By Mrs. Paula Markey
I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of West Central C.U.S.D. #235. West Central has incredible students, staff, families and community members who come together to support our mission of Providing Opportunity and Expecting Excellence. To those new to our school community, we welcome you and look forward to you joining our team.
Please allow me to tell you a little about myself and my family. My husband, Mitch, and I have been married for 31 years. We have three children, Angelica (28), Caleb (26), and Colton (19). Mitch works for DuPont Pioneer as a Research Associate. Professionally, I taught business and technology for Southeastern C.U.S.D. #337 for 14 years and as a part-time instructor for Spoon River College for 12 years. I also served as the Elementary Principal and Assistant Superintendent for West Prairie C.U.S.D. #103 for 12 years. Please don’t hesitate to come up and introduce yourself to me as you see me out and about in the district and in the communities. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can!
My mission as the Superintendent of West Central is to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging while helping students to grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. It is critical to every student’s success that he/she graduates from high school with the skills necessary to pursue and achieve his/her goals and dreams. We take very seriously that you have entrusted the young people of this community to our care, and together we will work diligently to put what is best for students at the forefront and provide opportunities to achieve excellence. Our focus will be on continuous improvement and communication. We will keep you informed through newsletters, emails, social media, phone, text messages, and/or our district website. We welcome constructive comments and suggestions that will help us to improve the West Central District and make it the best it can be.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to provide a quality and comprehensive education for all of our students. Your support is appreciated and necessary for continuous improvement. The entire District #235 staff and Board of Education work thoughtfully to make decisions focused on doing what is best for our students. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you.
Yours in Education,
On Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 18 West Central students traveled to Illini West High School in Carthage to compete at the Courageous Smiles Track Meet. This event was a track meet with fun events, including standing jump, softball or tennis ball . . .
On May 2, 2019 the IPA recognized outstanding students from various schools with a breakfast in their honor at Western Illinois University. Students honored had been picked as the Students of the Year for each school. West Central is . . .
PROCLAMATION Support Staff Days: April 24, 2019 Administrative Professionals . . .
All fifth- and eighth-graders and some high school students will begin taking the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) March 1. The assessment will be administered at West Central the weeks of April 8 and April 15, 2019 depending on the grade . . .
May 1 Breakfast -Pancakes w/Syrup Lunch Spaghetti w/Meat Garlic Bread Corn Applesauce May 2 Breakfast . . .
Due to the unusual number of snow days needed this quarter, 3rd quarter mid-term and end dates will be moved back by one week. The new 3rd quarter mid-term will be Friday, February 8. The 3rd quarter will end on Friday, March 15. . . .
West Central C.U.S.D. #235 would like to take this opportunity to thank our local law enforcement. We appreciate their support and assistance in maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff. Please join us in saying . . .
The WCMS 8th grade recently visited the WCEL Kindergarten class for the afternoon. The 8th graders were able to help with the PE Skating Unit for the Kindergarten class. The two classes were also able to spend some time in the . . .
Unfortunately in today’s world you never know what can happen. School budgets are extremely tight, safety of students and staff is always a priority and with that in mind, Boy Scout Troop 61 in Oquawka used retired fire hose to . . .
Back to School Night for the elementary and the middle school is Thursday, August 16, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Back to School Night for the high school is Thursday, August 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pre-K Orientation is . . .
The weather was beautiful for the West Central Courageous Smiles Track Team on May 4, 2018 when they went to Carthage High School for the meet. All the participants had an amazing time. They threw baseballs, softballs, long jumped, . . .
Invitation to Bid on Surplus Items West Central C.U.S.D. #235 Notice is given that a sale of surplus items including a Shaw Walker safe, a small handicapped ramp, and a large handicapped ramp will be . . .
Welcome to West Central CUSD #235 payments web site. As part of the . . .
Dear West Central C.U.S.D. #235 Stakeholders, West Central C.U.S.D. #235 Board of Education, administration and staff are disheartened by the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the . . .
Recently, concerns have been raised with regard to animals on school property. This has caused us to reflect on Board Policy 6:100 which states, "Animals may be brought into school facilities for educational purposes according to . . .
August 21, 2017 Dear West Central C.U.S.D. #235 Stakeholders: With the start of school, West Central C.U.S.D. #235 would like to take a few minutes to update you on the events taking place in Springfield that will impact . . .
On Saturday June 10, 2017, Harrison Fisher, participated at the State Special Olympics in Normal Illinois after qualifying for the 1500 meter run at his local level. His 1500 meter time at State was 5:36 in which he received the . . .
Shutdown for Server Update
Over the next few weeks, we will be making some minor changes to our website. This will include some renaming and moving of links and articles. We hope this will make our website more user friendly and easier to locate . . .
Illinois State Board of Education
Click on the following link for information from the Illinois State Board of Education: Letter to Parents Regarding Accountability Assessments
The FBI's Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it's literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide . . .
Breakfast is served at West Central Elementary, Middle, and High School on a daily basis prior to the start of the school day. Daily Breakfst Menu includes: Cereal Toast Fruit Juice Milk . . .
ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE/KICK OFF West Central Elementary will be hosting their Open House/School Kick Off on Monday, August 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Students and their families will be able to bring in their school supplies and put them . . .
WCEL Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 PDF Format WCMS Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 PDF Format WCHS Student and Parent Handbook 2018-2019 PDF Format West Central Athletic Concussion . . .
Henderson County has completed readdressing the rural areas within Henderson County. Our new address is a site address based on the Henderson County rural reference system that may be used for emergency response . . .
West Central C.U.S.D. #235 practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach to pest control that reduces pest populations while minimizing pesticide applications. On Friday, April 8 after school hours, a . . .
On Saturday, September 26th, a group of people gathered together to participate in the 1st annual STAAR 5K (Small Town America Against Racism). Chairman Laura Lewis says, it was a wonderful, positive event in the community and we look . . .
The normal school day for WC Elementary students begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 3:15, WC Middle school students begin at 8:25 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. The high school day will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 3:09 p.m. . . .
Elementary 2009-2010 School Improvement Plan PDF Format Elementary 2010-2011 School Improvement Plan PDF Format Elementary 2011-2012 School Improvement Plan PDF Format Elementary . . .
West Central CUSD #235 is now on Face Book. Please go to Face Book and like our page at West Central CUSD 235. This page will be used as an additional way for district staff to send information to our stakeholders
Please click on the link below to view the 2013-2014 Annual Report for West Central CUSD 235. WCSD 2013-2014 Annual Report
West Central CUSD #235 brings expanded access to e-books to the school through the eRead Illinois Program September 2, 2014 – West Central School District #235 is participating in the eRead Illinois Program, designed to . . .
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of West Central Community Unit School District #235, in the County of Henderson, State of Illinois, that a public hearing on the budget for said School District for the fiscal year, beginning . . .
As many people have noticed, we have added some equipment to the top of the football stadium pressbox at the north campus and to the east side of the gym roof at the south campus. This new equipment is a lightning detection system that has . . .
Dear Community of West Central School District: We are writing to inform you of the changes taking place during the 2014-2015 school year. The math department of WCSD will be implementing a change from the traditional pathway of . . .
Notice is hereby given by the Board of Education of West Central Community Unit School District #235, in the County of Henderson, State of Illinois, that a public hearing on the amended budget for said School District for the fiscal year, . . .
As many of you are probably aware, the State of Illinois is in a financial mess. The state owes billions of dollars to a tremendous number of providers, vendors and pension plans. For years, the state has delayed payments on these incurred . . .
March 7, 2013
The following links will take you to information presented at the District Finance Meeting held on March 7, 2013. Community Meeting Presentation Finance Committee Recommendations
West Central High School
West Central High School recently received notification from the Illinois State Board of Education that the school had earned an Academic Improvement Award. The 2011 Academic Improvement Award honors 114 schools across the state that . . .
Receives $2,000 from Midwest Bank of Western Illinois
Chris Gavin, President of midwest Bank of Western Illinois announced that the bank has disbursed $2,000 to West Central School District 235. The check represents the banks donation to the school district from its Chalk up Money for . . .
Parent(s) or legal guardians(s) who must provide transportation to and from school, because free transportation is not available for their children, may be eligible to receive money from the state to help offset some of the cost; for . . .
With the beginning of the school year, the safe transportation of all students to school is a primary concern. Of particular importance is both student and motorist awareness of the potential dangers of getting on and . . .
What is MRSA? • A potentially deadly staph infection How is MRSA spread? • By skin to skin contact • . . .