Board awards bids, updates policies


The Carmel Clay Schools Board of Trustees met Feb. 24. The next board meeting, a workshop session, is set for 7 p.m. March 9. At 7 p.m. March 23, the board will hold a regular meeting. Both will be held in the Educational Services Center, 5201 E. Main St. For more, or to see an agenda, visit

What happened: The board unanimously approved a bid award for renovations at Carmel High School.

What it means: Totaling $309,529, the bid was granted to three contractors – Blakley’s Flooring, Bill Lawrence Co., Inc. and Trisco Systems, Inc.

Roger McMichael, associate superintendent of business affairs at CCS, said the work will consist of replacing floors in the locker room quarters, painting and wall covering in the special needs quarters and masonry restoration in several areas of the building exterior. McMichael said the work is being funded by the district’s selling of general obligation bonds. He said a majority of the work will take place during the summer but could begin as early as spring break.


What happened: The board unanimously approved a bid award for technology upgrades.

What it means: Contractors C-Cat and Brookfield Group were awarded base bids of $175,440.04 and $185,277.65, respectively, to install fiber optic cabling and associated equipment at 13 schools.

McMichael said the project will be funded out of the district’s capital or bond fund, but that e-rate funding could cover approximately 40 percent of the cost.

E-rate funding is a federal program that provides partial funding for technology initiatives for school districts,” McMichael said. “The distribution of that money can vary depending on the applications submitted and the amount of funds available. In our case, we would do this work regardless.”


What happened: The board unanimously approved a series of change orders for projects at Forest Dale Elementary, CHS and for district-wide paving improvements.

What it means: The change orders verify changes from the original bid awards granted for the projects, with a total additional amount of $29,186.

“This is work that was primarily done over the summer, so it’s kind of routine that we always go through to close out once contracts are finished,” McMichael said. “These contracts added up to $3 million. Ultimately, the expense is $29,186 more than originally awarded in the $3 million-plus.”


What happened: The board unanimously approved removal of a policy regarding school visitors.

What it means: In recent months, the board has made updates to Policy 8120, which includes language on visitors inside school buildings. With those changes, another policy regarding school visitors, Policy 9150, became redundant.


What happened: The board adopted an updated bylaw regarding school board member ethics.

What it means: The bylaw has been updated to state that school board members visiting school buildings during the school day should notify the district superintendent.

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