By SCOTT WEISSER
THE GOSHEN NEWS
SYRACUSE — A former teacher at Syracuse Elementary School is returning to be its principal.
Wawasee school board members this week approved the hiring of Eric Speicher of Milford to lead the school. Speicher replaces the retiring Jim Garner.
Speicher earned his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, and his master’s in educational administration from Indiana University — Purdue University Fort Wayne. He was previously with Syracuse Elementary from 1999 to 2011, and served as principal at Pierceton Elementary from 2011 to the present.
“I’m just excited to be coming back to the community, looking forward to working with the staff and the parents and getting reconnected with the kids,” he told the board. “Thanks for the opportunity.”
In other matters, school corporation director of curriculum and instruction Joy Goshert had good news about Wawasee High School.
Goshert said the Indiana Department of Education has revised the school’s 2012 graduation rate. That rate was originally reported as 88.2 percent. The revision boosts it to 91 percent.
“That was a huge deal for us,” Goshert told the school board. “...We knew we were above 90 percent.”
Goshert reported the state average at 88.6 percent.
In other business, the board:
• Approved textbook rental fees for kindergarten through fifth grade. Those fees are kindergarten, $88.95; first grade, $104.85; second grade, $115.10; third grade, $115.40; fourth grade, $116.40; and fifth grade, $112.60.
Textbook rental and fees for sixth- through 12th-graders are based on each student’s class schedule.
The cost totals for each grade level are the same as they were for the 2012-13 school year.
• Approved a 5 cent per lunch increase in hot lunch prices. The new cost is $1.55 for kindergarten through fifth-graders, and $1.75 for sixth- through 12th-graders.