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 CAB Board Member Wants Community Committee Formed

April 2, 2008 - At least one member of the Charles A. Beard School Board thinks community involvement in the selection of CAB's new superintendent should not be limited to feedback citizens provided at a public forum last month.

Board member Kevin Knott suggested at the board's March 18 meeting that a committee of community members be allowed to assist in the search for a new top administrator. He said there are people in the community with backgrounds in education, finance, community relations and budgeting who could help find a replacement for former Superintendent David McGuire, who resigned last July after one year at CAB. "Those skills are out there within our own community and the people are available to help with that," Knott said.

Board member Debi Ware said she did not recall what the University Consultant Team (UCT) said about involving a committee like Knott proposed. Knott said the UCT told CAB it could have community members assist with the search if that's what the board wants.

Knott said he thought the "critical time" for getting additional input from a community committee would be when the search has been narrowed to three or four candidates. While he acknowledged that the final selection will ultimately be made by CAB's seven-member school board, Knott said he believes there are people in the community with the "expertise and knowledge" to help the board identify the best applicant for the job.

Board President Mike Fruth said the issue was something the board needs to discuss further. When Knott pushed for a time frame, Fruth said the board would decide whether or how to utilize a community committee after the board asks the UCT about Knott's suggestion during a private executive session May 6.

Another issue Knott brought up at last week's meeting was drug testing of students involved in extracurricular activities. CAB does not currently drug test students. Interim Superintendent Ray Pavy told the board that the Indiana Supreme Court had approved a drug-testing policy used by Rush County Schools (RCS). He recommended that board members review copies of the RCS policy they'd been given, and he offered to get more policies if the board wanted to review others.

Retroactive board approval was given to two recent field trips that Pavy said, per CAB policy, should have been OK'd by the board before they were taken. One field trip involved travel out of state, while the other had students spending the night in Indianapolis, both circumstances that require the board's preapproval.

Pavy told board members he thought they should be the ones to hand out diplomas during KHS's commencement ceremony in May. He asked them each to let him know if there are any particular students whose diplomas they would like to award.

The board agreed it would again offer a $700 scholarship to a graduating KHS senior. Ware and board member Leah Kopp said they would serve on the committee that will select the scholarship recipient.

At the end of the meeting, just before it adjourned, Wayne Township School Board candidate Mark Fort asked Fruth for permission to ask a question. While he told Fort he was "kind of out of order" because he had not signed up to speak in advance of the meeting, Fruth allowed Fort to go ahead and ask his question.

"Has the board discussed … selling this building and possibly looking into building another administrative building by the high school?" Fort asked.

"That can be handled very quickly," Fruth replied. "No."


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