West Central School Superintendent Dan Zylstra, Middle/High School Principal Scott Ritchie and Elementary School Principal Mike Carlson have been impressed with how the teachers and students have adapted to instruction during this uncertain time.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members are starting the process to refinance bonds for the corporation’s wind turbine.Continue reading
The West Central School Board took action last week to pay support staff while regular classes are canceled. Superintendent Dan Zylstra says employees will be paid their regular amounts during the emergency school closure, which will last until at least May 1.Continue reading
The staff members at the West Central School Corporation are looking into textbook rental fees for the 2020-2021 school year.Continue reading
West Central Middle/High School Principal Scott Ritchie told the school board members last week that students recently took the Certified Nurses Assistant State Exam and performed well on the exam.Continue reading
The West Central Elementary School was recently awarded an Indiana Manufacturer, Innovation and Design Studio grant through Purdue University.Continue reading
For a couple of months now, the West Central School Board members have been discussing a question of allowing homeschool students to participate in sports at the Middle School level.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members took action on a concept of transitioning the sixth grade students from the Middle/High School back to the Elementary School.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members will continue a discussion on the possible move of the sixth grade class back to the Elementary School.Continue reading
Enrollment numbers dropped at the West Central School Corporation on the second student count day of the school year.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members held a lengthy discussion last week on how to incorporate Chromebook fees into textbook fees in an upcoming school year.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members considered an amendment to the corporation’s policy concerning CDL testing.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members continued a discussion last week on allowing homeschooled students to participate in athletics at the corporation.Continue reading
More research will be conducted into a potential move of the sixth grade from the West Central Middle/High School back to the Elementary School.Continue reading
The West Central School Board adopted an updated naloxone policy Thursday night.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members plan to continue a discussion on a proposed sixth grade transition from the Middle/High School back to the Elementary School when they meet tonight.Continue reading
Homeschooled students could help increase participation numbers in athletics at the West Central School Corporation. That topic was explored, in brief, by the school board members last week.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members took time last week to discuss a possible move of the sixth grade from the Middle/High School back to the Elementary School.
Superintendent Dan Zylstra said there are several points to be considered.
“A sixth grade self-contained class is a little more efficient personnel-wise than having it split up,” explained Zylstra. “There’s something to be said for maintaining elementary kids up one more year, but you lose some of the diversity of course offering too. Sixth graders are pretty big for Elementary School. At some point they kind of size out of that.”
Elementary School Principal Mike Carlson said if the sixth grade were to return to the elementary school it would not impede on space.
Middle/High School Principal Scott Ritchie said discipline is handled differently at his school where he believes sixth grade students aren’t ready for that environment.
Ritchie commented, “What we expect out of our students there is a little different just because those guys are still small and still have a lot of energy bundled up inside of them. At other times I don’t think it’s their fault, they’re just not ready for that environment of walking the hallways freely without somebody with them.”
He added that the lunch lines are very long which creates a problem. Timing would accommodate the change at the Elementary School, if approved.
When it comes to staffing, Carlson added that he’s heard from at least one sixth grade teacher who wants to go back to the Elementary School while Ritchie said more teachers may want to stay at the Middle/High School.
No decisions were made last week, but Zylstra indicated that the board may need to decide during their next meeting in February when the 2020-2021 school calendar is up for consideration.
The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) event is scheduled for today in Francesville.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members reviewed a proposed Naloxone policy during their board meeting Thursday night.Continue reading