Superintendent's Message

  
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   Dr. Rocky D. Killion       

 

August/September 2017

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.

 

Not unlike previous years, there are many new education laws and requirements that take effect this school year.  Starting July 1, 2017, all current staff members must complete an extended criminal history background check every five years.  New employees must have their extended criminal history background check completed within 30 days of hire.  Also, the administration is implementing an extended criminal history background check for all school volunteers.  The WLCSC staff, administration, School Board and I place student safety and security at the top of our list.  Thus, by October 15, 2017 volunteers in our schools must provide to their respective school building administrator(s) an expanded criminal history background check in order to volunteer.  Moreover, there are many other requirements, too numerous to mention, that will be implemented this school year and in subsequent school years.  Anyone with questions about new processes or procedures should contact his/her school building principal.

 

The new intermediate school construction is thus far on schedule.  Very soon, construction work will begin at Cumberland Elementary School and at the Jr/Sr High School.  Additional bonding will be necessary to complete these projects, but with an anticipated 2% increase in the school district’s assessed valuation, the additional bonding will not increase the school district’s 2016 tax rate of $1.27 per $100 of assessed valuation.  If you would like more information about WLCSC’s construction projects, visit www.theRDPproject.com website.

 

On August 7, 2017, at 6:30 PM, the administration, architects and 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.



Respectfully,

 

Rocky Killion

 

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

  

 

 

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Welcome Back Everyone,

 

As we begin the 2014/2015 school year, I am mindful of the great challenges that lie ahead for our school district.  Currently, our school corporation leadership team, with the assistance of over forty community members, is carefully looking at our facilities.  Several of our facilities are nearing fifty-years of age and when they were built, the design and construction were definitely lacking for a public school.  Over the next school year, our facilities strategic planning group will consider all options to develop a long-term facilities plan for our school district.  The facilities planning group has made three global recommendations as we begin putting together this plan:

 

  1. Maintain WLCSC community schools
  2. Maintain, renovate or replace current buildings as appropriately supported by verification of need, and;
  3. Keep the school district tax rate at or below the current level.

 

I anticipate by the fall of 2015, our strategic facilities planning group will be ready for me to begin presenting our initial planning ideas to our community for feedback.  Then, based upon the feedback, we will regroup to finalize our plans for future implementation.  So stay tuned.

 

Another issue on the horizon is the expiration of our General Fund referendum.  I am thankful to our community for supporting our referendum request of a rate not to exceed $0.43 per $100 of assessed valuation which was approved by nearly a 2 to 1 margin back in May 2010.  Since then, our administration team and staff have worked diligently to bring down costs while at the same time trying to improve our education system for all of our children. 

 

I am pleased to report that we have thus far accomplished both.  Since the passage of our referendum, our rate has never exceeded $0.37 per $100 of assessed valuation, and we are maintaining quality class sizes while experiencing student enrollment growth of nearly 400 students over the past five years.  If we did not have the current referendum, our class sizes would be nearly 45 students per elementary classroom.  So I am very thankful to you for supporting a high quality education for all of our students.

 

I want to wish all of you a wonderful school year.  I truly believe the best is yet to come.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Rocky Killion

Superintendent of Schools

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