Students, new principal pleased to start '14-15 school year at Mattoon|
|Students at Mattoon's elementary school certainly appeared to be happy to be back on Tuesday.|
They capped their day with the new principal, Nancy Resch, in an assembly in the gymnasium and heard about the new school district's “Antigo Pride’’ theme for the 2014-2015 year.
The students also heard about safety and the basics of being back in school before Miss Resch took questions from the youngsters.
“My car knows the way to Mattoon,’’ she said with a broad smile, suggesting to the students, teachers and staff she would be a hands-on principal this year.
As the boys and girls were putting on their jackets to board the bus or walk home, Resch explained that she is sharing administrative duties with the West Elementary School, the largest and one of the more complex units in the elementary program.
The Mattoon school should be a welcoming place to work because it is such an important part of the community.
When the Antigo district proposed closing all of the elementary units in favor of one central elementary complex, the people of Mattoon rose up and started looking for new host districts that would keep their facilities alive.
That plan didn't work, so they turned to keeping it through a political route, and joining with others, that did bear fruit.
There is a possibility that if the original one-school concept had been approved, there would have been no school year opening Tuesday in Mattoon, or at least one that would have lasted a few months.
But in a building with a new roof, cleaned and sharpened up for the start of the new term, the students were eager to ask questions and tell Miss Resch stories.
They were happy to be there, their parents were certainly pleased and so are the community's leaders who made the decision to fight for their school.
The smile on Resch’s face meeting with those students, was as genuine as genuine gets.
Tuesday was an important day in the village of Mattoon.
Principal Nancy Resch, left, and Laura Palmer, the teacher, with students in her second grade class.
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