School board members spend a day discussing goals

Members of the Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools board made plans for the future of Wauneta-Palisade at their annual board work session, held Monday at the Wauneta Senior Center. Some of the biggest initiatives discussed included a remodel of the Wauneta Attendance Center gym and a new drug policy. The board also spent time discussing school enrollment and ways to promote the school.
    The all-day meeting began with board committee meetings in the morning and focused on committee reports and discussion in the afternoon.
    Group discussion centered around the areas of district enrollment and promotion, building and grounds, transportation, curriculum and technology and the lunch program. Board members also planned to discuss student discipline and a possible drug policy, but ran out of time. The drug policy was discussed during a regular meeting held at the school in the late afternoon.

Building and grounds
    During the work session board members discussed the need to revamp the gym at the Wauneta Attendance Center. Board members set a goal to research replacement lighting, a new ceiling, new paint and a new floor in the gym. They hope to have the work done before the beginning of the next school year.
    It was discussed that the district has the need for more floor space at the gym for practices. They said by replacing the gym floor they will be able to have a continuous surface from bleacher to bleacher, allowing the school to paint in two practice courts separated by a curtain. This would allow two practices to happen simultaneously.
    The building and grounds committee was charged with researching the cost and available timing to have the updates completed.
    Other items included in the building and grounds discussion were a new surface for the track in Wauneta, the libraries at both attendance centers, updates to the fuel oil tank in Palisade and the Wauneta and Palisade Attendance Center kitchens.

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