We want CCR for every student who goes out the doors of Wayne Community School, no matter what they decide they want to do in life," Wayne Superintendent Dave Daughton told the school board at their June 24 meeting. Daughton added, "That is the real work we do here, the other stuff we do is just stuff."
CCR, or Career and College Ready, means every child will be ready to meet the challenges of college or the career of their choice when they graduate, Daughton explained in answer to a "Where are we headed?" question.
High School Principal Stacy Snyder had just presented results of standardized test scores taken in February by students in second through eleventh grades. The test data she presented indicate the average Wayne score is above the national average in almost every grade level. Daughton said where a Wayne grade is below the national average, it could be because a questions on the test cover information Wayne does not teach at that grade level. For example, he said, the fourth grade test asks questions on "box and whiskers" charting. That topic had not been covered in fourth grade curriculum, but will be in the future, Daughton said.
In other good things, Daughton recommended Wayne Pride Notes be sent to students who are in the summer school program, and who are taking time out of summer fun to put in effort to improve themselves. Snyder recommended a Pride Note go to Scott Valentine who is "working hard doing whatever we need him to do" for summer athletics, from driving the bus to working with officials.
Daughton told the board the state has changed the district's property tax levy for next year's budget to $14.65 per thousand, lower than the rate of $14.77 they had approved earlier.
He also reported enrollment figures for 2013-2014 school year are expected to be stable, not changing much from the year just completed.
Daughton said the district has a lot of excess "stuff" that will be disposed of in an online auction. Computers, televisions, desks and other items will be advertised for one day for public viewing, then will be sold at auction online.
The board discussed and approved several changes Snyder requested for the secondary student handbook.
First and foremost is the change in the length of the school day, which will result in nine periods per day. Secondary students will now be required to take at least seven classes each day. Therefore, the number of credits required to graduate will be increased. The school day will be 8:10 a.m.-3:31 p.m. Formerly, it was 8:15 a.m.-3:24 p.m.
Addressing student use of cell phones was also what Snyder called "a biggie" for the committee of teachers who helped with recommendations for the handbook. "We need to teach kids how to use them appropriately and respectfully," Snyder said. After discussion that most students know more about cell phones than adults do, Snyder and Daughton pointed out that many people, adults included, need to learn when it is inappropriate to text, talk or check their email on their phones.
The board accepted bids for the nutrition program. Anderson Erickson Dairy had the lowest bid for milk, at 26 cents per carton for chocolate and strawberry and 24 cents for white milk. Highland and Kohls also bid on milk products.
Earthgrains, formerly Sara Lee Bakery, won the bid for bread products. Kohls was the only other bidder on bread products.
Kohls' was the only bid turned in for "all other food items," and is the acceptable bidder.
In other business, the board--
• approved a 28E agreement with Mormon Trail School for sharing an instructor for the talented and gifted program. Joel Petty has been hired for the position.
• received information about a proposed adult or family activity pass, with instructions to come up with questions or suggestions before the July meeting so a decision cam be made then.
• set the next regular meeting for 5:30 p.m. July 22, which is not the usual date for the meeting.