Wolf Creek Local Schools receives $100K gift

WATERFORD – An anonymous gift of $100,000 to Wolf Creek Local Schools has put its technology program ahead and will save teachers a lot of fundraising effort.

The donation was announced by superintendent Doug Baldwin at the board of education monthly meeting Monday night at Waterford High School. Baldwin said it will allow the district to purchase enough Chromebooks to complete its technology for students program, providing one device for each grade 7-12 student and a 25-device cart for each grade in the elementary school.

“It’s a generous donation, and let us get the Chromebooks and a large monitor that works like a more modern type of smartboard,” Baldwin said, gesturing toward a four-foot by six-foot cardboard box sitting in the Waterford High School library. Behind him, the aisles of the library were clogged with wheeled carts bearing stacks of Chromebooks.

“We were in the process of buying them, and this has definitely sped up the process,” he said. Baldwin noted that teachers had been holding periodic fundraising activities to buy the Chromebooks, and thanks to the donation that will no longer be necessary.

High school students will keep the same Chromebook from freshman through senior year, he said, and be given the option to purchase them at graduation. Middle school students will get their own Chromebooks, but unlike high schoolers will not be permitted to take them home after school.

“I think it’s pretty exciting for our kids to have that,” he said.

Baldwin told the board that part of the donation could be used to support the robotics curriculum being assembled by industrial technology teacher Jeff Brooker.

In other business, the board:

Accepted a federal education REAP (Rural Education Achievement Program) grant for $27,588, which is to be used to improve student academic performance

Approved Tyler McCutcheon as the junior high boys assistant basketball coach

Approved Linda Flowers as a substitute for any position except bus driver

Approved Michael Streight as a substitute bus driver, custodian and maintenance worker

Authorized a trip to the FFA National Convention for Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis

The board is scheduled to meet next on Oct. 8.