LOWELL | Tri-Creek School Corp. high schoolers will be paid technology interns for the first time, assisting at the high school and middle school.
The Tri-Creek School Board voted 3-1 recently to approve hiring three Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education students at minimum wage to serve as interns.
Board Vice President Michelle Dumbsky was strongly opposed.
"Being a student and being an employee are two different things. ... We're dealing with students and their own peers," she said.
Dumbsky said the ICE students could be employed by another school district, but interacting with their peers in this way is objectionable, she said.
Board member Tim Cottingham said the goal of ICE, under the direction of Kathy Nelson, is to give employment experiences to students, so he supported the measure.
Jay Blackman, director of information and education technology, said he considers the hiring of the ICE students a pilot program.
In another matter, the board agreed Ryan Andriesse, a part-timer in the district's technology department, can be hired to serve as the auditorium technician. Faculty member John Decker will handle the auditorium's scheduling.
Andrew Killion, Lowell High band director, resigned from the position after a year.
Dumbsky said it's important to have someone with theater qualifications in the job because lighting, for instance, has not been properly done for events. She acknowledged, however, that it's a difficult slot to fill.
Cottingham pointed out that Andriesse will be close to the threshold that would move him into full-time status and, therefore, eligible for benefits.
Superintendent Debra Howe said the auditorium management will be reviewed and revisited in September.