The Green Hills Community Center was filled with local business owners for the West Liberty Business Association’s Annual Dinner Meeting. The event began with a delicious meal catered by Green Hills staff followed by a brief business meeting. Ryan Berry, WLBA President, discussed the village’s website, www.mywestliberty.com, and its progress and future.
West Liberty Historical Society member Joyce Woodruff discussed phase three of the restoration of the Opera House on the second floor of the Town Hall. They are two thirds of the way to receiving donations to begin the last phase of the project. Donna Lou Erwin, also a member, shared the acquisition of the Bailey House, considered one of the oldest in town, that was purchased thanks to a family member who donated funds saving the house from being torn down. It will be restored and used as the West Liberty Museum. Cindy Oelker passed out fliers for the upcoming Block Party fundraiser on June 16, 4 – 9 pm, to raise funds for the West Liberty Fireworks.
An update on the West Liberty Bicentennial Celebration coming up on July 6-9, was given. Sponsors are needed for some of the events going on during the four day celebration. Please send questions to the website at www.westliberty200.com.
The keynote speaker was WL-S Superintendent Kraig Hissong. He gave an update on where the school construction is at this point. Additional drive was added which helped with the improvement in the flow of traffic. New doors and windows were put in and the buses now drop off and pick the children off at the back of the school. Hopefully everything will be completed before school starts next year.
Student achievement is improving with West Liberty-Salem receiving a great report card for the district, Hissong said. The last thing was the school shooting on January 20th of this year. The staff continues to work on practicing the ALICE training and strive to improve on their response to such a catastrophe. New ways to protect the staff and children have been implemented and more are being considered. The plan is to have them all in place before the start of the next school year. Included in this is having a Resource Officer at the school each day. This will be discussed to see if they should do the same next year, perhaps having other duties for the officer as well. He encouraged businesses to implement the ALICE Training or something similar as well. Hissong and the school staff appreciated how the community came together and offered support.
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.