Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, February 12, 2024. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

Tiger Branch of Frontier Bank Empowers Students with Financial Literacy Program - Tiger Branch of Frontier Bank provided information through a student showcase presentation by South School students Robbie Sanders, Ruby Eaton, Emma Goff, Alivia Seeba, and Jennifer Tandrup. The Tiger Branch is a pioneering initiative aimed at fostering financial literacy among young students, exclusively catering to students in Grades 3-5 at South School. During the board meeting, the students shared their firsthand experiences as tellers at the Tiger Branch Bank. As part of the program, students operate as tellers, managing deposits while gaining invaluable insights into financial responsibility. The Tiger Branch, sponsored by Frontier Bank and the Nebraska Council on Economic Development, emphasizes the importance of financial education from an early age.

Nebraska Legislature advances LB 287 (Brewer) to second-round consideration.  The bill advanced by a 44-0 vote on General File. LB 287 is being used as a vehicle for a technical cleanup measure, but also provides substantive changes to election laws, the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act, and the Open Meetings Act. Beginning January 1, 2025, a public body has two options to give notice of its board meetings: (1) publish in a newspaper and post on a “statewide website”; or (2) post to the newspaper’s website and post on a “statewide website.” If the newspaper fails or neglects to publish timely notice, the public body can post the notice on its own website, as well as the “statewide website.”  Details of the “statewide website” are not entirely clear at this point but will presumably become available as LB 287 continues to advance. The bill would eliminate the newspaper publication requirement entirely and allow each board to designate its own method of giving notice. Boards that want to publish in the newspaper could continue doing so but would not be obligated by law. 

State Aid 2024-2025 - The Model of State Aid for 2024/25 under current statute has been completed for Nebraska school districts to review prior to the finalization in the coming months. The Basic Allowable Growth Rate for all school districts is 2.5%.  As a comparison to the prior fiscal year 2023-2024, The Falls City Public Schools total state aid is modeled at $1,462,183, which is a reduction of $20,878. The reduction is due to the district’s formula need in 2024-2025. It’s also important to understand the budget certification could potentially change based on legislation in the 2024 session currently underway.

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) 6318 Employee Conduct and Appearance; 2) 6319 Professional Boundaries Between Employees and Students

2.     Accepted the resignations/retirement notices with gratitude of: 1) Victoria Zoeller, High School Language Arts Teacher – 28 years; 2) Sara Barker, High School Guidance Counselor – 24 years; 3) Wendy Craig, South School Asst. Principal / Director of Special Education – 22 years.

3.     Approved the Employment Contracts & Reassignments for 2024-2025: 1) Brent Krauter, High School Social Sciences; 2) Timothy Ellis, K-5 Vocal Music; 3) Meghan Robeson, Middle School Principal; 4) Karen Boatright, High School English; 5) Ethan Sullivan; Activity Director & Assistant High School Principal; 6) Don Hogue, Work Experience Coordinator & Physical Education

4.     Approved the School Calendar for 2024-2025

            The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 11, 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.

 

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