School Board Approves Annual Purchases, New Chromebooks Added

WAYNE – Board of Education members at Wayne Community Schools approved several quotes along with first hearings on 2020-21 handbooks.

The regularly scheduled meeting was held by zoom Monday evening where board members took care of several new business items starting with salaries.

Directors salaries will see a 3% increase on the group which is all of the managers of the school along with classified staff salaries being increased by 3% on base of hourly rates. Contracts would go into place in September.

The board then approved first readings for the 7-12, k-6 and second year of the Kids Club handbooks before getting into approving quotes.

Wayne Community Schools approved their annual membership fees to Cognia (Advanced Ed) of $3,600; an annual Microsoft desktop and system center quote of $7,864.57; GoGuardian Quote of $10,330.68 which is the filtering system that the school uses for the chromebooks and Providence Medical Center Athletic Trainer Services of $82,000 (monthly installments of $6,833.33).

School board members also approved the purchase of 263 chromebooks, 74 carrying cases and Google licenses through Sterling for $75,727.26 to be used during the 2020-21 school year.

Superintendent of WCS, Dr. Mark Lenihan said once students enter ninth grade, they receive a chromebook and keep that chromebook for four years during the school year until they graduate and get to keep them.

“By the end of that fourth year they kind have depreciated out for the most part,” said Dr. Lenihan. “So, we do allow the seniors to take them with them. They (students) do pay a fee each year. So, they put in I think it’s $25 a year and then when you depreciate them down it basically comes to a wash.”

Starting this past year, junior high students received chromebooks. Next year, a seventh-grade student would receive a new chromebook and then after eighth grade the chromebook would rotate back through junior-high.

Dr. Lenihan added the goal for the elementary school is to try and get a cart for each classroom.

“So, the kids aren’t necessarily taking them home, although this spring and fourth quarter I think we checked out 50-60 chromebooks for kids that didn’t have devices at home,” Dr. Lenihan added. “We’re anticipating that we’re probably going to need to do that next year.”

During the superintendent report, Dr. Lenihan shared information that the district will receive a total of $304,830, which is up about $50,000 but none will be equalization aid.

“The legislative session has been not in session which understandably so,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “But there really was not a whole lot of traction for any type of equalization bill that would provide Wayne Community Schools with any equalization aid.”

Visit wayneschools.org for more information or contact the Jr/Sr High School building at 402-375-3150 with any questions. Join Dr. Lenihan on the “View from Wayne America” with Dan Baddorf Wednesday on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 just after 9 a.m. and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590.

The next scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m.

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