School District Awards Bids, Jr/Sr High South Parking Lot Discussed

WAYNE – Approval of snow removal, technology and refuse bids along with an update about next week’s bid process for the Jr/Sr High south parking lot all took place during the Wayne Community Schools Board of Education regularly scheduled meeting.

From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School conference room (202), the board took action on a handful of bids.

Board members approved the one bid for snow removal from Sebade Snow Removal for 2020-21 and 2021-2022. Skid loaders with 10’ and 14’ snow boxes were approved at $100 per hour per machine and pickups with plows at $90 an hour. Waste Connections of Nebraska was awarded the refuse bid which will start on November 1, 2020 and end on October 31, 2021. The total cost of 12 months was $7,038 broken down to $586.50 per month which was slightly higher than previous years. Another purchase by the district were three digital interactive displays that are perfect for anything that requires a lot of interaction. Cost per unit is $2,400.96 as the total price of $7,202.88 also included a warranty.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan also provided a COVID update to the board as there have been no transmission of the virus within the school district but as of Monday, October 12 there were 100 students and 17 staff members who have had to quarantine. The range of quarantine has been anywhere from two to 24 days as the number of those who have contracted the coronavirus are to low to report.

Option enrollment student information were also reported as 20 students have opted in while 12 students opted out at Wayne Community Schools this year. The district is up six students bringing the total to 72 students who opted in and 56 out. About 35 students chose to homeschool this year.

The Board of Education also shifted a 10 o’clock late start to a full day off (five hours of instruction time) for students on Wednesday, November 4. Staff will come in and catch up on some of their professional training as after-school activities will still take place.

Schools across the state are allowed up to 12 hours off per quarter from the Commissioner of Education. The board may do the same in December.

The first quarter ended Wednesday as there is a teacher in-service Thursday and the fall break on Friday, October 16.

The board will hold a special meeting next Thursday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m. to vote on the south parking lot bids as bids will be opened for consideration on Tuesday, October 20. A tour of the south parking lot closed out Monday’s meeting. The parking area is currently a gravel area and the school district would like to pave the lot. The goal is to do part of the lot this fall and finish up in the spring of 2021 depending on bids.

The next Wayne Community Schools Board of Education regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, November 9.