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5295487ada7c7 Waverly Intermediate School students participated in a community clean-up this fall as part of the school's emphasis on "Character Counts."
Waverly Intermediate School students participated in a community clean-up this fall as part of the school's emphasis on "Character Counts."

District News Update December 3, 2013

We are nearing the end of the first semester already! Thanks to our students and staff, it has been an outstanding school year thus far. Evidence continues to accumulate regarding the excellence that is occurring in School District 145 - Waverly. This update includes highlights of what is happening around the district, as well as providing a financial update and a summary of the December Board of Education meeting. 

Teaching Excellence

The following items validate why we have an excellent educational system...our teachers! 

Mr. Stan Erickson, elementary teacher, was recognized for an Honor Award. Click here for the full story. 

Ms. Lisa Graham, high school teacher, was recognized as a finalist for Nebraska's Teacher of the Year. Click here for the full story.

Waverly High School teachers and students gave presentations at the annual Nebraska Association of School Board's state conference held in November. Click here for full story.

Waverly High School students examine local and global issues with Ms. Dallman (article published in the Lincoln Jounal Star)

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5295487ada7c7Mrs. Rezek, Hamlow Elementary Principal, leads a training session with all elementary teachers on December 2, 2013.
Elementary teachers discuss reading comprehension strategies during professional development time.
Mrs. Rezek, Hamlow Elementary Principal, leads a training session with all elementary teachers on December 2, 2013.

Elementary teachers (K-5) were engaged in professional development training during a December 2nd in-service. Hamlow elementary principal Mrs. Rezek, who also teaches reading classes for Doane college as an adjunct instructor, led the training session with the support of several teachers from Eagle and Waverly. This is part of an ongoing school improvement process where teachers gain additional knowledge and skills, apply the strategies in the classroom, and receive continual feedback from their colleagues and administrators. On December 2, middle school and high school teachers collaborated within their respective departments, or grade level teams as they continue curriculum development and enhance the instructional practices utilized in the classroom. 

Activities and Communication Plan in Motion 

Facebook pages help keep parents informed of what is occurring inside the school at Hamlow, Eagle, Middle School, and High School. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the information, just click on the link for the respective building.

As part of the district communication plan, information is sent to parents on a consistent basis from each school building to keep a strong connection between home and school. Web pages and/or newsletters from each grade level or department are available on our website, and regular emails are sent home to parents. The parent survey conducted in the spring of 2013 indicated that nearly all parents who completed the survey preferred electronic communication methods with their child's teacher and school. 

The number of people viewing the "District News Updates" continues to grow. The Oct. 8, 2013 update had 1,246 "hits." For the month of October, our website had 1,645,174 hits. Yes, you are reading that correctly. We average 1.4 million hits on our website each month during the school year.

Students and staff are involved in many activities to enhance the essential student learning outcomes that we want to accomplish. Veteran's Day programs at Waverly Middle School, Eagle Elementary, and a flag raising ceremony at Waverly Intermediate School held on November 11 are examples of how students and community join together to celebrate and learn from each other. 

Mothers of kindergarten students enjoyed a morning recently at Eagle Elementary.

The Waverly Hi-Spot contains recent articles written by WHS journalism students. Read articles about the student sponsored food drive for Eagle and Waverly food banks, Youth Frontier Retreats, WHS One-Act play, and other stories that cover local or national events.

December 2, 2013 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on December 2 at the district office.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Hamlow Elementary School principal Mrs. Rezek presented information regarding the process, and strategies, that are being utilized to teach students to be confident readers. Video clips were shown of Hamlow students to demonstrate student's ability to utilize reading strategies.

The superintendent recognized Mr. Erickson and Ms. Graham (see above); reported the state school employee retirement plan is in good financial condition according to an actuarial report; reported on federal E-rate for internet bandwith.

Committee reports: Building/Grounds/Transportation - reported on maintenance projects; Planning and Development - personnel contract negotiations; Foundation for Education report provided by Cheryl Landon (board member representative to the Foundation); individual board members reported on their attendance at the Nebraska Association of School Board conference.

The Board took action to:

1. Accept the 2012-13 Fiscal Year Audit conducted by Romans, Wiemer and Associates. It was reported that receipts in the General Fund exceeded expenditures by $439,000. By comparison, the 2011-12 fiscal audit showed a net decrease of $735,000 in our General Fund, which is significantly different than the net increase shown in 2012-13. School finance receipts are inconsistent, which is why we must be aware of our actual receipts and actual expenditures over a period of multiple years.

The financial audit is submitted to the state of Nebraska for additional review. The last five years of data from our external audit shows that actual expenditures in the district General Fund have grown by 7.45% (total), which is an average of 1.49% per year. During the same five year period, actual General Fund receipts increased by 5.59% (total), or an average growth rate of 1.12% annually. 

2. Approved the hiring of Jodi Kreikemeier, effective January 2014 as the elementary counselor at Hamlow Elementary and Waverly Intermediate School to replace Erin Abel. Also accepted the resignation of Roxanne Engel, district groundskeeper.

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5295487ada7c7Board member Dave Doran (left) receives a plaque from Board president Andy Grosshans in recognition for 11 years of board service.
At the December 2, 2013 Board of Education president Grosshans (center - standing) recognizes David Doran for his years of service to District 145.
Board member Dave Doran (left) receives a plaque from Board president Andy Grosshans in recognition for 11 years of board service.

3. Accepted the resignation of board member, David Doran, effective December 31, 2013. Doran is in his third year of his third term. The Board will appoint a replacement to complete the term, which expires at the end of 2014. The board recognized Dave for his years of service as a member of the Board of Education (since 2003). 

4. Conducted the performance evaluation of Dr. Bill Heimann, superintendent, and extended the superintendent contract through June 30, 2016.

The Board discussed the next steps in the district facility process, and stated their appreciation for the patrons who served on the advisory committee. Before adjourning the meeting, the board discussed upcoming activities and committee meetings. The next regular meeting will be January 6 at the district office in Waverly.

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