By Jan Rahn
New administrative staff will be at the head of Wallace School when the 2013-14 term gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Tom Sandberg will serve as the district’s new superintendent and Shari Goodenberger is Wallace’s new high school principal.
New instructors or aides include Megan Luck-science, Terry Fowler and Gina Melton as paras, and Denise Maline custodian. Teachers will begin a couple of days ahead of students to prepare for beginning day.
Sports schedules are in place for the entire school year; fall practice begins this coming Monday for football, and volleyball practice starts Aug. 19.
Gary Hager will coach high school football, with Liz Strand again heading the volleyball team.
The season begins with an away game at Big Springs against South Platte on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Lifetouch will take school and fall sports photos.
A few changes have been made for the upcoming year. The changes will be found in the handbooks that will be sent home the first week of school. Changes include dress code, lunch charges and automated calling for weather.
The community is asked to avoid bringing peanut products into the school due to a few students with peanut allergies. This includes the lunch program, concession stand, Christmas program, sack lunches or treats for classrooms.
Tom Sandberg brings 37 years of experience in education to the Wallace School as the new superintendent. For 21 of those years he served as superintendent and also principal for elementary and middle school grades.
He and his wife, Sue, have three children. She is a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Their daughter lives in Omaha, they have a son in Rochester, Minn., and another son near Milwaukee, Wisc. They have two grandchildren and two more on the way.
Sandberg said the community of Wallace has made him feel welcome and he is looking forward to getting to know community members in the months ahead.
Shari Goodenberger comes to Wallace with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has done substitute teaching, taught grades K-6 in a one-room schoolhouse, has been a preschool teacher, college instructor, fifth-sixth grade language arts instructor, and has most recently served as the guidance counselor at Wauneta-Palisade for the past 11 years.
Goodenberger is looking forward to meeting Wallace students and people in the community. She said her door is always open and encourages people to stop in or call with any concerns, suggestions or ideas.
Families are asked to keep a positive balance in the lunch account, which is a computerized system.
Students need to bring lunch money to the central office or high school principal’s office to be applied to their account—cash sales in the lunch room will not be accepted on a daily basis.
Students will be allowed to charge only five lunches this year after the family’s lunch account balance has been depleted. This would mean 15 charges for a family of three students.
Students whose account is depleted and who have not brought a lunch and plan to go through the lunch line, a jelly sandwich will be provided rather than a meal. Parents are responsible in keeping a balance in the account for their child.
Students kindergarten-sixth $2.25, grades seven-12 $2.50, adults $3.25, extra milk 35 cents.
Guests: Adult $3, through sixth grade $2.25, grades seven-12 $2.50.
Parents, grandparents and guests are welcome to join a student for lunch and are asked to call on the day they plan to eat so the kitchen staff can plan accordingly. Please have exact payment, as there is no money box in the lunchroom.