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Underwood named Indian Lake HS principal (Audio included)

The Indian Lake Board of Education conducted their monthly meeting Monday night. Highlighting the agenda was the board's approval of the new high school principal for the 2013-14 school year.

Rob Underwood (pictured) received a two-year contract to replace Diane Gillespie who is retiring at the end of the year. Underwood has four years of administrative experience. He served at Indian Lake from 2009 to 2011. For the last two years he has been the assistant K-12 principal at Ada Exempted Village Schools.  Underwood beat out 59 other applicants for the job.

Rob Underwood is excited for the opportunity.

Superintendent Pat O'Donnell announced the resignations of six teachers and one bus driver.  High school Spanish teacher Pam Elder, business teacher Susan Harshbarger, elementary teachers Melanie Fry, Charlotte Pusey, Sherry Thomas, educational assistant Gloria Shultz, and bus driver Beth Overs will retire at the end of the school year. Overs will be a substitute driver.

O'Donnell has not decided whether the retiring teachers will be replaced.

Logan County Education Foundation director Eric Tom and three trustees updated the board of the status of the foundation-funded scholarships for worthy Indian Lake seniors and grants for teachers. 

The board approved changes to the athletic policy concerning concussions. By state mandate, all concussed athletes must receive written clearance by a doctor before returning to action.

The board approved a recommendation for O'Donnell to pay a stipend of $250 from the Race to the Top Grant to any staff member (not to exceed 50) that completes the three-day Ohio Teacher Evaluation System Training on June 10-12.

The board will next meet May 20th at 6:30 p.m.

O'Donnell discusses Underwood and concussions.

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