Meeting: Otwell Miller Academy

Otwell Miller Academy School Board met Monday and:

• Continued discussion on bringing lunch service into the school building. Staff will need to work with the Friends of Otwell group to upgrade the kitchen area to handle appliances. The school plans to hire Philadelphia-based Aramark to provide lunch service, and representatives of the company will attend the October meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the school, 9958 County Road 150 North.

• Renewed a contract with Westfield-based Indiana Charters for technical support, special education and state reporting services.

• Discussed the school’s lice and illness policies. The school recently hired a nurse, who will start in her position Monday, who will look over the policies to make suggestions before the October meeting.

• Approved bylaws for the school.

• Heard that the school buses passed the biannual state inspections.

• Heard that the flag pole is up and operational.

• Heard that a water system has been added for landscaping.

• Heard that the school is waiting for fencing that will go up around the area that will become an outdoor playground on school property. Currently, students use the playground at the nearby Otwell Community Center. The school has a basketball hoop and swingset for the future playground, but is looking for donations to help purchase additional equipment.

• Heard that the school received the Teacher Appreciation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education for an amount that is to be announced. The grant is awarded based on the number of teachers evaluated at effective or highly effective according to the state’s evaluation system.

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