Staffing Dominates Wakefield School Board Meeting

Staffing Dominates Wakefield School Board Meeting
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WAKEFIELD – Several staffing issues took the focus of the Wakefield Community Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. Changes in graduation requirements were approved and administrative updates were given before the board went into executive session to discuss principal salaries for the 2022-2023 school year.

Superintendent Matt Farup told the board that the district currently has 11 open positions. During the meeting, the board unanimously agreed to accept letters of resignation from Pre-K teacher Pam Peters and cook Christy Roberts, as well as retirement notices from High School Secretary Dawn Lubberstedt and 7-12 English teacher Jan Simmons. Additional openings include five para-professional positions, K-12 Technology and Secondary Spanish. Farup said time is of the essence to fill staffing gaps.

“With staffing, we have to make some decisions a little quicker,” Farup said. “I’d like to wait and discuss things, but we need to do that.”

The elementary will see some staffing changes. During the meeting the board approved two new certified teachers. Beth Dather will be joining the staff to teach 4-6 Science, while Brandy Langley will come on board as a 1st Grade teacher next school year. Current 1st Grade teacher Sara Schlickbernd will move to Reading Specialist. The board also approved a volunteer track coaching position for Veronica Guenther.

The board approved graduation changes beginning with the graduating class of 2025. Five hours of financial literacy will now be required amongst the 240 credit hours to graduate. The Fine Arts requirement will go from five hours to 10. Physical Education will drop from a 15-hour requirement to 10 and 30 hours of Career and Technical Education have been added to the requirements. Board member Jeff Keagle made the motion to accept the changes and board member Sherri Lundahl seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Also approved was a contract with Riverside Technologies, Inc. for $50,235.15 to update and add network controllers, switches, and wireless access points as well as rack and cabling.

“We did have two other bids. One was twice as much and another one was about $2,000 less but it was from a Colorado company that actually was going to charge us more than $2,000 more for support,” Farup said.

The next regularly scheduled Wakefield School Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 11th in the computer lab at 5:30 p.m.