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West Central School Board to Meet Tonight

west central logoThe West Central School Board will meet tonight for their regular monthly meeting and to discuss how things around going before the start of school next week.

The board members will have the second reading of the firearms policy. 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 Registration Dates Announced

west central logoThe West Central School Corporation will be opening doors to students soon.

Students can register for classes on Monday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Textbook rental fees will be due. A $15 technology fee will be added for students receiving a technical device. The rental fee for sixth through twelfth grade will be based on courses taken and will be calculated at the time of registration.

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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 Superintendent Settling into New Office

west central logoWest Central School Superintendent Don Street has been in that position for a little over two weeks now and he seems to be fitting into the corporate office quite well since Charles Mellon’s retirement on June 30.

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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

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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Retirement Open House Planned for West Central Superintendent

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

In honor of the upcoming retirement of West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon, an open house is planned for next week.

Help the West Central School Corporation staff and students celebrate his career as an educator on Tuesday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at the West Central School Corporation Office at 117 E. Montgomery Street in Francesville.

Mellon will leave as the superintendent of West Central Schools on Monday, June 30. High School Principal Don Street will be taking over in that position on July 1. Patrick Culp, a 1995 graduate of West Central High School, will fill Street’s position as high school principal.

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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 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 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 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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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 Missed Days

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board members tackled the issue of missed school days during their meeting last week.

Superintendent Charles Mellon explained that six days have been missed due to weather. Two of those days will be waived by the State, two days will need to be made up by using built-in snow days within the calendar and two will need to be added to the end of the school year. Mellon said that other options have also been presented.

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Missed School Days May Affect School Calendars

If below-zero temperatures and accumulating snow keep up in the Kankakee Valley, days may be added to school calendars this May.

When school officials generate a school calendar for the year, several days are built into the calendar to be used as school make-up days. These are days in which students may have off if weather-related school closures are not needed.

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West Central School Board Receives Positive Update on Wind Turbine Use

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon gave a positive report to the school board regarding the corporation’s wind turbine.

“It produced enough in the month of December that once again we just had our $20 service fee to NIPSCO. That’s all we had to pay for our electricity. That is a good thing through the winter months. We normally accumulate credits that we can use through the summer when the air conditioners are running and we’re using more electricity. It was good to be able to present that information to the board,” stated Mellon.

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 Superintendent Submits Retirement Letter to School Board

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

Another long-time area school superintendent has submitted his letter of retirement to a school board.

The West Central School Board members received Superintendent Charles Mellon’s letter last week during their regular meeting.

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West Central School Board Discusses Budget

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board discussed the corporation’s budget at their recent meeting.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the corporation received the 1792 notice and the board reviewed the notice.

“I went through that with the board and explained the rationale behind some of the budget cuts with the main reason being the reduction in revenue coming in,” said Mellon.

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