School Board Hears From NRCSA Executive Director, Contracts Signed

WAYNE – Executive director, Jack Moles with the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (NRCSA) spoke with Wayne Community School Board of Education members during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.

From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School conference room (202), Moles talked about his four goals he’s been working on since taking over the position in January a year ago.

With 23 years of superintendent experience, Moles has spent the past four months meeting with school boards. His goals are to maintain the presence of NRCSA on the state level, work on getting state funding to rural school districts, promote and protect ESU’s while working on the rural teacher shortage problems. Moles went over the benefits of being a NRCSA member and addressed legislative updates. The NRCSA spring conference is scheduled for March 26-27 in Lincoln.

Among personnel items announced included accepting the resignation from assistant elementary principal, Mark Evetovich effective the end of the school year. The position has been posted. Also, two positions have been filled for the 2020-21 school year. Alina Surber has been named the Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teacher while Jacob Daum has been hired for the Resource Special Education position. Surber is currently at Madison while Daum previously worked as a para at Wayne Community Schools and is a WHS graduate.

Also, the total package of administrator contracts increased 1.8% for the elementary principal, high school principal and special education/ELC director.

A new business item approved was the replacement of acoustical ceiling and lighting through Otte Construction for $66,720. Money will come out of the building funds as this will take care of the really old acoustical ceiling grid, acoustical tile, fans and light fixates in the Jr/Sr high school. This will be done in the lower level similar to the work on the main level.

The Mid States School Bus contract will also see an increase of 6% next year and then 2.75% after during a four-year contract. Regular routes will be billed at $38,681.82 monthly for a period of nine months while activities will be billed at $2.00 per mile and $16.60 per hour sitting time, with a minimum trip of $28.78 (yellow bus). For trips that are cancelled, without a 24-hour notice, there will be a $51.30 cancelled trip fee. In-town shuttle services will be $33.04 per round trip with sit time, if incurred, being billed at $16.60 an per hour. Deadhead miles for additional busses brought into the district for activities will be billed at $1.70 per mile.

Teacher contracts will be issued this week, as the board allows teachers 15 days plus two weekends to look over the contracts before returning by March 26.

Superintendent of Wayne Community Schools, Dr. Mark Lenihan will join the “View from Wayne America” on Wednesday, March 11. Dr. Lenihan will talk with Dan Baddorf just after 9 a.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and just after 6 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY 98.9/1590.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be Monday, April, 13 at 5 p.m.