Budget Approved, Enrollment Up At Wayne Community Schools

WAYNE – With many activities taking place Monday evening, there were a few members missing from the regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting, but the show must go on.

Board members held a budget and tax request public hearing to open the meeting. With no one from the public attending, the schools budget was approved with the 2017-18 general fund tax request totaling about $800,000 less than in 2016. Also the tax rate is down about nine cents to 0.857416. The budget is due to the Department of Education by September 20.

High School Counselor, Melody Hill gave board members the numbers from the Wayne High ACT scores, including the most recent graduating class of 2017. In the last five years, Wayne High has consistently scored higher than the state and national composite score. In 2017, Wayne High had 58 students (72% participation) take the ACT as the school’s average composite score was a 22.4, the state scored a 21.4 and the national average was a 21.0.

According to an exit survey, of the 76 WHS students who graduated, 42 planned on attending a four-year school (WSC – 20) and 32 planned on attending a two-year school (NECC – 26). Two students planned on going into the workforce while one joined the National Guard.

As of September 7, the 2017-18 Wayne Community Schools enrollment is at 923 students (including five birth – two years old). Minus the birth – two age group, the district totals 918 students K-12 and is the largest enrollment according to the enrollment statistic dating to 1999 (915). The lowest enrollment totals between 1999 – 2017 was in 2007 with 834.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, October 9 at 5 p.m.

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