As the Wayne Community School Board met up on May 18, the first issue tackled at the beginning of the meeting was setting an official makeup date for the 2020 graduation. Seniors from the Class of 2020 were celebrated and recognized in a parade on May 17, in what would have been their graduation date.
Superintendent Mike Still addressed the board noting results from a survey sent out to seniors and parents in recent weeks.
“We would like to set a date so people can plan and prepare,” said Still.
Following several discussions taking the results into consideration, the board agreed upon the new graduation date of Saturday, July 18 at 10 .m. The possible rain date will be Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m.
The full details have not been decided upon yet including location of high school football field or the gymnasium and number of guests that will be allowed. The school district will continue to work with the Wayne County Public Health officials for guidance as the date nears.
Resignations were accepted from secondary teacher and coach Brandon Doughan, secondary teacher and Scott Valentine and junior high volleyball coach Andrea McConahay.
Still also advised the board he has been looking into internet options to develop connectivity across the district that could be offered at an affordable price to students. This goes along with the return to learn plans the district is looking into.
“We have to be better prepared in August than we were in March,” Still began. “We aren’t doing bad as we are doing the best we can. We were under certain conditions where we didn’t have any time and now we have time and we need to make this better. It isn’t just us. It isn’t even just rural districts as urban districts have the same issue.”
Through the Cares Act, money has been made available to school districts to help with funding of Covid-19 expenses. Wayne Community School will be receiving $132,202 through the Cares Act with the funds being provided to help with internet connectivity issues and any other Covid-19 costs.
In other business the board approved the elementary roof repair bid of $6,616. The bid from Commercial Roof was the only bid received and the work will be done in June and July.
The board approved the increase in adult lunch prices from $3.75 to $3.85 each in accordance with the Department of Education.
The board approved the milk bid from Anderson Erickson for the 2020/2021 school year. The bid completes the second year of the two-year contract with Anderson Erickson.
The board approved the bid of $12,875 to have Green Grass Solutions from Centerville spray, fertilize, seed and add compost compaction at the athletic complex football fields, baseball and softball fields. The football field has had several grass issues due to black dirt not being added when the final grading was completed.
The $900 membership to the Iowa School Finance was approved. Still noted the membership has proven to be beneficial.
Sharing agreements with Mormon Trail were approved for a transportation position and a maintenance position. The transportation position would report to Tim Swan and would be one-day a week.
A special meeting will be held through Zoom on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 a.m. and the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m.