New Auditor Approved, Policy Readings Passed During School Board Meeting

WAYNE – The Wayne Community Schools Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.

From the Wayne Jr/Sr high school library, board members discussed their audit contact and will be pursuing a different auditor. Superintendent Mark Lenihan stated there are not too many companies doing school audits and this company will provide a more thorough audit.

The board approved Dana F. Cole & Company for auditing services over the next three years.

Dr. Lenihan also gave an update on the budget later in the meeting saying it’s coming together a lot better. The general fund could see an increase of about 3.6% mainly from staff and insurance costs as the school would like that to stay under 4%. This will also mark the fourth straight year there won’t be an increase in the total tax dollar request. The school will begin working on the budget forms once they receive the assessed land valuation on August 20.

The board approved the second reading of policy updates for fundraising activities as they don’t want 10 fundraisers going on the same time. There’ll be google documents so everyone is aware of what’s going on and this will replace the gift-a-thon. The meal charge policy was also approved. The school hasn’t had high outstanding lunch bills at the end of the year in the past but they do have a $25 buffer.

First readings were then approved for both the 7-12 student-parent handbook and elementary handbook for 2019-20. Both will be more consistent and have a similar alignment in policy. An elementary technology quote was approved for more chromebooks, a cart and accessories for $27,069.26. This now puts the elementary library up to 10 carts where they would like to reach 14 and these chromebooks are very durable.

Earlier this spring, a math curriculum software was piloted for a supplemental tool for learning. The school will keep the current textbooks and make a classroom set so they stay in the room. Teachers will be able to assign work for lower level or advanced levels of math and using this technology won’t change the curriculum since it’s aligned to the Nebraska state standards. The board approved the three-year, $9,945 contract with IXL Learning for 425 students in grades 7-12 math as they had around $100,000 budgeted and is typically on a seven-year rotation.

Milk prices went up about a penny and a half as the board approved the bids from Dean Foods Dairy for the 2019-20 school year.

Monday night also marked the final meeting for Mark Hanson who is retiring as the high school principal.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m. The group will also hold a retreat the following Monday, July 15 at 4 p.m.