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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:54 PM

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ELIDA­ — After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary which led to the deaths of 20 students and six adults, schools across America are questioning the safety of their students. Elida Local Schools is no different. Superintendent Don Diglia and Mark Miller, the district’s director of business, say Elida is taking measures.

“I think every school in America, when something like that happens, says ‘I wish we could’ve done more.’ We have to make improvements,” Miller said. “We’re moving forward with the ALICE program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. We have a crisis response team put together through all the buildings, there’s 23 of us. We’ve put buckets in all of the rooms with emergency supplies, anything we could think of that they would possibly need if they were locked in here during an emergency. Don has some great ideas and we’ve been talking with glass people, door people and fence people, trying to figure out how we can make our school buildings safer.”

Diglia says they would like to improve the entrances to the elementary and middle schools.

“We’re looking at things, to maybe create a vestibule with two sets of doors, like in the high school,” he said. “In the high school, once the bell rings and school is in session, anyone who enters the school has to go through the office because the second set of doors locks. We want to make it so the secretary can see the person as they come in and maybe install a buzzer. It’s unfortunate that something so tragic had to happen for us to make these changes, but we want to let you know we are working on it.”

The Board of Education Organizational Meeting was set for 4 p.m. on Jan. 8. Current board president Dennis Fricke was appointed president pro tempore to serve at the meeting until the new president is elected.

The superintendent and the board presented school nurse Carol Blymyer with the Elida Employee Excellence Award. Her nomination by members of the staff was supported by the Elida Employee Excellence Committee and Superintendent Don Diglia.

Students of the month for December are: Elida Elementary- Cody Crates, Lauren Kerns, John Thomas Lesher; Elida Middle School- Devin Baker, Alexis Hartzler, Caleb Newland, Promise Onwuegbuchu; Elida High School- Emily Coelho, Brice Coolidge, Kyle Finnerty, Kaitlin Hawk.
The board accepted the resignations of Cindy Landers (cook, effective Nov. 28, 2012), Pam Radulovich (cook, effective Jan. 1 for retirement), Michelle Cahill (head varsity girls track coach, asst. swim coach 25 percent), and Dan Larimore (JV basketball coach).

The following personnel were approved for employment: Non-certified- Don Brecht (substitute bus driver), Amy Long (substitute cook), Anthony Pillitteri (substitute custodian), Karen Bible-Ramon (substitute cook), Paula Frankhouser (substitute cook), Faye Thomas (substitute cook), Tonya Ramirez (substitute cook); Van Driver- Bill Oleson; Substitute Teachers- Jennifer Vanskyock, Brenda Ames, Michael Maag, Sarah Maidon, Micah Cory, Andrea Aboujaoude, Wes Griffith.


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