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Indian Lake ready for bus schedule changes (Audio included)

Indian Lake school board members handled a crowded agenda during their August meeting Monday night. With the start of school slated for Wednesday, the board heard several presentations on procedural changes.

Elementary co-principal Jeff Reprogle updated the board on how students will be dropped off and picked up in lieu of the new bus policy. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school if they are uncertain of what the students are expected to do. Superintendent Pat O’Donnell hopes that parents will be patient and expect most problems to be resolved within a two-week period.

Will all three levels of students (elementary, middle, and high) riding the bus, discipline on the bus will be more severe. The district has adopted a “3-strike” policy. Simply, if a student has three mishaps on the bus, the student will be expected to find their own way to school.

Increasing school safety has become a major objective for the upcoming school year. An increase in cameras, buzzers at certain entrances, and even rekeying the doors at the high school are all steps being taken to make it more difficult for intruders to get into the buildings.

High school principal Rob Underwood discussed the new Face Time program being implemented at the high school this year. Every Tuesday students will be divided into predetermined groups of 15-20 students. The groups will comprise students from all four grades. The teacher in each room will moderate activities designed to build a stronger community spirit within the school. In addition, it is hoped that upperclass students will accept a mentor role for the younger students.  The program was developed because the staff was noticing that many students were not receiving adequate guidance in their lives and consequently making bad choices.

Underwood discusses Face Time.

Curriculum Director Kyle Wagner presented the board with state of Ohio’s latest method to evaluate school district performance. The “excellence with distinction” rating that the district earned on its last report card will be replaced with a series of letter grades. The standards have been raised. Wagner indicated that even though the evaluation process begins this year, it will take two years to have the entire system in place. O’Donnell, like most superintendents, is frustrated by the state meddling into school district operations. However, he indicated that if the staff continues to work for the students like they have in the past, the evaluation will take care of itself.

High school athletic director Jeff Courter accepted a check for $13,000 for the Indian Lake Athletic Boosters. 

The board accepted the resignations of bus driver Mary Headlee and JV boys soccer coach Brad Yinger.

The board will next meet on September 16th at 6:30 p.m.

O'Donnell talks about a variety of topics.

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