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District News Update 9-5-12

September 05, 2012

After two full weeks of school, students and staff are adjusting to the routines. September, like each month, is full of events and activities. Click here to see the activity calendar.

Contained in this District 145 update are links to other articles, WHS ACT scores, and notes from the September 4 Board of Education meeting.

Waverly High School Journalism class now features the "Hi-Spot" online. Click here to check out the latest WHS news from the student's perspective!

Changes to our hot lunch program and the pending requirements for the Pledge of Allegiance in schools were provided in a previous district update. Click here to view that information. An article in the September 5 edition of the Waverly News reports on school lunches in District 145.

Click here to view WHS Softball Parent's Night Photos - Courtesy of the Waverly News

Waverly High School students enjoy the season-opening varsity football victory against pre-season #1 ranked Elkhorn High School. The Vikings, now 1-1 on the season, will host Elkhorn South at Viking Stadium on September 7. 

State Testing Results

Thanks to the collective efforts of our great students, staff, and parents, District 145 students continue to score extremely well on external tests. 

Click here to read a Waverly News Article about state testing results. 

Nebraska Department of Education "Parent Tips" to help students with Reading and Math

Overall, District 145 students scored extremely well on the Nebraska State Tests. Our students met or exceeded state average in nearly all categories. Click here to read the press release from NDE explaining the NeSA tests.

To view District 145 state testing results, click on this link or visit the Nebraska Department of Education website.

Waverly High School students continue to score above state and national averages on the ACT. The composite score for 2012 was 22.8, compared to 22.0 for Nebraska. English and Reading had the highest sub-scores with 23.1 each, while math was 22.0 and science 22.7. All categories were higher than the state average. To view district ACT scores for the past five years, click here. 

September 4, 2012 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on September 4 at the District Office. During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mrs. McMillan, Director of Special Education, presented information regarding our LIFE program. She shared a video that provided student perspectives about the LIFE program and how it meets their needs.

A short video about Eagle Elementary was also presented. It reflects positively on the environment that staff have created! Click here to view Eagle Elementary Video

Administrator reports provided to the Board of Education include:

Hamlow Elementary

Eagle Elementary

Waverly Intermediate School

Technology Report

Curriculum Report

Middle School

The superintendent report included state testing (NeSA) and  ACT results; student enrollment has increased this year; according to state regulations, official number of students is determined on the last Friday in September.

Committee reports: Building/Grounds/Transportation - reported that the bid process for window replacement at Waverly High School has started; Policy - action items on the agenda; Planning and Development - action item on the agenda. Board member Sedivy, the representative to the Foundation for Education reported the FFE is planning to increase the annual allocation of teacher grants to $15,000 this year. 

The Board took action to:

1. Approve the first reading of Policy 5060 (Homeless Students)

2. Approve the first reading of Policy 3085 Modification to District Facilities, Structures, and Grounds.

3. Approve compensation as recommended by the Planning and Development committee for administrators.

4. Approve an agreement with FGR Group to conduct a School Community Partnership for Essential Planning. The purpose of this process will be to involve district stakeholders to plan for the future of District 145. At the conclusion of this process, the Board will review the recommendations and determine the next steps. The intent is to begin this fall. Click here to view an outline of the process.

5. The Board approved a line of credit (same as previous years) to be accessed as needed.

The 2011-12 fiscal year for the district concluded on August 31, 2011. 

Each September we take out a loan to meet our monthly expenditure obligations. At the end of the fiscal year we will pay back the amount of money we borrowed (plus interest). By the end of the fiscal year (August), we have received enough tax revenue to pay off the loan. School districts are allowed (by statute) to utilize Tax Anticipation Notes. 

As reported to the Board, we are working to reduce our reliance on the line of credit over time. Ideally, we would have enough cash on hand to cover three months of expenditures. Currently three months of expenditures would be $4,500,000. We have approximately $2,000,000. The reason why cash flow is important, is that school district expenditures occur on a regular basis (monthly), but receipts are not received equally each month. This requires us to utilize short-term borrowing - which is the reason the Board annually approves a line of credit.

School Year

Loan Amount

Interest paid

2011-12 $2,740,000 $51,730
2010-11 $3,495,000 $68,677
2009-10 $3,970,000 $90,000
2008-09 $4,355,000 $125,000

District 145 revenue is mainly from local property tax collections, state and federal aid. The local and state revenue is received in payments during the year, meaning most of the revenue is not available at the start of the fiscal year. To receive federal dollars, expenditures are made by the district first, then application is made for reimbursement.

Our property valuations for the General Fund increased 8.29% in the district over last year. On September 10, the Board will have a meeting to adopt the district's budget for 2012-13 school year. The proposed General Fund budget will increase 2.66%. 

Our budget allows us to maintain our current educational programs and activities. We will  continue our efforts to become more efficient, and prioritize how to spend our limited resources.

We are fortunate that our district has a growing student population. We are fortunate to have tremendous support from parents and patrons. 

Thanks to the efforts of all personnel, including transportation, food service, maintenance, custodial, grounds keeping, office staff, teachers, support staff, and administrators, we are off to a great start this year. With our collective efforts, we will continue to provide a positive environment, which translates into enhanced student learning.

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