Across Nebraska, and currently in the Nebraska Legislature, there is an emphasis on the need for property tax relief. As a school district that is heavily reliant on property taxes for funding the education for students, we like to share data to educate the public why providing property tax relief is a challenge, especially in non-urban communities.
The basic principle to fund public K-12 education is determined by local property values. As local property values grow and school districts are able to generate more dollars locally, state funding decreases. As agricultural property values have risen to historically high levels, the state aid funding formula has funneled less money to rural school districts. This results in a greater proportion of local property tax dollars to fund our district instead of state dollars. This has caused a “shift” in resources. In order to reduce reliance on property taxes, school districts will need a different source of revenue to maintain the quality of education our district expects.
During the April 3, 2017 meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution supporting the principles of "Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education" which states:
Principle #1: Adequate and sustainable funding of high quality K-12 education is imperative for the future of Nebraska.
Principle #2: Tax reform which reduces the over-reliance on local property taxes is necessary to ensure our tax system is fair to all Nebraska taxpayers.
Organizations that support these principles include Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska State Education Association, Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Wheat Growers, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farmer's Union, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska Pork Producers, Reform for Nebraska's Future, Greater Nebraska Schools Association, Schools Taking Action for Nebraska Children's Education, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association.
More than 60 percent of all property taxes collected in the state of Nebraska are utilized for the funding of K-12 education.
Nebraska’s reliance on property taxes for funding K-12 schools is considerably higher than that of the national average (49 percent of Nebraska K-12 funding comes from local property taxes while the national average is 29 percent).
Nebraskans pay the seventh highest property tax rate in the nation and we have become far too reliant on property taxes to fund government services, particularly K-12 education.
District 145 receives approximately 80% of its annual revenue for the General Fund from local property taxes. State receipts are nearly the same dollar amount in 2016-17 as it was in 2010-11. Our actual district expenditures have grown an average of 2% annually since 2009-10 while our student enrollment continues to get larger.
The Board of Education wants to provide property tax relief, but does not want to sacrifice programs and services so if public K-12 education is to become less reliant on property taxes, there must be an alternative funding source or a reduction in services. The Board of Education welcomes your thoughts as they continue to advocate for public schools and the excellent education provided by our district.
TeamMates is a school based adult to student mentoring program. This program provides a young person with support, friendship, and a positive example. The mentor and student meet one time a week at the school during the school day. Multiple scholarship opportunities are available for each student who graduates high school as a TeamMate. The purpose is to help young people reach their full potential. Matches meet on the school grounds, during the school day. Adult mentors go through a solid screening and background check process, along with training to ensure the safety and integrity of the program. Our school district started last year with the 6th grade class and have 30 matches continuing this school year. The district is continuing to offer this program to ALL incoming 6th grade students.
TeamMates is a strengths based organization. Strength based relationships have a profound impact on student development and performance. Through the Gallup strengths partnership, mentors and mentees can better understand and maximize the unique human potential that each person brings to their roles in school and life. While the rest of the world focuses on what is wrong with kids, TeamMates focuses on what is right with them. Applying strengths through this program benefits student mentees. Students...
Learn more about their unique talents.
Have a positive adult to help support his or her natural patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior and apply them to activities within and outside of school.
Have a strong adult advocate.
Students who benefit most from having a TeamMates mentor:
Have grades in the A-B-C-D range
Have a positive attitude or attitude that is ready for a mentor to help transform the negative into positive
Are polite and respectful to adults and have the skills to build a relationship
Is someone YOU would enjoy spending an hour a week with
Is someone who will benefit from a positive role model (who doesn’t need this?!)
Has post graduation plans/dreams or someone who needs encouragement to pursue dreams
**We want to emphasize that TeamMates is for ALL students.
If you think TeamMates would be a program that would benefit your son/daughter, please support and encourage him/her to pick up the application in the middle school front office.
Visit www.teammates.org for more information.
The Board of Education has selected Dr. Cory Worrell as the next superintendent for our district. Dr. Worrell began his career in education as an elementary teacher in Grand Island before serving eight years as an elementary principal in Norfolk. Since 2009 he has been the superintendent at Boone Central Schools in Albion, NE.
The Board of Education selected Dr. Worrell based on feedback from the staff interview teams, his leadership experience, communication skills, knowledge of school finance and facility projects, as well as his community involvement.
Dr. Worrell, his wife Amy, and their four children, are eager to start working together with the Board of Education, administration, staff, students and communities to enhance our district's "Commitment to Excellence." The Board of Education approved he superintendent contact at their March 6, 2017 meeting. Dr. Worrell will officially join District 145 on July 1, 2017.
The Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The first day of school for students in grades 6-12 will be Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and students in grades K-5 will start on Thursday, August 17.
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