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District Update 8-29-11

State Test Results Released by NDE

August 29, 2011

The school year is off to a great start. Students in every building are learning new routines, getting acquainted with teachers and staff. Children are making new friends and becoming reacquainted with others that they were not able to interact with as frequently during the summer.

With the start of each school year, we establish new goals based on past performance. On Monday, August 29 the Nebraska Department of Education will make available test scores from the previous school year. 

Last spring, 3rd-8th and 11th grade students participated in the Nebraska State Accountability Test (NeSA).  It was the second year for the statewide reading test (NeSA-R), and the first year for math (NeSA-M).  

This is a one-time test of student performance. Parents will receive their child’s “Individual Student Report” on September 2. More detailed information regarding public schools in Nebraska will be available in the State of Schools Report released to the public by NDE on October 19 .  

The best source of information for any individual child regarding the academic performance is the classroom teacher. Our plan for continual school improvement is dependent upon teacher-led and/or teacher involved processes. Each building in our district will be reviewing NeSA data during School Improvement Process activities.

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Regarding the NeSA scores in our district, our average scale score at each building was above the state average. Although NeSA information is important, it will not become our focus, nor will we draw conclusions from just the NeSA data. Please remember, this is only one test, and doesn’t reflect all of the learning that takes place.

Information is available on NDE’s website starting August 29:  http://www.education.ne.gov

Budget Update

The Board of Education will consider approval of the 2011-12 budget on September 6. The State of Nebraska imposes expenditure lids, as well as revenue lids on public schools. The proposed budget of general fund expenditures would increase 1.77% from the previous year. The increase is related to personnel costs, as well as the operation and maintenance of district facilities and transportation. This is the maximum allowable growth available to our district under current law. This is the second year in a row that the proposed operating budget will sustain very moderate growth (increase was less than 1% in 2010-11).

To fund the budget, the Board will discuss property tax rates - which will be set at the October 3 meeting. The refinancing of bond issues will create a total tax dollar savings to the district over the remaining life of the bonds of $1,586,328. (View details) Due to the bond refinancing, as well as property valuation increases; the Board will consider setting a decrease in the total levy by three cents. That would place the levy will at its lowest level since the 2004-05 school year. 

We continue to explore how to improve our efficiency of operation while still providing the highest quality of education, programs and services possible. 

Future updates will include a financial summary of the district budget once the Board has completed this process. 

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District Update 8-29-11

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