Strategic plan update on board agenda


By Clara Osten,


A considerable amount to Monday's Wayne Community Schools' Board of Education involved the district's Strategic Plan.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lenihan shared information on what has taken place in recent weeks and noted that the plan is contained in a 168 page document.

The district is working on the strategies that have been prioritized.

At the top of the list is creating a comprehensive facility plan. 

Dr. Lenihan asked the board's opinion for moving forward with items on the plan and noted that documentation needs to be listed as to what items need to be completed and deadlines for doing so.

The second priority listed is student and staff well-being.

More information on these items will be brought to the board at the June meeting.

Also during Monday's meeting the board received information from Jamie Behmer, a counselor with Heartland Counseling.

Behmer, who has been working with Wayne Community Schools since March told the board "the staff does an amazing job. I have been working with both buildings and things are going well."

She said she will continue providing individual counseling through the summer and hopes to incorporate group therapy during the next school year.

Board members authorized Dr. Lenihan to move forward in the process of hiring a Construction Manager (CM) at Risk.

Dr. Lenihan said a resolution for the hiring would be available at the board's June meeting and there would be a 60-day process before hiring. He will work with legal counsel to prepare the document.

Bob Sukup with Carlson, West, Povondra, the school's architect, told the board that having a CM on board will help with the process of determining the needs of the district in regard to facilities.

A bid of $58,432.58 from Sterling was accepted for updating computers in one of the high school's computer labs. The computers in this room are outdated and newer computers are needed to offer some of the classes at the school.

Dr. Lenihan also told the board that he wrote a grant for the purchase of Chrome Books, which could be used for next year's purchases.

A report was given on the Wayne Area Economic Business & Industry Committee meeting that was held April 14. The teachers in each of the areas involved shared information on the topics covered in their classrooms and received feedback from those in attendance.

The Wayne Community Schools' Board of Education will next meet in regular session on Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at the Early Learning Center on Providence Road.


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