The board approved policy revisions requested from the policy committee

What it means: The revisions of policy were for the following categories: weapons, adoption of courses of study, innovative programs, parental involvement in education, college and university programs, educational options, guidance and counseling, home-bound instruction program, reproductive health and family planning, restraint and seclusion and wellness.

What’s next: No further action needed.

What happened: New curriculum developments were proposed.

What it means: Teachers will give a presentation on innovation for the classroom at July’s school board meeting.

What’s next: There will be further discussion at the school board workshop July 14.

What happened: Supt. Nicholas Wahl presented an end-of-year report

What it means: The three topics discussed were the teacher evaluation committee, middle school program evaluation committee and student growth model. Both the teacher evaluation and middle school program committees are meeting in hopes to discuss ways to improve for the following year. The student growth model is being evaluated in order to measure students’ learning outside of ISTEP results and other standardized testing.

What’s next: No further action needed.

Other News: The district accepted a grant of $50 from the Eli Lily Foundation’s for Forest Dale Elementary; Prairie Trace Elementary received $2,000 from Prairie View Golf Club and $1,000 from Schlage Lock Company for the development of a walking track; Yang Zhao donated $100 through the Eli Lily Foundation’s matching gift program for Towne Meadow Elementary; the Carmel High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes club received a $500 donation from Jon and Robbyn Kizer and $200 from Julie Noble; and Carmel High School received a donation of a full length mink coat, a muskrat jacket and a mink cape from Susan Pyburn.