Indian Lake BOE Hears Special Education Report; several donations

The Indian Lake Board of Education wrapped up business for 2022, discussed several donations coming to the district, and delved into special education during their final meeting of the year.

Meaghen Tidwell, Director of Special Education, gave her annual Special Education Report. Tidwell mentioned over 250 students within the district are on an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).

She also stated, over the next few years, she expects numbers to grow beyond the current 16%, but she is confident the staff will continue to provide excellent services to students and their families.

Next up for the board, Superintendent Dr. Rob Underwood reported that several donations have been given to the district recently.

Dr. Underwood accepted a $4,000 donation to the Indian Lake Music Department from Sandy Helgeson and Vicki Boots with the Nashville Hitmakers. The annual concert event celebrated 10 years this past summer and will continue this coming August in the ILHS Auditorium.

The board also accepted donations from:

  • The Logan County Education Teacher Grants for a total of $2,900
  • Mary Rutan Foundation Grants for $7,500
  • AMVETS Post 39 Charitable Contribution of $21,536.55 – That money will be used to supplement student needs.
  • Donations to the Nikki Shoe Memorial Scholarship in memory of her father Steve Shoe totaling $1,840.00
  • $100 to the Student Needs fund from C&A Engraving
  • $100 to the Indian Lake Vocal Music from the IL Area Historical Society
  • $851.98 from Tyler Rode to the Class of 2015 Memorial Scholarship
  • $6,500 from Lewis Construction for the purpose of new football uniforms.

Board members approved a contract with Waibel Energy Systems to install access controls on district doors as part of a $114,000 safety grant initiative. They also voted to waive competitive bidding and select Intertek Professional Service Systems to abate remaining asbestos in the high school ahead of the ILHS HVAC project this coming summer.

The board entered into an executive session for the purpose of considering the employment and discipline of a public employee or official of the School District.

The Indian Lake Board of Education will gather for an organizational meeting on Wednesday, January 4, at 5 p.m. to set the schedule for 2023. Gabe Wickline will serve as President Pro-Tempore for that meeting.