Winfield-Mt. Union directors fill summer coaching slots
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union School Board saw some updates and made some personnel changes at last night’s board meeting.
In hirings and resignations, there were two resignations submitted to the board. Hannah Ketcham, pre-school teacher, and Alicia Mendenhall, second grade teacher, resigned from the school.
The board approved the hirings of six coaches for spring and summer sports. Ayla Serrano was hired to be the head coach of the varsity softball team. Hired to assist Serrano was Janessa Boley, and Marcia Jameson as junior high softball coach. Dana Shappell was hired as an assistant girls’ track coach. In boys’ sports, Ed Spencer was hired as the assistant varsity baseball coach and Mark Stalder hired as junior high baseball coach.
Barb Phelps, elementary special education instructor, gave a presentation to the board about the use of a Promethean board in her classroom.
“I was a little apprehensive to use this table, or any other technology, unless it correlates with the students’ goals. If it connects with their goals, then I’m for it. Some of these activities with the table I have made to connect with student goals,” said Phelps.
Phelps showed the board members different interactive activities students can use the Promethean table for and gave the directors a chance to experience the activities for themselves.
The table is used to help Phelps’ students improve their math, reading and behavior skills.
In the secondary report, Dave Edwards, high-school principal, informed the board of one of the ways that he has been looking into getting students more interested in volunteering activities.
“We are looking at developing a silver chord program. It’s a program encouraging volunteerism in students. It would require them to volunteer so many hours and if they reach their goal by the item they graduate then they would get to wear a silver chord at graduation,” said Edwards. “We are going to get the details ironed out and will present that for next year.”
The school board also approved an agreement to share wrestling with Columbus Community schools (Columbus Junction) instead of New London next year.
Pat Coen, W-MU superintendent, informed the board why the switch was made.
“What was explained to me was that we make them 2A and they have to compete with schools like Davenport Assumption and other places with much higher enrollment,” said Coen.
“The agreement is very similar to what we had with New London,” said Edwards. “About the only real difference in it is that they want to make sure that one of their administrators is involved or their AD is involved with the evaluation of the coaches that we hire. I met with their head coach, and he seemed very intent that if we are going to do it that we make it a real partnership. He pretty much insisted that we have at least one meet a year over here, and he wants to get over here this spring and start recruiting kids to go out,” said Edwards.
One of the differences in sharing with Columbus Junction will be the transportation of athletes.
“The transportation is a little different,” said Edwards. “They want to leave always from over there. And when we’ve been with New London sometimes when we’ve gone that way we have driven a bus and sometimes they did. Columbus Junction will provide all the transportation and just bill us 35 percent.”