West Central Sets Fees for 2016-17

West Central School CorporationSchool lunch prices are going up slightly for students at West Central in the fall. Superintendent Don Street says the increases are in response to state and federal guidelines and are necessary to ensure continued government funding of the program. Rather than make a drastic increase, the West Central School Board opted to go up a little at a time. Continue reading

West Central School Board Discusses Reductions in Force

West Central School CorporationThe West Central School Board last week took the first steps to lay off teachers if necessary. Superintendent Don Street says the corporation has lost nearly $500,000 due to changes in the way the state funds schools. He stressed the corporation is not in financial trouble but says it’s important to reduce expenses accordingly due to a decline in enrollment and financial support. Continue reading

Testing Prompts West Central to Consider Scheduling Change

 
 

The West Central School Board is considering a change to the middle and high school schedule in order to better accommodate standardized and college preparatory testing. They’re currently on a block four schedule. That means students take four classes each day and meet for longer periods. As a result, some students are still in the midst of instruction on subjects covered on ISTEP and other end of course assessments in math, biology and language arts when the tests roll around. Continue reading

West Central School Board Ponders Pre-K Addition

abc-blocksOfficials with the West Central School Corporation are looking into the feasibility of adding a pre-kindergarten program next fall. Superintendent Don Street says they will be gauging parent interest during the upcoming Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday, March 31st. The enrollment form asks parents whether their child is enrolled in either Head Start or the Medaryville preschool. Continue reading

West Central School Board Adopts 2016 Budget

 
 

The West Central School Board adopted the 2016 budget when they met Thursday evening. Superintendent Don Street says it’s a total of $9.3 million. That includes $400,000 into the rainy day fund and a general fund budget of $6.4 million. West Central’s debt service budget is $797,000, and just over $1 million is allocated for capital projects. The corporation’s transportation budget is $574,000 and bus replacement is about $158,000. Continue reading

West Central SB Moving Forward with More Technology Usage

wcsIn order to cut down on paper costs the West Central School Board utilized chrome books during their last meeting. The school has just recently started using technology more often. Last year was the first year the school went one to one, meaning they provided chrome books to students fourth grade through twelfth grade and elementary school students in first,second and third grade. According to

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West Central School Corporation Looks to Lose More Funding in 2016

west central logoThe West Central School Corporation will see another significant state funding cut to the General Fund budget in the 2016-2017 school year.

Superintendent Don Street gave the school board the hard figures during their meeting last week.

“Based on the state legislature, it is projected that West Central will be down about $300,000 for the 2016-2017 school year in the General Fund,” explained Street. “All of that is based upon our enrollment.”

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