SYRACUSE – Wawasee School Board received a pair of grants, one for mental health and the other for a health science program, at its meeting Tuesday at Wawasee High School.

The corporation received a $302,700 grant from Lilly Endowment to provide counseling to at-risk students in order to address issues before they become more difficult to manage. The money will allow the corporation to add a counseling position and provide funding for parents to attend two counseling sessions at no expense to them.

A grant for $14,177 from the K21 Health Foundation will go toward starting a new health science education program at the high school’s Pathways program. Pathways serves students from multiple school corporations.

Milford School renovations continue, with every room getting some sort of upgrade. Wawasee Director of Personnel and Legal Services James Flecker said the library and front office are not likely to be finished by the time school starts Aug. 15. New Milford Principal Dr. Steven Troyer was given a say in what the office will look like, explaining the delay in finishing that area.





In other business, the board:

• Established elementary school textbook rental fees. The cost will be $148.75 for kindergarten, $149 for first and second grades, $148.10 for fourth grade and $145.05 for fifth grade. The cost represents an increase of up to $12 due to a new math curriculum and insurance for electronic devices.

• Hired Tessa Doll, a 2013 Wawasee graduate, to teach sixth-grade math at Milford School.

• Announced it is looking for a high school German teacher to replace the retired Julie Baird. There are several other positions to be filled.

• Approved a summer camp trip to Anderson for high school cheerleaders.

• Announced online school registration goes live next week.

The board will next meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Warrior Room at the high school.