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SYRACUSE - "In the Wawasee Community School Corporation, we have the same type of kids as the other school districts in our area," said Wawasee High School Principal Geoffrey Walmer at Tuesday's meet ing of the Wawasee school board. "They have the same backgrounds and the same problems. So, when it comes to student growth, we have to ask, 'What can we be doing differently?' and 'What's the next step?'" For WCSC, that next step is implementing Professional Learning Communities. These place heavy emphasis on "learning, collaboration, collective responsibility and a result centric orientation," said Walmer. PLCs put teachers togeth er by department and have them work as a group to determine the best methods for teaching their subjects. These groups ask themselves what students need to know to succeed in school, what courses need to be taught, what students need to be able to do after taking a course and how the educa tors will determine if the stu dents have learned a topic sufficiently. Together, each PLC will pick 10 to 15 stan dards and seek to apply them to their students. In his presentation to the board, Walmer displayed research showing what fac tors played the largest parts in influencing educational success. Walmer said that the biggest factor is teachers believing that "no matter where a student comes from, they can help them grow." Other top issues included students predicting their grades, the integration of new and old knowledge, classroom discussion, feed back and direct instruction. Of least importance among the listed factors, according to the research, was teacher subject matter knowledge. "You can have plenty of knowledge about a topic and still not be an effective leader," Walmer emphasized. "Of course, you need to know your subject, but it's not the number one thing an educa tor needs." Walmer believes that the application of these commu nities will decrease the need for after school learning. "We need to quit having students spend 14 hours a day in a classroom and at home learning alone," Walmer stated. "When you TIMES-UNION September 12, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 216 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Local Warsaw Schools looks back on 175 years of education. Page 5A Opinion What happens when govern- ment runs health care. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 68 High 81 Sports Local high school football games pre- viewed. Page 1B Scattered storms tonight and Friday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Thursday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION Despite summertime temperatures, a farmer gives notice that fall is right around the corner while tilling farmland south of CR 450 S, east of CR 175 E, Tuesday evening. Tilling Time BY ALAISTER McFARREN TIMES-UNION Correspondent Photos by Amada Bridgman, TIMES-UNION See WAWASEE- Page 2A $1 West Center Street Work Starts Today Final sewer repair and milling on West Center Street is scheduled to take place today and Friday. Traffic will be restricted to one lane with a flagger dur ing this time. The roadway should reopen for the week end, weather permitting. West Center Street will then be closed for prepara tion and paving from noon on Monday through Tuesday. During this closure, West Center Street and all cross street intersections will be closed between West Market Street and Washington Street including: Friend Street from Center Street to Miami Street. Miami Street from Center Street to the east west alley. Pine Street from Center Street to Market Street. Union Street from Center Street to Main Street. Columbia Street from Market Street to Main Street. A white fabric layer designed to protect and pro long the life of the roadway will be laid on Monday. It is important that motorists avoid driving on this white fabric layer. Please abide by all road closure signs and barricades at all times to pre vent permanent damage to the new roadway, according to a news release from the city of Warsaw. Paving is scheduled to take place Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permit ting. The road will reopen after all paving work is com pleted. Wawasee High School Principal Geoff Walmer presents to the Wawasee School Board on the importance of Professional Learning Communities, which place heavy emphasis on "learning, collaboration, collective responsibility and a result-centric orien- tation," Walmer said. Photo by Alaister McFar en Kosciusko County Sheriff Kyle Dukes reported that 40 applications were received to fill the seven empty posi tions at the department. Dukes told the KCSO Merit Board Wednesday the department has been approved to hire six merit deputies plus one extra, so the goal is to get fully staffed with seven new hires. Dukes said one applicant is from Ohio and several are local, noting five have been through the police academy. Written testing begins Sept. 21, Dukes said. Any new recruits would be pro bationary for one year while they complete any required training. The next KCSO Merit Board meeting is 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at the sheriff's office, 221 E. Main St., Warsaw. The public is welcome to attend. BY AMANDA BRIDGMAN TIMES-UNION Staff Writer abridgman@timesuniononline.com BOURBON - The Bourbon Town Council is close to resolving two of the many concerns they have been trying to resolve over the last sever al years. During Tuesday's meeting of the council, town attorney Tony Wagner presented a completed contract that is expected to be signed by the management of Shells Inc. Among other items, the contract stipulates deadlines for the removal of industrial waste from their property. The town has had ongoing meetings with Shell repre sentatives to establish a schedule for the waste removal; however, previous agreements were seem ingly not carried through. At one point, the large mound of waste was impeding access to the town's water lines. Responding to questions near the end of the council meeting, Wagner indicated that noncompli ance of the proposed contract would be handled by the Indiana Department of Emergency Management. The town also was able to receive the deed to property at 804/806 N. Main St. The house on the property had been in disrepair for a number of years and reported ly even had wild animals inhabiting the premises. Wagner said he was waiting until the past owners had removed windows before he accepted the deed in court action so as to limit the liability of possible injuries during the demolition process. Once the windows were removed, all of the openings were boarded up. Bill Keyser, Zoning Department, said he has already received two quotes for the total demolition of the house. The quote for $68,000 was rejected and the second for $35,000 was accepted. Keyser did not state the names of those sub mitting quotes. Although the prop erty is commonly referred to as one, it is actually two parcels and will be sold as two parcels. The public will be given an opportunity at a hearing in October to express their opinions and/or ask questions concerning a possi ble rate increase to the water utili ties. The financial advising firm of Bakertilly spoke to the council and told it of a four year plan that could be implemented beginning in Wawasee Principal Talks About Professional Learning Communities Bourbon Sees Solutions For Industrial Waste, Unkempt Property BY CAROL ANDERS TIMES-UNION Correspondent Merit Board Hears Of 40 Applicants To Fill 7 KCSO Jobs STAFF REPORT See STREET- Page 2A See BOURBON- Page 2A More than 50 people came out Wednesday evening for the 2019 Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Center Lake Pavilion. Indiana State Police Color Guard present- ed the colors of the flag, Bryce Lippe sang the National Anthem and the Boy and Cub Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ken Locke, pictured above at left, led prayer and held a moment of silence in front of the 9/11 memorial outside of Center Lake Pavilion. Warsaw Police Department Det. Brad Kellar sang "Have You Forgotten," and Kosciusko County Emergency Management Director Ed Rock sang "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning." Remarks from Tinisha Weigelt, on behalf of Congressman Jim Banks, reminded the country to never forget. Pictured at right is Roger King, a United States Army veteran who served two active duties in 1992 and again from 2001-2012. He was taking a picture of the Flag Of Honor at the ceremony. The flag lists the names of those who perished in the terror- ist attacks of 9/11. 9/11 Remembrance

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