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Superintendent O'Donnell addresses Kiwanis

Pat O’DonnellSuperintendent of Indian Lake Schools Pat O’Donnell was the guest speaker at the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday. He reported that the safety of the 1,800 students and 200 staff members of the school district is one of his primary concerns and pointed out additional cameras have been added both inside and outside of all the buildings on campus and secure entry systems have been installed at all main entrances.

O'Donnell happily reported to the Kiwanis that Indian Lake School District recently received a rating of Excellent with Distinction for the 2012-13 school year and that criteria required by Ohio CORE education are changing. For example, students who are currently in the seventh grade will now need an additional year of math-based science prior to receiving a diploma. Additionally, students must also complete 20 credits in more difficult courses such as Algebra II, and financial literacy instruction must be provided to all students. While currently an elective, Mr. O'Donnell said students are encouraged to enroll in foreign language classes to be able to communicate in an increasingly diverse community.

O'Donnell went on to point out that schools across the state have received less financial support from the state of Ohio over the past several years. Indian Lake School District, for example, saw a decrease in funding of over $700,000 over past 10 years, while expenditures have increased by over $1,100,000. For this reason, Indian Lake has placed a renewal levy on November's ballot asking for an increase of 1.6 mils, which would raise the assessment on a $100,000 property an additional $56 each year.

The Kiwanis next scheduled meeting is Thursday at noon.

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