New corporation mission statement adopted at West Washington School Board meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
     At the recent West Washington School Board meeting William Van Cleave moved to adopt the following corporation mission statement: It is our mission of the West Washington School Corporation to insure all students a safe and caring environment while providing them an innovative, stimulating and positive education. We encourage all students to: Reach their highest potential academically; develop a positive value system that will promote responsible citizenship, a positive self-concept, a sense of community, and respect for cultural, religious and racial diversity; develop individual and group problem-solving skills necessary to be successful in an ever-changing world. The motion passed 7-0.
    Superintendent Jackson reported that Deputy Treasurer Amber Karr was terminated effective October 15 and recommended the board to hire Barb Davis as corporation treasurer to replace retiring Treasurer. VanCleave moved to accept Jackson's recommendation at the current salary of $33,700.00 with a $200,000 bond effective November 1, 2009. The motion passed 7-0 with a second by Tim Barksdale.
    Lee Barger addressed the board concerning comments made to him by the high school principal along with several issues concerning his son. Superintendent Jackson said he would address the issues and would return a call to Barger after he had time to look further into the matter. The board approved to adopt the 2010 budget passing 7-0.
    The following field trips were approved: Mr. Harkness with Spell Bowl to unannounced destination; Mrs. Tragesser and Mrs. Clements along with 3-5 Junior Prom Committee students to New Albany to select a location for the 2010 prom on October 22, 2009; Mr. Wilson and the Journalism class to the Annual IUS Journalism Conference on October 20; Mrs. Early and Health Careers to Spencerian College on October 30; Mr. Myers and BPA Video Production Team to Galt House to attend the Internal Student Medial Festival on October 31; Ms. Dillard and Mrs. Brown along with 9-12 students to Louisville to tour the Mega Caverns on November 4; Eighth grade students and teacher to Louisville Science Center on November 25; Elementary Dram students and sponsors to Derby Dinner Playhouse on December 17; Ms. Dillard and Mrs. Brown with 12 students to Falls of the Ohio on October 21; Ms. Dillard and Mrs. Brown with 9-12 students to Becks Mill on October 23 and Ms. Dillard and Mrs, brown with 11th and 12th graders to Louisville Science Center on October 28.
    The next school board meeting will be Monday, November 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:47
 
Washington County March for Babies was a success PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
     Participating residents in Washington County raised over $15,000 for the babies by walking in the March of Dimes: March for Babies on Sunday, October 11 at Salem Speedway. Walkers participated individually or part of corporate, youth, or family team.
    This year’s top teams included:
   1. Washington County Substance Abuse Council
   2. 3 Little Blessings
   3. Trevor’s Troopers
   4. Morgan’s Raiders
   5. First Harrison Bank
    The Top Walker was John Fultz with the Washington County Substance Abuse Council. This year’s Top Youth Team was the Salem High School Spanish Club. And the Top New Team was 3 Little Blessings, the team of the 2009 March for Babies Ambassadors: Jenna, Rachel, and Will Little, who are the children of Jill and Lance Little.
    Thanks to our local sponsors Salem Lions Club, National City Bank now a part of PNC, First Harrison Bank, Mid-Southern Savings Bank, Hoosier Uplands, and Highland United Methodist Church.
    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:48
 
Annual Halloween Party to be held October 29 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    The City of Salem's Annual Halloween Party will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Public Library. The event will be at DePauw Park and Riley’s Place. Games, snacks, and prizes will be handed out to children ages 2-12. Salem Trick or Treating will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2009.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:53
 
Commentary . . . My final thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    When I started writing for Green Banner Publications (GBP) nearly three years ago I knew this day would come.  Honestly, though, I thought it would have come a year or so ago.  When GBP Publisher Joe Green and I first sat down and discussed me coming to work, I told him that I would do it until he was either fed up with me or I wasn't enjoying myself, whichever came first.
    Well, I'm sure that Joe has been fed up with me on numerous occasions but for whatever reason did not pull the trigger.  However, in the past few months it has become clear to me that I am ready to move on.  Please understand that my desire to explore other options has nothing to do with anything at GBP—it is simply time to move on.
    I want to thank Joe Green for giving me the opportunity and the freedom to do this job the way I thought it should be done.  Another individual that I want to thank is Donna Nunley, Office Manager for the Washington County Edition.  Without her discretion, organizational skills and loyalty, I would never have been able to do my job.  In addition, I want to thank former GBP Editor Mark Grigsby for taking the time to show me the ins and outs of small town journalism.  Although I wrote for some underground publications in college, my formal training is in English and Writing, not Journalism—there is a difference.
    Above all, I want to thank the people who I cannot name for obvious reasons; those who were willing to provide me with information, both on and off the record, and point me in the right direct to ferret out the “story behind the story.”
Without your help I would not have known where to begin.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2009 07:53
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SOAR celebrates Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00
    On Oct. 7, U.S. House of Representatives voted 412-0 to declare the week of October 18-23, 2009 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, according to Washington County SOAR! director, Marji Morris.
    Residents of Washington County can take part in that celebration by signing up to be a tutor for Washington County SOAR!
    The local SOAR! office is holding tutor training on Oct. 20, 22, 27, and 29. Each session will last from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Community Learning Center.
    According to Morris,  due to growing student numbers, trained tutors are in short supply. The training is done in four 3-hour sessions. After that tutoring typically takes 1 1/2 hours per week.
    Tutors will work one on one with a student. SOAR! supplies the training, materials, and meeting place. No tutoring is done in private homes. Tutors and students arrange sessions at a mutually agreeable time.
    "We hope to be able to add ten or fifteen new tutors at this training," Morris said. "We've had several new students sign up, and we want to be able to provide them with assistance. Currently, only six volunteers have signed up for the October training."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:57
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