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District News Update 9-09-15

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.

We have 1,992 students enrolled in the district this year, which includes 23 students attending the Early Childhood Program at Eagle Elementary.

If you missed it, click here to view the news update article that provides ACT scores, NeSA test results released by the Nebraska Department of Education, TeamMates Program, a list of new teachers and other information. 

September 8, 2015 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on September 8 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 2015-2016 proposed budget.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mr. Scott Blum, Director of Learning, presented information regarding a Career and Technical Education grant (ReVision) that has been received from the Nebraska Department of Education. The report included actions being taken by teachers to use curriculum and content to achieve our District Essentials. Teachers shared with board members about teacher leadership that is occurring in our district. They presented a summary of a presentation they gave in July at the Nebraska Council of School Administrator state conference. 

It was reported that the Foundation for Education has granted $15,000 for the purchase of Chromebooks. This will have a significant impact on the use of technology by students in classrooms! Thanks to one of many FFE Teacher grants last year, Ipads are being used in 8th grade science

The board received a report about the progress on construction projects. Students at Eagle Elementary are occupying remodeled classrooms. There is some cabinetry and casework that is yet to be installed in some spaces. This will occur after hours or on the weekend. Work continues on the exterior fiber cement board at Waverly High School. 

The Board took action to:

1. 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, 2015 through“ October 31, 2016.

2. Approve the 2015-16 district budget as was published in the public notice. Our property valuations for the General Fund increased 7.65% in the district over last year. The General Fund budget will increase less than 3%.  

Our operating budget allows us to maintain our current educational programs and activities. We will  continue our efforts to prioritize how to spend our limited resources. The General Fund budget includes additional teaching positions needed due to enrollment growth. The elementary art program has been expanded to include a full-time teaching position instead of the half-time position that was implemented last year. We added a part-time teaching position for elementary music/P.E. as well as adding two other full-time elementary teaching positions. A high school teaching position was also added this year. This has allowed new classes to be offered at WHS as part of the health science pathway. A full-time staff position will be added in the future for district grounds/maintenance.

The budget includes technology and curriculum funding to support a gradual transition to web-based, online curriculum materials, as well as provide support for classroom instruction, and student technology access. With the bond issue, we are able to put a technology infrastructure in place to make this transition possible. We currently have online curriculum resources in available and in use by teachers and students in several curricular areas. 

At the time of the school bond election (Nov. 2014) it was anticipated that the tax levy would increase 1.5 cents in 2015 and an additional 3.5 cents in 2016 to accommodate the new bond issue. 

The anticipated tax levy increase of 5 cents (total) as a result of passing the bond issue will not be necessary. The tax levy will actually decrease in 2015 and possibly no levy increase in 2016! 

Due to an increase in property valuations, favorable interest rates, and a decrease in the General Fund tax levy, the total tax levy in 2015 will decrease slightly. The 2015 total tax levy necessary to support the approved budget will be $1.198, which is lower than the 2014 levy of $1.202. This is the lowest total tax levy since 2004-05. State law requires school districts adopt a budget in September, and the Board will take formal action to set the tax levy at its October 5 meeting.

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

The 2014-15 fiscal year for the district concluded on August 31, 2015. 

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Each fiscal year the Board approves a line of credit that allows us to take out a short-term 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 are reducing 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 more than $4,600,000. The reason why cash flow is important, is that school district expenditures occur on a regular basis (monthly), but receipts are not received consistently 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

2014-15 $2,545,000 $47,246
2013-14 $3,508,009  $65,335
















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. State aid revenue in 2015-16 for our district decreased $600,000, which means we will need to use local resources (property tax) to fill the gap. That is how the Nebraska school funding system is designed. When local property values increase, state resources decrease. We continue to see a significant shift towards local resources as the funding source for our district. 

An item of discussion at the September board meeting was a beverage vending contract. District 145 has been served by Coca-Cola since 1998. Proposals have been solicited from both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. After gathering more information, a recommendation will be considered at a future board meeting. 

The next regular school board meeting will be October 5 at Eagle Elementary School.

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