WAYNE – A trio of presentations along with a handful of new business items took up the majority of the regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting.
From the Early Learning Center, Monday’s meeting began with a discussion of Skills USA information.
Skills USA is a state program and similar to FBLA, FFA and FCCLA. The program offers a wide variety of opportunities for students.
Business & Industry committee members were on hand to provide information and would like to see the school look at a Skills USA Program when thinking about workforce development, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Lenihan.
“Wayne State actually has a College Skills USA Program,” said Dr. Lenihan. “John Vinchattle was there from the college and he talked a little bit about what they do and potentially are there some partnerships that we could look at to work maybe with Wayne State.”
Luke Virgil, BJ Woehler and Brock Muhs were also on hand to answer any questions and provided the board with information on Skills USA.
School counselors Lindsey Knutson and Kim Lubberstedt also updated the board on information regarding the mental health program as well as work completed with Heartland Counseling.
Dr. Lenihan added the district has worked with an individual from Heartland Counseling since March.
“Basically, this person works with students that maybe have some more needs than what our school counselors can handle,” Dr. Lenihan added. “As far as needing opportunities to get out and speak with someone and involve maybe their families.”
Wayne Community Schools contracts through Heartland Counseling as Jamie Behmer is providing summer assistance and will be in Wayne each day during the school year going from the elementary to the Jr/Sr High School. A need for another counselor has come about with the needs of counseling continuing to grow to help the students and families.
A third presentation highlighted Executive Director for Wayne Community Schools Foundation, Brandon Foote being an annual report.
“They have a classroom grant program that’s been going on for several years,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “Talked about scholarships and some other things that the Foundation is involved with. Of course, Chicken Days is coming up, so that’s a big weekend.”
The Wayne Chicken Show is scheduled for Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10.
Policy and handbooks were then approved which are typical for the summer meetings.
A trio of action items highlighted facilities.
A community group has met a few times including a tour of the buildings and recently met last week along with looking at a master plan that was first put together in 2019 prior to the pandemic.
“Really the whole idea behind this is we’re kind of re-opening that process,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Really have them do some prioritization of needs and things that the school has identified as areas that we’d like to see improvements.”
Board members approved the Construction Management at Risk method of construction delivery. The goal is to establish a construction management firm on board by August. Other new business items approved were adopting the CM at Risk selection criteria as well as appointing members to the CM at Risk selection committee.
A lot of work will happen in the Fall of 2022 to come up with a recommendation for the school board to consider a potential bond vote the following spring.
Wayne Community Schools also approved their milk & dairy prices through Kemps out of LeMars, Iowa. Prices have gone up around 9-10 cents a carton.
Board members tabled the ‘First Student Bus Contract Addendum’ as no proposal has been submitted to Wayne Community Schools.
The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, July 11 at 5 p.m. and will also be at the Early Learning Center next month.