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Spending Priorities

We now live in an era of competing resources, having to make daily decisions as to how we spend our money.  Our priorites become even more crucial as we know we cannot approve every request.  Our number one priority has always been the investment in our staff.  Every district is a reflection of the people who work […]

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Financial Update

The district continues to struggle with reduced revenue. As stated in previous blogs, the tax caps and declining assessed values have negatively impacted our district harder than most. While pending legislation at the statehouse may help somewhat, until property values trend back up and the economy recovers, we will have to operate with less money. […]

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Budget Year 2011 in Review

As the budget year comes to a close, it is appropriate to report on how we have done and what the future might bring. On the positive side, due to the community support in passing the referendum, we were able to maintain our programs and staff. This allows to to continue to offer the type […]

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Buy Westfield

As you go through your holiday shopping, we ask you to strongly consider supporting Westfield businesses and shopping locally. Your support of local businesses positively impacts the local economy and the finances of the schools. A strong business community is drawn to Westfield because of the reputation of great schools. Likewise, that same business community […]

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Winter Preparations

While most people are trying to enjoy the autumn weather, we are busy preparing for the inclement weather we experience in Indiana. Our goal is always  to insure the safety of everyone. While we hate to delay or cancel school, we make our decisions on safety first. The decisions are based on the information we […]

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Air Quality Tests

Recently, television stations have reported cases of poor air quality in some area schools and the state is in the process of putting new requirements in place to insure air quality is being tested.  Our district has always taken a proactive approach to this issue.  Our buildings are tested during and after any construction. We also test […]

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Competing Resources

While students have been off for the summer, we have been busy with many projects.  The biggest summer project is to write the budget for the following calendar year.  The 2012 budget is moving through the approval process.   The budget will look much like the 2011 budget.  We will add an additional 170 students, but […]

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Summer Projects

While summer is passing quickly, we have been able to address many projects while the students are gone.  With the current budget being tight, we prioritize the projects to maximize our return.  Student safety and instruction are our two main priorities, followed by maintenance of facilities to offset future costs.  Cosmetic work orders are left […]

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Non-Resident Students

A few years ago, the state allowed school districts to accept students living outside of the district.  Westfield did not accept such students because of space limitations.  Since we now have some additional space, our school board has agreed to allow a very limited number of non-resident students to attend Westfield Schools.  They must be allowed […]

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State Bus Inspection

This year the state moved the inspection of our bus fleet up to May and I am glad to report that Westfield passed with flying colors. This has been the case each year for over a decade and kudos go to our mechanics and drivers for keeping our buses in great working condition. With over […]

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