O'Fallon Weekly April 11, 2018

O'Fallon Regency hosts annual Food of the Areas Page 5 Pineapple on Pizza: A Rotary Exchange Student experiences the United States Radha receives a flag from Rotary Club of O'Fallon Sunrise Club President Kim Sabella. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller) By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Vaidehi Rajesh Agrawal is enjoying her time in America as an exchange student through the O’Fallon Rotary. Also known as Radha, she hails from the city of Bhusawal in Maharashtra, India and has developed a love for pineapple pizza and having adventures. She recently presented to the Rotary of O’Fallon Sunrise group about Indian culture, her family, and her time so far in America, and then fielded questions from attendees. Radha is currently staying with Mark and Tiffany Rhodes, and their daughters, Bailey and Madeline. The exchange program lasts for a year, and she’s been in the country for seven months. “One of my friends had already been through the exchange, and he told me about it, and my dad is in Rotary. America for me was a big dream. I wanted to go to America and see everything, so that made me come here. And exchange is always a good experience. It changes a person, so I just wanted to have this experience,” Radha explained. She’s been to a few different cities so far, including Lexington, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago and O’Fallon in Il- linois. She has also been able to try new things like swimming in a lake, and skiing. “I haven’t tried swimming in a lake, so it was really different for me,” Radha said of her trip to Kentucky Lake. Her skiing experience was at Missouri’s Hidden Valley Resort. See “Rotary Exchange” on page 7 Wednesday April 11, 2018 Vol. 3, No. 51 $1.00 Central Principal Jared Weh tenders his resignation By Angela Simmons Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Central School District 104 will soon b in the market for a new principal, as Central Elementary School Principal Jared Weh has submitted his res- ignation. Weh’s last day with the district will be June 30. Weh was the principal of Breese Elementary School District 12 before coming to District 104, and has been with the O’Fallon district for seven years. Six years were spent at Joseph Arthur Middle School, and this past year, Weh made a transition to being the principal at CES. “My time here has been great. I’ve made a lot of great friends and learned a lot under the previous administration, and under Dawn (Elser) and Cassie (Shelton). Getting to know the families has also been great. This is really bittersweet. I’m going to miss everybody here, and everything here but the drive,” said Weh. Driving in from Carlyle every day has taken it’s toll, and when a position opened up at Carlyle High School, located two blocks from Weh’s home, he knew he had to take it. “This isn’t something that I was looking to do, it just happened. It’s just so close to home,”he said. District 104 Superintendent Dawn Elser said the loss of Weh would leave an impact on the district, adding “He came her just a couple of years after I started in Central Elementary Principal Jared Weh tendered his resignation at Monday night's Board of Education meeting. Weh, who lives in administration, and I felt like he’s been Carlyle, said he plans on pursuing a position closer to home. Weh is pictured with District 104 Superintendent Dawn Elser. such a great part of our team. He’s going (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons) to be greatly missed by the staff, by the students, by the parents- you know he has among them. Currently, the district’s fee but backed us, backed me and supported just been such an asset to our district that is $15 per sport or activity with a max of me both professionally and personally, he will be truly missed.” $30. Board member David Swaney asked and I truly thank them for that. Weh is looking forward to work- if there was a need to raise the fees, as far In Other News: ing close to home, but again reiterated l The school board had a lengthy as the district losing money on extracur- how bittersweet it would be to leave the discussion on whether or not to raise district. He said “It’s a great board, great extracurricular fees that caused a split See “Central 104” on page 4 administration, and they’ve done nothing Sign up today for our E-Newsletter at OFallonWeekly.com