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Indian Lake Schools React to Sandy Hook (Audio included)

The Indian Lake Local School District conducted their final board meeting for 2012 on Monday night.  A mixed bag of good and bad news best describes the agenda.

The tragedy of Sandy Hook caused Indian Lake to reevaluate the way a major crisis is handled. Superintendent Pat O’Donnell met with his administrative staff on Monday. As a result, administrators and teachers will be more visible, the number of locked doors from the outside at each school will increase and counseling will be provided for those students and staff that are in need.

The board accepted the resignation of high school principal Denny Shaner. Shaner served the district as a teacher for one year and as a principal for fourteen.  The popular leader was instrumental in the school receiving an “Excellent with Distinction” rating this past year.  Shaner’s last day will be January 31, 2013.

Diane Gillespie was hired to replace Shaner on an interim basis. Gillespie served as a co-principal at the middle school, an elementary principal and this year was the special education director.  No replacement was hired to replace Gillespie.  Present administrators will absorb Gillespie’s duties.

The board has begun to explore options in lieu of the failing of November’s emergency levy. The levy will not reappear on the ballot.  Instead, the renewal levy which is up in 2013, will be presented with a slight increase.

Dave Yanchick, representing Logan County Co-op, presented the board with a $7,671 retained earnings check.  Indian Lake Schools is one of the co-ops largest energy users.

Two supplemental positions were approved for 2013.  Todd Dietz was hired as the new golf coach.  The contract of head football coach Dave Coburn was renewed.

Present board president Mark Wahl was elected for another term.  Board member Kim Boswell will continue to serve on the Ohio Hi-Point School Board.

The board accepted a $5,400 grant from E Tech.  The grant is used to help cover the cost of district-wide internet usage.

The board will have its organizational meeting for 2013 on January 8th at 6 p.m.

O'Donnell discusses Sandy Hook, Shaner and finances.



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