Saturday, November 19, 2016

Worth County Principal Honored for Work with Vets

Worth County High School Principal Jon Adwell was honored for his work with veterans Thursday during the regular Board of Education Meeting by Board President Rodney Brown and the Worth County VFW Auxiliary. The school put together a successful Veterans Day Program last year, something that they plan to offer every other year. They did some educational activities for students this year. The junior high history classes visited the war memorial at the Courthouse, while high school classes did in-class projects and videos that they reviewed.

The board set filing times for this year. Three school board slots are up for reelection. Filing will begin on December 13th starting at 8 am and closing on January 17th at 5 pm at the Board Secretary’s office. The office will be closed from December 22nd to January 3rd due to the Christmas break and in the event of inclement weather.

The Vocational Education program was rated as Above Average by Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz. Strengths included the fact that most students see the program as a positive part of their education at Worth County. 104 out of 166 students participate; this data may be skewed because some students take more than one course at a time. Teachers are trained in the vocational areas of business and agriculture. Concerns listed include the need for more courses as well as the staffing and schedule. Recommendations include surveying local and area businesses along with parents and reviewing the high school schedule to see if more opportunities can be offered.

Dr. Martz updated the board on the bond project. Tuckpointing is complete, as are the bleachers. Gym flooring has to complete filling in the space created with the kick plates. There is a small area to repair by the library sidewalk. As soon as these projects are complete, the school will conduct a final inspection with ConEdison, which managed the project. The goal is to close out the project by the end of November.

Work on the library expansion project has started. The footings have been completed and rerouting of the roof drainage has been completed. Goff Construction will receive the materials on around December 15th.

The school received $1,400 from the Kenneth Lambert Memorial. He was a strong district supporter and served as Board President at one time. The school also received $50 from an anonymous donor. Dr. Martz reported that he gave $725 to the elementary and $725 to the high school. The building principals will determine what to do with the money after discussing with the teachers.

The board voted to do work around the track to address standing water and drainage issues that were threatening to damage the track on the west side. The board awarded the bid to S&S Construction for a total cost of $14,500.

The next meeting date will be December 15th. The board will evaluate Dr. Martz as well as their principals in future meetings.

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