Monday, December 10, 2012

Board Meeting Packed with Support for Coach

There was standing room only at tonight's board meeting. Parents and students were at the meeting in support of what was reported as a fired wresting coach. An unnamed female student said he was fired for reprimanding a student. Several spoke in support of the coach, stating that he was a coach who, "straightened out students who needed it", and "he worked hard to ensure students become decent citizens".
Those who spoke were allowed to speak because of a new policy adopted recently by the Board that allows participants 2 minutes to address the board on a non-agenda item. The Board cannot respond but listens to the concerns of citizens.

Contract approved with Spiros Industries, Inc.

Tonight the West Bend School Board approved a 3 year contract with Spiros Industries, Inc, a company that manufactures springs. Spiros donated a manufacturing machine to the district and will begin a manufacturing course that will teach the manufacturing business to students. They will learn the process of this business beginning with taking orders to production and shipping. According to the staff at Spiros, this partnership will give students real-life manufacturing experiences with real production in the real world.
Forty percent of West Bend high school graduates do not attend college. This new partnership gives students opportunities to learn a trade and acquire job skills that will help them become employed after graduation. This seems like a good thing.