School Board Takes Action On Facilities

School Board Takes Action On Facilities
Check presentation to WCS foundation from Iron Man Golf Tournament for Bob Keating Scholarship.

WAYNE – Following open house sessions for parents and students of Wayne Community Schools earlier this week, the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting was moved to a 7 p.m. start time Monday night.

From room 202 in the high school (correction from Monday, not in the library), the board was introduced to new staff in what used to be a computer lab. Lindsey Knutson is the 7-12 counselor, Mark Evetovich as the assistant elementary principal and Annette Chase for sixth grade while Tucker Hight was hired as the high school principal over the summer.

A check presentation to the school foundation was also held early in the meeting where executive director of Wayne Community Schools Foundation, Brandon Foote was joined by the Keating family where they raised $9,700 from a golf outing for the Bob Keating Scholarship. The first year of the Iron Man golf tournament drew over 160 people as the Keating family would like to thank all who donated auction items and more as they plan on having it every year.

Several school policies saw their second readings approved along with a first reading for Safe Pupil Transportation Plan.

Wayne Community Schools will engage in a facilities study this fall with Carlson West Povondra Architects (CWPA). The school had a facilities study done in 2009 and 2014 and Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan said they have some needs at the younger age levels.

“There are a lot of kids in the elementary school,” said Dr. Lenihan. “We enrolled a lot of new kids this summer and our enrollment is up in that building for sure. That building close to or at capacity.”

CWPA will conduct a planning study to assess facility needs and explore the options available to Wayne Community Schools for new construction and/or renovation of the existing building(s). The high school, elementary school and early childhood center will be included in the scope.

Rasmussen was also awarded a contract for work in the elementary school for mostly the cooling system.  The base bid was $286,562 with alternate 1 costing $21,562 and alternate 2 $99,769. Work will begin this fall, according to Dr. Lenihan.

“So, this project will take care of that issue, Dr. Lenihan added. “With air exchange, bringing in air, recycling that air to make it the proper humidity level and take some pressure off the remainder of the system.”

A pre-construction meeting will be set up with Carlson West Povondra on getting the crane scheduled and unit installed.

The school board then went into executive session closing out the meeting as the group discussed the purchase of adjacent properties to their facilities that are currently for sale. No action was made during executive session.

Board members will meet once more in August on Monday the 26th at 5 p.m. to go over their budget workshop and end of year bills. The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, September 9 at 5 p.m.