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WP superintendent earns positive review from board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00

By Lori Pankonin

Johnson Publications

Superintendent Randy Geier received an overall commendable review by the Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools board members at their December board meeting in Palisade Monday, Dec. 14. Each member had made their own evaluation of the named performance areas prior to the group review.

Appreciation was expressed for Geier’s expertise in building a much healthier financial status. Board member Laurie Maris emphasized that communication is definitely one of Geier’s strengths.

Geier acknowledged the importance of a team effort. He focuses on the ongoing process to improve which often times involves keeping his guard up as well as communicating.

John Anderjaska, board president, said he realized that evaluation of the superintendent also reflects on the status of the district. The board maintains goals but it’s often times the responsibility of the superintendent to implement them.

A board retreat was tentatively set for Feb. 4. Maris suggested that they come up with priority goals to be discussed at the board retreat. Each board member is encouraged to suggest five goals for the school district at the January meeting and priorities will be determined from those. Public input is welcomed.

The board approved utilizing Danny Schluckebier, a certified teacher, and Angela Christner as substitute teachers. Christner received her local substitute certificate.

In his superintendent report, Geier recognized Anderjaska for being elected as the new Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) president.

“This is an excellent honor for Mr. Anderjaska and I am confident he will do a great job,” Geier noted. It is believed that it’s the first time the state president has come from a Class D school.

Geier also acknowledged the success of the One-Act team and sponsors Joy Farr and Aaron Behrends, noting that Wauneta-Palisade was represented very well at state. He commended Paul Behrends, Emily Day, Ellie Lee and Cameo Rector who were named outstanding actor and actresses.

Geier said it’s a little less convenient to go to Norfolk rather than Kearney for the state event, however he now sees the reasoning behind the change. He said the Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk is incredible and he highly recommends continuing to utilize that venue.

Joe Vrbas brought the request of instructor Farr to the board to use an alternative color from black for the new stage curtain purchase in Wauneta. Vrbas provided color choices and confirmed it was no additional cost. The board gave approval for the building committee to make the color choice.

The board met in executive session just short of an hour to discuss a real estate purchase. No action was taken.

Vrbas reported that a fire alarm system upgrade, boiler repairs and plumbing repairs have been scheduled during the holiday break.

Following approval of the budget report and expenditures, Maris said it’s nice to see savings in December. Geier said we’ll hopefully see that trend continue.

Allison Sandman, who serves on the school board as well as the Educational Service Unit (ESU) board, said the ESU be advertising for a staff developer and speech pathologist. Consideration of developing a program to take behavior issues out of the classroom hasn’t progressed at this point.

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) board of directors approved a Gender Activities Policy for the next NSAA meeting agenda. It addresses direction for a transgender student to participate in activities while also protecting competitive equity, safety and privacy. Such policy serves as a guideline for each district to address as they are encouraged to put a transgender policy in place.

During guest comments, Lori Pankonin said she visited the third grade classroom that morning to present each student with a dictionary from the Imperial Rotary Club. She commended the well-behaved students who were appreciative and also very impressive when they all recited poetry with enthusiasm.