Four positions filled during Wakefield’s School Board Meeting

WAKEFIELD – Wakefield’s Board of Education met Monday to approve new staff members, school improvement projects and more.

Wakefield’s school board unanimously approved initial certified employment contracts for four positions during their April meeting. Those positions included K-6 Technology & Tier II Interventions, taught by Mallory Andersen; 4 year old pre-school, taught by Michelle Kostas; 7-12 Technology, taught by Chris Pieper; and 7-12 Language Arts, taught by Brittany Vinchattle. Positions still open include Secondary Spanish, paraprofessional positions and Kitchen Assistant. Kelsey Thomas will become High School Secretary. District Superintendent Matt Farup was happy to fill the positions he was able to.

“I’m actually very grateful. I think we have some excellent candidates for these positions,” Farup said.

With the Secondary Spanish position still unfilled, the board approved the purchase of 10 Odysseyware seats for $8,750. The district is required to provide Spanish I and Spanish II and this software will allow students to have an online course in the subject. Secondary Principal Angela Zach told the board that this was a good alternative.

“We already have Odysseyware. We know that it’s aligned with Nebraska standards,” Zach said. “I took a look at the course myself and it’s a pretty solid, basic course of Spanish I and Spanish II.”

The board approved spending $29,186.57 to carpet one preschool room and four elementary rooms, as well as tile four elementary restrooms and the hallways outside of the restrooms. Jason Sears Flooring will complete the work.

Farup asked the board to approve $72,428 in change orders on the stadium project. Changes include stainless steel countertops in the concession stand instead of formica, surfacing on the east runway and scoreboard relocation and install, among other things. The recommendation was approved.

Also approved was the purchase of a new bus for the district. The board approved spending $90,300 for the new bus but will receive a $20,000 rebate. Both the administration and board remarked that the district had not purchased a new bus in some time.

The school year will end two days early on May 18. The board approved moving the last day of school up and changing dismissal to 2 p.m. Farup said a lack of snow days has given the district enough cushion to finish curriculum hours early. Graduation will be Sunday, May 8.

The next Wakefield Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.