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District News Update December 4, 2014

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547e4967a07d6 Board of Education recognizes Dennis Francke for 16 years of service as he attends his last monthly board meeting. Members (L to R) Bruce Sedivy, Cheryl Landon, Scott Claycomb, Dennis Francke, Andy Grosshans, Alan Retzlaff.

Board of Education recognizes Dennis Francke for 16 years of service as he attends his last monthly board meeting. Members (L to R) Bruce Sedivy, Cheryl Landon, Scott Claycomb, Dennis Francke, Andy Grosshans, Alan Retzlaff.

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547e4967a07d6 Dennis Francke explains to board members that student achievement and success has been the greatest reward to serving as a board member.

Dennis Francke explains to board members that student achievement and success has been the greatest reward to serving as a board member.

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547e4967a07d6 Board president Bruce Sedivy (L) presents a plaque to Dennis Francke recognizing his years of service.

Board president Bruce Sedivy (L) presents a plaque to Dennis Francke recognizing his years of service.

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547e4967a07d6 Board members express their appreciation to Dennis Francke during the December 3, 2014 board meeting.

Board members express their appreciation to Dennis Francke during the December 3, 2014 board meeting.

The first semester is rapidly coming to an end! It has been an outstanding school year, and there has been plenty of evidence of success regarding the excellence that is occurring in School District 145 - Waverly. This update includes the district annual report, the next steps toward completion of projects identified through the passage of a bond issue, and a summary of the December Board of Education meeting.

Evidence of Learning and Student Success

Facebook pages help keep parents informed of what is occurring inside all of our schools.  You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the information, just click on the link for the respective building.

As part of the district communication plan, information is sent to parents on a consistent basis from each school building to keep a strong connection between home and school. Web pages and/or newsletters from each grade level or department are available on our website, and regular emails are sent home to parents.

Students and staff are involved in many activities to enhance the essential student learning outcomes that we want to accomplish. Veteran's Day programs and activities were held on November 11, one of many examples of our students and community joining together to celebrate and learn from each other. Students were involved in food drives to support the local food banks.

Congratulations to the Waverly FFA chapter, which celebrated 85 years as an organization! The original charter was signed on December 3, 1929. Click here to view the names of the original charter members. Eagle was the 2nd FFA chapter in Nebraska, and Waverly was the 7th. Beatrice was the first chapter in Nebraska, but no longer has an active FFA program. When the Eagle and Waverly districts merged, Waverly High School FFA chapter is the FFA chapter with the longest history in Nebraska! FFA students invited community members to a celebration at WHS on December 2. The FFA alumni are planning to host an open house in April to provide an opportunity for more alumni and FFA supporters to gather and celebrate.

Recognition continues for our students with honors received by our students in fine arts, activities, and sports - many great examples of student success!

The Waverly Hi-Spot contains recent articles written by WHS journalism students.

December 3, 2014 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on December 3 at the district office.

During the meeting, the superintendent reported on early childhood education and discussed an opportunity to submit a grant application to the Nebraska Department of Education. The purpose of the grant would be to provide pre-school opportunities for students in Eagle to serve an identified need. This is still in the planning stages and the Board directed the superintendent to report back to the Board in a couple of months with additional information prior to submitting an application to NDE.

Committee reports were given by: Building/Grounds/Transportation - reported on maintenance projects; Planning and Development - reported that personnel contract negotiations are making progress; Performance and Assessmemnt - reported that additional elective courses at WHS are being developed for the health science career field; Foundation for Education report provided by Cheryl Landon (board member representative to the Foundation); individual board members reported on their attendance at the Nebraska Association of School Board conference.

The Board of Education recognized member Dennis Francke, who is completing 16 years of service. His term of office ends in January as Dennis did not seek re-election. As provided in policy, Dennis received a plaque and lifetime activity pass, and board members shared memories and experiences. Jessie Fountain-Zuniga was elected to Ward 1 and will begin her service after Dennis' term ends.

The Board took action to:

1. Accept the 2013-14 Fiscal Year Audit conducted by Romans, Wiemer and Associates. It was reported that receipts in the General Fund exceeded expenditures and the general fund showed a net increase for the fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2014. The financial audit has been submitted to the state of Nebraska for additional review.

2. Approved support for establishing a Team Mates mentoring program. Sarah Harms, a district parent, presented information regarding the proposal and the next steps to implement. Mrs. Harms will work with the school district to submit an application to the Team Mates program.

3. Approved a contract with DLR Group for architectural and engineering services related to the facility projects for the bond issue. The next step is to begin planning projects that will be completed during the first phase. Replacement of the 1998 portion of the Waverly High School roof, replacing the EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish System) at Waverly High School and Eagle Elementary, and installing a fiber-optic line to Hamlow Elementary and Waverly Intermediate School will be the first projects to address. Safety and security and technology infrastructure upgrade planning will begin and it is still to be determined when those projects may commence.

4. Approved the District 145 Annual Report.

5. Conducted the performance evaluation of Dr. Bill Heimann, superintendent, and approved extending the superintendent contract through June 30, 2017.

The Board discussed revising a contract with the Lincoln Hawks regarding use of the Walton Ball Field owned by the district, and discussed Board of Education goals. Before adjourning the meeting, the board discussed upcoming activities and committee meetings. The next regular meeting will be Thursday, January 8 at the district office in Waverly.

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