Laurel Superintendent Ewald holds monthly media meeting

By Rebecca J. Davis

At the first monthly media meeting, Laurel Superintendent John Ewald stated, "I want the community to know that it's okay to trust the district. It's important to me that the community shares what they think."

The media meeting was held to promote community awareness and involvement in the Laurel School District. Ewald then went on to talk about the upcoming school district events that will be taking place in the near future.

"The public is welcome to all the events," Ewald stated. "The more the merrier." Superintendent's Day will be held Feb. 14 in the District. It will be held at the Western Sussex Academy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ewald said he loves being in the Laurel School District. He can visit "every class room in every school" since Laurel only has six schools, unlike some larger districts.

The Laurel School District Board of Education Meeting will be held Feb. 20 in the Laurel High School media center at 7 p.m. The district is also planning to hold a Community Input Meeting regarding Laurel High School/Middle School construction funds, but the date and time for the meeting has not been finalized.

Thanks to competitive bidding, the Laurel School District is currently $3.5 million dollars under budget.

"The school district wants the community's input about what to do with the money," Ewald stated. "The money needs to stay as construction funds, but there are all different ways to spend it. This is money that we can work with."

Family Reading Day will be held at Dunbar Elementary School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the play "Bye Bye Birdie" will be performed on March 1, at 7 p.m. at Laurel High School.

Other topics discussed during the meeting were the creation of a statewide emergency plan (the good parts of each school district's plan will be used in the new plan); Ewald's tweeting in which he mentioned that tweeting is "a wonderful tool to keep more people informed;" and the construction of the new high school/middle school.

"We hope to see steel going up in a month, I'm very excited," Ewald said. "We'll fill it with great kids and great programs." For more information about upcoming events, contact the Laurel School District by calling 875-6100.

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