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School buses are rated at 100%

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - Updated: 4:19 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE - For the second year in a row all the buses at Indian Lake Central School have received a 100 percent passing grade from state bus inspectors.

The good news was delivered to the Board of Education Tuesday, July 11, by Transportation Supervisor George Virgil, who said, "We haven't had any failures."

Virgil gave much of the credit to mechanic Andrew Smith and the computerized diagnostic equipment that can pinpoint problems.

In a related item, the BOE approved renewing the bus storage and snow removal agreement with the Town of Indian Lake at the same rate of $825 a month.

FOREIGN STUDENTS

The BOE approved a policy for admitting foreign students that sets minimum language and academic standards.

Superintendent Mark Brand believes there is a good chance the 2013/14 school year will be the first for which foreign students arrive for a year of study at Indian Lake.

Brand said one host family is confirmed and four foreign students from Europe and Asia have expressed interest in attending this fall.

CELL PHONES

The board is taking a wait-and-see approach to the possession and use of cell phones in school by students. Brand said, "So far I'm not hearing any complaints about cell phones being used in classes."

Brand and the board agree that as long as students limit their use of cell phones to the cafeteria and hallways there is no problem with them.

But Brand did make it clear he considers study hall a class and cell phones should not be used there.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- The board approved tenure for Business teacher Jeff Reynolds, effective Sept. 27.

-- Jon Voorhees was reappointed as BOE president and David Harrington was reappointed as vice president.

-- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has waived a $500 fine. The fine was imposed because the varsity softball team did not complete the post-season schedule.

The fine was waived because the school successfully argued the team was unable to complete the season due to games postponed due to weather, which caused a conflict with testing.

-- Brand reported the school would reapply for a North Country Regional Economic Development Council grant for purchasing and installing a wood pellet boiler to heat the school.

The ILCS BOE will next meet Tuesday, Aug. 20, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

peterklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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