Superintendent's District Update

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

Reorganization of the Board of Education June Bowers was elected as the President of the Board of Education for 2022 and Richard Malcolm was elected the Vice President. Upon election, President Bowers made the 2022 committee appointments and approved the necessary designations.

District 56 BOE Considers Future Transportation Purchase Options – Tyler Cox, representing Nebraska/Central Equipment, Inc. explained options for improving the efficiency of the school district’s bus fleet. The purchase of a 2019 Model Blue Bird Vision 77 passenger bus is immediately available for delivery to help ease the district’s shortage of available buses, primarily due to the delayed delivery of a new bus ordered in the spring of 2021 and a maintenance issue with a route bus. Additionally, Tyler Cox presented information from Nebraska/Central Equipment, Inc. offering a 5-year leasing program for schools to take advantage of as an option to obtain any number of new school buses for an annual lease fee, with any repair costs fully covered by Nebraska/Central Equipment, Inc. The purchase versus lease program will be further considered by District 56 at the January 24 annual planning workshop.

2022 Legislative Session Convenes - The Second Session of the 107th Legislature convened the morning of January 5 at 10 a.m. The Legislature began bill introduction, which will continue through January 20th. Public hearings will begin on January 18th. The 2022 session is the second session of the 107th Legislature, and will only be 60 legislative days, ending on April 20th.

Due to the passing of the American Rescue Plan and a very successful year for Nebraska’s economy, there is a record amount of funds available for tax relief and other projects. A variety of proposals for school funding reform will also be on this year's agenda, aimed not only at accomplishing additional property tax relief but also at achieving more equity in supplying state assistance and providing adequate state funding support.

Education Chairwoman, Senator Lynne Walz, has released the preliminary points yesterday for LB 890 and LB 891. The two measures represent a package proposal for comprehensive school finance legislation in the 2022 Session. LB 890, introduced by Senator Walz, includes modifications to TEEOSA to implement the new school finance system, and was referred to the Education Committee. LB 891, introduced by Senator Brett Lindstrom, includes the revenue components to fund the new plan, and was referred to the Revenue Committee.

FCPS has been approved for the Nebraska Child Care Stabilization Program for a total amount of $36,000. This is a federal grant administered by DHHS, and will provide additional funding support for the district’s Early Childhood program (PCC). 

The December 14th windstorm caused extensive damage to areas of the high school roof. An insurance claim has been filed with the district’s insurance carrier and the school’s roofing consultant is soliciting a lump sum bid to provide supervision, labor, materials, and equipment for installation of the damaged roof at Falls City High School.

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) 4223 Employment Related Sexual Harassment; 2) 6110 Certified Staff Employment / Terms / Contract; 3) 6111 Certified Staff Duties / Teachers; 4) 6113 Certified Staff Professional Growth / Teachers; 5) 6114 Professional Leave (Form).

2.     Accepted the resignation/retirement of Roger Lampe, 35 years at FCPS as a teacher & coach, effective the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

3.     Approved the 2022-2023 teacher employment contract for Joan Albury, High School Mathematics Teacher & Assistant Softball Coach.

4.     Approved the purchase of a 2019 Model Blue Bird Vision 77 passenger school bus for a purchase price of $66,500.

5.     Approved the continuation of the superintendent’s employment contract through June 30, 2024.

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2022 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.