Job Shadow/Career Day event on board agenda

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A presentation regarding an upcoming Job Shadow/Career Day was among the items on the agenda when the Wayne Community Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Monday.

Kiley Koch, Spanish and Business instructor and Lindsey Knutson, 7-12 School Counselor, spoke to the board about the upcoming Job Shadow/Career Day, scheduled for Nov. 10.

This year's event will allow juniors at Wayne High School the opportunity to job shadow at two different businesses in careers of their choosing. New this year will be an open house over the lunch hour to allow businesses the opportunity to visit with students and conduct mock interviews.

Knutson also told the board that prior to the Job Shadow Day time will be allocated to mock interviews. This will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1 with a 2 p.m. class schedule that day. All students will remain in school the entire school day and the hour and a half until regular dismissal will be used for various activities for the students. This includes "Minute to Win It" for junior high students with student leaders organizing group activities. Freshmen students will take part in various community service projects. The sophomores will have "Real World" activities and the seniors will receive information from EdQuest on applying to colleges and financial aid.

In other action, the board approved the snow removal bid from Sebade Snow Removal for the 2022-2023 season. This bid was the only bid received and includes a going rate price.

Discussion was held and a bid of $7,000 approved from Kay Contracting for the demolition and removal of the old School District 83 building located 13 miles west of Wayne.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan told the board that the one acre parcel of land could be used in a number of ways by students enrolled in the Ag programs. This includes such things as planting native grasses or pumpkins in the area. 

Board members received an update on talks between the city and the school district on the future of the Community Activity Center.

Additional meetings will take place between the school and city in coming days.

In other action board members approved on second reading Policy 6212 which deals with assessments in the areas of Language Arts and Math.

First reading approval was given to Policy 5003 and Policy 5208. Both deal with junior high students who take high school courses. The language in the policies clarifies how the grades received affect a student's grade point average.

During administration reports, Dr. Lenihan shared information on option enrollment numbers. There are currently 75 students who have opted into the district and 55 who have opted out. This gives the Wayne district a net gain of 19 students. The district receives $10,300 per student for those students.

Other items on his report were an update on the district's audit and the strategic plan, which includes completed updates on a number of indicators, and an update on the contract for the use of the building that houses the Early Learning Center.

Foundation Director Brandon Foote told the board that the alumni mailing will be going out in the near future. He also said he has submitted his resignation as he is taking a position at State Nebraska Bank.

The facilities committee report included the dates of upcoming meetings and what each of these meetings will involve. Three board members will attend each of the next two meetings but will not be present at the Nov. 10 meeting.

Honor Recognition recipients at the meeting were Olivia Hanson, who has been selected to the National FFA Choir and the 25 students who have been selected as the 2022-2023 Blue Devil Branch Student Tellers.

The Wayne Community Schools' Board of Education will next meet in regular session on Monday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in the junior-senior high school library.

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