WCSC BOARD: Stretching dollars, maximizing staff

PIERCETON – With a looming roof project hovering at $700,000, Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees voted to sell off some of the district’s bonds in order to generate money for the project at Monday’s meeting.Whitko High School is in need of roof repairs, but budget strains caused the project to be pushed off. With the board’s approval to sell the bonds, Business Manager Tom McFarland will move ahead and update the board with the financial progress at March meeting.Another financial move for the district was the board’s approval for an online system to organize and store material safety data sheets. These forms are currently held in binders and not always accessible. Superintendent Steve Clason advised the board that utilizing the web-based system to store such forms would be a time saver.School board members approved Josh Mohr to move from an assistant football coach position to the head coaching role for Whitko High School, effective Feb. 7. Board member Joe Begley was enthusiastic to see someone from within the organization move into the head coaching position. “It is great to see Josh have this great opportunity,” Begley said. “He’s done some good things with the program and it’s exciting to see what he will do in the future.”

Elementary schools

Both Pierceton Elementary and South Whitley Elementary Schools shared with the board its preparation for the IREAD test. The test is required for third graders to take and pass. School leaders have been working with teachers, parents and students to help convey the importance of the test.

Middle school

Whitko Middle School will hold its ISTEP+ test March 4, but this year the structure will be different than last year. “We’ll be starting the test on Tuesday instead of Monday,” said Principal Parrish Kruger. “We will also be conducting the test with a common testing time to keep a testing attitude throughout the school.”

High school

Principal David Parker shared the school’s success with utilizing a graduation coach. Working with 15 juniors, the school’s coach helps students who are at risk of not graduating.The next school board meeting will be March 18 at 6:30 p.m.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 20 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.