The Westmoreland County School Board meeting started off in a much different fashion on Monday, April 28. For starters, the meeting was held in the MMS cafeteria as over 300 people were in attendance to hear and to be heard. The meeting started off with the usual opening remarks and salutations and then Washington and Lee High School principal Andrea Roane presented a video on the word of the month “cooperation” which was developed by the Design/Media class taught by Dawn Hillard.
Next on the agenda was Washington District Elementary School as they presented to the board information about the bags that were sent home with upcoming PreK and Kindergarten students so that parents could give their children a jumpstart for entering school. The teachers-Ms. Kowalczyk, Mrs. Hutt, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Pegelow also discussed the registration process. Washington District also presented a short video on test taking strategies that was produced by Washington and Lee Senior Manoa Wurth.
This was followed by a presentation by Frank Johnson, Jr. concerning strategic planning for the upcoming new Washington and Lee High School. His presentation focused on the county’s need to look at planning a new high school that could address the public needs beyond the normal ways, such as including community use for the building.
After the public comment section of the Westmoreland County School Board meeting ended, which mainly focused on staff transfers and discipline issues at the high school, the board took a short break as approximately 250 citizens left the cafeteria. They then reconvened to continue their business.