The following are tidbits of news gathered at the April 11 London school board meeting.
• Brake Retiring. Tony Brake, assistant principal at London Elementary, submitted his resignation for the purpose of retirement. His retirement will go into effect on July 1.
• Drug-Sniffing Dogs. The high school and middle school recently arranged for the London Police Department to bring drug-sniffing dogs onto school property for a routine check. At both schools, the dogs hit on a couple of lockers, but subsequent searches of those lockers and others in the vicinity turned up no drugs.
Chad Eisler, principal at the high school, said the dogs also hit on one car in the parking lot; only cigarettes and lighters were found. Eisler said the routine checks are generally done once a year.
• McTeacher Night. From 5 to 7 p.m. May 14-15, London Elementary Principal Carol Daniels and members of her staff will don McDonalds uniforms and serve customers at the counter and drive-through at the McDonalds restaurant on High Street in downtown London. Fifteen percent of the restaurants profits during those hours will be donated to the school.
Before spring break, the same store arranged for Ronald McDonald to visit the elementary school to deliver an anti-bullying message. The school also collects pop tabs, which are recycled for cash, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
• Satisfaction Survey. Last month, the district invited the public to participate in an online survey regarding their satisfaction with various facets of the district. Completing the survey were 1,170 students, 161 staff members, 113 parents, and 54 community members. The results will be presented at the May school board meeting.
• Hoops and Slime. On March 30, London Middle School students squared off against school staff members in a game of basketball. Hitting seven three-pointers during the game, the students won by two points. Students earned the right to play by having the highest scores on the third quarter assessments. Spectators needed to score at least 60 percent or show a 10 percent improvement to attend the game.
That same day, the school celebrated earning $893 through the box top collection. The students who brought in the most box tops got toslime Principal Darren Fillman and guidance counselor Cynthia Peters. (The slime was pudding dyed with green food coloring.)