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Longtime West Central Superintendent Retires

West Central Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central Superintendent Charles Mellon

A local school corporation will have a new superintendent when classes start in the fall. This is Charles Mellon’s last day at West Central. He’s retiring after 34 years with the corporation. Mellon started there as an assistant principal in 1980 and worked his way into the front office.

“It is a great place to raise a family. Most things are centered around school and church in this community. That’s what we enjoyed. A lot of our staff that come in new stay. That’s a good sign that’s a good place to live and a good, strong school corporation,” Mellon told WKVI News. Continue reading

No Book Rental Increase, Summer School Programs Ongoing at West Central School Corporation

west central logoOne piece of good news that parents and students will like for the next school year at West Central schools is the book rental prices at the corporation will not increase.

The board also discussed summer school for this year and Superintendent Charles Mellon said those classes are mainly for elementary school students.

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West Central Still Waiting on Grant Money

west central logoOne of the projects that the staff at the West Central School Corporation hopes to accomplish this summer is the improvements to security at the school.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the project has been delayed due in part in not being able to retrieve the Secured School Safety Grant money to finish the project.

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Plenty of Summer Projects Planned at West Central School Corporation

west central logoThe maintenance staff at the West Central School Corporation will have their hands full with several projects this summer.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said a new telephone system is one of the larger, more expensive projects this summer. The old system is too antiquated to gather parts to fix so a new system will be installed. He added that the last phase of the football field lighting system will be complete this summer. Other smaller projects are also planned.

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West Central School Board Discusses The Crossing Alternative School

The West Central School Board received information about The Crossing alternative school.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said Middle and High School Principal Don Street presented the information of the school which will involve Starke County students and possibly Eastern Pulaski and West Central schools.

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New Principal Hired at West Central

Pat Culp

Pat Culp

The West Central School Board members approved the hire of a new middle school and high school principal during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the corporation is welcoming back a former graduate in this position.

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Lunch Prices to go up at West Central Schools

The West Central School Board members approved several agenda items including the school board meeting dates, pay dates, and the budget calendar.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said there was a slight change in cafeteria prices for next school year.

“Just lunch is the only change,” explained Mellon. “The lunch price will increase by ten cents next year.”

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West Central School Board Adds One More Day to the School Year

Local school corporations are still attempting to fit in missed days from bad weather days into this year’s school calendar.

Some school corporations are adding time to the end of the school day from now until the end of the year and others are simply adding days to the end of the calendar.

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West Central in Search of New High School Principal

The West Central School Board members met in executive session before their regular meeting Thursday night where they discussed the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Charles Mellon noted that discussions concerning personnel, fall enrollment projections and the search for a new high school principal were on the table.

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West Central Wind Turbine Working Well for Corporation

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board discussed the corporation’s wind turbine and it’s production.

The board is ready to renew the insurance policy so that was discussed. Superintendent Charles Mellon gave the board an update on the turbine’s production in the month of February.

“Once again we were fortunate to only have to pay a twenty dollar service fee for our electric utility,” said Mellon. “We have over about 240,000 kilowatts stored at this time. That will help us get through the summer and I believe we still have our three windy months coming up here in the spring so that was good news for us as well.”

West Central School Superintendent Discusses the State of the School’s General Fund

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon gave an overview of the school corporation’s general fund to the school board when they met last week.

He explained that the school had a decline in enrollment of 52 students over the past four to five years. With that and the addition to some legislation changes, the school has lost over $800,000 within that time frame.

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West Central School Board Approves Technology Plan

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board approved a new three-year technology plan during their recent meeting.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the plan is usually simply updated, but this year’s plan included another focus.

“One of the major goals in that plan has been to implement the one-to-one technology where every student would have their laptop or some device and we are on target with that,” said Mellon. “By the beginning of the fall of next year, every student will have a device.”

The one-to-one computer initiative was done in the middle school for this school year, and different devices have been handed to the students at the elementary school this year. With this plan, the corporation is on track to have full implementation of the computer initiative, including high school students, by August.

West Central School Board Approves Make Up Days

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board members held discussion on school make up days during their recent meeting.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said that a lot of different corporations are doing things a little differently, but West Central is sticking with its contingency plan.

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West Central School Board Hires Superintendent

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board hired a new superintendent during their meeting Thursday night.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the board decided to hire West Central High School Principal Don Street to take his place.

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Valuable Instruction Time Lost due to School Delays

 There isn’t a limit on how many times a school corporation can call a delay to the start of school due to weather or other necessity, but there could be action on that sometime down the road.

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster told the school board Wednesday morning that as of Wednesday, there have been 15 school days this school year where instruction started two hours late due to weather. Foster noted that that time adds up – that’s 30 hours of school instructional time lost because of weather. That’s valuable time of instruction, but the state does not require corporation to make up that time.

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West Cental Enrollment Decreases in Second ADM Count

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

A second Average Daily Membership, or ADM, count was taken this month and that information was given to the West Central School Board members during their recent meeting.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the student count was a little less this time around.

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West Central School Board Discusses New Nutrition Policy

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act won’t take effect until the 2014-2015 school year, but the West Central School Board discussed the policy at their meeting last week.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the policy controls the nutrition value of the food and beverages that are sold to students at school.

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West Central School Board Reviews Epi-Pen Policy

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board reviewed the new law that allows corporations to allow Epi-Pens at the nurse’s station in case of emergencies.

Superintendent Charles Mellon stated that those would be available sometime in February and stressed that they would be supplied and available for an emergency situation only.

“The law permits parents to waive their right so the schools are busy now sending out the information letters as this new policy takes effect in February,” said Mellon. “We hope we never have to use this device but we do have policy now that says we do have it available. We would save a life if we ever got into that situation. Once again, I want to stress that parents do have a waiver with that.”