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District News Update 10-05-16

The school year is nearly one-quarter of the way complete, including many activities during homecoming week that provided opportunities for students and staff to demonstrate and celebrate their school spirit!

We held our school district accreditation visit, which examines our adherence to educational standards. The external team visited our district for several days and provided an exit report stating that our district scored above the international average in meeting the standards. Click here to read more about the excellent work that is being done by the District 145 staff and to view the exit report. 

Our Teammates Program continues to provide support to students, and is always looking for additional mentors to meet each week with students at Waverly Middle School. Our high school band performances earned top marks at a competition in Clarinda, IA. Waverly High School held an "Apply to College" event for seniors and their parents on September 14. Waverly Middle School 8th grades can take a class to explore careers that are available in Nebraska and learn about the Nebraska Career Education Model. The WHS varsity volleyball and softball teams have consistently been ranked among the top teams in the state this fall. 

The Nebraska Department of Education released state testing results from last spring. District 145 students. Click here to read more about the vast majority of students who met or exceeded state proficiency levels. 

The last Friday in September is the date established by the Nebraska Department of Education to determine the official enrollment for school districts. Enrollment surpassed 2000 students for the first time ever, although our growth slowed this year as our official student count for grades PK-12 is 2003 or 17 more than one year ago. Over the past five years our total student enrollment has grown 9.5%. Here are the numbers:


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Eagle Early Childhood = 29, Kindergarten = 148, 1st grade = 134, 2nd grade = 173, 3rd grade = 160,  4th grade = 141, 5th grade = 142

6th grade = 169, 7th grade = 161, 8th grade = 155

9th grade = 141, 10th grade = 173, 11th grade = 136, 12th grade = 141

Eagle = 313, Hamlow = 301, W.I.S. = 313, W.M.S. = 485, W.H.S. = 591

The average number of students in each grade level (K-12) is just over 151 students.

At the October 3, 2016 Board of Education meeting held at Eagle Elementary, a tax request hearing was held but no patrons were in attendance to speak with the Board of Education. During the meeting, the Board took action to:

  • Approve mid-term graduation request for three WHS seniors
  • Approve a resolution authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $6,350,000. This is the remaining bonds to be issued from the 2014 bond election approved by voters to complete the safety, security, and technology projects. 
  • Modify the prior year's district property tax requests and, pursuant to State Law, set the 2016 - 2017 property tax requests as specified in the Tax Request Resolution. The total tax levy was set at $1.21, which is an increase from last year's rate of $1.198. This was necessary to begin payments on the full amount of bonds authorized by voters in 2014. Due to higher property valuation levels, low interest rates, and a strong district credit rating, this tax levy increase is substantially less than the projected total levy of $1.252 that was estimated back in September 2014 when the project was under consideration. 
  • Approve a negotiated agreement with the Waverly Transportation Association
  • Approve board policy 9200

The Board of Education also discussed conducting a self-assessment, attendance at the National School Board Association conference next spring in Denver, Colorado and they discussed having a meeting with architectural consultants DLR Group to review Phase III construction planning. 

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