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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Notes from School Board Meeting on March 10, 2009

The Wawasee Community School Corporation Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the North Webster Elementary School Library.

Donations were accepted for the WHS choral department from the Knights of Columbus ($1150.00), a sound system from Mr. And Mrs. Walter Palmer, and the Academic Super Bowl from Wawasee Kiwanis ($500.00). The WHS Student council sponsored a Winterfest for Riley Hospital, with the total of Riley donations for the year at $8000.00.

All-NLC Frosh Brittany Robinson swam to an 8th place in the state championships in the 50 freestyle and a 7th place in the 100 butterfly. Along the way, Brittany won both events at the NLC and sectional championships and established school, pool, conference and sectional records.

All-NLC swimmer Senior Jake Garner placed 14th in the 100 butterfly in the IHSAA state championships. Jake established the WHS record for this event at the Concord sectional. Also swimming in the state championships were Junior Robert Smith, 31st in the 50- freestyle and Warrior 200 yard medley relay swimmers Garner, Smith, Caleb Buyer and John Kirkwood, finishing 27th.

The Warriors are coached by Julie Robinson, Lenore Stump and Kevin Hite.

Minutes of the February meeting were approved, as were claims for payment.
Personnel recommendations, including the retirement this year of WHS assistant principal Alan Frank, were acted upon. Mr. Frank's knowledge, compassion, and work hours will leave a hard-to-fill void!

Dr. Bob Cockburn presented data relating to the changing demographics of our district and the Wawasee community. Free/reduced lunch numbers are double ten years ago, and English as a second language student have increased markedly.

Mr. Phil Metcalf, Vocational Director, and Ms. Shannon Fry, WHS counselor, discussed dual-credit opportunities for our high school students. Dual-credits are a way of awarding college credit for certain high school courses. WHS has been involved with dual-credits in several vocational areas. Advanced Placement, dual-credit classes for an Academic Honors Diploma are now being investigated.

The WCSC is piloting a full-day kindergarten program this school year. Teachers in that program presented preliminary results from this year. Full-day students are spending much more than double the ½-day students in learning activities. The teachers recommended continuing the program at least at the present levels for 2009-2010.

Mr. Jim Evans, finance director, reported to the Board on levels of the various funds. The Board approved a resolution to appropriate the construction funds to be used during the next two summers. A new copier lease was approved, too.

Dr. Edington, superintendent, reported about reading level (vocabulary) issues with the mathematics story problem portion of the recent ISTEP tests. District school nurses were thanked by the Board for their efforts. The status of planned summer facility work was discussed.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Joy Goshert discussed Fall ISTEP test results which impact our school designations. Wawasee Schools passing No Child Left Behind this year are Wawasee High School and Syracuse Elementary School. Wawasee passed as a district.

The School Board adopted new policies which have been researched and discussed during the past year. The policies officially begin on August 1.

The next Board meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at Milford School.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Frank is one of the finest administrators I have ever known. He shows a passion for students and for service. While he shows the authority to discipline students, he also is always the first person to smile and say hello in the morning. Although I am now graduated, I am one former student who will be saddened to see him leave Wawasee High School. Thank you Mr. Frank for all you have done for Wawasee High School and all you have done for me…

Thomas Steiner said...

It is with great sadness to see Mr. Frank retire. Mr. Frank has always been a great assistant principal. I have known Mr. Frank for almost eleven years. It has been my great pleasure to work around Mr. Frank. Thanks a million for keeping me in line. LOL. I will miss him not being at WHS. His knowledge will live on forever though and his compassion and work hours will be hard to fill. He is always filling the pop machines to keep us pop drinkers happy. He always has a smile on his face and always says hi to me in the hallways when he sees me. I have taken great pride in Mr. Frank and what he does for the kids of WHS and his hard working custodians. You are the greatest and the best of luck to you Mr. Frank in your retirement. I for one, will miss you sadly. Come back and see us as often as you can.