TERRE HAUTE —
For the second time in about five years, Woodrow Wilson Middle School dean Dan Raubuck has put to test his training in the Heimlich maneuver.
And in both occasions, he successfully assisted Woodrow Wilson students who were choking.
On Monday, the Vigo County School Board recognized Raubuck, Wilson’s dean for the past eight years and a member of the school’s emergency response team. He also taught physical education there for 13 years.
He supervises the cafeteria for more than two hours each day during student lunches.
On Feb. 21, Raubuck came to the aid of a sixth-grader who was choking.
Raubuck told the School Board that just two weeks before the recent incident, he was being recertified at the administration building in CPR, Heimlich maneuver and use of a defibrillator. The American Heart Association provided the training.
Raubuck thanked the district for its focus on emergency response and on organizing the training.
Under a relatively new state law, all new teachers must be trained in CPR, according to Superintendent Dan Tanoos.
In another “spotlight,” McLean High School Principal Scotia Brown and teacher Christy Ellis presented the district with a $4,000 check for the weekend backpack and Shoe Bus programs.
Funds were raised from the school district-sponsored Festival of Trees event conducted at Honey Creek Mall on Thanksgiving weekend.
Board members also commented on the district’s 92.2 percent 2012 graduation rate, which compares with 87.9 percent statewide.
Board members commented on the significant progress in recent years, at a time when the district has had to deal with funding cutbacks.
John Hilderbrand, executive director of the Taxpayers Association of Vigo County, praised the district for the achievement. “That is outstanding,” he said.
It reflects excellence at the elementary and middle schools as well as the high schools, he said.
Board member Jackie Lower noted that the graduation rate is determined by the state, not the local districts.
VCSC officials credit parents, teachers, students and community groups with improved graduation rates. They also noted the contributions of the Vigo County Education Foundation in providing funding that helps facilitate learning and, ultimately, improved graduation rates.