Last night during Warsaw Community School Corporation’s monthly regular board meeting, two citizens approached the board with a petition to install handrails in the Tiger Den. According to Carolyn Wulliman, the handrails would be an asset to the numerous long-term ticket holders who have difficulty navigating the bleachers.
Wulliman presented the board with a petition of 167 signatures garnered during a Tuesday Basketball game. She noted that many other schools have installed handrails.
“As we hope you’ve noticed, Warsaw basketball fans are very loyal; they are also aging,” she said. “As we go to away games we have noticed that more schools are providing handrails in the bleachers and fans do appreciate that. There has been more and more discussion that we need this in the Tiger Den. We took this upon ourselves and came up with a petition form and took it through the crowd and got 167 signatures.”
Wulliman stated they do not have a particular section of the gym that they desire the handrails to be in at this time.
“Thank you ladies for bringing this forward, it will certainly be considered. We appreciate your work and your support for Tiger sports and Tiger basketball. Certainly this is worthy of consideration here at the district level,” said Warsaw Community School’s Superintendent Dr. Craig Hintz.
In other business:
- WCS Assistant Superintendent David Hoffert provided an update to the board on half-day kindergarten. Hoffert noted there has been interest from approximately 16 families and said he would soon be receiving numbers of parents who expressed interest in the half-day program during Kindergarten Round-Up.
- Dr. Hintz noted that student enrollment has increased by 187 students from last year’s count, bringing the school system to 7,288 students total. According to head count performed on Feb. 3, an additional 30 students are attending WCS since the fall enrollment count.
- WCS Chief Accountability Officer Amy Sively said WCS ISTEP and IREAD3 are fast approaching. ISTEP testing will begin to be administered throughout the corporation on March 10 with IREAD following on March 18. With some students undergoing up to 3 weeks of testing, Sively encouraged parents to ensure students attend school, limit sugary foods before school, remind students to ask questions if directions are unclear, provide a supportive atmosphere for students, encourage students to double check their work during testing and to make sure students have active fun while home and get ample sleep. Parents are also encouraged to review ISTEP results to check student answers for possible grading errors.