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New high school principal approved

Underwood returns to Indian Lake


FILE — Rob Underwood, left, then-assistant Indian Lake High School principal talks with students in 2010 during a Honda-funded trip to Eagle Rock School — a facility for at-risk teens —in Estes Park, Colo. Mr. Underwood was rehired by the Indian Lake Board of Education Monday as principal of the district's high school. (PHOTO | COURTESY TOM RIPPEY)

Indian Lake Board of Education members at a regular meeting Monday hired a new high school principal and approved resignations for seven longtime staff members.

The school board approved a two-year contract for Rob Underwood to replace retiring Diane Gillespie as high school principal.

It won’t be Mr. Underwood’s first time through Indian Lake High School. He was an assistant high school principal in 2009 and 2010. For the last two years, he’s worked as an assistant principal at Ada Exempted Village Schools.

Mr. Underwood was chosen among 60 applicants for the job. He will be paid $80,000.

Board members also accepted resignations for the purpose of retirement from teachers Melanie Fry, kindergarten; Sherry Thomas and Charlotte Pusey, second grade; Pamela Elder, high school Spanish; and Susan Harshbarger, high school business/technology, effective June 1.

A resignation for the purpose of retirement was also accepted from Gloria Shultz, elementary educational assistant, effective May 25. The resignation of Beth Overs, bus driver, was also accepted, effective April 12.

Mrs. Fry and Mrs. Thomas each worked 35 years at Indian Lake. Mrs. Pusey was at Indian Lake for 33 years, Mrs. Elder, 30 years and Mrs. Harshbarger, 15 years. Mrs. Overs has worked 20 years for the district and Mrs. Shultz worked 12 years at the school.

Superintendent Pat O’Donnell and members of the board spoke highly of the work of each retiring teacher and staff member.

“Their contribution to this district has been significant,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “What they’ve given to this school, it’s hard to measure.”

Mrs. Overs was approved by the board as a substitute bus driver. Terrassa Cline will again work with the district after the board approved her as a substitute bus aide, as recommended by the Logan County Educational Service Center.

Mrs. Cline resigned her job as a bus driver in February, shortly after the bus she was driving traveled off the road and overturned on a snow- and ice-covered portion of Stokes Township Road 88.

In other action, the board accepted/approved:

• high school contracts for: Dana Davis, Erin Miller, Patrick Oliver, Kristen Grillot, Christina Oakley and David Starr, one year limited; Melissa Rice-Gonglik, Jessica Tussing, Jason Fauley and Scott Tressler, three year limited; and Blythe Moorhouse, Ryan Stanford, Colleen Bodin and Andrea Schlaegel, continuing contracts;

• middle school contracts for: Melissa Mefford, Elizabeth Selover and Scott Miller, one year limited; Michael Hunter, Chris Anders and Joyce King, five year limited; and Morissa Sweeney, continuing;

• elementary school contracts for: Karmen Kirkpatrick, one year limited; Jodi Carder, five year limited; and Jennifer Downing, Kevin Eyink, Elizabeth Wolf, Gina Evers, and Holly Powers, continuing; and

• supplemental contract for Jessica Peters, middle school track;

The next regular Indian Lake school board meeting is set for May 15.

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