Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, May 10, 2022. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

Falls City selected for Communities for Kids Initiative: Falls City has recently been selected to be part of Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Communities for Kids, a state-wide initiative which supports young children, families and those providing their care. The Communities for Kids initiative is a multi-year planning and implementation initiative that was created in response to community requests for assistance with high-quality early childhood care and education programs.  Capacity shortages impact children’s optimal development and also pose a challenge for communities hoping to attract and retain the viable workforce they need to thrive. Through the initiative process, Communities for Kids assists in facilitating conversations among each community’s public and private organizations.  Communities for Kids also provides expertise, tools, and resources to the community to support the creation and implementation of solutions to advance early childhood programming.

Facility Projects Underway at FCPS - The approved 2022 facility improvement projects are on schedule to begin in the coming weeks. Elementary classroom carpeting, Middle School entrance doors, additional security cameras, the completion of the high school parking lot surfacing, replacing the phone/intercom system at the middle school, and roofing projects at North School and the High School will be priority projects for completion over the summer months.

Sprinturf is working on getting submittals together for review on the synthetic turf replacement project of the Thomas Memorial Field. They do not anticipate any issues with lead time of materials, as the longest lead time will be the turf manufacturing. Sprinturf will have access to the field on June 6 and the field is scheduled to be completed by July 13.

The remaining items with the high school HVAC project include demolition of the existing boilers scheduled to begin May 9. The new locker room AHU has been ordered and is projected to ship in early July. Demolition of the existing unit can be done any time after the last day of school in anticipation of the arrival of the new unit; this way it can be installed immediately upon arrival.

Financial Literacy Instruction continues to be embedded in the district’s high school curriculum. UNL Enrichment Educator Jamie Ankrom just wrapped up the spring session of Entrepreneurship with 10 student PowerPoint presentations. Derrick Leyden from F&M Bank visited the class and offered his expertise to the students for two days. One activity included an actual mobile deposit and educational discussion on electronic banking.

Beginning in 2022-2023, students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to gain financial literacy by participating in an in-school Savings Bank Program sponsored by Frontier Bank. More information on this program will be forthcoming in the fall.

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) 6210 Recruitment / Selection (Admin. Regulation); 2) 6211 Classified Staff Employment; 3) 6212 Classified Staff Leaves / Absences; 4) 6213 Classified Staff Vacations / Holidays.

2.     Accepted Faculty Resignations: 1) John Furrow, Instrumental Music 6-12, Coach - 7 years; 2) Michelle Furrow, Vocal Music, paraeducator – 5 years.

3.     Approved the Certified Faculty Employment Contract for 2022-2023: 1) Carter Drake, Elementary teacher.

4.     Approved the Transportation Fleet Purchasing Plan: 1) Purchase 1 Blue Bird Vision 72-passenger bus $133,477; 2) Lease 1 Blue Bird Vision 65-passenger bus $17,062 annual payment on a 5-year lease term.

5.     Approved the ELA Curriculum Adoption for Grades K-8 – Amplify CKLA.

6.     Approved suspending instruction of the 2nd Step Curriculum (SEL) grades PK-8 and allow the District's Curriculum Director time to research SEL curriculum options for 2022-2023.

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.