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MSD board retains Keaffaber as superintendent

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

MSD of Wabash County Superintendent Mike Keaffaber will remain in his position until at least the summer of 2020.
The news was delivered at MSD’s school board meeting on Jan. 8.


New board president Todd Dazey explained that Keaffaber is in the third year of a three-year contract. That contract stipulates that unless the board gives a notice of non-renewal by Jan. 1, then it would automatically renew for an additional year.


The board did not give Keaffaber a notice of non-renewal.


“As a result, his contract has now been extended to June 30, 2020,” Dazey said. “We’d like to say congratulations to Mr Keaffaber.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Educators pleased with local grad rates

By Josh Sigler
and
Eric Christiansen

news@thepaperofwabash.com

The Indiana Department of Education recently released its graduation rates from the 2017-18 school year, and local educators seemed pleased with the result.


Wabash City Schools finished with school year with a 95.79 percent graduation rate. In all, 91 of 95 students received diplomas.


Superintendent Jason Callahan said the school district was very pleased with that rate.


“Honestly, we view this as a 100 percent rate because 2 percent received a special education certificate and 2 percent was still in school so our dropout rate was 0 percent,” Callahan said. “Even better results were what diplomas our 96 percent graduated with from Wabash High School. Ninety-two percent of students received either a Core 40 of Academic Honors Diploma. This was the highest percentage of college ready diplomas in the history of the school.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
CF honors Sharp Creek, Northfield promise students

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, representatives from the Community Foundation of Wabash County honored Promise Scholarship students from Sharp Creek Elementary and Northfield Jr.-Sr. High schools during the Eastern-Northfield girls basketball game.


The students honored were in grades 4-8, and achieved 100 percent of the academic awards possible in the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. The elementary school students were honored during halftime of the junior varsity game, while the junior high students were recognized at halftime of the varsity contest.


There were 184 Northfield students who met the requirements, according to Nancy Alspaugh, the Community Foundation’s Promise Scholarship Program Director for Grades 7-8.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Bowman elected County Council chair

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Kyle Bowman was elected as chairman of the Wabash County Council at the council’s first meeting of the 2019 calendar year on Monday, Jan. 7.


“I appreciate the vote of confidence from my fellow council members electing me chair,” Bowman said. “As far as responsibilities, I feel the chair is more facilitating the meetings and making sure they are open for the council members as well as the public to feel free to come and speak and deliver their ideas, as well as reach out to us when they need direction of comment on issues.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Commissioners approve contracts

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County board of Commissioners met to conduct regular business Monday morning, Jan. 14.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin presented a utility permit from Century Link to replace buried cable along County Road 200 North between county roads 700 and 800 West.


Martin informed the commissioners that the bid date for the County Road 1100 North reconstruction date would be set for February 4 at 9:15 a.m.


Sheriff Ryan Baker gave his weekly jail report at the meeting.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
MCS expands safety systems at all buildings

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools took another step in ensuring the safety of its students and staff this week.


Starting Monday, Jan. 14, MCS began using the Raptor Technologies Visitor Management system to check in all visitors to each school and the administration building. The system is an ID check process that is used in more than 2,000 school districts in the United States.


James Bishir, Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School assistant principal and district safety specialist explained what the Raptor system does and why it is important.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Wabash Park Board elects new officers

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Brian Campbell is the new president of the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation.


Campbell, who served as vice president last year, was elected to the post at the board’s first meeting of 2019, Wednesday, Jan. 9.


Campbell replaces Jon Baker, who retired from the board in December after more than 30 years of service.


Also elected were Kerri Mattern as board vice president and Rod Kelsheimer as board secretary.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Wabash City Schools rolls out Safe School Helpline

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabashcounty.com

Soon after Wabash City Schools hosted an active shooter training activity last summer, members of the community, including assistant principal Jeff Galley, school resource officer Sam Hipskind and assistant fire chief Andy Oswalt made the trip to Penn High School to witness an active shooter drill simulated during an extracurricular activity.


While they were there, Penn’s athletic department had a handout on what to do in case of an emergency situation at such an extracurricular event. Part of that handout included information on the corporation’s Safe School Helpline, a 24-7 anonymous reporting service.


Wabash officials thought that would be a useful resource for their own school district, and after working out the details, the district rolled out the helpline during the week of Jan. 7.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15

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