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Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:17

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade school board revised the last day of school at their regular meeting Monday night. The last day for the elementary school (K-6) will be tomorrow, May 18. The last day for seniors will be May 22 and grades seven through 11 will have their last day on May 23.

Dr. Stan Sibley, superintendant and elementary school principal, and Mr. Troy Holmberg, high school principal and athletics director, named the upcoming move of grades K through four to the Palisade Attendance Center and grades five and six to the Wauneta Attendance Center as the rationale for moving the end of school.

They stated that the extra time will help teachers transition to their new rooms and help get classrooms settled.



The board passed a motion to approve six new personnel contracts for the 2012-13 school year.

The Title I program will be staffed with two 0.5 full time equivalent (FTE) contracts. Title I staff will be Patti Holmberg and Jessica Barger.

Jill Hidy will transfer into a new position, Coordinator of Data and Technology Services. This position is responsible for assurance of compliance with all state and federal data requirements and will also provide technical support to staff in the use of instructional technology.

Joseph Frecks, originally of Culbertson, will join the faculty as K-12 physical education teacher. Frecks has two years teaching and coaching experience and comes highly recommended for the position.

Chad Cochran, originally of Imperial, will be the new art teacher. Cochran is a December 2011 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Sibley noted that Cochran will bring additional areas of expertise to the staff in addition to art. He said Cochran has a love for cars, is a welder, does woodworking, participates in demolition derbies and wrestled in high school.

Lastly, Betsy Johanson will be assigned as head varsity girls basketball coach. Johanson has been an assistant varsity coach for two years, one at Maywood and most recently at Wauneta-Palisade.

Although no action was taken, the board also discussed the head varsity football coach. Sibley has been in contact with incoming superintendant, Randy Geier, who has expressed interest in being involved with the football program. Decisions on head football coach will be on hold until Geier can be more closely consulted.

The board also discussed, but did not act upon, a possible new position titled “Full Time Substitute.” Sibley explained that this position would help fill the need for a keyboarding teacher in the elementary school and would also fill in for other duties throughout the district.

Board members raised concerns over adding a FTE position due to lower state assistance funds. Sibley and Holmberg explained that the district is using substitute teachers regularly already. The board asked them to prepare a monetary report on the difference between continuing to use substitutes and hiring a full time substitute. The board may call a special meeting to discuss the issue.


Report on 2012 NETA Conference

Kathryn Pruter attended the board meeting to provide a report on the 2012 Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) Conference she attended recently. Pruter currently teaches American government, American history, world history, world geography, psychology/sociology and special education. Pruter said she got many ideas at the conference that she felt would be of great assistance in the instruction of W-P students.

In particular, she has been in contact with nine-12 grade English teacher Liz Noler about the possibility of piloting a 1 to 1 iPad program with the junior class next year.

Pruter has spoken with Holmberg and Noler about the program. She explained to the board that the program would be a pilot in making English and American history 100 percent digital for the junior class.


New door, school sign

The school board approved a bid of $31,341 to remodel the outside entrance to the small gymnasium.

The remodel will provide a new ramp entrance into the small gymnasium. The entrance will be covered and the exterior wall of the covered entrance will be the new home to a school sign.


Weight room

Brian and Michelle Harchelroad were also guests at the board meeting Monday. They have offered to purchase new weight training equipment to be used by the school.

Brian showed the board the equipment he and Michelle plan to purchase. Brian and Michelle have been working with a representative regarding equipment to purchase for use by the school for some time.

Their focus is to find balance in the types of weight training used by W-P athletes and non athletes. Safety of the equipment was also very important. Additional details on the equipment will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.


New bus

The board took a recess during their meeting to tour the new Wauneta-Palisade Broncos coach bus which arrived during the meeting.

The Wauneta-Palisade School Board’s regular meeting time is the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. MT. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings.