Board accepts Jerry Hodson’s resignation as administrator of the USD 353 school district

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has accepted the resignation of Jerry Hodson, who has served in several capacities at the USD 353 Central office over the past two years at its Thursday regularly scheduled meeting.Hodson has accepted the school superintendent’s job in Atwood – located 30 miles north of Colby in northwest Kansas.Hodson has been the curriculum director since 2012 at USD 353 when he replaced Jackie Glasgow, who resigned to become a full assistant professorship at Southwestern College. His USD 353 job has evolved since that point where he has served as Curriculum Director, technology administrator, and maintenance director during the 2013-14 academic year.Previously, he served as Wellington Middle School Principal.Other resignations included:•Jill Hodson, Washington Elementary Title Teacher;•and Sarah Osborn, WHS physical science teacher.The board also hired Casey Lassiter, a USD 353 receptionist.Carmen Hatfield was transferred from Wellington Middle School physical education instructor to WHS counselor; Vanessa Sawyer, from Eisenhower to Washington Elementary fifth grade; and Kathy Ford moved from first grade at Kennedy school to Title One Teacher.•••• Delay on naming field The Wellington board tabled the renaming of the football field to possibly “John Gifford Field” until the board could enact a renaming policy for future events. Gifford was a WHS football assistant from 1971 to 2013.“It is always good to set policy before taking action,” said Jason Newberry, Wellington school board member. “But I do believe the end result will be the same.”The board decided to work on a written policy at a work session to be held on April 28, at 4:30 p.m.The Crusader Club has been waiting for approval of the name so it can proceed with its fundraising efforts to get a new football scoreboard which would include the name “John Gifford Field.”••••Promoting bond issueThe board will have a community meeting as part of the listening tour at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School this Wednesday to discuss the bond issue concerning the safety rooms and auxiliary gym.••••In other news:•The board granted permission to allow Mrs. Rane Case and a group of students to attend the National BPA Competition to be held April 30 to May 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.•The board went into executive session for an hour, an hour, and 30 minutes for non-elected personnel. The board approved allowing the use of the Wellington junior high for paranormal ghost hunting after the session.•In the administrative reports, Wellington High School principal Dale Adams said the school will continue with school assessment testing even though many other school districts are opting out due to several state testing issues. He did not think the scoring from these tests will be validated by the state next fall.•Wellington school board member Angie Ratcliff expressed concern that Windows XP support is ending which is software that the school computers use.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down wellmom · 330 weeks ago Something important I’ve heard on the news from computer whizzes is that there is a danger continuing to use XP because even with anti virus and firewalls they will be easy to hacked in to. I’m not a computer person but this would be something to check out. Report Reply 2 replies · active 330 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 330 weeks ago RENAME THE FIELD. Coach Giff well deserves the honor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down OldAVLguy · 330 weeks ago I hope that someday they name the high school gym for Coach Wilson. He is deserving.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +32 Vote up Vote down Linda Ledesma · 330 weeks ago Well I think the track should be named after the best coach any of my kids every had here in Wellington. Coach Wallace. A coach who cares about the student athletes in the classroom and in the community as much as he does on the fields and courts. Thank you Coach Charles Wallace….your famiy too! Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Iceman318 · 330 weeks ago Coach Gifford, Coach Wilson and Coach Wallace are all 3 very deserving of having the sporting events named above after them and I hope I can attend all 3 ceremonies when they become a reality.l Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down X resident · 330 weeks ago It could come someday where no one will come to Wellington to work in the school system. To much stuff going on behind the doors. Glad my kids are out and gone and married. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down 20yrs an outsider · 330 weeks ago It’s sad how many good people, educated people flee Wellington after spending some time here. If you weren’t born and raised here, you’ll never belong here. Argue that all you want, but every forward thinker who moves their family to Wellington soon learns that Wellington rejects change and anything or anyone new. Wellington would be content if it could simply stay the same and keep all of the same last names around generation after generation. Good luck to those moving on and those staying here keeping everything status quo. Report Reply 4 replies · active 330 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down WHS_Grad · 330 weeks ago John Gifford, Charles Wallace, and Jerry Wilson have been very important for sports. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 330 weeks ago The only way to change Wellington is get rid of a few people that have caused the same ol things to never change and have changed things that shouldn’t have changed to benefit them. It is in your name in Wellington, always has been and if you are the right people you get away with more. It would be really exciting to get the right people in charge…just to see the same ol people get a reality check!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 330 weeks ago If you always do what you’ve always done you always get what you’ve alway got. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Aston Villa boss praises ‘unbelievable’ supporters after win over QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce said his players owed it to their “unbelievable” fans to deliver a result after recent below-par performances.Bruce made six changes to the team which lost at Norwich in midweek and was rewarded with a 1-0 victory earned by Jonathan Kodjia’s strike 15 minutes from time.More than 3,000 Villa supporters made the trip down to Loftus Road for the 12pm kick-off and Bruce was delighted they able to witness the club’s second away win since August 2015.“We’re pleased that we’ve got a result for the unbelievable support we’ve got,” Bruce said.“Over Christmas we’ve got back to back home games and I think we’re sold out for Burton Albion, which is testament to the club and the supporters.“We’ve had thousands at QPR and when you’ve got support like that you’ve got to give them what they expect.“Now we’ve got to try and make an impression on the top six, that’s got to be our aim.”Bruce also said shaking off the club’s losing habit, after several seasons in the doldrums, was his primary focus.He added: “For a long time they’ve been used to getting beaten. Slowly but surely you’ve got to get their confidence back that they can play for this club.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Woolies tackles skills development

first_img24 February 2010Woolworths has tackled the skills shortage in South Africa’s retail industry by launching a 12- to 18-month career development programme for current employees as well as unemployed and underemployed previously disadvantaged graduates – most of whom will be employed by the company afterwards.The initiative, which is benchmarked against the best programmes of its kind in the world, offers unemployed and underemployed graduates a unique opportunity to work across all departments at Woolworths. The graduates will then gain an executive education certificate from the highly regarded University of Stellenbosch Business Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED).The Woolworths Growth Academy is co-funded by Woolworths and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta). All participants of academy will be paid a salary, and the vast majority of the candidates will be employed by Woolworths upon the programme’s completion.“Woolworths has long invested in local talent through a range of learning interventions for our own employees and external candidates. We have, however, grown increasingly concerned about the rates of graduate unemployment and the shortage of specialist skills in the local market,” Woolworths CEO Simon Susman said in a statement last month.“We cannot sit back and wish these problems away. We have done something about it in partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Seta and the USB-ED.”Talent developmentAccording to Susman, Woolworths’ talent development teams have worked closely with leading learning specialists to ensure that the programme offers candidates a deep understanding of the industry, describing it as a “master class in retail”.“Our Growth Academy aims to groom the future leaders of our company and industry and open the door to previously disadvantaged talent in our industry,” he said.Twenty graduates have already been selected for this year’s Growth Academy class. Candidates were sourced both externally and internally and underwent a rigorous interview process.The second phase of the recruitment is under way, and an additional pool of 19 graduates from outside Woolworths will be recruited for this inaugural Growth Academy class, while four additional graduates will be recruited from within Woolworths.“We were overwhelmed by the calibre of applicants, but troubled to see how many South African graduates are either unemployed or under-employed,” Susman said. “For example, we met a finance graduate who was working part-time in a plant nursery.”Retail: key economic driverWholesale and Retail Seta CEO Joel Dikgole said the retail sector was a key driver of the economy as well as a major employer, but faced a critical shortage of home grown specialist skills.He said the Seta was very excited about the project, especially because the academic curriculum offered to academy graduates was a result of a unprecedented collaboration between Woolworths, the Seta and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development.“Previously disadvantaged graduates often put themselves through university at great expense but find themselves left in the cold because they lack the relevant work experience,” Dikgole said.“Woolworths Growth Academy proves that public and private partnerships can make a real difference in tackling the challenges posed by our labour force.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Noem My Skollie inspired by the life of writer John W Fredericks

first_imgNoem my Skollie is a film based on the life of South African writer, John W Fredericks. The lead role is played by Dann-Jacques Mouton.Dann-Jacques Mouton, lead character in Noem my Skollie, says to online entertainment magazine that to prepare for the role, he listened to the many stories Boeta John (Fredericks) shared with him. Other things he did included listening to various kinds of music from the 60s. “I also used the costumes to assist me to build the character.” (Image: National Film and Video Foundation)Brand South Africa reporterJohn W Fredericks, writer of the critically acclaimed Noem my Skollie film, has travelled a long road to bring what many consider the most authentic Cape Flats story to the world.[REVIEW] “Noem My Skollie’ is gripping, slick and well made” @TheCitizen_News https://t.co/WguDpfmgJD— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016As the film begins its quest to win a nomination for Best Foreign Film at next year’s Oscars, Fredericks says the story behind the film is inspired by his own journey to redemption.Via @Netwerk24 : Die ‘Skollie’ met die stories – John W Frederickshttps://t.co/o7wlDQegi8 pic.twitter.com/gybZJHUIm0— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 5, 2016Based on the true story of Fredericks’ experiences growing up in the impoverished ganglands of the Cape Flats during the 1960s, Noem my Skollie is, according to a host of local and international critics, a riveting film, seeped in authenticity and raw emotion that ultimately celebrates the human spirit.This is Noem My Skollie’s competition at the Oscarshttps://t.co/aSGHcUImdX pic.twitter.com/x2GNmb09Uh— Channel24 (@Channel24) October 12, 2016Comparable to films such as Shawshank Redemption, Tsotsi and City of God, Noem my Skollie follows AB Lonzi, played by Dann-Jacques Mouton, and a group of friends navigating through a world of crime and poverty. After ending up in prison, AB discovers his storytelling talent that uplifts his fellow inmates above the cruel and violent complexities of prison life.On @Heart1049FM this morning at 08:00 – @noemmyskollie dir @DaryneJ & #JohnWFredericks in studio – tune in! pic.twitter.com/oBfcZPLY18— CALL ME THIEF (@noemmyskollie) September 1, 2016For the most part, the story of Skollie is also the life of Fredericks, who spent part of his youth in the same Pollsmoor Prison of the film, meeting characters both good and bad, and discovering the power of words to prepare him for adult life.“It’s difficult to describe how I survived psychologically,” Fredericks told the Daily Maverick in October 2016, “but I became tougher, and more determined to change my life around, and that was not easy.”The powerful local drama @NoemMySkollie retained its place at the top of our box office this weekend. Which of these have you seen? pic.twitter.com/IRxyVYTOpF— Cinema Nouveau (@nouveaubuzz) October 17, 2016Inspired by reading discarded books he found in rubbish dumps as a child, Fredericks also developed a deep love for the creative storytelling traditions of the coloured community and some of the more nefarious parts of that culture. Fredericks says he used to love listening to the often graphic, but entertaining tales of old convicts, drug dealers and street characters.“Many [of the youth in the community] aspired to become like them,” he told the Writing Studio website in August 2016, “I found a way out of all this as a writer and storyteller.”Before taking up writing full-time twenty years ago, Fredericks worked as a security guard at a Cape Flats high school. Here, he shared his experiences with young people, warning them off a life of crime and gangsterism with the same stories he had heard as a child.He also gave motivational talks to prisoners, where he met young prisoners eager to change their lives. These talks, coupled with the memories of his own prison experience, gave him the idea to finally put his story on paper, in the hope that its powerful narrative would make an impact on people’s lives.Writing Skollie took time and a toll on Fredericks. “It was a very painful story to tell,” he told the Daily Maverick. “As I was writing, a lot of ugly things surfaced in my mind that I had buried deep in my consciousness, and many a time I found myself in tears as I rolled back the curtain of memories.”Yet Fredericks says the story’s power is not ultimately determined by its violent gangsterism narrative: “It’s about childhood friendship and about loss in adversity… how everyone has a natural gift but how some gifts are harder to find than others. It’s the story of my life.”In between writing the screenplay, Fredericks studied screenwriting and filmmaking at the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), and collaborated on a series of acclaimed documentaries, including Mr Devious: My life, about the popular Cape Flats hip hop icon and champion of the community, the late Mario van Rooy.Fredericks gained global recognition with Shooting Bokkie, a biting satirical mockumentary about drug and gang culture on the Cape Flats, and Hard Living Kids: Tomorrow’s Heroes, a more serious look at the effects of gangsterism on township youth.These experiences all built up to the point where he was ready to tell his own story on screen, alongside first-time feature director Daryne Joshua.Noem my Skollie was produced by Maxi-D Productions, with financing and support from kykNET, NFVF and the Department of Trade and Industry.The film has officially been entered for selection by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for Best Foreign Film.Over 40 000 people in South Africa have seen Skollie, which is currently on circuit. It will be available on DVD and local streaming services in December 2016.Sources: Daily Maverick, 10and5, Mail & Guardian and The Writing Studio.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more