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District Update May 5, 2010

by Bill Heimann

May 05, 2010

District Update includes:

May 3rd Board of Education Meeting Summary

This is a summary of district events from the perspective of the superintendent.

The Board of Education met on Monday, May 3. After opening procedures for the meeting, Board President Dennis Francke recognized Teacher Appreciation Week and stated that the School District 145 is fortunate to have great people serving our students. Dennis stated that all staff play a vital role in the district. The Board received a report from Mrs. Stahr, high school Spanish teacher, regarding a trip to Costa Rica during the summer of 2011 that Spanish students are planning. Mr. Craig McLey presented information regarding technology improvements in the district during this year.

Brendan Desh, HWS Engineer, reported on the investigation process into the water issue at the high school gym. Three Board committees had meetings in the past month and each gave reports.

I gave an explanation for the teacher reassignments for next school year. Enrollment for Hamlow in Kindergarten will be 100 students or more next fall. We need to add a fifth section for 2010 - 11, but will reduce Waverly Intermediate School to four sections at each grade level. At a previous meeting, due to budget issues, the Board approved a reduction of 2.0 teacher positions for Title I reading program. These two teaching positions will be reassigned to fill vacant elementary teaching positions. After reviewing teaching endorsements, specific strengths of individual teachers, and having many conversations with administrators regarding the student needs, I recommended the teaching reassignments. After the reassignments are complete, no teachers lost their job.

Board action approved the following Certified staff employee hires and reassignments for 2010-11:

Aaron Jones, Waverly High School, 1.0 F.T.E., Industrial Technology, VICA Sponsor, (replaces Jim Jacobsen).

Gail Swiggart, Hamlow/WIS, reassignment from Chapter Reading to Kindergarten, Hamlow Elementary (added 5th section of Kindergarten)

Tricia Sabin, Eagle Elementary, reassignment from 1st grade to 2nd grade (replaces Janet Ronhovde).

Ann Rieker, Eagle Elementary, reassignment from Special Education to 1st grade (replacement for Tricia Saban)

Tami Gress, Eagle Elementary, reassignment from Title I to Special Education (replaces Ann Rieker)

Jennifer Collins, reassignment from .5 FTE Chapter Reading at Hamlow Elementary to .5 FTE Title I at Eagle Elementary (replacement for Tami Gress).

Stephanie Foreman, Waverly Intermediate School, reassignment from Special Education to 5th Grade at Eagle Elementary (replacement for Karen Whitenack).


The Board took action to renew contracts with the Southeast Nebraska Power School Cooperative; with the Southeast Nebraska Region Program to provide services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing; with Nebraska Orthopedic and Sports Medicine for an Athletic Training Service Agreement.

Final approval of Board Policies: 2100 Superintendent Job Description; 2120 Superintendent Evaluation Procedures; and 2121 Superintendent Evaluation Form and drafts for policies concerning 5011A Dating Violence Prevention; 4605 Counselor Job Description; 4607 Counselor Evaluation Policy.

Approval was given for the 2010 Waverly High School graduates, pending completion of all requirements.


The Board took action on administrator salaries. No salary increase for the 2010-11 school year.

Discussion was held regarding the high school gym water investigation. It has been determined that no active tap water leak exists. Several possible reasons as to how tap water infiltrated the sand layer under the concrete floor were shared, but no evidence can substantiate the potential source. It has been determined that the problem is NOT ground water. Ground water remains at a depth of 14-15 feet around the building. Inside the gym, tests were conducted and it has been concluded that ground water is not a factor. The water infiltrated the sand layer beneath the concrete. The plastic vapor barrier beneath the sand (on top of the compacted clay soil) has held water in, not allowing it to drain.

The district insurance policy has paid for all water investigation costs. Additional investigative measures at this point will be abandoned and attention will focus on the options to drain the water from the sand layer, because the gym floor cannot be installed until moisture levels in the concrete are reduced. A drain tile system will most likely be necessary. The Board reviewed a time line of events since the fall of 2009, and a preliminary time line was given for the eventual replacement of the high school gym floor.

Prior to adjournment, the Board reviewed upcoming events, including invitations to many end of the year school events, future committee meetings, and upcoming School Board workshops.

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