Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on Monday, August 8, 2022. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

FCPS will begin the 2022-2023 school year with students on August 17. FCPS began the 2022 fall sports season with high school practices for football, volleyball, cross country, and softball on August 8.

District priorities involving continuous school improvement, English/Language Arts curriculum adoption, school safety, and early childhood initiatives will all play a major role in 2022-2023, making us a better school for our students, educators, and the community. Furthermore, the school district will be starting the new school year with 17 new employees.

All of our facilities are in great shape for the start of school. The completion of the high school parking lot, roof replacements at both North School and High School, and the replacement of the artificial turf at Jug Brown Stadium are just a few of the noticeable facility improvements around the district.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation has selected Falls City as one of twelve communities to receive a contract for $78,500 for child care capacity building. These funds were made available through CRRSA (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations) dollars and are aimed solely at increasing high quality licensed child care availability in communities where there simply aren't enough spots for the children who need them. The Falls City Public Schools will serve as the fiscal sponsor.

Communities were selected based on their high need for capacity building in early care and education, their involvement with the Communities for Kids initiative, and that have momentum already in place for community collaboration around their gap in available care.

Technical assistance for implementation and ongoing support will be provided by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Communities for Kids initiative, which was created in response to community requests for assistance with addressing shortages and lack of accessibility to high-quality early childhood care and education programs in Nebraska communities. These shortages impact children’s optimal development and pose a challenge for communities hoping to attract and retain the viable workforce they need to thrive.

Community members interested in being a part of this community effort and conversation should contact Early Childhood Community Coordinator, Susan Witt, switt@fallscityps.org.  Current child care providers in Falls City will be included, since they know firsthand the challenges of operating this business in our community and have on the ground knowledge of what families are requesting.

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation invests in children from birth to young adulthood with initiatives that are focused on preventing negative life outcomes. Nebraska Children does this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults. By working with community partners to understand the risks facing children at every stage of their development, Nebraska Children can identify the most effective avenues to create positive change and help Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens reach their full potential.

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) 2111 Open Meetings; 2) 5111 Budget and Property Tax Request; 3) 6112 Evaluation of Certificated Employees 

2.     Set the 2022-2023 School District Budget Work Session for August 29 at 7:00 P.M.

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