Paisley School’s Board of Directors approved the hiring of Michael Cardoza for a temporary maintenance position during their Monday, Jan. 14, meeting. The position is primarily centered around tree-trimming needs on the school grounds.
The board also discussed updates on the hiring process related to the superintendent position. Supt. Donna Howard reported 19 applicants for the position, according to draft meeting minutes.
Supt. Howard recommend reviewing all of the 19 applications in an executive session. She also provided board members with a list of 30 interview questions, which were made available to the public, according to the draft meeting minutes. The board arrived at a consensus to include Mary O’Leary and one community member on the interview committee, the minutes indicated.
Supt. Howard also commented on safety issues in light of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. The state has formed regional safety committees that will meet and review and develop school safety plans and policies.
She also reported that the Paisley School District is in the process of a number of safety measures. These include installing door handles for elementary classrooms that lock from the inside, closing the southern door in the main school building as an emergency exit only, requesting occasional visits by the Lake County Sheriff and deputies when passing through Paisley, the purchase of hand-held radios for instructors located in the gymnasium or the ag shop and using the existing phone system’s “all page” function to make announcements to all classrooms through the speaker phone with the push of a single button.
In the dormitory report, Dorm Supervisor Kris Norris reported 12 students at present in the facility and indicated 16 students would be the most manageable number for the 2013/14 school year.