Superintendent Contract Approved, Board Of Education To Go With Construction Management At Risk Process For Restrooms

WAYNE – Outgoing board of education president, Wendy Consoli was recognized earlier this week during the regularly scheduled Wayne school board meeting.

Consoli served 12 years on the Wayne Community Schools Board of Education as she led her final meeting on Monday, December 14 from the elementary commons. The school district thanked Consoli for all of her support to WCS students and staff.

The meeting then began with a teacher resignation with regrets from Stephanie Reynolds at the end of the school year. Since it’s early in the hiring process, the school district will look for a replacement and post the job as a 7-12 math position.

The board also approved the superintendent contact for Dr. Mark Lenihan from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024 with the salary of $151,841 for the 2021-2022 school year. Dr. Lenihan stated during the meeting it’s been an honor to serve the district, teachers, students and the board and looks to forward to the future.

Since coming back from the Thanksgiving break, COVID-19 case totals have remained low in the school district. Earlier this week, both the Jr/Sr high school and elementary buildings were in the mid-20s for quarantine and had a few isolations.

School board members then heard more information on the high school restroom project. The school district is looking for an August 1, 2021 substantial completion.

Dr. Lenihan said the board approved the Construction Management at Risk process which is a different way from what the school district has done in the past.

“Any construction we’ve done has been more of the design-bid-build,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Where you work with your architect, design the plan, bid the plan and do the project. Here, basically you still do that process of design but you hire a construction manager to kind of oversee the project and they work closely with the architect.”

Preliminary costs are ranging around $400,000 to update the restrooms on the second floor, plumbing issues with older pipes and the teachers work area along with teacher/faculty restroom.

The first draft of the 2021 – 2022 school calendar was also shared as the first day of school would be on Wednesday, August 11 next year with a noon dismissal.

The next Wayne Community Schools Board of Education regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, January 11. Wayne Community Schools will also have their final 2 p.m. dismissal of 2020 on Friday, December 18 as the 2 p.m. dismissals will continue through the third quarter in 2021 each Friday.

The district will take part in their holiday break from Monday, December 21 – Monday, January 4 (teacher workday on Monday). The second semester will begin on Tuesday, January 5 for K-12 students while preschool will resume on Monday, January 11.