Woodmore schools: Principal has support from community

Larry Limpf

News Editor

As word spread through the Woodmore School District that a contract with a popular principal may not be renewed, expressions of support for him arose like spring wildflowers.
Kevin Ball has been principal at Woodmore Middle School for 10 years and is in his 12th year at the school district.
He’s also held other positions, including elementary assistant principal, food service director, special education director, and interim superintendent, according to the district website.
On April 26, some Middle School students staged a walkout in support of Ball, showing their feelings for him with signs and shouting of slogans.
A petition on the Change,org website was started May 7 and within a day or so had more than 560 signatures.
“Throughout Mr. Ball’s tenure, he has implemented numerous initiatives that have significantly enriched the educational experience of our students,” the petition says. “His open-door policy, willingness to listen to concerns, and collaborative approach have fostered a supportive and inclusive school environment where students feel valued and empowered to thrive. Moreover, Mr. Ball’s strong leadership has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships between students, parents, teachers, and staff, creating a sense of unity and community without our school.
“We respectfully request that the board take into consideration the overwhelming support for Mr. Ball from students, parents, teachers, and staff alike, and carefully evaluate the significant contributions he has made to our school.”
Yard signs have also sprung up in support of the principal in the villages of Elmore and Woodville.
Contacted by email Wednesday evening, Jan Busdeker, vice-president of the school board, said the board hasn’t taken any action on Ball’s contract and the agenda for the board’s May 16 regular meeting hadn’t been prepared yet.
The board of education has held two special meetings this month with the board going into executive session to discuss personnel, including a meeting on May 7, a Sunday, and May 3.
Dan Ivy, of Fremont Street, Elmore, said he’s prepared a brochure for the board and administration touting his children’s academic performance at Woodmore. He credits Ball for much of their success.
“These teachers and principals need to be applauded,” he said. “Each day I put another sign up in my yard to show my support.”


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