District Breaks Ground on WMDS Addition

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday, May 11, 2017, for Phase 1 of the Waynesville Middle School's Remodeling Project's nearly 120,000 square feet of space.

Speaking at the event were Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent; Dr. George Lauritson, mayor of St. Robert; Isabella Amodio, WMDS student government president; and Butch O'Riley, school board president. The JROTC Color Guard, the WMDS Advanced Choir and Band participated as well.

"Today we combine the history of this building with the innovations of the future," Amodio said. "The current building has shaped the pathway to many lives, including my own. It has given each and every student who has passed through this building a foundation for an outstanding future. It is more than just a building dedicated to learning to the thousands who have crossed the doorway. It has been a place of laughter, challenges, incredible memories, competitions, and so much more. … To our School Board Members, thank you for believing in us and voting to move forward with construction. While we may sometimes drive our parents a little crazy, we are good kids who really just want to grow up and make the world a better place."

Henry explained the academic wing's configuration to the crowd: The construction of the new two-story academic wing will allow four teams per grade level to occupy each floor. Designed to accommodate a total of 960 students, the academic wing will incorporate:
- Core classrooms for Language Arts, Math and Social Studies
- 4 dedicated STEM Science Classrooms / Laboratories and
- 12 supporting classrooms on each level.

"In addition, the academic wing will also include dedicated classrooms for special education, reading assistance, foreign language, computer technology and health," Henry said. "Each level will also include an extended learning center that will be used as a flexible instructional area that will promote student collaboration and the development of long-term projects."

"As a community, we are very fortunate to witness the building of this Phase 1, which will provide economic dividends to the region," Lauritson said. "Of course, it's a bonus that Federal B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid, which many of us worked to preserve, will fund this construction project. Thank you for investing in our community and most importantly, our students - our future."

O'Riley shared that six of the current seven school board members went to school in the current building and three served as teachers and/or administrators, noting that they know how much this facility is needed.
"Today, my fellow board members and I are especially excited to provide this opportunity for our students,"
O'Riley said. "Beyond the classrooms and laboratories, students will have a new library/media center and more than 5,500 square feet for enjoying lunch in their new facility and our cooks, who are very important to our school, will have more space to prepare and serve meals."

The dignitaries attending and who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony were Butch O'Riley, school board president; Paul Shultz II, school board vice president; Dr. LeRoy Fulmer, school board secretary; Charles Quinn, school board treasurer; and school board members Mike Keeling, Andy Anderson and Dan Deering; Michele Sumter, middle school head principal; Cory Ace and Mr. Robert Crabtree, assistant middle school principals; Don Hussman and Dwight Dickinson of Dickinson Hussman Architects, the architects for the project; Shawn Shulte of Curtiss-Manes-Schulte Inc., the contractor for the project and city officials Mike France, City of Waynesville mayor pro tem; and Dr. George Lauritson, City of St. Robert mayor; and Fort Leonard Wood representative, Col. Tracy Lanier, FLW garrison commander.

About Phase 1 of the WMDS Project
** Total size of Phase 1, WMDS Remodeling Project: 118,565 sq. ft.
** Area of the new two-story Academic Wing: 108,262 sq. ft.
** Area of the new Physical Education Addition: 10,303 sq. ft.
** Average Academic Classroom Size: 890 sq. ft.
** Average STEM Science Classroom Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
** Area of the Cafeteria: 5,595 sq. ft.
** Area of the Library / Media Center 7,758 sq. ft.

"Waynesville Night At The Races" raises funds for Snack In A Pack

Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA and I-44 Speedway of Lebanon raised $718 for Snack in a Pack during Waynesville Tiger Night at the Races on Saturday, May 13, at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

The Waynesville High School band played several tunes before the races and then played the National Anthem. To raise funds, VISTA received donations for baked goods and a 50/50 raffle was held.

Payton Aragon Signing

Waynesville High School senior, Payton Aragon signed to play basketball with Webster University on Monday, May 15, with her family, Manuel Aragon, Debbie Aragon and Joseph Aragon, along with WHS Head Basketball Coach Brittany Matlock and her fellow basketball players and friends.

Six million Dollars in scholarships presented to Class of 2017

Members of the community and school officials presented scholarships and awards totaling approximately $6 million, if utilized over the next four years, to the Waynesville High School Class of 2017 during Honors Night on May 16. Approximately 368 students will graduate on Friday.

Among the many awards presented, State Rep. Steve Lynch recognized the Valedictorians, Trevor Aldenberg, Darien Crum, Mackenzie Cunningham, Heather Green and Sierra Hart with a Missouri House Resolution.

Col. (Ret) Charles Williams also congratulated his JRTOC cadets Steven Berrios and Mason Michels for their appointments to the West Point Military Academy. They will join eight other WHS students at West Point, bringing the total to 10.

Scott recognized for his statewide award

Josh Scott, Waynesville's director of athletics, was recognized during the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education meeting in May for being named the Athletic Director of the Year at the MIAAA Conference this spring.

In addition, State Rep. Steve Lynch presented him with a resolution, recognizing his statewide award. Scott is in his 16th year of education with the last 9 years in his current position.

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