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SENTINEL TRIBUNE INSIDE Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Page 3 Board from page I Woelber talked about legislation. He felt with the differ- ences between the parties there likely will have to be a special session. The republicans have outright rejected the governors budget. However the budget they have submitted is highly controversial. Woelber said the enrollment is holding steady, however with a graduation of 50 students and only about 20 coming into kindergarten will mean a significant loss in revenue. Woelber said, "the trouble is with the formula weighted higher for high school students than kindergarten, it is like losing funding for four students for every three that graduate." Woelber talked about problems with the boiler at the tech campus, it will cost about $12,000 to repair or about $60,000 to replace. The food service has been doing well overall. A grant is being sought from the Farm to Food Program to purchase a new freezer at Walnut Grove. The following items were approved by the board: Resolution for membership in the MSHL for 2011-2012. Approved the common calendar for the 2011-2012 school year. Accepted the resignation of Phil Goetstouwers. Accepted the resignation of Zak Hanegraff. Approved unpaid maternity leave for the 2011-2012 school year for Candice Duerkson. Congratulations to the WWG Ag program being named in the top 10 small school agriculture programs in the state. Sally Oltmans and Doug Lee were placed on unrequested leave of absence reducing their status from full time to 3/4 time for the 2011-2012 school year. Non renewal of probationary teacher Kelsi Baumann. No action was taken on the list of capital outlay projects for the Westbrook and Walnut Grove campuses. The summer rec programs in both communities will be changed. In Westbrook there will be T-ball, Mitey Mites, PeeWees and Softball Monday through Thursday. Games will only be played locally or with Walnut Grove. Fridays will have special events such as crafts. In Walnut Grove the program will remain the same as in past years with less travel for games. Principal Paul Olson reported the K-6 is looking at a new math program that allows for daily progress emails to parents, and it can be used with the Smart Boards. Olson said, "check out our elementary website, it is located under what's happening on the wwgschools.org web site. The link is on the right hand of the home page. Olson is concerned state cuts to Western Community Action, could affect the pre-school program. The cuts could cut back on Head Start assistance the school receives. The Summer Lunch program will begin May 23 from 11 to 12:15 Monday through Thursday. The program is open to anyone 18 and under and runs through July 28. The board approved certification of the Senior class for graduation for principal Bill Richards. Richards told the class Richard Lewis will be here the week of April 25 through April 28. Lewis will work with stu- dents to write, and produce a short film. Wednesday morning Lewis will give a Q & A session open to the public at the high school auditorium from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Lewis will talk about the feature film "Barney's Version" which he directed. Richards also told the board a reception will be held for Lynn Amdt who is retiring after this year. The reception will be held Sunday May 8. Fre-,00ohool lear00i Monday morning the WWG pre-school class walked to the recycling shed to learn about recycling. It was just a perfect day for.a walk. Earth YES! From Page I The class set up demonstrations and games at the elementary school. They demonstrated the different types of light bulbs and their energy use. They also set up a game to teach elementary students about recycling. Another project the class did was to install Vending Misers on the pop machines. The Misers have a motion detector that shuts the machines off when there isn't any activity in the hallway, and turns them off when there is. The class constructed a web page to post all of their activities on. It can be accessed through a link on the WWG Home Page. In March the second semester class conducted a tire pressure test of cars at the school. The class checked the tire pressure of high school students and staff members. They recorded the pressures of each tire on the vehicles and recorded the results. After taking all the data the class computed the percentage of tires that were under inflated and calculated the drop in mileage and the amount of addi- tional CO2 that was put into the air. The class presented their findings at the Spring Week Coronation and gave out prizes to those who had the best and worst tire pressure. The class offered this General Information: For every pound of pressure your tire is under-inflated, you lose 0.4 percent of your gas mileage. Under inflated tires can reduce tire wear by 25 percent. For each gallon of gaso- line, roughly 20 pounds of CO2 is produced. Every year Americans waste 3:3 million dollars of gasoline due to under inflated tires. The class used maximum tire pressure from the tires, not on the recommended pressure from the cars inflation sticker. The average pressure for the school was 35 PSI, 84 percent of the schools tire pressure was under inflated. The drop in miles per gallon was 4 percent. This means that for every 1000 miles driven, the cars owners paid an additional $7.46. or for the group almost $4,000. Also overall an additional 2142 pounds of CO2 was added to the environment. Last week the class did a courtesy tire pressure check at Expressway Gas Station and gave a slip recording the vehicle's tire pressure. The students also washed the win- dows of each vehicle they checked. On April 21 the class did a project called "Car Pool Day" the project was to try and reduce carbon emissions by combining rides. According to Mr. Merrick about 60 percent of eligible students drive about 84 cars between the .two buildings. They average about 19 miles a day. The class hopes to halve that number. The class brain stormed the topics and then decided what problems they could tackle, from energy conserva- tion to recycling. Levi Horkey one of the leaders of the tire pressure project said, "I was really surprised at how much differ- ence under inflated tires could affect gas mileage." Mr. Merrick said, "this is our first year, so these kids are our guinea pigs. What they have done this year will help us to improve the class overall for next year." The class was judged by state judges, if the class does well they could be in line for some grants. The class web site can be found at Youth Energy Summit.org. 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