|School board discusses floor coverings for classrooms|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade Public School board met Monday evening for their regular October meeting. Although board members entered executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel issues, the only action taken during the meeting was in regards to floor coverings at the Wauneta Attendance Center.
Superintendent Randy Geier told board members three rooms on the third floor of the Wauneta Attendance Center are an eyesore and that one is potentially a safety hazard. He asked board members to consider seeking estimates to install carpet squares in the rooms.
Board members discussed the need for new floor coverings, stating it may be possible to have the new coverings installed over winter break.
After discussion, board members approved a motion giving administration approval to seek cost estimates for installing carpet squares in three third floor classrooms and the computer room. They hope to review estimates at their regular November meeting.
No bids received on surplus property
The district advertised it would accept bids on two tracts of surplus land in September.
The first tract of land is a vacant 75-foot by 135-foot lot on west Vinta Street. The public notice listed no minimum bid on the property.
The second tract of land is a 165-foot by 135-foot property with a 30-foot by 50-foot metal building. The minimum bid on the second property is $30,000. During the October meeting Geier told board members there had been inquiries into the property, but that no bids have been received.
Board members made no action and indicated they would continue to accept bids on the properties.
Under action items, board members asked for updates from the board’s various committees. No action was taken.
Transportation committee member Bill Bischoff told the board they had met recently. He indicated the meeting was very productive.
One of the outcomes was a review of the age of the district’s bus fleet. Bischoff noted the busses’ average mileage is close to 100,000 miles and that the district needs to get back on a replacement schedule for busses.
Allison Sandman provided a report for the negotiations committee. She told board members the committee had been in touch with the teachers regarding negotiations for the upcoming year. The committee plans to meet with teachers in October, but a date has not yet been set.
The board is looking to purchase North Star Negotiations Software. Sandman said the software will allow committee members to “talk real numbers with the teachers while they meet.”
In addition to providing information during teacher negotiations, the software will also allow delegates to compare settlement information of other similar-sized districts in the state.
During his superintendent’s report Geier told board members teachers participated in a Professional Learning Community on Monday. He said he heard many positive comments from teachers.
Geier indicated he, Roger Reikofski and Joseph Frecks discussed the PLC day briefly Monday evening and would like to schedule a follow-up on the session next month. The school will adjust its schedule with an early release on the date of the follow-up.
He also noted in his report that WP will host the first round of the RPAC volleyball tournament next week.
Reikofski provided board members with an update of activities at the Palisade Attendance Center during his principal’s report.
He said the elementary school saw over 90 percent participation at parent-teacher conferences and that teachers will be reaching out to parents or guardians who were unable to attend conferences.
Reikofski also noted the elementary school will be moving one of the school’s assessment tests, Terra Nova, which is usually completed in the spring to the fall this year. He noted students typically take the assessment around the same time as the NeSA tests. He felt moving the Terra Nova testing to the fall will allow teachers and administration to use the assessment as an early indicator of student successes.
Reikofski also told board members construction has begun on the shade structure and elementary driveway project at the Palisade Attendance Center.
The shade structure was purchased with grant money and spearheaded by the WP Parent Teacher Organization.
The driveway project was approved at the August school board meeting. Its purpose is to add a sidewalk, parking lot for teachers and new bus drop-off area. It was estimated to cost $9,846.