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 CAB School Board May Fill Vacant Library Board Posts

February 6, 2008 - When it meets Tuesday, the Charles A. Beard School Board could vote to fill one or two vacancies on the Knightstown Public Library Board of Trustees.

At the board's Jan. 15 meeting, interim-Superintendent Ray Pavy advised school board members that they are responsible for appointing three of the library board's seven members.

He said the board needs to appoint replacements for former library board members Lois Brooks and David Blower.

State law caps library board members' service at four terms, and Pavy said Brooks had completed her fourth term at the end of 2007. While Blower could have served another four years, Pavy said he had asked not to be reappointed.

Pavy advised the board that CAB's third library board appointee, Ross Miller, is eligible for reappointment to another four-year term. Although Pavy said he'd been told that David Steele was interested in taking Blower's seat, he said he wasn't asking the board to take action that night and suggested the appointments be revisited at the Feb. 12 meeting.

The school board did vote unanimously at its Jan. 15 meeting to approve year-end transfers recommended by business manager David Bundy. While Bundy had given board members a printout detailing the transfers, information such as the number of transfers, their amounts and the accounts involved was not disclosed for the benefit of those in attendance. Bundy did tell the board, however, that he didn't think the transfers were "anything out of the ordinary."

On Pavy's recommendation, the board also voted unanimously to use the same spending percentages listed in CAB's 2007 annual performance report for the soon-to-be-released 2008 report. The percentages purport to show how the school corporation's spending is split between four categories: academic achievement; instructional support; overhead and operating expenses; and non-operational expenses.

Using the previous year's percentages was necessary, Pavy said, because the actual spending percentages for 2007 had not been calculated yet.

In response to a question from board member Larry Selvidge, Pavy said there would be no repercussions if the actual spending percentages don't line up with those listed in the 2008 report.

Bundy reported at the Jan. 15 meeting that CAB had received 98.7 percent and 97.8 percent of the property taxes levied in Henry and Rush counties, respectively, in 2007. He said it was "highly possible" that CAB would need to borrow money in 2008, but added that it was still "too early to make that decision."

Bundy also told the school board that CAB had about $25,000 in past due book rental outstanding, which he said was an improvement over previous years. He said he planned to file small claims cases on the outstanding accounts the following week.

The board unanimously approved the 2008-2009 school calendar. Monthly claims and minutes from the board's December meeting were also approved.

Knightstown Intermediate School teacher Tom Crawford, president of the local Classroom Teachers Association, told the board that CAB needs to reinstate the elementary school social worker, one of four positions eliminated at the end of last school year. Crawford, who has consistently raised this issue each month since the school year began, gave board members information about grant funding he thought might be able to help pay for the position.


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