Published On: Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017

Vance will be taking on Principal role in Coleridge

LAUREL — Administration staff at the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School will soon be handling new responsibilities. Jay Vance, who is the high school principal, will step in and take over as the Principal of the LCC Middle School at the Coleridge location for the 2017-18 school year.
Heath Johnson, who has been the LCC Elementary Principal, will assume the High School Principal position and continue to serve as the Athletic Director. Paige Parsons will be a new face at the LCC School. Parsons has been hired to fill the position as Elementary Principal for the 2017-18 school year.
Board members dealt with one resignation during the June 12 LCC School Board meeting.
High school art instructor, Joe Frost, has submitted his resignation. Frost had just finished his fifth year at the LCC School.
Board members accepted the resignation. The school will not be filling the position for the 2017-18 school year.
Other art teachers will cover the classes, according to Supt. Randall Klooz.
“We will take a year to discuss the situation and see what would be best to do on this,” he said.
Action was taken to put the interlocal agreement between the LCC School and the Wynot Public School in place for the 2017-18 school year.
Students at LCC High School will be taking a distance learning class in American Government while the class is being taught at the Wynot school.
New volleyball uniforms have been ordered for the high school team.
The uniforms will be in before first game, according to Athletic Director Heath Johnson.
“We were past due to order the jerseys on the rotation that has been in place,” Johnson said. “They will be different than the one we have now. We picked a new style that is supposed to be good for another five or six years in case we need to order a few extra uniforms.”
The storage area by the old gym has been cleaned out. The area will now house tables and chairs.
“It really looks good,” Johnson said.
The carpet will be installed in the new office area during the week of June 19. The construction work needs to be completed so the office staff can move to the new location within a few weeks.
Board members also talked about adding air conditioning in the new gym at the school building in Laurel.
Board members will be taking time to make the decision due to the time frame to have the installation in place and the cost of the system.
“The air conditioning unit can not be in place before the volleyball season so we have time to look at this and make a decision later as to what should be done,” Klooz said.
New “Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School” signs will be placed outside of the elementary building at the Laurel location and on the outside of the middle school building in Coleridge. The signs that currently are on the two buildings are pre-consolidation and will be removed.
Enrollment at the Middle School could be increasing by 13 students for next year.
The number of students for the 2016-17 school year was 124. The projected enrollment for middle school students for the 2017-18 school year is 137.
“The enrollment is a little more than what we had projected,” Klooz said. “We are pretty confident the numbers will hold.”
Tim Vanderheiden submitted his last report as the Middle School Principal during the June 12 meeting.
Improvements have been made at the Middle School.
Due to an increase in enrollment new lockers have been ordered and will be coming in, according to Vanderheiden.
“We tried to match the color for the new lockers with the color of the lockers that are already in place. It was hard to do as the older ones have been there for several years,” he said.
New fire doors were installed in the cafeteria area which was needed in order to be in compliance with fire safety requirements.
Vanderheiden’s last days at the Middle School will be the end of June.