Board Of Education Holds Community Engagement Meeting For Public Input On Accomplishments, Challenges

WAYNE – After hosting a late October Community Engagement meeting in Carroll, Wayne Community Schools Board of Education welcomed in more citizens within the district Thursday evening.

From the commons at Wayne Jr/Sr High School, the board opened the special working board meeting before letting the facilitators from the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) set the stage.

A group of roughly 50 parents, staff and community members, students as well as business leaders were in attendance that broke down into separate tables. These groups answered the questions of identify points of pride, accomplishments and achievements of the school district; challenges that may impact the district in the next three to five years as well as implementing changes to benefit student success in the district.

This community discussion is part of a larger Strategic Planning process and will give the Board of Education and district administration the opportunity to listen to community stakeholders. Following the near hour-long community meeting, the Strategic Planning Meeting began at 7 p.m. Staff, community members, parents and students were put into six groups making up the around 40-person committee.

NASB officials stated the data will drive the strategic plan and they’re anticipating to present the plan to the Board of Education in December depending on scheduling. The public is invited to all board meetings which are normally held on the second Monday of each month.

The results will help formulate a vision of the future and identify goals and strategies necessary to move the district forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

For those who were unable to attend the community engagement meetings, can contact Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan at the Jr/Sr High School at 402-375-3150 or email

The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, December 13 at 5 p.m.