Carmel school board approves cost increase for new elementary buildings


The Carmel Clay Schools Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting Aug. 24.

What happened: The school board approved a change order adding $1.1 million to the cost of building Clay Center Elementary and the new Carmel Elementary building, bringing the cost of building the two schools to more than $64 million.

What it means: Much of the added cost is for soil stabilization efforts. CCS Associate Supt. Roger McMichael said officials knew stabilization might be an issue but that they wanted to investigate the options for handling it before committing to one when the building contracts were awarded. He also said the projects have contingency funds built into the budget to cover the cost.

What’s next: The schools are set to open in the fall of 2021.


What happened: The board approved new administrative roles at Carmel High School.

What it means: Wesley Drew is the new assistant principal at CHS. He has worked at CCS for 11 years, most recently as social studies department chair at Creekside Middle. School. Karen McDaniel will move from assistant principal to associate principal at CHS. She served as assistant principal for 12 years.


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