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District News Update 4-12-16

Spring is here and we are in the final stretch of the school year! There are numerous honors and recognitions that students have earned, especially at Waverly High School for students involved in activities such as the WHS Economics team that won 1st place in state competition. The accomplishments for students in FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, and Skills USA, as well as vocal and instrumental music and athletics keeps piling up. Visit the school Facebook pages for details - you do not need a Facebook account to view the photos and news. 

If you kept track, we had two school days cancelled for inclement weather this year. There were additional school days built into the calendar and we do not need to add additional instructional hours for the days that were missed. The last day of school for students is Tuesday, May 17. This will be a half-day for students. 

On April 4, an Open House was held at Eagle Elementary School to celebrate the completion of renvoations and the first phase of the 2014 Bond Issue projects. 

Construction Project Update

The first phase of bond projects is complete at a cost of $2,295,524. Out of that total, Eagle Elementary accounted for $1,247,920. The first phase included remodeling the 1974 portion of Eagle Elementary. The administrative office now has a direct line of sight to the main entrance. The health office and office work space has been greatly improved, as well as remodeling student restrooms. Flooring has been replaced in the 1974 portion of the building, including the cafeteria/commons, hallways, media center, and 5th grade classrooms. A classroom remodel has allowed for the addition of an Early Childhood program at Eagle. Lighting was upgraded that is more energy efficient. The exterior EFIS (external insulation finish system) was replaced with cement fiber board. Additionally, the original portion of Waverly High School roof was replaced, and the EFIS at WHS was also replaced with cement fiber board. The fiber optic network between schools in Waverly was installed, as well as upgrading the bandwidth connection from Waverly to Eagle. Internal network hardware improvements were made.

Phase II projects are already under way which includes the remodeling of the communications (technology) rooms at Hamlow, W.I.S, WHS. Installation of anti-static flooring, separate HVAC system for each room and new rack system to house all of the new technology equipment.

Projects this summer at the High School include replacement of the entire south parking lot and replacing the asphalt with concrete. Carpet replacement will occur in all classrooms (except 2007 addition), media center, and administrative offices. The music rooms will have new instrument storage and carpet replacement. The computer labs in each pod area will have carpet replacement, replace some lockers with storage, and the science rooms will have their open entrances enclosed with doors. Exterior door replacement will be completed, and the translucent canopies above the exterior entry ways will be replaced. At Viking Stadium, the asphalt in the plaza will be replaced with concrete, and fencing separating concession plaza from stadium will be redone.

Network cabling in schools will be replaced, allowing for upgraded security camera systems and secure entry (“buzz-in”) systems at WHS, Eagle and Hamlow Elementary (W.I.S. improvements will be in Phase III). 

This summer at Hamlow Elementary, contractors will replace the asphalt playground surface with concrete, and install a rubberized surface fall zone for existing playground equipment. Lighting fixtures in certain areas of the building will be replaced, and several restrooms will be remodeled. The space currently occupied by the Waverly Community Pre-School will be remodeled and in most classrooms tackwall and marker board replacement in will occur. In the gym and on and the stage, the rtile flooring will be replaced with athletic flooring. The administrative office will receive updates to improve the line of sight to the exterior entrances, and it will receive new carpeting and an ADA accessible restroom in the office.

All projects are currently within the budget, which will provide sufficient resources for Phase III in 2017.  The last phase of projects are upgrades to Waverly Intermediate School. The reason why security systems and other updates at W.I.S. will take place at once is due to the significant work that will occur when replacing the heating system. It will be better, and more cost effective, to complete the projects at W.I.S. all at once.

Personnel Positions

Each year we have staff leave our district and we have the opportunity to hire other great people to join our district. Retirements that have been announced to be effective at the end of this year include:

  • Nancy Pietzyk - WMS teacher
  • Gaye McCallum - Elementary Media Specialist/High Ability Learning
  • Jacque Kidder – WHS Physical Education
  • Jean McGill - WHS Math
  • Terri Lindquist – Elementary Music

Additionally, resignations were received from certified staff members Lindsay Wilson (Speech Language Pathologist), Cassidy Sadd (Eagle), Jennifer Hascall (WMS), and Kelly Masters (WIS).

We are in the process of hiring teachers for these positions, plus we will add an extra teaching position at WMS due to enrollment growth. Thus far for 2016-17, the Board of Education has approved hiring Dr. Evi Wusk as a part-time HAL facilitator, Heather Manning as a part-time media specialist at Hamlow Elementary, Kara Cudney as a Speech Language Pathologist, Erika McNiel as a 3rd grade teacher at WIS, and Christin Sutter at WMS. In the next few weeks we should have all teaching positions for next year filled. 

As our student enrollment continues to grow, we will identify staff positions that are needed to best support student needs. 

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