The opening of the 2022-2023 school year in the Winner School District will be Thursday, Aug. 18. Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There will be school all day on Friday, Aug. 19.
New teachers are: Morgan Juracek, elementary special education; Lucas Fredrick, high school & middle school band and chorus; Tracy Childress, ag teacher and FFA advisor; Madyson Morehart, speech pathologist.
New para professionals will be Kasie Leighton, kindergarten; Megan Mead, Daesha Klein, elementary special education; Shelia Egemann, middle school, high school special education.
This year the new addition to the elementary school will open. This will feature four classrooms. There will be three 5th grade classrooms plus a resource room.
The second grade classrooms that were on the north end have moved to the west end.
Supt. Keven Morehart said the preschool will be located in the north wing. Sarah Novotny will be the pre school teacher but she is doing her student teaching. Morehart said she will be hired in December as the teacher. The long term sub for pre school will be Marcia Bertram.
There will be new geo thermal heat and air conditioning in the elementary school.
At the high school, the art room was moved upstairs and is now in the former chorus room.
The downstairs art room will be LeGrande Woods science room. Also downstairs will be a new office for middle school guidance counselor Haley Barfuss.
Even thought school is in session, there will be some construction. There will be a new wrestling and cheer/dance room built to the west of the administration building. It will be approximately 100×50 and will provide plenty of room for these three sports to practice.
Bids will be opened in October with construction starting that month.
Completion date is fall of 2023.
The staging area for construction equipment and supplies will be in front of the administration building on 7th St. Persons will not be able to drive through the area in front of the administration building as it will be fenced off.
Morehart says he is excited for the start of school. “It is always good to get the kids back,” he said.
The superintendent says enrollment is higher than expected. The enrollment is estimated at 734 where the district was expecting 710 students.
The Winner Out of School time program will start on Aug. 18.