DOYLESTOWN – During the November 27 meeting of the Chippewa Local School Board Matt Collier, project manager for C.T. Taylor Construction, updated the board about the progress of the new high school being built on South Portage Street.
“It is moving along well and many parts of it are completely under roof,” he said.
He said builders anticipate that process to be complete in the next few weeks. Permanent gas lines are installed and electric will be also be completed soon.
Board President Denise Edington thanked the community for their support of the income tax renewal so the district will be able to continue with the educational opportunities and programs for the students. Kathy Murray and Carl Dulin (co-chairs of the committee to renew the tax) introduced committee chair people and explained how important each of the volunteers was to the campaign. More than 100 people helped on the campaign. A small reception was held at the end of the board meeting to honor those volunteers.
School Superintendent Sandy Stebly honored the high school for its personal finance course. They were awarded the Next Gen Personal Finance Gold Standard distinction for their commitment to educating students in the 21st century with personal finance skills. Chippewa was one of 600 high schools nationwide to receive this honor and will get a Gold Standard School Banner to display at the school. She also talked about another option for the Message Made Easy program. This is an online message broadcast service that allows the school to send voice messages, text messages or emails to students and parents. The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency is offering the use of their alert system and the school is assessing the benefits of the program.
Stebly also noted the middle school sponsored a senior citizen dinner for about 65-70 people Nov. 3 in the cafeteria. The high school held its annual Veterans Day program for about 65 veterans.
A contract with the Doylestown Police Department for the Resource Officer/DARE program for up to $17,000 for the 2017-2018 school year was approved. The board also accepted the resignation of Shane Dantz as the Chippewa Middle School Wrestling Coach, effective immediately. A motion to accept the resignation of Leslie Fox, intervention specialist, was tabled per her request.
Also approved was the Chippewa High School music department Walt Disney World Trip for the dates of March 25-30, 2018.