School Board Hears Reopening Plan

WAYNE – Superintendent of Wayne Community Schools, Dr. Mark Lenihan went through several ‘brief statements’ for board of education members and those who attended the regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening about reopening plans.

From the Commons of the Wayne Jr/Sr High School, Dr. Lenihan stated that the school administration and management team has been working on details since the end of the 2019-20 school year and things could change. A lot of details are in place as most of the surrounding schools will be following a three-color system risk dial of green, yellow and red. Wayne Community Schools will re-evaluate the plan after the first quarter as it will be sent out to families later this week and posted on the website.

By wearing a mask and following health guidelines the school will help protect the vulnerable population. Administration wants to maximize the amount of time at school and may reduce numbers, but staff wants to avoid going to remote learning.

Wayne Community Schools plan to begin on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 with dismissal times being 2 p.m. both days. Students will go over all the protocol during August 13-14.

Visitors will be limited into the building, breakfast will be grab-n-go, students will spread out more (go outdoors) during lunch and if social distancing is not possible, those who are at the school buildings will need to wear a mask or shield. The school will provide each student two cloth masks and then be expected to do a wellness check prior to coming to school which includes taking their temperature.

Extra duty contacts for the 2020-21 school year were also addressed. Each extra duty staff member will earn 50% of their pay between September and February. If an activity or sports season is cut short the extra duty staff members would be pro-rated their pay.

Board members then approved a survey fee for the areas south of the Jr/Sr High School extending to the east for $9,600 through Cornerstone Surveying along with an $18,000 lump sum to Carlson West Povondra for phase 1 and 2 of the Jr/Sr/ High parking lot design.

The board also had discussion about participating in bowling as around 20 students showed interest this past spring for the winter sport. Several Wayne students participate in the Bowling Club and Unified Bowling but for participants who compete on the girls/boys NSAA bowling team could not compete in basketball, wrestling or any other activity. Total costs to budget for would be around $8,000 as there is a July 15 co-op deadline but Dr. Lenihan mentioned the NSAA would work with teams who want to join for a bowling team.

Board members will hold their retreat on Wednesday, July 29 starting around 4:30/5 p.m. to work through their goals and address any updates for the start of the school year. The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, August 10 at 5 p.m. Board members will also work on the August Open House.

Wayne High 2020 graduates will be recognized from the Willow Bowl on the campus of Wayne State College at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1 with preschool graduation taking place on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.