WCMS council votes to drop creative writing class
The Woodford County Middle School site-based decision making (SBDM) council voted 5 to 2 on Monday to eliminate a creative writing class and a core-area class next school year. Because of a projected drop in student enrollment next school year, two teaching positions had to be eliminated by the SBDM council under the district's school-staffing formula. The vote to cut creative writing and a core-area class comes in the aftermath of public concerns being voiced about an earlier proposal to eliminate the middle school's agriculture class, which was taken off the table as an option. Unlike two previous SBDM meetings when the farming community, parents and students raised their objections to cutting agriculture education, no one from the public voiced any concerns during Monday's special meeting at WCMS. However, teachers Janet Bauer and J.J. Viera continued to voice support for cutting two exploration classes - creative writing and a keyboarding music class - instead of eliminating a core-area class. They later voted in opposition to the motion to cut creative writing and a core-area class - likely a language arts teaching position filled by someone leaving WCMS at the end of the school year, Principal Tracy Bruno said. Several alternative staffing options were discussed by SBDM council members before the 5 to 2 vote to eliminate creative writing and a core-area class. The SBDM council then approved first reading of a master schedule for next school year by consensus. A second reading was scheduled on Wednesday, March 29.