Falls City Public Schools Superintendent’s District Update – November 2017
The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 13, 2017. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
Students Honored for Academic Excellence – Falls City Public Schools honored 15 students on Monday, November 13, at the annual Academic Excellence Awards ceremony during the Board of Education meeting. The awards ceremony was created to recognize the academic accomplishments of students in various grades achieving either a perfect score on the Nebraska State Assessment during the spring of 2017, or scoring above the 94th percentile on an ACT composite. Students must meet rigorous academic criteria to qualify for the award. Not only were the students congratulated for high academic achievement, their parents were recognized for their part in supporting their children and School District 56. A special recognition was also made to the FCPS teachers for their hard work and dedication in providing a top-notch educational experience for Falls City’s youth.
This year’s recipients are – Brittney Radley, Tavia Bruxellas, Meredith Poppe, Brooklyn Romine, Ransom Campbell, Noah Milam, Austin Aldana, Carson Simon. Front row – Grace Morris, Jack Holys, Ava Armbruster, Paige Young, and Ashleigh Kirkendall, Wyatt Olberding, Zach Petry.
Educators Health Alliance Approves 0% Increase in Rates - There will be no increase in premium rates next year for the health insurance plan used by the Falls City Public School District, following action by the Educators Health Alliance (EHA), a consortium of three statewide public school groups that manages the plan. When the 2018-19 plan year begins on Sept. 1, 2018, it will mark the 16th consecutive rate increase of less than 10 percent and the second time there has been a zero percent increase. The average annual increase over the past eight years has been 3.3 percent.
The one-year freeze in premium rates is made possible due to a number of factors, including:
- The impact of the EHA's state-wide wellness and health promotion program;
- Recent lower than anticipated utilization rates in hospital and physician services;
- Pharmacy benefit management programming that has led to reduced pharmacy trends;
- A program designed to assist in the management of a chronic diseases;
- Holding the line on health and administrative cost increases and;
- Continued prudent management in the design and choices of benefit plans.
The Educators Health Alliance is a non-profit corporation that was created to procure quality, affordable health care insurance for Nebraska educational employees. The rates set by the EHA Board are for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) health care plan used by more than 400 public school district and affiliate groups in the state. The plan is governed by a 12-member board representing the Nebraska Association of School Boards, the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the Nebraska State Education Association. More than 80,000 Nebraskans are covered by the plan, making it the largest health plan in the state.
FCPS to Partner with the Nebraska Department of Education for Continuous School Improvement - The recommendation from the Continuous Improvement Steering Committee comes after researching AdvancED and the Nebraska NDE Frameworks school improvement models. The Nebraska Frameworks Model will effectively meet the academic needs of FCPS student and will be the framework that will continue to guide our school improvement efforts. Students’ educational needs will be continually being met utilizing the Nebraska Frameworks model while leading the process to improve education for ALL students.
New Toddler Playground Open - Through the generous Sixpence Program and the Child Care Partnership Endowment Grant, a new toddler play area comes to the Falls City community. Designed specifically for toddlers and preschool age children, the new playground creates a space where young children can grow and learn together.
The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.
1) Approved on Second and Final Reading Policy Revisions: 1) 6318 Employee Conduct and Appearance; 2) 6319 Professional Boundaries Between Employees and Students; 3) 7110 Admission; 4) 7137 Student Health and Immunization Checkups; 5) 7112 Work Permits
2) Approved on First Reading Policy Revisions: 1) 4240 Textbook Loan Program; 2) 7113 Admission of Students That Reside Outside the State of Nebraska; 3) 7143 Restraint and Seclusion.
3) Approved the part-time position for a Licensed Mental Health Professional in partnership with the Falls City Community Medical Center and the Falls City Sixpence Program.
4) Accepted with regret and gratitude the resignation of Gail Froeschl, effective the end of the school year. Mrs. Froeschl was a Second Grade Teacher, Elementary Librarian, and Reading Intervention Teacher during her successful 30-year tenure with School District 56.
The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2017, at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.
I want to recognize the 2017 Falls City Education Foundation Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year and the Outstanding Employee of the Year Awards Mrs. Kim Oliver received the Outstanding . . .
During inclement weather, when announced, the following will be used for emergency snow routes. When we run these routes, it will be for the A.M. and P.M. routes. Falls City Public Schools will use hard surfaced Highways only. . . .