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5608056b3bed4 WHS students visit Eagle Elementary for a Homecoming pep rally.
WHS students visit Eagle Elementary for a Homecoming pep rally.

District News Update October 6, 2015

The first quarter of the school year is nearly complete. A lot has occurred in the first part of the school year. Students, staff, alumni, and community members celebrated Homecoming.  Two WHS Students participated in the World Food Prize Institute, the WHS Marching Band donned new uniforms and earned first place honors at the Clarinda, IA marching contest, WHS student Hunter Radenslaben spoke at Lincoln's TED Talks Event, WHS Student Council raised over $1,000 for one of their classmates and the Dare to Share Foundation contributed another $1,000! The WHS Drama Department entertained large audiences with a Variety Show. The Book Fair was huge success at the Elementary schools during Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the Waverly Grange once again donated dictionaries to third graders. 


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5608056b3bed4As part of their science studies, WIS fifth graders took their annual field trip to Schramm Park which included the Aksarben Aquarium.
As part of their science studies, WIS fifth graders took their annual field trip to Schramm Park which included the Aksarben Aquarium.

Students are engaged in the classroom, learning and focusing on academics, and they are also being supported and encouraged by District 145 staff to learn how to be a good citizen in the 21st Century. 

October 5, 2015 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on October 5 at Eagle Elementary. Prior to the meeting, members took a tour of the remodeled portions at Eagle Elementary. The wall paper for some of the tack walls in classrooms is yet to be finished, and the second shipment for the cabinetry and counter tops was on back order and has not yet arrived. We are working with the contractor to address the remaining items. The classrooms and administrative office areas are in use. Progress continues on the fiber cement board installation at Waverly High School. 

A public hearing was convened relating to the 2015-2016 proposed tax request. No persons addressed the Board regarding the proposed tax request.

During each monthly meeting a presentation is given. Mr. Scott Blum, Director of Learning, presented information regarding NeSA test results and ACT results, as well as an explanation of AQuESTT, the Nebraska Department of Education accountability system.

The superintendent reported on student enrollment. The last Friday in September is the date established by the Nebraska Department of Education to determine the official enrollment for school districts. 

We continue to experience steady enrollment growth. PK-12 enrollment for 2015 is 1,986 students. Despite the smallest kindergarten class at Hamlow Elementary since 2009, our total enrollment increased 60 students from one year ago! 
 
First grade is the largest with 170 students, followed by 5th grade with 169, and the next largest group is 165 ninth graders. The smallest group is the 133 kindergarteners. 
 
Since 2010, our enrollment has grown by 206 students, or 11.5%. Since 2005, our total enrollment has grown by 354 students, or 21%.
 
The average number of students in a grade level in 2015 is 151 students, compared with an average of 137 in 2010. 
 
Enrollment for each school on the last Friday in September was:
 
Hamlow Elementary = 315 
Waverly Intermediate School = 326
Eagle Elementary = 297
Waverly Middle School = 461
Waverly High School = 587

 


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5608056b3bed4Fourth grade took their annual trip to Boys Town to learn about an important historical Nebraska institution.
Fourth grade took their annual trip to Boys Town to learn about an important historical Nebraska institution.

Student enrollment growth is an indicator of a healthy school district and the communities we serve. 

The Board took action to:

1. Approve the first reading to revise board policies 5018, 5022, 5062, 5078.

2. Authorize the superintendent to finalize a beverage contract with Coca-Cola.

3. Approve the Waverly Education Association as the exclusive negotiating agent for faculty. 

4. Approve signature cards for at Eagle State Bank. 

5. Approve participation in the inter-local cooperative agreement for digital and virtual learning group consortium with Educational Service Units 4, 6 for the procurement of wide area network services. 

6. Approve the 2015-16 tax request. The following chart displays the total tax levy for 2015-16 (highlighted) in comparison to previous years.

Budget Year Tax Levy
2005-06 $1.315483
2006-07 1.256524
2007-08 1.245645
2008-09 1.228519
2009-10 1.228511
2010-11 1.252148
2011-12 1.221050
2012-13 1.216728
2013-14 1.216622
2014-15 1.202003
2015-16 1.198320

The Board discussed an "E-meeting" program to use technology to conduct Board business. Also discussion occurred regarding conducting a Board self assessment.

Before adjourning the meeting, the Board discussed upcoming activities and committee meetings. The next regular meeting will be November 2 at the district office in Waverly.

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