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Friday, December 14, 2012

Comments from Dr. Edington

Dear Wawasee School Parents and Community,

The terrible tragedy which occurred at a school in Connecticut today saddens and scares us all. We hope that you sit down with your child, of whatever age, to talk about this random and senseless event. Then, give them a hug!

Our Wawasee School mental health therapists are developing a plan for primary, intermediate, middle, and high school teachers, administrators, and staff members to use Monday in helping our students (your children) deal with this tragedy. We'll review our school safety plans at Wawasee, talk about the need for locking school doors during the day, and work to reassure and instill trust that has been shaken by today's events.

It is so sad that we have to deal with yet another situation where innocent children and those who work with them are victims.

Tom Edington


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

School Board News, 12/12/12

School Board News

The Wawasee School Board met on Tuesday, the 11th.  A work session took place at 5:00 p.m. while the board toured the new culinary arts classroom at WHS.  Teacher Dan Bauer introduced some culinary students, conducted a tour of the room, gave a history of the fairly new program, and had snacks prepared for the guests.

At 5:30, the board met in the WHS Warrior Room in its regular session.  Good news items included a swimming program for special needs students, donated laundering service for the WHS student-led coat and blanket drive, donation of a shed and mower by the Syracuse Youth League to the school and its softball program, and a grant of $10,000 from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation to the coop welding program housed at West Noble High School.

Minutes were approved, people were hired, and bills were paid.

WHS Teacher Dan Bauer gave a report about the culinary program, WHS Assistant Principal Mike Schmidt and students Stephanie Camargo and Shelby Swartz informed the board of the upcoming coat and blanket drive, and WHS teachers Mike Malcolm, Nancy Rehling, Sallie Hoy, and Ryan Edgar reported with Dr. Bob Cockburn on the use of NWEA data to drive instruction.

Jim Evans, director of finance, reported on the levels of various corporation funds.  The board approved a tax anticipation warrant for 2013, renewal of property and casualty insurance, renewal of copier lease agreement, purchase of five school buses, and reappointment of Syracuse Public Library board member Diana Castell.

Superintendent Tom Edington reported on staff absences.  The certified staff attendance rate was 98% during the first trimester of the school year.

The next school board meeting date is January 15, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Warrior Room at Wawasee High School.

P.S.  Any past board agendas and minutes are posted on the Wawasee website.