Meeting: Otwell Miller Academy Board

The Otwell Miller Academy Board met Monday and:

• Approved the resignation of school nurse Leslie Prevo. The position will be reopened for hire.

• Approved a salary increase of $1,000 for the two office staff members. The pay increase matches a raise the teachers received.

• Heard an update on efforts to start a food service program at the school. Director Rich Padgett said the necessary paperwork is being filed with the Indiana Department of Education to set up a free and reduced lunch program, and he is working to find a food service company that could manage the meal program for the school.

• Heard a presentation from Jeremiah Pitts of J&M Refrigeration about setting up a kitchen at the school. Pitts works in the restaurant industry and is familiar with what it takes to set up a professional kitchen, Padgett said. The estimates are between $10,000 and $18,000, depending on whether the equipment is new or used.

• Began discussions on a five-year strategic plan for the school. A committee will be formed in the next couple months to put together the plan. Some of the questions answered will be whether or not the school still wants to pursue the old Otwell Elementary School building and whether or not to add to the school’s current facility.

• Discussed a lice and illness policy. The vote was tabled until next month’s meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the school, 9958 County Road 150 North, Otwell.

• Approved a partnership with the NWEA Consortium for student assessments to measure growth and proficiency throughout students’ time at OMA. Unlike the ISTEP tests which are taken once a year, NWEA assessments test children three times a year to track their progress.

• Heard that the school’s audit is complete. The next step is the exit interview with the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

• Heard that two student teachers will join the staff at the school in the spring.

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