Wayne Junior High students Mitch Sinclair, Madison Willey and Reagan Parham presented outstanding speeches at the recent meeting of the Wayne Community School board. The speeches were originally prepared for the Optimist Club speech contest. Sinclair and Parham will be competing at the District Optimist Speech Contest.
It's time to talk dollars, Wayne Superintendent Dave Daughton told the board. He said the Wayne Pride steering committee, which has been working with architects on the project, needs to know how much money the board intends to spend. Up to this time, discussions have focused on needs and wants.
Board member Todd Wilson asked if the latest estimate was $3.5 million, based on the wants of the steering committee. He said the district should take a "do it well" philosophy. "We don't want to end up like this again," Wilson said.
Daughton said, yes, there was an estimate of 3.5, but the steering committee has identified several cuts that could be made, and there are big variances with the buildings still under discussion.
When board member David Brennecke questioned how the planning is complementing the fairground, Daughton said that is all still in the plans, with a difference. At one time, discussions included a FEMA-funded storm shelter that would serve both the school and the fairgrounds, but FEMA has no money, Daughton said.
"We still need to talk about buildings that would accommodate if there is a storm," Daughton said.
Secondary Principal Stacy Snyder said she has been very impressed with the work steering committee members have put into the plans. "The steering committee helped create a design based on Wayne Pride," Snyder said, "but when thinking what our needs are, it changes perspective a little on what we need to do. They've worked very hard on this."
Daughton said he needs to be able to go to the steering committee with a dollar figure the board is willing to spend. He told the board the number one issue whether to build separate buildings for football locker rooms and concessions/public restrooms, or to combine both under one roof. Placing both in a single building could save the district nearly $500,000, Daughton said.
After lengthy discussion, the board voted to borrow not more than $2.9 million dollars against anticipated State Penny revenue. Piper-Jaffrey, the company that will facilitate the process to sell revenue bonds to finance the project, furnished a report that anticipates $9,302,000 in State Penny income between now and 2029. Daughton has created a schedule that reserves enough State Penny money for anticipated buildings and grounds expenses the district will face.
"If there was ever a time to borrow against the State Penny, this is the time," Daughton told the board.
The board said anticipated costs of almost $500,000 for architects, project management and other fees will be paid out of other district funds on hand.
Daughton said a fundraising drive will begin to solicit donations. The retention of some items that might be cut from the original wants list could depend on the extra dollars donated to the district for this project, the board decided.
The board approved sale of the elementary building at Lineville to Nordvik Industries, Inc., with a closing date on or before May 3. Nordvik's $15,000 bid was the highest bid on the property received in an earlier bidding process.
The board approved Scott Valentine as head junior high baseball coach, Cole Christian as assistant junior high baseball coach and Hanna Lain as assistant junior high softball coach. Both Christian and Lain are currently completing coaching certification. Their contracts are both pending certification.
Contracts with baseball and softball officials were also approved.
Daughton told the board during a recent survey regarding technology usage and availability, Wayne Community scored higher than the AEA. The school's tech committee will be looking at the results and what needs to be done to refine the district's tech plan. Daughton also reported on pending legislation affecting schools.
Elementary Principal Boyd Sinclair reported on professional development and using results of standardized testing to improve instruction, finalizing summer school plans and an anti-bullying campaign presented by Carla Johnson from the Safe Coalition. Also, Sinclair said the elementary had 54 students with perfect attendance for the third quarter. Thirty-four fifth graders and 22 sixth graders were on the third quarter honor roll.
Snyder reported a "good choices" program presented to secondary students by Wade Peck; girls high school track team won the Davis County Relays; five students are preparing for State History Day competition and seven for State FFA Contest; Wayne Athletic Leadership Council held an assembly for all athletes to recognize accomplishments for the year.
Wayne Pride Notes
Snyder recommended Wayne Pride Notes go to Holly Berndt who received an Indian Hills Community College Vision Award and was selected as the 2013 Entrepreneurial Educator; National Honor Society inductees, Makayla Andrews, Lorenzo Baker-Martinez, Brennan Banks, Emily Bellon, Scotlan Bunnell, Olivia Byrns, Trent Carpenter, Josie Curry, Riley Darrah, Breanna Fortune, Mandie Gassman, Rachel Hontz, C.D. Kunzie, Dillon Lain, Kenton Lain, Kelly McCurdy, Amber Nickell, Kasi Poindexter, Adrien Pounds, Katie Reed, Ryan Shivvers and Evan Sinclair; and Optimist Club Junior High Oratorical Contest winners Mitch Sinclair and Madison Willey.
Sinclair recommended Wayne Pride Notes for members of the sixth grade math bee team, Joe Roberts, Nate Bennett, Raegan Tilley, Sawyer Nickell and Jeffery Alexander and Special Olympics track team, Suzie Moorman, Cody Ebbers and Tatym Kunzie.
In other business, the board--
• discussed and made changes to board policy that increases the amount that can be spent on purchases without soliciting bids, to match state guidelines.
• approved a sharing agreement with Centerville Community High School for high school boys' soccer, as Chariton School has declined the agreement.
• approved a sharing agreement with Ottumwa schools for high school swimming.
• viewed two bids for window replacements at the elementary building and accepted the bid of $93,305 from Yates and Yates Glass Co., Inc., of Ottumwa, with half of the windows to be replaced this year and half next year.
• approved an agreement for student teachers with Buena Vista University.
• approved use of a school bus for the summer swim lesson program, if needed.
• approved membership in the Iowa Association of School Boards.
• set the next regular meeting for 5:30 p.m. May 20.
• went into exempt session for contract negotiation strategies.