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FRCC News

6/16/16
The School District of Washington will place a $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue on the Aug. 2, 2016, ballot.
The $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue is pretty simple in nature. The majority of the issue is simply about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. This action requires voter approval due to the mechanics of school finance. This conversion and refinancing will allow the debt to be paid from the debt service fund without a change in the debt service levy.
The revenue in that fund will service the debt nicely. This way, revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million ($1.5 million in payments) can be shifted to the general fund for operations. This will provide us with the flexibility we need to deal with our losses in assessed valuation and our declining state aid.
So, of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, 13.66 of it is not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.
Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.4 million) would be to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades and some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic and responsible.

CLICK HERE for a PowerPoint Video Presentation on the zero tax rate increase bond issue.

CLICK HERE for a list of repairs and improvements.

CLICK HERE for a citizens information sheet Q & A.

The voter registration deadline is July 6. CLICK HERE to register.
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6/3/16

Parents are reminded about a pair of worthy events taking place during the summer of 2016.

Click on the attached fliers below for more information on the Summer Food Program and the Back to School Fair.

Summer Food Program

The Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds summer food program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.  

The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 7 and will continue through August 9.  

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.

Back to School Fair

The Franklin County "Back to School Fair" takes place July 29-30. Families must pre-register their children by July 5.  

The "Back to School Fair" is held at the First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO.  

The event offers free backpacks and school supplies for students grades K-12.

For questions, more details, or to register, see the attached flier and registration form or contact 636-583-5839.  ​

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6/3/16

A total of 23 School District of Washington staff members, working for a combined 477 years, are retiring following the 2015-16 school year.

Click here for a video about the retiring staff.

Some of the retirees’ profiles are not in the video due to leaving at the end of the first semester. Connie Lutz made her announcement during Washington High School's graduation, after the video was completed. She was recognized during the staff’s closing ceremony on May 23, as were the other retirees. Lutz received an honorary WHS diploma from Principal Dr. Frank Wood, who also is retiring.

The 2015-16 SDOW retirees are:

Dr. Frank Wood – Washington High School Principal

John Ragan – Washington High School Assistant Principal

Connie Lutz – Washington High School Math Teacher

Troy Bunkley – Washington High School Director of Bands

Karla Bennett – Washington Middle School Science Teacher

Amy Menard – Washington Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Becky Juergens – Clearview Elementary Kindergarten Teacher

Sheila Bell – Clearview Elementary Second Grade Teacher

Jennifer Baker – Clearview Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher

Karen Parham – Clearview Elementary Special Education Teacher

Lori Peirick – Campbellton Elementary Third Grade Teacher

Julia Brown – Augusta Elementary Sixth Grade Teacher

Carol Wilka – Washington High School Alternative Education/No Excuses

Maria Brady-Smith – Early Learning Center Psych Examiner

Gail Strubberg – Early Learning Center Teacher

Tammy Watson – Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher

Chris Viviano – Occupational Therapist

Randy Kosark – Four Rivers Career Center Director

Vicki Murphy – Four Rivers Career Center Secretary

Linda Wideman – Washington Middle School Kitchen Manager

Janis Napier – Washington High School Cook

Kevin Boyer – Buildings and Grounds

Jeanette Huth – Buildings and Grounds

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2015-16 SDOW Retirees

Front row, from left: Carol Wilka, Tammy Watson, Amy Menard, Karen Parham, Sheila Bell and Jennifer Baker.

Second row, from left: Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Karla Bennett, Lori Peirick, Maria Brady-Smith and Becky Juergens.

Back row, from left: Kevin Boyer, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Frank Wood, Gail Strubberg, Vicky Murphy, Chris Viviano and Troy Bunkley.

Not shown: Janis Napier, Jeanette Huth and Randy Kosark.

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Dr. Frank Wood presents an honorary WHS diploma to Connie Lutz.

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5/24/16

The closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff was held Monday morning, May 23, in the CJB Theater at Washington High School.

The ceremony marked the end of the 2015-16 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

Prior to the ceremony, the Board of Education and administration honored the retirees over breakfast.

WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington West Elementary Instructional Coach Amy Gruber.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary).

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

Retiring staff members are Dr. Frank Wood, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Troy Bunkley, Carol Wilka, Maria Brady-Smith, Tammy Watson, Chris Viviano, Amy Menard, Karla Bennett, Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Sheila Bell, Becky Juergens, Jennifer Baker, Lori Peirick, Karen Parham, Gail Strubberg, Randy Kosark, Vicky Murphy, Jeanette Huth, Kevin Boyer and Janis Napier.

Honored for 30 years of service was Sheila Bell.

Honored for 25 years of service were Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes, Jill Monzyk, Linda Hackmann and Durae Zweifel.

Honored for 20 years of service were Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer, Sara Barnett, Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

Honored for 15 years of service were Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff,  Amy Crow, Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck,  Karen Graham, Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell, Mike Scheer, Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

Honored for 10 years of service were Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy, Whitney Kimminau, Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann, Deborah Brueggen, Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding, David Dennis, Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson, Kurt Althage, Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Program were Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Emily Hardee, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

Photos from the closing ceremony for the School District of Washington staff are below.

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WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Amy Gruber, Washington West Elementary, received the WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Washington Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Amy Gruber, Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal) and Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian).

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Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary). From left are Kleekamp, Dr. Jane and Doug Reed and Kinney.

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2015-16 SDOW Retirees

Front row, from left: Carol Wilka, Tammy Watson, Amy Menard, Karen Parham, Sheila Bell and Jennifer Baker.

Second row, from left: Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Karla Bennett, Lori Peirick, Maria Brady-Smith and Becky Juergens.

Back row, from left: Kevin Boyer, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Frank Wood, Gail Strubberg, Vicky Murphy, Chris Viviano and Troy Bunkley.

Not shown: Janis Napier, Jeanette Huth and Randy Kosark.

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Dr. Frank Wood and Connie Lutz

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25 and 30 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Linda Hackmann (25 years), Sheila Bell (30 years) and Jill Monzyk (25 years).

Back row, from left: Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes and Durae Zweifel, all 25 years.

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20 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer and Sara Barnett.

Back row, from left: Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

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15 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff and  Amy Crow.

Second row, from left: Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck and Karen Graham.

Back row, from left: Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell and Mike Scheer.

Not shown: Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

 

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10 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy and Whitney Kimminau.

Second row, from left: Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann and Deborah Brueggen.

Third row, from left: Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding and David Dennis.

Back row, from left: Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson and Kurt Althage.

Not shown: Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

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Teaching With Technology Program

Front row, from left: Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore and Emily Hardee.

Second row, from left: Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig and Nicole Kottmann.

Back row, from left: Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

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The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary.

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Elementary administrators accept their portions from the WINGS discount cards.

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Michael Konen of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $41,392.50 for the 2016 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.

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