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Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools Board makes future plans at retreat PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 16:46

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

The Wauneta-Palisade Public  Schools Board held their annual planning retreat Monday at the Wauneta Senior Center.

Major topics of conversation centered around transportation, technology, behavioral/discipline plans, curriculum and drug/alcohol policies.


Bill Bischoff led the discussion for the transportation committee. The committee recommends purchase of a new preschool bus in the upcoming year.

Biscoff said the purchase would allow a current preschool bus to be rolled into the current rural fleet. The change will make all the busses on the rural fleet have 100,000 miles or less and all rural fleet busses will have air conditioning.

He told board members the current shuttle busses, used to transport students between the Wauneta and Palisade Attendance Centers, have more than 100,000 miles. But, Bischoff said the busses are in good condition and should last a few more years.

The transportation committee also recommends having the two coach busses inspected and any issues fixed this year. Superintendent Randy Geier said, “We want to keep the busses updated and be proactive since we spent so much on them last year.”

The committee plans to develop detailed job descriptions for all transportation staff.

The transportation topic  finished with discussion about adding WiFi to the busses to allow students to study while on the bus. It was noted adding WiFi to the busses costs approximately $689 per bus.



Under technology, the board discussed the need for some sort of keyboards to go with the iPads to make writing papers and assignments easier for students.

The board also discussed the need for better WiFi coverage throughout both attendance centers.

Currently 20/20 Technologies of McCook provides backup technology services in addition to teacher Aaron Behrends. Board members discussed the possibility of 20/20 recabling the school and possibly providing more of the day-to-day technology support to free Behrends’ time.

Lastly, the board discussed a new student management system to replace the current Sycamore system. Geier plans to work with the teachers to identify possible replacements.


Behavioral/discipline plan

Board members discussed the need for a school-wide behavioral management plan at WP Schools.

Two models were discussed— BIST (Behavior Intervention Support Team) and the Boys Town Education Model.

Geier told board members he feels the district needs to have a plan that is implemented at all grade levels and that is utilized consistently by all teachers.

Geier plans to work with teachers to come up with a model custom to WP that all can implement.

The board also discussed adding cameras to the busses and possibly the classrooms to help with behavioral issues. The thought was that if cameras were installed teachers, administrators and possibly parents could review tapes to see when discipline issues occur.


The idea of personalized education plans were also mentioned with the goal of possibly providing every student with a personalized plan to help make sure each student’s educational goals are met.

Board members felt the personalized plans would help assure students were getting the classes they need to make them successful after high school.

The next step in the discussion of personal education plans is to discuss the idea with teachers.

Board members also discussed possibly completing a school newsletter again to let the public know what is going on in the school.

Alcohol and drug policy

Geier told board members the issue of alcohol has become more prevalent in the past twelve months as there have been three incidents involving nine students.

The board discussed starting an intervention plan for students who have issues with  alcohol in addition to reviewing the policy which covers discipline for incidents.

A drug and alcohol therapist from McCook is willing to provide group or individual counselling for students. The school plans to pay for the intervention services, if needed.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016 16:48