Welcome to 170 New Willard Tigers!
I was never a great baseball player. (I wish I could have played for a high quality coach like Willard Head Coach Scott McGee, I believe he could have helped me to succeed in the game!) I played catcher and always enjoyed the fact if I missed the ball I didn't have to worry about losing teeth because of a face mask. However, there came a day when my coach wanted me to try 3rd base! He wanted me to "play up" on the batter to guard against the bunt.
Mike Brown, one of my best friends, stepped to the plate as I was silently praying "please don't hit the ball at me!!! Needless to say, it was not long before I gave up baseball and focused on football.
During the last few months I have been silently praying that I might get excused from the "Ice Bucket Challenge". Unfortunately Brian Stewart, President of Bryan University challenged me yesterday! This morning I accepted the challenge and with the help of the High School Student Government Association took the ice bath in the HS commons during lunch. I was silently praying that I would not scream like a two year old child! Several hundred students and staff enjoyed the show! I continued the challenge with Dr. John Jungmann, New Superintendent of Springfield Schools, and Jarred Medlin, my son and youth pastor at Christ Church of the Valley in Phoenix AZ. I will also be personally donating to ALS. A little "shower" in front of the student body is worth the effort for a great cause.
Willard Public Schools currently has 4526 students enrolled. This is a record enrollment and crushes the old enrollment high of 4356. This increase of 170 students is basically half of the population of Willard Central and greater than half the enrollment at Willard East and Willard North. Fortunately they are spread throughout the district and not focused in any specific building. The Willard Board of Education approved ballot language last night for $15.2 Million Dollars. This will be placed before Willard voters in November 2014. Stay tuned to next weeks Pride for greater details!
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Kent Medlin
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Back to School August 14th
It's time to be planning for the 2014-2015 school year. On the District Web Page under "Parent Resources" you will find information regarding Lunch Menus, School Supplies, District Calendar, Student Handbook, etc. Under "About Us" you will find information regarding District Buildings Directory, District Map, Enrollment Information, Financial Facts and other information. Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar.