The Wayne Highlands School Board received a standing ovation Thursday night from members of the Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA).


The Wayne Highlands School Board received a standing ovation Thursday night from members of the Wayne Highlands Education Association (WHEA).
Over a dozen members of WHEA, a teacher’s union comprised of teachers, school nurses and therapists, stood and clapped following the words of WHEA President Todd Miller.
Addressing the Board, Miller said, “As school board members and leaders in education, you know first hand the values of extracurricular activities, and you have put our money to good use. We see evidence of this almost every month, as the Board recognizes outstanding members of the Senior class at Honesdale High School. And they often discuss the important role that extracurricular activities have played in their educational development.” January was school board recognition month.
“For a child who is not gifted academically, the chance to excel in the arts or in sports, for example, can make a huge difference in self-esteem. For our academically talented students, providing something additional shapes the student into a complete person, increasing their social interactions and developing the entire child,” Miller said. Students learn teamwork and leadership skills and community involvement.
Miller told the Board, “Each of you set the bar high by leading by your examples and our students learn from you that old mantra, ‘it’s better to give than receive.’ Moreover, you teach our students that when you work with others, you accomplish more and our community benefits and grows stronger.
“Teachers in the Wayne Highlands School District do a pretty darn good job here, and that is in no small part due to the volunteer work that this Board of School Directors does,” Miller said. “Thank You for being the kind of leader our students can look up to and learn more about the core values that make our community and school district great.”
“On behalf of the Board, I really appreciate your words ...Well thought out, very powerful words. We really appreciate all of the teachers being here tonight,”said Board President Tom Fasshauer.    
Also discussed
• George Korb has been appointed to the Wayne Highlands School Board to serve the remainder of Mike Augello’s term, who recently resigned.
• HHS English teacher Bob Simons is retiring the end of the school year, following 40 years of service.
• Dr. Janet Weeks, Remedial Reading teacher at the Lakeside Elementary School, is retiring at the end of the school year, after 35 years with the Wayne Highlands School District. 
• HHS Social Studies teacher John Marichak is resigning, having accepted an administrative position at the North Pocono School District.