Carmel Clay Schools sets redistricting timeline


By Raymond Mo

The Carmel Clay Schools Board of Trustees met June 26 to discuss goals and projections for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

During the meeting, CCS Supt. Michael Beresford told the board to expect redistricting discussions to begin during the 2020-2021 school year with redistricting occurring for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Hopefully, we can get redistricting all sewed up by December (2020),” Beresford said. “In the second semester we will work on transitioning, so that any students and families that are moving to a new school have opportunities to get familiar with the school and get to know the people there.”

The board also discussed partnering with the Carmel Clay Public Library during construction of the new Carmel Elementary School building, which will be built at the same time the library across from the parking lot is renovated.

“We will be working very closely with them,” CCS Associate Supt. Roger McMichael said.

The board also discussed district-wide plans for technology and student device systems. Director of IT and Data Solutions Christi Cloud said Carmel High School will implement a new device system in which each classroom will store a cart of 18 laptops, Chromebooks or tablets.

“By putting those carts in the classrooms, students who have their own devices can bring them, but students who might not have that luxury then also have devices easily accessible right within the classroom,” Cloud said.

Cloud added that rental devices, take-home devices and student devices are all being explored as possibilities with the goal of providing every student in the district with a device by the 2021-22 school year.

“Our teachers have absolutely loved how quick (the devices) are, how fast they are to get online and the collaboration tools that are afforded to them within Google,” Cloud said. “It’s a low cost of ownership with a huge bang for your buck.”