W-MU expands preschool to include three-year-old students
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — Winfield-Mt. Union is going to have a new three year old program and a new elementary principal this coming school year, as well as a changed price for the student activity passes.
“Based on the investigation that Mrs. Wedeking made and my own interviews made with Mary Miller and Carmen Bensen, I strongly believe that W-MU should take on Warmth and Wonders as part of the school as opposed to an outside operation,” said Gabe Wylder, new elementary principal and curriculum director. “I believe there will be greater connectivity to the school and will positively impact future enrollment.”
Wyder pointed out the importance of keeping younger students in the W-MU school district because it would make it more likely that they would then stay in the W-MU school district.
Wylder comes to W-MU for teaching at Taylor Elementary in Cedar Rapids. While at Taylor, he taught second and third grade students as well as being a facilitator and behavior specialist at Taylor. He earned his bachelor degree at the University of Iowa in 2006, and received his master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa this past May.
In general business during the meeting, an increased charge for the student activity pass was discussed, and after intense debate it was decided that the activity passes for high schoolers would increase in price from $25 to $35.
“The activity pass would go from $25 to $40. In comparison, we wouldn’t be the highest and we wouldn’t be the lowest,” said board president Robyn Therme.
“I am a little concerned about the activity passes,” said Mindy Shelledy. “I mean, granted we aren’t the highest, but when we go to the games we aren’t really there to watch the games. We are there to eat and socialize. I don’t know about very many moms and dads that don’t have kids that do that, but I do know we shell out quite a bit of money at that concession stand.”
“What is the admission?” asked Therme. “Six bucks? Eight?”
“For a student, $3,” replied Barb Brown, acting board secretary.
“Ok, so if you go to 13 events then it would pay for itself,” replied Therme.
“Do you think $40 is too big of a jump?” asked Pat Coen, W-MU superintendant.
“Well, we have been at $25 for a while. I think it is kind of a jump,” said Shelledy. “The thing is, when you are in high school, you don’t have an option,” Shelledey noted, and pointed out that the card is used as an activity pass, lunch card and library card in the high school level. “It kills you at school registration if you have more than one high schooler. If you have a kid in band or sports, you won’t even need the pass because they will already be at those events and they get in for free. So you would be having to pay for something they aren’t even going to use.”
Instead of increasing the price of the high school activity pass to $40, the board voted to increase it to $35.
The school board also approved hiring several new employees, Blayne Willadsen, second-grade teacher; Cheryl Putnam, second grade teacher; Amy Krieger, level two long-term substitute; Brad Doerring, physical education and head varsity boys’ basketball coach; Joe Garvey, head varsity wrestling coach; Mark Janecek, junior high girls’ basketball coach; and Tracie Hartman, head cook.
The next school board meeting will be at 6:30 on August 14, in the school media center.