Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, May 13, 2024. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

Richardson County Emergency Management Presents Reunification Plan – Director Brian Kirkendall and Deputy Director Kristy Richardson shared information on the recently drafted Reunification plan for the Falls City Public Schools. One critical aspect of crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event a controlled release is necessary.  The Standard Reunification Method (SRM) provides school and district safety teams proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful reunification. “Successful planning and implementation requires partnerships with all responding agencies participating in a crisis response”, stated Kristy Richardson.

“Creating or strengthening partnerships with first responder agencies- police, fire, and medical is a critical piece of an organization’s safety plan”, said Brian Kirkendall. By assisting district and school personnel build a well-designed draft plan, it becomes easier to engage the first responders and other key participants in the planning process.

LB 71 Relating to Pre-School - The provisions of LB 71 become operative on July 19, 2024. This new law would allow children to remain in public pre-school until the mandatory kindergarten entrance age. As a result, eligible five- and six-year-olds could now be accessing public pre-kindergarten, which could result in additional need and therefore additional costs. The measure would also add five-year-old students to the formula student count in the calculation of state aid. The district will explore the ramifications of LB 71 to inform future local policies concerning the enrollment of five- and six-year-old students in preschool programs.

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

1.     Approved the final reading on Policy Reviews and Revisions: 1) 4221 Dating Violence Prevention; 2) 4270 Visitor, Parent, Spectator, Conduct; 3) 4280 District Property; 4) 3112 Use of Sniffer Dogs.

2.     Approved the Certified Employment Contracts for 2024-2025: 1) Sheyenne Farwell, 5th grade teacher; 2) Alyssa Frederick, 1st grade teacher; 3) Kaitlyn Sickel, 5th grade teacher; 4) Susan Witt, 5th grade teacher; 5) Penelope Caudle, Secondary Science Teacher; 6) Nathaniel Syslo, Secondary Mathematics.

3.     Awarded bid for asphalt overlay and striping at Falls City High to lowest bidder, Keller Construction in the amount of $122,250.

            The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for June 10, 2024 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.


District policy is that no person shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.