West Central Students Participating in FFA Week

West Central FFA students are getting in the spirit of educating others about FFA.

FFA Leader Shaw Haselby told WKVI News that the students have been participating in spirit days. Today is Denim Day while tomorrow the students will be driving their tractors to school. Friday is Cowboy/Western Day.

Haselby says FFA is vital in giving students information about agriculture, but also public speaking, leadership skills, and other experiences to promote agriculture.

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Grant Will Help Students with Industrial Maintenance Skills

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer told the county commissioners last night that the county is the recipient of an $82,355 Region 1 Works Council for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) innovative-curriculum grant.

Origer said the grant will fund a Pulaski County Repair and Maintenance Technology (RAM-Tech) program at West Central High School to give students the skills they need to be successful in an industrial setting.

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West Central School Board Approves E-Learning Application

 West Central School Corporation students could make up school days missed if the Department of Education approves the corporation’s application to incorporate e-learning days into the school calendar.

Superintendent Don Street said students have missed four days of school due to snow so far this semester.

“We have to built-in snow days so we will go to school on February 16 and April 20 to make up two days. Currently, we have two days that are still outstanding,” said Street.

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Schools to Make up Missed Days of School

 Schools closed three days last week due to weather which means students will be making up those lost days of instruction.

West Central School Superintendent Don Street explains what his corporation will do to make up those days.

“Feb. 16 and April 20 are two snow make-up days we have. We’re also exploring the possibility of e-learning days and designate Saturdays as a possibility to make up future days missed,” said Street.

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Teacher Performance Grants Awarded to Several Local Schools

Indiana Department of EducationEducators at several local schools will receive a share of the $30 million in Teacher Performance Grants awarded by the state to more than 1,300 schools. Funds were given to schools with students earning ISTEP+ or end of course assessment passing scores of 72.5 percent or above or with a growth in graduation rates of 5 percent ore more from the previous year. Teachers who are rated effective or highly effective under Indiana’s teacher evaluation system for the 2013-2014 academic year will be paid based on student performance. Continue reading

West Central School Board to Meet Tonight

west central logoThe West Central School Board will meet tonight with several items of discussion on the agenda.

The public hearing concerning the 2015 budget, capital projects plan and the bus replacement plan will be held during the meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. The board members will also discuss P.L. 221 and the A-F grading system that the state gives every school corporation.

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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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