WAYNE – Community members provided feedback after small group discussion and large group feedback to the 2019 Master Facility Plan at Wayne Community Schools.
From the Wayne Jr/Sr High School Gymnasium, a special board of education meeting was held Tuesday evening.
The meeting began with the hiring of a new English Language Learner (ELL) teacher being Molly D’Agosta followed by a certified staff resignation from Jean Steen as the Special Education Coordinator.
Bob Soukup, architect with Carlson West Povondra (CWP) Architects led the facility plan presentation.
As Wayne Community Schools and the rest of the nation dealt with the COVID-19 Pandemic beginning March of 2020, administration focused on their priority to maintain in school, in-person classes and activities during the 2020-21 school year. A school board strategic planning meeting was then held in the fall of 2021.
Six priorities were being focused on throughout the 2021 Strategic Plan as during Tuesday’s special board meeting, the group looked at District Resources.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan said he was happy for the turnout from staff, students and community members and was pleased with the feedback.
“I think the groups had good ideas and good questions really more importantly,” said Dr. Lenihan. “So, that will give the board and administration time to look things over and kind of see what people thought of what was presented.”
Roughly 65-70 people attended the special board of education meeting and were broken into small groups for discussion before returning with feedback to the entire group.
The presentation focused on the shortcoming from the Jr/Sr High School, Elementary School and Early Learning Center.
A few minor projects have been completed since the beginning of this facility plan including a renovation to the high school bathrooms. Also, the potential addition to the activity center could impact the project if the school would be able to use an existing facility.
“So, otherwise no it was pretty much what we had worked on,” Dr. Lenihan added. “We’ve seen enrollment growth since then and so we know that that’s a trend that’s going to continue.”
As of 2021, Wayne Community Schools was sitting at 982 for total enrollment, excluding birth to two years of age and would see that trend grow to 999 by 2025.
For those who couldn’t attend Tuesday’s meeting, can find the presentation below as those interested in serving on a facility committee can reach out to Dr. Lenihan at the school at 402-375-3150 or email email@example.com.
The board will next organize the feedback and put a consensus together on what the group thought.
“The board will continue our facility work this spring,” Dr. Lenihan. “We don’t really have any meeting dates set yet; it would be after the April board meeting. Then continuing on until we get to a point where we feel comfortable with what we have to present to the public.”
Two options are being taken under consideration from the study of facilities being a new Early Learning Center (prek and Kindergarten) as well as High School renovation and additions or a second option was presented being a new high school (9-12).
The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, April 11 at 5 p.m.