Fall 2019/2020 School Year
I want to welcome everyone to the start of another great school year. This school year will be another year of 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 to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education.
The West Lafayette Intermediate School (WLIS) opened in October 2018. Our 4th – 6th grade students and staff now have a state-of-the-art learning environment. From innovation labs to a complete performing arts wing, WLIS provides a great environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
The West Lafayette Elementary School (WLES) renovations are nearly complete. Our Kindergarten – 3rd grade students and staff now have completely renovated classrooms, a new media center, a new cafeteria, and many redesigned learning spaces. This is the first year in the history of WLCSC that there are operational kitchens at every school.
School building improvements continue at the Jr./Sr. High School. The Richard Wachs Aquatic Center (RWAC) is nearing completion. The anticipated date for opening the new facility will be early November 2019 with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Monday, November 25, 4:00 PM. At that time, we will also hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jr./Sr. High School food court.
You might be wondering why the Foundation is assisting WLCSC with these two projects. Two years ago, the administration and School Board were surprised with a drop in assessed valuation of 5%, and thus, the bonding capacity of the school district was directly impacted. To finish these projects at the Jr./Sr. High School, the administration asked the Foundation to assist with these two projects to offset the reduction in assessed valuation. In the coming years, it may be necessary to increase the school district’s tax rate depending on how much the Foundation can raise and what kind of increase, if any, there will be in the school district’s assessed valuation.
I personally want to thank you, our community, for your continued support of WLCSC. With all of us working together, we will continue providing our students, present and future, with a world-class education system.
Dr. Rocky Killion
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent of West Lafayette Community School Corporation
Robert Kelly Performing Arts Center
James Guy Education Wing
Richard Wachs Aquatic Center
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- Brace for Lower ISTEP Scores
- Accountability Without Standardization
- Education by Humiliation
- Public Education Reform
- The Roadmap to a World-Class Education
- Busting Four Myths to Indiana's School Choice Legislation
- Education Reform: Perception vs. Reality
- Right Path for Public Education