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Student wellbeing, efficiency focus of WP school board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 20 November 2015 20:28

Wellbeing of the whole student continues to be a primary focus of the Wauneta-Palisade School Board. Among goals mentioned at the November school board meeting is the desire to schedule home visits with each family to set up personal education plans for the students.

President Jon Anderjaska said he supports this as a way to open the door in a positive setting rather than when there’s a problem.

The full school board plans to attend the state convention in LaVista near Omaha Nov. 18-20 to raise awareness of not only regulations but opportunities to better serve the district. They will then take part in a leadership seminar Dec. 2.

Anderjaska is president elect of the Nebraska Association of School Boards with plans to serve the state in the coming year.

Efficiency ranks as another focus of the board which is why research is underway for a boiler update at the Palisade facility. Currently in order to heat the classrooms, the gym also is heated. Options will be sought to heat the gym separately when needed so the boiler can heat the remainder of the school with better efficiency.

Utilizing LED lights in both the Wauneta and Palisade gyms is also being considered for a cost savings.

Principal Roger Reikofski reported that the early childhood visit from the Nebraska Department of Education went well. They were especially impressed with the recently upgraded playground. It met all regulations.

The Halloween Festival was a hit with a downtown parade of costumes. Road construction vehicles stopped during the brief expo to ensure student safety.

A Thanksgiving feast is scheduled in Palisade Nov. 25 for the entire elementary school. Fifth and sixth graders will be bussed from Wauneta. Families are welcome and volunteers are encouraged to call the school.

A Thanksgiving meal will be served in Wauneta Nov. 23.

The designated board committee met with MilCo regarding the contaminated soil cleanup project. The company will sign off on required actions as completed.

The transportation committee plans to meet to take care of fleet decisions. They will be watching for used bus options. Superintendent Randy Geier said there are times when it would be of benefit to have another vehicle.

Geier reported that Joe Vrbas plans to upgrade the restrooms on second floor by painting and putting in stalls to replace curtains. Vrbas is obtaining bids for stage curtains in Wauneta which are badly needed.

The electrical panel box on the stage was recently upgraded to meet code with plans to upgrade the weight room panel box this summer.

The Wauneta Palisade Education Association was unanimously approved as the exclusive bargaining agent for 2017-2018 teacher negotiations.

Policy review continues as a work in progress. More online requirements continue to be implemented. For instance, a three-ring binder recording location of flammables is no longer enough for safety purposes. If the building was on fire, the three-ring binder might not be accessible where online records could be readily available for the fire department.