School Board recap

Smoky Row Elementary School students shake school board members’ hands after being recognized for winning the state Math Bowl. (Staff photo)

Smoky Row Elementary School students shake school board members’ hands after being recognized for winning the state Math Bowl. (Staff photo)

Compiled by Pete Smith

What happened: Jan. 5 could become a school day in the future.

What it means: The day had traditionally been a day off for students and was utilized as a teacher development day. But to give the district more scheduling freedom in the future to account for snow days, the teacher development day could be moved to May 25.

What’s next: It will be voted on at the next board meeting at 2:30 p.m. April 16.


What happened: District lawyer Hud Pfeiffer updated the board on teachers’ contract negotiations.

What it means: Appeals for the 2013-14 have been exhausted and the district’s last-best-offer has been implemented. The 2012-13 contract has been appealed to courts in Marion County after the Carmel Clay Education Association determined it was unsatisfied with decisions by a state-appointed fact-finder and the Indiana Education Relations Board.

What’s next: The 2012-13 case could be heard in Marion County courts as soon as Aug. 6.


What happened: Supt. Wahl gave a legislative update.

What it means: The district was pleased that it will likely not loose revenue due to the potential for cuts to the business personal property tax. Changes to the circuit breaker law will have little effect on the district but will positively benefit Westfield Schools. And the district had already implemented Common Core standards, but will now await word from the state on new standards now that the legislature has rejected Common Core.

What’s next: No further action needed.


What happened: The school board recognized the students of Baking a Difference.

What it means: CHS sophomores Molly Frank and Alexis Russell represented the group of students who sell baked goods they make in the classroom to raise money for assorted local charities. They also bring baked good to various charity functions.

What’s next: Learn more about the students’ work at


Other news: The school board recognized Smoky Row Elementary students Allison Caffrey, Briana Chen, Daniel Li, Jack Liu, Andrew Perfetti, William Plumb, Saimadhav Pothireddy, Andrew Sanchez, Shrithan Sandadi, Felicia Sanders, Zeeshan Syed and Nathan Zhang for winning the state Math Bowl.

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