WAYNE – The monthly Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting was held Monday evening as two officers with the Wayne FFA program spoke while an update was given dealing with the reVISION job shadow meeting.
School Board members met in the Wayne Jr/Sr High School Library and first heard more about what Wayne FFA has been up to.
School Superintendent, Mr. Mark Lenihan said it’s been a great start to the year.
“I think it initiated some good questions that the school board had,” said Lenihan. “You know really there’s been a lot of excitement around FFA. Ms. Rasmussen’s doing a wonderful job and it’s been a good addition to our curriculum.”
A Local Leadership night was held Monday evening for community members to attend and tour the newly renovated areas. Opening ceremonies also took pace as awards, demonstrations and speeches were held in the lecture hall.
Last week, area businesses attended a reVISION Job Shadow Meeting. In July of 2017, Wayne Community Schools was awarded an action grant from the Nebraska Department of Education to create a strategic planning process called reVISION. The grant was in the amount of $36,000.
“What we want to do is just have two-hour segments,” Lenihan added. “So, the kids will get two different opportunities during the course of the day to shadow businesses (and) to learn about jobs out there.”
The Junior Job Shadow Day will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. There were over 40 businesses who attended.
Wayne Elementary is also looking to update their playground area. The school is looking for a good location for a hard-surface basketball area. Members of the Wayne Basketball Development Association (WBDA) have approached Mr. Lenihan about the subject.
“I think they have some plans that they want to at least show the board,” Lenihan mentioned. “It would be something that they would be fundraising for, but of course it’s something that is an addition to the facility.”
When it rains, or the snow melts the grass area is off limits to the kids until the mud clears.
Also, during the Superintendent update, the 2015-16 Per Pupil Cost for the state of Nebraska School Districts was shared. Of the 245 districts, 205 were spending above average ($11,902) for their per pupil cost. Wayne was listed 26th at $11,239.
School Board members approved to receive the audit for Wayne Community Schools.
The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m.