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Veteran receives honorary diploma from WCSD

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING Special to The Press in Local News

Board vote on 2018-19 budget is expected at next meeting, set for May 7

Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett presented Richard Erbrick with an honorary diploma through Operation Veteran Recognition during the April 9 board meeting.

The school district has the authority to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the U.S. military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years in which he or she served.

Erbrick left Whitehall High School in January 1971 to serve in the Vietnam War. He worked as a mechanic in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1976.

In a letter to the school board, Erbrick wrote, “Having this diploma from Whitehall helps bring my goals and achievements full circle.”

Following his service in the military, Erbrick earned a college degree in industrial management. He currently lives in Dora, Ala.

In other business, Student Council President Genesis Perez announced that the high school has raised more than $9,000 during its mini-THON campaign. Donations and fundraisers will continue into June, she said.

Four head coaches were appointed for the 2018-19 school year. Jeff Jones will return to the boys basketball program. Pete Rile will again lead the swim team. Tim Cunningham will remain as the wrestling coach. Newcomer Eric Budge will coach the girls volleyball program.

The school board’s committee meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. April 23. The next public meeting is 7 p.m. May 7. Note that it will be held on the first Monday of May, and not the regularly scheduled second Monday.

A final vote on the 2018-19 budget is expected to occur at this May meeting.