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Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:00

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


With less than three weeks before school starts the Wauneta-Palisade school board met for a special session Tuesday afternoon to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The board was introduced to new teacher Jennifer Loker and new custodian Mark Holder.

Loker will teach math and business and will assist with the high school volleyball team.

New revisions to the school handbook were approved. A change not made was on the subject of grade weighing. Six courses could have earned students points on a 5.0 scale rather than 4.0. The board instead approved the revision that contenders for valedictorian and salutatorian “must have completed forty credits of mathematics which include thirty credits in courses beyond Algebra I. Contenders must have completed forty credits in science which include a minimum of twenty credits from the following courses: Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics or Advanced Biology.”

A change in the eligibility policy was approved. Student’s grades will carry over from one quarter to the next. If a student is ineligible at the end of nine weeks, that student will be ineligible at the start of the next nine weeks rather than starting over.

Board President Jon Anderjaska gave a report for the Building Committee. Anderjaska went over many of the changes the board would like to see accomplished. Better ventilation for the kitchen and locker rooms, new lights for the Ag building were included on the list for Wauneta.

In Palisade a new drop off area and air conditioning top the long list of improvements. With the hot summer, the board expressed concern about the academic environment.

Cameras and security measures were discussed for both buildings.

The board accepted a settlement agreement with the Jed and Deann Doetker family concerning a track accident involving daughter Jordyn during the 2009-2010 school year.

The new floor has been installed in the small gym. Principal Troy Holmberg said the new equipment is scheduled to arrive in three shipments, finishing next week.

Holmberg also informed the board that a request has been sent to the NSAA to allow sixth grade boys to participate in Junior High basketball this year due to a lack of boys in the seventh and eighth grade. A ruling by the NSAA, to be made soon, may leave this up to the discretion of the school board.

In the Personnel Report, Superintendent Randy Geier said that after speaking with area school administrators he recommended a 25 cent increase in salary for non-certified staff.

Geier also suggested expanding Holmberg’s duties to K-12 grade principal. The two would share athletic director and other duties. Geier hopes they can increase the administrative presence in Palisade.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, Aug. 13, the night before school starts.