Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Citizen · 378 weeks ago Congrats on your new role Eric! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down BoardChanges · 378 weeks ago We need to put less emphasis on hiring coaches, and more emphasis on hiring teachers. Nothing against Eric, I just think we need to refocus. Report Reply 6 replies · active 378 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Jaedyn Ledesma · 378 weeks ago We are one lucky group of girls! excited for the season to start! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 378 weeks ago After seeing these posts, I thought I’d weigh on something that I thought was interesting at Sunday’s graduation. Wellington’s two Valedictorians are great athletes. Megan Campbell is the state record holder in the 100 meter dash and Shanlyn Hefley is the starting pitcher for the girls softball team and a very good one. Both of these girls are going to go far in life. I also observed that most of the people winning scholarships on Sunday also participated in sports even if they weren’t stars. I truly believe sports enhances your education, not hinders it. By no coincidence Conway Springs and Andale always have some of the best state assessment scores out there. Report Reply 2 replies · active 378 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 378 weeks ago Pretty sad indviduals have to log on and do nothing but tear down the positives that people do. Job opening was open the board hired and we should wish those individuals a congratulations and those that are leaving wish them luck for the future and be proud to say they played a part in our youths development along with their own. I am proud tosay my kids feel that have great teachers that work extremely hard for their education as I hold my children to a standard tobe the best student athelete they can be. All in all I believe my kids have been prepped to suceed. Congrats to all of the new hires, teacher, staff, and coaches. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down proudmama · 377 weeks ago I agree with Cueball, Well-Rounded and whsfan. I think it is what you expect out of your kids that matters and that as parents you care and are just as involved with their education as your kids are. I have a couple of sporty kids who are also in the top 10 of their classes. I tell my kids all the time that I appreciate the hard work they do in school because it is not easy to do sports and keep top grades. I also believe that kids in activities (such as sports or community activities) prepare them to be the best they can be and, hopefully, stay out of trouble. I think the teachers here in Wellington are among the finest in this area. Congratulations to Eric! My kids have played for him in the past and I know for a fact that he does expect his team to do the best they can, both on and off the court. Congratulations to Coach Hackerott, also! He is a great person and I wish only the best for him and his family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Eric Adams, a Wellington High School graduate and former head girls basketball coach at South Haven, was officially hired as the new head girls basketball in 2013-14.Adams will replace Kevin Hackerott, who has been at the Wellington helm the past five seasons.Adams was the head girls basketball coach at South Haven for the 2012-13 season, having led the Cardinals to the Class 1A-Division 1 girls basketball state tournament in Emporia during his first and only season there.Before this year he was the eighth grade Wellington girls basketball coach, having coached the team to multiple Pioneer League titles.Adams had resigned last week at South Haven in anticipation of getting the Class 4A job. The Wellington school board made the hire after a 45 and 30 minute executive session Monday night. The board usually meets on Thursday, but met Monday because of Class Night conflicting last week. In other USD 353 employment news:Â Those hired at USD 353:â€¢Paula Edwards – fourth grade teacher, Kennedy elementary;â€¢Angela Luna – teaching position at Roosevelt school;â€¢Hillary Hulman – ESOL/Foreign Language teacher 2013-14 school year;â€¢Keith Loper – Wellington High School Special Education teacher 2013-14 school year.Non-renewals:â€¢Tracy Longberg, Wellington High School.Resignations:â€¢Lynette Hibbs, first grade teacher;â€¢Kevin Hackerott, teacher, head girls basketball coach;â€¢Jennifer Wolff, special education instructor at Lincoln Elementary;â€¢Michelle Cantrell, instructor at Roosevelt School.Transfers:Hilda Chandler – special ed para to Lincoln Elementary library aid.Courtney Wiens – special para to custodian.
DES MOINES — As so many Iowans are dealing with excess water lately due to flooding, we’re reminded the resource is precious and not to waste it.Residents in towns where water treatment plants have shut down already know the value of fresh, clean water. Don Tormey, spokesman for the Iowa Utilities Board, says we should all check our homes for sources of drips to save water — and money.“Nearly one trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in the U.S. through minor residential drips and leaks,” Tormey says. “That’s equal to the total water used by more than 11 million homes.”A federal report finds 10 percent of homes have leaks that drain more than 90 gallons a day, typically through worn toilet flappers, faulty valves and dripping faucets.“According to the EPA, a faucet that drips once per second leaks 3,000 gallons a year and an average household leak can lead to 10,000 gallons of lost water annually,” Tormey says. “That’s a lot of water.”He suggests you check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water was used. A change in the meter reading indicates you could have a leak and there are a few ways you can check.“You can place a drop of food coloring in a toilet tank to check for leaks. Without flushing, wait 10 minutes to see if any color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak,” Tormey says. “You can check your faucet handles, gaskets and fittings for signs of water outside the pipe that could indicate a leak. Also, if you have an irrigation systems, you should check that each spring.”Learn more about leaks and water conservation at the website: www.epa.gov/watersense.