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Sussex Countian
  • Indian River school safety monitor recognized for identifying “suspicious character”

  • The Indian River School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Oct. 28 at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown.
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  • The Indian River School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Oct. 28 at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. Highlights from the meeting include:
    > Thomas Troublefield, school safety monitor for Phillip C. Showell Elementary in Selbyville, was recognized with an “Above and Beyond” award. According to Superintendent Susan Bunting, during the first week of school Troublefield spotted a “suspicious character” standing near a fence on the school’s property. Troublefield notified local police, who “identified that person as someone who should not be around children.”
    > Representatives from Verizon Wireless addressed the board, presenting a proposal to locate a telecommunications facility with several antennas at Lord Baltimore Elementary in Ocean View. The proposed lease agreement runs for a total of up to 25 years, with rental compensation beginning at $21,000 per year with a 15 percent escalation every five years. Board member Donald Hattier voiced concerns regarding electromagnetic radiation being emitted from the facility and negatively affecting school children. Bryan Grebis, an independent consultant for Verizon, said the antennas have been tested at full capacity and still fall below a safety threshold mandated by the Federal Communications Commission. Board member Rodney Layfield said a committee will be formed to further discuss the proposal.
    > The board unanimously approved reimbursement of out-of-pocket costs for its new school safety monitors. The costs totaled $8,118 and included Limited Liability Corporation initial startup and close out costs that have been incurred to date under the independent contractor scenario, business license fees, criminal background checks and weapons or ammunition.
    > The board unanimously approved the allocation of additional funding for schools impacted by this year’s addition of full-day kindergarten. Additional money needed totals about $80,000.
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