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51db2894c5fc7 School/community participants gather at Waverly Intermediate School to receive a progress update and discuss information.
School/community participants gather at Waverly Intermediate School to receive a progress update and discuss information.

School Community Partnership for Essential Planning

Meeting held June 26, 2013

July 09, 2013

The Board of Education for District 145 – Waverly Public Schools hosted a meeting on June 26 to share our progress regarding the School Community Essential Planning process. 

The group of district patrons and staff met five times from October to December 2012. Click here to view information regarding those meetings and the subsequent results.

The meetings from October to December 2012, had more than 50 participants in five separate meetings, averaging 35 people in attendance for each meeting. This was a diverse group invited by the Board of Education. The priorities as identified from these meetings were: Student Academic Achievement, Communication (internal and external stakeholders), and Facilities, which included Safety / Security, Facility Maintenance, and sufficient Program Space to accommodate the education of students. Our district has been utilizing information provided by this group to focus on these priorities. 

The purpose of the June 26 meeting was to inform the group of the actions taken during the first half of 2013, and to help our school district determine our next steps to address these priorities.

Actions taken in 2013 include the adoption of the District Essential Student Learnings (click to view); continuing to align our K-12 Curriculum and review student achievement data to create action plans for improvement; conducted a Parent Survey from Febr.- March 2013, reviewed responses from over 40% of district parents, and developed action plans based on the data provided by parents; conducted a district facility study with DLR Group. 

During the meeting, a brief review of district finances occurred, along with a reminder that the state of Nebraska imposes both expenditure limits and tax levy limits on school districts. In the past few years our district has utilized available funding sources as allowed by the state to address multiple moisture issues at Waverly High School, and major heating and cooling projects at the elementary schools. During the meeting it was noted that personnel costs consume approximately 85% of the budget, and also noted that the bonds issued to build Waverly High School will be paid off in 2016.

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51db2894c5fc7Participants listen to Pat Phelen from DLR Group talk about the facility study that was conducted.
Participants listen to Pat Phelen from DLR Group talk about the facility study that was conducted.

DLR Group, an architectural firm that completed the previous facility study for our district in 2004, shared information regarding the 2013 facility study completed for District 145 - Waverly. They examined enrollment, educational programming, and conducted a physical plant assessment. Student enrollment has increased about 1% annually (on average) since 1990 from 1,519 students to 1,827 students in 2013.

The facility analysis identified specific items for short and long term. At Eagle Elementary, identified areas are the southwest portion of the building to complete general finish renovation of classrooms (carpeting, doors for security, cabinets, etc); security/access control of the main entrance; EIFS (exterior insulation finish system) renovation. 

Hamlow Elementary items include hard surface playground area replacement, skylight in media center replacement, remodeling of student restrooms, flooring replacement in gymnasium, lighting upgrades, and security/access control of the main entrance. 

At Waverly Intermediate School, general finish upgrades in some classrooms, HVAC system upgrades, electrical upgrades, telephone and intercom system replacement, upgrade fire alarm system, hard surface playground area replacement and expansion, and parking lot replacement, plus security/access control at the main entrance.

Since Waverly Middle School is the newest facility and opened in 2007, no major items were identified in the short term, with long term needs consisting of network upgrades for technology infrastructure. 

Waverly High School is fifteen years old, and although several moisture related issues have been remediated, there is a need to address the EIFS (exterior insulation finish system) renovation, skylight replacement in the commons area, general finish upgrades (i.e. carpet replacement), canopy renovation at main entrances, south parking lot replacement, and security/access control.

Many of these items mentioned are immediate/short term issues that DLR recommends addressing in two years or less. Depending upon which items from the list are included, the potential short-term cost is estimated to exceed $5,000,000. 

Longer term items discussed at the meeting (5-10 years from now) were estimated to cost an additional $10,000,000. A majority of the longer term costs are related to replacing the HVAC systems at Waverly Intermediate School, and eventually Waverly High School, and upgrades to data network infrastructure. 

School District 145 - Waverly is fortunate to have quality facilities to educate our students. The Board of Education wants to take steps to ensure that we are able to maintain quality facilities, programs, and personnel. 

At the June 26 meeting, it was emphasized that no final decisions have been made regarding facilties. The next steps will be to revise and finalize the scope and costs of the renovations; to form a facility advisory committee; prioritize facility needs; determine funding options; develop recommendations to the Board of Education, and then the Board will determine the next steps to implement the facility master plan. This process will begin during the fall of 2013. Additional information will be shared as we begin to take the next steps.  

As a point of reference, DLR shared the following information regarding the total tax levy of some area school districts from the 2012-13 school year. 

School District  Total Tax Levy (including voter approved bonds)
Springfield / Platteview 1.0784
Douglas County West 1.0957
Blair 1.1768
Norris 1.1887
Louisville 1.1900
Omaha 1.2046
Waverly 1.2167
Millard 1.2210
Elmwood Murdock 1.2233
Ralston 1.2324
Papillion 1.2559
Plattsmouth 1.2607
Westside 1.3001
Elkhorn 1.3100
Raymond Central 1.3139
Nebraska City 1.3652
Bennington 1.3900
Gretna 1.3901


School community meeting June 26, 2013

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