Wakefield School Board Votes To Add New Positions

Wakefield School Board Votes To Add New Positions
Wakefield School Board held officer elections at Monday night's meeting.

WAKEFIELD – Board officers were elected and new teaching positions were added during Wakefield’s Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

The board adjourned sine die to name the board president, vice president and board secretary for 2022 calendar year. Bree Brown was re-elected as the board president after a nomination from Sherri Lundahl. Jeff Keagle will move to vice president and Lundahl will serve as board secretary. The regular meeting resumed after election.

The board voted unanimously to approve the addition of four new FTE teaching positions for the 2022-2023 school year. The new positions will be Alternative Education Director, Learning Strategist, the addition of a second full time substitute teacher and a K-12 Technology Instructor. Superintendent Matt Farup said each new position works towards fulfilling district needs and lessens some of the load for the current staff.

“All of these four positions, I think, would add a lot of value to the district,” Farup said.

Also approved was a payment to Nemeha Sports Construction. Wakefield Community Schools had some funding sitting in a Dixon County Common School Co-operative Account – money donated to schools in Dixon County. The board voted to pay the balance to Nemeha and close the account. All other schools benefiting from the account had already spent their funding. Additionally, a bid $192,127 from Rasmussen Mechanical Services was accepted for HVAC work at the school.

The 2022-2023 academic calendar was approved. Farup said the new calendar has things that students, parents and faculty can all approve of. The first day of school will be August 17, 2022 and graduation will be May 6, 2023.

Elementary principal Jerad Wulf told the board that Special Education teacher Donna Johnson had been recognized by the Downs Syndrome Advocates in Action group for her commitment to educational inclusivity at Wakefield Community Schools.

The next regularly scheduled Wakefield Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be Monday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the computer lab.