Indian Lake prepares for ’22-’23 school year; BoE approves an armed response team (Audio included)

Submitted by Jamie Ross

It was a busy Monday for Indian Lake Local Schools.

Families and educators gathered to kick off the new school year Monday night.

Indian Lake held an All-District Open House for elementary, middle, and high school students and parents.

Kids were able to reconnect with teachers and friends, drop off supplies, pick up schedules and ask lots of questions. Quest Community Church handed out hot dogs and backpacks full of school supplies at ILMS, while Community Health and Wellness Partners offered immunizations.

The Indian Lake Board of Education held its August meeting during the first hour of the Open House event.

During the meeting, board members voted to once again approve an Armed Response Team on campus.

House Bill 99 will take effect later this fall once training requirements are set. Indian Lake’s Armed Response Team members must be board-approved. Those names will not be disclosed to the public, but they will be submitted to the state.

Underwood also updated the board on several projects on campus. The roof project at the high school should be completed by the end of September, along with the EIFS project at both ILHS and ILMS.

The first day of school at Indian Lake is Wednesday, August 17th.

Indian Lake Elementary Open House

Summary of the Indian Lake Board of Education Meeting from August 15, 2022:

The Indian Lake Local School District Board of Education took the following action during the August 15, 2022, Regular Board Meeting.

Approved the Financial Report ending July 31, 2022, and Board Bills as presented.

Approved the minutes from July 26, 2022, Public Hearing, and the July 26, 2022, Regular Meeting.

Approved the estimated resource and appropriation modifications; accepted the listed donations to the Indian Lake Elementary Library in memory of Indian Lake Lakeview Liberian, Sally Jarvis (Linda Miller – $50; Bill and Carol Davis – $40; Gary and Julie Bolyard – $50; Chris and Jan Winder – $50; Jim and Georgianna Jenkins – $50; Reser Motorsales – $60; Ron and Cindi Kratzenberg – $50; Pat Herring – $10; the cash of $80; anonymous – $1500).

Approved the Substitute Employee lists dated 8/25/2022 as recommended by the Midwest Regional ESC based on the condition that the administrative team reviews the list to insure the individuals listed are individuals we want in our buildings; approved Substitute Employees and Substitute Rates; approved teacher salary schedule advancements due to degree and or hours earned that have been certified by official college transcripts as listed; accepted resignations; approved teacher contract, approved educational assistant contract; approved food service contract modification; approved bus driver contract; approved lunchroom monitors and substitute lunchroom monitors; and approved Athletic Event Workers as listed.

Substitute Employees:

Substitute Teacher and Educational Assistant: Lists dated 8/25/2022 as recommended by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center.

Substitute Bus Driver: Dave Coburn, Robert Underwood (pending certification)

Substitute Secretary: Patricia Stanley (after September 5, 2022)

Substitute Custodians:

Substitute Grounds Keeper: Jason Cummins

Substitute Food Service: Miriam Baier, Patti Bailar, Jennifer Harford, Genevieve Proctor, Barbara Scherer

Substitute Rates:

(Substitute Hourly Rates may be automatically adjusted to meet Federal and State Minimum Wage Requirements)

  • Substitute Teacher – $115.00 a day/$57.50 half day
  • Substitute Nurse – $115.00 a day/$57.50 half day
  • Home Tutor – $22.00 per hour
  • Substitute Bus Driver – Route Rate $18.00 per hour; Substitute Trip Rate $14.00 per hour; $21.00 per hour Saturday & Sunday
  • Assistant Transportation Director Rate – $20.00 per hour
  • Substitute Bus Mechanic – $14.00 per hour
  • Substitute Bus Aide – $11.00 per hour
  • Substitute Secretary – $11.00 per hour
  • Substitute Food Service – $11.00 per hour
  • Substitute Educational Assistant – $11.00 per hour
  • Substitute Custodian – $14.00 per hour
  • Substitute Grounds Keeper – $15.00 per hour

Advancement on Salary Schedule:

Alicia Pickering from MS to MS+45

Karen Cordova from MS+25 to MS+45

Resignations:

Terry Brentlinger – effective at the end of the 2021-22 contract

Melanie Green – effective at the end of the 2021-22 contract

Teacher Contract**

Stacy Everhart – Middle School Intervention Specialist, 1-year limited contract; Step 9, Master’s Degree

Elementary Educational Assistant**

Gabriella Maier – 1-year contract with 0 years of experience

Food Service Contract Modification**

Amy Kesecker – 4-hour Elementary Cook; 0 years exp. to 2 years exp.

4-Hour Bus Driver Contract**

Chris Burden – 1-year contract, step 0

Lunchroom Monitor for up to 2.25 hours per day

Lori Carpenter

Substitute Lunchroom Monitors for up to 2.25 hours per day

Patti Bailar

Tammy Martin

Athletic Event Workers:

Dana Clune, Jana Core, Eric Finke, Bill Fulton*, Kristen Glink, Wes Hall, Sam Jackson*, Brenda Jackson*, Morgan Kaser, Jennifer Ignarski, Andrea Jacobs, Mike Mauer, Don Lewis*, Erin Miller, Missy Mefford, Judy Niese*, Tracey Notestine, Brenda Oda, Pat Oliver*, Zach Overturf, Mike Pusey, Valarie Rapp, Mariann Reese, Jamie Ross, Lindsay Ross, JP Schulz*, Kristen Soos, Josh Shelton, Lisa Seeley, Matt Steinbarger, Kelli Strayer, Ryan Stanford, Brian Tidwell, Mandy Tidwell, Nick Tucci, Lisa Borgerding, Ashley Brentlinger, Ron Borgerding, Ryan Lillard, and Christi Warneke.

*Denotes non-staff members. **(All contracts are contingent upon receipt of required background checks, placement on salary schedule by the Treasurer in accordance with the ILEA or ILACE agreement and district procedures following receipt of all documentation of transcripts and prior years of service for which employee may be eligible, if applicable to that position.)

Approved the out-of-state overnight 8th Grade Washington DC trip to be held May 30 through June 2, 2023.

Approved Virtual Learning Academy Teacher Pay Rates at $7 per completed lesson. Payment is only for courses covered outside of the regular teaching day. All current, board-approved, licensed teachers are eligible to teach VLA.

Approved the 2022-23 Bus Routes as presented and authorize the transportation director to adjust as needed.

Approved to join the 22/23 META Solutions purchasing cooperative’s annual bus purchase consortium; this resolution does not obligate the district to purchase the bus(es).

  • WHEREAS, the Indian Lake Local Board of Education wished to advertise and receive bids for the purchase of one or more 83-passenger conventional school bus(es) and/or one or more handicap-equipped conventional bus(es). THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Indian Lake Board of Education wishes to participate and authorize META Solutions (META, at no charge to its members) to advertise and receive bids on said Board’s behalf as per the specifications submitted for the cooperative purchase of one or more 83-passenger conventional school bus(es) and/or one or more handicap-equipped conventional bus(es).” (Enclosures)

Approved the Resolution Establishing Educational Requirements for Substitute Teachers for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 School Years.

The Superintendent advised the Board that the notice requirements of R.C. 121.22 and any amendments thereto, and the implementing rules adopted by the Board pursuant thereto, were complied with for the meeting.

WHEREAS the issuance of a substitute teaching license requires an applicant to meet certain educational requirements, which minimally include a post-secondary degree; and

WHEREAS, on June 24, 2022, Governor DeWine signed into law Ohio House Bill 583 (“H.B. 583”).  Section 7 of H.B. 583 provides that the Board may employ a person who does who do not hold a post-secondary degree as a substitute teacher for 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years provided that they meet specific requirements.  Section 7 of H.B. 583 specifically provides a pertinent part that a board:

[…] may employ an individual who does not hold a post-secondary degree as a substitute teacher, for 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years only, provided that the individual also meets the following requirements:

  1. The individual meets the district’s or school’s own set of educational requirements.
  2. The individual is deemed to be of good moral character.
  3. The individual successfully completes a criminal records check as prescribed in section 3319.39 of the Revised Code.

WHEREAS consistent with Section 7 of H.B. 583, the Board desires to establish its own educational requirements to employ substitute teachers for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

WHEREAS, the Ohio Department of Education has issued guidance indicating that pursuant to Ohio law the Board may conditionally employ individuals with a pending application for a substitute teaching license, that the Department will begin issuing temporary non-bachelor’s licenses on August 1, 2022, and that once the Department receives the application, a Board may conditionally employ a substitute for a period of 60 days.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of the Indian Lake Local School District, that:

Section 1. For the 2022-2023 school year and for the 2023-2024 school year, the Board modifies its educational requirements for the employment of substitute teachers such that it may employ as a substitute teacher an individual who does not hold a post-secondary degree provided that:

  1. the individual meets the educational requirements for the employment of substitute teachers as follows:
    • The individual is a graduate of a high school or has a statement of high school equivalence in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
    • Preferably, the individual is enrolled in a post-graduate program to earn a degree in education (teaching) or has significant experience coaching and/or supervising school-age children;
  2. The individual is deemed of good moral character;
  3. The individual successfully completes a criminal background check as prescribed by R.C. 3319.39; and
  4. The individual satisfies all other applicable requirements and procedures contained in the Revised Code and the Administrative Code with respect to that individual’s qualifications to be a substitute teacher.

Section 2. The educational requirements specified in Section 1 are established notwithstanding any policy, administrative guideline, or job description to the contrary.

Section 3. It is hereby found and determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning and relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting of the Board and that all deliberations of this Board and any of its committees that resulted in such formal actions were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code and any amendments thereto.

Approved and adopted the Information Security controls based on the NIST Cyber Security Framework Version 1.1. Implementation of the controls described will be prioritized by risk and will occur in a time frame that is both fiscally and humanly consistent with the abilities of Indian Lake Local Schools.

Approved the Resolution Authorizing the Superintendent to develop an armed response team consistent with the requirements contained in HB 99. This Resolution satisfies the statutory requirement to notify the public that one or more staff member has been authorized to convey and possess a deadly ordinance in all school safety zones under the jurisdiction of this Board, including all school District property and grounds, for purposes of responding to threats and emergency events in the school environment. This Resolution takes effect on September 12, 2022, in accordance with HB 99.

WHEREAS, this Board of Education is greatly concerned about the safety of our staff, students, parents, and volunteers while utilizing school facilities; and

WHEREAS, in the event of a safety crisis in the school zone, reliance upon existing authorities for assistance may not be logistically practical; and

WHEREAS, the State of Ohio recently enacted House Bill 99, allowing Boards of Education to authorize armed staff in a school safety zone if certain procedures are followed; and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent and Board Legal Counsel have reviewed the requirements and procedures necessary to have armed staff in the school zone; and

WHEREAS, local law enforcement has been consulted and provided necessary input into the procedural process; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent to develop an armed response team consistent with the requirements contained in HB 99;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent shall complete the following:

  1. Solicit volunteers for the District response team and determine eligibility, including appropriate annual background checks.
  2. Ensure selected individuals are trained in accordance with requirements, including a minimum initial training of 24 hours with 8-hour annual training.
  3. If additional training is required, the Superintendent will make such a determination.
  4. Upon selection and training of volunteers, submit a list of individuals to the Board for approval; the list shall remain confidential and not a Public Record.
  5. Submit a list of the armed individuals to the Ohio School Safety and Crisis Center as required.
  6. Ensure that armed staff complete annual background checks as required by HB 99.
  7. Coordinate District safety efforts with local law enforcement agencies.
  8. The Superintendent is authorized to purchase materials and other expenses, including weapons, as he deems appropriate.
  9. The Superintendent is authorized to initiate any further acts necessary for the development of the armed response team.

Approved the Service Agreement with RJP Interpreting.

The next Board of Education meeting will be on September 19, 2022, at 6:30 pm in the Board of Education Office located at 6210 State Route 235 N, Lewistown, OH 43333.