Published On: Thu, May 25th, 2017

Wausa School Bd. looking ahead to next school year

WAUSA —  Summer projects to prepare for the 2017-18 school year will soon be underway for the Wausa School. Board members placed their approval on several purchases, but were hesitant to move ahead with installing new lighting in the elementary rooms until more information was available. Funds from grants will be used for three purchases that were approved by board members.
Board members approved the purchase of a Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Van for $23,900 from Speedway Auto. The van has 18,000 miles on it, according to Supt. Brad Hoesing.
Money from a Special Education grant in the amount of $30,000 will be used to pay for the van.
A ceiling to floor section of cabinets and a six-foot counter top that will be placed in the pre-school room will be purchased from Viking Lumber for an amount right at $5,150.
“This is good. I like to buy as much as we can locally,” Hoesing said.
Funds from a pre-school grant will be used for the purchase.
A mini grant from Great Plains in the amount of $5,000 will be used to help pay for a large format printer from Tonas Graphics. The cost of the printer, which can be used for large posters and banners, along with supplies will be $6,939.
“The total cost to the district will be $1,939,” Hoesing said. “This is a good deal. This will be used a lot.”
Surface Sealers, Inc., Lincoln, will be working on a section of the floor in the locker room where benches will be removed. While the workers are at the school they will also do some work on the floors in a few other spots in the school building. The cost will be right at $5, 875.
A lengthy discussion was held before board members tabled taking action on bids for LED  lighting with dimmers for the elementary class rooms, preschool room and bathrooms.
Board members compared two bids that had been submitted.
Board member Otto Woockman said he was surprised at the large difference between the bids.
Board members asked Hoesing to get more information on the warranty for the items, the cost for bulbs versus using strips for lighting and the cost for replacements.
“With this much money being involved – we want to do it right,” Brian Wakely said.
A special meeting will be held within the next couple of weeks to review the information so a decision can be made for the purchase.
“We need to get this done,” Hoesing said.
There will be a LED rebate through NPPD for the project that could be as much at $3,000.
Lots of projects will be underway at the school this summer: new bleachers, new lighting, installing cabinets and work that is being done in the locker room.
“We have a packed summer,” Hoesing said.
Thirty-nine laptops for the school will be purchased through the Apple Store for Education Institution. The annual laptop purchases are part of the One-to-One Initiative.
MacBooks will be purchased for the incoming freshman class, according to Josh Barney, Wausa School Technology Coordinator.
“They will keep them all four years. The numbers are down for students that are now in eighth grade and will be freshman next year,” Barney said.
Laptops will also be purchased for the staff at the school.
“Laptops used by the staff are over four years old,” Barney said.
An order will be placed for a total of 39 laptops: 13 for students and 26 for staff.
The total cost will be close to $50,000,
“It is good to be able to do it for the staff this year when the numbers are down for the freshman class,” Mike Kumm said.
Barney will be re-servicing the computer equipment that is being replaced.
“I like doing that,” he said.
New books will be ordered for the school library in order to be in compliance with RuleTen, according to Principal Tish Hennings.
“In order to comply, 150 books will be ordered,” Hennings said.
Sixteen books in the elementary school have not been turned in. Students will be charged for the cost of their replacement if not found and returned.
“That number is down a little as a few have just been turned in,” Hennings said. “This is the least amount ever, that has not been returned.”
Board members agreed to make a change in the next two Wausa School board meetings.  Summer meetings for June and July will start at 8 p.m. in place of the regular time of 7 p.m.