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Indian Lake Schools hires public relations specialist Ross (Audio included)

Indian Lake Superintendent Pat O’Donnell announced to the board of education Monday night that former Lima TV news anchor and WPKO & WBLL news reporter Jamie Ross has been employed as a public relations specialist.

Ross’ duties include monitoring twitter feeds and Facebook, reporting positive events in the district, providing articles for the district’s website, and updating local media.

Indian Lake is subcontracting Ross through the Midwest Regional ESC with the ESC paying a significant portion and Indian Lake paying the rest. Ross explained that Indian Lake’s portion came available through retirements and some restructuring at the high school.

Ross will work on the committee to pass the upcoming November levy but not in official capacity.  O’Donnell explained that levy business can’t be done during the school day. Ross lives in the district and has children that attend the elementary school. She will help the committee as a parent.

The levy in November is asking for 7.2 mills. 5.2 mills is part of renewal. The additional two mills will generate over $800,000 in additional funding.

O’Donnell is pleased with the makeup of the levy committee. One difference from previous groups is the number of retired folks participating. They understand that a strong school system can actually raise property values.

O'Donnell discusses a variety of topics.

All teaching positions have been filled. Justin Welker and Andrea Jacobs were approved on Monday.

O’Donnell is impressed with the fact there was no administrative turnover from last year. From his experience this is rare and an indication of the dedication of the principals.

Athletic Director Jeff Courter informed the board of the athletic training services being provided by Woody Goffinett. Mr. Goffinett has 25 years experience as a trainer. He is the director of sports medicine at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His services are free to the district. Wilson Memorial is not expecting any referrals resulting from athlete injuries. The hospital wants an ad in the program and promotion banners in the gym and at the football field.

Goffinett will be available for home contests, away football games, and tourney events. He has a one-year contract that begins September 1st.

The board will next meet September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Ross explains her new job.

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