WAYNE – Earlier this week Wayne Community Schools held their regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting from the Junior/Senior High School Library.
The meeting opened with Legal Counsel, Eric Knutson leading the meeting for the elections.
School Board members were able to nominate and elect a new president and vice president with Knutson counting the votes.
Of the three nominated for president, two withdrew which left Wendy Consoli to be elected as the president of the board. Also, from the two nominated for VP, Jaime Manz was selected to serve as the 2018 vice president.
Deb Daum (recording secretary) and Rochelle Nelson (board treasurer) were also reappointed.
As the board year runs from January through December, this is an election year for Wayne Community Schools. The Primary will be in May with the election come November, according to Superintendent Mark Lenihan.
“As always, we’re always looking for people that are willing and want to serve on the school board,” said Lenihan. “If people are interested now is the time to think about it a little bit. I’m not sure of the deadline, I think it’s March 1 that they have until to file.”
The incumbent filing deadline for the 2018 Primary Election is February 15 while new filers have until March 1.
A current student-teacher at Wayne, Hannah Smith has been hired as 7th – 12th grade Family and Consumer Science teacher for 2018-19. Also, Kelly Ptacek from Neligh will take over as the position of Elementary Special Education.
“So, we’re still looking for a math teacher for high school and a fifth-grade classroom teacher,” Lenihan added. “Those are the two openings we have yet and we’re working on those this month. Hopefully by February we’ll have candidates for those positions.”
Applications are still being accepted by going to wayneschools.org and click on the employment tab to apply.
Local agent, Steve Muir talked to the board with good news about there will be a 0% increase for all of the school’s insurance premiums for next year.
Also, members of the WBDA (Wayne Basketball Development Association) presented to the board about a possible basketball court, hard surface area being constructed at the elementary school. Some businesses have said they would donate money as board members took the information in and will talk more about the idea in their February board meeting.
Board members signed a resolution from the Nebraskans United For Property Tax Reform & Education. This group of educational agencies and agricultural agencies would like to see some property tax reform in terms of how schools are funded. Rural schools are mainly funded by local property taxes as Nebraska is 49th in the nation when it comes to state dollars going to education, Lenihan added.
“So, the burden of educational support is coming from our local property taxes,” Lenihan mentioned. “At Wayne it’s about 80%, so that’s too high. It really does impact our local economy.”
The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, February 12 at 5 p.m.