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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Wauneta-Palisade school board members approved a contract for a new part time guidance counselor and hired a new part time bookkeeper at their regular meeting on Monday afternoon.

Cindy Monnahan will come on board as the part time, .50 FTE, guidance counselor. Monnahan will replace Janae Harris who resigned at the end of the school year.

Ashley Einspahr has already begun work as the new part time bookkeeper, replacing Jill Hurtt who will move to a different school district.


Replenish depreciation fund

School board members also authorized the first of three monthly transfers of funds from the general fund into the school’s depreciation fund with a $18,690.33 transfer.

Superintendent Randy Geier explained to school board members the transfers were recommended by the school’s auditor to replenish the depreciation account.

Board President Jon Anderjaska said, “It’s nice to have the money to do this.”

He went on to explain the fund will have approximately $60,000 in it when the three deposits have been made. The depreciation fund is used to fund capital purchases needed by the district.


Repairs and maintenance

Geier told board members Hart Flooring did work to the gym floor at the Wauneta Attendance Center last week with good results.

He also informed the board that he has requested bids for repairs to the roof where the lobby meets the gym at the Wauneta Attendance Center.

The board building committee is in process of working on blue prints for the ag shop and will present them to the board at an upcoming meeting.

The board also decided to look into the cost of replacing the tile flooring on the first floor of the Wauneta Attendance Center. They will make a decision at a future meeting after the approximate costs are known.

The board also discussed possible solutions for the hoped-to-be new wrestling practice room at the Palisade Attendance Center. Elementary Principal Roger Reikofski told board members the biggest issue with the old gym in Palisade is the asbestos ceiling. There is currently a wall in place that would need to be removed, but doing so would disrupt the asbestos.

The board asked administrators to look into solutions for the ceiling in the potential wrestling room including possibly covering up the asbestos with drywall.


Other business

Board members also approved bids for mowing at both the Palisade and Wauneta Attendance Centers. The approved bids were for mowing around each of the two attendance centers. The fields in Palisade are being mowed by the Village of Palisade and the Wauneta fields are being mowed by WP staff members.

The winning bids were for $35 per mowing.

The board also approved participation in the Hitchcock County hazard mitigation plan.

Administrators explained that being listed in the plan will allow the district to receive federal funds if the school were ever damaged by a natural disaster that is named a federal disaster. The schools are also named in the Chase County hazard plan.

During his principal’s report, Reikofski told board members the district has been approved for the fresh fruits and vegetables grant of almost $9,000 for the school year.

The school can use up to 10 percent of the grant to cover administrative costs. The remainder will be used to offer students fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks in the afternoon.

The next regular meeting of the Wauneta-Palisade School board is currently set for Monday, July 14. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 22:23