School board recognizes NorthWood golfers

NAPPANEE — Members of NorthWood High School’s 2012 girls golf team are still basking in the euphoria of a multiple award-winning season. Several representatives from the team were present during the Monday, Oct. 8 session of the Wa-Nee Community Board of School Trustees, sharing highlights from a blazing run of successes, and to be personally thanked by the board for bringing honor to the sports program.
Coach Adam Yoder was on hand with eight members of the squad, along with several parents. He spoke about the accomplishments that were achieved by the talented players, including an undefeated 13-0 record, being chosen NLC co-champions alongside Warsaw, and racking up a lengthy list of both individual and team records. For the first time in the school’s history, the girls golf banner in the Panther Pit will sport these winning statistics, a permanent reminder and indelible legacy of an unforgettable year.
Team members who were in attendance to receive handshakes and congratulatory words of encouragement from the board were seniors Kate Adams, Samantha Paul, and Abby Hershberger; juniors Kayla Stankovich and Heidi Morganthaler, sophomore Rachel Beebe, and freshmen Baillie Richner and Linnzie Richner.
The remainder of the board’s agenda was attended to in fairly short order, with the items of discussion including:
• a revelation from business manager Roger Zentz that recent figures illustrating a 4.68 percent annual drop in the district’s assessed valuation will result in an adjustment in the tax rate, likely inching it upward by a few cents. With one exception, all of the townships included in the Wa-Nee boundaries experienced property values dipping anywhere from one to above ten percent. Scott Township in Kosciusko County bucked the trend, rising just slightly, at 2.4 percent.
• receiving a pair of bids for the sale of one 2001 GMC/Bluebird 72 school bus and a 1994 Ford van. David Stahly of Nappanee submitted the lone set of bids, at $612.77 and $607.77, respectively, and he was subsequently awarded each vehicle.
• hiring Sarah Owen as full-time Title I Reading Interventionist at Wakarusa Elementary, effective Oct. 1.
• accepting the resignation of Mitch Gerig as eighth grade Math Teacher at NorthWood Middle School, effective Dec. 21.
• granting a leave of absence to Stacey Morgan, seventh grade Language Arts teacher at NorthWood Middle School, effective Feb. 4 through April 29, 2013.
The next session of the Wa-Nee Community Board of School Trustees will take place Monday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the administration building.