IL January Board of Education Meeting

IL January Board of Education Meeting
Posted on 01/18/2023
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In a busy January Board of Education meeting, Indian Lake Board members got an update on the district's food services, considered the calendar for next school year and postponed discussion of a renewal levy until later this year. 
Board members considered the 2023-24 Indian Lake Schools calendar that was chosen by staff members and presented by Superintendent Dr. Rob Underwood. The first day of school would be August 30th. Dr. Underwood explains that the district requires a later start date than usual this year because of the HVAC project that will be happening at the high school. 
"We need the entire summer to get that work done. Since we're starting later, that obviously makes us end later, so the Board of Education is going to consider a Friday night graduation for May 24th, 2024, because that is Memorial Day Weekend. We've received feedback from our public that a Sunday graduation on Memorial Day Weekend is challenging for families."
After a period of public comment, board members will vote on the calendar at next month’s meeting. (See calendar below)
Board members also discussed the possibility of placing the district's current five-year operating levy on the ballot for renewal later this year. The property tax levy was first passed in 2013-14 and renewed again in 2018. That renewal expires at the end of 2024. The May Primary Ballot is the earliest the district could have asked voters for another renewal, but board members voted to postpone discussions until summer to give our community ample time to consider the measure. 
"We won't be asking for any kind of additional money. It's actually the same amount of money the levy collected in 2013. We feel like we've done a good job, despite inflation and the economy, of living within our means and again, we're not asking voters for any additional money," said Dr. Underwood. 
With this move, the earliest voters could see the renewal levy on the ballot is the 2023 November General Election. 
Indian Lake Food Service Director Brenda Oda also offered an annual update. She explains that participation in purchasing breakfasts and lunches is down somewhat since meals are no longer free as they were during the two years following Covid-19. She reports that the district's three cafeterias serve approximately 400 breakfasts and 900 lunches daily. Roughly 36% of Indian Lake students receive free/reduced cost meals.  

Finally, board members enjoyed cupcakes in honor of January as Ohio School Board Appreciation Month.