WARSAW — With a foreseeable end in sight to a massive facility enhancement project, as well as a spirited introduction to one of the school district’s own, Warsaw Community Schools’ board of trustees was inundated with good news at its monthly work session Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Director of Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds Jim Lemasters sat in front of the five-person panel near the end of Tuesday’s meeting and seemed to breath a sigh of relief as the lion’s share of a multi-million-dollar project — the construction of a new Student Activity Center, as well as revisions to the high school cafeteria and Warsaw Area Career Center — nears completion.
“It’s just another good project and things worked out,” said Lemasters. “It gave me tears of joy to see the kids in a nice facility. It’s not complete, but it’s really close. We are blessed to have the guys we have who work hard and go above and beyond.”
During the portion of the meeting where board members meet members of the WCS staff, Sarah Graham was highlighted. Graham joined the school system in 2017 and is the co-director of guidance department at high school.
Describing herself as “outdoorsy,” Graham said her passion for the job is something she’s been paying forward since her own days in high school.
“I love to help students,” she said. “My guidance counselor invested in me and instilled something in me that helped me know what I wanted to do.” A CPR instructor since 2012 and avid runner, Graham said being successful in her job requires a hands on mentality. “I really believe in a proactive approach and in giving students something they can lean on so they can learn to support each other,” she said.
During the introduction, Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert thanked Graham for her service to the school district and added that her husband, Matthew Graham of The Bowen Center, is an integral part of the school system’s constant goal of physical and mental wellness.
“He is a very dynamic part of this school (district),” said Hoffert.