September Board of Education Meeting Approves Budget; Will Wait On Facility Audit Before Purchasing Property

WAYNE – School board members addressed their budget and tax request for 2019-20 and will hold off on pursuing adjacent property.

From the conference room (room 202) Wayne Community Schools held their Board of Education meeting Monday evening from Wayne Jr/Sr high school.

Prior to the regular agenda, the board held a budget and tax request public hearing. The budget will remain similar to last year and for the third consecutive year it has been kept at a steady level on the tax request. It was .76-cents less as the tax evaluation saw an increase of about 1% with the 2019 tax levy dropping to $1.027 per $100 of assessed property. The general fund saw an increase with the building fund decreasing as the budget was approved.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan said the budget process started in March.

“Where we start looking at our line items and our staffing and our enrollment projections; kind of work through each month,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Kind of a process to get to the point where hopefully in August it’s more just refining our budget and then finding out what our property assessment valuations are.”

Another agenda item that has been talked about for a couple months was considering to purchase adjacent properties. The board went into executive session for the second straight meeting.

“And then talked a little more and really just decided at this time that we’re not going to pursue those properties that are for sale,” Dr. Lenihan added. “We’re working this fall on a master facility plan. We did one about five years ago (and) we’re starting one again.”

The school will be focusing on their facility audit that will be completed later this fall.

The Wayne Community Schools enrollment for 2019-20 was also shared with the board. As of September 6, the current district enrollment for total birth through grade 12 was 989 students with the next year’s kindergarten class projecting to need four sections (similar to this year’s first grade class). Three of the four high school grade levels had more than 80 students while there were 14 kids Pre K age 4 on a waitlist with the Early Learning Center at full capacity of 20-three-year-olds and 20 four-year-olds. To expand the number, the district would need to hire another full-time teacher. Currently there are 66 teachers (including one ½ time teacher).

Second readings for the Safe Pupil Transportation plan along with the school board of education superintendent goals were approved. The goals are Student Achievement, Facilities & Finance and Communication Plan.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, October 14 at 5 p.m.