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West Central Discusses Funding, School Grades

west central logoThe West Central School Board members took care of several items of business during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Don Street commented that the school board discussed the enrollment within the career and technical courses and the financial reimbursement of those courses.

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West Central School Board Approves School Calendar

west central logoThe West Central School Board approved a school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.

Superintendent Don Street said the calendar is similar to this year’s calendar.

“Our teachers will be starting school on the tenth of August and the students will be arriving on Thursday the 13th of August. We also had a little discussion concerning balanced calendars of the schools in the area that are looking at, if you will, a semi-balanced calendar,” said Street.

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West Central School Board Meets Tonight

west central logoThe West Central School Board will meet tonight where the school board members will have several action items to discuss.

Now that the school board has approved the budget for the next school year, the next step is to plan the 2015-2016 school calendar. That will be discussed tonight as well as the course description books, the high ability grant, a rainy day resolution and other items.

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West Central School Board Approves Theater Arts Class

The West Central School Board recently approved the addition of a Theater Arts class to the curriculum for the second semester.

Superintendent Don Street explained that more focus on English/Language Arts forced the cancellation of the class, but the class will be revived.

“Now we have an opportunity to have a Theater Arts class where the kids will learn about acting and study different plays,” said Street. “We put that back into our curriculum. That will be a one, nine-week class because we’re on a block schedule. We have some students that have some interest in that. We have a teacher that will be able to teach that. That’s a fine arts credit which counts toward an Academic Honor class for our students.”

West Central School Board Approves Budget, Discusses Insurance

west central logoThe West Central School Board members recently approved the 2015 budget which includes the General Fund, Capital Projects Plan and Bus Replacement Plan.

Superintendent Don Street also discussed other financial matters with the board including insurance.

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Enrollment Increases at West Central Schools

west central logoThe West Central School Board members reviewed the ADM, or Average Daily Membership, count during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Don Street commented that the enrollment is up from last year.

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West Central School Board Braces for Possible Budget Cuts

west central logoThe West Central School Board held the hearing for the 2015 budget during their recent meeting.

The board opened the floor for comments on the budget, capital projects plan, transportation plan and bus replacement plan. Superintendent Don Street went over the line items and said there are no significant changes in the budget for 2015.

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West Central School Board Gets Information on New Academic Standards

west central logoWest Central School Superintendent Don Street and administrators shared information with the school board members about the new academic standards.

Street said a new I-STEP+ test will be administered in the spring based on the new academic standards.

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West Central School Board Approves School Improvement Plans

west central logoThe West Central School Board heard from the building principals concerning the school improvement plans for the elementary, middle and high schools.

Superintendent Don Street explained that this is all required as part of Public Law 221 as a way to gauge needs of the students and how to improve those areas.

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West Central School Board Approves Firearms Policy

west central logoThe West Central School Board members approved the final reading of the firearms policy at their board meeting this week.

Superintendent Don Street explained in an earlier report that the policy includes language that doesn’t allow a firearm inside the school building. A firearm will not be allowed on school property unless it is inside a locked vehicle and out of sight of the public, as outlined in the state statute.

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West Central School Board Approves Assistant Principal Hire, Projects Update

west central logoThe West Central School Board approved the hire of a new high school assistant principal who will also claim the position of athletic director.

Superintendent Don Street said the new employee is returning to the corporation as a former student.

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West Central School Board has First Reading on Firearms Policy

The West Central School Board approved the first reading of a policy concerning the possession of firearms on school property.

Superintendent Don Street said the policy does not include that a faculty member could possess a firearm inside a building at any time.

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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 School Board to Meet Tonight

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board will meet in regular session tonight where Superintendent Charles Mellon will attend his last regular meeting of the board as superintendent.

Mellon is retiring at the end of the month after many years in the position. High School Principal Don Street will be taking over as superintendent on July 1.

The board members will discuss annual routine items such as book rental fees for the next school year and summer school programs. A discussion on possession of firearms on school property is also on the agenda.

The board will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on at the central office building in downtown Francesville.

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 Plans for Next Year

west central logoWest Central School Board members are getting ready for the next school year. Items on the agenda for their board meeting tonight include setting school breakfast and lunch prices, considering changes to the student handbook and discussion and possible adoption of a student accident insurance plan for 2014-2015. Board meeting and pay dates for the upcoming year will also be set, as will a budget calendar. Discussion and possible approval of classified staff contracts is also listed on the agenda. The board will also continue the discussion of insurance for the school corporation’s wind turbine when they meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT in the board room at the school corporation office in downtown Francesville.

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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