by Dr. Jon Enloe
Over the past several months, there has been an uncertainty in the Waltrip community about the future of Waltrip High School. Waltrip has a dynamic academic history, and I am happy to report that a positive atmosphere now exists on the school campus and in all of the Waltrip community.
Waltrip has a new principal, Andria Schur, and her leadership is having a positive impact on where the school is headed. She has made herself available to everyone who shares an interest in developing a school where students excel and teachers are respected.
While Mrs. Schur has a daunting task ahead of her, she has taken charge and will prove to be a great asset to the honored tradition of a great school. A new concept for learning is coming into effect at the start of school this year, and it will be a boost in academic achievement goals.
The renovation of the school campus from the 2007 Bond Program is back on track and is scheduled to be completed within the next 12 months. The additional renovation proposed from the 2012 Bond Program is ready to move forward.
Now is the time for the entire community to step forward and support the efforts on the campus to see that every student gets the best education possible, and to support all of the departments as they work to be the best in every aspect.
To start, I would ask all of the students, parents, faculty, alumni groups, and friends of Waltrip to make an effort to attend as many of the school events as possible. If you are a parent, join the PTA to show support by becoming a member of this wonderful organization. If you are interested in the sports department, show your support by attending ALL of the scheduled games for girls and boys. It would be a wonderful show of support if the football team could look up to the stands at their games and see it full of happy people shouting, “Go, Rams!” The same goes for athletic programs, i.e. basketball, volleyball, baseball, track, golf, etc.
The “Waltrip Pride” has never gone away; however, we need to raise it to the highest level. All of the extracurricular activities have to raise money for their individual programs, so let’s all do our part and see that each group has the money they need to excel, and gain a vision of what is best to come for Waltrip.
I believe that it will not be long before Waltrip will continue to achieve the status of a “Met Standard” school as it has for 2013, and look forward to the day when that designation is the norm for the Waltrip campus.
Thanks for reading –– and Go Rams!
Enloe, a member of the Class of 1961, is president and chairman of the board of the Waltrip Alumni Association, Inc.