|School board accepts four teacher resignations|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:03|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade school board accepted four teacher resignations at their regular May meeting Monday night.
Janae Harris resigned from her post as K-12 guidance counselor. In her letter of resignation she stated that she was uncertain she could meet the needs of the students when her position was combined with teaching responsibilities next year. She has accepted a position of alternative education teacher at McCook Public Schools.
WP Superintendent Randy Geier stated the remaining three resigning teachers–Denise Bales, Marilyn Kunkel and Printha Fox–chose to retire early under the Rule of 85. According to the Nebraska School Employees Retirement System Handbook, Nebraska teachers may retire early with no loss of benefits if their age plus their creditable service years equal 85, provided they have been employed in a Nebraska Public School on or after March 4, 1998, or any school year after that year and accrued at least one-half year of service credit.
Bales teaches fifth grade, Kunkel teaches sixth grade and Fox is the 7-12 Spanish teacher and school librarian.
In their letters of resignation, all three teachers expressed how much they have enjoyed working at WP schools and that they will miss their students, fellow teachers and administrators.
Board members approved the 2014-2015 school calendar at Monday’s meeting. The school year will begin for students on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 and end on Thursday, May 19, 2015.
Geier explained to the board that he eliminated 1 minute from the time alloted for passing between classes from the schools’ daily schedule, as well as added six minutes to the school day. These adjustments allowed administrators to cut two days from the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Next year school will begin at the same time, 7:50 a.m. MT/8:50 a.m. CT and will end at 3:06 p.m. MT/4:06 p.m. CT.
Board members had a discussion concerning putting a bid out for mowing and spraying at both the Wauneta and Palisade Attendance Centers. No action was taken.
Geier asked board members to discuss the possibility of the school purchasing homes in the community when they come available to provide rental housing for incoming teachers.
Board members discussed the possible advantages of having housing available to incoming teachers and also the disadvantages of becoming “landlords.”
The suggestion stemmed from difficulty incoming teachers and administrators have had in recent years. They felt access to rental homes might help attract teachers to the district. No action was taken on the idea.
Geier provided board members with an update on tax income the district has received so far this month and year. He told them after this month’s approved bills the general fund will have a balance of $416,052.48.
He also told board members the RPAC basketball finals will be held at McCook Community College next year. The finals currently rotate between Wallace, Southwest, Cambridge, Bertrand and Southern Valley. Conference leaders voted in the change as a one-year trial to see how the finals go in a more central location.
Geier also told school board members that a technology committee has bee n established. The board asked for the committee to be established at their yearly goal setting workday held earlier this year.
Committee members will be Roger Reikofski, Aaron Behrends, Liz Noler, Teresa Hayes, Jennifer Loker and Betsy Johanson.
In his principal’s report Reikofski told board members to expect a large kindergarten class next year. After the Kindergarten Roundup, held on Arbor Day, the school is expecting between 18 and 21 kindergartners in the fall.
He also provided an update of the Nebraska Department of Education’s visit to the school on April 25. Pat Frost with NDE visited to assess the Federal programs at Wauneta-Palisade Schools.
Reikofski said Frost had very good things to say about the programs at WP and commented that the program at WP is one of the best she’s seen.
The next regular meeting of the Wauneta-Palisade school board is set for Monday, June 9. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings.