Greg Leeth, Principal
It is hard to believe that the 2013-2014 school year has come and gone. While we have cele-brated many academic, music, and athletic accomplishments, more importantly, we have created and developed personal relationships that will last for many, many years. I appreciate the support the Wayne Trace community has given our students and staff, and I am thankful for the way the community has welcomed me in my first year as principal of the junior and senior high school.
At the conclusion of the school year, several longtime staff members retired from their jobs in education. Kathie Kipfer retired from her secre-tary position after serving the district for more than 30 years. Teachers Tom McCord, Anne Gerber, and Judi Snook also retired after many years of dedicated teaching to thousands of Wayne Trace students. And lastly, Deb Kipfer retired from her position as study hall monitor. All of these individuals will be greatly missed by students and fellow staff members. I wish the best of luck to each of them!
Though the school year has ended, the work has not. Many of our teachers and custodians will be logging long hours preparing for the upcoming school year. As noted in the May newsletter, Wayne Trace is fortunate to have been awarded by the state of Ohio a grant total-ing nearly $500,000 to be used for the implemen-tation of a 1:1 computer program. What that means for students is that every 7-12 grade student will be issued a school-owned laptop computer to use for the entire year. What that means for teachers is creating and refining les-sons that incorporate technology into their teaching. Many of the junior high and high school teachers are committed to training and professional development during the summer months to prepare for this initiative.
Custodians will also be hard at work as a num-ber of building improvement projects are already underway. Teacher classrooms, the weight room, and custodial offices are being moved at this time. In addition, painting, floor refurbish-ing, and replacing obsolete lockers highlight the summer projects.
Again, we had a fantastic 2013-2014 school year, and we eagerly anticipate having an even better year in 2014-2015.
Enjoy the summer!