'Red storm' forecast for W-MU
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — “It will be a fun night,” said Winfield – Mt. Union High School principal Dave Edwards said of the upcoming basketball games on Friday, Jan. 18.
While W–MU usually has a winter homecoming game, this year they are trying something new.
“Friday, Jan. 18, we’re moving away from calling it a ‘winter homecoming’ and just decided to have a different sort of night. We are going to call it a ‘Red Storm’ like we did last year for the girls’ tournament game and try to get everyone to wear red to the game,” said Edwards.
A change of the name won’t be the only thing different about these games, the school is also calling it an alumni night and hopes to get as many alumni involved as possible.
“We are going to try and get alumni to come back, and are planning on having a place where they can sign in under the year they graduated,” he said.
With as many alums at the game as possible, there will be special activities planned for celebrating the night with the alums.
“As the boys are warming up, we will announce all the classes represented and have people stand up. We’ll have prizes to give away, some raffles, or the alum from longest ago that is present at the game will win something, maybe. It really will be a fun night,” said Edwards.
Also at the meeting, Superintendent Pat Coen gave the board updates on projects he is working on.
At the December school board meeting, Coen presented the idea of having a Southeastern Community College regional academy for agriculture in the W–MU school district.
At the present time, there has not been much progress in the development of the academy.
“Southeastern Community College is moving slowly with the academy decisions. If I’m not hearing back soon, I’m going to go ahead and send the president a letter outlining the information I gave you last time to keep that on their radar and on ours,” explained Coen.
Coen also updated the board on the delay with the online academy.
“I’m continuing to work on the online academy with Grasshorse. We aren’t being very successful with the economic development people at the state level,” said Coen. “We are running into a bit of a roadblock, but we are still working though it. They are trying to divert the funding and that is where we are getting into trouble, but we are working on it.”
The next school board meeting is Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the media center.