The Wayne County School Board held their first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16. Bill Homann called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Secondary School Principal Stacy Snyder and Mandi Goretska were both absent, all other member were present.
There were no public comments.
Superintendent Dave Daughton discussed transportation costs and a tool put forward by the Iowa Association of School Boards. Daughton stated that transportation costs per student vary widely from school district to school district. Wayne is currently $152 per student higher than the state average. Transportation costs include salaries, benefits and fuel, along with some smaller items. Buses are not included as part of the transportation costs. Daughton stated that currently there is inequity across the state. Wayne currently has six bus routes.
Daughton showed the school board the Iowa School Report Card, which is put together using test scores and statistics from all of the schools in the state. Elementary School Principal Boyd Sinclair reported on the elementary school. The elementary is above the state average in proficiency, closing-the-gap, college and career-ready growth, extended growth and staff retention. The average attendance is at the state average. These numbers classify Wayne Elementary as a high-performing school, putting it in the top 13% of the state. Daughton presented the high school report. Wayne High School is currently at an acceptable level. The school dropped .5 points overall. The score for last year put WHS at a commendable level. Proficiency, closing-the-gap, graduation rate, attendance and staff retention are all above the state average. For the exact numbers and statistics, please visit http://reports.educateiowa.gov/schoolreportcard.
Dan Carpenter moved to approve the agenda. Kevin Comer seconded. Motion carried.
Comer moved to approve the minutes from the Dec. 18, 2017 meeting. Bill Byrns seconded. Motion carried.
Sinclair put forth three students for Wayne Pride Notes. Colton Wilson, a fourth-grade student that made the biggest point increase in the MAP testing score for reading, and Austin Henderson and Lilian Yakovich, who had academic excellence in exceeding classroom goals for accelerated reading books.
Daughton provided Snyder’s recommendations for Wayne Pride Notes. Snyder put forward Courtney Dennis, Abigail Cox, Kenna Nickell and Grace Haring, all of who were in the POI Honor Choir.
There was no closed session.
Sinclair gave his board report. Jan. 3 was an all-day staff workday. Sinclair spoke at Rotary and shared some videos on reading strategies on Jan. 9. The FAST testing window opened on Jan. 15, this testing begins this week. Second semester officially began. Teachers will attend training in Fairfield, the training covers PRESS intervention material. SPED will be trained on Really Great Reading instruction material. Lori Hugen of the AEA has been working with the special education teachers. Hy-Vee Kids Fit brought in an assembly for the fourth through sixth grades. Sinclair will speak to the Optimist Club on Jan. 22. An elementary POI principal’s meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Osceola. The Storybook Players will perform for Wayne Elementary on Jan. 25. A staff-learning day is scheduled for Jan. 29.
Daughton presented the board report for Snyder. The Wayne dual wrestling tournament was a success, with Wayne placing second. The attendance for seventh through twelfth grade for the first semester was 96%. Dan May, agriculture instructor, attended a national conference in Nashville held by the National Association of Agriculture Educators. The guidance counselor attended a POI meeting. The Alumni Band performed in December, they sounded great.
Daughton gave his board report, stating that the bus barn is still being moved in to. The Family Consumer Science room had LED lights installed over break. The east parking lot “boundaries” will be finished as soon as the ground thaws. Carpet was replaced at the elementary over Christmas break. The Feb. meeting will have four certified and two non-certified early retirement requests. The Governor has proposed a 1.5% increase for state supplemental aid. The state legislators are not optimistic concerning this. A legislative forum breakfast was scheduled for Jan. 19 at 7:30 a.m. A forum was also scheduled for Jan. 26 at 8 a.m. at Far, Bureau. This forum will not be strictly educational, however Senator Sinclair and Representative Fry will be present. The Day on the Hill was also scheduled for Jan. 30. The Instructional Support Levy, which is vital to the budget, is up for renewal. The Falcon Foundation is providing a $500 scholarship this year. Donation letters were sent out in December and over break. Over $4,000 was sent in for the Foundation.
There were no personnel requests.
Comer moved to approve the bills. Byrns seconded. Motion carried.
Carpenter moved to approve the financial statements. Byrns seconded. Motion carried.
Directors were appointed to review the February bills.
Daughton recommended approving the open enrollments of Trenton Joanitis, Tucker Christianson and Tyler Christianson. Byrns moved to approve the open enrollments. Comer seconded. Motion carried.
Daughton recommended approving the special education contract for a student to attend Central Decatur. Carpenter moved to approve the contract. Comer seconded. Motion carried.
Daughton has received a request for proposals and public notices for the bids for the steam boiler replacement. Items have been drafted for this. The replacement would require pipe insulation as well as making sure the pipes themselves are able to handle the newer boiler. The replacement is to be finished by the end of summer. Byrns moved to approve the proposals and public notices. Comer seconded. Motion carried.
The next meeting was set for Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m., pending the basketball tournament schedule. Comer moved to approve the date. Carpenter seconded. Motion carried.
For other good cause business, Daughton and Sinclair are looking in to what to do with the mobile unit, as the current one is in need of replacement. One is for sale in Pleasantville; it is large enough for two classrooms. A bid for this does not require board action.
Byrns moved to adjourn the meeting. Carpenter seconded. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.