Weather has caused most construction of the Winfield R-IV School renovations and the athletic facility to slow down. The transportation building has been kept on schedule and should be finished within the week. They are currently completing the interior finishes and are working on the septic system bids.
National School Board Recognition Week certificates were given to the school board members. Pictured are (back row): Wesley Burch, Craig Politte, Mike Bromwich. Front row: Nancy Baker, and Barb Wehde. Not pictured: Jim Taylor, Kristen Burkemper, and Mike Bash.
In new business, bids were reviewed for the scoreboard that will be placed at the new fields being built at the high school. The bid went out to Daktronics. The new scoreboard will have the capability to be used for most outdoor sporting events. “By choosing this particular scoreboard we are giving all of our sports from soccer and track to football the ability to use the scoreboard,” said Nancy Baker, Superintendent.
The district also took bids on a new telephone system. The current system that is in place was provided through a company that has since closed. This makes repairs impossible and causes a lot of problems with replacing broken parts. The winning bid was through TSI Shoretel Phone System, which will include 90 new phones to the district. They will also be switching the phone service from Centurylink to Socket. The service change will, overtime, help the district to save money and recoup some of the cost of the new phone system.
A recommendation was made by Nancy Baker to switch insurance brokers to the Dilly Agency. In the past Winfield has used the Dilly Agency and with some careful research they have decided to return to their services.
A graduation date for the Winfield High School seniors has been set for May 18. Snow days have forced the district into revising their calendar and several days have been set as “makeup” days for the district; those days are as followed: Feb. 17, March 14 (early out), April 21, May 22, 23 (early out).
In the superintendent’s report, Baker spoke about the state regulations of snow days. After reaching seven days off due to weather, schools are asked to make up one day for every two days out. Baker has also been visiting with each principal and working on goals for their buildings. They are continuing to reach their goals and make new ones as the school year proceeds. In attendance the district has beaten the flu virus that has been going around and has kept their attendance at 95.28 percent.
In the administrative reports, all schools are continuing work on their reading and writing programs. In the Primary building there were 46 students who are being helped in their intervention program. Mrs. Dixon, Primary principal, also spoke about Parents as Teachers. There are currently 201 families being visited. There are 291 kids being helped by the three staff members who make Parents as Teachers possible. In the Intermediate they are establishing Warrior Way ambassadors. These ambassadors will be students that can help with the incentive program. In the classroom, teachers are working on their four to one ratio. There should be four positive comments/reinforcement to every negative. Having this in place will help students to understand what they are doing well, instead of only hearing the negative. This gives them confidence and makes the learning environment better. In the Middle School faculty and staff are working hard to make sure students are in the classroom. Mr. McCracken said, “It is obvious that when they are in the room, they learn. It is also obvious that if they are not in the classroom, they are NOT learning.” Since the strict policies to keep kids out of the halls and in the classroom have gone in place grades have continued to go up. In the High School D’s and F’s are also a concern that they are looking at. The number of low grades has decreased for the year but their goal is to have even lower numbers and more students putting effort into the work. The high school is also very close to celebrating 10,000 Warrior Way tickets. Just two short years ago, the big milestone for Warrior Way tickets was set at 1,000. With more good behavior, and respect being paid by more and more students, the count has skyrocketed.
The school board members were recognized at the Jan. 21 meeting for National School Board Recognition Week from Jan. 26 – Feb. 1. The next school board meeting will be held on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Intermediate library.