Carmel Clay Schools could donate land to City of Carmel for Guilford Road upgrades


The Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees met Nov. 27 to discuss donating land to the City of Carmel, present Carmel Education Foundation grants and approve a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.

The board did not give an update on Supt. Nicholas Wahl and Director of Human Resources Corrine Middleton, who were both put on administrative leave Oct. 10. CCS officials have not released much information about the leaves, but after the meeting school board President Layla Spanenberg said she expects the review to wrap up in the next few weeks.

What happened: The school board discussed donating a small piece of property outside of Carmel Middle School to the City of Carmel as right-of-way for improvements planned for Guilford Road.

What it means: The city is planning a $3.5 million project to convert Guilford Road into a two-lane boulevard with additional turn lanes to increase connectivity to the school, build a roundabout at Main Street and install a new culvert and storm water collection system between Main Street and Grand Boulevard.

What’s next: Construction is planned to happen in 2018.


What happened: The Carmel Education Foundation awarded $25,000 in grants to teachers to enhance their classrooms.

What it means: CEF Co-Executive Director Stephanie McDonald said the organization received 68 grant applications, a record number. Another first: Every school in the district received funding for a project.

What’s next: The teachers will use the funds for approved projects, which range from conferences for educational development to makerspaces, flexible seating and more.


What happened: The school board approved a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College that expands Career and Technical Education offerings.

What it means: Carmel High School students will have the opportunity to take 12 to 13 college credits at Ivy Tech that will count as dual credit. Offerings are in Informatics and Cyber Security, Visual Communications and Website Development, Building Construction and Automative Service Technology. Students will attend classes at CHS in the morning and at Ivy Tech in Noblesville in the afternoon. The program is funded through state CTE funds and a Duke Energy Foundation scholarship.

What’s next: The program is expected to begin in the 2018-19 school year.


What happened: The school board authorized district officials to advertise public hearings for nearly $8.2 million in general obligation bonds.

What it means: The bonds would cover updates at Carmel High School and Forest Dale Elementary and technology upgrades. It would be repaid over two years.

What’s next: Public hearings on the bonds are set for the Dec. 11 and Jan. 8, 2018, meetings.