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District Update 7-7-11

by Bill Heimann

July 07, 2011

The purpose of this update is to share information regarding activities in the district as well as the actions taken at the July board of education meeting.

Although summer is here, our staff is busy preparing for the upcoming school year! 

School improvement teams met June 22

Teacher summer professional development

Computer Recycling Project

During the school year, a parent survey was conducted. View a summary of the results.

The following is a summary of the July 6 board of education meeting, provided from the superintendent’s perspective.

After the regular meeting was convened, Mrs. Carleen Dowding, Transportation Director, shared a year-end review of the district’s transportation program and the number of miles traveled. Mr. Scott Blum, Director of Curriculum, updated the board regarding progress towards achieving one of the goals adopted by the board at their March 7 meeting.

Goal #1 is to “Provide an instructional focus that insures students develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind necessary to achieve at academically high levels.” Historical (ten-year) data from the statewide writing results were shared. This is only one piece of student data that is examined. This information showed how nearly all of our students continue to meet or exceed state proficiency. (see District Annual Report) Discussion occurred about whether our district should expect all students in District 145 to perform above the minimum proficiency levels required by the state. Mr. Blum also presented results from a staff survey regarding math instructional resources.

The Foundation for Education past president Sara Martin addressed the board regarding activities conducted this past year. The FFE was thanked for all of their contributions, which include the Before/After School Program, grants to classroom teachers, and Youth Frontier’s retreats for students. The FFE will sponsor the District 145 all-staff breakfast August 12, 2011. President Francke commended the FFE for their continued efforts to benefit our district.

Robin Hoffman, Business Manager, reported the anticipated taxpayer savings due to board action during the past year in which the district has refinanced four separate bond issues. The total tax dollar savings to the district over the remaining life of the bonds is expected to be $1,586,328. The bond issues that were refinanced included building projects at the middle school and high school, as well as additions/improvements to Hamlow and Eagle elementary schools. Voters in the district approved these bond issues in the past. The principal and interest on these bonds are paid through a property tax levy. Click here for additional details.

Board members provided committee reports.

As part of the consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of Daneen Kovar-Theye, district office administrative assistant; and the retirement Carol Peterson, food service.

The Board of Education took action to:

  1. Reaffirm board policies regarding student fees and parental involvement as required by state statute.
  2. Approve an inter-local agreement for our LIFE program with Ashland-Greenwood and Palmyra school districts.
  3. Approve an inter-local agreement with the Nebraska Association of School Boards Medicaid Consortium.
  4. Approve the non-resident student tuition rate.
  5. Approve individual and family fee for cross-town busing for students that reside east of 148th street and north of highway 6 in Waverly.
  6. Approve the facility use rental fees (no increase) as listed in administrative regulations for board policy 1315.
  7. Approve the bid from Roberts Dairy for our food service program.
  8. Approve breakfast/lunch prices for 2011-12. Due to new federal regulations, we were required to increase lunch prices five cents per meal. The district lunch program is financially self sufficient.
  9. Approved extra-duty assignments for 2011-12.
  10. Authorized heating/cooling work to be completed at the middle school.

The board discussed Nebraska Association of School Boards Achievement Awards and future board training. The next regular board meeting is scheduled on August 1, 2011.

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