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Support staff, supplemental contracts approved

A handful of support staff and spring supplemental contracts was approved Monday during a regular meeting of the Indian Lake school board.

Administrators: Levy would keep district solvent for 5 years

 The committee dedicated to renewal of an existing Indian Lake Schools’ operating levy with an increase ramps up its efforts today to convince district voters to approve the initiative.

 Political signs will begin sprouting up in the front yards of voters supportive of the school’s efforts to renew a levy that generates about $2 million per year with a 35 percent increase.

 The most recent levy question before voters is five years, 8.2 mills. It would generate $2,789,500 per year and cost a $100,000 property $227.50 per year — an extra $56 compared to the existing levy.

 Superintendent Pat O’Donnell said Monday during a regular school board meeting that approval of this levy only brings the district back to 2004 funding levels. The increase makes up for the $722,182 in state funding that Indian Lake Schools have lost since 2004, he said.

 The additional $56 annually that the levy would cost a $100,000 property amounts to about 15 cents a day, the superintendent said.

 “There’s no gravy in this levy whatsoever,” he said.

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The board approved 11 Saturday school monitors for the middle school at a rate of $15 per hour.

They include: Linda Bergmann, Brian Tidwell, Amanda Strayer, Don Bauer, LeAnn Fuson, Morissa Sweeney, Valarie Rapp, Gene Gooding, Chris Anders, Dana Clune and Joyce King.

Spring supplemental contracts were accepted for: Travis Franks, head softball; Chad Lones and Deb Risner, assistant softball; Gary Bryant, assistant volunteer softball; David Snapp, assistant baseball.

Kathy Neil was approved as a substitute custodian, and Dan Fish was approved as a substitute bus driver.

A one-year, limited four-hour per day contract was accepted for Aaron Dodds, bus driver.

Board member Kim Boswell relayed to the rest of the board and Superintendent Pat O’Donnell that she was approached at a recent volleyball game by a district bus driver who thanked the board for moving to a single bus route at the start of the year.

She said this bus driver told her that the one bus route made drivers’ jobs easier, and that older students actually behave better with the younger kids on the bus.

Board members spoke highly of the work from everyone in the transportation department during the transition to one district-wide bus route. Mr. O’Donnell said the decision saved the district about $100,000 in fuel costs over the entire year.

Board members also accepted/approved:

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• resignations from Traci Snyder Gentis, food service; and Rob Kilgore, freshman boys basketball;

• new, revised or replacement board policies as recommended by NEOLA; and

• renewal of insurance on district property and fleet with Ohio Casualty Insurance Company through Stolly Insurance Group.

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