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Indian Lake school security enhancements spotlighted

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Updated security protocols for each building and a policy for students’ bus behavior were outlined Monday before a regular meeting of the Indian Lake Schools board.

Doors will be locked all day and visitors must get buzzed in, administrators report. There will be more cameras throughout the campus, and high school doors have been outfitted with new locks to enhance security.

As a result of a new route that will see elementary and high school students on the same bus, board members approved new disciplinary guidelines that could result in a student being banned from the bus. A “three-strike” policy means that three behavioral infractions from any one student means that pupil won’t be permitted to ride the bus anymore.

Wages for hourly workers and substitutes were approved.

Substitute teachers will make $85 per day, and $42.50 for each half day. Home tutors will make $15 per hour. Bus drivers will get $10.30 an hour per route, and $8.50 an hour for extracurricular trips. Mechanics will be paid $12.85 per hour. Bus aides, secretaries, food service personnel, educational assistants and custodians will be paid $7.85 per hour.

High school principal Rob Underwood discussed a peer-to-peer mentoring program to be introduced this year. On Tuesdays, students will be divided into groups of 15-20 students from all four grades. Teachers in each room will moderate discussion and activities aimed at fostering a more communal attitude among students.

In other action, the board approved/accepted:

• resignations of Mary Headlee, bus driver, and Brad Yinger, junior varsity boys’ soccer coach; and

• a $13,000 donation from the Indian Lake Athletic Boosters.

The next regular meeting is Sept. 16.

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