Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, June 14, 2021. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

Required annual policy hearings -  The Board of Education conducted public hearings and a review on several policies requiring an opportunity for annual public input and review. Those specific board policies included 1) 7142 Bullying; 2) 7500 Student Fees; 3) 8310 Parental Involvement; 4) 8312 District Title I Parental Involvement

 Transportation Director’s Report presented by Tyler Bek provided a review of the FCPS District 56 transportation fleet. The eight rural bus routes traveled 94,897 miles during the last school year, compared to 72,189 in 2019-2020, with the primary difference being the 2019-2020 school year being cut short by nearly a quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On average, the district’s bus routes transported 315 students on a daily basis to and from school. Over the past school year, District 56 students were transported to 174 school activities, covering 28,945 miles. Tyler Beck emphasized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on district transportation was handled well and the district is proud to have continued transportation services for the students in an efficient and healthy manner. District 56 is fortunate to have dedicated and experienced bus drivers, contributing to our stellar transportation safety record.

Furthermore, Mr. Bek presented information related to three bids received for the purchase of a school bus from Blue Bird, International, and Thomas Built. Nebraska / Central Equipment, Inc. presented the low bid for a Blue Bird bus. 

            The Building & Grounds Update included a review of the scheduled facility improvement projects underway with a main project being the concrete parking lot expansion at the high school. New classroom carpeting at North School, South School, and the High School, and various gym and classroom paint updating is also occurring. Facility Advocates, Inc. continues to finalize the facility HVAC audit and recently provided a mechanical contractor review for the high school cooling tower replacement.

            The summer meal program is serving over 250 meals daily, Monday through Friday to provide a daily breakfast and lunch. The grab & go meal pick up process is operating out of the front entrance of the middle school facilitated by FCPS nutrition staff and volunteers.

            The new football stadium scoreboard is scheduled to be delivered mid-June, with the installation scheduled by early July. 

 ESSERS III Allocations - the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) will award $491,317,757 to Nebraska school districts in ESSER III funds. These resources will allow school districts to take additional measures to safely sustain their healthy operations, this includes using funds to enact appropriate measures to help schools to invest in mitigation strategies consistent with the CDC to the greatest extent practicable; address the many impacts of COVID-19 on students, including unfinished instruction; implement strategies to meet students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs; offer crucial summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; support early childhood education; invest in staff capacity; and ensuring that all students have access to teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to support their needs. The application period for ESSER III funds will be July 15 – September 1.

            The 2021/22 State Aid Certification was made available on the State Aid website on May 21, including the documents for the 2021-2022 school district budget. The Falls City Public Schools will receive $370,694 in 2021-2022, which is $83,756 more than in 2020-2021. These state funds are allocated from Net Option Funding and Allocated Income Tax Funds. School District 56 continues to be “Unequalized” therefore, receiving no State Aid funding.

 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; 2) 4250 Safety / Crisis Policy; 3) 4266 Data Breach Response; 4) 4270 Visitor/Parent/Spectator Conduct; 5) 4280 District Property; 6) 4290 Activities Programs; 7) 7142 Bullying. 

2.     Reaffirmed the Annual Policy Reviews: 1) 7500 Student Fees; 2) 8310 Parental Involvement; 3) 8312 District Title I Parental Involvement and Engagement.

3.     Accepted the bid from Nebraska/Central Equipment for the purchase of a 2022, 53 passenger school bus for $96,198.

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for July 12, 2021 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.