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Carmel, IN – The Carmel Clay Schools board voted unanimously on Monday, January 13, 2020 to name the new elementary school between 116th and Clay Center Road, Clay Center Elementary School.

The recommendation to name the new elementary school on Clay Center Road was derived from historical information found in the book, The Early History of Carmel Clay Schools, written by A.J. Wright of the Carmel Historical Society. Mr. Wright’s research found that on September 25, 1912, Clay Township opened a new brick school, named Clay Center, on the northeast corner of 116th Street and Clay Center Road. The district’s new elementary school will be located north of where the original Clay Center school was built.

“After hearing Mr. Wright’s research on the original Clay Center School that opened in the early 1900s, I believe the administration and board both believed that Clay Center would be the perfect name for the new elementary school,” said Carmel Clay Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Beresford. “It’s not often that a school district can re-establish a bit of Carmel history.”

“On behalf of the CCS Board, we are excited to have approved the name, Clay Center Elementary School,” said Board President Mike Kerschner. “We look forward to the next steps of the process and getting students involved with selecting a mascot and school colors.” 

Clay Center Elementary School will open in August 2021.

Old Clay Center School

Carmel Clay Schools’ kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will be available beginning Monday, January 13, 2020. The online registration form can be accessed here: Instructions on how to register can be found on our enrollment page:

Each child of legal settlement shall be eligible for kindergarten providing that s/he has attained the age of five (5) on or before August 1st of the enrolling year as specified in IC 20-33-2-7.

An appeal process is available to any parent/guardian who wishes to enroll their child in kindergarten even though s/he does not meet this age requirement.  The appeal process automatically grants eligibility for early entrance to kindergarten to any child who will be five (5) years of age by September 1st of the enrolling year as verified by an official birth certificate.

When registering children, parents/guardians will need an official birth certificate (not a hospital record) and proof of residency.  Proof of residency consists of a rental agreement, purchase agreement, closing documents or deed and a utility (electric and/or gas) statement. Parents/guardians should also note that immunization records must be submitted to the school by the first day of instruction. Those records may also be scanned and uploaded online, dropped off at the school or sent by a doctor’s office.

More information on kindergarten and the registration process is available on Carmel Clay Schools’ website at:

Parents/guardians are encouraged to have students enrolled by Friday, March 6, 2020.

Questions regarding kindergarten registration and programming should be directed to your child’s school.


CCS Common Legislative Interests

Carmel Clay Schools
Common Legislative Interests

Carmel Clay Schools’ legislative goal for the next two years is to partner with our legislators and their colleagues by being a credible resource from the field on the matters related to lifelong learning. We offer our support to develop initiatives to improve upon what Indiana’s Constitution describes as our “general and uniform system of Common Schools.” We also offer to be a resource to help minimize unintended negative financial or organizational consequences that inevitably occur when implementing even the best-intended policy. 

Here are some specific examples of issues we have identified and offer our help:

  • ESSA Compliance:  In regard to ESSA compliance, we offer both common and unique perspectives. As a large district with various needs, we see how accountability should have many factors. We are also proud to be a high-performing district and can share how we should be evolving policy to celebrate our success.
  • Deregulation:  We know we have a common interest in keeping our school systems efficient and keeping our resources focused on the classroom. We are particularly interested in deregulating mandates such as teacher trainings.
  • Dispute Resolution:  Disputes in a child’s education are inevitable. We must continue to update the system of resolving those disputes so they are not an unnecessary drain on time and resources.
  • Public Question:  We are the first district to utilize the tool the Indiana General Assembly provided through a school safety referendum. We also see how that dovetails with other tools of local governance. We are well-positioned to provide you with perspective on improving upon the “public question” approach to education funding.
  • Student Support Services:  We have positive and active collaboration with our local, regional and state wrap-around service providers and would like to see more clearly defined avenues to assist the needs of our students and promote school safety.
  • Accrual Accounting:  Our district is one of the “pilot” public entities being required to transition to accrual accounting practices.
    We are concerned about the expense and time necessary for that transition and would like to revisit this mandate.

We believe together we can best serve our children and make Indiana a destination where families and educators will want to live, work, and take pride in their local schools. Education can certainly be an economic engine for the State. We are proud to be an example of that for our community. 

We offer to communicate with you at any time by contacting our Superintendent, Dr. Michael Beresford. His contact information is listed below. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss education policy with you as your schedule permits.



Social Studies

5th Grade Activity Nights:  

  • College Wood Elementary : Thursday, December 5, 2019  3:45-:5:30 pm

  • West Clay Elementary: Tuesday, January 28, 2020  3:30-5:15 pm

  • Towne Meadow Elementary: Tuesday, February 25, 2020  3:30-5:15 pm

5th Grade Parent Information Night: Wednesday January 29 6:00-8:00 pm

5th Grade Spring Open House: Wednesday April 29 6:00-7:00 pm

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