By Crystal McGough
The Clay City Council announced the first $500 school grant winners of the 2020-21 school year at its regular council meeting, via Zoom, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
The city’s school grant program has been in effect since 2015, awarding $500 to one teacher at each of the city’s schools every month throughout the school year.
The winners are as follows:
Clay Elementary School — Mandi Evans (School Counseling/Assessment) will be using her funds to purchase supply containers and reusable supplies that can be used to transport items to and from the school for at-home and school learning.
Bryant Park Elementary School — Megan Peoples (English, Language Arts & Reading) will use the funds to purchase Flocabulary, an online program that helps children learn about concepts in ELA and reading “while jamming out to cool songs written to teach these skills.”
CCMS — Chris Tinsley (Athletics) will use the grant to purchase 14 new shoulder pads for the football team.
CCHS — Farah Bridges (CTE – Health Science) plans to purchase online study modules to help prepare students for the national certifications test at the end of the class. If the students pass the test, they will be able to begin working in a hospital or medical facility to gain experience.
“Our school grants … we’re thankful are kicking back off,” Councilor Dennis Locke said. “This will be the first winner for Bryant (Park Elementary). Congratulations to all four of our winners!”
The city council also held a public hearing to discuss weed abatements at several locations in the city. One resident attended the meeting to ask questions concerning three properties, which had been cut prior to the hearing.
All properties except two were removed from the abatement resolution due to the nuisances having already been addressed. The two properties that remained on the resolution were 5370 Scott Drive and 5870 Brenda Drive.
Resolution 2020-22, authorizing the elimination of weeds on both properties, passed unanimously.
The council also passed Resolution 2020-23, which added additional poll workers for the upcoming municipal elections. Mayor Charles Webster reminded the public that the election will be Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
The city council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, to canvas the votes from the election. That meeting will be on Zoom at 11:59 a.m.
The next regular meeting of the Clay City Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. Mayor Webster said that meeting may also take place on Zoom, but the meeting location will be confirmed closer to that time.
For information on how to join a Clay City Council meeting via Zoom, please contact Clay City Hall.