Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, January 9, 2023. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

Reorganization of the Board of Education Newly elected school board members Cassondra Goff, Teresa Olberding, and Anthony Johansen were given the oath of office prior to their seating at the January school board meeting, administered by Superintendent Tim Heckenlively. Following the seating of the new board members, Board President June Bowers conducted the annual reorganization of the school board. June Bowers was re-elected as the President of the Board of Education for 2023 and Scott Hollens was elected the Vice President. Upon election, President Bowers made the 2023 committee appointments and approved the necessary designations.

            2023 Legislative Session Convenes - 108th Legislature, 1st Regular Session convened the morning of January 4 at 10 a.m. and immediately set to work electing leadership and appointing officers. Senator Arch was uncontested in his bid to become Speaker of the Legislature.  Senator Dave Murman was elected Chair of the Education Committee over incumbent, Senator Lynne Walz. The 2023 session is the first session of the 108th Legislature, and will be 90 legislative days, ending on June 9th.

              School Improvement & State Assessment Efforts Underway – Meghan Robeson, the FCPS Curriculum & Instruction Director, provided a K-12 academic update and reported the Winter test window for students opened on Dec. 1st and runs through the end of January. Students in grades K-2 and 9-11 take the MAPs test, while students 3-8 take the state NSCAS exam. FCPS has chosen to test students three times a year on NSCAS to provide us with multiple data points to track student progress and to familiarize students with what the mandatory test will look like in the Spring. Mrs. Robeson complimented the FCPS teachers who are being responsive to what our district data shows and are targeting their interventions and engaging in weekly progress monitoring to close achievement gaps. High school students will begin their assessment this week. The format for their testing will look slightly different in order to create a testing experience that will mimic the 11th grade experience during the Spring ACT test. 

            Transportation Fleet Updated – Falls City Public received federal funds for replacement of two older school buses. Additional funding from the 2022 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) will also support the purchase of the 54-passenger route buses. The two, 2023 Blue-Bird Vision school buses are scheduled to be delivered to the school district by January 13th.

            Accreditation Approved for FCPS in 2023 - All Nebraska Public/Accredited School Districts are required to complete specific annual requirements for operation defined in NDE Rule 10. The Assurances reflect compliance with Rule 10 regulations and requirements for state accreditation. FCPS currently meets all expected outcomes for Rule 10 Accreditation.

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) 4275 Sex Offenders; 2) 6119 Extra Duty and Extended Contract Assignments for Certificated Staff; 3) 7121 Student Grades; 4) 7124 Contact with Students; 5) 7131 Questioning of Students by Outside Agencies; 6) 7138 Safe Pupil Transportation Plan

2.     Approved the Master Teacher Contract for 2023-2024

3.     Approved the Superintendent Contract

            The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2023 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.

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