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
The Comfort Closet initiated at the West Central High School in the fall is a success.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members considered the purchase of new doors at the elementary school.
Superintendent Dan Zylstra said the purchase is over $200,000, but a Secured School Safety grant award in the amount of $100,000 will be used toward the claim.
He stated in a previous meeting that the classroom doors are original to the building. Some doors will be keyed differently to secure different parts of the building and the grant funds will also help with that cost.
The school board unanimously approved the requisition as presented.
The board also unanimously approved the renewal of computer licenses as listed in the requisitions list.
The West Central School Board members will consider a naloxone policy when they meet tonight.Continue reading
The building principals at the West Central School Corporation presented the school improvement plans to the school board last week.Continue reading
Two companies submitted bids for consideration for the proposed safety project at the West Central School Corporation.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members took action last week to purchase two new buses, according to Superintendent Dan Zylstra.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members took action last week to appoint a new corporation treasurer.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members were intrigued with the success teachers are having with a new piece of technology purchased for the corporation earlier this year, according to Superintendent Dan Zylstra.Continue reading
The West Central School Board members are considering some improvements at the schools.Continue reading