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56b4db49a0936 Congratulations to the WHS students who placed at the American Business Competition at UNL! Garrett Schliep, 1st Place FBLA Principles & Procedures Serena Mueller, 5th Place Business Communications Emma Thede, 5th Place Business Calculations Jared Ohlmann, 1st Place Management and Decision Making
WHS Future Business Leaders of America students who competed at UNL in January.
Congratulations to the WHS students who placed at the American Business Competition at UNL! Garrett Schliep, 1st Place FBLA Principles & Procedures Serena Mueller, 5th Place Business Communications Emma Thede, 5th Place Business Calculations Jared Ohlmann, 1st Place Management and Decision Making

District News Update 2-05-16

The February update includes information that confirms the efficient financial operations of the school district. At the Board of Education February 1 meeting there were several action items that will impact students next year, including a possible change to recognition at graduation. The Board of Education has implemented the use of an electronic meeting program that provides information to the public prior to the meeting, as well as displaying results. 

Congratulations to all of the individual students and teams that earned recognition during January for various activities, including FCCLA, FBLA, FFA, Speech, Music, and sports teams, plus a number of WHS seniors who signed with a college athletic team. See Facebook pages for details (you do not need a FB page to view the photos or information). 

January is national mentoring month and to celebrate our TeamMates chapter, our mentors were recognized at halftime of the girls and boys basketball games at WHS on Friday, January 22nd. We appreciate their commitment to the youth in our community! Click here to read the details provided by the Waverly News.

School Funding: The Nebraska legislature is considering several bills this session that would have a dramatic effect on school funding. We are providing information to state senators to help them understand that school districts are not reason property valuations rise. Waverly is an efficient school district. Our General Fund actual expenditures have grown less than 2.5% annually (on average) since 2008-09. Our expenditure increase is primarily due to growing enrollment and additional personnel to meet the demands of a growing population. Based on average daily student membership data from 2014-15, Waverly’s per pupil cost was one of the lowest in the state at $10,121, compared to the state average of $11,619. Waverly is consistently one of the lowest spending districts on a per pupil basis. For information on school spending visit the Nebraska Department of Education Annual Financial Report http://www.education.ne.gov/fos/Schoolfinance/AFR/PerPupil.html

It is no surprise that local property owners, especially in the agricultural sector, feel the shift in education funding that is causing them to pay a larger share for the education of students. When property values in our district increase, the state funding mechanism concludes that our district needs less state support to generate revenue, which further shifts the cost for funding public schools to property taxes because that is the primary source that school districts have to collect revenue. Despite our growing enrollment, state equalization aid will provide $397,814 to our district in 2015-16 compared to $2,070,784 in the 2009-10 school year. Local receipts account for approximately 80% of our General Fund budget revenue, while less than 70% of receipts were from local sources in 2010-11.

State and federal mandates require many programs and services in public schools. During the years I have served as superintendent, there has yet to be a patron that has come to me and requested that we provide fewer curricular programs, or reduce the number of student opportunities, or reduce the number of field trips, clubs, activities or sports. We continue to find ways to provide an excellent education, and we utilize the financial support from patrons as effectively as possible. During the 2014-15 school year, 81.52% of expenditures ($14,937,077) from the district's General Fund were personnel costs. Our total electricity bill in the district was $450,099 and there are many "fixed" costs that leave us with a relatively small portion of the budget for discretionary items. Click here to view a summary of expenditures from last year.

Funding for school districts should be viewed as an investment for the community, yet limited resources should be used wisely. The District 145 Board of Education members are locally elected officials that review the list of expenditures every month, and their leadership helps identify priorities for how our resources are allocated. 

February 2016 Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education met on February 1. The E-meeting program was used for the first time, thereby eliminating the need for paper reports and increasing transparency to the public. All meeting agendas and related documents are accessible on our website. A special thanks to Sallie Svatora, Nebraska School Board Association Director of Operations, for attending the meeting and helping members with navigating the new E-Meeting system. 

A special meeting was held at 6:00 P.M. to review Phase 2 bond issue projects. A discussion with DLR Group occurred. Click here for Phase 2 Summary List

During the regular monthly meeting, due to the weather forecast, the scheduled presentation was postponed and written reports were received by the board members. 

The Board took action to:

1. Approve a full-time Resource Officer for the 2016-17 school year. The Lancaster County Sheriff Department provides a School Resource Officer program. The current contract provides us with a part-time Resource Officer and expires after this school year. 

2. Approve the first reading of policy 5028 to make changes to high school graduation honors, beginning with the class of 2017. A second reading of the policy must be approved in March before the policy change would go into effect. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian would be replaced by a Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude recognition system. Several high school students were in attendance at the meeting to speak in favor of the proposed policy change. Visit the E-Meeting website to review a report explaining the changes and rationale, along with a copy of the proposed policy. 

3. Approve an interlocal agreement for the Waverly High School baseball team to use Lawson Park in Waverly to practice baseball and play games. A written agreement has been developed between the City of Waverly and the School District to specify responsibilities for each organization to use and maintain the park.

4.  Approve the 2016-17 Waverly Education Association contract agreement. The total package increase for certificated employees is projected to be 3.06%.

The Board discussed a budget calendar, the student/staff calendar for next year, and superintendent goals. Prior to adjournment, the board discussed upcoming training and events. 

The next board meeting will be Monday, March 7 at the central office in Waverly.

Click here to view District 145 News Updates

District News Update February 2016

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