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5224d886187a3 4th grade students listen to Mrs. Master's instructions at Waverly Intermediate School.
4th grade students listen to Mrs. Master's instructions at Waverly Intermediate School.

District News Update September 4, 2013

The school year is off to a great start. Students and staff are getting settled into the daily routine. School activities and events are listed on our calendar - click here to view.

Last school year, a parent survey identified how we can improve communication with parents. Each school is in the process of implementing actions to provide more consistent communication regarding student curriculum and what is occuring in the classroom. We will continue to adjust our parent communication as we strive to improve the link between home and school.

Click on the reports below from each school building to learn more. 

Waverly High School September 2013 Report

Waverly Middle School September 2013 Report

Waverly Intermediate School September 2013 Report

Eagle Elementary September 2013 Report

Hamlow Elementary September 2013 Report

Access Student Grades and Attendance information by utilizing Powerschool, which is our student information system. Contact your child's teacher or school office for details or questions.

ACT scores exceed state and national averages at Waverly High School. Click here for details.

September 3, 2013 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on September 3 at the District Office.

A public hearing was convened for the purpose of hearing support, opposition, criticism, suggestions, or observations of taxpayers relating to the 2013 – 2014 proposed budget.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mrs. McMillan, Director of Special Education, presented information regarding the behavior program at Eagle Elementary that was implemented this year.

The superintendent reported that student enrollment has increased approximately 25 students from last year. Official enrollment occurs on the last Friday in September, as required by the State. Information regarding Nebraska State Accountability Tests (click for details), and ACT results were shared with board members.

Committee reports: Building/Grounds/Transportation - reported on the progress of maintenance projects as well as HVAC at Hamlow Elementary; Policy - action items on the agenda; Planning and Development - action items on the agenda (strategic plan and community facility planning process). Board member Landon, the representative to the Foundation for Education reported on the FFE meeting held in August.

The Board took action to:

1. Approve the first reading of Policy 5002 Admission, Physical Examination, Immunization and Visual Evaluation, 5008 Option Enrollment Program, 5029 Archives and Memorbilia, and 6030 Restraint and Seclusion of Students.

2. Approve an agreement with the City of Lincoln, City of Waverly, and Honey Creek Restaurant for use of School District 145 – Waverly property as a multi-material drop-off location for recycling purposes effective November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014.

3. Approve the District 145 – Waverly Public Schools Strategic Plan. Goals are to use a system of continuous improvement to raise academic achievement; improve communication with internal and external stakeholders; maintain and upgrade facilities. Specific action plans to implement each goal are in progress.


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5224d886187a3Eagle Elementary fifth grade students review multiplication tables.
Eagle Elementary fifth grade students review multiplication tables.

4. Approve a Facilities Planning process and an advisory committee to the Board of Education. The purpose of this process will be to involve district stakeholders to plan for future facility needs. At the conclusion of this process, the Board will review the recommendations and determine the next steps. Additional information will be shared during this process. The first meeting is scheduled on September 16.

5. Approve a Waverly High School Math Club and faculty sponsor. 

6. Approve the 2013-14 district budget as was published in the public notice. Our property valuations for the General Fund increased 7.8% in the district over last year. The General Fund budget will increase 3.8%. The total tax levy will be slightly lower than last year, and will be the lowest total levy since 2005-06. This is due to increased property valuation, and refinancing of bond payments at lower interest rates.

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.

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

The 2012-13 fiscal year for the district concluded on August 31, 2013. 

Each fiscal year we take out a loan to meet our monthly expenditure obligations. As required in state law, 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 want 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 is $4,700,000. We expect to have approximately $1,000,000 in cash on hand in September 2013. 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

2012-13

$3,578,000

$67,704

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.


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5224d886187a3Teachers receive training prior to the start of the school year for new elementary Language Arts resource materials.
Teachers receive training prior to the start of the school year for new elementary Language Arts resource materials.

In other action, the Board approved three requests for mid-term graduation for Waverly High School students.

Before adjourning the meeting, the Board discussed upcoming activities. The next regular meeting will be October 7 at Eagle Elementary School.

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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