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Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:56

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

Wauneta-Palisade Schools reopened its doors after winter break with a record number of students enrolled.

WP superintendent Randy Geier informed the WP Board at their regular meeting last Monday, January 11, that the school’s enrollment after break was up to 243 students (preKindergarten through 12th grade) after six new students joined the district.

This marks the highest enrollment the district has seen since the 2004-2005 school year when the total enrollment was 251 students.

Geier’s report included another positive report. Last year’s average composite ACT score for the 10 WP students who took the test was 24.1. The state average composite score was 21.5.

“I think this is a good indicator of how our students are learning,” Geier told the board.

Last year marked the third where the district composite score was higher than the state average. In 2014 WP’s composite score was 24.1 and the state composite score was 21.7. In 2013 WP’s composite score was 22.2 compared to the state composite score of 21.5.

His report also included a new date for prom this year. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9 instead of March 19 as originally planned. Geier was recently notified the state music competition conflicted with the March date and therefore prom was moved to accommodate students who may qualify for state music.

Roger Reikofski briefed the board on a visit earlier that day from the Nebraska Department of Education on the Early Childhood Education program at the school. He told the board no major findings were reported and indicated staff will work to implement changes suggested.

Board action

The board elected officers during the meeting. Those holding positions remained the same as last year: Jon Anderjaska, president; Bill Bischoff, vice president; Allison Sandman, secretary and Laurie Maris, treasurer.

The board also designated its official depository, legal council and publication. The designations remained unchanged with Valley Bank and Trust, Perry Law Firm of Lincoln and the Wauneta Breeze respectively.