Wayne Community Schools To Extend Closure To Indefinitely, Final Day To Be Decided During April Board Of Education Meeting

WAYNE – A special board meeting was called for board of education members at Wayne Community Schools to hire a special education/coordinator prior to ‘Live at 5’.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan discussed the meeting Monday evening at 5 p.m. on the Wayne Community Schools Facebook page before extending the return to school to indefinite and answering questions.

The position of special education/coordinator in assistance to the elementary principal has been offered to Jean Steen. The board also passed a resolution to continue operations of their district with governor Ricketts proclaiming a state of emergency. This will provide the authority to pay their staff and their bills without a board meeting if they won’t be able to get together.

Another discussion item addressed one thing that is on a lot of people’s minds being graduation.

“We do plan on having some sort of a graduation ceremony,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Not sure how it’s going to look right now at this point, may have to be creative. But we definitely think it’s important to give those students and those parents and families an opportunity to celebrate that.”

After being informed by the commissioner of education and the local health department, students may not return at all to the buildings this school year. Initially Wayne Community Schools planned on returning to operation on Monday, April 6.

Dr. Lenihan added that does not mean the school year is over.

“So, I know that teachers have been working hard and doing a great job trying to make connections with the students and trying to keep them busy,” Dr. Lenihan added. “I’ve heard that some are really busy, I’ve heard that some maybe need more work. As everybody knows this is a work in progress.”

School officials will be working on a ‘Continuation of Learning Plan’ to try and continue some learning virtually and remotely by providing packets as well as more information. The plan will be communicated with the students and parents once it is ready in a couple weeks.

Dr. Lenihan also reported that the district served 265 free grab-n-go breakfast and lunches Monday which are available each weekday between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Early Learning Center, Wayne Jr/Sr HS and Carroll. This number has grown each day the past week.

“I can’t say enough about the great jobs that the cooks, the paras, the secretary’s and the janitors are doing as they’re working here,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “They’re just stepping up more than one can ever imagine. I’m very grateful to all of those people because they’re just doing whatever needs to be done.”

A note from the Dairy Queen Facebook page, they’ll continue to offer free takeout sack lunches on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. through April 5 or later depending on the district’s closure.

The Family Resource Line to call is 402-375-3150 weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be a team of people available to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Lenihan will be back on the Wayne Community Schools Facebook page ‘Live at 5’ on Monday, March 30. The regularly scheduled April Board of Education meeting will be Monday, April 13 at 5 p.m. from the Wayne Jr/Sr High School Conference room (#202).