North Clay Board Looking for a New Member Following Resignation


Published on September 28 2017 2:08 pm
Last Updated on September 28 2017 2:08 pm
Written by Greg Sapp


North Clay school board members Wednesday said farewell to one of their own.

The Board accepted the resignation of David Simmons, who is relocating outside the North Clay district. Board President Chris Bible made a presentation to Simmons, thanking him for his 4+ years of service to the district.

The Board considered a request from teacher Debbie Cox, who sought four days off without pay to take a mission trip to Africa. The Board discussed the request, then considered a motion to grant her request, but the motion failed on a tie vote, 3-3. After further discussion, there was a motion offered to approve the trip dependent upon Cox exhausting her remaining personal days. That motion passed 4-2.

Board members heard that junior high students are continuing their tradition of collecting quarters for local nonprofit organizations. On the first Friday of each month, junior high students can give a quarter and wear a hat. This year, the proceeds are being collected for the Clay County Animal Shelter. 

There was also congratulations to the junior high baseball team for winning at regionals and sectionals and advancing to the state tournament. North Clay plays in East Peoria Friday at 11:30am. The Board voted to approve the team staying overnight tonight to be ready for Friday's action.

Speaking of sports, Travis Arnold was present to get on next month's Board agenda regarding addressing Flora school district to possibly do a co-op for high school football.

The Board voted to expel a student for a period of two calendar years to September 27, 2019, and voted to raise the substitute teacher pay rate to $105/day. It was also voted to accept the resignation of Melissa Bible as a cook effective October 6.