School Resumes Thursday, Board Of Education Discusses Budget

WAYNE – Students attending Wayne Community Schools are being welcomed back this week with 2 p.m. dismissals both Thursday and Friday. The Board of Education held their regularly scheduled Monday evening.

From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School commons, board members met new staff and heard another update on the school’s reopening plan.

New teachers include Alina Surber (7-12 Family Consumer Science/FCCLA Advisor), Vicki Smith (Jr High Science), Jacob Daum (7-12 SPED) and Nichelle Stolzer (Elementary SPED).

A 30X60 tent will be located at the Jr/Sr High School along with the elementary plans on bringing classes outside. Masks are required at Wayne Community Schools, but breaks will be encouraged about every hour, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan.

“When they’re at recess or gym class, we’re not going to have them wear the masks or when they’re involved in activities right now,” said Dr. Lenihan. “That would be challenging I think, especially if they’re in athletics to try and do that while they’re competing or practicing.”

Teachers have been setting up their room for these breaks.

The remainder of the meeting was controlled by policies before moving into discussion of high school bowling. The board tabled a motion until later this month to gather more information on student-interest.

“We haven’t had a chance to survey the kids really to find out exactly how many kids are interested,” Dr. Lenihan added. “We have some ideas as who might be the coach and those types of things. I did ask the board to hold for that until we know for sure that there’s interest.”

Bowling will be a winter sport starting in November offered for both girls and boys on multiple levels of varsity and JV. Those who participate in bowling will not be able to go out for girls and boys basketball or wrestling.

There is a September 1 deadline to sign-up and also create a cooperative agreement. Dr. Lenihan has been in communication with Winside Public Schools who showed some interest which would split the costs since both schools would need a coach. An estimated cost to fund the program would be between $8,000 – $10,000.

The board also talked more about the budget as it’ll be due to the Department of Ed and the State in September.

“We’re trying to keep things down for our taxpayers,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “Nothing really as far from a school end with the extended session that’s been going on down in Lincoln with the legislation, I’m not expecting any change to come out of that for school funding.”

About 83% of Wayne Community Schools general fund receipts are paid by local taxpayers. Roughly $300,000 was received from net option enrollment and allocated income tax receipts but the school won’t receive any equalization aid.

The Wayne Community Schools Board of Education will review their end-of-year Financial Claims on Thursday, August 27 while the next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, September 14.

Hear the complete interview with Dr. Mark Lenihan under the ‘Podcasts’ tab of the ‘Community’ drop-down on