WCSD Board Meeting Approves WCJH Demolition Proposal, Receives Update on WCJH Fire


The WCSD Board of Directors met for their monthly meeting on Monday to discuss the first item on the agenda was an update on the demolition for the Watson Chapel Jr. High school. Baldwin and Shell Construction company provided an update to the board and general public about the status and provided a plausible time frame for the project to be completed. The estimated cost will be $963,867.00 for the project, and the time range for construction will be October 16th, 2023 – January 8th, 2024. Superintendent Tom Wilson made a statement on the demolition project about the status of the WCJH school gym and a decision that the board will need to make on utilizing it:

The board approved the proposal to begin WCJH demolition with no contest.


For the 2nd item on the agenda, WCSD Director of Support Services John Hayden updated the WCSD School Board on a fire that occurred at WCJH on Saturday night.


Superintendent Tom Wilson provided more input on the fire at WCJH.


The next action item on the agenda was a petition for a student transfer. Superintendent Tom Wilson recommended that A. transfer is approved to transition to the WCSD. Superintendent Tom Wilson recommended that transfer B. doesn’t transfer from WCSD to another school. The decision stemmed from the loss of students that the school is experiencing. The following topic of discussion was a special recognition for two teachers from the WCSD. Senior Girls Basketball Coach Leslie Henderson recognized the two teachers from the district for going “the extra mile” in their work as educators. Ms. Pauline Polk of Edgewood Elementary and Ura Reynolds of Coleman Elementary.


The board approved two letters of resignation, 1 staff transfer, and also 2 new hires: Secondary teacher/Asst. Coach Jaylon Deshazier and Teresa Pitts-Tisdal, Special Edu. Paraprofessional.