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Northeast School Corp. adopts new key policy

Students and parents were able to mingle, talk with teachers and enjoy refreshments at North Central High School's open house on Monday evening.

The Northeast School Corp. Board of Trustees approved a new key policy, putting student safety first, at their regular monthly meeting on Monday. 

This new policy follows other safety precautions the corporation has put in place, including the installation of new handles and locks.

“We spend all this money on locks and doors and all that … there are four to eight different levels of keys at each one of the three buildings, so we thought it was important to have a new key policy,” Superintendent Mark Baker said. 

This new policy compartmentalizes the keys, only allowing employees to access specific areas of the building. 

“The last thing that we want to do is to give everybody a master key,” Baker said.

Director of School Services J.T. Roberts explained that each building has one set of keys for the principal’s office, the office staff, cooks and custodians, athletics and teachers. There are a few more layers when it comes to the high school due to the auto shop. 

Roberts also provided an update on the facilities and the cafeteria. 

“The first three days were a very huge success in the cafeterias,” he informed the board. 

At Northeast North Elementary School, a total of 171 lunches were sold on the third day of school, which is the most since the head cook has been there. 

“It was good to see those numbers coming up and coming back and we hope to continue moving forward with those,” Roberts said. “I think the kids are going to put the word of mouth more than we’re going to.” 

In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of Ryan Kamman, teacher, assistant athletic director and dean at North Central High School; Kathy Myers, as NCHS Beta sponsor; and Ashley Swalls, bus aide on bus 16.

They also approved the hire of Ashley Bement, NCHS Beta sponsor; Shannon Shacklett and Shauna Coulson, substitute teachers; Lori Lofton, bus aide for bus 16; Brian Raber, Justin Barnard, Mark Drake, Wyatt Held and Paul Simmons as assistant football coaches; Joe Kutch and Caleb Justice as junior high assistant football coaches; Glen Fields and Tony Helton as volunteer football coaches; Heather McCoskey, volleyball coach; Mia McCoskey, assistant volleyball coach; and Dillon Taylor, junior high volleyball coach. 

In other business:

  • The board voted to advertise the 2020 budget hearing to be at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on Sept. 9.   

  • Status quo teacher contracts were also approved. Indiana law requires teacher contracts to be settled by Nov. 15.

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