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54a6b74729680 Board of Education members (L-R) Jessica Zuniga, Scott Claycomb, Bruce Sedivy are sworn in at the January 8, 2015 meeting.
Board of Education members (L-R) Jessica Zuniga, Scott Claycomb, Bruce Sedivy are sworn in at the January 8, 2015 meeting.

District News Update January 9, 2015

School is back in session for 2015!

We are glad to have all students back in school after the winter break. Looking back over the first semester, there were many accomplishments to celebrate (see "Celebrating 2014"). We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in 2015!

January 2015 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on January 8. As part of the annual reorganization meeting, the board elected officers for 2015.  Bruce Sedivy as President,  Andy Grosshans as Vice President,  Cheryl Landon as Treasurer and Scott Claycomb as Secretary. Newly elected member Jessica Zuniga joined the board after member Dennis Francke's term expired.


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54a6b74729680Dr. Heimann, superintendent, gets "wrapped up" in the school board presentation by demonstrating a sensory tool used to help Hamlow Elementary students regulate their behavior.
Board members examine sensory tools that Hamlow Elementary students use to help them regulate behavior.
Hamlow teacher Mrs. Piper demonstrates the flexible body suit that is used with some students as a tool to calm their anxiety in school.
Dr. Heimann, superintendent, gets "wrapped up" in the school board presentation by demonstrating a sensory tool used to help Hamlow Elementary students regulate their behavior.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mrs. Michelle Rezek, Hamlow Elementary School Principal, presented information regarding the Zones of Regulation that are being taught to students to help them learn behavior expectations and how to modify and self-regulate their individual behavior. Several teachers (Bloch, Piper, Schere) and Waverly elementary guidance counselor explained how the Zones are being implemented and the positive impact it is having. The counselor (Mrs. Hergott) has developed a website that shares information with parents so they may better understand the system. It was reported the district philosophy to student behaviors is to use a "teaching and learning" process so students understand the consequences for their actions, take responsibility for their behavior but also learn how to recognize how to be self-aware and learn to adjust their behaviors as part of their daily lives.

I (superintendent) reported on a recent STANCE (Schools Taking Action for Nebraska's Children's Education) meeting with Lt. Governor Foley, state senators, and representative from Farm Bureau, as well as NSEA (Nebraska State Education Association). The purpose of the meetings was discussion regarding education policy and how it impacts schools. I also reported that progress is being made regarding a grant application to the Nebraska Department of Education that would provide funding for a pre-school at Eagle Elementary. 

Committee reports were given and specific recommendations will be given during action items listed on the meeting agenda.

The board took action to:

1. Reaffirm policy 8260 - board member code of ethics and protocols.

2. Approve travel services for the Waverly High School marching band as they plan a trip to Anaheim, California in May 2016.

3. Amend the negotiated agreement with the Waverly Transportation Association to increase the maximum wage rate for a mechanic.

4. Approve the addition of courses at Waverly High School in 2015-16 as part of the health science career field pathway for career and technical education.

5. Approve board of education goals to include examining best practices in governance and effectively utilizing proceeds from the bond issue to complete identified facility projects.

6. Approve the 2015-16 negotiated agreement with the Waverly Education Association that includes the base salary of $33,700 and a 3.21% total compensation package increase for teachers.

The board discussed committee assignments. Discussion of bond issue facility projects for 2015:

1. Replace the EIFS (exterior insulation finish system) at Eagle Elementary and WHS

2. Install fiber optic cabling from WMS/HS to Hamlow Elementary and Waverly Intermediate School

3. Projects at Eagle Elementary - safety/security, replace network cabling, remodel and update identified classrooms and restrooms

The board committee for buildings/grounds/transportation set a date to meet to review additional details with representatives from DLR Group. Phasing of projects in 2015, 2016, and 2017 was discussed and many details are still to be determined as the planning progresses.

The next board meeting will be Monday, February 2 at 7:00p.m.

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