Wyalusing Area School Board holds first meeting of school year
WYALUSING - Wyalusing Area School Board Superintendent Dr. Chester Mummau said Wyalusing schools have experienced a smooth opening for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
"I want to commend employees for a good opening," Mummau said at Monday's school board meeting.
He reported that the official school enrollment is 1375 between both the high school and elementary schools.
High School Assistant Principal Larry Roberts said new students are continuing to flow into the school on a daily basis.
Mummau also reported a decrease in the amount of cyber school and charter school students living in the district. This year the school district is paying for 56 students, down from over 60 last year, he said.
In past meetings, Mummau and the school board have asked citizens to contact state legislators about cyber school reform. Under current state law, school districts are required to pay cyber and charter schools what it would cost the district to educate the child. However, given the nature of online schooling, the programs do not offer transportation or food to students. This, in effect, leaves the district paying for services that are not offered to the student.
Two new student representatives assumed the responsibility of giving monthly reports to the school board.
In the past, the school board allowed a student representative from the high school to give monthly reports as a way for board members to better understand the thoughts of students on issues. This year, Anna Sophie Poost replaces 2013 graduate and class valedictorian, Emily Edwards.
In addition, the school board has given reason to add another chair to the meeting table; the creation of a student representative position from the elementary school. Dawcin Jones, a sixth grade student, will attend each board meeting and offer a report about her fellow students in the elementary school.
Elementary Principal Mike Wells said Jones was chosen by reviewing one page essays submitted by candidates. He said Jones was picked not only for an impressive essay, but her ability to know and understand what her fellow students feel.
In her first report, Jones introduced herself to board members and hoped for a positive 2013-2014 school year.
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