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MSD looks at new building, consolidating Northfield & Southwood

By Phil Smith

At a public meeting May 24, the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s board of trustees heard the official presentation of a proposal to consolidate the district’s two high schools. The meeting will also serve as a public hearing on the matter, providing the transparency that upended the corporation’s previous attempt to consolidate six years ago.

Unlike the proposal in 2016, which was voted upon and then rescinded amidst findings by the Indiana Public Access Counselor that the board violated the state’s Open Door Law, the proposal being pitched by the board involves the construction of a new high school. In 2016, the board voted on July 12 to move Southwood Jr/Sr High School into Northfield Jr/Sr High School, combining the two facilities into one high school. The 2016 proposal also included turning Southwood Jr/Sr High School into a middle school and closing Sharp Creek Elementary School. After a complaint was filed, alleging the board violated the Open Door Law, the Public Access Counselor ruled in favor of the complaint on Aug. 8 and the board rescinded its vote the following day.

Posted on 2022 May 25
Several local schools named 'Family Friendly'

By Phil Smith

Several Wabash County schools have been recognized by the Indiana Deparment of Education for their contributions to family friendliness.

Wabash High School, along with Northfield High School, Sharp Creek Elementary School and Metro North Elementary School, were named Family Friendly Schools for the 2022-23 school year.

Posted on 2022 May 05
Wabash Little League opens 69th season

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash Little League opened its 69th season on Saturday with the pomp and circumstances that surround most opening days.

Mayor Scott Long and League President Bryan Dillon addressed the crowd, Lillian Weaver, Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen, sang the national anthem, and Dr. Amy Sivley, Wabash City Schools superintendent, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Grace Dafoe led the players in reciting the Little League oath.

A number of games followed throughout the afternoon at the Little League complex at the Field of Dreams.

Posted on 2022 Apr 27
City Schools considers change in school start time

By Phil Smith

The school board for Wabash City Schools decided April 18 to put a pin in a proposal designed to give middle school and high school students less down time in the morning.

The proposal, based on research on the sleep habits of adolescents, as well as the desire to eliminate lag time in the morning before classes begin, occupied nearly a half hour of the meeting. Superintendent Dr. Amy Sivley summarized the proposal, ultimately recommending an amendment to the original plan.

Posted on 2022 Apr 27
City Schools honors elementary students with Swan Awards

By Phil Smith

Wabash City Schools recognized the last of its Kathy Swan Award winners for the 2021-22 school year during the board district’s April 18 meeting of its board of trustees. Elementary School winners from OJ Neighbors Elementary School were first grader Lilly Smith, Johnathan Reed representing the second grade, Hunter Mabery from third grade and fourth grader Liam Kirtlan.

OJ Neighbors Principal Beth Phillipy introduced the teachers who presented this year’s awards.

Posted on 2022 Apr 27
Lagro residents hear updates on town improvements

By Joseph Slacian

The Town of Lagro has seen much change over the last five years. Local residents gathered Tuesday, April 5, at the 950 Speakeasy Bistro to learn about the changes, as well as to hear about things to come.

Beth Gillespie, president of the Lagro Canal Foundation, and Justin Gillespie, who owns the Speakeasy and the neighboring Riparian House with business partner, Beverly Van Haaften, were the main speakers at the event.
Tenille Zartman, Grow Wabash County vice president, and Christine Flohr, Visit Wabash County executive director, also spoke at the event, which lasted just short of one hour.

Posted on 2022 Apr 13
Parkview Wabash to get new president

Debra Potempa, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named president of Parkview Wabash Hospital (PWB), effective April 18, 2022.

Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, who currently serves as president of PWB, will soon be retiring. Custer-Mitchell has served the Wabash community in a hospital leadership role for more than 14 years.

Posted on 2022 Mar 30
Self-Reliance applications available

Dates have been set for the 2022 Midwest Eye Consultants Self-Reliance Awards.

Applications and instructions are currently being distributed to guidance counselors at each of the county’s high schools.

Posted on 2022 Mar 30

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