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Schools ready for fall session

By David Hotle | Aug 10, 2017

 

 

During the regular Washington School Board meeting Wednesday evening, principals from Stewart and Lincoln elementaries gave board members an overview of projects being completed at the buildings and how they were coming to be ready for the beginning of school on Aug. 23.

Stewart Principal Adam Miller said the Stewart playground had gotten almost a complete makeover during the summer. He said most of the concrete in the new playground had been poured earlier this week. The new equipment is expected to be installed on Aug. 16 and rubber work will be done on Aug. 18.

Miller said the staff had also been working on the new drop off and pick up at the school. He said the staff plans to give parents a briefing on the new system and it isn’t ready quite yet. He said buses would pick up in the early childhood lane.

Lincoln principal Teresa Beenblossom also gave a presentation on the coming school year. Using a multimedia presentation, she showed “We are excited and we are ready to go,” Beenblossom told the board.

She said Lincoln now has a Recognizing Individual Student Excellence (RISE) program. She said the school is setting strong expectations for the students. She showed photos of the reading areas for the students.

Beenblossom also showed photos of the teachers preparing their rooms for the coming school year. She said the school now has a book room that teachers can use to create assignments for students.

There is also a “maker space” in the school, which uses toys and games to help inspire student interest in science and technology.

Washington Schools Superintendent Jeff Dicks also said Washington High School currently offers a lunch detention one day a week. He said the school may hire a supervisor for two days a week for the program.

Dicks also told the board if Keota accepts the Washington district’s sharing plan during its meeting tonight, the Washington sharing program will have exceeded a $300,000 saving for the district.

“I get questions from time to time on whether we should be sharing a superintendent, a business manager, a maintenance person?” Dicks said. “I believe $300,000 is a pretty strong reason to do that. Yes, some things get sacrificed. In times like this I think we need to be more proactive than ever.”

He commented that school lobbying is important.

District incentives for sharing positions are set to expire, he said, and if it does, it would potentially cost the district $300,000.

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