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District News Update 7-5-12

July 05, 2012

Summer time gives students and teachers a well deserved break, but the process to continually improve our school district continues. This edition of the district update contains information about student accomplishments, state-writing test results, school lunch prices, an update on facility projects, and actions taken at the July Board of Education meeting. 

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Congratulations to Sam Tewes and Cierra Tjaden, Waverly High School student-athletes. They will have their plaques added to the WHS "Wall of Fame." 

Congratulations to Olivia Boender! Click on the link below to read about the Husker Volleyball Scholarship for Waverly High School Player.

Hamlow Elementary students enjoy their final day of summer school. The pirate "theme" was incorporated into their learning. Click here to view photos, courtesy of Waverly News.

Work is under way at Eagle Elementary to complete the heating and cooling project. Interior work is expected to be completed prior to the start of school. 

Materials are on-site at Waverly Intermediate School to complete the heating and cooling project. Interior work is expected to be completed prior to the start of school. 

The remedy for moisture problems is under way at Waverly High School. Click here to read the June 25 update. Removal of drywall and insulation has begun in twelve classrooms at Waverly High School. In the classrooms that drywall has been removed thus far, the amount of mold that has been uncovered is less than anticipated. The remediation portion of the project is expected to be completed by July 13. Testing will be conducted to ensure that the area is "clean" and is ready to have new insulation and drywall reinstalled. The schedule and time frame to complete this work prior to the start of school is going to be tight! In the mean time, specifications are being developed for replacement of the exterior windows. We are continuing to learn more each day as this process unfolds. As previously stated, this is a moisture problem, not an air quality problem at WHS. The facility is safe. We are following all federal protocol as required in this remediation process.

July 2012 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on July 2 at the District Office. During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Carleen Dowding, Transportation Director, shared information regarding the past year. Click here to read the written report. Mr. Stine, Waverly High School Activities Director, presented a year in review of our activity programs. He also discussed changes with the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Eastern Midlands Conference, including the addition of Bennington to our conference as a replacement for South Sarpy, who will no longer be an EMC district. He told the board that we have implemented procedures regarding the "concussion awareness" legislation that went into effect on July 1. Click here to read the written report.

Superintendent report:

1. Discussion of the City of Waverly Comprehensive Plan and the steering committee meeting that occurred on June 26. A preliminary (first draft) of the Waverly comprehensive plan was discussed. Click here to read the written report.

2. Limited Tax Building Improvement Bond Rates were discussed. Interest rates for the bonds issued to pay for the HVAC projects at Eagle Elementary and WIS were lower than projected. 

3. Board members were invited to attend lunch on August 9 for the new teacher "orientation," and August 10 all-staff breakfast. The Foundation for Education will provide the meal.

Committee reports were given from the Building/Grounds/Transportation, and Policy. Board member Bruce Sedivy reported on the Foundation for Education June meeting.  

The Board took action to:

1. Approve a contract with Bachmann Inc. for environmental remediation services at Waverly High School

2. Approve a professional services agreement with DLR Group for window replacement at Waverly High School.

3. Amend the Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund Budget by $1,535,000, from $424,441 to $1,959,441 to reflect the issuance of the Limited tax building improvement bond series 2012. This amendment of the budget was necessary to expend the bond dollars to begin completion of the Eagle Elementary and Waverly Intermediate School HVAC projects. When the 2011-12 budget was approved, this project was not included because the "failure" of rooftop units was not anticipated.

4. Approve an inter-local agreement for the LIFE program with Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools establishing the student tuition rate for the 2012-13 school year at $8,000.The alternative education program in Waverly has been accepting students from Ashland-Greenwood since the program’s inception in 2004.

5. Authorize Superintendent Bill Heimann as the district’s agent for applying for reimbursement attendant to all federal programs and to administer the expenditure of said funds.

6. Approve the second reading of Policy 4043 Internet Safety and Computer Acceptable Use Policy, approve the second reading of Policy 5000 Attendance, to reaffirm Policy 5033 Student Fees, to reaffirm Policy 1235 Parental Involvement, to set 2012-13 district facility rental/use rates (no change in rates).

7. Set the 2012-13 tuition rate for non-resident students at $9,336. This is the dollar amount that was spent by the district to educate each student in 2010-11, according to our 2011 annual financial report.

8. Set the 2012-13 cross-town transportation fee at $75.00 per individual and $100.00 per family annually, payable at the School District Office. No rate increase.

9. Accept the milk bid from Robert’s Dairy.

10. Set the 2012-13 breakfast/hot lunch prices. A five cent increase in breakfast prices and a ten cent increase in lunch prices is due to changes in federal regulations and increasing food costs. 

  Breakfast Lunch
Grades K-5 $1.35 $2.25
Grades 6-12 $1.50 $2.40
Adults $2.10 $3.10

11. Approve the addition of the Dance Team as a recognized Waverly High School Activity

12. Approve Waverly Middle School Intramural Athletic structure for volleyball and basketball, and to approve the addition of Middle School Intramural Coach (7-8th grade) to the Extra Duty Schedule at Category I. Click here to read more about this topic.

13. Approve Gary Cooper as the Middle School Principal for one year. Mr. Cooper is a retired administrator from Grand Island Public Schools. He finished his educational career as the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. During his retirement, he has continued to work in education as a consultant with school districts across the state to help them address their facility needs. He has held various teaching and administrative positions in his career. Mr. Cooper served as a building level administrator at two different Grand Island Middle Schools. He is excited to have an opportunity to be a part of our district, and is looking forward to working with the students and staff.

14. Approve extra-duty assignments for 2012-13.

The Board discussed:

A. Waverly High School Facility Project

B. NASB Award

C. Policy and procedure to modify district facilities

The August 6 Board of Education meeting will be held at the district office.

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Writing test results for Nebraska students were released by the Nebraska Department of Education. District 145 students scored at or above the state averages. Specific information may be found on the Nebraska Department of Education's website. According to the press release, NDE stated the following:

The results for students at grades 8 and 11 are based on a new, more rigorous testing process that also measured new writing standards focused on college and career readiness.

About 63 percent of Nebraska’s public school 8th graders and about 62 percent of the 11th graders met or exceeded the new writing standards.

Under the scoring method used since 2001, 92 percent of the state’s 4th graders met or exceeded the writing standards. Next year, 4th graders’ writing responses will be scored using a new analytic scoring method and a new cut score will be effective.

The writing test results for the 8th and 11th grade establish new, baseline data that can be used to measure improvement in future years, however, the 2011-2012 results should not be compared to results from previous years because of the differences in the testing process.

“Our expectations went up. We raised the achievement bar,” said Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed said. “We are confident results will improve under the new process.”

“Since we first began testing student writing skills under the previous system, going back to 2001, the writing results have improved consistently,” Breed said. “Under the new process, teachers will receive more information than ever before about individual student writing skills in the areas of content, organization, word choice and conventions, allowing them to adjust instruction and improve writing skills.”

This year, 8th and 11th grade students also were asked to write online and ‘on demand,’ writing, untimed, on a single day as opposed to writing in two sessions spread over two days, which allowed students to create a draft one day and to refine their work the following day. On demand writing represents the kind of writing expected of high school graduates in college and in the workplace, better preparing Nebraska students for a successful future. The new writing standards also are more responsive to the needs of the business community.

“Writing remains an essential skill in the workplace and at college,” Breed said. “Our graduates entering the business world must have strong writing skills. Young people attending college will find themselves writing in every class.”

Statewide writing results for Nebraska public school districts and school buildings are available on the Nebraska Department of Education’s homepage at: http://www.education.ne.gov/. Federal data related to No Child Left Behind requirements as well as data showing student performance by racial and ethnic groups will be released next fall.

District Update July 5, 2012

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