June 12, 2013 Edition

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Summertime is
busy time on campus

John Bland

At a recent Kiwanis Club meeting, some of our school administrators reported on summertime activities at the Walnut Ridge School campus. Contributing to the program were Terry Belcher, superintendent; Jacob Kersey, WRHS principal; Derek Bramlett, WRHS assistant principal and baseball coach; and Larry Treadway, athletic director and football coach.

I would imagine many of the activities and campus happenings are similar to what is going on at other school campuses during the summer months.

Here are some of the events that began as soon as classes ended for the school year:

  • Summer school is underway from June 5-28.

  • An ACT prep class was offered prior to the June 8 testing

  • A lot of painting and repairs are being done all over the campus. Playground equipment is being checked for safety, coils are being cleaned on air conditioners and the community center is getting a new roof.

  • New bleachers were being added under the new press box for the football field.

  • A $6 million budget for the coming school year is being put together.

  • A dance camp for members of the Alleycats was scheduled, and cheerleaders were scheduled to attend cheer camp.

  • Teachers are going to workshops to meet their required 60 hours of in-service training. "Teaching is pretty much a 12 month job," said one administrator.

  • Derek Bramlett will be coaching the East All-Star Baseball team on Tuesday, June 18, at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The doubleheader beings at 5 p.m.

  • Some 25 to 27 players were out for spring football, and an orange and white scrimmage game was held May 31.

  • Jacob Kersey is again conducting summer workouts for athletes and other interested students. Last year, from 30 to 60 students attended these daily at the school.

  • Athletic teams, such as volleyball and basketball, are practicing and participating in team camps.

  • Kersey reported that plans for concurrent classes at reduced prices have been worked out with Black River Technical College and Arkansas State University. Students will have the opportunity to obtain up to 31 hours of college credit starting in the fall.

  • A summer daycare program for students, kindergarten through fifth grade, is again offered on campus with 30 to 50 attending daily.

  • The school's cafeteria is again provided a lunch program during the summer.

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