Co-op, unification discussions continue between WP, HC schools
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Wauneta-Palisade and Hayes Center public schools continue to discuss a possible activities agreement (co-op) or district unification.
Representatives from each board met for the second time on Feb. 25 in Palisade.
“No decisions were made and nothing new was discussed or proposed. We had a nice, cordial visit about a variety of issues that we both face,” said WP School Board President Jon Anderjaska.
“Both schools are in the process of deciding what is best for them,” he said.
Anderjaska said the full Wauneta-Palisade Schools Board will discuss the issue as an agenda item at their regular March 9 meeting.
The HC committee originally approached WP to discuss a possible cooperative agreement for high school sports. However, during the Feb. 4 discussion, WP committee members pushed the HC committee to consider either a co-op of all activities for grades seven through 12 or a unification of the two school districts.
An activities co-op would entail the two districts combining on extracurricular activities (such as speech, one-act, sports, etc.). The two schools would enter competitions as a new, combined team instead of individual school teams.
If the districts decide to unify, the cooperation could run deeper. With a unification the districts would also pool their resources–their tax base and students. Unification also offers flexibility for change.
At last month’s WP school board meeting, committee members stated they were strongly advocating for unification of the districts over a co-op.
The districts are on a short time line to make a decision because the Nebraska School Activities Association’s (NSAA) deadline for next year’s school activities is April 1.
WP representatives at the Feb. 25 meeting included board president Anderjaska, school board members Laurie Maris and Allison Sandman, as well as Randy Geier, WP Superintendent.
HC representatives at the two meetings included new HC board president Aaron Broz, school board members Toby Cox and Dexter Lacey and Tony Primavera, HC principal and activities director.