Late Tuesday afternoon, the Wawasee Community School Corp. Board of Trustees held a special meeting for a budget hearing. But, as has been the norm for several years, there was no public input on the budget and the board only spent a brief few minutes discussing it.
Wawasee’s budget has been advertised in local newspapers and will be considered for adoption by the school board at its regular monthly meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Warrior Room at Wawasee High School. Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent, noted last year’s budget was not officially approved by the state until February of this year.
During Tuesday’s meeting Edington noted renovation work at the Wawasee Middle School swimming pool is progressing well and could be finished sooner than the target date of Sept. 15. He also briefly noted Milford School was under a lock down Tuesday while police were looking for a suspect. Cindy Kaiser, principal, said the lock down lasted less than a full hour.
Mike Wilson, school board member, asked if there any larger than normal class sizes in Wawasee schools this year. Edington said the highest average is fifth grade at Syracuse Elementary with 27 students per class. A few kindergarten classrooms in the school district have 25 students, he added.
The board also approved a few personnel recommendations including hiring Matthew McNiel as a computer technician for eight hours per day for 260 days a year, Amy Evans as a success skills coach at Milford School for 2.5 hours per week during the 2012-13 school year and Jennifer Szynal, fifth grade teacher at Milford, taking a leave beginning Oct. 12 and ending Feb. 22, 2013.