Support for students, teachers priority for Carmel school board candidate Hutt


As a former Carmel Clay Schools teacher, Benita Hutt’s motivation for running for the CCS School Board of Trustees is to provide support for teachers and students.


“I’m not an issue-based candidate,” Hutt said. “This is about our people, not politics. It is important to point out that I do not have a personal agenda. Students and teachers are my priority, providing them support so that they can be in a classroom knowing we have their back.”

Hutt is one of nine candidates running for two at-large seats on the board.

“Serving our community as a member of the Carmel Clay Schools board means I can be a part of keeping our school system strong and successful,” Hutt said. “I look forward to being an advocate for all of the voices involved in running a school system. I have the skills and experience that make me a well-rounded candidate. I taught school for 25 years, 11 in the CCS district. I am a parent, a local business person and community volunteer. I want what is best for our students, our teachers and our community.”

Hutt spent 11 years at Carmel’s Prairie Trace Elementary (2005-2016). She spent one year at Oaklandon Elementary in Indianapolis before becoming a real estate broker for Keller Williams Realty/Indy Metro North.

Hutt said CCS is a factor in attracting families to Carmel.

“It is a huge part as to why people move here, stay here, and as a result their children become a part of the community, too,” said Hutt, who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s in education from the University of Louisville.

Hutt and her husband, Gary, have lived in Carmel for 23 years. They have two sons, Connor and Kevin. Connor graduated from Carmel High School in 2016 and Kevin in 2018. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, Connor is pursuing a master’s in public affairs degree from Indiana University. Kevin is a junior at the University of Tennessee studying engineering.

Hutt appreciates seeing the changes Carmel has made through the years.

“I want to be a part of Carmel as it continues to change and grow, starting with our schools,” she said.

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