School choir to get new robes

Students at Wayne High School will soon be wearing new attire at choir concerts.
In action taken during Monday's regular meeting of the Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting, the board accepted a gift of $7,500 from the Wayne School Foundation. In addition, the board voted to contribute $5,000 toward the purchase of the choir robes.
Superintendent Mark Lenihan told the board that the current robes are more than 20 years old and show signs of wear. He said that there are more than 100 students who will be involved in the choir during the next school year. Estimated cost of the robes is between $12,000 and $15,000.
Borad members received information from Lenihan on the school's budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
He said the projected expenses have been cut slightly and the budget reflects less than a one percent increase.
"We can't do much on the revenue side until the valuations come in, but I feel we are in pretty good shape overall," Lenihan said.
Lenihan also presented information on a program that will be implemented district-wide on character education.
"The program is designed to promote positive character traits and will provide consistency throughout the whole school. We will be recognizing students who do something good, based on a different character trait each month. We will then send home a note to parents saying that their student did something good. It will be nice to have positive communication with parents," Lenihan said.
In other action, the board gave second reading approval to the Junior-Senior High School Handbook.
Reports were presented by all of the administrators and included information on a handbook workshop attended by Wayne High School Principal Mark Hanson.
Special Education Director Misty Beair told the board that there will be no state writing test for the 2016-17 school year. She also recently learned that the Early Learning Center qualified for a grant for the breakfast/lunch program.
Information was also shared on the school's discipline statistics for the recently completed school year. Declines were seen in several areas, including out-of-school suspensions, in-school suspensions and special education students receiving suspensions.
Foundation Director Lindsay McLaughlin presented information to the board on the upcoming Gift-A-Thon being conducted by the Foundation.
The goal is to replace many of the individual high school fundraisers with a one-week  campaign. The goal is to raise $50,000.
McLaughlin told the board that the students have raised $50,000 in fundraisers in the past; however, they only received $37,000 after expenses.
She also told the board that the Foundation is planning a number of activities for an all-school Alumni Weekend to be held in conjunction with the Wayne Chicken Show.
Travis Meyer told the board that a number of summer projects are currently being completed, including painting and the removal of the old lockers in the high school.
The Wayne Community Schools Board of Education will next meet in regular session on Monday, July 11 at 5 p.m. in the junior-senior high school library.

The Wayne Herald

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