Superintendent's MessageFall 2018
I want to welcome everyone to the start of another great school year. This school year will be a year of many transitions and improvements. From academics to facilities, the West Lafayette Community School Corporation (WLCSC) staff, administrators and School Board are working hard on many fronts.
The West Lafayette Intermediate School (WLIS) is scheduled to open sometime this fall. At the August 6 School Board meeting, I plan to announce when the school will open. There are exciting plans in the works for the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony of WLIS. Stay tuned for more details.
Construction work will continue at Cumberland Elementary School. The new classrooms are ready and the south wing has been completely remodeled. Throughout the school year the additions to the west side of the school will continue. Next summer the north wing will be totally remodeled. It is my hope by the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year, Cumberland Elementary School’s construction/remodeling will be complete.
The Richard Wachs Aquatic Center (RWAC) construction and the remodeling of the old pool have started at the Jr/Sr High School. The anticipated date of completion is August 2019. This fall, the Board of School Trustees and administration will be working on the next phase of construction projects at the Jr/Sr High School that includes the Robert Kelly Performing Arts Center (RKPAC) and the James R. Guy Education Wing (JRGEW). Additional bonding will be necessary to complete these projects. This past year the administration and School Board were surprised with a drop in assessed valuation of 5%, thus the bonding capacity of the school district is directly impacted. To finish these projects at the Jr/Sr High School the School Board and administration will seek additional contributions/revenue to offset the reduction in assessed valuation or may have to consider a slight increase in the debt service tax rate. There will be more discussions about this in the coming months.
On August 6, 2018, at 6:30 PM, I will provide the School Board with a “State of the Schools” presentation. This meeting will be held at Happy Hollow L.G.I. room. All are welcome to attend.
As we begin a new school year, I hope you will become involved with the school district in some capacity. As Mrs. Schott states in the education documentary Rise Above the Mark, “if you don’t like the way something is being done, get involved. “ WLCSC is stronger and better when we all work together to do what is best for students, present and future.
Superintendent of Schools
New Intermediate School
Robert Kelly Performing Arts Center
James Guy Education Wing
Richard Wachs Aquatic Center
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