Woodbridge School Board distributes recognition awards

By Scott Bleile

The Woodbridge School Board met for their final meeting of 2016 in December. Since it was the season of giving, the board was in a giving mood so they handed out several recognition awards and a contract extension to their superintendent.

Our students and staff do a great job with our community, stated Board President Mike Breeding. These recognition awards show how much interaction there is between our schools and the community. As I have said many times, Woodbridge is more than test scores. We are a family.

The board voted 5-0 to extend Superintendent Heath Chasanovs contract through the 2018 school year.

The board recognized the Heritage Shores Nine-Hole golfers for their donation to the uniform fund. Representing the group were John Campbell and Don Shellenbach. Board member John Barr presented the certificate. These guys do a great job collecting for the uniform fund, Barr told the audience.

Barr also presented certificates to Heritage Shores Woodworkers, Harrison and Barbara Mayer for their donation to the Woodbridge uniform fund. The Mayers matched the amount they collected for the fund, stated Barr.

Woodbridge High School Future Farmers of America member, Anjea Lee presented the board with poinsettias grown by the FFA in their greenhouse this past fall. These are very beautiful, Breeding said. The FFA does a great job each year with the flowers, added Chasanov.

Barr recognized Phillis Wheatley Elementary Schools third, fourth and fifth graders who won the Veterans Day letter writing contest. Winners were Annabella Crisci, third grade; Kayleigh Vodvarka, fourth grade; and Emmy Cay, fifth grade.

The students write letters to veterans and the letters are given to the veterans at the dinners provided to them by Texas Roadhouse and Applebees, said Barr. We took the students to each of these places and they read their letters to the veterans. It was very moving to see the children with the veterans. We have been doing this for the last four years. The students did not want to leave. They enjoyed visiting with the veterans and listening to their stories. We will continue this again next year.

Chasanov gave the financial report to the board. We are in good shape so far this year. We have collected about 95 percent of the money expected so far this year. Remember this is the report for November and we are in good shape with salaries to this point, he told the board.

Chasanov also discussed the final fiscal year 2017 budget. Preliminary approval was give this past June for the 2017 budget, but we have had to adjust some of the numbers because of changes in funding, stated Chasanov. Money left over from the construction of the new high school has been moved into the maintenance budget at the high school.

We have a $61,000 surplus and we are moving $40,000 of that money to technology set aside to help with technology changes in all the schools and the rest will be moved to help with changes in staffing and any other issues the district might run into during the year.

School highlights

Woodbridge Early Childcare Education Center held their annual Christmas party for their staff with 45 attending. They also held a date night for the WECEC parents. The parents dropped the students off at the school so they could go out on a date. One hundred and forty students were shown a movie and played games with about 30 staff members helping. PWES held their honor roll assemblies for 200 students who earned As and Bs on their report card. They also held a date night for about 130 students. The school received a $500 donation from the Good Ole Boys. Students went Christmas shopping with the money for needy families in the district.

Woodbridge Middle School has been working with Code Purple making food boxes. Students also handed out candy canes with one dollar attached and a message about paying it forward. This was inspired from a book the students read in school. The WMS marching band won third place in the Delmar Christmas parade and placed first in the parade in Milton.

Woodbridge High School Theater Company presented Raggedy Ann and Andy which was a huge success. WHS is in the process of scheduling for next year. They also reported the retirement of Head Custodian Leroy Tingle, who has been with the district for many years. He will be greatly missed.

It has been 35 years since a Woodbridge sports team won a state championship, Chasanov told the board. It has been 30 years since a team even got to the championship. I always thought the team I played on in the 1980s was the best team, but the football team winning the state championship is the best team we have ever had in this district. The way they carried themselves during the season and during their run in the playoffs was amazing. No problems whatsoever. I am so proud of this team and the coaching staff.

Breeding added, I listened on the radio coming home to the interviews being given by the players and they were fantastic. Nothing about what I did; it was about what the team did.

Breeding also told the audience, We collected over 12,000 food items this year during our food collection drive and received 150 coats from Operation Warm for our students. This shows how the district and our community worked together. We are also losing two employees with a lot of knowledge and experience - Leroy Tingle from the high school and Bonnie Workman from the district office. You cant replace these kind of employees.

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