SYRACUSE — Some Wawasee High School students in classes taught by Jeremy VanLue and Phil Huffman have entered the #kickRXabuse video challenge. A brief report was given to the Wawasee school board during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, in Syracuse.
The contest is sponsored by the Indiana Attorney General partnering with the Indianapolis Colts to raise awareness of teenage prescription drug abuse.
Students entered videos in the contest and each of the videos were shown to the board during Tuesday’s meeting. Prizes for the winner of the challenge include a cash prize of $5,000 to the winner’s school, Colts tickets, meeting Colts player Adam Vinatieri and the winning video being featured on the Colts website, social media and Colts programming.
The more views the videos get, the better chance the students have of winning the contest. The videos can be found at https://youtu.be/MbOUX59CX2Q, https://youtu.be/Xz8bM9pi-dc, https://youtu.be/Ehma0qycma0, and https://youtu.be/KkLDesSrwBA.
In other business, Joy Goshert, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, noted the parents of 811 students purchased insurance for the 1:1 initiative computer devices. The cost of insurance is $38 for grades kindergarten through three, $27 for grades four and five and $28 for grades six to 12.
Also on the agenda, the board heard a very brief report from James Flecker, school corporation attorney, about construction projects. Flecker said the first area with drywall to be installed at the new Syracuse Elementary is the supply closet. He noted the renovated concessions area at the high school will hopefully be opened next week.
Other agenda items included:
• The board approved a title change for Goshert to assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment that will allow her to sign official correspondence when the superintendent is not available.
• The board approved a one-year agreement to use the services of Background Investigation Bureau LLC to do background checks on certified and classified employees. This will reduce the cost by $9 for a background check for a certified employee and $12 for a check for a classified employee.
• Wawasee Middle School was recognized for being a Promising Practices school as named by the Indiana Department of Education.
• Wawasee Community School Corp. achieved 2015-16 Riley Corporation status based on the amount of donations given to the Riley Children’s Hospital.
• Some 30 community and school groups entered floats in the Wawasee High School homecoming parade Sept. 30 despite rainy weather.
• The Kosciusko County Promise-Walk Into My Future event at Grace College was a success. Kindergarten through second grade students in the county visited Grace College.
• The board approved a grant from the K21 Health Foundation in the amount of $7,866 for kayaks for the Milford School Outdoor Club.
• The board approved a $500 sponsorship from Polar Kraft Boats toward WMS robotics competition teams.
• Approval was given by the board for a $10,000 Dekko Foundation grant for the Wawasee High School Iron Pride robotics team.
• Approval was given for anonymous donations of $540 for jerseys and $400 for soccer balls and portable nets for the girls soccer team at WMS.
• Two groups of high school students volunteered to pack meals Oct. 5 for the Feed My Starving Children initiative at Grace College.
• Approval was given for a donation of $2,400 by Women of Today to be used as needed by the school corporation.
• Mike Barger was approved as the new high school softball coach.