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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:57

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade Schools Board met for its regular June meeting on Monday. The highlight of the meeting was filling the remaining teacher openings for the 2015-2016 school year.

The four teaching contracts approved will bring the total number of new teachers for next school year to six. Those hired include Troy Barger, Allison Cliffords, Terra Bishop and Rod Gaston.

Barger will spend half his time with media responsibilities and will also teach elementary physical education. He may also teach some science classes.

Cliffords will serve as the new kindergarten teacher for Wauneta-Palisade.

Bishop will teach sixth grade and take over coaching junior high girls sports.

Gaston will teach science classes and join together with Teresa Hayes to teach ag classes next year.

The district hired two teachers previously, Stephanie Malcom to teach third grade and Joy Farr who will teach high school English classes.


Third floor carpets

The board voted to move forward on the project to recarpet several classrooms on the third floor at the Wauneta Attendance Center by approving an estimate of $10,675 from Samway Floor Covering in McCook.

The bid includes new carpet squares in four classrooms and a small hallway. The estimate does not include charges for floor preparations needed prior to installation. Floor preparation will be billed at $35 per hour.


Kitchen cooling system

The board will inquire with local businesses regarding a new cooling system for the kitchen at the Wauneta Attendance Center.

The board will seek estimates for a mini split system, which will provide a better cooling solution for the area.

The board last looked into the mini system prior to their board retreat in February. At that time the estimated cost of the system was $10,267.97.

The board plans to seek a refreshed bid to have more accurate pricing before making a final decision.


Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Randy Geier told board members during his report that Pivot Electric in Imperial is the in process of setting dates to perform electrical updates on the Wauneta Attendance Center’s stage and in the Palisade Attendance Center.

Board President Jon Anderjaska also asked Geier to obtain estimates to update the lighting in both gyms.

Geier gave a report on the cost of new stage curtains for the Palisade Attendance Center. The cost was initially expected to be near $10,000. However, because school employee Joe Vrbas is able to install the curtains himself, the cost is estimated to be closer to $3,000.

The board said no official action was needed to make the purchase and encouraged Geier to order the curtains.

Geier told the board that the ag shop building is in serious need of cleaning. After discussion, the board encouraged Geier to place surplus items found in the ag shop on the townwide garage sales in Wauneta.

Geier also reported that he attended the last RPAC superintendent conference last week. He told the board he will rotate from his position of secretary to president for the 2015-2016 school year.


Principal’s report

The highlight of Roger Reikofski’s principal’s report was showing the board the new 3D printer purchased by the school and telling them about the purchase of three 3D pens.

He stated the funds used to purchase the printer and pens will be reimbursed by Perkins funds.

After the principal’s report, board member Bill Bischoff asked board members to consider performing some extensive maintenance on the school’s two coach busses.

He said he had been in contact with a company who sold them the busses and suggested bringing the busses to them in Minnesota.

Bischoff said the priority repairs would be the air conditioner, pony motors that run the heaters and other repairs to get them back into top shape. Board members also asked Bischoff to price an extensive detail on the busses.

The next meeting for the Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools Board was rescheduled from its regular date of July 13. The meeting is instead scheduled to be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT at the Wauneta Attendance Center.

School board meetings are open to the public.