The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on February 10, 2020.
Program Spotlight features FCPS Academic Decathlon – In the FCPS’s inaugural season, high school mathematics instructor and high ability learner coordinator, Jason Vitosh, led 25 students in grades 10-12 in their first year of team academic competition. At the conclusion of the academic decathlon season, the FCPS team compiled an impressive record, earning 52 medals, placing 2nd at the regional competition and earning first place honors in the Super Quiz category. With a year of experience and growing interest among students, optimism is high for the 2020 season beginning next fall. Academic decathlon is designed to promote learning and academic excellence among students of varying achievement levels by developing and providing multidisciplinary academic competitions using national Academic Decathlon curriculum, and provides all students the opportunity to excel academically through team competition.
Pictured right to left Mr. Jason Vitosh, Abigail Boatright, Ray Rowland, Jacob Craine, Carson Simon, and Will Vitosh.
Property Tax Relief Measure LB 974, the Revenue Committee's school funding/property tax relief bill may be voted out of committee this week and go to the floor of the Unicameral as early as next Tuesday. The entire education community is testifying against the bill. We believe that in spite of a minimal increase in funding to rural school districts in the form of Foundation Aid (aid per student), the new constrictions placed on districts will ultimately be disastrous for FCPS District 56 and a great many districts of all sizes across the state. Again, the entire K-12 education community stands in opposition to LB 974 as it was introduced. The promise of funding for LB 974 is simply built on projections of positive increases in state revenues. With no new sources of revenue, the educational community finds it difficult to trust that the state funding will always be there. Especially considering the fact that over the past decade our school district along with scores of other rural districts have lost all Equalization Aid (state aid). When state revenue diminishes in the future, it is of great concern we will be right back where we are today—with little or no state funding but with less ability to meet the needs of our community’s children.
Following are a few talking points demonstrating the negative impact of LB 974.
· Funding for the proposal isn't sustainable, which will likely result in further cuts to TEEOSA, the school funding formula, and other priorities.
· The foundation aid component would flip our school funding formula on its head and result in less funding for schools that need it most.
· Many of the bill's elements will result in reduced and less stable revenues for schools.
· Reduces or eliminates the school district’s ability to levy for facility and building improvements/renovations.
· More loss of local control.
FCPS Sixpence Program Earns Top Marks - The Falls City Sixpence Program participated in the annual quality improvement monitoring visit on January 21. Staff qualifications, intensity and duration of services and caseload, supervision, curriculum, screening and parent/community partnerships were all assessed during the monitoring visit. Findings indicate the Falls City program is meeting the goals and expectations of Sixpence while providing a quality early childhood program for the community of Falls City.
Activity Conference on the Horizon for FCPS - The East Central Nebraska Conference (ECNC) meeting held in late January focused discussion on the Falls City Public Schools. The ECNC board discussed the Falls City letter of application and potential membership. The membership will be acted upon at the March 25th ECNC meeting. Upon a successful vote to admit, Falls City would be a member of the East Central Nebraska Conference.
The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.
1. Approved board policy reviews on final readings 1) Policy 6175 Certified Staff Certificates;
2) Policy 8213 Media Centers; 3) Policy 8410 Annual Report; 4) Policy 9111 District Criteria for selecting evaluators.
2. Approved the school calendar for 2020-2021 (attached).
3. Accepted with regret the resignations of 1) Lynne Davis, administrative assistant and paraeducator - 24 years; 2) Maria de Merlo, High School Spanish instructor, 2 years)
4. Approved the Teacher Employment Contract for 2020-2021 of Jimmy Robidoux, High School Spanish instructor.
The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2020 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.
Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.
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Superintendent Tim Heckenlively announced The Falls City Education Foundation Annual Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Awards and the Outstanding . . .
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