|School board amends 2012-2013 school calendar|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 13 September 2012 17:49|
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Members of the Wauneta-Palisade school board were scribbling away on their calendars Monday night as the board made changes to the school calendar.
The original school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year included days off for professional development on Oct. 1 and 2. The board decided to have school on Oct. 1 and take off Oct. 18 instead when an instructor will be available for a Write Tools seminar.
Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will spend Oct. 2 receiving instruction on the school’s reading program, Reading Street.
Parent/teacher conferences have been moved back this fall to Nov. 13. With conferences being more data driven, the later date gives teachers a better opportunity to collect information for parents. Conferences will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m. MT/5:00-9:00 p.m. CT. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on the 13th and there will be a late start on the 14th so teachers can have meetings with parents unable to attend the previous evening.
The board opened the one sealed bid for property located east of the bus barn. Superintendent Randy Geier and his wife Kathy offered $5,000 for the lot. The board accepted the bid contingent on an appraisal.
Discussion then moved to a new policy for the iPads purchased for the junior class. The iPads are covered by the school’s insurance while on school property. Students and parents will have to sign a user agreement which includes information on replacement costs, but the board elected not to charge a rental fee.
The Emergency Safety Plan received its annual adoption. Discussion included bus safety in light of the recent accident in Blue Hill.
With Pivot Electric on site working on electrical upgrades for the new heating and air conditioning units, the board approved $6,000 worth of improvements to the science lab on the top floor of the Wauneta Attendance Center. A 100-amp panel will be installed in the room along with new exhaust fans and plug ins.
Plans were also made to get bids for new heaters for the ag/shop building. The board would like units that can be moved with the hope of erecting a new building in the next six years.
With homecoming quickly approaching at the end of the month, Principal Troy Holmberg informed the board that the students decided to hold the homecoming dance in the gym lobby following the football game Friday, Sept. 28.
Holmberg also said the school is trying to get a Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) started. Open houses will be held to encourage interest on Sept. 24 at Palisade and Sept. 27 in Wauneta.
The Palisade PTO open house event will run from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. MT/6:00 to 7:30 CT on Sept. 24 and hot dogs will be served. A Bronco Booster tailgate event will run in conjunction with the Wauneta PTO Open House and the homecoming pep rally. The evening in Wauneta will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p,m, MT/6:00 to 7:00 CT on Sept. 27.
Superintendent Geier wrapped up the meeting with three items. He said the leaking gutters have been replaced along the north side of the Wauneta Attendance Center and the new “swamp coolers” have arrived for the Wauneta gym. He also said plans are being made to update the school website.
The school board will meet again next week for a budget hearing.