School board discusses safety in schools

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School board discusses safety in schools

School board members gather for the Feb. 20 meeting. The meeting was rescheduled twice before Tuesday’s meeting.

School board members gather for the Feb. 20 meeting. The meeting was rescheduled twice before Tuesday’s meeting.

School board members gather for the Feb. 20 meeting. The meeting was rescheduled twice before Tuesday’s meeting.

School board members gather for the Feb. 20 meeting. The meeting was rescheduled twice before Tuesday’s meeting.

Samantha Szewczyk

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On Feb. 20, Lake Central School Corporation’s school board met in the LGI room. The board discussed plans for summer school as well as an increase in Lake Central School Corporation’s bond rating.

Mrs. Sarah Castaneda, Director of Secondary Education, also announced that the early math program will be discontinued. The program had certain individuals take seventh grade algebra, a course commonly taken freshman year. Mrs. Castaneda stated at the meeting that 27-29 percent of students who participated in the early math program moved to a regular math class during their high school career.

Public comments at the meeting inquired about safety at corporation schools in response to recent events in Florida. Mrs. Cindy Sues, School Board Secretary, proposed that some funds from the potential referendum could be used to tackle safety concerns in schools.

“I think it’s important for us to consider what are the ways that we can increase security in our buildings and we do firmly believe that a police presence in the buildings helps. It serves as a deterrent, it makes you be a less desirable target for someone who wants to be able to easily carry out some act of hatred,” Dr. Larry Veracco, Superintendent, said, “On the other hand, I don’t think turning your school building is the answer, I don’t think we need to have people at every corner seeing somebody with a uniformed officer, I‘m not sure if that’s the answer.”

The board also discussed an additional third emergency contact for students. The change will be reflected on student registration for next school year.

“It had to do with how complicated divorces get now a days that ‘ok, me first, then my ex and if he’s in Illinois and unavailable, then who’s the third person that [the school] goes to? I’m glad that we’re doing that,” Veracco said.

The board also honored middle school achievements for band, wrestling and boys basketball. The next school board meeting will be held on March 5.