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District Update 10-4-11

October 04, 2011

Every day, learning opportunities for students continue. This month’s district update has a variety of information about School District 145, from official student enrollment to Eagle students writing their own music program, to high school career academy partnership, Viking Spirit, plus the October Board of Education meeting, and much more!

During homecoming week, Viking Spirit was everywhere. Click here to read (and view) examples.

Click on these links to learn more and view the photos:
Eagle elementary students are helping write their next musical performance. Eagle elementary first graders are building reading stamina

Waverly third graders visit the Nature Center. Waverly students explore new foods, thanks to food service director Mr. Steffen

Last month, all fifth graders participated in a “Kindness Retreat.” On October 19, all 7th grade students will experience a “Courage Retreat.” These are made possible due to the support provided by the Foundation for Education. Read the MS newsletter

Waverly high school students have a unique learning opportunity through a partnership with Southeast Community College to participate in a career academy.

More than 250 families are now registered to monitor student lunch accounts and receive electronic notification when lunch balances are low. Click here to learn more.

Official district student enrollment is determined on the last Friday in September.

In 2010-11 the official number was 1,780, this year it is 1,815 total for K-12. Hamlow increased 36 students, WIS declined 19, Eagle declined 4 students, MS increased 9 and HS increased 13 students from last year. Largest class is seniors at 157 and smallest is 3rd grade at 124. The average grade level enrollment is 140 students. Click here to learn more.

As our enrollment continues to grow, so do the needs in our district. The Board of Education held a public hearing and approved the tax levy (click to view) at the October 3 meeting. The levy has been reduced by three cents over the previous year, mainly due to the savings created by refinancing of bonds.

The October 3 board meeting (click for agenda) was held at Eagle elementary. Mrs. Delanie McMillan, Director of Special Education, gave a presentation regarding the L.I.F.E. program. Two students currently attending the alternative high school program spoke about their community service and job commitments that they have in addition to meeting their academic requirements.

Mrs. Michelle Rezek, Hamlow Elementary principal, shared a video presentation that featured students and staff members. The theme for Hamlow this year is “growing greatness.” Click to learn more.

The Board of Education took action to:
1. Approve early graduation request for three high school students as allowed by board policy 5030.
2. Approve agreement for multi-material recycling drop-off location in Waverly. This has been in place since May 2009. The recycling facility is physically located on district property. There are no costs to the district. As specified in the agreement, upkeep is paid for by the other parties which include Honey Creek Restaurant and the City of Waverly.
3. Approved the property tax request (referenced previously) which reflects the revenue required to support the budget approved in September. Notice was published as required by law. The total levy will decrease three cents to its lowest level since 2004-05, yet we will maintain all current programs.
4. Approve payment of $7500 during the 2011-12 fiscal year and $7500 during the 2012-13 fiscal year to the City of Waverly for consultation with Hanna:Keelan Associates for Community and Comprehensive Planning. The total cost of the project for the City of Waverly is estimated to be $60,000.
5. Approve second reading of policies 1260 Service Animals, 4010 Employee Anti-discrimination, 5000 Attendance, 5009 Student Anti-discrimination, 5065 Concussions, 6475 Curriculum, 6760 Assessment, 6860 Federal Programs.
6. Approve first reading of policies 2010 Organizational Chart, 2245 Middle School Assistant Principal, 2250 High School Assistant Principal, 2255 High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director, 2260 Director of Learning, 5002 Admission, 6025 Special Education, 6900 Gifted and Talented Students.

At the September board meeting, a request was presented by parents asking for district support to install lighting at Lawson Park in Waverly . At the October 3 meeting, Mr. Stine, WHS Activity Director was asked to give facts about the baseball program and facilities. Click here to read a summary of his comments. Board members had a lengthy discussion about the request, in addition to discussion about many other district projects. Click to view “big ticket list.”

The school district does not pay the city to use Wayne or Lawson park, and the city of Waverly does not pay to use school district facilities for its recreational programs.

The Board agreed that next steps include a review of all district needs and deciding how to prioritize those needs. It was also recognized that the City of Waverly is using Keno receipts to pay the annual costs for the initial development of Lawson Park, and other city projects that have priority status for the City include the Quiet Zone and Dry Dam study. No action was taken regarding the request to support lighting at Lawson Park.

The next regular scheduled meeting will be held Monday, November 7, 2011.  

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October 4, 2011 District Update

Date Subject Posted by:
10/06/2011 First; thanks for compiling and circulating this info. Second; just two questions for this post and media. One; why decrease the tax levy by a full three cents when we have the needs and wants of the "big tiket list?" Two; Is the district looking for or did they already purchase 10-14 acres and where and what will be the purpose of that land? Thank you, Damon Hummel Damon Hummel teufelhund9@hotmail.com North of Waverly Pharmaceutical Production
10/06/2011 The 10-14 acres was identified as future need for a possible elementary school site as the district grows. That was part of the district's master facility plan that was developed in 2004. At that time it was anticipated that growth in enrollment would eventually necessitate another elementary school, possibly located north of highway 6 based on the community planning that was available at that time. District 145 does not own additional property for a future school site, and is not actively pursuing additional property. The new comprehensive plan for the City of Waverly should provide guidance to the district as we plan for future facility needs. When the middle school and high school were built, they were over sized to accommodate student enrollment growth, and when additional space is needed - those facilities are designed for additions when necessary. The tax question...the reduced levy was due to bond refinancing. The district's general fund levy (and special building fund) is capped by state law at $1.05. Last year the levy was at the maximum. This year the general fund levy (combined with special building fund) levy is $1.0494, which is $.0006 below the maximum allowable by statute. Refinancing bonds meant that the annual principal/interest payments decreased, which is a direct tax savings to patrons. The district can only collect the tax revenue necessary to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. Combined with the increase in valuation, that is the reason why the levy decreased. In other words, the Board of Education is still maximizing its resources. The Board is in the process of determining which big ticket items are the priorities and then next step will determine how to fund those items. Bill Heimann bill.heimann@dist145schools.org District 145 Superintendent
10/06/2011 Another question that I was asked was: "Why are soccer field improvements on this list? Isn’t the Viking Stadium sufficient for varsity competitions?" The reason soccer field improvements are listed for the Middle School is to alleviate the use on the high school fields and also scheduling conflicts for freshman/reserve and varsity level competitions. My understanding is that at the time the MS bond issue was passed, it was a discussion item that long term plans may include developing a varsity level competition field for soccer. There are several items on the "big ticket" list that are low priority and are not currently under consideration to put aside district dollars for completion. At this time, these "soccer field improvements" would be one of those low priority items. The list posted as part of the district update includes the majority of large dollar items that have been considered in the past, but this document does not separate by needs and wants.
Bill Heimann
District 145 Superintendent

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