CARROLL – Thursday night’s first of two Wayne Community Schools Board of Education Community Engagement meetings showcased good conversation on steps moving forward among the school district.
From the Carroll Auditorium, the board opened the special board meeting before letting the facilitators from the Nebraska Association of School Boards set the stage. Roughly 40 individuals were in attendance being a variety of community members, parents, students and staff.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Lenihan said the group discussed in small groups before a summary was given to the entire group while a survey was available to be completed.
“Looking at what people feel are the strengths of our district,” said Dr. Lenihan. “What are some things that we do well, what are some challenges that we have coming up, what would they like to see happen in the future to make Wayne Community Schools better.”
Dr. Lenihan stated it was important to reach out to the community of Carrol since they’re in the school district and wanted to make sure their residents had an opportunity to attend the community engagement meetings.
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.
“They (NASB) will take all the information and feedback and put it together,” Dr. Lenihan added. “Hopefully by December maybe possibly by then we’ll have a draft of what that strategic plan could look like. Basically, what are the needs that were identified within the community meetings and the surveys that the district will want to look at.”
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. During these community engagement meetings, school officials will be discussing the strengths, accomplishments and challenges of the school district, the vision and expectations for the schools as well as the goals and objectives necessary to design the future at Wayne Community Schools.
For those who are unable to attend the community engagement meetings, can contact Dr. Lenihan at the Jr/Sr High School at 402-375-3150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Then I will have a community survey sent to them that they can fill out,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “So, it would have the same questions that the groups talked about (in Carroll) and we’ll talk about on the 11th.
The Board of Education will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 8 at 5 p.m. before hosting one more final community engagement session on Thursday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. from the Wayne Jr/Sr High School commons.