Wausa’s bid for improving its school facility is moving forward thanks to an overwhelming 75 percent support.
Unofficial votes from Tuesday show 315 were in favor of the bond for renovations while just 102 were against.
Wausa Superintendent Brad Hoesing said he was pleased the district stakeholders were so supportive of funding the initiative to improve the district, which will increase the levy just two cents.
“We were grateful to patrons that they voted and voted to improve the facilities,” Hoesing said.
Hoesing said the school board had been working toward the school’s recent renovation proposal for two years, which includes adding more room for high school classrooms and a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building.
Plans for the project also include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building and replacing it with a new single story building. Total cost of the project is expected to be $4.35 million.
Hoesing said he is proud the community was so involved throughout the process and was willing to help by approving the bond.
“The public really understands the need. It is now our duty to make sure it is not taken lightly and we use the tax dollars responsibly,” Hoesing said. “The last thing we want to do is put out a sub par school.”
Hoesing said the entire Wausa staff is excited the bond was approved and ready to start to see some changes.
According to Hoesing, the first step will be for the school to amend their budget to include the bond. The board also needs to decide upon a construction delivery process and the design process will start.
Wausa’s Superintendent Brad Hoesing and the school board have been working toward the school’s recent renovation proposal for two years now. Next week on September 11, the public will vote on the potential changes.
Renovations would add more room for high school classrooms and a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building. Plans for the proposed project also include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building and replacing it with a new single story building.
Total costs of the project are expected to be $4.35 million, which includes a $3 million dollar bond.
The school board members and Hoesing said they are disappointed that saving the original 1913 building is not realistic. Hoesing said the maintenance and utility costs have started to add up and maintaining the old building has become just as expensive as building a new one would be in the long run.
Hoesing said is job is to give info to the public to better educate them on the issue, he has even uploaded a powerpoint on the matter to YouTube.
In the video, Hoesing spoke as he went through slides, some include photos. He went over the proposed plans as well as what state the buildings are in and what needs to be fixed.
The YouTube video is available by searching Wausa School Bond:Building Project Informational Meeting.
Hoesing said he is unsure how the public plans on voting next week but is confident the board and himself have done their best at getting all the necessary information out there.
“We have been working on this for two years, now it’s in their hands,” he said.
If the public doesn’t pass the school's proposal, there would be issues that remain to be fixed.
“We would need to regroup and start the process over,” Hoesing said. Finding the right solution would involve more community meetings and small group discussions until the next idea was proposed.
If the public decides to go through with the bond, the first step would be for the school to amend their budget to include the bond. The board members would have to sit down and solidify some construction plans.
An architect has already been selected so the design process would begin and all the details would be decided upon.
Hoesing said this particular architect company will bring the educators, the administration and the board members together to plan a design. They plan to ask what they need, how they would like it and build a plan together.
“Every school district is different and has different needs,” Hoesing said. Each office or room will be designed to fit the need.
For those registered voters living in the Wausa School District who want to vote on the matter, a dropbox will be set up at Commercial State Bank during September 11 and will be closed at 2 p.m. Cast your vote by 2 p.m. or go to the Knox County Courthouse to vote by 5 p.m.
Unofficial results will be posted sometime that evening after 5 p.m.
There were high seas to start the July 28th, 2018 Ole Open Golf Tournament at the Rolling Hills Country Club. 19 true Viking sea worthy teams competed for the coveted prize of being named the 2018 Ole Open Champions.
The team of Casey Rossiter, Chris Haberer, Dustin Chancey and Sam Anderson navigated through the clouds into the tournament ending sunny skies for the first-place finish with a score of 48, the lowest in tournament history. The team of Jordan Johnson, Joe West, Cory Privett and Jeff Folkers were a half a boat short and finished in second place.
Swedish meatballs, potato sausage, rye bread and plenty of Swedish egg coffee were consumed, consummating another successful fundraiser for the Wausa Development Corporation.
Wausa held its annual pork chop BBQ this past weekend, which was filled with pork chops, entertainment and small-town living.
Each year, Wausa Community Club hosts the event to help raise funds to be put towards the towns centennial celebration.
“Its a fundraising effort. We usually try to put back to the community or we build to go back to centennials,” Community Club Officer Heather Carlson said.
This year’s entertainment included The Rude Band along with a live auction of donated items.
Long-time member Jeff Friedrich stepped down from his duties, which allowed Carlson and others to operate the community club.
The pork chop feed was started in 1983 to raise funds for the Wausa centennial celebration.
Wausa school board members are considering a $4.35 million school expansion and renovation project, which would add more room for high school classrooms and a new industrial arts building.
Plans for the proposed project include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building. The building currently houses four classrooms and an office.
Over the last few years, Superintendent Brad Hoesing and the Wausa school board have been looking at the facility for needed improvements and updates.
Hoesing and the school board are proposing renovations to include tearing down the original 1913 building and constructing a new single story building that would replace it. The proposal also suggests a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building and some smaller renovations to rooms in other parts of the school.
The school board members and Hoesing said they are disappointed that saving the original 1913 building is not realistic. The superintendent said the maintenance and utility costs have started to add up and maintaining the old building has become just as expensive as building a new one would be in the long run.
He said the proposed renovation would make more room for high school classes such as English, math, science, social studies and a foreign language, as well as bring the school up to fire code and ADA compliance.
The school board anticipates the project would begin in the spring of 2019 with a completion date of 2021. The total cost of the project is expected to be $4.35 million, which includes a $3 million dollar bond.
Focus groups were held with the local businesses, parents and community groups to determine the best course of actions.
On Monday, July 16, the school board will meet to determine whether the proposed plan will continue to a public vote, which is set for September 11.
Hannah Nelson, a Sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, has been named to the Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester. She is the daughter of Terry and Karla Nelson from Wausa, Nebraska.
The Dean's List honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.
Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with nearly 5,500 students from 48 states and 42 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs.
Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with an additional seminary location in San Diego, California, Bethel offers bachelor's and advanced degrees in nearly 100 fields. Educationally excellent classroom-based and online programs equip graduates to make exceptional contributions in life-long service to God and the world.
Peru State College awards degrees to 402. Two of those graduates were Laura Rae Hauger and Nakaisha Elizabeth Wiegert of Wausa. Hauge received her Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction while Wiegert completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Science.
Peru, Nebraska (May 14, 2018) - Peru State College and its President, Dr. Dan Hanson, under the authority of the Nebraska State College System, granted degrees to 402 graduates on Saturday, May 5, 2018. More than 3,100 people attended the ceremony in the Al Wheeler Athletic Center.
December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018 graduates were all eligible to walk at the May Commencement. In total, Peru State College will grant 278 bachelor's degrees and 124 graduate degrees in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, said, "This ceremony celebrates the successes of our students and the tradition of excellence at Peru State College - a tradition of serving students for 150 years."
Senator Mike Johanns gave the keynote address. Johanns said, "Applause dies. Trophies tarnish. Headlines fade. Material things do not last."
After quizzing the crowd on recent famous award winners, Johanns asked the graduates to remember the family members, mentors and all the folks that profoundly affected their lives. There was clear recognition that this question was easier than his earlier quiz.
His parting advice was to, "Try to live your life so that you are the answer to that question."
It seems to be getting better and better for Wausa Public School’s Business Education teacher, Dawn Friedrich. Also in charge of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Friedrich will send twelve students to FBLA Nationals this year in Baltimore, Maryland on June 28.
Every year Nationals is moved to a different section of the United States. Friedrich has had students compete in Atlanta, San Antonio, Chicago, Nashville, Orlando and Anaheim. With the twelve students going this year, Friedrich has now lead 50 students to the national level.
For students to qualify for nationals, they must place in the top 3 at The State Leadership Conference held in Omaha. Friedrich brings students there every year at the beginning of April.
“A student can only compete in one event at nationals but in five events at state,” Friedrich said. “Because of this, sometimes a student may be moved up a place if someone above them in the rankings chooses a different event to participate in.”
The students can partake in many different challenges. Some are individual events such as tests in subjects like Accounting, Personal Finance, or Spreadsheet Applications. Others are team events, where teams will give a presentation in front of judges or submit graphic design projects or digital video projects.
Other events include public speaking, impromptu speaking as well as role play events like Client Service or Sports Management. All of which build very important skill sets for these young adults.
Wausa as a school has also been ranked seventh nationwide for Financial Literacy. They also placed fourth in the small school category nationwide. Students partook in the W!se Financial Literacy Test and passed with flying colors.
The W!se test is a 50 question timed test. To prepare her class, Friedrich had her students complete a comprehensive study guide and review for about 5 class periods.
“Financial Literacy is necessary for all people to learn,” stated Friedrich. “Students will need to know how to budget their money while they are in college as well as after college when they are finally out working in their desired career. If they don't know how to manage their money, they will never experience financial security.”
This huge milestone can only be contributed to great teaching. “I think having passion for what you do and building professional relationships with the students and fellow educators is critical.” Friedrich has a great relationship with her students, which doesn’t only make the teaching more enjoyable but can also help students learn.
Friedrich says she likes teaching classes with around 12-16 students, that way she can really give each student the attention they deserve. “As a teacher, I let the students know that they can set up an appointment to come in for help or watch tutorials on how to finish an assignment.”
Being a great teacher doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Teachers who get involved and always have a hunger to keep learning themselves make the best educators.
Friedrich is involved as a Board Member for Nebraska FBLA as well as many other professional organizations. She expressed how vital it is to be involved in such organizations in order to keep up with current trends in her profession. It also helps her stay connected to other teachers and field specialists.
As if her students accomplishments hadn’t humbled her enough, Friedrich was also awarded with the NSBEA National Business Teacher of the Year Award. She had a hard time describing how she felt upon receiving the award. “I'm just doing my job and taking a lot of pride in what I do.”
The general mood and overall outlook on the future of 21 nursing facilities, including one in Wausa, has taken a complete turnaround. While new owners are being sought, the state is watching the facilities closely.
“People should feel better today than last week,” said Ken Klaasmeyer of Klaasmeyer & Associates, the management company now overseeing the facilities. “There’s more oversight now than they ever had before. We’re checking in with the state daily, as well as the facilities and making sure there is staff and food available.”
Wausa Care & Rehabilitation is one of 21 nursing facilities turned over to the state Friday after the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services was alerted that the company could not make payroll. Other nearby facilities include O’Neill, Neligh and Norfolk.
Despite being unable to pay their employees, the facilities all remained open to ensure their residents were cared for. Klaasmeyer said his company took over March 23 as managers from the New Jersey-based Cottonwood Healthcare L.L.C. also known as Skyline.
That means, as of March 23, Klaasmeyer & Associates is overseeing the bills, and employees will be paid from that date forward. As for the missed pay, Klaasmeyer said they are looking for funding for that but cannot guarantee it at this point.
However, Omaha-based Immanuel has stepped in with a “sizeable” donation to assist employees and residents, reportedly about $250,000.
“They are living up to their mission,” Klaasmeyer said. “Immanuel provided a donation of a $100 gift card to every employee and donated groceries to the facilities. We started distribution of those yesterday.”
Klaasmeyer said his company has now met with every facility administrator and is continuing communication to work through the receivership process, which includes searching for a new owner for the facilities.
“We don’t have a timeline. It could be a month, six months, a year. I don’t know, but we’ll do whatever we have to do,” he said. “The people that own the buildings could lease them to other places. We’ve had various calls from cities asking if the city could take them over, and we’ve done that before.”
Klaasmeyer said he worked with the City of Clarkson last August to take over ownership of that facility from Skyline.
“The city now owns the facility and we manage it for the City of Clarkson,” he said. “They didn’t have the experience for it, so we came in to manage the facility for them.”
Klaasmeyer said while there are no concrete plans of who will purchase the facilities, he said they will remain open and overseen by his team until the state approves the new ownership.
“Everyone feels good about where we are today,” he said. “We’re moving forward with our primary purpose of maintaining and improving care of the residents.”